Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dry Erase Board

I saw a dry erase board at Regionals and thought "I can do that" lol. It was so quick and easy to make. My favorite kind! The hardest part was finding the right frame. I found this one at Wal Mart for $7. It has hangers on it if you want to hang it on the wall but I think mine might go on the kitchen counter so I used a easel.



I used the Pear & Partridge paper and zip strip for this frame. The green works for my kitchen decor and I love the Pearl Flourishes. The top flourish is under the glass and the bottom flourish is on the outside frame and I cut the adhesive strip with the pearls and stuck them to the glass. The sentiment is from the Love Blooms stamp set. I've used this stamp set so many times. Its a great basic must have set. The Cricut cut is from the Artiste cartridge.

The great thing about this dry erase board is the ability to change out the papers any time my heart desires or according to the seasons, which I love to do too. I may have to make one using the La Belle Vie paper for my scrapbook room.

 Happy Scrapping,
    Dana

Monday, October 29, 2012

Current Favorites Layout- Regionals

Here's another layout we did at Close To My Heart Regionals, using the Scholastic paper line. The Perfect Fit Frames were a nice addition too and the red twine finished it off. I think I'll use this layout for my daughter and her "current favorites" in movies and books. Its a great layout thats quick and easy to put together and a great way to use small scraps.




Happy Scrapping,
     Dana

Friday, October 26, 2012

Studio J Layouts

For the Close To My Heart Regionals we were to make 5 two page layouts using Studio J. It was so quick and easy to click and drag your pictures. Some of the layouts were pre planned and you don't have to change a thing. There's also layouts where you can change the papers, colors and designs. You can change it as much or as little as you like. Now I'm not a big computer person and to me scrapbooking is actually have paper in my hands, but this is a great way to get lots of pages done in a short amount of time.








You can check out more Studio J layouts and see if it might work for you. During the month of October you can get a free layout when you purchase 9. You can check it out here.
 Happy Scrapping,
     Dana

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Display Tray

When I saw this Display Tray on Close To My Heart convention this summer I knew I would be doing a class with it. I just didn't know exactly how it would look or what paper line I would use. Thankfully a fellow CTMH consultant, Lisa Stenz did a fabulous job designing this display tray using the Avonlea paper pack. I did alter a few things to fit the ladies that come to my classes. Time is always at a premium so we didn't add the rosette that would take a bit of time. There were a few other things I changed to make it work for me. I don't have the pictures I'm using yet so I left the "Family" sticker on its clear backing until I add the picture than I'll remove the clear backing. You can see a bit of glare from the backing. The stickers are Avonlea Canvas Shapes which gives them a great textured look. You can click on the picture to get a close look at the great Slate Satin Polka Dot ribbon and the white Rosette Ribbon. Its gorgeous ribbon! I used it in the center of the bow at the top of the tray and I also lined the box at the bottom with the Rosette Ribbon.

The heart is teal cardstock and a heart cut from Burlap Ribbon and  a Clear Sparkle in the center.
As a true scrapbooker I already know how I want our pictures taken so they work with this frame.  I'll be adding a 4x6 picture of the four of us to the photo mat and 3 smaller pictures to the 3 diagonal boxes. The top box will be of our daughter, the middle box will be a picture of our son, and the bottom box will be one of my husband and I together. Now the hard part -  to get all of us together at the same time to get our pictures taken.

 
Jennie did hers as a gift and used Christmas paper from the Pear and Partridge line and the Dimensional Elements.. I love the papers and I'll be making one for our Christmas pictures. She changed hers a bit to fit her personality and style.


Nellie changed her boxes up a bit to fit where she'll be adding her pictures. She also wanted to go with more of a green theme than the teal color so I changed out her photo mat color and the color of her initial.

They did a great job and I can't wait to get started on my Christmas tray.

Happy Scrapping
   Dana

Monday, October 22, 2012

Card Box

I was looking thru pictures from this past year and realized I hadn't shared this great project. This summer I took another class from Doris and made this super cute and easy card box. It was made with one piece of cardstock for the box and the wonderful Florentine paper.





A side view to show you we decorated all sides of the box. It would make a great gift for a co worker or friend. 





The flap opens up to store your cards in. The Hook & Loop Dots make it so easy to keep the lid closed. You wouldn't want these great cards to fly out. (wink- wink)






We used the Stamp Of The Month in the Spring/ Summer Idea Book, which is no longer available. Sorry. But the cards are so adorable I had to share. You could change out the stamps for any other stamp set and have a great gift.

  Happy Scrapping,
       Dana

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Blessings Abound

I borrowed the basic design for this card from another Close To My Heart consultant. I knew when I saw the Burlap Ribbon on this card I would be scraplifting this idea.

I live in Iowa so we get to see all the beautiful colors of fall with the leaves changing. Right now the trees outside my home are beautiful shades of orange and red. I used the Fall Harvest stamp set for the leaves and the sentiment was stamped using the Abundance stamp set. I also used the Harvest Assortment Twine which is so fun to use. The Burlap Ribbon has 5yds of ribbon so you can do so many projects with it. I'm sure when you get the ribbon you'll want to use it on lots of fun projects.

I've had lots of questions on how I adhere the burlap ribbon to my projects. I use Liquid Glass and it works great every time. I put a fine line at the top and bottom edge of my ribbon and put it on the card. It's been on their for a couple weeks and it's still holding tight.

I'll be sending this card to our Pastor and his wife for Pastor Appreciation month. Pastor Steve and Debbie are wonderful and selflessly serve our church in so many ways and are the most humble people you will ever meet. I definitely count them among my blessings.

  Happy Scrapping,
      Dana

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Birthday Gifts

My birthday was last week and my friends and family gave me the best gifts. My son started my birthday off with a great gift. On Sunday both of our kids were home, which is more difficult than you would think. Erica lives in Marshalltown and Tyler lives here in Oskaloosa but their always busy and we don't get to all be together at the same time very often.



So it was a very extra special day when they were both home and Tyler came to church with us. It was the only thing I wanted for my birthday, for all of us to go to church together. I couldn't quit smiling during the whole church service.

 Erica knew I had had my eye on this super cute pumpkin bread pan. So Cute! I knew I had several get togethers coming up that I could use it for.  It came with this yummy Spiced Pecan Pumpkin bread mix and a jar of Pecan Pumpkin Butter. I used it this past weekend for a family get together at my In Laws and it tasted great.

 And my Dear Friend Thelma gave me this very fall inspired basket. I love fall so this is heaven in a basket for me!

 It was filled with wonderful muffins, homemade cappuccino mix, chocolates, and a fun new mug.
 Don't you love the label she made for the homemade cappuccino! So cute, and it just makes me smile when I see it in the mornings.


 Happy Scrapping,
     Dana

Monday, October 15, 2012

Scroll Album Class

I taught the Scroll Workshop on the Go class several weeks ago and the ladies did a wonderful job. I love that we all started with the same kit and they all look so different with each of our own finishing touches.

                           This is the scroll album picture from the Idea Book.

       This is my scroll album with pictures of our family vacation   2011 in South Carolina.


         Nellie's scroll with first day of school pictures of her grandchildren

     Jennie made her scroll album as a wedding gift for friends. How fitting that the sentiment says "Where our story begins".

  Mindy's scroll album shows pictures from a family vacation where they rode dirt bikes.


 Happy Scrapping,
       Dana

Friday, October 12, 2012

St Louis Arch- Regionals

What type of scrapbooker would I be without pictures of the Arch. And no trip to St Louis would be complete without pictures of the Arch. I was able to take several pictures of the Arch, mostly when we were lost on our way to supper. We weren't really lost, our driver just took a wrong turn that ended us up on the wrong side of the bridge to Illinois. We were in stop and go traffic with EVERYONE on their way to a St Louis ball game. But we're a crazy bunch of ladies so we laughed and took pictures.

I can't believe I got these pictures from the back of a van driving over the bridge and thru the streets of St Louis and I was only using my point and shoot camera. 

 


This last picture was taken when we were walking to supper at Spaghetti Factory in the Laclede's Landing area downtown. Its a great area with brick paved streets with horse drawn carriages, outdoor dining and sweet couples walking arm and arm. We just happened to look down a street and saw this great view! It was a great end to a wonderful weekend at Regionals.

Happy Scrapping,
    Dana

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Ray Of Sunshine Layout- Regionals

I can't wait to find pictures to put on this layout. I know it will be pictures of my family but I have to find the right pictures for it. I'm not worried about the colors in the photos, I usually do black and white when I have pictures from different events on one layout. My son and daughter rarely wear colors that would go together on a layout and it's more important to me that the photo's match the feeling I want the layout to evoke, than the colors match. And with black and white I never have to worry about that.
The title of the layout is "My ray of sunshine" and that would usually mean a bright yellow layout but this is done with the Clementine paper pack. These pictures really don't do the paper justice. The paper is so much better when it's in front of you. Don't you just love the circle buttons on the top of both pages! There made with the very cute Buttons, Bits & Bobs stamp set. So very cute!!


And the Clementine Compliments Canvas Shapes are so adorable. Add a little banner and you have the perfect place for a little journaling.

Happy Scrapping,
   Dana

Monday, October 8, 2012

About Me Layout From Regionals

Since it's my birthday today I thought I would share a photo of me. Not something I do very often and definitely not something I'm comfortable with. During Regionals they asked all the consultants to have their picture taken by the photographer. It's not something I'm good at- being on the other side of the camera.  But I did get my picture taken and the camera didn't break and I made it thru it. Corporate had questionnaires for us to answer in the morning session. We could fill them out in whatever manner we felt lead. They were very open ended things like:
I Was: born on Oct 8 1964
I Am: a Born Again Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend, Caretaker, People Pleaser
I Think: I have to fix everything for everyone
I Wonder: What I could be if I were the person God wanted me to be 
I Wish: I was a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, caretaker & christian
I Save: My best self for my family
I Always: Put my family first and myself last
I Can't Imagine: Life without my husband
I Believe: Jesus is my Savior
I Promise: To always be true to myself and my beliefs 
I Love: My family and my life most days

It was very in site-full to read what the ladies at Corp wrote on their layouts. It was also very liberating to write our own.
They provided all the supplies and I have fallen in love with the Clementine paper pack.  And the Burlap Ribbon is always a favorite, the Love Blooms stamp set is so versatile you can use it in so many ways.


Its a great way to document who you are and to share it with your family. You document everything in their lives, make it a point to include yourself.

Happy Scrapping,
   Dana

Saturday, October 6, 2012

White Fall PUmpkin

I really don't do Halloween and I dislike most things about the holiday. I do like cute little trick or treaters. I love to decorate for fall, I usually start decorating in late Sept. and it will stay up until Thanksgiving. I've been going thru all of my holiday decorations this past year, as I put them up I go thru the ones I don't really love. I give the kids the option of taking the cast offs for their house and then they go in the garage sale box.

But I think this white pumpkin is going to be a favorite for a long time. This is a cheap $12 pumpkin from Target and more than a few dollars in rhinestone swirls. I've been picking them up for awhile when their on sale at Hobby Lobby and $1 ones at Micheals. By spreading the cost out over time I don't have to think about how much I've spent in rhinestones. But if truth be told I really don't think the total cost of everything I used would come even close to what it would be to buy this already decorated.



I had thought about doing this pumpkin in black rhinestone swirls but black doesn't go with my home decor. I have it in the office but I think it may end up on the fireplace mantle.  Yup, it's going on the mantle, just one of those small things that will make me smile everytime I see it.

See more wonderful fall before and afters at Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch.
Happy Scrapping,
  Dana

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Room Mate Gift & My 1st You Tube Video

For Regionals in St Louis I made this burlap flower for my room mate. It's always fun to see all the creative things consultants make for each other. I love the Burlap Ribbon from Close To My Heart and I've been playing with it alot. I've used it on scrapbook pages and cards. And when I saw the flower Jayma made I knew I could use the Burlap Ribbon to make a flower for my purse.

 Jayma folded her burlap in half but I wanted a larger flower so I used the full width of the ribbon. I used the Rhinestone Designer Brads as the center of the flower. This is the first video I've ever made and its not great but it gives you an idea of how to hot glue the flower. If this video doesn't work you can watch it on my You Tube Channel.

Happy Scrapping,
Dana

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Meet Me In St Louie - Regionals

Oh, the fun I had meeting new friends in St Louis! Close To My Heart had our Regionals in St Louis this past weekend and we had so much fun. I was able to meet Facebook friends and they are more wonderful than I imagined. There were lots of laughs and late night chats, one very adventurous ride for supper, and a big dent in my armor when this very Type A, organizational freak forgot to take the room key and we were locked out of our room.


Shelly, Amie, Me   

I met a fellow blogger, CTMH consultant, and a design superstar. I've followed Brenda's blog since I joined CTMH and I loved her designs for scrapbook pages. When I first started, I borrowed and scrap-lifted some of her designs. She does amazing work! She taught one of the classes that I really wanted to go to. She did an amazing job and I learned so much. Everyone says she's an amazing teacher at her scrapbook classes and I wished I lived in Minnesota so I could go to her classes. Thank you Brenda for the wonderful talk we had after class.

Brenda and I

I was also honored to get to take a picture with Monica and Kristine, Vice Presidents of Close To My Heart. They really are the sweetest ladies. Don't let their innocent smiles fool you, they have a wicked since of humor too.

                                                                Monica, Me, Kristine

Happy Scrapping,
    Dana

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Leaf Word Cloud

I found this site thru Lisa Stenz's blog and thought it might be fun to try it out for my blog. You can go to Tagxedo and make word clouds in different shapes. You can use any words. I had the site take words from my blog and this is what it came up with. I chose the leaf and fall colors. You can have it take words from your FaceBook page or Twitter account too. Just a fun way to spend 5 minutes.


Happy Scrapping,
Dana
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