All Shapes and Sizes

Scrapbooks are like people – they come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is the ability to tell your story.

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Our Instalife Albums hold our mini 4X4 and 2X2 mini protectors in a 1/2 inch ring binder.  This chip board album is the perfect size for a birthday celebration, vacation or even a grandma brag book.

 

 

 

This Everyday Life 3-ring Album is just a bit bigger at 9⅜” × 8¼” × 1½”; 1″.    You can easily combine our My Crush Pages and Picture My Life Cards for a fun mini-album.

The Everyday Life Album is available in both this classic black and white stripe and our trendy Sea Glass.

 

 

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Our 12 X 12 Faux Leather albums come in both a post bound and D-ring option perfect to hold your traditional or pocket scrapbooking pages.

Pick an album and get started today…no one else is going to tell your story the way you can.

Recording the Memories

It’s December…actually it’s December 7th and I’m not sure where this year has gone.  I always try and do a December Daily Album and I get about a week into it and life takes over.  This year, Close to My Heart is giving me a little incentive to continue the venture.  Their #ctmhcountdown on Instagram gives me a chance to get a daily prompt AND the opportunity to WIN!

Can you figure out what the daily prompts were from looking at my pictures?

I’m super excited that I’ve made it this far (and yes today’s post has been made) and hope to continue the journey.  Christmas is no longer my favorite time of the year so I’m trying my hardest to make the best of things this year…maybe it’s just the push I need.

Merry Christmas,

Tracey

Playing Catch Up

A year to the month after my mom died, Close to My Heart hosted an Album Retreat in Salt Lake City and I thought it was the perfect place to heal my heart.  I was wrong.  I spent a terrific 5 days exploring the surroundings of SLC, however my heart was not into scrapbooking.  Do I regret the trip…not one bit!  I came home with all the pieces to assemble a terrific album including full color instructions.

Fast forward 17 months…I’m putting those terrific pages together.

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I had plenty of time to look at the layouts, figure out what pictures I wanted to use and I’ve started.  These pages feature lots of cuts from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

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I love the detail that has gone into these pages and although I didn’t design them they still feel like my pages.  I’m sure that I will recreate the layouts using other images from the same cartridge.

Through the years my scrapbooking has evolved…I cringe when I look at some of the first pages I did in my son’s album 20 plus years ago, but then I look at the plain boring photo album that my mom put together for me – no journaling, no pretty paper, just photos in pockets.  Yes, pocket scrapbooking was apparently popular way back then too!

Thanks for stopping by…I’m heading back to the craft room so I have some more to share later this week.

Have you picked up an album or two?

Lagoon Chevrons, Ruby Floral or just Basic Black…our new canvas coated albums are an amazing deal during the month of February when you buy one you get the second half off.
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The albums are available in either a D-ring or Post-Bound binding perfect for holding pocket page or traditional layouts.  Pick one up for yourself and save one for a wedding or birthday gift.

When you purchase two of the canvas coated albums you qualify for the Stamp of the Month at just $5.00 so you’re saving nearly $30 and as a special gift I’ll give you either the Hopscotch or Heartstrings Picture My Life Program absolutely free!  You can place your order online at www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com and e-mail me your choice of PML Program at papercraftingprincess@frontier.com.

Thanks for stopping by.

I Flipped Over Heartstrings

Close to My Heart shared a video a number of months ago putting together some great stamping techniques into the Designed Decor Flip Stand Album.  I thought this was a great little project so I set out to make one for myself and have incorporated it into my monthly card classes.

I started with the Heartstrings Paper packet and just chose random stamp sets to complete the pages.  I can’t wait to get it filled with photos.

The techniques showcased were:  using markers; tone on tone stamping; tissue technique and masking; using the backside of a stamp for a base; curved stamping; kissing; paper piecing; using stamps for B&T paper; rock & roll and shadow stamping.

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My monthly card club is enjoying learning a new technique each month and it’s a super way to use up retired paper.  If they choose not to buy the flip stand album I have offered to use my bind it all so they can refer to their technique book.

If you’re a consultant and would like to make a project like this, please refer to the Training Videos on the Training and Events tab in Online Office for the video.

Thanks for stopping by – remember, stamping is more than putting ink on paper!

New Albums for the New Year

The New Year is a great time to add a new album to your memory keeping collection and the new Lagoon Chevron and Ruby Floral Albums now available from Close to My Heart are your perfect choice.  Both albums are available in a D-Ring or Post Bound option.

The new D-Ring option is perfect for using divided Memory Protectors such as Picture My Life layouts.  The Post Bound album should remain your choice for side by side 12 X 12 layouts.

  Both albums are made of a trendy coated canvas.

You can place your order by e-mailing me at papercraftingprincess@frontier.com, or on my business page at http://www.papercraftingprincess.ctmh.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy December :)

 

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I have been wanting to do a December Daily Album for a long time, but I knew with my schedule that there was no way that I would have the time to dedicate taking pictures and journaling everyday.  Then I opened the Annual Inspirations from Close to My Heart and I saw my answer – the My Crush Holiday Happenings Book!  A Kraft hardcover, spiral bound book packed with 30 – 8¼” × 6½” pages in a mix of styles: printed vellum; printed, cardstock-weight; and page protectors in various styles.  You’ll notice that I also couldn’t pass on the My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment and My Crush Holiday Happenings Badge Buttons.

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I embellished my cover with the word Christmas and 2014 cut from gold glitter paper with my Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I love the Glitter Paper from Close to My Heart as it is Cricut compatible and doesn’t shed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also took some time to sort threw the Holiday Happenings Assortment and pick a few of my favorites to pre-insert into my book as you’ll see in these pictures.

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Of course no good project can go without some inspiration from Pintrest so I searched December Daily Album and came up with some magnificent ideas there as well.  Including  some sketches to use for my pictures.

I can’t wait to share more of my album as December progresses.

Happy Holidays!

Tracey

Snap Happy!

 

Just in case you are wondering, I haven’t forgotten how to do some papercrafting in my journey to capture 30 Days of Spring.  Remember the photos I printed from Studio J a week ago?  Well, they have happily found their home in this cute little mini album cut from Close to My Heart’s Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

 

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This fun little album is one that I made at the Close to My Heart Album retreat last October.  I’m really bad about these art  projects in a group setting.  I wasn’t even sure what I was going to do with the album until my roomie and I were exchanging photos and I noticed a bunch of photos of me taking pictures! 

 

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It was so fun to put this album together and recapture the fun times I had in Utah!

For a list of items used in this project or to schedule a mini-album class of your own, please e-mail me.

Tracey

An Unassuming Little Book

 

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It’s a rather unassuming little book from the outside – wrapped in a brown paper cover.

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There’s not much more on the inside…spiral bound pages with a big gaping hole!

I hadn’t given Close to My Heart’s Hip Pic album much thought – until a few weeks ago.  I attended a Close to My Heart “Rediscover” event and discovered a fun new product during the create-n-take.  A sturdy kraft chipboard album with16 spiral bound white pocket photo pages with 3¾” × 3¾” windows hold 16 – 4″ × 6″ photos.  With a suggested price of under $10 – I see lots of possibilities for these in my future.

I followed the layout we were given the night of the event, but chose to complete my book using the Ariana paper packet and Base & Bling Story Teller Style Sheet to turn mine into a Mother’s Day gift.

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Once I figured out my layout and color scheme I did my stamping first, next I added all my “flat” paper and at the very end went a little crazy with the embellishments.  You’ll notice that most of the cardstock pieces are embossed using the new embossing folders – I LOVE the TEXTURE!!!

If you’d like to make a mother’s day album, a vacation album or a birthday album…I’d love to help you!  Gather a group of friends and we’ll put them together in an afternoon!

Happy Stamping!

Tracey

Claire Visits Paper Trail

Welcome to the Paper Trail blog hop where Claire is making her first appearance, you should have arrived here from Linda’s Paper Taylor, but if you didn’t don’t worry…this is a circular hop and you will eventually end up right back where you started.

I have to be honest Claire was not one of those paper packets that jumped right off the pages of the catalog screaming – YOU HAVE TO HAVE ME and had it not been for the Paper Trail I probably wouldn’t have invested in the pretty Hollyhock, Blush, Sunset and Outdoor Denim combination.  What did appeal to me was the “Girls Rock” stamp set on the page opposite the paper pack and since I was forced to use the paper (in jest of course) I decided I had to have the stamp too! =)  The paper turned out to be pretty versatile…not only is it a wonderful floral, but there are some magnificent geometric designs as well.

When I was thinking about projects that I could use this paper for, my mind flew straight to a very dear friend that just welcomed his baby girl to the world.  Little “Mercy” is cute as a button and is going to bring the pages of the My Creations Showcase 6 X 6 accordion album come to life.

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For each of the layouts I used my Wishes Card Layout Design book and picked 4.5 X 4.5 square card patterns – I increased the dimensions, but left the general layout the same.  Now there are perfect little places for her mommy & daddy to place pictures and even some room to stick in some journaling.  If you’d like to make an accordion album of your own…drop me a line, I’d love to help you!

Now’s the time to pick up the pace and head on over to Lynn’s Field’s Finery to see what she has in store for you!

Can’t wait to see you back in a few weeks with 1, 2, 3…Craft!