Sunday, June 30, 2013

Making the Most of Your Scrapbooking Time

With summer in full swing, activities pulling you in every direction and adding onto that a job, to pay for your scrapbooking obsession, time to get organized and let alone scrap is hard to find. So, over the next few days I will share with you ways to get organized and make the most of your scrapbooking time.

This first one is very ugly and intimidating, but you HAVE to go through your supplies and figure out what you have and will use and what you will never use. I did this recently and ended up getting rid of 2 huge boxes of paper that I knew I would never use. I donated both boxes to local organizations that provide crafts for kids, adults, special needs persons, senior citizens, etc. This is a great feel good way to get rid of supplies you have invested money in.

Here are the tips I used to pare down my "stuff"

  • Be honest with yourself on what you will use. You may love the embellishment but know you will never use it so please donate it!
  • As you are sorting, also sort your paper by size. I created a box of scraps and threw away any scraps less than 1"x1" or anything that was too thin. If you are not a scrap user at all, then by all means throw them all away.
  • As you are sorting and find embellishments that match paper, pile them together so when you do use the paper you have the embellishments at hand.
  • Have lots of storage containers, paper racks, shoe boxes or drawers on hand to sort your supplies.
  • Finally, be honest and be patient!

Going through my "stuff" took me 2 evenings but was well worth it as I was then able to put page kits together so quickly and then I was able to begin scrapping again.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how to put page kits together.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Close to My Heart Retiring Products and Chance to Win a New Paperpack

We are just days away from finding out what new and exciting products Close to My Heart will unveil for sale beginning August 1st. As with every company that brings in the new and the latest that means that some products will be discontinued.

Brads Metal Assortment
Z1410Antiqued Copper Designer Brads
Z1704Pewter Badge Buttons
Z1703Wooden Badge Buttons
Z1821Buttons Black Assortment
Z1371Buttons Blue Assortment
Z1370Buttons Pink Assortment
Z1358Buttons Basic Assortment
Z1369Buttons Red Assortment
Z1372Buttons Green Assortment
Z1773Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes
Z1718Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes
Z1450Cork Color-Ready Alphabet
Z1719Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes
X7164CBuzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment
X7155CAvonlea Complements Canvas Shapes
X7167CLater Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment
X7166CClaire Complements Canvas Shapes
X7156CClementine Complements Canvas Shapes
X7157CDakota Complements Silver Foil Images
X7159CScholastic My Stickease® Assortment
Z1326Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment
Z1327Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment
Z1710Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers
Z1612Paper Clip Pins
Z1755Posh Journaling Spots
Z1734Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots
Z1831Buzz and Bumble Assortment
Z1813Claire Assortment
Z1810Later Sk8r Assortment
Z1748Brocade Assortment
Z1794Cottage Assortment
Z1766Memo Assortment
Z1780Wrangler Assortment
Z1487Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection
Z1697Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection
Z1489Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection
Z1798Black Tulle Ribbon
Z134712 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy
Z1827My Creations™ Paper Pouch – Small
Z1828My Creations™ Paper Pouch – Large
Z1740My Creations® Bookmark Album
Z1739My Creations® Milk Carton
Z1774My Creations® Canvas Journal
Z1736My Creations® Mini Banner
Z14746″ x 6″ Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes
Z17246” x 6” Kraft Envelopes
Z141210-Things Pocket
Z17224 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Kraft Envelopes
Z17235” x 7” Kraft Envelopes
Z17213” x 3” Kraft Envelopes
X7155BAvonlea Paper Packet
X7157BDakota Paper Packet
X7156BClementine Paper Packet
X7159BScholastic Paper Packet
X7167BLater Sk8r Paper Packet
X7166BClaire Paper Packet
X7164BBuzz and Bumble Paper Packet
Z4134Handle and Swivel Base
Z1351embossing powder dutch blue
Z1350embossing powder topiary
Z13922″ Scallop Circle Punch
Z578Corner Rounder
G1061Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Cardmaking Kit
G1060Workshops on the Go® For Always Cardmaking Kit
G1062Workshops on the Go® Canvas Art Kit
G1053Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit
G1054Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble Scrapbooking Kit
G1057Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Kit
G1055Workshops on the Go® For Always Scrapbooking Kit
G1059Workshops on the Go® Surf’s Up Scrapbooking Kit
G1056Workshops on the Go® Claire Scrapbooking Kit
G1058Workshops on the Go® Tommy Scrapbooking Kit
A1133Festival of Lights
B1372Circle Together
B1395So Grateful
B1396School Rocks
B1405Rugged Dude
B1406Blessings of Peace
B1410A Friend Like You
C1438Tea Time
C1461Salutation Seals
C1466Instant Memories
C1505Pun Fun
C1507Angelic Blessings
C1508Paisley Flair
C1511Love Blooms
C1520Christmas Joy
D1187For Every Occasion
D1388Card Chatter – Christmas
D1399Dream Big
D1440Everlasting Life
D1444A Little Thanks
D1492Christmas Love
D1517Game On
D1521Powder Heaven
D1523Sweet Music
E1010Chocolate Alphabet Large
E1014Posterboard Alphabet
E1015Cocktail Alphabet
E1017Old World Alphabet
E1018Pennant Alphabet
E1019Bohemian Alphabet
E1020Token Alphabet
E1021Trinity Alphabet
E1022Hero Alphabet
E1023Varsity Alphabet
E1024Keepsake Alphabet
K900Single Name Stamp
K9012Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines
K9013Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines
K9014Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines
K9022Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines
K9023Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines
K9024Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines

You have until July 31st to purchase the above products but they are only available while supplies last. You can purchase them here and if you place an order before July 23rd you will be entered to win $25 in product out of the NEW Idea Book! Also, any order placed you will receive an Idea Book free in the mail from me.

For another chance to win a new paper pack follow my blog and I will draw one winner from all blog followers on August 1st.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Monthly Scrapbook Kits

I hope you join me on my new scrapbooking adventure. For the next year you will create three 2-page layouts a month. Each month you will receive the following supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • Stamp Set
  • Embellishments (this month embellishments are star shipboard et and canvas complements)
  • Directions
  • Once during your year commitment you will receive a Stamp of the Month for FREE and $25 in FREE Close to My Heart Product.

We will start in July with kits being mailed around the 10th of each month. July we will celebrate summer by using the Tommy paper:

This month we will create these layouts:


This monthly kit can be yours for $29.95 (plus tax and shipping). If you were to order the items separately your cost would be over  $37 (plus tax and shipping).

If you are interested you must contact me and provide me credit card information prior to July 5, 2013. Your card will be billed the 10th of each month with kits shipping out at that point and all directions will be e-mailed in a .pdf file. Contact me at to register today. You will also be one of the first to receive the new Idea Book that goes live August 1st.

Register prior to June 25th and receive a free gift with your first order.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Roxybonds Blog Hop "Surf's Up

Welcome to the Roxbyonds Scrappers Blog Hop. Tonight we will be featuring projects from the Surf's Up line.

If you came from Jen's you are in the right place.

My Surf's Up project is a layout I create for my page kit of the month club.

You can order supplies for this project here.

Your next stop on this hop is Cat.

If you get lost along the way here is a complete line-up:

Jen Patrick:
Stephanie Feist:
Catherine Nowak:
Amber La Mons:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Flowering Bunch

Welcome to our June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month's stamp from Close to My Heart is "A Flowering Bunch" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from June 1 - 30, 2013.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2
Create.   If you came from Jennifer of 4 Hearts Scrapbooking then you are in the
right place!

I used the Chantilly paper pack to create this layout. It has room for one 8x10 picture and five 2 1/2" pictures. I got the idea for the layout from the current Idea Book.

For supplies I used the following Close to My Heart products:

Chantilly Paper Pack
June Stamp of the Month
Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Sunset Ink
Lagoon Ink
Pear Ink

Your next stop on our "A Flowering Bunch" hop is Cat of Cat's Scrapbooking.

Here is a complete list of participants if you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy – Love 2 Create
  2. Amber-Scrapper's Therapy
  3. Theo-Celebrate Crafts
  4. Jennifer-4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  5. Stephanie-Quilted Scrapper-You are here
  6. Cat of Cat's Scrapbooking
  7. Traci of Paper Crafting 101

This month with a total purchase of $25 and includes a stamp set you can get the mini-banner for free.

You can shop here.