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International SOTM Blog Hop Icecream Dreams

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Hello and welcome to our international Icecream Dreams S1506 blog hop! There are 50 of us and if you started at the beginning congratulations you have made it right to the end!  If you have arrived here from  CTMH sister Jaime Llewellyn you are in the right place. A full list of bloggers is available at Melinda’s Blog just in case you missed some along the way.


How cute is this dog? Can you hear this Ice Cream van?

I have done a fun and colourful piece of artwork for a single page layout. It is currently in my Calendar Z1030 (hence the wire binding at the bottom) and given June is WINTER where I live I can only dream of desiring icecream! However these colours sure will brighten my days and I can’t  wait to get a photo of my Grandson with his lips around an icecream for the photo to make the page layout complete.

I first created this page to teach my students how to use emboss resist techniques with White embossing powder Z2068, and our sponge z697 (I love the range of things we can do with a $2 sponge!) and inks. It is a super easy technique to do and I will describe that below. I have also coloured with our watercolour pencils. I prefer these to our pens. (It is the painter in me!)

First random stamp the icecream images over 4 inches at the right side of the page with Versamark ink Z891. Then sprinkle on your white ebmossing powder and heat set with a heat gun. Do the same with the icecream van on scrap white cardstock.

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Now open up your Canary, Sorbet, Glacier and Sunset inks and using our round sponge scrape over each one one at a time and rub the colour into the page. Turn the sponge as you change colours and do not be afraid to blend them together on the page. You end up with some really nice colour combinations. The white embossing should be showing through nicely. There is no reason you could not do this technique for your whole background, or apply it to a whole piece of 12  x 12 White cardstock to then use half and half with coordinating cardstock over a double page spread. If you do please let me know and share it here!

For the van apply water colour pencil in colours that coordinate to your liking. Then with a damp paintbrush smooth those watercolours out. The colour will be richer and more vibrant. Fussy cut this out ready to add to the page.

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For the ‘You can’t buy happiness’ sign and the dog I have used Black ink to stamp the outlines. ( I personally find bleeding an issue regardless of the ink as our Whit cardstock is unsealed and very absorbent. The trick is not to let it get too wet.) Once again I have added colour with watercolour pencils. On the photo mat I used black ink for the title. Every stamp on this SOTM sheet has been used in this project. I have used a piece or 12 x 8 Sweet Leaf cardstock and a 7 x 5 piece of Kraft for the photo mount. The sign is mounted on Sunset cardstock. I finished it off with some Orange chevron washi and the new Carnival Washi Pack 

I hope you enjoy this page and will give emboss resist a go. It really is fun and you can use all kinds of colours to great effect. Icecream Dreams S1506 is available to Australian purchasers in June Only for $27 or  just $5 with every $75 purchase. Please be sure to check with your consultant to order yours or jump online here and be part of my monthly virtual club and order yours sent direct to your door.

You have come full circle in the hop. If you started her step on over to Melinda’s Blog  to start from the beginning. If you jumped in halfway through just keep on going – we do our best to ensure you have a complete loop! I love ot respond to your comments and questions – please leave one before you move on.


The following products form Close to My Heart have been used in creating this page and are available for Australian residents at The Creative Heart. Be sure to join my Monthly Virtual Shop club.

 

PS My calendar project was an ambitious one to showcase all the SOTM’s….it is in my pile of UFO’s I am working on for National Scrapbook Month!

I have a finished page to share!

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You’re the Bomb!

Welcome to the You’re the Bomb Blog Hop!

(This post is not in the final hop circle – but the links will lead you to it is worth hopping in and having a look!)

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I am truly deeply madly in love with this stamp set and love that by purchasing one of these from your consultant Close To My Heart is donating to Operation Smile. This is a very worthy cause, and it benefits from this must have set for the scrapbooker! In Australia, You’re the Bomb is available for $21 and CTMH will donate $3 of this to Operation Smile. It is only available until March 31 so be sure to have it in your order this month! Take this link to learn more about Operation Smile and the fabulous work they do. 

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If you have arrived here from Katy Taylor you are in the right place. I hope you enjoy my contribution to this hop.

 

I am a firm believer that scrapbooking is as much about the journalling as it is about the photos. You’re the bomb gives you the opportunity to have fun words on your page without the stress of what your handwriting look like! My Love for the stamp comes from the lovely word stamps in You’re The Bomb stamp set which is available for a limited time. I hope you enjoy this layout made in my Wildwood my crush book, Z2001, a book in which I scrap those one off ‘you had to be there moments’ or I wish I was there ones as well. . I found this photo of the favorite little man which has no partner photos. While I will do single photos on 12 x 12 this one, borrowed from my daughters FB deserved the small page in a crush book and I had fun covering a motif I do not think I will use, replacing it with elements I love. (This is one reason why I find Crush books Fun Fast and Flexble)

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To add to the page I have also used the Flight of the Arrows Stamp D1578  and some of those really cute limited edition Stuck On You Puffies Z3037

I hope you have enjoyed this artwork and will now enjoy the art work of Michelle Loncar  Please leave a comment before you go!

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Shopping List.

Australian readers can shop online at The Creative Heart. All items can be shipped directly to you. Don’t forget to join this month’s virtual gathering to be in the draw for host rewards!

 

 

 

 

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SOTM Blog Hop – A Happy Hello by Independent Consultants

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A Happy Hello!

Hello and welcome to this awesome international celebration of the February Stamp Of the Month a Happy Hello! I am very excited to be one of the contributors and hope I inspire you. Stamp of the Month is only available in February for $27 AU or $5 with your $75 AU order. If you arrived here from  Nikka Geers Blog you are in the right place.

This layout began with just one scrap – that 4 inch piece on the left side page. It was so pretty, I could not throw it out. Now I had a use for it!

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I attempted to replicate it on the right hand side but know that is nigh on impossible when doing ‘messy stuff’. (and I LOVE my messy stuff!) It goes a but like this – drop some Canary, Pixie and Sweet leaf drops of reinker on the all purpose craft mat. Add some salt. Spray with water. Place the paper down and press and twist, rub. Don’t forget the corners. Dry. Add more blotches – sparay some, flick some, sponge some. The trick is to know when enough is enough and not get the paper too wet.

Once I had a piece of paper I could use for the right side I rotated it a few times and aha there it was. I added some more messy stuff such as the rings from the stamp A1170 Doodled Designs in various colours on both pieces to help tie them together as well as the double stitched cirle. I trimmed 4 inches from the page on the right to create the symmetry across the centre of the layout. The Butterfly from Brush WOTG was already on that inspiring scrap of inky mess!. A happy accident:)

I set these pieces on Sweet leaf background and went to work with A Happy Hello to make flowers.

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I found enough scrap to create the Yellow Scallops with Buttercup Ink using the giant half circle stamp. I used the pretty petalled cicle and buttercup card stock for the base of my three flowers and stamped the solid circle with the really fine lines on it on the pink B and T paper. This took away the white from the background. I then daubed the edge in more pink to give it more dimension. I fussy cut these and used foam tape to mount the centres. I stamped the leaves and stems in Pear ink, attached the flowers and used what I had left of my Brushed Compliments to finish off the flowers and add the Banner flags. I did put some of these stickers on white cardstock and fussy cut them because of their transparency.

I wasn’t quite done yet, I did want to mess it up a little more. I pulled out a spray pen that has some left over pearlised sweet leaf spray and went to town with it on the sweet leaf background and let it run down the page. I little more painterly I think! We do not carry the pearl paint anymore ( sad face)  but so little of it is used in a spray bottle you may have some left in your stash. Don’t be afraid to use it! To support photos you might add to the page I would use the same B and T paper to mount them as shown in the example.

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I hope you are inspired to get a little messy with this stamp set – it is great for both random stamping and flower making! For a full list of supplies see the shopping list below. Please leave a comment before you move along to the next stop in the hop  Pam Jarrett and see what she has in store for you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Jen
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CTMH Products used in this project can be ordered online or in person from The Creative Heart. Let me know if you need some help with your order!
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Australasian Operation Smile Blog Hop You’re The Bomb

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Operation Smile is a private,  not for profit organisation providing reconstructive surgery to children and young adults born in developing countries. On 1st December Close to My Heart Consultants released our Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. On the back page of this Idea book you will find the C- sized, You’re the bomb stamp set. By purchasing this set at full retail price  of $21 you can help change the life of a child as CTMH will donate $US3 from your purchase to Operation smile.  Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.

Today we will be sharing some inspiration using “You’re the Bomb”. We hope you will be compelled to purchase this set and in so doing, contribute to the life changing work of operation smile. The blog hop is a loop with about 10 participants so follow along and you will end up right back here.  If you get lost there is a list of participants on Mandy’s Blog here.  

if you have arrived from  Shaunna’s Blog, Passionate About Pages you are in the right place!



Here is my project: – He really is the Bomb!

Double Page Layout using Pathfinding papers and Your The Bomb Stamp Set

Double Page Layout using Pathfinding papers and Your The Bomb Stamp Set

and here is the Stamp Set

If you would like further information and photos on my project and Operation Smile please continue reading,

Otherwise, pop over and see what Tracey at Tracey’s Blog   created. Remember to speak to your consultant about how you too can support Operation Smile. Enjoy your journey!


At Convention USA I started to come to an understanding of the importance of Operation Smile to Close To My Heart. However, I was deeply moved at the Australasian Convention when Brian Holman gave us a presentation of his trip as a volunteer helping the team doing the work.  He had the task of looking after the children during the fasting before the operation and was able to share his story with such heart every consultant in that convention room was moved by the story. This presentation has not only informed me about Operation Smile, it has cemented it into my very core as an essential aspect of being part of the Close To My Heart Family.

As consultants we take pride in doing something we believe is really really important.

 We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most.  

These moments usually involve precious smiles that we take for granted. I have been so moved by the Operation Smile foundation and the work they do, as well as the role Close To My Heart leadership has taken in the organisation I now raise funds for Opration Smile with a monthly raffle at the Mildura crop to donate to this worthy cause. I am also no longer afraid to ask a customer if they would like to round up for Operation Smile.  I invite you to get on board with this worthy cause and include this stamp set with your next order along with a ’round up’ so Close To My Heart can provide even more smiles!

So let’s take a closer look at that art work shall we? Yes, my Grandson is all smiles…smiles of different kinds in each of these snaps from day care.

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Double Page Layout using Pathfinding paper collection and You’re The Bomb Stamp Set

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Close up of the Left Hand page shows all the lovely hand written labels that would enhance any scrapbook page. Just recently CTMH has shared a lovely tip for cutting shapes like a circle from your photos with your Cricut on their facebook page. Be sure to check them out!

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I cut the title William with the Cricut – so easy! I have used the Paper Fundamentals for this and they cut really well!

 

Thanks for joining me on this journey, the “You’re the Bomb” stamp set is available from your CTMH consultant and $3USD from every purchase will go directly to Operation Smile. This stamp set is only available until March 31. You can also choose to make a donation of any size directly to your consultant, donations over $2 are tax deductable.
To continue your journey, hop over to see what Tracey at Tracey’s Blog

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National Papercrafting Month Blog Hop – Year Noted

Year+Noted+Blog+Badge500Hello and welcome National Paper Crafting Blog Hop Year >> Noted!  This exclusive collection available to qualifying purchase of $75 in January for just $10 includes a fun and pretty exclusve paper collection, a super stamp set and Gold Foil Stickers!  (Retail Value over $37 AUD) You also have the option of an additional Kraft album for $5 saving you even more. (This means you will receive over $52 AUD / $62 NZD worth of product for only $15 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! ) Be sure you do not miss out and see your consultant about workshop offerings using this kit.  Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!


 

If you have hopped in from Michele Rowley You are in the right place. The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: 

We have approximately 20 Close To My Heart Consultants from across the globe sharing their creations using Year>>Noted and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

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The year noted kit has Card stock, B and T Papers, gold foil stickers, a stamp set and if you get it a mini album as well.

I am excited about the papers and this stamp set!   From this kit I have made a double page layout with leftovers from my first project which was putting together the mini album. I have added 2 pages of Kraft paper to do this.

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Of Course I began by distressing y white edges! I used Glacier and Sorbet inks for this.

I cut two overlays from Artbooking. The one on the left is the Shift overlay p77  . The one on the right is the Shift Overlay from page 87. I did these using kraft and made them as big as I could within the 12 inch space. A tip here – ensure you have a sharp blade. Kraft is not so easy to cut. Cashmere would do as well as Kraft.

I then did the hardest part of this project – choosing a few photos to reflect enough on the incredible year I had in 2014 without wanting to scrap the whole story all over again! I decided 3 key events and one thing I bought were must haves – the big adventure to Mexico and Convention USA, getting acknowledged as Sr Executive Manager at the Australasian Convetion, having an awesome team who help me run great events, and my best buddy who never complains about helping and carrying anything including suitcases, my walker, Rex. To make it even harder, the photos needed to work on the places available in the mats. it took a while but by adding one at a time, and filling gaps with Year Noted prints I was able to fill it all in. Then it was time to decorate. I love Bonding Memories glue for adhering tricky spaces and made use of it here too.

Here is a closer look at some of the detail on each of the pages. I used the foil stickers, sometimes on their own, sometimes stamped. To stamp these you will need to use your Stazon Ink. Don’t forget to get Stazon Cleaner as well! Our journalling pen did not stay put so stamping them is your on;y option unless you want them plain.

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I cut some extra pieces from papers in the kit including the film strip – just to squeeze a couple more photos onto the page!

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Use the scraps to make a neat banner of celebration with the little stamps!

Here is my favourite spot on this layout. I filled the space with B and T paper, I cut the diamond piece to represent the kind of stringed notice board we see around, then used the lines on the Year>>Noted stamp set to journal on some more of the papers. This is my favourite part of this whole kit and stamp set.…(yep I am excited) …..a clear well spaced set of journal lines to stamp! I just know this stamo might live permanently on a block because I an an avid believer that you need to journal all these pages! It does not solve the problem of me always running out of space, but it does solve the problem of wanting a little neatness that comes from having lines to write on! (I truly cannot be bothered typing, printing, cutting and pasting – writing by hand is much quicker!)

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My 2014 was cut at 2 inches with the Cricut using Artiste font. I swamped each letter in Versamark ink and then in gold embossing powder to heat set. I tipped the embossing powder in a muffin case and swished the inked letters in it.  A very fine tweezer helped me to get this job done. The excess was easily tipped back into the little pot. I used the two zip strips down each side.

I had fun making the page and it really did get me thinking about how good 2014 was for me. I am truly grateful to those I met along the way for making it wonderful!

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Now “Hop” on over to Brenda Lapp’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, with a qualifying purchase of $75 AUD, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $37 AUD for only $10—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. Take a look here at our video about this awesome product. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thanks for stopping by

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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

 

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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,

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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 Z

abc bloghopWelcome to everything ABC’S blog Hop.

For this hop we will be featuring the letter Z. 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 came from Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking.com Catscrapping you are in the right place. For a full list of hoppers hop onto Scrappy Therapy

I will be back to edit later but I am about to ship off and enjoy a family Xmas dinner.  I am caught short of time in the lead up to Christmas.  My Letter Z is for Zócalo and our products that start with the code letter z including embossing folders.


 

Did you know we can emboss 12 inches worth of cardstock? In this layout I have used the Damask Embossing Folder Z1994

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To emboss for this page I cut 4 inch x 12 inch strips. I embossed the first section, slid the card through the slot and embossed the rest. Pattern matching was a little difficult with this folder and did not really matter. With other folders pattern matching 1/2 inch ensures a smooth transition in your second run through the embossing machine.

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Floral Borders Top and Bottom using the Floral Embossing Folder.

 

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Pop the side flap into an flip flap

 

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This is how he page looks when sitting in the album

 

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Peek a Boo I see you – more detail is hidden under the flap:) You can see here where I have adhered the sticky strip.

 

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This is how it all sits in the album.

 

 

I have used the Floral embossing folder Z1994. I have also used Flip Flaps Z1325, an essential addition to any album doing lots if photos of one day or event. I had been having Flip Flap withdrawals as I had done 3 layouts, all unfinished as I am totally out of 6 x 4 flip flaps. I was really happy to get this one finished as I still had some of my 12 inch assortment to use! I used Pear and New England Ivy Card Stock and Exclusive Inks.  The whole layout is in our lovely tough and durable Page Protectors Z1968 and housed in one of our brand new Post Bound Albums Z2094. I LOVE this new albm. It is so easy to put together with the little lift up thingy on the screw and it feels super strong. Did you know the flap over the screw is magnetised so it won’t flap about?

I have done some stamping on this page. I secondary stamped a flourish from Inspriational Flourishes C1581, the Butterfly from Brushed WOTG Stamp set G1087 and Picture this is from Believe In Yourself C1574. Deal of the Decade is still on if you are keen on these stamps.I kept the layout and embellishing really simple because the photos tell muchof the story in this part of my album.

Shopping list

Your next stop on the hop is Anita Autore Cards & Coffee. Have fun and please leave a comment for us along the way. tell us if you have enjoyed the ABC’s hop so we might do it again in 2015!

Have fun! Have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Jen

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