Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Things I love about CLOSE TO MY HEART

I LOVE that I can mix and match products.

I am not a purist.  I will be the first one to admit to it.  I have bought so many scrap booking supplies over the years it's crazy.  And I still have most of them.  They were the result of impulse shopping, a page I saw on pinterest that I loved!! or they are simply an embellishment or paper that I just like.

Regardless of why I purchased them, they haven't been used.  And now, I no longer want to purchase, I want to create.  That is my goal, my mission, my path.  I still purchase all of the CTMH workshops. I LOVE them.  They are "on fleek" and usually apply to what I am scrapping now or will be soon. So, I purchase them.

But - CTMH workshops include ALL the embellishments I will need for the pages plus a few more.  So, there is not a need to go shopping. I do however, go shopping in my stash for the +pages that I do with the leftovers from the workshops.  Check out this example:


I pulled the 'drinking' stickers from a sheet I bought when the boys were in college, the wood hearts and arrows I have a TON of because I love the looks of them.  The swirl enamel dots were the left overs from some project ages ago,  I only had about 1/4 of the package, but when I cut them up and laid them down, they added just the right touch.  The CTMH paper is from the ROXIE paper (2011) and some of the FLORENTINE (2012?).  I am trying to get through (caught  up) many albums and use up some of the ridiculous amount of supplies that I own.  

I LOVE that our alphabet stamps can make the title and journaling so easy.

I have a simple page that I need to do.  Just finish off the month of August 2016.  A few rally pictures.  Most of my pictures have already been used in another layout.  Then I found this picture.  I really want the memory.  I really don't want to do a bunch of journalling. I just want to finish this morning.  BOOM! CTMH ALPHABET STAMPS - Marker Alphabet (E1034) and Jennifer's Hand (B1484) These made the page!  It is finished.  Just enough information to make the memory.  And it looks AWESOME!!  And now, August is done. 


And last, but not least, for today .... I LOVE that seasonal stamps can be used in other places!  

This stamp is from a very HALLOWEEN set. I shot this picture intentionally leaving room for some journalling at the bottom. But, when it came time to scrap it, I didn't want to take the time to photo shop journalling in.  However,  I knew I had a "nom, nom" saying somewhere in my stash.  I was surprised it was Halloween.  Isn't it perfect on this picture??  I just stamped it with waterproof archival ink.  I love how it looks.


Looking forward to chatting st you again soon- c

Monday, July 3, 2017

Here'e the reality

So, here is the reality.
#1
 I have bad days.  I don't feel great , I don't get much sleep, I have a headache, and I just want to stay in a dark room and not deal with anybody.  But guess what, LIFE GOES ON! 

 #2
If you ask your family to take pictures  to make sure that YOU will be in your scrapbooks, THEY WILL.  It doesn't matter what you look like, if your hair is done, or if you have make up on. 

#3
I AM going to scrap this HORRIBLE picture if me.  It is a reminder of a lovely evening where I had all my boys, my grandchildren, and my sis.  I had them all over for dinner.  I didn't feel great, but we had a wonderful time.  


#4
I NEVER get pictures of these two.  When my hands were full, I asked other two people in the room with their phones out to take a picture.  THEY DID.  OK, the picture is cheesy.  But, I now have a picture of these two at this moment in their lives.  I will put this in each of their albums so they will remember this evening.  


My children's scrapbooks have VERY FEW pictures of me in them.  I was there, I swear, but I was behind the camera, ALWAYS!  It's like I don't exist.  I don't want to be nonexistent any more. I am changing that for my grandchildren's books.

My point, (shoot, my teacher voice is out again, isn't it?) ....
Well, my point(s) are:
Ask for pictures of what you want.  Don't worry about how you look, it's about the memory.  

OK, time to start Monday.
C

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Catching up in June

My upline in this crazy CTMH business challenged all of us (her downlines) to make an ongoing album this year to help us focus on our businesses.  Well, you all know how my life is going!  I have worked on the album a couple times over the last 6 months, but got fairly behind.

This weekend is my time to get caught up!!  I am going to share some of my pages with you!  You lucky people!  I'm starting with the pages Shannon asked us to create about the people that inspire us.

I think my list changes from day to day, but today with 2 cups of coffee under my belt and a printer full of ink  I got this page made for my book.

This is the opening page!  Love the picture of my granddaughter stuck under the bed.  What a brave ADVENTURER she is.

This challenge is to scrap a CROP that I held this year.  I forgot to take pictures at the SPRING RETREAT, so I scrapped the NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY RETREAT I hold every year.  


In this challenge, we had to scrap samples of the papers CTMH is offering this year.  I have the first 4 in and room for all the new ones we have coming up in the SE2 and the NEW ANNUAL CATALOG. 


In this challenge, I had to scrap my scrapbooking space.  Ewww!!   This is scary!!  My space is usually a mess, especially when I am working!  But I scrapped it!!  I also included a photo of the coffee shop where I have my club meets every month.  




And finally, a page about who inspires me.  This was hard.  The list just got longer and longer.  I only had 2 pages, so I went with the first 7 people on the list.  That is what would fit on the page!



It was awesome to spend the day finishing up (catching up) a project that has been nagging the back of my mind.  I highly recommend taking some time to finish one of your finish-able  projects this month!  

see you soon - C

In May ...


So ... not much scrapping happening this month.  I've been doing a lot of photo shoots, and that has been keeping me very busy.  Editing and learning photoshop elements is my challenge at this phase in my life.  I am hoping that this will be a good learning experience, but first I have to get past the frustration.  


This is a senior I made portraits of in April.  The sitting went well, but the processing was a bit more than I expected.  Need to have a better plan for my back ground. 

My granddaughter turned 2!!  
How does this happen so fast?  
I love that she is developing such a fun playful personality.  However, she is not shy about letting us know when she is displeased with anything!  



And we are expecting a little boy any day now!  
Don't they make a lovely family?  
I am so proud of both of these kids.  They are great parents and make a great family 
So, 
that is my input for today!  

Meant to publish this ages ago.  
Maybe I will be better in the future.  
maybe not, but I will try.  

C

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Is it APRIL??

Good Day my friends!  What an amazing ride this year has been.  One would think that not having a house to sell, and not having a husband to take care of, I would have time to get things done.  Well, the truth is, I'm just about ready for January to start.  And, It's, APRIL 2!

I really can't complain. I have had so much fun this year already.  A road trip to Minn. in February with my sis. and I just finished a scrap booking retreat with friends that I have scrapped with for years.  In the mean time, I have spent lots of time with girlfriends, and lots of time catching up on some scrapbooking.

This weekend, I made 2 mini baby albums for a good friend of mine.  He step daughter is having a boy in May and her daughter is having a boy in July, so I wanted to have basically the same thing for both of them.  I am so excited for them all.

I used up a retired set of pocket life cards from CTMH, and the paper that coordinates with them.  Then I added fun cuts from the ARTBOOKING cartridge from CTMH and inked all the layers.  Putting them all together was fun.  I am still planning on adding embellishments and banners and stamping a little bit through out the albums.  I'm pretty sure one of our older sets has a weight/height stamp I can put on each month for mommy(s) to fill in.  and I think a 'CURRENTLY' card will be necessary throughout the albums too.  You know, CURRENTLY eating, CURRENTLY loving, CURRENTLY saying .... All the wonderful things we want to remember about our children but often forget.



As I sit here chatting with you all, I have my planner open next to me, and I realize I have a very full life (even though I get pouty now and then) and I am very thankful for that.  I have a ton of friends and a ton of interests to keep me out of trouble.  That's a good thing  - right?

Tonight I have a meeting and when I get home, I hope to start laying out pictures of my grand daughters first visit to REPTILE GARDENS.  CTMH has the cutest 'bug' paper , and I've known since I saw it that REPTILE GARDENS would be the subject for it.  It looked like miss Z had fun.  I saw a video of her befriending a lizard....  I'm betting her mama din't let her bring it home!

So, blah, blah, blah ....  It's time for me to let you go.  I'll get some more art up soon.  C

Saturday, January 7, 2017

December is coming (OOPS!)

Well, look what happens when you open your blog in JANUARY!  I took pictures several days in December, saved them to my BLOG to write a nice BLOG update, and then walked away.  Who does that?

So, this happened.  I fell in love with my XYRON 250 again!  When using the CTMH die cuts, this is perfect for adhering them.  Just run them through the XYRON, and there is adhesive o those little tiny lines, and everything sticks where you want it to.  LOVE IT!!

I had actually planned on this being a teaser for my CHRISTMAS CARD/ PARTY INVITATION.  But, they have been sent and received , so no teaser.  But, I loved working with the CTMH die cuts for the cards.  It made them go so fast!  This may be my tool of the year!  


So, since this is getting out about a month late, I am going to stop here and post it.  You will be hearing from me again atlas once again today.  :-)  c