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July 2015: Life Is Wonderful Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to our Close To My Heart international Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Kathy Burros you are in the right place. If you have just hopped in please join us full circle by clicking hop links at the end of each post. If you get lost along the way a complete list of bloggers is here. We have a fabulous SOTM for you and because Life is Wonderful we need to celebrate it:) July Stamp of the Month Life is Wonderful. is only available for JULY. It is FREE in the Jump on it July campaign! Yes…FREE! Or, you can purchase it for $5 with a $75 AU Purchase, or $27 just for the stamp alone.

During the month of July, when you purchase $32.50 AUD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $6.50 AUD!


Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the Month Life is Wonderful.

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July SOTM Life is wonderful with Chalk It Up and Coloured Chalk Technique

To Make my elements featuring the stamp of the month I have first stamped them in White Pigment ink. I then heat set this to make sure it was all very dry. DRY Colour the white with selected colours for our Water Colour Pencil collection. This is really important. If you use wet techniques you will reactivate the with pigment ink and not end up with the desired result. Just colour in. Because we have stamped whit on Black it won’t matter if you cannot stay in the lines, but a good sharp pencil will help!

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S1507 Life is Wonderful

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s1507 Life is Wonderful

To finish my pieces I sanded the edges before mounting them to the page.

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S1507 Life is Wonderful SOTM

I hope you are inspired to try a little chalkboard art with this stamp set. Your next step in the hop is  Catherine Nowak Please hop along and see what wonderful art she has made to share. 

This is a perfect scrapbookers stamp set. I have had a lot of fun making pages with it and hope you do too!


Shopping list All products can be purchased by Australian readers from my online store or by contacting me directly.

S1507 Life is Wonderful

Chalk it up Paper Packet

Black Cardstock 1386

Kraft Cardstock

White Daisy Pigent Ink Z2163

Watercolor Pencils 3505

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Everything ABC’s Letter A is for Australia Day

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter A. 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 “Pam Trostle ~ Pam’s Crafty Creations –  then you’re on the right track!


 

A is for Australia Day

I just had to do something for Australia Day and this layout is in anticipation of attending the local Australia Day Breakfast, or joining a family and friends down the river for a BBQ somewhere. I have featured the Celebrate Australia Stamp set using the Australia Title, fireworks and flag. I love his stamp!

 

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Page Layout began with Inspiration from Magic p34. I have used the wonderful Fundamentals papers and the awesome new White Shimmer Trim.

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I live in the country so this page is also the closest I will get to fireworks on Australia Day.  I am sure if you can witness fireworks in the Cities some lovely snaps would go well with this page! I also believe if you happen to have a green and gold Australia Day just switch our the Blue, Red and Silver and replace with green and gold and try colouring that white shimmer trim with either bright green or bright yellow. I would love to see a Green and Gold variation!

 

Here are some of the details from the page

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I stamped the flag with our two step stamp using Outdoor Denim then Cranberry. I then embossed it with clear embossing powder. To put it on a paper clip I painted the clip with red nail enamel and adhered it to the flag when dry.

 

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For the Australia Sections I used first and second generation stamping. Watch the tendency to wander off on an angle rather than a straight line – I was regularly correcting this will stamping. The stars were done in Cranberry and Outdoor Denim and then I wet embossed in silver in a random fashion.

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The title Australia Day was cut with Artfully Sent Alphabet using Cricut Craftroom to move the letters together and put them on a slant to match my celebrte which came from another cartridge in my stash. I added some of the fireworks from the stamp set and used foam tape to give dimension.

 

I really love our paper Fundamentals range. It adds texture and a completely new feel to our pages, it cuts very well with the cricut and coordinates well with our other palettes. You will need Bonding Memories glue for bedt result with adhesion due to the finish on the shiny side of these papers.

Shopping list – All these Close To My Heart items are available for purchase online at my store The Creative Heart. 

 

 

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is “Marie Goetz‘ Go see what she has in store, but please leave a comment first!

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy

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Simple Stunning Picture My Life part 2!

Hi everyone

I took my Picture my life page layout from the last post and showed my weekly class students. They have boys and wanted to have a shot at it. They have given me permission to share the work they did and they did an awesome job! These pages were put together quickly. Almost all are what we call level 1 pages – which simply means there is no stamping. PML cards are brilliant for the non stamping scrapbooker!

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My Tuesday Technique class students did these pages so quickly they got to do a second one – 2 double pages done in less than 2 hours! “The hardest part is choosing the cards!’

This one used a background stamp on 2 strips making it a level 2 layout.

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One more…

On this page I made I tried to replicate some of the background and texture on the cards. First I sanded. Then I added the colour to the corners. Bubble wrap would have been good but I did not have any so a dauber did the work. I also used my spray pens to splotch it up a bit. Finally I rubbed in some darker colour. A close reflection of the background of one of the cards on this page was made. I hope we get a checker plate stamp some time as that would have been awesome!

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Closeup of the background artwork

Picture My Life sets can be viewed here. Add some Washi Tape and some Embellishments and you are done! There are so many to choose from! If you would like a class using PML cards and live within cooee of me in Sunraysia book a class and you and your friends will be able to select from a large range of cards to make your pages. Use the form below to get started!

Happy crafting!

Jen

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop N is for Northern Lights

 

 

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter N. This may be the name  of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their N 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 “Ren’ee Musgrave~ReneesCreativeQueens ” then you’re on the right track!


 

N is for Northern Lights technique. 

Hello readers! I have landed back in Australia safe and sound after my awesome adventures overseas and I am looking forward to sharing more of that adventure with you in coming weeks. For now I am back on board with the everything ABC’s Blog hop and I hope you enjoy my N project, northern lights which I took with me to Convention in Anaheim for the Consultant Showcase. There are number of videos about this technique and I watched a few before trying it myself. I hope you enjoy my instructional video in and will have a go at replicating the technique of scrubbing and rubbing just with your $2 sponge!

Let’s get started by looking at some samples! Bring on the eye candy!

Always Grateful C1559

Always Grateful C1559

 

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint or the Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint (NLA) or use the  Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

 

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!)  This is one of the pieces I had on show at Convention 2014.

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!) I had this one on show at Consultant Showcase at the Convention.

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420 – (NLA. It appears to already have been retired!)

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

So how is it done?

You start with your inks all lined up – Honey, Topiary. Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock, Outdoor Denim and Black. You will need the sponge to apply the ink and you simply rub the sponge on your inkpad and rub the ink onto your paper. You are rouging it scrubbing the ink into your White cardstock. Rub and buff!!!  It is easier to show you how so here it is!

 

Tips!

  • Work on scratch paper so you can work well over the edges
  • Do a bigger piece than what you need
  • Work one colour then the next
  • Begin with a kind of diagonal line
  • smudge colours into each other to create more colours including purple! This works especially well if you are quick
  • don’t fuss too much with placement – every time you do this it will be different to the last
  • Change it up – make it lighter and brighter, leaving out the dark colours, adding more of one colour than another and more.
  • It is recomended to use sihouette type stamps for this technique hence the trees and the city scape. But I challenge you to try other stamp sets such as Hello Tweety, Fast and Furious and Born to Ride!
change it up - leave out the dark colours!

Change it up – leave out the dark colours! This was an experiment – it is currently a UFO! I am in temp accommodation with a temp craft room so it is unfinished as yet!

Here is a picture of the finished artwork I was working on in the video featuring Born to Ride C1483. It is finished off with the Durable Studs Z1836

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Shopping List

You have reached the end of the blog hop but you can start over or continue at your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop – Linda Norman of Scrappy Therapy

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop H

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter H 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 “Pam Trostle ~ Pam’s Crafty Creations”

H is for HEXAGONS

Our idea book and Catalog is not only a catalog but a wonderful source of inspiration! There are many places to find Hexagons in Close To My Heart products. For this project I have chosen the Honeycomb Stamp set, Artbooking Honeycomb overlay, and Ariana papers.  The project is inspired by the layout featured on Page 95 of the Idea book and Catalog. I simply have switched papers, and embellishments. The rest is very much the same. Cricut Collections like Arbooking really open up the creative possibilities for our scrapbooking. You can follow the Artbooking Made Easy videos  too. Each week CTMH brings us a new episode to inspire us!

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination.

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination. I love Mr Mower – behaves himself. Ms Snippety is so nasty she doesn’t behave so she isn’t in a photo of my garden!

To create this layout I have used the honeycomb overlay key on page 67 using the 11 inch setting and the title spring is from page 63. I created the word ‘garden’ by grouping and linking letters in Cricut Craftroom.layered papers on mat readyfor four different colours of hexagons.

Next I did as many  Hexagons as would fit on 3 inch strips on my mat using different papers, some printed, some plain. This is cut at 11 inches from page 66. Remember these keys have images adjusted to suit the sizeof the artbooking layout they are intended for. This is the perfect size for the Honeycomb stamp set. The plain ones were stamped with Honeycomb stamp set C1537 I love the versatility of this stamp set and think it is a must for every crafter who stamps!

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Next I had to get those hexagons onto the overlay. This could be a really really sticky business but doesn’t need to be with Bonding Memories Glue pen, Tweezers, and a piece of non stick baking paper. Using this paper underneath as you work will avoid things sticking where you do not want them to stick! Draw with the glue pen and stick the pieces down. Give the glue time to ‘take up’. Once it grabs, it stays stuck!

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

It is not necessary to fill all the spaces. You can skip some and stamp directly on the background. I also only wanted to fill those places that would be visible as the rest is covered by photos. So I focused on top and bottom. Allow this to dry really well before adhering it across 2 12×12 pages. Allow this to dry if you have used Bonding memories glue, then split into two.

To decorate I have used other strips of Ariana paper, the exclusive consultant only Petite Perks stamp set to put on some butterflies and dragonflies, (If you Host a Gathering you can be cheeky and ask for this stamp set as your gift for hosting! It is really cute. It also has a bird and a flower.) Don’t have a nearby consultant? Join and you will get these AND YOUR FREE CRICUT CARTRIDGE  if you join our family in April ready to create and do business.

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. Talk to your consultant today!

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. (Australia) Talk to your consultant today!

Here is a close up of the completed pages

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I decided to use the Rose and title bars from Ariana complements and the leaf design is from Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge page 43. For the leaves and titles I have added dimension by daubing Olive exclusive ink to them. One stem of leaves is given dimension with Foam tape. The background paper is Sorbet Cardstock and the little images are stamped with Sunset and Sorbet. I have mounted the photos on Cashmere card stock after chalking the edges up with Chocolate distress ink. I have used the sanding kit to distress the outside edge of the pages.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is “ My Heart’s Design – Cary Magnani” and see what she has done with H. .In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Products used in this layout

Cricut® Artbooking Collection Z1906

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection Z1686

Honeycomb C1537

Bonding Memories™ Glue 1512

Ariana Paper Packet  X7179B

Ariana Complements X7179C

Distressing Inks Z1296

Sponge Daubers Z726

Sanding Kit  Z1294

3-D Foam Tape Z1151

Tweezers Z1382

Exclusive Inks Sorbet Z2164 Olive Z2137 and Sunset. Z2191

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CTMH Stamp of the Month: Happy Place S1403A Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Patricia’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.

I love our March Stamp of the Month. (SOTM) We can get ahead and create some Mother’s day cards, or simply celebrate the unique bond of mothers and daughters with this month’s SOTM Happy Place. I decided to work with a project that would give you plenty of time to complete in time for Mother’s Day in Australia and it all begins with a box and some scraps! March Stamp of the Month Happy Place S1403A available exclusively throughout March for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

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The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

I am using leftover bits and pieces from my Ivy Lane WOTG kit, Ivy Lane Card making kit, Ivy Lane Complements and Ivy Lane Assortment , and the colour ready Card Box. Of course you will also need the SOTM My Happy Place S1403A

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They say in patchwork (and building)  to measure twice and cut once. I need to remember that as it did take me several goes to get the base on the lid and flap of this box. Ideally your piece will run right over the back to the bottom. I had already glued a piece to the back so I couldn’t do that. I will give you the measurements I used but please be aware some fudging is required. The box lid is slightly wider than the base. I had to trim an extra smidge to get a nice fit as I went through the process. There is also absolutely no reason you couldn’t use even smaller pieces of varying sizes of scraps and mix and match to decorate your box. The key design elements here are the top piece of B and T paper, with Babushka Mum and baby dolls and the flower cluster. The rest has been created to coordinate with that vision.

Top of the box art work

Top of the box art work

Ok so looking first at the top, I cut the focus B and T paper – the lovely one with pale ink tones and handwriting – and cut it to 6 x 4 1/4 inches. The Hollyhock piece is 6 1/2 wide and 5 7/8 long. I do try to avoid 1/8 of anything. Here I found that to be slightly too long but not even an eighth and to cut it at 5 3/4 it would have been too short. By flipping the box over onto the lid I was able to fudge the fit trimming a smidge away with a craft knife.

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Fudging the fit by trimming a smidge using a craft knife and the versamat.

Now this lid opens and closes – so every fold needs more than just one score line to accommodate it. Once again paying attention to the placement of your measure – having the paper the right way around – score at 1 1/8. This will be the the bit that comes own the front over the magnetic flap on the box.

The CTMH ruler has a steel edge and 1/8 markings making it easy to measure that little 1/8

The CTMH ruler has a steel edge and 1/8 markings making it easy to measure that little 1/8

On the back I placed a piece 6 3/8 x  2  1/4 wide and did a smidge of trimming again.

I did not like having an open edge at the back. It was a bit like missing cornice or skirting boards in your house. I tried washi tape but didn’t like the result with the colours I had so I went for the Gold Shimmer trim. This shimmer trim is currently exclusive to the Ivy Lane Card making kit – and you have heaps of it left after making the cards, so why not use it here right? OK – that fixes the seem and is strong enough in bond to hold well. I fixed all these papers to the box with Bonding Memories glue.

17-20140226_201644Around the front and sides of the bottom of the box I simply looked at the strips I had – the center one was about 1/2 inch too short to go all the way in 2 pieces. I glued these from the back to the front on each side – I had a plan to cover the gap. The bottom has the lovely strips in the Ivy Lane Complements pack. The top is more of that gold Shimmer trim. I picked a flower from the Complements sheet and the bottom was done.

Next I focused on decorating the top. I decided to work with a paper piecing technique. I stamped both the mother and baby dolls on three different colours of scrap B and T Duo and once each on white card stock. I fussy cut the pieces and then played dress ups. I tried several different colour ways and ended up going with the one you see finished here.

stamp the images several times on different papers. Experiment a little.

Stamp the images several times on different papers. Experiment a little.

The Cutting diagram will show you the different ways you can cat these designs. If necessary you can re ink the edge of pieces. There are 5 key parts – the body (which can be the whole) the apron, the head scarf, the tie and the face. On Mum there is also her flower that can be cut separately. For all dolls it is also possible to separate the hair, but I found it easier to colour this part with watercolour pencils. 

Cutting chart.

Cutting diagram.

Fussy Cut

Fussy Cut

Dress rehearsal

Dress rehearsal

When you have all your pieces trimmed out do some dress rehearsal. Experiment a little with colour combinations until you are happy with the result.

Colour up a little with a light shade to take the stark whit away. I used sorbet for the face, Purple for the eyes and Brown for the hair.

Colour up a little with a light shade to take the stark whit away. I used sorbet for the face, Purple for the eyes and Brown for the hair.

Glue them all together Re ink edges if cutting took too much black outline away.

Glue them all together Re ink edges if cutting took too much black outline away.

carefull trim vey small pieces f 3D foam tape for the flower and the scarf ties.

carefully trim very small pieces f 3D foam tape for the flower and the scarf ties.

Once the Babushka dolls are ready it is time to plan the floral cluster. In making my Ivy Lane page layouts I cut extra flowers for the pages. I have made these more dimensional by gently rubbing in the center of them with my bone folder on the back of the versamat. This makes the petals pop upward, just like magic.

gentle circular rub and up those petals will pop

A gentle circular rub and up those petals will pop.

I layered these together to create the paper flowers on the box. It is now time for rehearsal again. Experiment with the placement of the dolls and flowers. I like to back a group of flowers with greenery and the swirl from the Ivy Lane Complements was perfect. Take care removing it from the sheet with all the curly bits. I placed this first, then my dolls, then my paper flowers. I then used the flower assortment that came with Ivy Lane WOTG. Be careful with these – cut the bit of sheet they are on to experiment rather than pull them off the backing. The adhesive is strong. If you put them in a place then change your mind you may be too late. I decided the pale pink ones did not work in this design so I left them out. I finished with the purple glitter gems.

This image is showing you the different heights and dimensions of the finished project

This image is showing you the different heights and dimensions of the finished project

I chose the Like Mother Like daughter sentiment. I stamped black on white and used a dauber loaded with hollyhock to soften it and pink it up and mounted this on a bit of the pink Ivy Lane B and T paper. I have already made my Ivy Lane cards so I popped them in the box and voila, the gift is finished.

Here you can ee how i covered the gap at the front of the box way back when I started this project.

Here you can ee how i covered the gap at the front of the box way back when I started this project.

Ok – Sorry this was such a long post but I hope you can get though the instructions! Here is another look at the finished box to save you scrolling back to the top

The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

The completed gift box filled with hand made cards ready for your mum or special friend to send on call. What a lovely hand made gift this will make!

Want more Piecing? How about this example using Skylark

Pieced card using Skylark scraps

Pieced card using Skylark scraps

SOTM Happy Place is only available until 31st March from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Mandy’s Hall of Indulgence . Happy Hopping!

Shopping List

WOTG Ivy Lane G1073

Ivy Lane Card making Kit G1079 This is where you will find GOLD shimmer trim!

Ivy Lane Complements  x7178C

Ivy Lane Assortment Z3001

Purple Glitter Gems Z1936

Stamp of the Month – Happy Place

My Creations Card Box Z1647

Watercolour Pencils 3505

Exclusive Inks – Black z2105

Bonding Memories Glue 1512

3D Foam Tape Z1151

Art Philosphy Cricut Collection (Use to make the flowers) Z1686 

Tools – Versamat z1279 Bone Folder Z1204 Ruler Z1471 

Close To My Heart delivers!!!

Happy days ahead for those of us who have empty coversets that were manufactured with strap bindings! Close To My Heart have come to the rescue and from Feb 1 2014 you can get just what you need to fill those strap hinge albums!

Let me show you…Here is a shot where I am loading sleeves into an empty album, a poor old soul that was just begging to be sporting photos and memories!

The slits n the seams are reinforced by the fact they are double layered and they are a perfect fit for the NLA CM strap hinge albums.

The slits n the seams are reinforced by the fact they are double layered and they are a perfect fit for the NLA CM strap hinge albums.

When you load an wmpty album up do not pull the straps tight as you might have once done - leave it loose so it will turn nicely and stay flat. I will add more tips once I fill my pages but from the outset just let the bindings sit at the same level of tautness your album has when brand new.

When you load an empty album up do not pull the straps tight as you might have once done – leave it loose so it will turn nicely and stay flat. I will add more tips once I fill my pages but from the outset just let the bindings sit at the same level of tautness your album has when brand new. That little gap you see here helps with page turning.

Add your pages….from the side!!!

The best thing for those of us who are creatures of habit....SIDE LOADING!

The best thing for those of us who are creatures of habit….SIDE LOADING!

Yes that is right! These are side loaders which many of us are used to!

We are indebted to Close To My Heart for meeting customer demand for these pages. They are available from Feb 1. If you have some of those strap hinge albums begging for pages contact me today about the first ordering opportunity (or get onto your consultant now )

The sleeves come in packs of 25 and cost $26 AU. Imagine that! No need for pages and protectors – just grab these sleeves and pop in your 12 x 12 pages done. What a fabulous cost effective solution to the lack of ‘pages’ for those albums! In the long run there will be less weight, more colour and less white in your album! Win Win!!!

Watch this space for the live link on Feb 1! The item number you are looking for at my online store is Z1969. How wonderful of CTMH to manufacture these for us. Thank You CTMH!

Wohooo!!!!