Friday, 25 July 2014

Scrapbook organization 101

Are you spending more time looking for supplies and then frustrated on how little  crafting you accomplish in a short period of time ? 
I know the feeling. Go shopping ....product comes home in a bag or gets shipped in a box and half the time we don't get it put away. Instead of trying to locate it, we forget we even have it and we go out and buy more !  Well I have a solution and trust me it works!

I  love our Close to my Heart storage containers. Why ? They are clear so you can see what is stored in them. They are stackable and the small,medium and large storage containers fit so nicely together. The locks are easy to open and close. They are easy to transport as each has a nice handle located in the centre of the top of the box.
What is so wonderful is that they are portable and very compact especially when you are taking them to a day crop or overnight  crafting retreat. Mine are always packed and  ready to go at the drop of a hat. They are reasonably priced !

If you find you are spending more time looking for supplies rather than crafting then these are for you!
Mine are labelled and stored in my Ikea expedite .
 However I put them altogether for this picture .


Here is what I own ... ( so far!)


The small containers below contain stamps that I have organized by season.



The small container pictured below houses my pigment inks and acrylic blocks. The foam inserts can be ordered separately.

The other half of this small container holds my acrylic blocks which are housed in the foam insert. I stack the pigment ink layer on top of the acrylic block layer.



I have two medium organizers . One holds my embellishments  and the other I have just started filling with "Picture My Life" kit cards . Lots more to file , just started this one last night.



I also have two large organizers. One is for stamps for card making and the other one is for all of my stamps that coordinate with the three Close to My heart Cricut cartridges. 

I also store my three Cricut Close to My Heart cartridges in this large container . Did I mention that there is a brand newClose to My Heart Cricut cartridge being released in late August which is geared to card makers ?  More details about this in another post.

If you are considering purchasing any of these storage containers, you should consider doing that before July 31st as they are going to increase in price as of August 1st,  

You can go to my website and find all of the various storage containers on the page I have linked and  then shop . Select the organizers  and then have them shipped directly to your home ! Or contact me to set up your free profile on my website . Once I receive this information I will contact you for your order.

Once the storage containers arrive, you will want to get organizing. I suggest you start small and do about about an hour the first day. Don't get overwhelmed. baby steps....

Watch for my newsletter coming the first week of August. I will be hosting a Cataloge launch early August as well as a new Virtual catalogue launch for those people unable to attend. There will be prizes!
Any one who has purchased product from me in the last three months or who places an order of $40.00 or more in the month of July will receive their free edition of the new Annual Inspirations book. It is packed with beautiful artwork and products galore.

Here is a sneak preview


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

July Out With The Old blog hop

Welcome to our Team Brae-er blog hop. This month we are focusing on products that we love but will no longer be available after July 31st. This is the  last month of our Close to my Heart spring /summer cataloge . On August 1st our  new annual inspirations cataloge goes live !
For my project this month I posted a summer mini album that I had started using a few of my favourite paper packages (Jubilee and Timber). I also used many embellishments and products from my stash that are going to retire or have retired recently. After all I need to make room for the new products coming in!
I used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge which has so many different mini album choices making it easy peasy to cut. I actually cut all of the pages in half an hour . The decorating took the longest but that is the part I love the best !
So here we go.
Front cover











Thanks for stopping by. Your next stop is Lucy's Creative expression  blog.

July Summer Album-Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring our Summer Mini Album creations.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne Jacobs

If you came from  the very creative "Michelle " of " the right Hugh "  then you are in the right place!

I decided to create a summer album with mainly Jubiliee Paper, and some paper from the  Timber package.(love the wood look!
Sadly these paper packages are all retiring at the end of July . Every summer my husband's family has a picnic and we have anywhere from 80 to 100 people attend! We reserve an area at a park in Markham. The photos seem to be my responsibility and I usually scrapbook as many photos as I can. I love the mini album idea as they are portable and smaller to pack. I have done 12 scrapbooks over the last 10 years so this year's mini album was quite a change for me. The art booking cartridge is so easy to use  and there are so many wonderful icons,negative space that can be utilized. I still need to add some journalling and stamping but I did get most of the pictures into the album.
I used the Artbooking cartridge and created the front and back cover with chipboard. I used template pages from the 6x7 Summer Mini album on page 52-53 of the cricut handbook and made the book 7x7,used real dial size for all of the pages but then turned off real dial size to cut the titles,icons etc so that these were scaled to fit the 7x7 size pages. I also used a lot of product from my stash and will post more details in another post about the items used that will be retiring !
The art booking cartridge is so easy to use  and there are so many wonderful icons,negative space that can be utilized. I still need to add some journalling and stamping but I did get most of the pictures into the album.I am posting some of the pages  today and the rest tonight at 7:00 pm.






Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is  the talented " Kiera " of "inspire papercrafts"
 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring alternative uses for Picture My Life cards.   So mark August 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Radiate Beauty


What a fun alphabet that we are featuring for this Stamp of the Month for July
I know you will want to collect this,especially if you are new to scrapbooking or card making.
Contact me if you would like to place an order or go to my website and place your order.
This is the last month of the  Spring/summer catalogue. Many products are flying off the shelves as we get ready to unveil the new products. A number of products will be retiring so get them while they last!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Cross Canada blog hop -fancy folds

Welcome to our June Blog Hop featuring Fancy Fold creations.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca.
 If you came from " Sheri" of " Just scrap It "  then you are in the right place! 

I racked my inner brain to try to figure out what to do for this blog hop and then I came up with doing something I had not tried before. I went through our Artiste Cricut Cartridge and came upon a card I had been wanting to try that would would work for Father's day. It is listed on page 75 of the Artiste handbook.
I used the tie and pocket on one of the cards. I also used some retired plaid paper for some of the shirt cards and our current Balloon ride paper for one of the shirt cards. My Dad is definitely gonna love this card as he is a shirt and tie kinda guy.
He just turned 86 and passed his driver's test again! I plan to visit him Sunday. The other cards are for my hubby,son-in-law and a friend. I used My Hero stamp set and You're the best-Holiday stamp set for some of the cards. 
The Happy Father's day sentiment was cut out from Artiste cartridge as well. These cards are perforated and scored so that the collars fold down so nicely and so easily. I usually don't attempt cards with folds but I am hooked on this one and will use this card template for future birthday cards.

Here is the base card cut from page 75 using the card button. I cut it at 5.50 inches










Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is " Lynette" of " C1make1 ".
 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Summer Albums.   So mark July 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

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