Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Easy Scrapbooking - How to Add More Photos to Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit Layouts 1 & 3 | Process Video


Today I have a process video to share with you. But not just any process video. I'm using a scrapbook kit that makes scrapbooking SO easy, anyone can do it, yet still fun for those who are seasoned scrapbookers! PLUS, I'll show you how I was able to add way more photos than the kit called for.

How cute are these layouts? I can't take all the credit...they were pre-designed for me. I altered them just a tad to fit more photos, but still kept the integrity of the design. 

But wait...there are more photos not even shown here! Watch my process video below to see how I added more.
Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit - Layout #1
(3 extra photos shown, plus watch my video to see how I added even MORE photos!)

Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit - Layout #2
(Added 5 extra photos!)

In this first video, I assembled two of the layouts (#1 & #3) from CTMH's Postcard Perfect Cut Above Layout Kit. There is one more layout that I'll share in another video this week. This kit and collection of amazing tropical-themed coordinating products are only available in May 2018 for National Scrapbook Month (NSM).

Watch the video below or over on YouTube. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel!

I love that this Cut Above layout kit comes with everything pre-cut and pre-designed, INCLUDING page protectors, so all you have to do is assemble and add photos. Easy peasy! I changed it up a little, while still keeping most of the design and embellishments as intended, but was able to add many more photos on the layout and using my not-so-secret weapon: Pocket Plus Page Protectors.

Want to see more of this luscious collection? Check out my VIDEO WALKTHROUGH of everything available in the Postcard Perfect Collection.

Thanks for visiting today!


Journal Pen (my new fave!)
View all Cut Above Layout Kits (some are on clearance!)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

National Scrapbooking Month Specials + Video Close-Up of Postcard Perfect Products!

It’s finally May, which means it’s officially National Scrapbooking Month! I have had a hard time keeping all of the great products available this month to myself. But now's the time to share!

Not only do we have a BRAND NEW Seasonal Expressions catalog as of today, but to celebrate NSM, Close to my Heart created a special paper packet, coordinating cardstock packet, a stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit called Postcard Perfect! You can even get the whole bundle at a significant savings.

I will be sharing the artwork I created with this suite of paper products and other new products from the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book/Catalog all month long on all of my social media sites. Be sure to follow here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest for continuous inspiration!

To kick things off, let's take a closer look at all of the Postcard Perfect suite of products that are available this month. Here's a video I put together showing the exclusive stamp set, paper pack, cardstock pack, and Cut Above layout kit. You can view it below or on YouTube.

Learn more about all of the Postcard Perfect products.

These items are only available during the month of May, while supplies last, so don’t miss out and get it while you can! Shop now >

If you want to get the Cut Above Layout kit FREE, become a Close To My Heart Consultant or host a qualifying party any time this month.

Happy national scrapbooking month to you, all of my scrapbooking (and cardmaking) friends! I'll be back soon with more fun things to share!

Friday, April 20, 2018


Happy Fri-YAY! Yay is right...there's a big 24-hour sale on my Close to my Heart website right now! Check it out!

I have a Mystery Hostess Party open on my website - if you join that party and place an order of $25 or more, I will be drawing a winner for all the Hostess Rewards on May 20. It could be you!!!

The SALE is only for 24 hours (11am Friday til 11am Saturday Pacific Time). 

There's LOTS to choose from! Here's just a sampling...

P.S. Don't forget to join the "Mystery Hostess" party for a chance to reap ALL of the Hostess Rewards! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Baby Boy or Baby Girl Scrapbook Layout Kit - 10 Layouts/20 Pages!

I am LOVING Close to my Heart's Cut Above layout kits lately. I just finished the 3-layout tropical-themed kit that is part of the May 2018 National Scrapbooking Month special (more to come on that soon!) I love it so was so quick and easy and FUN to put together that I just bought this Baby Boy kit. I haven't put it together yet, but I'll share once I do. I couldn't wait to show it to you.

Scroll down for Process Video on how to assemble the kit.

The kit comes with enough materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Also includes 11 top-load Memory Protectors. (And let me tell you, CTMH's memory protectors are all I'll use - they are such high quality.)
Here are a few of the layouts that you will make in the kit. You can see photos of all of the layouts here. You can see the Baby Girl kit here.

SO CUTE, RIGHT?! (See all the layout here.)

Here's a process video that Close to my Heart created to show you how to put the layouts together. This one is for Baby Girl, but they are done the same way! Watch below or in HD on YouTube. Enjoy!

Additional Coordinating Products

If you have more photos than will fit on these pages, don't worry! There are also coordinating Picture My Life™ cards that perfectly match this kit. (The Story Begins Baby Boy) I love mixing pocket scrapbooking with my 12" x 12" scrapbooking. You can slide your photos and the Picture My Life cards into Pocket Memory Protectors and add them to your album for even more pages. Here are all of the Memory Protector options.

You may also be interested in the Baby Girl Cut Above Layout Kit and Baby Girl Picture My Life Cards.

Save 30% On An Album

When you purchase this kit, you can save 30% on a My Legacy™ album of your choice! (IMPORTANT: Add your discounted album by clicking the Album Add-on special In the shopping cart page after adding your layout kit to make sure it's the sale price.) Check out album options >

April Stamp of the Month for $5

In April only, you can get this adorable D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5 with a purchase of $50 or more on my website. Here's some beautiful artwork inspiration from CTMH:

April Stamp of the Month, Color Your Life

Friday, April 13, 2018

Make Two Cards from One 4"x6" Pocket Card + Scraps from Make Waves Paper Packet

I have two cards and a quick process video for you today. I love the colors and patterns that are in the Make Waves paper pack. It looks at first like a mermaid theme (to much delight from my daughter!), but it's so versatile. If mermaids aren't your thing, you can use the patterns on the opposite side and you have some beautiful, soothing colors and patterns to work with. There's also a coordinating cardstock pack available, but I didn't even need any cardstock for these cards!

I love that CTMH's paper packs come with a cut-apart page for pocket cards. Sometimes I use them for my pocket scrapbooking/Project Life, but they also work well on cards!
These cards use the February stamp of the month from Close to my Heart, which is no longer available, but you could easily use any sentiment stamp such as Many Congratulations, Happily Ever After or Flourishes that are currently available.
I stamped the sentiments in Archival Black ink. I like to use archival because it gives a bolder/darker impression. It does stain your clear acrylic stamps a bit, but I'm ok with that.

I kept this card very simple; just added some black shimmer trim (it's like tape - I'm addicted), clear sparkles, and Make Waves sequins (which are now out of stock).

Here's my process video. You can watch it below or over on YouTube.

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If you like this Make Waves paper, be sure to snag it soon. It will retire, along with the rest of the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, on April 30! Shop now >

You can also get the Make Waves paper in a Scrapbooking Kit and select patterns in a Cardmaking Kit.

Make Waves Paper Pack

April Stamp of the Month
Only $5 with a $50 purchase!