Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday's Tips--off to Europe with a travel journal (part 3)

Well we have the album bound.

Time to think about adding some pizazz to the pages.
I am offering this as a workshop so I wanted pages that were quick, and easy to duplicate and yet still offered some creative leeway.

So this week's tip is all about  economics.
Have a number of people making the same item and you want to keep cost down...use stamps.
 Stamps are an endless supply of images in a multitude of colors.

These are the stamps I used

And I must say the stamp set
from the "Year Noted" promo is a jewel. At first glance, I thought "how often would I use this set"
Now that I have it.  I use it a lot.
The "journaling lines" and "date" images are perfect for this album.

Note: these are all stamps I had on hand, you could use any travel-ish stamps or go through your stamps and find those that have arrows & stars and funky saying on them.  You don't need to buy a specific stamp set to re-create this project.  You just need to be inventive.

 I made a journaling card for each paper bag page.  I kept the layout the same.
Journaling lines in the bottom right corner, date stamp above and then a couple of random images.
see below.

I stuck to just two colors of ink---Slate & Lagoon.
Cardstock is Daisy white (although the lighting is kinda bad and it looks more like colonial white)
and  matted on Slate.

When I offer the workshop I will give them a choice of paper bags (slate, yellow or lagoon)
and a choice of  mats--Slate, Canary--Lagoon.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spring Retreat

Spring 2015 Retreat

March 20-22nd
Rustler Lodge, Sundre, AB

What you get...
  • 48 plus hours to scrapbook (who needs sleep)
    • check in anytime after noon on Friday, check out 3pm Sunday.
  • tons of room to scrapbook
  • Supper Friday nite.
  • early bird continental breakfast,  brunch and supper on Saturday 
  • early bird continental breakfast, and brunch on Sunday 
  • welcome gift
  • pool and hot tub
  • choice of shared accommodation or private room
  • option to check in on Thursday
  • small onsite "Close to my Heart" Store
  • option to pre-purchase Close to my Heart supplies and have them waiting for you.
    • no GST or S&H on these orders.

2 Night Retreat/Approx. Pricing with Tax  
  • Shared Bed/Cot $240
  • Own Bed Shared Room $260
  • Own Room $295

Payment Details
$50 deposit due with registrations.
$100 due February 10th
Balance due March 15th.
Visa, MC or Cheques accepted 

What I need to know:

if you have any food allergies and how you will be paying. 
Please fill out the contact box at the side.  Thank you and happy crafting

Tuesday's Tips--off to Europe with a travel journal (part 2)

Last Week I showed you how to assemble the cover.

This Week's tip--the inside pages
Z2039  Designer Paper Bags              Z4114  4x6 Flip Flaps

I alternated one bag, one flip flap, etc.
I also punched the holes in the seam end of the the flip flap
and here's why
Now she can seal those pages
and keep any little souvenirs like small ticket stubs or tokens from falling out.
(see below)
I used the bags because, well they're cute and you can stuff things inside of them.

Before I added anything to the pages
  I bound the album.  This is very important.  You can finish your pages once they are bound.
 It is much easier to bind the basic pages without any embellishments.

And here's another tip, well actually it's about 3 minutes of a whole lot of tips on binding.
There are a lot of youtube videos out covering this topic.  But I like this one.

Next week....the final chapter in building this mini.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

CCBH- Something for Valentine's Day

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Valentine’s Inspiration.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact myself  or your local consultant.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop,  If you came from Brandy Lees' then you are in the right place! 

I struggle with Valentine's Day.  The love of my life has been gone for 10 years.  
And my boys are 29 and 30,, so not really wanting a card from mommy.  
My daughter is 16 and does still like receiving a Valentine surprise, 
however  "cute-sy" is not really appropriate for her.  So this is what I came up with

And here's a close up of some of the details
I like it.  
I hope she can see the symbolism...that she will always have a place in my heart.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is at Janet's

 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Card Creations using our How To Books.  So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

If  you get lost, here's the list of bloggers in this hop

·  Julie ~ 12x12 Travels
·  Michelle ~My Creations With Michelle  
·  Rosalynd ~ In My Scrappin' Room
·  Nicky ~ Timeless Cottage
·  Brae ~ The Brae-er
·  Carol ~ Crafty Carol's Place
·  Christine ~ Chris' Creative Life
·  Brandy ~Canadian Scrappers
·  Terry Ann~ Just a Tad Crafty YOU ARE HERE
·  Janet ~ Jan's Works of Heart
·  Chantal ~ It's a Hoot PaperCrafts
·  Nancy ~ Nancy Klein
·  Kristine ~ Home With Studio K

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday's Tips--off to Europe with a travel journal (part 1)

My daughter is off to Europe (High School Trip) and I usually make her a travel album.
She is fanatical about recording in it, while she is on the trip.
At first, I thought I would get her  one of CTMH's my Crush books and the Wanderful PML Cards.
And I have ordered her these, but I'm thinking that book, at 7x10 is a tad big to lug around Europe in your purse.

So, I made a mini travel journal.

Today's tip--making the cover
cut 2   5x7  pieces of cardstock (I used an old cereal box)
cut 2   6x8  pieces of patterned paper (score 1/2 from all edges, this will make it easier to fold)
Apply score tape or Base & Bling adhesive strips as shown above

Tip 1: if you apply your adhesive before clipping your corners,
 you will have adhesive right to the edge of your paper.

Tip2: Miter your corners. (clip the corner off)  
This gets rid of that "bulky" paper build up.

Then use a Bind-it All machine to punch holes in the cover.

This next step is optional, but I wanted the album to tie close so things wouldn't fall out.
I left the 1/2 inch gap, because that is the size of "Owire" I was using to bind the album together. 
If you were using a 1" Owire, I would leave a 1" gap.

And finally cut 2--  4 1/2" x 6 1/2"  pieces of patterned paper (rounded corners) to finish the inside of the covers.  As you can see from the photo below.  The patterned paper covers all of your seams.

Since this is a travel journal/album, and she will be carting it around with her. I have left it very flat.
No embellishments on the cover.  (she can add some after her trip if she likes)

Next week...the inside pages.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Year Noted--a fun, fast way to remember or plan your year.

Welcome to CTMH National Paper Crafting Month Blog Hop.

You should have come from Judy's  , if not, don't worry this is a circular hop 
and you will end up at Judy's 
  Close to my Heart has put out a neat little promo pack just for you. (with a minimum $50 purchase)
This adorable paper pack includes paper, 

When you purchase your paper kit, you will be given the option of purchasing it with or without the new My Creations™ kraft mini book. Both options for the paper kit include:
  • 1 – My Acrylix® Year >> Noted Stamp Set (C-size)
  • 2 – Year >> Noted B&T Duos™ Papers
  • 1 – Light Blue Cardstock Sheet
  • 1 – Light Pink Cardstock Sheet
  • 2 – White Daisy Cardstock Sheets
  • 1 – Golden Foil Sticker Sheet

And to show you how versatile this kit is, we've created this hop.

My creation

 I kept this fairly simple and easy to duplicate.
In addition to the "Year Noted Kit"
I also used the January Stamp of the month and "You are my Happy" (retired stamp set)

Your next stop is Melinda's Blog, "If you Bling it they will come"

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Tuesday's Tip--On your Mark-"er"

Close to my Heart now carries Shinhan Markers
(well actually they've had them for a few months)
And I would love to own all of them, but at $6.50 each, that's not going to happen overnight.
So I need to plan which ones to get first.
Well obviously, the ones that will match the colors in the project I'm working on.
But then here's the glitch, the colors are not an exact match, nor are the names the same....
(Here is where I pull my hair out)
Thankfully, I have some awesome fellow Close to my Heart Consultants that have already done some of the leg work for me
First, Peachy Lamb gave us these color swatches.  You can see more on her Blog

Second, Ellen Jarvis created this awesome chart.
I would give you her link, but everytime I try it I get spammed.

So armed with this info
I  will begin by collection, 2 or 3 markers a month.

Now, I should mention that having the markers & CTMH inks not matching exactly is not a big deal,
because when you use these alcohol makers you are able to shade and blend them.

Here's one example from DAT'S My Style
Visit her site  and you can join a CTMH Blog Hop and see some other inspiring images all using ShinHan Markers.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday's Tips--New Year/New Beginnings/New Way to schedule/organize/prioritize your CTMH crafts

This is what happens when I am feeling a bit under the weather for more than a week.  My body is sooo lazy, but my mind keeps working.

I love Close to my Heart.  I want all of their products and I want to make a biz-zillion things. However, like most people I live in the real world, and I don't have a lot of spare $$.
 I needed a plan.
A way to see (with my very own eyes)
what promo's are coming up next,
what items I NEED,
what items I want,
what project I want to make.

This is my solution

I have created a file on legal sized paper (landscape orientation) which gave me enough room to add my info in each heading.
I started with the Month and added a pic of the SOTM
Now I can see at a glance what the stamp is and how I might use it in the future. 
 e.g. I love Dec's stamp, and the promo. But I know I won't have time to use them in Dec. 
However, I can buy them now and plan when I am going to use them.   
You can see that I bought Travel themed stamps in Dec. and am not planning on using them til Feb.

My Basic Supplies column is for items that I NEED--adhesive, more cardstock, etc. I want all the ShinHan markers, but can't afford to get them all at once, so I have scheduled in a plan to purchase 2 or 3 every month until my collection is complete. By planning what supplies I know I will need, I can easily ensure I hit the $50 min. order each month and qualify for the Month's Promo's.

Each page showcases 3 months.  I have done 6 months, which takes me to July....just in time for the NEW IDEA BOOK.  When the new book comes out I am going to pre-plan the basics for the whole year.

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