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

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Life is Wonderful – July SOTM

July

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We are featuring the July SOTM, which is Life is Wonderful. The Life is Wonderful Stamp set includes 8 stamps to add fun to all your projects.

If you have come here from the Create with Alyson, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

This month we have 47 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using July’s  SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Blog hopping is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

Let’s get started!

This month I decided to feature a mini-album to highlight July’s stamp of the month.  My son has been hiking with my uncle and I asked him to share some of his photos with me.  He has no idea that I am going to turn them into a mini-album so that he can remember these special times.

I started with the My Creations Hip Pics mini Album and decorated the cover simply with the Jackson Papers.  I used the July Stamp of the Month to create a frame with the title Life Is.  I kept the accessories simple using Aqua Dots on the front cover.

I’m having fun doing simple pages for the inside using the stamps and more paper from the Jackson Workshop on the Go.  I think he is going to be really surprised and love his  little album.

I appreciate you stopping by, now make sure to “hop” on over to Gina’s Blog where you’ll find some wonderful artwork!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until 31st of July!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Mini Love

I love mini albums…they are perfect for small gifts, using as brag books and of course just to remember special times.  Close to My Heart offers several styles and I thought the Hip Pics album was my favorite until the My Creations Mini Folio was introduced to my life.

This sweet little mini album has 5 4X4 Kraft accordion fold panels to decorate any way you want.  It’s Kraft hard cover keeps everything safely tucked away and tied up with a cute little black string around a plastic tab.

 

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Miss B recently entered double digits and after her party we sat down together and picked her favorite pictures and then I ordered them in Studio J in just the right sizes without having to do extra cropping! Cuts from the Artbooking cartridge added a little whimsy.  It’s now ready to go in the mail as a surprise for our sweet girl so she can have those memories close at hand.

I hope you’ve enjoyed stopping by today if you’d like to purchase a Mini Folio click here I promise it’s the best $4.95 you’ll ever spend and with Mother’s and Father’s  Day just around the corner it’s a special way to show a little love.

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!

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

I’m NOT Drinking the Water

 

It seems as though everywhere I turn, someone’s having a baby…first it was my barista, now it’s the girl from the hardware store…I’ve switched to bottled water!

Seriously, I love babies and I’ve totally wanted to make the Baby mini-album from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge so for about 3 hours today my Cricut chirped away happily as I thought about what I wanted to do.  Of course I needed something gender neutral, I don’t know the expectant mother outside of her work, but I wanted her to know just how excited I am for her and that “it’s about to get wild around here!”

 

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This was so much fun to put together, I just grabbed a few stamp sets that coordinate with Cricut cuts and let my imagination run wild.  My favorite page is the inside cover where there is a tag that says “Hello My Name Is” and then an interactive tag to fill in “All the Details”.

It was really fun using up the scraps from the Babycakes paper packet for an actual baby project.  I can’t wait to go see her tomorrow!

Until later,

Tracey

A New Picture My Life

 

I have had a package of Skylark Picture My Life Cards staring at me from a corner of my desk for months.  I haven’t got into the pocket scrapbooking craze so I was looking for another way to use them.  It’s been hot here this week (OK, not Texas hot) and I would much rather be inside in front of a fan.  I decided that maybe it was time to pull out those cards and do something with them.

So, here’s what I came up with.

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Yesterday while I was hiding in the house I decided to waste spend some quality time on Pinterest.  I decided to do a search for Card Sketches and ended up creating a new board – boy do I like hot weather!  I found this great sketch my Julie Tilman and today I created a card with the PML cards and the scraps I had left from my Skylark paper packet.

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There is no stamping on this card…I layered some paper on a base of Kraft cardstock positioned the PML card.  The dragonfly is cut from the Skylark paper,  I just centered my Cricut and it cut a 1.5 inch circle perfectly.  See the piece of chevron paper – it’s the zip strip from another paper in the packet.  I simply embellished it with two clear sparkles because “a little bling never hurt anything”.  I LOVE how this turned out and have already started sorting my cards for some additional cards.

The second project is just a fun little journal.  I’m still learning how to use my binding machine so it didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, but it’s pretty cute none-the-less.  The PML cards are all double sided so I just had to pick out which ones I wanted to use and magically I was done.

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I can’t wait to play with more Picture My Life Cards!

What would you do with them?

Stay cool!

Tracey