Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hiking Scrapbook Layout With CTMH Fresh Air Paper Pack + Process Video + How I Fixed an Inky OOPS!


One of my favorite things about living in Oregon is all the outdoor adventures there are to be had, especially in the summer! My kids are finally old enough that we can go adventuring without having to worry about strollers and all the "baby" stuff. (Can I get an Amen?!)

Our youngest is a little over 2 years old and loves to run and do things on his own. But while we don't often have to worry about a stroller anymore, we do still have to choose "easy" hikes and adventures that he is able to participate in (and still need to keep a nap in mind!).

So this past spring, when the weather started warming up, my husband and I took the kids on our first family hike without an Ergo or stroller. It was about an hour away at an amazing little spot that a friend told us about, Sweet Creek Falls. It had a little elevation with a rewarding waterfall view at the end, but was mostly flat where the kids could walk and run on their own. It was amazingly beautiful everywhere you turned.


As many of you likely know first-hand, being a mom AND a scrapbooker = why I pay for extra iCloud storage. 😂 I always take a lot of photos...and this adventure was no exception! You'll see in my scrapbook process video below (or HERE) how I was able to fit a ton of photos on my layout using Pocket Plus memory protectors.

I was so inspired by our hike and the photos, combined with the fact that I had just received my Fresh Air paper packet, that I actually created this layout within a week of our hike! (Just got behind on sharing it!) But good thing I did, because now I get to participate in Heart 2 Heart's Fresh Air Fun challenge this week :) I printed the photos at home on my Selphy Photo Printer. (I made a video of how I do this HERE, using these photos as my example!)

Ok, now on to the layout. Here is my process video (or view it on YouTube). Below are lots of still shots as well.

Here is the 2-page layout before adding the Pocket Plus. (BTW, this amazing Fresh Air Paper packet and coordinating products retires at the end of Aug. So if you love it as much as I do, be sure to snag one (or two) now!)

Can you tell that the Complements are copper-foiled?! They are soooo pretty in person, it's hard to capture in the photos!

And now, here's what it looks once you add the Pocket Plus pages...

Here's a closer look at the front and back of the Pocket Plus pages...

I love that the Pocket Plus allows you to get more photos in your layout without having to add extra layouts for the event. Plus they add an interactive element and makes it fun to flip through. The paper inside of the pocket pages is from the paper pack as well - each of CTMH's paper packs comes with a "cut-apart page" with 3x4 and 4x6 cards that you can cut from the 12x12 paper.

I really love pocket scrapbooking and like that the Pocket Plus are like a smaller version of pocket scrapbooking. Designing a pocket page is a bit different from designing a traditional scrapbook page, so it adds a fun twist and keeps my brain thinking in different ways! 😁 I often mix my Picture My Life (Project Life) 12x12 pocket scrapbook pages in with my traditional 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts, so this is just another way of combining the pockets.

Thanks for visiting today! I really appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day!

Let me know if you have any questions at all!

Fresh Air products are available until Aug. 30, 2018!

Fresh Air Paper Pack
Fresh Air Complements
Fresh Air Scrapbooking Kit
See All Fresh Air Coordinating Products
Pocket Plus Memory Protectors
12x12 Memory Protectors
My favorite journaling pen
My favorite photo trimmer
Sponge Dauber
Toffee Ink Pad (I used Saddle, which is retired)

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Check out Heart 2 Heart's Fresh Air Fun challenge to see more Fresh Air inspiration!

Happy creating!



Monday, July 30, 2018

Add More Photos: Scrapbook Walkthrough Video - Layouts Using Pocket Plus Page Protectors & Flip Flaps - WIN SOME!


Today I am sharing two products that have changed how I scrapbook!

It is no surprise that I love to add lots of photos to my scrapbook layouts. Lately, I have been using Close to my Heart's Pocket Plus Memory Page Protectors in my scrapbook layouts and I. AM. IN. LOVE.

I created the video below to walk you through several layouts that I've made using Pocket Plus, as well as incorporating Flip Flaps - another fun & interactive way to add more photos!

Enjoy below or on YouTube!

I hope this will help you add more photos and journaling spots to your layouts as well! The Pocket Plus and Flip Flaps have become important staples in my scrapbook room, I hope you'll give them a try!

There's nothing like trying them yourself!
Here's how to win:
  1. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel 
  2. COMMENT on this video over on YouTube to let me know that you subscribed!
  3. I'll choose 2 winners on 8/15!
Winners get a sampling of various sizes of flip flaps from me!!

Pocket Plus Memory Protectors
Flip Flaps Memory Protectors



P.S. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel and COMMENT on this video to be entered to WIN a free sampling of flip flaps from me!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Add More Photos to Central Park Scrapbook Workshop Your Way Layout + Process Video

Hello, and welcome to another Blog Hops with Heart Blog hop! We took a summer break for the last several months but a few of us are back with some great projects for you. You may have come from Lalia's blog, but if not, don't worry, you'll circle back to her in just a couple of hops! (Be sure you don't miss it, I love her work!) I am also linking up to the Color My Heart Color Dare...more on that in a bit.

Here's a peek at mine (keep scrolling for the rest + a process video):

Our theme this month is "Retiring Soon." Close to my Heart's current Idea Book (Seasonal Expressions 2 / SE2) will be retiring at the end of August, so we wanted to highlight some of the awesome products that are in it before they are gone.

(This means the new Idea Book will be coming on Sept. 1, and you are going to LOVE IT!)

Today I am featuring the Central Park Workshop Your Way Scrapbook Kit:

Yesterday I shared a video walkthrough of this kit to show you all that it includes. I love the bright colors and the summery theme. Although this kit is so versatile, it will work for much more than summer-themed layouts, cards, and other projects. These colors are so happy, I'll be using them all year round.

Today I am sharing a process video to show you how I put one of the layouts together from this kit. The instructions include 3 layouts plus you'll have extra supplies left over for more projects! You can also use the guide for other paper packs, not just this one! Just switch out the papers and viola, this guide does double, triple, or even quadruple duty! Don't limit the guides from the workshop kits to just one paper pack - there are so many possibilities.

Below is my process video (or view on YouTube). If you like my video please be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel! Then keep scrolling for more photos below...

Here's my full layout, followed by some detail shots. These bright colors and the summery complements stickers were perfect for the beach photos.

Central Park Workshop Your Way Scrapbook Kit Layout

I just love this photo of my mom with my kids. They adore their Gramma and we all had such a blast at the beach. As I mentioned in the video, my parents have a 2nd home on the Oregon coast, in Gleneden Beach near Lincoln City, and we live 2 hours away in Eugene. We love it when they come up to this house for the summer (and throughout the year) so we can have some fun Gramma and Grampa time. Their permanent residence is in Carlsbad (San Diego), CA, but they pretty much split their time now. 

Here are some close-ups again.

Thanks for visiting today!

Next up on the hop is Katy. (Katy was a presenter at our CTMH Convention last month and let me tell you, this girl is crazy talented.) Enjoy!

If you'd like to play along with the Color Dare, it's a tic tac toe challenge using the colors from this Central Park paper pack. You can use 3 colors in a row/column/diagonal, or all of them like I did. See details here.

Reminder about some promos in July from Close to my Heart:
  • STAMPAGANZA - Buy 2 stamp sets and get 1 free. Plus, CTMH brought back the alphabet and numbers Solos stamp sets just for this sale. You can even choose 3 of the numbers solos for free if you decide to become a Consultant and join my team this month! Shop stamps >

  • HERE'S TO YOU -  This special features a workshop kit featuring four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. The products in this workshop include four stamp sets and other items to create one 12″ × 12″ page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions! The items are also available individually. See the details >

  • STAMP OF THE MONTH - July's stamp set, Highlight Reel, is great for scrapbooking, pocket scrapbooking, cards, journaling, planners, and more! As always, it's only $5 with any $50 purchase on my website. Simply add your other items to your cart and you'll be prompted to add this stamp set to your cart for only $5 during checkout!

Thanks for visiting! Let me know if you have any questions.

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Happy crafting!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Video Close-up of Central Park Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking Kit

I am a big fan of scrapbook kits - they are a great value and also make it easy to put scrapbook pages together.

Today I'm sharing close-ups of what comes in the Central Park Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking kit.

Watch below or over on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel :)

CTMH's Workshop Your Way kits come with a paper pack, accessories, and instructions with cutting guides to put together three 2-page scrapbook layouts.

I love these workshop kits (there's one for each of CTMH's paper packs). They make purchasing your scrapbooking supplies so convenient plus they save you lots of time in creating!

Scrapbook Kit Contents:

1 – Central Park paper packet (X7231B)
1 – Central Park Complements (X7231C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Pacifica, 3 White Daisy)
1 – Central Park sequins (Z4178)
1 – Central Park alphabet (Z4197)
printed instructions (download here)
photo placeholders

Stay tuned tomorrow to see the first layout I made with this kit!

Have a crafty day!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Save up to 50% - Christmas Flash Sale!

Get into the holiday spirit early with huge savings on selected items and exclusive product bundles. This is not *just* a flash sale, it's a Christmas Flash Sale!! 🎅🏻🎄 See what's on sale >>

Here are just some of the deals, like 50% off Cricut collections, huge discounts on stamp/die sets & more!

These deals are only available on my website until 2:00 pm (PDT) on Saturday, July 21, while supplies last.

See everything on sale >>

P.S. Remember that STAMPAGANZA is also going on, so all regular-priced stamp sets are B2G1 free 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Why is Now The Perfect Time to Join CTMH?

If you've been thinking of joining the Close to my Heart family, now is the time! The new and expanded Holiday Expressions Idea Book launches on Sept. 1, but you can join now and have early access to all of the new goodies that will be available to Consultants on Aug. 1! 

Close to my Heart has become such an important part of my life over the last 10 years in so many ways...so I can't help but share the opportunity with you so that you might be able to find the same joy I have!

Here's a peek at what the Idea Book looks like!
Let me tell you, it is packed with so many awesome new products. Including the next Story By Stacy product (from Stacy Julian herself!). We received a new Story By Stacy kit at Convention and I'm having so much fun with it!

The CTMH kit is fully customizable!

The New Consultant kit comes with business essentials such as catalogs, stamps, cardstock, micro-tip scissors, ink, paper samples, and more. Christmas in July, anyone?

Plus you get $50 in CTMH Cash to choose what else you want! 
That's like paying only $25 for all the goodies you see below PLUS you get access to automatic 22% discount on all of your CTMH supplies. That includes what you buy with your $50 in CTMH cash...you get your discount on top of receiving the product credit, so it's an even higher value. WHAAAAAT? I wish I could buy the kit again!

Is this the time for you? 

I recently went to CTMH's Annual Convention in Las Vegas and was blown away by all that the Home Office is doing to set us Consultants up for success. They are helping us in so many ways...coming out with on-trend, awesome new products is just one of them! They are also giving us more tools to host workshops or classes without spending a lot of time prepping and planning, which is a huge perk for me.

I'd love to share all of the new information with you if you join my team

Why Join My Paper Divas Team?

I LOVE my team and am so grateful to be a Director and be able to share my love of CTMH and the knowledge I've learned in my 10 years with the company. We have a private Facebook group where I share tips, artwork, workshop ideas, incentive gifts, and other inside info with them! (And everyone else is encouraged to share, too!) It's a fabulous, interactive, uplifting group I would love for you to be a part of our family, too. 

I was humbled to be recognized onstage at Convention as a new Director. I am truly blessed to be a part of this company and grateful for my amazing team! *mwah!*

Read all about joining my team HERE. I look forward to welcoming you to the Paper Divas!

Please feel free to email me or message me on Facebook if you have any questions at all. 

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I hope you have a blessed day!

P.S. Learn more about joining CTMH here >

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