Fabulously Artsy Urban Scrapbook Workshop

Friday, February 5, 2016

I can't get enough of the industrial salvage look! From home decor to commercial spaces, designers are including distressed metals, crackled paint and weathered wood. It almost seem you can't turn on an HGTV decorating show without seeing a home using reclaimed wood or salvaged fixtures.

My Urban Scrapbook Workshop is loaded with worn finishes and heavy metal industrial style. If you want to showcase your big city vacation photos or use these pages to scrapbook the hard-playing, adventure-seeking men and women in your life, Urban is the perfect fit!
If you feel you're too busy to scrapbook, or find the prospect of choosing papers and products to complement your photos is overwhelming, my Fabulously Artsy workshops are made just for you! 

Create eight 12"x12" pages (4 double page layouts) using Close to My Heart's Urban paper pack plus additional supplies. You'll save time with these pre-designed layouts that you can customize yourself. 

Anyone who scrapbooks knows the amount of time it can take to decide on a layout, then wonder which papers look best, and where to place them. You'll also save money because the cutting guides are designed to maximize your paper without waste, so you can cut with confidence, knowing exactly where each piece will fit into the big picture. Plus you'll be able to save a generous amount of leftovers for additional projects after you are done!
Have you ever felt "embellishment challenged?" Choosing which embellishments to use, and where to place them can be another major time waster when scrapbooking. The Fabulously Artsy Urban Workshop uses cardstock and clear stickers, printed chipboard die-cuts, thick twine, silver foil tape and metal triangle studs. My detailed instructions include full color close-ups for you to embellish with confidence. With a generous amount of product in the workshop supplies, you'll also be able to switch out words and images to create a customized accent that is just perfect for your own layout!
When you purchase a Fabulously Artsy Workshop, you get my exclusive guide that will walk you through every step of your workshop. My background in publishing and graphic design means that you'll receive professional looking, easy to follow instructions with photos and images to help you create your layouts with  ease. I have been creating these type of instructions for my in-home classes, for hundreds of students for over a decade, so now you can attend a Fabulously Artsy workshop in the comfort of your home!

So, how can you get your hands on the Fabulously Artsy Urban Workshop? You can visit my Fabulously Artsy shopping website to find out more about the Urban workshop and other workshops available for purchase, or you can keep reading for more details.

1. Get it for FREE! Just purchase $10 or more in Close to My Heart products from my CTMH website, and I'll send you the workshop guide absolutely free! Purchase products for the workshop (listed here), or any products you like! You'll receive the PDF guide by email, ready to download, print, or view on your tablet, phone or computer.

2. Purchase the guide. If you already have the products, or you have a CTMH consultant you shop with, you may purchase the guide alone for just $9.99. This includes all instructions in PDF format, emailed to you.

3. Join my team! Become a Close to My Heart consultant and join my team to receive this and all other Fabulously Artsy workshops. You'll be able to use my designs to host your own workshops, earning money doing what you love! Read more about becoming a consultant, or contact me for details.

Are you a Close to My Heart consultant? Host your own workshop by purchasing my Consultant Workshop kit. You'll receive the workshop guide plus the consultant guide with supply lists, pricing guides, helpful tips, promotional images and more! You'll also receive the consultant agreement that allows you to hold your own workshop in person or offer the workshop to your long-distance customers by email and online. 

Visit my Fabulously Artsy shop to get your Urban Scrapbook workshop, and leave me a comment below to let me know which CTMH paper pack you'd like to see as my next Fabulously Artsy Workshop!

Wise Words

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A new year, a new me! I always set new year's resolutions.... I'm not always successful at keeping them, but I love the feeling of a blank slate to start off the year, with goals and accomplishments to guide my choices. I really love this quote, since the key to developing new habits is to release the old habits.

What about you? Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you to stick to your goals?

National Papercrafting Month

Friday, January 8, 2016

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the exclusive Picture My Life™ Live Your Day scrapbooking program—available for one month only! 
This collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner. Whether in the planner or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long. Get yours today for only $8.95 before this offer is gone!
Dates: Offer valid January 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT)–January 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).

Planning for 2016

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Are you a planner? Or a memory keeper? Maybe a bit of both?
I'm so excited about the new Everyday Life line of products from Close to My Heart. I admit... I'm not the most organized person, but keeping everything written down in one place really helps me stay focused. I also like to be creative, so all those cute little planners with their bright colors and stickers really appeal to me, but I often find that they aren't flexible enough for my lifestyle. I want a system that can change and adapt, even after I've set up a "system", so I can continue to use it throughout the year, instead of abandoning the whole thing after the first month or two. 
I'm loving that the Everyday Life products let you set up the planner that works for YOU. Choose from calendar pages, to My Crush scrapbook pages, to Memory protectors that hold photos and Picture My Life cards. Dress it up with the roller stamp and washi tape. I can't wait to get started on my new planner, and I'm excited that it will become an end-of-year memento of everything that we did in 2016.
The entire line of Everyday Life products will be available beginning January 1, 2016, but you can get your hands on an exclusive, specially priced bundle this month, so you can get started right away!

During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95. That’s over 15% off the retail price! 
This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right. Offer valid December 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–December 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT).
Get your planner bundle now! Click Here!

New Workshop! White Pines Cards

Saturday, December 5, 2015

I just finished creating my Fabulously Artsy White Pines Christmas Card Workshop, hooray! It's a little late to the party, so I'm offering it at a can't miss price. Just $2.99 (reg. $9.99) for the guide to create DOUBLE the amount of cards in the regular White Pines Cardmaking Kit from Close to My Heart.

If you have a White Pines Cardmaking kit already, you'll be ready to start right away when you order my guide, since it will be emailed to you in PDF format and you can print or view it on your computer or tablet while you work.

If you don't have the card kit, there's still time to order from my Close to My Heart website or from your own CTMH rep. If you place an order of $10 or more on my shopping site, I'll even send you the workshop instructions for FREE!

Already done with this year's cards? Get a jump on next year and order the supplies and get the instructions, so you're all set to create when the mood hits you. Christmas cards in July? Yes, please!

For a full supply list and ordering information, please visit my website.


Visit my website to shop the new prices on my retired workshop guides. The papers and other supplies are retired and no longer available, but if you already have the supplies, you can get a great deal! You can also substitute other papers and embellishments for the ones listed in my workshops. Use your creativity, while saving time and supplies by using my guides!

One Card: Five Ways

Saturday, November 28, 2015

If you ever make Christmas cards, or do any kind of production stamping you know how it goes... 

"Oh, this card will be simple, I can put together 10 or 20 cards in no time at all."

"Wow, that was a lot of cutting, but now the fun part... I love stamping."

"My hand is cramping. Just 5 more to go, I can do this."

"I never want to see another piece of this background paper ever again."

Creating multiple cards starts out fun, but there is a point where it turns tedious. When every recipient is getting a single card, it's important to do your best work on every piece, but it can tend to wear on you when you have to duplicate the same item over and over.

I solve my problem by getting a little creative at the end, during the final assembly and embellishment steps. This allows me to work quickly in the initial cutting and stamping, when you have lots of energy. It also saves time so you don't have to make lots of decisions, just cut and stamp assembly line style.

But by the time I am ready to add adhesive and put the pieces together, I'm getting pretty burned out, and my creative mojo is demanding some variety. This is where I kick in the "alternate options." Using the same pieces, the same layout, I make small tweaks so I don't lose interest. It keeps my creative brain happy, but it doesn't take much more time.

Tak this gorgeous White Pines Cardmaking Kit from Close to My Heart. With everything you need but adhesive and inks, you can quickly cut, stamp and assemble 15 cards. The kit comes with paper, cards and envelopes, a stamp set, embellishments and easy to follow instructions. You will make 5 cards each of three designs. 

I decided to try my little trick on this kit, by following the exact directions until it came time to assemble and embellish. I chose not to alter the design by rearranging any of the pieces, or add any additional items. The cards still look similar, but the little tweaks were just enough to keep my creative brain happy. 

Here is the card as designed by Close to My Heart.

Super cute, right? If you are into hidden pictures and "Where's Waldo" type of games, don't read the text above each photo and see if you can spot the differences.


For the next card, I flipped the patterned paper piece, and wrapped Fern Thick Twine vertically.

For card #3, I added pen detailing around the red cardstock, and instead of using staples on the twine as directed, I tied knots at each end and attached with a glue dot.

Card #4 had some distressing with Desert Sand ink. I also used the back side of the patterned paper and wrapped the twine around the piece, securing at the back of the patterned paper before attaching it to the card front.

For card #5 I used sandpaper to "white distress" the colored cardstocks. I also used two staples instead of one to attach the twine, and skipped the knot.

How about you? Do you ever change up the design to keep things interesting? Leave me a comment and let me know how you make production stamping more fun. Also, let me know which one is your favorite version of my White Pines cards!

November Stamp of the Month

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Long time, no post! I seem to be having a hard time keeping up with my blog of late, I will try to get a little more on schedule soon. Thanks to all my readers who are hangin' in there and continuing to check in on my blog.

The November Stamp of the Month, Cheers 2016 is now available until the end of November. You can get it for the full retail price of $17.95. If you purchase $50 in CTMH products you will qualify to purchase this set for just $5!

Shop my website now for Close to My Heart products.