A Dash of Black

Monday, August 18, 2014

Twins LO

Before I tell you about the design of this scrapbook layout, let me just tell you how much I love that my kids are such goofballs. That top photo just cracks me up.

Now on to the important design tips….

I used an assortment of paper from the In the Pink My Crush book for this layout, with a Whisper cardstock background. The muted colors are a great backdrop for my photos, but they seemed a little blah on their own.


I could have added a brighter pop of color, something in the same color family already in the patterns, such as the bright blue of Close to My Heart’s Ocean cardstock. But instead I chose to pull my color choice from my photos and use black.

Both my son and daughter have black on their clothing, and they have dark hair, so the black really draws the eye through the layout, from the title to the photos to the embellishments.

Geek Chic

Thursday, August 7, 2014

nerds rule

Nerds and geeks have always been cool in my book, since I’m a bit of both. So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite new Close to My Heart stamp sets is Geek is Chic.

Just take at look at these adorkable sayings!

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Geek is Chic set, $17.95. Shop here.

So adorkable

For more consultant artwork using new products from Close to My Heart’s Annual Inspirations catalog, check out the CTMH blog booster hop!

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Blog Hop #2, I am Awesome

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Wow, so much inspiration in one hop! The CTMH blog boosters new product hop is still rockin’ with new entries added until this Thursday, and you can visit any of the blogs anytime by clicking here or on the image below to see the hop.
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Today I’m sharing this scrapbook layout I created for my CTMH convention extravaganza class. If you’ve been following along on my blog you remember that my extravaganza product was the My Crush books and accessories, and I showed many ways to “think outside the book.”

Removing the paper from the books can be done by spreading the wire binding, or just ripping the pages out. I kept the hole-punched edge intact on this page by speading the wires, and I chose to use this “Hello, I am Awesome” page from the In the Pink My Crush book without altering a single thing.

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I used the page full-sized and just threaded the hole punched edge with ribbons. So simple, and a great way to take advantage of the My Crush pages with a large image.

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The noteworthy journal spot and the weensy envelope shown above come in the the My Crush In the Pink assortment package. I love how handy this little package of papers and stickers is for scrapbooking!

The In the Pink assortment is a great value at just $4.95, and you receive 16 journal spots, 4 (4”x4”) sticker sheets, 2 (4”x4”) alpha sticker sheets and 4 (4”x4”) envelopes.

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Check out all the My Crush books and accessories on my website!

Ready to see more ideas with the newest Close to My Heart products from the Annual Inspirations catalog? I’m entering this post into the CTMH blog booster new product hop, check it out HERE!

Make Mine a Mini and a Blog Hop!

Friday, August 1, 2014

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I still have so much to share about the My Crush books from Close to My Heart! In this post I’ll show you how to create an adorable ultra-mini album, using the papers and binding rings that come in the In the Pink My Crush Book.
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Today I’m joining other Close to My Heart consultants to celebrate the release of the brand new Annual Inspirations, Close to  My Heart’s newest catalog format. New products, papers and stamps galore, all available now on my shopping website! View the catalog or purchase your own copy here.

You’ll find lots of inspiration using the newest products on the CTMH Blog Boosters hop. After you have learned all my tips for using the My Crush book to make your mini, you can scroll to the bottom of this blog post and find many more ideas and artwork by my fellow CTMH consultants.

Let’s get on with the tutorial!
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For this album, I chose the In the Pink book My Crush book. Each books contain 30 sheets of 7" x 10" double-sided heavy cardstock, printed with coordinating patterns. They are not matchy-matchy, which I totally love. I like how the eclectic mix of papers allows you to pick and choose when you want to only use a handful of the patterns for a smaller project.

The book comes in a Kraft hardbound cover with a wire binding. But you don’t need to keep it that way.

That’s right, I want you to “destroy” your book.

Are you gasping with fright? You can do it, I’ll hold your hand.
Removing the Pages 
The spiral binding is easy to remove from the cover. Use your fingers (no fancy tools required!) and spread the wire apart. Just enough to get the pages out. Then roll the entire binding right out of the cover. It’s not attached, it will come out as easily as the pages did.

See, that wasn’t too hard, was it?

You now have 30 beautiful pieces of 7” x 10” paper to do with as you please. Cards, scrapbook pages and projects await you.

To create your mini album, you can just cut the pages using your paper trimmer, making sure to include the hole-punched edges so you can re-place the wire binding. Use edge punches, corner rounders, and choose any size you like for your book.

If you’d like to get a little fancier, you can cut your pages on the Cricut. I used the Close to My Heart Cartridges, mixing and matching my shapes for a funky layered look.

Cutting your Pages on the Cricut
To make sure that you will include the hole-punched edge on your pages (and not accidentally cut it off – whoops!), I recommend cutting a sample or two.

Using scrap cardstock, cut the shape you want at the size you want. I chose to create a 4” mini album, so I set most of my shapes to 4”, but I also wanted a layered look so I didn’t stick with that size every time. It was fun to just play around and see what I could come up with.

Leaving your test shape on the cricut mat, position your My Crush page over the shape. You’ll see above that I made sure that the holes in the page would be included INSIDE the shape. If I would have positioned the page all the way to the left side, my holes would have been cut off or cut open. And we can’t have that.

Peel back your page and remove the test shape.

Reposition the page and cut your shape again. Perfect placement!

Now, repeat, repeat, repeat, until you have enough pages for your mini album!

Assembling Your Mini To assemble your mini after you have decorated your pages, just use wire snips to cut a portion of the wire binding, put the pages back onto the wire and squeeze closed with your fingers. It’s not rocket science, but you’ll feel like a genius.
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This mini only used a small fraction of the pages included in the In the Pink My Crush book, so you can make multiple books or use the leftovers for cards and scrapbook pages.
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I hope I’ve inspired you to think “outside the cover” and consider getting a My Crush Book for yourself to cut apart. I’d love to hear your comments on what new Close to My Heart products are your favorites!
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Now if you’d like to get more inspiration on using the newest CTMH products, click on any of the thumbnails below! Check back daily until Aug. 7 for new blog hop entries at the bottom of this post.

One Day Inkpad Sale

Thursday, July 31, 2014

inkpad offer

Today is the last day to order products from the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer 2014 idea book. Many items will not longer be available after today, including all the paper packets and workshop on the go products from the Spring/Summer collection. You can view the retiring items here.

There are also a few price increases when the Annual Inspirations catalog releases tomorrow. Take advantage of the lower price today by stocking up on inkpads! Close to My Heart’s Exclusive Inks pads will change from $5.25 to $5.95 tomorrow, so when you purchase today you’ll not only be able to get the lower price, but I’m throwing in a FREE inkpad of your choice for every 5 inkpads you purchase!

The details: Order 5 exclusive inks pads on my website at www.fabulouslyartsy.ctmh.com. Order may be combined with other items, and you may order as many inkpads as you like. After your order is placed, I will contact you by email for your choice of free inkpad(s). Your free inkpads will be shipped separately. Orders must be placed by 11:59 MST to qualify.

Ready to start shopping for inkpads? See there here!

Blog Hop Begins on Friday!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Join me on Friday, Aug. 1 for a new product blog hop with dozens of Close to My Heart consultants! We’ll be sharing our creations using products from the newest CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog.

The hop can be viewed from any participating consultant, and you can start right here on my blog. You’ll see all the participants entries and you can click the thumbnail image of the blogs you want to visit to check out their awesome artwork!

The hop will be growing over seven days with consultants adding new projects from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7, so you can check back daily to see what’s new on the hop!

Here’s sneak peak of the adorable mini album I’ll be sharing.

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If you are Close to My Heart consultant and would like to join our hop, please request to join our CTMH Blog Boosters facebook group.

New Catalog Now Available!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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New, new, new! I’m so excited to start shipping the newest version of Close to My Heart’s catalog. This new book is titled Annual Inspirations, and it’s good for an entire year!

Annual inspirations is 192 pages of gorgeous artwork samples, tips and ideas to make the most of Close to My Heart’s products. Shop for stamps, papers, scrapbooking and cardmaking kits, exclusive CTMH Cricut cartridges and more!

In December and April, you can look forward to a shorter supplement called Seasonal Expressions. This 40 page beauty will feature all new seasonally inspired products.

You can view the entire catalog online beginning August 1st. If you’re like me and like to have a book to browse, add post-it notes and make notes in, you can get your own Annual Inspirations.

Order your new Annual Inspirations catalog NOW for just $3.50 (shipping extra).

Live locally to me? Spokane residents may request a catalog without shipping costs. Contact me for details.