May SOTM Just Sayin S1505 (International)

Yay -I am so very excited to be back in the blog seat! I am even more excited to be blogging in such great company along with 67 other consultants from all over the world!  I am a scrapbooker more than a card maker so I am super excited about the May Just Sayin S1505 set and know it will go well with all our planned National Scrapbook Month pages too. If you have arrived here from Michelle Battitori’s blog you are in the right place. For a full list of participants you can head to Melinda’s Blog.


I am sharing with you today my interpretation of the page presented in the Annual Inspirations that features this stamp set. I have added the left hand side page to it. Go ahead, take a look at page 21 for yourself.

1505-sotm-layoutYou can see there is a little bit of Snowhaven paper pack at the bottom. I had just enough left for 2 pages. The rest of this double page layout has come from my scrap box including photo mounts from National Paper Craft Month Year Noted Kit (that was special!). The colours were just right for wha I wanted to do in replicating the page from the magazine.

S1505 Just Sayin

I went ahead and did a lot of stamping on scrap bits of White Daisy Cardstock and then arranged all the bits around the photo mounts and B and T trim.

Just Sayin Stamp of the Month

Just Sayin Stamp of the Month

I have used a variation of Thistle, Canary, Glacier, Sorbet and Black in stamping the elements from the stamp sheet. I have repeated the triangles for the banner in the top right and used the circles under the daisies. I used Glacier Thick Twine to support the banners and have mixed up mounting some pieces flat and some on foam tape for additional dimension.


Cluster the triangles for a banner, use the square shapes for titles and journalling



This is similar to the cluster in the Annual Inspirations Book, using a number of the titles from the set.

The collection of titles are varied by colour. I have used my most favourite of our bling, gold gems, for the centers of the daisies. My daisies have come from excess flower cuts on the cricut. I knew if I used the ‘fill page’ function I would eventually have a use for all those daisies! These have been inked eith in the center or at the outer edges with Crystal blue. I used Silver Shimmer trim on the edges of both pages rather than mount the white bases onto sparkling card stock.


Cluster it thin banner flags and be sure to support the flowers with a bit of colour. I have used the circle stamp to do this.


I hope you have been inspired to replicate what is in annual inspirations and can follow my layout for your partner page.  Ask your consultant about the Recipe! For a complete list of products used see the list below.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you move on! I love to have your feedback.

You now may have completed the loop of hopes if you started with Melinda Everitt. If not hop on over to her page and keep going through this lovely range of artwork. Click right here on Melinda Everitt

Products used to create this page are available online from my Website to Australian Customers.


Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you move on! I love to have your feedback.



Australasian Blog Hop Stamp Of The Month This Moment S1501

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Welcome to the first blog hop of 2015 by the  Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop group. If you have arrived here from Shaunna’s Blog, Passionate About Pages then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.


I am thrilled to share with you this mini album which features January Stamp of the Month S1501 This Moment.  S1501 available exclusively throughout January for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Love Notes Mini Journal

Ok I will fess up. I initially felt I had little use for this stamp set as I have no lover, no kids and my dogs can’t read a love note I might write. I did what I always do – I just stamped some of it out and an idea was born.


URok is a deliberate choice – This book is meant to be an affirmation not a question:)


A little back story may help with why I did this mini album. It is no secret among those close to me I suffer depression. I am OK right now because I have awesome things to do with my time, (teaching people how to be creative is awesome) and great family and great friends supporting me. But I am not always ok. I am a single 50 something living at home in an empty nest with 2 dogs. I battle the black dog daily. While I occasionally have the company of my girls and grandson, I am very much alone and that sense of isolation can exacerbate any feelings of depression coursing through my veins.

I created this project while completely alone between Christmas and New Year. It is a time in which we reflect on what we have done and achieved and what we might like to plan for the years to come. I have promised myself to take some everyday photos to fill the pages along with completing the all important journalling. Maybe one day one of my offspring will treat it as a treasure once I have done those pages. But its purpose for me is in this moment!

My mini album therefore is intended to be an antidote to feeling sad. It is a very big Love Note reminder to take care of and love myself by being in the moment and appreciating that.  It gives me great pleasure to share with you my empty Mini I put together in just one evening using a few fun, well priced CTMH products.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

All you need is the Hip Pics Mini Album Z1956, A la Carte For Always Picture My Life CardsZ3065 , Black Arrow Washi Tape Z2003, Black Shimmer trim Z1809, Marvy Uchida LePen journalling pen Z1979, Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment Z1754, Scaredy Cat assortment (Black Stars)Z3011, and an assortment of Black, White and Kraft paper. I have used just two inks, Black Z2105 and White Daisy Z2163. I added a piece of Black Twill Z1988 ribbon to my spine too. Get set to do each page as you feel as all these products coordinate completely with the for Always cards. The stamp set could well have been created from the same designs. I had a ball bringing these pages together.

Get over creative block! 

To begin with I stamped some of the titles and icons on black, white and kraft paper. This gets my creative juices going and helps push me past creative block! Then I knew how and where I wanted to place things on the album cover. I flipped through my For Always cards and chose those that were actually very similar and even the same in style with this stamp set, and fitted my colour scheme of black, white and kraft, as well as my mood and the thoughts I was feeling. I made no definite decisions yet but I had a nice little pile of large and small cards. I flushed out a piece of Black Fundamentals paper from my stash to use as well as I loved the Zing of the black and white chevron.

I like the hip pics pages but feel the pockets need a bit of stabilising. Fill each one with a piece of card 6 x 4 1/4. I mixed these up from my colours. Then I added PML cards. NOW is the time to stamp directly on the white space of your pages if desired. If you wait it can become a little lumpy bumpy and complicated. You can always cover it up if you decide you do not like it:)If you do need to support a page from lumps elsewhere slip your Versamat in there to help.

To adhere the PML cards into the album I simply hinged them in with black arrow Washi tape and used some scraps from fussy cut cards as tabs where needed. Once it was all stuck down I came back to decorate with more faux washi (scraps from cards!) I also did pen outlines, and stuck down some shimmer trim and gems. This little album is now ready for some photos and some reflection about what makes me smile, and what matters to me so in a moment I can be reminded to be in the moment.Here is how mine came together.





Here Hello is stamped 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation.





White pigment ink looks great on our Kraft card stock. Give it a try.




I gorgot to do photos – the crds on the left fall down revealing my precious and grately appreciated first cuppa of the day.


Here the photo of the day title is fussy cut from the card and popped on top – over the same card I cut it from with the hip pics frame in between.



The love notes on the right included a little fold out note slipped into the pocket of the page. It is all set in place ready for me to write a nice love note.




Shopping list – If you have a stash – your only investment might be this cute album and the PML cards





I would love to hear from you if you decide to take this or a similar approach with this stamp set. Please let me know if I have inspired you.

This Moment is only available until January 31 from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,

Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

If you get lost along the way please visit  Mandy – Hall of Indulgence for a full list of hoppers.

Have a Fantastic New Year!

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Everything ABC’s Letter U -Umbrella, uninked….

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter U. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their U 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 “Wendy Kessler My Scrapbooking Blog ” then you’re on the right track!


U is for Umbrella, uninked and unavailable!

There are not many U words or elements I can think of so I struggled to find a U that would be unique for you today. I decided on this Umbrella as I was preparing for my Girls Night In Fundraising event.which I call ‘Inky Pinky’ and we work with pink products from Close To My Heart. I could also have called this post uninked…as there is no stamping here at all! I also used some of my leftovers from kits that are now unavailable which of course is doing as we should using my stash.

For this years Girl’s Night In event all my guests are getting a selection of Chantilly PML Z1949 cards and the challenge to make a layout with them. One of those cards is the umbrella card with the sentiment ‘Let’s Dance in the rain‘ I have used in the layout below. It was my focal point around which I selected everything else.

I really like the sentiment and a few of the others I have placed on this double page spread. I love ‘Don’t forget to be AWESOME‘ and ‘Adventure Awaits the Daring Girl.‘ I have fussy cut some of the birds too. This layout has what I consider key elements – spots for photos and places to journal, and a bit of decoration and inspiration. It just needs the photos!


I now have the challenge of TAKING photos for a page I have already prepared! (Isn’t that familiar?) Photos in the rain…having fun! Probably with pink roses or a bra or two showing!!! Who knows, but I will do my best to find an awesome photo opportunity. (Easier said than done in an area that only gets a few inches of rain a year!)

Picture My Life cards do make great quick and easy to finish scrapbook pages. I hope you have been inspired by this one. The pink Ribbon icon is cut from the Artbooking Z1906 J key using Pink Glitter PaperZ1922. I love the way our glitter paper cuts! Use the settings heavy card stock and cut twice to ensure you get right through. The zipper lace is no longer available and I have used up leftover Lolly Doodle papers on this layout.

Shopping List – For the products used in this layout and more the online store is open 24/7


Don’t forget this month we have Free Ribbon with an order over $60 AU and you have an awesome Stamp of the Month for Just $5 with order of $75 AU or more. Read more here.

If you would like to donate to Girls Night In fundraising events raising funds to find a cure for Breast Cancer,  please go to this link. I would love to hear from you if you do donate.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is “Melissa Hegwood- Scrappin’ More Mom

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

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Lost in LA!!! The tail end of the adventure!

Grab a cuppa! I have a story for you!

Hi readers. I know it has been some time since I posted but I have been preoccupied with my Mexican Adventure, Close To My Heart Convention USA in Disneyland (more on these in future posts) and of course discovering something of LA in my last few days before heading home.

The end of Route 66

Santa Monica Pier – The end of Route 66

I have discovered today the beauty of Santa Monica Beach and city, and the eccentric,  eclectic Venice Beach. I saw something of these yesterday on tour but we were given just 20 minutes in Venice Beach and drove right by Santa Monica pier. From that experience I would say don’t choose this tour by VIP tours! However it helped to get my bearings on this enourmous city.  


Today I ventured out on LA public transport, specifically the Big Blue Bus. It started well with friendly drivers telling me where to hop off in Santa Monica. I wandered down to the pier and enjoyed the ocean breeze and the atmosphere.

I have a video here

Then I could not quite decide what to do. Pay big bucks for the hop on hop off bus or just get the BBB to Venice Beach. I decided given the time of day it had to be Venice, that was around 1 pm.  Not enough time for hop on hop off back up to Sunset Strip. (Unfortunately, and I doubt now I have time to get bck there.) But the BBB had a route through to Venice so off I went. 

Anyhow, I loved my time at Venice Beach. There was a lot of quirky artwork, skaters, cyclists, entertainment and another awesome red hat. Here is a video of one of the musicians. I can{t quite work out the embed code yet. 

I had a big late lunch and decided it was time to find my way from Venice to Route 3 on the BBB.  I had two possible directions to head. I started right, looked at the map and the envisioned potential walk ahead and decided left was perhaps better. Who should I run into but three awesome Aussies from Convention just arriving at Venice Beach!

Back on  track,  an officer of the  LAPD advised me the main road I was looking for was a mile and a half away. I have no concept of that so I started walking….and walking…and walking. Three miles may have been closer to the mark!  

On the upside of this part of the journey I saw some nice homes in the streets of Venice Beach, and quickly changed blocks when I realised I was in ‘cool’ ( aka dangerous) territory.

Suddenly I found myself back in the city of Santa Monica! Not only was it signed, the whole look of the place with its smoke free streets, good pavement and quality of shops and homes dictated I had crossed some sort of border. I felt safe but the walking I knew was going to be a problem. I had to turn right on Pacific Boulevard. I did and there in front of me were hills….I can walk bumpy flat ground (and I had in the streets of Venice Beach where in some place poles and fences were so close my walker would not fit through) but hills are a problem.  

Big Blue Bus Routes....there are lots of them!

Big Blue Bus Routes….there are lots of them!

By now I regretted the decision to go left. I regretted not having a decent map or any concept of how big the distance was between key roads marked on the map. I thought about getting a taxi and then realised I was on the wrong side of the street to hail one…They do drive on the wrong side of the road here!  

By now I was pretty cross with myself, and a little anxious. Then I saw it!  A BIG BLUE BUS! It was route 8 and bound to get me to route 3 according to the map I had which I needed to get home. After 30 minutes wait, and dodging fruit dropping from the tree overhead, I began to get anxious. Not one BBB had come through, but I had seen 3 go the other way. Surely one would come or had they stopped for the DAY? How could I Check?  

In the burbs oi Santa Monica around 6 pm getting anxious about the next Big Blue Bus not arriving!

In the burbs oi Santa Monica around 6 pm getting anxious about the next Big Blue Bus not arriving!

Then I remembered Santa Monica City has free wifi…. it worked in the burbs where I was…My BBB arrived just as I downloaded the time Table!  The reason for such a wait….city Traffic!  Duh!!!  Lol. Of course. I am just a country bumpkin afterall and have no idea about such things in a city of millions. 

So as I write the draft of this post I am safely on route 3, discovering all the while I did not need to walk miles to key stops Afterall! !! Every major intersection I crossed over following my map intersected with this one!!!! If I’d only had a map or thought it through before embarking on my homeward journey. One final challenge awaits…a working public phone at the bus transfer station to call upon my hotel shuttle. I had not seen a phone there in the morning…I am worried.  (If not I will be offering so one some money to use their mobile phone!)Enjoy these photos.

Today was and adventure and I can’t wait to scrapbook it. This rapid bus is making lots of stops. Yep….I am a dill. So could have thought this through better. There was a shorter quicker way…to my right where I was headed in the first place! 


Postscript: I found phones and had just 3 quarters left to make a call. No change machine in sight and 2 are needed for the call.  The girl at the hotel could not hear me so she hung up. It is after 7 pm…getting late. I needed one more quarter…asked a guy if he had change. Nope. He suggested putting a fiiver in the coke machine to get change. The machines rejected my fiver. 7.25 pm… I emptied my handbag and luckily found another quarter and a better phone. Made the call, got connected. A 15 minute wait. 8 pm…collected and taken round the airport twice (another story) while another client was dropped off for a flight. 8.30 by the time I walked into the hotel! But…I made it! And through talking with the driver I now know exactly how to get to Michaels for their Independence day sale tomorrow!

PPS..Americans are already celebrating July 4 with fireworks and some are turning it into a 4 day weekend. Just like us…any reason to party or go camping!





CTMH Stamps of the Month Australasian Blog Hop January 2014

Hello and welcome aboard the  Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from  Monika’s Blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you this gorgeous Stamp of the Month 17 – SOTM December

Cross Stitch Wishes  Stamp of the month. This stamp is yours with any $75 purchase made in December with your CTMH consultant.

How awesome is it to have a stamp set to compliment pictures of crafts we do with needle and thread? I am an avid scrapbooker, but I also have embroidered, cross stitched and done patchwork. I have made many quilts but none have been as big, daunting or time consuming as my Dear Jane Quilt. I cannot show you the quilt…yet. It is about 2/3 complete now. That is about 2/3 of the 225 5 inch blocks are done! I started the project in 2004. Along the way in true Dear Jane style I have journalled when I am working on it, recorded each block and the number of pieces. One day, it wil be finished and that journal will need a home. It is SEW special! I have found the perfect stamp sets to create an awesome double page spread about the progress of this quilt 10 years after it began.

Dear Jane Double Page Spread using SOTM January Cross Stitch Wishes

Dear Jane Double Page Spread using SOTM January Cross Stitch Wishes

Let’s take this project one page at a time. The title page ‘Dear Jane’  has been made with quite a bit of work – reflective of the quilt in many ways. I wanted to capture the look and feel of the quilt by quilting with paper and ink. I have used Cricut Craft room to create a series of cuts with the Art Booking Cartridge. I began with the Calendar on page 68. I moved it over the one inch grid and resized it as best I could to get smaller square blocks. I didn’t quite get it right, but then each block in Dear Jane won’t be quite right either as many are hand stitched. I also placed on the cutting screen the banners from p 63 multiple times. This was to suggest the triangles that border the quilt. Again I resized them against the vertical and horizontal axis. By rotating one and tucking it in I could use less paper too. Here is what my craftroom screen looked like.

The fist mat used to cut the shapes for the quilt page.

The fist mat used to cut the shapes for the quilt page.

Next I proceeded to stamp each and every block and triangle. I decided as I was going that a 5×5 quilt would do the trick. I lifted each little square, moved it to my stamp spaces with scratch paper underneath and raided my Washi Wonder stamp set. I did a variety of those stamps in a variety of colours. Here is a shot part way through the process. I didn’t need to be too concerned about bright colour as the Champagne cardstock toned those colours right down.

As I stamped each block I put them back on the Cricut Mat. This kept them safe and enabled me to ensure there was enough colour and pattern variation. At this point all the border frames are still there.

As I stamped each block I put them back on the Cricut Mat. This kept them safe and enabled me to ensure there was enough colour and pattern variation. At this point all the border frames are still there.

Once all the stamping was done I then laid the quilt frame on the background paper. I have used the green side of the Chantilly B and T duos paper for this. I love this print! Being a consultant has its privileges and access to this paper is one of them. (Ask us – we are sure to tell you about this and more!)

Frame for the quiltis adhered with Bonding memories glue pen - perfect for small thin lines.

Frame for the quiltis adhered with Bonding memories glue pen – perfect for small thin lines.

The quilt border finishes it off. I did this with New England Ivy cardstock and the Scallop Border from p 47.  The next step was to fix in all the quilt pieces. I had cut pieces to fit the corners and used a cross stitch flower to fill the space, masking off the stem. I added stitch lines with the Stitched Together stamp set (C1459) and then the flowers from our Stamp of the Month. I used New England Ivy Ink for these.  I made the sub title and fussy cut the needle  and threaded it with ribbon from my stash. I also added a pair of scissors cut using Artiste Accent 4 p 41.

It is a page without photos - but it suggestes the dear Jane inspiration for all the photos to come.

It is a page without photos – but it suggests the dear Jane inspiration for all the photos to come.

Ok so now it is time for a photo page. I used the 9 square grid from Artbooking as a starting point. I grabbed a couple of photos of blocks I have made and I am fortunate this year my dear friend Sandra too photos of me working on the quilt in her studio, so I had to scrap them!

The 9 square overlay is on p 69 of Art Booking. I also cut the cotton spool p 42 of Artiste and paper clips (shift border) p 47 of Artbooking. I used the stitch lines stamps from Stitched together to ‘quit’ the border and toned down the card stock by daubing it with Desert Sand Ink.

Cricut Craftroom layout for the second page

Cricut Craftroom layout for the second page

I used both the negative spaces and the frame for this page While I was cutting I set up to cut the hearts from Artiste at 1.5 and 1 inch as per the stamp sheet ready for the cross stitch hearts.

I used both the negative spaces and the frame for this page While I was cutting I set up to cut the hearts from Artiste at 1.5 and 1 inch as per the stamp sheet ready for the cross stitch hearts.

The little photos are mounted on New England Ivy. The hearts are stamped with New England Ivy and mounted on double sided foam mounting tape. Everything is edged with Desert Sand on a dauber.

The Spool got a little more artistic attention. I cut the base in New England Ivy, the thread in Champagne. I drew fine lines on the thread piece from the sides inward, following the curves. I then daubed the edges with desert sand to give it the rounded look. For the spool base I drew a line to make the edge and with the help of masking daubed the shadow areas with New England Ivy.

Adding details and shades brings an otherwise flat element to life

Adding details and shades brings an otherwise flat element to life.

I hope you have enjoyed the techniques and ideas here. These two tools were a key in the creation of these pages – Cricut Collections Artiste and Art Booking. Please ask your consultant about how you can save by getting these collections at reduced prices by hosting a gathering! If you do not have a cricut machine ask your consultant for more information. We will be only to pleased to help you get started making artwork like this.

Cricut Cartridges

Here is another page I have done with this stamp set with the focus on stitchery 🙂 It is my first attempt at a mixed media page. The laces came from my stash – the Washi and the Teal Glitter trim are in the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit. More on that another day.


I hope You have enjoyed my Stamp of the Month Cross Stitch Wishes! Please stop by the next stop on the hop at


List of items used in this project

SOTM  Cross Stitch Wishes S1401

My Acrylix Stampset – Washi Wonder (Exclusive host only stamp set – hurry last month to get this!)

My Acrylix stampset Stitched Together (On the retiring list!) C1459

Cricut Collections Artiste z1970 and Art Booking z1906

Exclusive Inks  Deset Sand;  New England Ivy

Exclusive Colour Palette Cardstock  Champagne, New England Ivy;

B and T Duos paper – Chantilly (Paper 1)

Bonding Memories Glue Pen Z553

Foam Mounting Tape  Z1151

This exclusive  stamp of the month is only available during January. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $24.00 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. While you are ordering this you are also entitled to the Cloud Nine Card Making Kit for just $20 when you have an order of $55 or more. Why not take advantage of both offers and save?

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store Jen’s Creative Classroom.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading back to where it all begins at Lauren Moore’s Blog .Thank you for stopping by.

PS If you want to know more about the Dear Jane Quilt Head here! ( and yes my software still works on Windows 7!) You can view some of my Dear Jane blocks here.


Let your Light Shine with Illuminate

I love the Stamp of the Month Program with Close To My Heart and this month’s stamp brings with it lots of Vintage Chic appeal as well as positive messages of hope and love. ‘Faith Shine’s Bright’, ‘Let your light shine through’, ‘If there is light in the soul there will be beauty in the person’, Images of light abound in our life and our stories, and we can easily relate to the symbolism that goes with the word ‘light’. I have only just started on uses for this stamp set.

Illuminate! What a perfect name!

Illuminate Stamp of the month (SOTM) You can purchase this stampset for just $5 with every $75 purchase. Head to now and place your order!

Illuminate Stamp of the month (SOTM) You can purchase this stampset for just $5 with every $75 purchase. Head to now and place your order!

While this stamp set can be seen as for Christmassy pags and cards,  as a complement of the Sparkle and Shine  paper and stamp collection, I like to think it can be so much more! As a result I am pleased to give you some examples to get you thinking about what has brought, or is bringing light into your life!

I have often used light in reflections I have prepared. Light is a timeless symbol of faith, wisdom and joy. In this stamp set we have the Chic lamp base and a range of lanterns which is very trendy and quite ‘Parisienne‘; a string of lights that can highlight being centre stage, sentiments for a range of hope and gratitude moments and even the cutest little candle. Can you see it here?

Let Your Light Shine Artbook page

I celebrate the ‘light’ and excitement my first two team members give me on a regular basis. I am also very much into artbooking and invite you to follow along with the artbooking videos CTMH are producing in their series Artbooking Made Easy. For this page I have used the cricut and Artbooking Cartridge to cut photo mat 1on p44 at the recomended 8″ which is perfect for the My Creations Kraft 3 ring binder. From the same page I cut ‘inspire’ (title – shift)  I also cut the small overlay from page 50 (Overlay – shift) at 8 inches (it doesn’t turn out that big!) to create the lattice fence look. Everything else on this page is stamped using the stamps in the Illuminate set as well as the swirls around set,

First I random stamped some colonial white cardstock big enough to back the lattice piece with the little round radiant light stamp using Topiary. I then fixed the lattice to this and trimmed to fit. The word inspire was cut with the cricut when I did the page so I have coloured this up by smudging it with Hollyhock Pigment ink. Then I stamped the background on the page itself with the lamp base, a lamp, the lights across the top, the title, and on the tab I put the sentiment.  I trimmed my photo to fit within the lattice overlay shape. The lattice is adhered as a pocket using foam tape at sides and about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom so the photo slides in and out. I did this as behind the photo is my journalling! I like to create surprises in my artbooking!

Artbooking page using Illuminate stamp of the month set.

Artbooking page using Illuminate stamp of the month set.

Key Products Used – Cardstock Champagne, Colonial white, New England Ivy; Inks Slate, Topiary; Stamps S1311 Illuminate and D1551 Swirls around; Cricut Artbooking cartridge from the Artbooking Collection Z1906


In the second project I just happened to have some awesome photos of lights and the sentiments on the stamp set matched these photos perfectly. Not only is this page about the lights but about the awesome  mood of the evening I spent with fellow Close To My Heart consultants at dinner in the Spaghetti Tree in Melbourne while at Creative Kickoff .

I also like to step out of the box with papers and these are 100% from the Babycakes Workshop on the go kit! Yep, the page has nothing to do with babies, but the stripe, the orange and the yellow were all colours I needed to enhance the lampshades and the embellishments added an additional bit of fun light to the page!  The bronze shimmer trim did not go astray either! As to techniques, here I really really sanded the Sunset paper edge – using a foam sanding scrubber! I inked the edge of the orange stripe and the yellow print, and rolled up the edge on the striped piece before adhering it all down. The actual layout is based on one of the designs in that awesome book we all get in our kits ‘Reflections’ scrapbook program, p40.

Faith Shines bright was the perfect caption for this exciting evening of fellowship.

Faith Shines Bright was the perfect caption for this exciting evening of fellowship.

Key Products Used – Cardstock and B and T duos paper from Babycakes WOTG G1068  Inks –  Slate; Bling buttons – the assortment in Babycakes WOTG available separately Z1869 Stamps S1311 Illuminate and D1551 Swirls around; Bakers twine is from the Harvest Assortment Z1751; Reflections scrapbook program 9037


It is so easy to get hold of these  SOTM (stamp of the month stamp sets) for just $5 instead of the full price of $24. All you need to do is place an order to the value of $75 or more and it is yours for $75.  Don’t forget our Holidays from the Heart promotion continues with the addition of a FREE starred item with every order valued over $130. If you do not have Artbooking for your Cricut, grab that, get your $5 stamp of the month AND a free Holidays from the Heart item! That means awesome savings for you!  If you do not have a Cricut contact me for details on how you can get one at a very exclusive price with all Australian Warranty.

You can see these projects at upcoming workshops and events. If you would like to know more drop me a line and I will send you my latest newsletter. or subscribe online at my Facebook Page

I would love to have your feedback! Please feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to respond. I hope your creative brain has been ‘enlightened’ and you are inspired by this awesome stamp set. I can’t wait to see what others have done with it. Follow my pins for more ideas so graciously shared by other Close To My Heart Consultants and Customers.

Stay Tuned – part 2 of the Artbook Advent Calendar is coming!

I have a Crush!

I have a crush on My Crush books by Close To My Heart and every teen and tween who has seen these has been excited too. Mums and daughters are joining forces to work on these together as well which is awesome! I think this would create awesome quality time – even for grandmas 🙂

Take a little peek

I have explored this product in depth at my page on My Crush books. Here I also show examples from the first book I have done which is now full!

Starting very soon I am offering classes right here in Mildura so Crush books can be quickly completed. Imagine having one done as a gift in time for Christmas! If you would like the class schedule and the costs email me and I will give you the details.

If you cannot get to a class but would still like to make a start on a My Crush book, you can order yours online right now at my online store. Just let me know via email if you need any support to get it done. I can give you some ideas and some challenges to help you along the way!

It explodes!

I have really enjoyed the freedom to be creative with my scrapbooking with many thanks to Close To My Heart products and How To Program books. I have taken ideas for this page from Magic – which is all about interactive pages and Reflections which came in the consultant kit. The following page makes use of techniques explained in Magic for slicing openings in the Memory Protectors so the pages truly can be interactive. I love the quality of these memory protectors!

Double page layout with a hidden tag and an explosion box

Double page layout with a hidden tag and an explosion box

As you can see there are two places for interactivity here. One is a little tag and the other is what is a variation of an explosion box. It has no lid, but it does open up

The tag gave me the opportunity to slip in the surprise photo – a second bottle of Moet! The photo didn’t quite fit on the layout about the wonderful presents I got so this was a good way to include it. I do have way too many photos to pick from and it is difficult to choose just a few. I hope i am not alone in this!

A second photo attached to a tag hidden behind the first

A second photo attached to a tag hidden behind the first

The right hand page is the really fun one – it looks like a gift on the page. When you unwind the string holding it closed you get a whole lot more – and plenty of journalling space too. There clearly was a story to tell here as I had 3 parcels to unwrap and two very eager nephews ensuring I got all the help I needed.


So let’s unwind this and take a peek inside!

An Introduction as the first gift was opened - yes there was an order :)

An Introduction as the first gift was opened – yes there was an order 🙂

A little more story as that flap is turned

A little more story as that flap is turned

The fully exploded box allowing 5 photos to the page where only one might have been

The fully exploded box allowing 5 photos to the page where only one might have been

So there you have the exploding gift. This was the easy bit – the tricky bit is getting the pages into Memory Protectors in such a way your reader can interact with them. The quality of CTMH Memory Protectors allows for a very precise cut and the strength in them means they won’t give way in a hurry. By following the instructions for piercing and slicing in Magic I have an excellent reult.  Here is how the pages look inserted into the sleeves.

All sleeved up

All sleeved up

I created the exploding box with a piece of 12 x 12 Ruby card stock. I scored it twice at 4 and 8 inches both horizontally and vertically then trimmed out the corners. Using my bone folder I made sure the folds were crisp. the photos were cut to fit at 3.5 inches square, as was the journalling card. Given the layout is bright red and uses For Always paper, plain white was too stark for the journaling. To bring it into line with the colours I sponged the edges and a little more with Desert Sand ink. This colour is present on the black and white prints giving them the look of antiquity so the Desert Sand worked well. The titles were cut with my Cricut machine and Artiste Cricut cartridge using CTMH Giltter paper.

Cricut Tip! I have learned that with glitter paper you need to have either a nice new blade, just for this job – and then keep it only for the glitter paper. Use a depth of 6 and after a few sheets you may find the need to cut 2-3 times before getting through – or replacing the blade. Fortunately I will not need to bling up each page I do as I would be hard pressed to keep up with blades. Cutting Glitter paper with the Cricut will be a sometimes thing for me!

The little red rose and yellow hat pins come in the For Always Workshop on the go kit.

If you would like any of these products please hop on over to my online store. You can order any time for direct delivery to you if you are in Australia. If you live in my region (Sunraysia and Malle) why not come along to a play day and learn how to make a page like this yourself or come along to one of my paper crafting nights. We can make and exploding box like this as a card, or even make one with a lid and several layers. (A truly exploding box!)  Contact me for more details about my classes

I would love your feedback on this and other pages I share with you. What would you like to see explored and shred here on the blog? Your comments are very welcome! I would love to hear from you.



Having fun with Artbooking

Have you discovered the joy of Artbooking? I have and I am loving it! It is playful, random and fun!

Artbooking is scrapbooking, journaling and being creative and arty all rolled into one. You make the book, you create the embellishments (and add from your stash) and your very best friend is the Cricut Artbooking cartridge by CTMH!

It has awesome pre-designed shapes in a number of sizes so you can create a journal of photos and memories in a number of ways. I still see myself very much a beginner in all this but I wanted to share with you what I have done so far with a 3 ring Kraft folder, my Artbooking cartridge, and papers from my stash. Most of this has been created with cardstock and papers from the Chantilly paper pack.

The cover made with a frame from the Artbooking Cartridge.

The cover made with a frame from the Artbooking Cartridge.

So I have the Cricut ExpressionII- and the CTMH Artbooking Cartridge collection which includes precut chipboard shapes and three stamp sets- and a project with a purpose. This little journal is going to record my journey as Carer for my parents. The journalling is what will really matter and I won’t be sharing those pages. However, I have made a start with some photos of my parents, and the family they brought into being. I explored a few things on the cartridge and got my head around ‘real dial’ size and other such matters. These page elements all had to be done at the right size so the pre cut holes line up with the rings.

Ok – so this is what it all looks like so far.

This is the title page - not as wide as some of the other pages but I actually like that they stick out.

This is the title page – not as wide as some of the other pages but I actually like that they stick out.


I am enjoying the stamps that came with the collection too! Here are the following pages – with tabs and lacy edges and more!

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The titles have also been cut with the Artbooking cartridge.











I love the overlays in the Artbooking cartridge – the hexagons and lattice above can be made to fit any page and I have seen awesome artwork done with these on scrapbook pages too.

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These are blank – still to be filled with photos and love. I did these just because I wanted to see how they cut! In future I will have a bit of a plan for each page I do. I may also replicate the many ideas shared by CTMH on the Artbooking Made Easy series on You Tube. They have some awesome ideas and the ongoing series is an inspiration to us all!

Imagine making something just like this one by CTMH design team

07 – Cricut Artbooking Beauty










Imagine feeling this clever! You know you can!

Here is a video showing you more

If you are in the Sunraysia region a class in Artbooking is right here in town in Mildura. Why not book into one and get a guiding hand to get creating a gorgeous Artbook just like these ones? I can give you a supply list on your inquiry and classes are just $10 per session. Of course if you do not have the cricut or the cartridge yet you can use mine! I will also be able to assist with artbooking projects on play days even though artbooking will not always be the focus. Play days occur each month in Mildura, Merbein, Robinvale and we are just launching in Wentworth.

For a complete list of classes and play days complete the form below. Be sure to sign up to my newsletter for the latest news and specials coming up including our super special Warm Holiday Wishes from the Heart Brochure, available to customers from mid October.

I hope to see you in classes and one day when I am brave, if prompted enough I just might have a go at a how to video! Start commenting and requesting and some magic may happen!

I dare you!

Artfully yours



Do you have a photo of the single best moment of your life?

And if so, how do you share it?’

My CTMH director shared this post with our team and it is heart-warming to know that we can find a photo that in a specific moment in time we might define as our single best moment in life. I suspect in a year or two some of these photos could be replaced with another ‘single’ best moment as our life continues and perspectives change. The more I think about it the more I have decided I would struggle to pick just one as you can see below.

Is it the birth of my child? Seeing one of them all dressed up like a princess for her Deb ball? The birth of my Grandson?….I would easily make a book of the single best moment of each year, but for a lifetime I would be hard pressed to choose just one defining moment. What would you choose? Why? How would you share it with others?

I guess this is why I scrapbook. Every photo I put into an album is there to show some aspect of my life I want to share with the fuuture generations of my family. It was fantastic seeing how people looked over my albums at my 50th birthday! There is a shelf of books of moments for future generations of my family to enjoy. Their story is preserved in pictures, with words, and with journalling, all lovingly embellished so the record was both enjoyable to create and will be enjoyable to read.

I am not sure who will enjoy my scrapbooks, or when – but they have been created to record my defining moments! I am proud to share them even if my handwriting is crappy. The important thing is, my family will know what I thought was important to celebrate and acknowledge.

So…did you see the original tweet or share your photo?

Here is the film clip about a tweet that got ‘hot’ on twitter. The fountain of humanity – alive and well 🙂

Phots of life’s best moments

Do you have a photo of the single best moment of your life? 

When Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch saw this photo on Twitter two weeks ago of brothers celebrating Yale University’s national hockey championship, he was inspired. 

Deitsch sent a Tweet of his own, asking his followers, “How many of you have a photograph of the single best moment of your life?” 

Within minutes, answers, in the form of photos, came rushing in: Parents’ first moment with a newborn, the moment he asks and she says yes, the moment of homecoming from the danger of war. Dozens, then hundreds of photos streamed in, in what Deitsch describes as a “fountain of humanity.”

So…Do you have one single defining moment captured in a photo? what might it be? Perhaps you can tweet it 🙂  @nenifoofer #definingmoment or head straight to the man who began this @richarddeitsch

All of the photos could be defining moments for me. If I had to choose just one and one only I am going to have to say the sponsorship for International Exchange and tripping off to Mexico. That experience changed me completely and opened my eyes to a world I could never have imagined. I felt honoured and humbled, I learned a new language and I suddenly understood what poverty, and faith, and cultural tradition really was. (At 15 I also found a fun way to live;) )

But really…how do you choose from these moments? They all matter – and they are all recorded in a scrapbook!

Seeing my daughters dressed as princesses for their Debutante Ball

Seeing my daughters dressed as princesses for their Debutante Ball

Being nana - A defining moment the day my Grandson was born
Being nana – A defining moment the day my Grandson was born

Capturing my parents cuddling on the beach in their late 60's

Capturing my parents cuddling on the beach in their late 60’s

Having two beautiful girls all dolled up in beautifully crafted dresses made by my sister

Having two beautiful girls all dolled up in beautifully crafted dresses made by my sister

Being sponsored by Rotary to go on Exchange to Mexico

Being sponsored by Rotary to go on Exchange to Mexico

Seeing my daughters graduate Year 12

Seeing my daughters graduate Year 12

Turning 50 in grand style

Turning 50 in grand style