Monday, April 7, 2014

Base & Bling Jewelry

Close To My Heart has a new jewelry line and I'm in love. I don't wear alot of jewelry but I do like necklaces. And I don't like to pay a fortune for them. If their inexpensive I can have more variety and thats were CTMH necklaces come into play. And play I did! 

Watch this video for great quick tips.




This is the first necklace I made. It was quick and easy. The flower is a square sticker from the Story Teller Style Sheet and you don't have to do trim anything. You just put it into the square pendant. I covered the inside of the pendant with Liquid Glass and I added the glass cover. I wiped off the edges with a baby wipe and let it sit to dry. Picking out the charms to add to the necklace was easy and for this necklace I wanted simple and elegant. I added the "love" heart charm from the Story Teller charm set and a Rhinestone charm for a bit of bling.



My second necklace is my favorite, and I really do wish I made pretty things all day. I craft when I can but its rarely everyday. This sticker design is from the Craft Queen Style Sheet and would have been better in a square pendant but I really wanted to use the silver chain and I only had a round pendant in the silver so thats what I went with. It works and I love it but it would show more of the design if it were in a square pendant.
I added the camera and scissors from the Craft Queen charm set and a rhinestone from the Rhinestone Charms because every necklace needs a bit of bling!



You can also use 1" pictures in these pendants and I'll be ordering several of those when  I place my next Studio J order. Did you know you can use Studio J to print photos? YES you can! I'm doing a blog post soon to tell you all about it.

   Happy Scrapping,
          Dana


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Studio J Digital Layouts $5



Close To My Heart is having an amazing special this month for the Studio J digital scrapbooking. I'm not a digital scrapbooker but I had pictures from this past Christmas that I hadn't printed out yet so I thought they would be perfect to use with the Studio J layouts.

During the month of March, order your Studio J™(CTMH's digital scrapbooking program) 2-page  layouts, including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! That's only $2.50 per page!
You can go to my WEBSITE HERE and get started for free! You can sign up for an account and play for free. You don't pay anything until you order your layouts.


There are so many designs to pick from. And you can make changes to make them personal. I can't describe the many options so I borrowed this description from CTMH. "Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments. And don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes. You’ve taken the photos. Now keep the memories™."My designs are pretty simple and I didn't change to many design elements. I was going for quick and easy.


I love that I don't have to worry if I run out of my favorite paper that I won't be able to finish my layout. With Studio J you NEVER run out your favorite paper. And some of our retired papers are only available thru Studio J!

As you can see I made two of the same layouts but with different pictures. I'm a girl that doesn't believe in re-inventing the wheel. So if one layout is good for my son its good for my daughter and vice versa. I just changed out a few pictures and its ready to go.
Happy Digital Scrapping,
   Dana

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Roger's Family- Picture My Life

I'm still using the Avonlea Picture My Life kit but these cards have a different look and feel to them. They are part of the same kit and they're all coordinating and by using the other side of the card you can have a variety.

I've found pictures of Roger as a child and I'm loving going thru those photos. So far I think my favorite is the one of him and his Mom in the second row, she's holding him and leaning up against the side of the house. Theres just something about the way she's holding him tight and has a far away look on her face. Not sure what it is about that photo but I really like it.



Right now I'm just getting pictures in the sleeves. I'll add extra embellishments and journaling while I'm at a scrapbook retreat in a couple weeks. But this way the pictures are in the album and ready to go. I have a few ideas for titles and I'll use Close To My Heart alphabet stamps to make those. There are alot of title cards that would work great but I want to add some personal info on the title card. Don't you just love those doilies on the title card below! It looks like a button or two might make a great addition too.


How cute are Roger and his brother Ron in those cute hats!! And they're all so gentlemanly in their white shirts and bow ties. ADORABLE! Oh if you knew them all now...

And now I'm off to get craft happy with some pretty paper.
Happy Scrapping,
    Dana

Monday, March 10, 2014

I'm in love with Picture My Life!

We're going to throw back, waaaaay back to my childhood. Now thats ALONG time ago. Just ask my kids. But really, it wasn't that long ago. Remember the days of Easter bonnets, white gloves and adorable dresses. And my poor, sweet brother in that plaid suit and look at that hat. What was my Mother thinking! Its a good thing he was so stinkin cute!

I stamped my title using the Vogue Alphabet stamps. I really like this stamp set because it has an upper and lower case alphabet. I'll be journaling on the 2 Avonlea Picture My Life cards in the center. I really have to journal about these insanely funny pictures so my kids and grandkids will know the stories of our family and our faith. Did you know its in the Bible that we're to pass on these stories to the next generations? Yup, it is. Psalm 78: 4, 6 "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children." We need to share our faith stories in our scrapbooks.
I will share with the next generations that my Mom took us to church and she made sure that we went to Sunday School. Easter wasn't just about pretty dresses, suits and hunting Easter eggs. It was about our faith and Jesus dying on the cross for you and me. We have shared that faith with our kids and I'll continue to share that faith with other generations. I wish I could say my kids come from a long line of people with a strong faith. Reality is they don't. But my husband and I are changing that. We can change family legacys for the better.


A little background on the two photos above: My brothers, sisters and I are sitting on the couch when we were young. We've always joked about this picture and so a few years ago we decided to recreate the original photo. As you can see we're laughing and having a good time. Gotta love family!

Now the pictures below are from my childhood and when my parents were married. Thankfully I had these pictures safe before my Moms apartment burnt down and we lost many many family photos. I've started adding names to the "Family Tree" card. I have to double check on the spelling of a couple middle names. I certainly don't want to get the spelling wrong.



I'll be asking my Mom for more info on these pictures so I can add journaling. Some have dates on the back, and the picture on the bottom right has the date printed on it which really helps. I love the sentiment on the center card "picture PERFECT". None of these pictures, by todays photography standards would be considered perfect. But they are perfect to me. They are my family, my history and they are my story. That makes them perfect to me.


So I hope you get out your pictures. Any pictures. And start telling your story for the next generation.

Happy Scrapping,
   Dana

Friday, March 7, 2014

Picture My Life

Close To My Heart has a new line and I've decided to try it out. Picture My Life. It starts our just like regular scrapbooking only easier. And quicker! And I can really get into quicker. We all know life is going at break neck speed lately.

I'm starting with the Avonlea Picture My Life kit.  You have the option of a full title page and it fits in a standard 12x12 page protector. I'm using my Picture My Life album for all of my favorite photos. So I started with one of my favorite pictures of me and my adorable hubby. This picture was taken on our favorite beach a few years ago.




I'm not putting the pictures in chronological order or any order at all actually. As I come across pictures I like I'm putting them in my album.Even if they are already in my kid's albums. This is one just for me so it can be whatever I want it to be. I'll be scrapping the good, the bad and the ugly in this album.  As long as its my favorite photos and they speak to my heart.Even if they aren"t the best photos in the world, GASP!

I have lots of pictures that I've made copies of or I haven't had time to scrap yet and I don't want them attached in a regular scrapbook layout. In this album I just slid them in the slot and I'm able to take them out at any time and make more copies. You know all those photos we have from before digital cameras.




The second page has my favorite photos of when our son was born. Erica was so excited to have a little brother and he really couldn't care less. Roger is looking over his beautiful children and feeling very proud of the little family he's created, Erica is nuzzling Tyler's hand and I'm sure planning on all the loves and hugs she's going to be giving her little brother and Tyler's crying. He wasn't a big one for hugs and kisses then and he's still not. This kids love language is words of encouragement and gifts. Bring him lots of gifts!!! Then your speaking to his heart. Actually all three of them love words of encouragement. My 3 peas in a pod.

The Avonlea Picture My Life set is a perfect match for these black and white photos. And I love that you get different page protectors in each set.So if you have page protectors for horizontal or vertical photos. You can also buy extras of any design.

I'll still be doing my regular scrapbooking. I LOVE to scrapbook and use pretty paper and adhesive and bling. Lots of bling! But for this project the Picture My Life kit as an answer to prayers for quick scrapbooking.

Happy Scrapping,
     Dana


Monday, March 3, 2014

Ivy Lane Workshop On The Go Layout 1

We've had so much snow and ice here in Iowa that this paper pack was a breath of fresh air. All that green, pink and purple makes me think spring. I'm loving anything green right now!



And the Ivy Lane Workshop On The Go is the perfect kit for spring. Greens, pinks, purples- they all say spring is on the way. Yah!!! There are so many great papers in this kit as always. And the script printed paper works for so many layouts, cards or home decor.
I really do like that Close To My Heart has made the stamp sets in the WOTG's larger for titles. "This is so AMAZING" can be used on different layouts together or separately.  I used Hollyhock ink for all the images on these two layouts. The stamped flower is easily cut with scissors after stamped on white card stock. I stamped the Pure Simple Wonderful You stamp right on top of the script paper and added Purple Glitter Gems to two corners. The arrows are quick and simple and you can stamp as many as you need for journaling. 
The purple flowers, green vines and title banner are cut using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. Resin flowers from the Ivy Lane Assortment were used for the flower centers. And the purple netting flowers are gorgeous! You really do need to actually see them. I'll be ordering more of them right away.

Happy Scrapping,
    Dana

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Frosted Super Simple Layout

First off, I finally figured out my lighting issue when I was trying to take photos of my projects. Lets just say I was one happy camper! And you really can tell how wonderful the Frosted paper line is. I have several lights for my light box and I thought I had them all as "day light" bulbs. Guess not. I turned them on one by one until I found the one that made the project turn yellow. So much frustration could have been avoided if I had taken the 3 minutes it took. Now I'm Happy, Happy, Happy!!!

Now on to the last layout using the Frosted paper pack. ( the paper pack is sold out but we do have the Workshop On The Go while supplies last) I have ladies in my classes that like super quick and easy layouts that don't require alot of stamping so I try to have at least one layout thats quick to put together. And this layout fits that perfectly.



This layout was made with paper, the ArtBooking Cricut Cartridge and Bitty Sparkles. All the snowflakes were cut with the Cricut and the Bitty Sparkles were added to the centers. The journal spot was also cut with the Cricut and the rest of the papers are all straight lines. Easy peasey!
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