Monday, July 7, 2014

Switching to another blog - minor change

I have been working on improving my blog and have decided to switch companies - from "BlogSpot" to "WordPress" ... and the name change should be that easy ... go to 

Any feedback you have on the new website would be appreciated!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Studio J for more than a scrapbook page ...

Studio J is the digital scrapbooking tool from Close To My Heart.  Recently I have discovered how it can be used for so much more than to print your scrapbook page!  Here's something real quick I  made today so I thought I'd share it with you to demonstrate what I found.

We tend to think of scrapbooking in the traditional 12x12 pages and then place them in the clear plastic sleeves of your album. A trend that has gained more momentum recently has been using sleeves in a 12x12" size but with pockets that hold our 4x6 pictures.  Pocket pages are a fast, simple and easy way to capture your memories.  But we want the pages to be dressed up, too, right? Well, Close To My Heart has designed a program called "Picture My Life" (PML) that matches our traditional paper products by making matching cards that are already made with designs. Now these cute PML and similar product projects are popping up everywhere.

The Giggles and Grin paper (great for your Disney memories) is retired but you can still find it in Studio J ( that's just really neat!).  But there are no matching embellishments or PML cards so what can we do? well, create our own, of course!  Look what I did ... using Studio J's library of matching products I was able to create a 2 pages to have my own embellishments for a traditional scrapbook page PLUS some PML cards that go with the paper!

There are 4x6 cards and 12x1 borders and other embellishments which I would cut out and use however I needed.  For the $6.95 price of 2 Studio J papers I have now created stickers and cards and borders for a paper that I love but is unavailable - how neat is that!  I'd love to know what you think of my creation so leave me a comment or an email, ok?

Making memories with you,

Monday, April 7, 2014

When does $99 of crafting stuff become $400 worth?

During the month of April with Close To My Heart's fabulous opportunity! Have you ever thought, "I should just sell these products, get a discount and maybe make a little extra cash?"  Well, this is your opportunity - I got started 7 years and have loved being a part of CTMH. Right now, they are making it an extra special time to join - come be a part of my team, the "Crafting Chicks," and see if it might be the right move for you!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring is here ... help with organization ...

... and who can't use some help in organization? First off, due to my lack of posting I have not made you aware enough of the great offer to help you move those digital prints off of your computer and into an album - Studio J $5 double layouts! This offer is only good until Monday, March 31st.  You can literally make a layout, using the brand new Express Collections, in less than 30 minutes! I made four (without journaling) in an hour with one collection - fast, easy and so simple!  I hope you can take advantage of this great special! Email me with any questions but it is FREE to try - no cost until you decide to purchase so get a few pictures selected and see what you can make with this easy tool!

As a special gift in March,  CTMH has some pretty circle tags that follow the chalkboard-trend to help decorate some of our jars in the kitchen - just the right pick-me-up ideas to motivate our spring cleaning! Click here to find the links for the download on my shopping website - hurry because the files will be available only through end of this month!
For my Cricut-happy friends here is a very useful link - all the digital handbooks of the Cricut cartridges!  I love the digital handbooks because then I can print out those pages in bigger print!
Then here is a link to the Close To My Heart Youtube channel.  They have videos that show you really quick how to add some new looks to you projects plus great how-to ideas for the newest Cricut cartridge, Artbooking.
Here's a couple just to get you going:


I hope one of these will be helpful to you and at the very least inspiring! Have a crafty day and enjoy the season!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cloud Nine and my new look!

How do you like the new color scheme? It's a different look for me but I thought I'd give it a try!

Well, now that I am on a laptop I can post the Cloud Nine National Papercrafting Month video. This kit would provide a great jumpstart in making cards for telling those we love and appreciate how much they mean to us so if you would like to order it just let me know or order it online on my shopping website!

Making memories with you,