Calendar Project

G’day reader!


I am going to be presenting you with a little more from the studio this year. To kick it off I thought I would share with you very quickly some of a calendar project I am working on. My studio students and I embarked on this before Christmas and we have made it to June. I hope to have it finished completely really soon using some of my favourite stamps sets.

Now, if you are a Northern Hemisphere reader be aware I live through temperatures of between 35 and 45 degrees celsius, usually with a super low humidity, and this can start from December and still be that hot in February when school returns. We, simply put, have a long hot summer here, so my January page just had to be focused on where the weather is a tad, (sometimes a lot), cooler – the beach. I am going to be right there at the end of the month and know I will have photos to put on the page to finish it off.


January – Beach theme – Summer Keys in Artbooking, Seashells stamp and Seaside papers.Oh the Australian stamp set too since Australia Day is in this month!

Random stamping and layering

Random stamping and layering. Hearts are for Valentines day and the Cupcake is a reminder I have a birthday to attend to in the month.

Seaside and Kraft Papers, Fussy cutting and smudging

Seaside and Kraft Papers, Fussy cutting and smudging


Like I said -a  quick eye candy kinda post! I hope you liked it. Close To My Heart Blank Calendars are awesome to work with and are priced at just $10.50. You can have so much fun preparing your current calendar, or as some of my customers are doing – dating it ready for 2016, and possibly using it as a gift for next Christmas! In the end this calendar is going to be an awesome sampler of techniques we can use!

If you have any questions about products used in these pages please comment below and I will get back to you!


jenny sig




Everything ABC’s Letter Y

abc bloghop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter Y. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy. If you came from Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking.com ~ you are in the right place. 


For My Y project it was easy to punce on Yuletide Carol x7187b. Yay!  We have a specific product with a letter for the hop! I do hope you enjoy the way I have used this lovely paper.

It is almost Christmas and we are almost done with our Christmas crafting opportunities (yes we should be that organised….if only!)  but I had to share this really cute one sheet bag with you! No Cutting required!!!

yuletide carol bag


This can be used at ANY time of the year with any pretty paper you have. I took the idea from a number of you tube videos – but the one by Kelly Gettlefinger is the one I chose to follow for its clear instructions. Once I did one, I could do many.

Here are my variations from the dimensions and directions given. 

  • I scored 1/2 inch to fold over the top edge taking advantage of our double sided B and T papers to trip the top edge before doing anything else
  • When she folds ‘in’ to the 6 inch mark – I actually score at 3 inches to do this folding in – and it is scored opposite the first step.
  • When she scores at 5 inches and 7 inches I did 4 1/2, rotate 180  and score at 41/2. There are two reasons – 4 1/2 is because I used 1/2 for the turn down on the top and flip for the second score because our CTMH scroeboard is sized to 6 inches.
  • Please crease this fold – it does help with the next step. I like it creased all the way – it is up to you.
  • Once you reach that point in the video watch carefully – what she shows you is easier than me trying to describe it. However it is easier to do with the paper vertically placed in front of you. Pay attention 3 minutes into this video – watch what happens and you will soon be able to do it yourself.

Here is the video by  Kelly Gettelfinger

My  Verbal directions for students go like this:

  1. Remove the zip strip. Determine the  top and bottom edges. Score these at 1/2 inch and fold the desired trim forward. Stick this down with bonding memories glue. Now with that edge against the top side of the Score Board (so you have now rotated the whole thing 90 degrees) score at 3 inches. Rotate 180 degrees and score the second line of 3 inches.
  2. Take the paper to your table and fold in at the 3 inch marks so the sides meet in the middle.
  3. Now while this is folded – back to the scoring board you go. With the longest edge running across the top of the score board score at 4 1/2 inches. (The video says 5 – but we have used 1/2 inch for our trim!) Rotate 180 degrees (aka flip) score at 4 1/2 inches again.
  4. Now back to a nice flat surface. Open it all out and give those 4 1/2 inch scores a bit of a crease to make the next step easier.
  5. Turn the paper, fold it on the 3 inch lines and place it lengthwise to you. Press one finger in a scored corner (4 1/2 inch line). Use the other hand to bring the folded score line from the middle out and parallel to the edge. Crease inside. Repeat for all four corners. ‘Push out, push in and press’….(Video)
  6. We are going to push the sides in and pinch it – just as it is in the video. I describe this as ‘push it in the back and pinch it’. Keep it even at the sides and it will look nice.
  7. You bag will almost stand now. You can glue the 3 inch folds down along the top edge and I prefer you do the inner corners too or your lovely purse will flop open and not look pretty. A little glue between this gusset and the front and back will hold the bag in a nice shape and voila you have a bag without any cutting!
  8.  Decorate to your hearts content. I used a standard single hole punch to thread wide ribbon through as my handles. You could use cord, you could also loop ribbon over from the back to a button or toggle in the front. You can ad an additional flap as seen int he video. All mine at done just with ribbon from my stash.  Check your stash and use what is there!


Cricut flores mounted

I chose to decorate my Yuletide Carol bag with black accents at first. I started with the trendy Eiffel Tower from Artfully Sent. I also cut the Silhouette lady but ended up leaving that out. My flowers are a mix of all sorts from what I now call my flower basket. I have mounted these onto a piece of card some time ago – they fit this project just right. Each flower and leaf is cut from either Art Philosophy or Artiste in a variety of shades of cardstock. I have used spray pens and liquid glass in making them. I added tht little bit fo glam with the black shimmer trim and some bling gems. Finally I tucked in the sentiment just for you from Novembers Stamp of the Month. (NLA)

Close To My Heart Products used in this project are available to order from www.thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au 

Please have a go at this quick easy bag! You do not need to make flowers to go on it – a simple fussy cut stamp, some buttons, bows or ribbons will do. It has been a real hit with my team and customers and is a lovely way to use up some of your stash for gift giving in any season! I hope you have enjoyed this post and will come visit again. Please leave a comment before you head off on the blog hop to the next post. Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Diana Saunders

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc) for a complete list of participants!

PS You can make a ruffle just like on the bag in the video by wetting 1/ to 1 inch of your B and T or card stock. Don’t be afraid to get it wet it is quite strong at this width. Gently crumple if desired then unravel. Now place it on your all purpose craft mat or other non stick surface. Mold it into the ruffle shape you want. You can use pins and mini pegs for supports to hold wet paper up if need be. leave dry over night. It is ready to be glued onto your bag. Too easy! 


The Creative Heart



Hip pics albums make an awesome gift!

Do you like to brag? I am a bragging Nana and now I have this awesome little handbag size album to go bragging with!

This is the awesome little hip pics album. The project features my Grandson on his first birthday at his cake smash photo shoot.

This is the awesome little hip pics album. The project features my Grandson on his first birthday at his cake smash photo shoot.

For those of you looking for the perfect Christmas gift here is an idea that will suit your budget, your time, and a number of different people on your list. The Hip Pics Album kit is now available to CTMH Australia for just $18 and can be done quickly and easily in under two hours. I did this one for myself, but can see it would easily make a fabulous gift for a loved one in a number of ways. A Hip Pics Album is a fast, easy, cost effective project for you to make for someone special- and we all know how much people love gifts with photos and memories in them – or you can purchase a kit for your best friend or mum who are crafters themselves. If you want just that Hip Pic album and use your stash to decorate it that is possible too as they can be ordered on their own for $12 each.

Assuming the photos are already picked out and printed in under an hour you could have this done – a little more if you like to decorate more.

Check out these pages

hip pics album pages mini pocket 3

There are 8 white pocket pages  in the book therefore room for 16 photos. All you need to do is trim photos to suit the 4×4 window and mount them on a piece of cardstock 4 1/4 x 6 and slide it into the sleeve. Put one photo each side of the card. Then decorate and journal. in the ample space below and around the borders.

The kit comes with 5 sheets of petite die cuts in kraft, navy blue, pink, aqua and yellow and are just the right mini size for these 4×4 photo windows. The kit also comes with a coordinating stamp set so you can decorate those die cut embellishments with your ink. Add more decoration with sentiments and icons from other stampsets in your stash (if you are like me and need to decorate a little more!) By the end of the project you will still have loads of those die cuts ready to pop into another Hip Pics album. If you would like to make one but do not have ‘all the gear’ let me know and we’ll get you booked into a class to get one done.

Isn’t this just darling?

awesome pages done fast makes good sense for a great gift!

awesome pages done fast makes good sense for a great gift!

Items used to create this project are all available online now at my Jen’s Creative Classroom Close To My Heart online shop. If you join in on this months Monthly Virtual Gathering you may end up being the winning host and earn some great rewards. Click the link here an select join the November Virtual Gathering to do your shopping. You can simply enter the codes listed below or jump straight to the Holidays from the Heart guide to fin the Hip Pics Album and more. Don’t forget, you can get Stamp of the Month Illuminate for just $5 with a $75 purchase, and a free starred item from Holidays from the Heart with every $130 purchase!

Items Used in the Hip Pics Album

Hip Pics Album Kit Z1915

Exclusive inks – slate Z2173. Outdoor Denim Z2140, Indian Corn Blue Z2130, Cranberry, Z2116

Stampsets from Artiste cricut collection Z1790 and Artbooking collection  Z1906

Bakers twine neutral assortment Z1701

Cranberry 1272 and Slate X5930 Card Stock 

Adhesives – Tombow adhesive 1514   Memory Book glue dots 1772   3D Foam Tape Z1151

Find your happy in getting scrappy



Magical Days Countdown to Christmas Part 1

I was so excited about my Sparkle and Shine goodies from the Holidays from the Heart guide I could not wait to play. I was inspired by the Magical Days stamp set which I got for FREE* with my last purchase. Between the Art booking and Art philosophy Cricut cartridges on my Cricut machine, my Sparkle and Shine paper pack and extra sheets of Ruby, Juniper, Slate and White, I have created a countdown to Christmas Artbook. Currently it is living on my Flip Stand. After Christmas – if I am good 😉 – I will journal and add photos to it and bind it with ribbon as a memento of Christmas 2013. Pages are cut at 6 Inches on the cricut (if that is where they have come from) so the holes line up with the binder rings. Pages in artbooking can tend to be too long for the stand so be prepared for remodeling and consider cutting your own holes. Each page after the first one is inspired by the design on the number stamp.

The Fist of December cover page

The Fist of December cover page

Here is the first page. The page started as one of the circular pages you can pre-cut with Art Booking p54 but it was too long for the stand so I trimmed off the top and used an everyday hole punch to make new holes. The elements on the page are from the following places:

Artbooking- Reindeer p57,

Art Philosophy – Tag p 62 Tree p 31 Stamp set that came with this collection is used to stamp the trees.

If you do not have a Cricut machine and would like to be able to get one for Christmas let me know and I will tell you how! (Australia only)

Title stamp is from the Sparkle and Shine Workshop on the go kit.

I have hand cut the little circles on the top of the trees after stamping the star. I added dimension to the reindeer using a sponge dauber and slate ink. Silver shimmer trim adds the sparkle to this page. the 3D look comes from using Foam Mounting Tape.

I won’t go through every single element on every page here – That would be cumbersome and take forever to get to the eye candy! Are you ready for DEC 2?

Here it is


I added a strip tp the side to get width happening. I have embellished the baubles - check the post to find out how.

I added a strip tp the side to get width happening. I have embellished the baubles – check the post to find out how.

These baubles have been stamped with a nice little shape on the WOTG stamp set. I started in the centre and them added more around and off the edges using Colonial White Ink. White Daisy may be better but I didn’t have any. Then, using slate I daubed the right hand side to add shadow. I final highlight is added with the white chalk marker– I love this pen! I am finding I am using it to add white to all sorts of things!  Bakers twine is used to hang the balls and the page shape with the scalloped edge is an Art booking page. I had to trim the bottom off as it was too long. To make my fancy edge stand out I added the extra paper to the right.

Would you like some more? Yes you do….

Colored Santa window

Colored Santa window

I cut the photo frame and just added it to cardstock cutting the holes myself for this one. The feature here is of course Santa. I imagine by Dec 3 some shopping is entering my life and I am thinking about how I can help make Santa come alive for my Grandson. Santa is on one of the Holidays from the Heart stamp sets – Santa Clause Available for free* or for purchase. I stamped him with Cranberry and coloured him with a range of markers – Ruby, Slate and Creme Brule. I Have a limited range but the light and dark shades in each pen set gave me plenty to work with.

Summer time for us!

Summer time for us!

Christmas for us here down under is HOT! Snowflakes and winter chill do not work in our Christmas decoration except to make us look at a snowy tree image and wish for a cool breeze. I also live many miles from any snow! I was super inspired by the Sun rays in the Art booking cartridge – CTMH have done a great video tutorial on Art Booking and making a summer fun album. I decided to use the sun and cut the word summer to add to my Christmas Art Book – a reminder that Christmas for us also means Summer holidays are on their way! I used some liquid glass to add a bit of shimmer to the sun as well. You can see more about this shape and cutting it in the video below.

The next few pages are completely inspired by the shape and design of the date stamp and the remainder of the book follows the same pattern.

Background stamping, tree cut from the Sparkle and Shine paper, and the trimmed edge of the paper lines the sides

Dec 5 Background stamping, tree cut from the Sparkle and Shine paper, and the trimmed edge of the paper lines the sides

Here I have used the stamp from this months Stap of the month - available for $5 with every $75 purchase.

Dec 6 Here I have used the stamp from this months Stamp of the month – available for $5 with every $75 purchase.


Title is from the Sparkl and Shine WOTG kit. I used the shade and highlight technique on the baubles

Dec 7 Title is from the Sparkle and Shine WOTG kit. I used the shade and highlight technique on the baubles


Another little Santa window using Sparkle and Shine paper for the background.

Dec 8 Another little Santa window using Sparkle and Shine paper for the background.

For this I was really inspired by the concpet of a shoping list from the riled lines on the date stamp.

For this I was really inspired by the concept of a shopping list from the riled lines on the date stamp.

The stamp design was reminiscent of the scandanavian wishe house - SOTM. I used the red paper, also of that design style, and the house from SOTM to create this page.

The stamp design was reminiscent of the Scandinavian Wishes house – SOTM. I used the red paper, also of that design style, and the house from SOTM to create this page.

It will probbly be HOT - we can only hope for the cool of our air conditioners so a little snowflake may help.

It will probably be HOT – we can only hope for the cool of our air conditioners so a little snowflake may help.Note the shape of the page itself is an Art Booking page. 

The date stamp here inspired a bit of patchwork!

The date stamp here inspired a bit of patchwork! The page was another of the art booking pages cut with the art booking cartridge. 


OK – There you have the first 12 pages. I am not quite done yet with the rest of the month. I look forward to completing some of these over this coming weekend and will post the rest of the month soon. I hope my pages here inspire you to give Art booking a try – I am loving it!

If you have questions at all please post a comment and I will try and answer them for you. If you live in or around Sunraysia and want to see this and many more projects, or join in on a Play Day let me know.

All products used in this project are available from my online store to any resident in Australia. Why not head over there now and start shopping?

Your Wish list to make this project:


  • WOTG Sparkle and Shine pack G1071
  • Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack X7176B
  • Magical Days Stamp Set D1552
  • Santa Clause Stamp Set C1567
  • SOTM Scandinavian wishes S1310
  • Silver  Z1799 and Red Z1848 Shimmer trim
  • White Chalk Marker Z1767
  • Inks – Slate Z2173 Cranberry Z2116 Juniper Z2165 Colonial white Z2168 or white daisy Z2163
  • Flip Stand Z1896
  • Artbooking Cricut Collection Z1906
  • Art Philosophy  Cricut Collection Z1686
  • 3D foam Tape Z1151

If you do not have a Cricut machine yet ask me how you can get one at wholesale price just in time for Christmas! 

* The Holidays from the Heart guide has starred items. You are entitled to one FREE starred item with every $130 purchase. Order online and have your goodies sent straight to your door. All orders over $75 are also able to get Stamp Of The Month (SOTM) for just $5. Awesome savings for you! 


Everyone who orders from the above list before the end of October will go into a lucky prize draw!







Sparkle and Shine with your gift giving this Christmas

This is the time of year when we should be thinking about anything we plan to give that might be hand made is underway and CTMH have made the simple gift of giving a hand made card or gift box a breeze with this delightful short time only collection available from October 13th.  Come along to our Country Road Show event in Mildura Monday October 21 and not only see the products, create with them! You will take home samples including card, a page and an off the page project!

Remember these products are available from October 13 and available while stocks last.

Imagine one of these trees on your table center at your Christmas function!

Sparkle and shine catalog available soon

Sparkle and shine catalog available soon

Let us show you how!

Mildura, Monday Oct 21. Two sessions 2 pm and 7 pm. Bookings via links below.

Mildura, Monday Oct 21. Two sessions 2 pm and 7 pm. Bookings via links below.

To Book in for this event you can

1. Purchase your ticket online right here Be sure to choose your session.

2. email Jenny nenifoofer@gmail.com for bank or paypal payments

3. Phone Jenny 0400253422

It would be awesome to welcome those of you from around the region too! Why not car pool and come for the day, join us for dinner and scrap as well? All those prebooked will be in a special prize draw!

By the way, when these products go live on October 13 if you purchase $130 worth of product in an order you can get and star item free! Make your wish list up right now!

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