Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scrapbook Room

 I used to have a button that says "I'm not messy, I'm creative".  
I'd like to say that my craft room is always neat and tidy but I'm being creative!  I am so very fortunate to have a space I share with my husband to scrapbook and create while he is working but honestly, it never looks as good as portrayed in these photos.  He's in sales so he works ALL the time.  But I'm right by his side making cards and creating stuff for classes.  

This is my side of the room - his side is usually full of paperwork!  
This is our family computer and the wall of awesomeness.  

Wall full of so much wonderful goodness!!  I'm thrilled that Cropper Hopper just redesigned their paper storage units (more thrilled then is humanly reasonable).  The new design will fit in the Ikea Expedit storage units and I need to do some reorganizing of my solid cardstock now that I'm a Close To My Heart consultant.  
 This makes me ridiculously happy! 
 I rarely use wood block stamps since I discovered My Acrylix but they are fun to display! 
Sticker organization using Creative Memories Power Sort dividers cut in half.  
 I recently added labels to the baskets because it was like a game of memory every time I needed to find something.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Advent Calendar & Scroll Kit

Let Close To My Heart's Workshops on the Go kits make your home an even cheerier place to be when you create and display the festive advent calendar and eye-popping scroll album.  You'll love the Advent Calendar and Scroll Kit workshop offerings designed just for you!

With the Advent Calendar Kit you can create a personalized festive holiday countdown!   

With the Scroll Album, you can create a four-foot scroll album for display on a wall or unrolled to reveal memorable events and loved ones.  This is a great item to make for yourself or as a gift.  

Watch this video about both of these items! 

And click HERE to shop online!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fan Appreciation Spotlight!

I just love the ladies at the Hen's Den and always bee-line for their booth at Scrapbook Expo & CKC.  They spotlighted my album this week on their blog!  Check it out!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Honeymoon Album

 A scrapbook is meant to be shared.  And I have so enjoyed making my honeymoon album!  This is only the second complete album I've worked on where I tried to have a theme/color scheme carried throughout the whole album (the other was our wedding album).  This actually isn't all of it - it's still not complete even though it's been two years since we got married! Scrapbooking takes time folks!  

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 17, 2012

a DOUBLE stamp set for only $5!

To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, Close To My Heart is offering a new double stamp set! You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30. You’ll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—with trendy images that capture the flavor of your day-to-day activities, errands, and musings—the little things that make up who you are and are worth remembering and sharing! With a retail value of $35.90, this set drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase. Have twice the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new It's Your Day double stamp set!

Watch this great video to learn how to celebrate the everyday moments with the It’s Your Day double stamp set for National Stamping Month. You can create cute projects with nearly 50 adorable stamps!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fabric Flowers

I'm a commercial interior designer ... as much fun as it is to scrapbook, it's not paying the bills (yet!).  Last week I had a meeting with one of my manufacturer's reps and she brought with her these darling fabric flowers she made.  

Aren't they cute!?  
I'm inspired everywhere I go!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You & Me Sister Album

About a month ago I went to Scrapbook Expo (LOVE Scrapbook Expo…more on that another time).  The major project I worked on while I was there was an album for my sister.  She turns 40 this year and I wanted to a do a special sister album for her.

I figured while I was there I would get a mini album kit but I couldn’t find anything to work from that quite fit her personality. With the help of the very talented ladies at The Hen’s Den, I compiled an album based on this display. This is actually one of my first solo attempts at a mini album because I'm a 12x12 girl but I love how it turned out and I now want to do a million more mini albums!  

The blank album I started with is called "Hip Chic" and my sister sure is! 
I would never have in a million years thought to purchase these flowers but they look fantastic!
Simple Stories has some great paper lines and the "Generations" paper line was perfect.  I also used some My Minds Eye Holiday paper that was in the clearance bin but was the perfect colors.  My sister's favorite color is burgundy and this paper just felt like HER!  
Weren't we cuties when we were little!  
Cheri explained that popping up some of the usually flat stickers with pop dots would make the album have more depth - I loved this tidbit! 

My sister is 6 years older so there is a bit of a gap in photography of us.  She was away at college out of state for much of my junior high & high school years.  
Both my sister and I consider this our favorite picture of us and it's on display in both our homes. 
I added some extra pizazz by adding opaque baubles to the pennant sticker.
Cheri helped guide me to layer embellishments...something I don't usually do but layering definitely added interest to some of these elements.  I would go thru and add some things and then go thru again and add some more.  I must've taken 10 passes at adding embellishments! 

This shows how I layered 2 kinds of paper flowers, a button and some bling.  
I am proud of myself for how much layering I did on this album! 
Not my usual style but I love it.  
These were the paper kraft flowers I used.
This is us at our respective bridal showers. 
The flowers used on this page have a really nice texture and depth to them.   
Our weddings 
And a little bling for the back 

I love how it turned out!  

And it was also a great birthday party!  We actually threw my sister a surprise party complete with 80's themed costumes and her best friend from high school came up from California.  People say my husband looks like Val Kilmer so he dressed up like Ice Man from my sister's favorite movie - Top Gun...and I was his lady!