Working With Sketches

Do you create scrapbook pages from sketches?  Recently, I was checking Facebook when I came across a Halloween layout that appealed to me.  I was looking for inspiration for a Fall page using our Pathfinding papers and accessories but something about this Trick or Treat layout  had bumped up my creative mojo.  While I loved the color palette and the combination of pattern papers, what made the page pop for me was a particular design element, plus the use of shimmer trim and the use of die cut images.

The best way for me capture the essence of the layout and translate the theme was to start with a sketch that included my favorite design elements.  Once I had the layout sketched, I changed the color palette to fit my papers.  Finally, I selected my die cut images, compliments and coordinating stamps.  Having reduced the page to its bare bones design, I’ve created a new layout sketch that I can use with lots of colors, patterns and papers.  Because my design is 12″ x 12″, I can also turn the sketch and create more unique pages too!

Ready to see my Pathfinding layout?  Sign up for my mailing list today!  This layout will be featured in my November newsletter.

Disney Layout with Picture My Life

On October 1, 1971 Walt Disney World opened in Orlando.  I’m known for my love of all things Disney and have been an annual passholder for the past 14 years!  I visit the parks often and I never fail to bring my camera along.  I’ve got a good sized stack of prints to get in my scrapbook so I’ve decided to mix traditional layouts with Picture My Life pages.  I love this technique for getting loads of photos in my album quickly and still maintaining the look of the scrapbook style I love.

Picture My Life

Picture My Life Babycakes Scrapbooking Program

I was inspired to create this scrapbook page using our Picture My Life Babycakes Scrapbooking Program.  The page came together in just a few minutes!  My friend Andrea was struggling to find a simple solution for displaying photos of her young granddaughter who participates in a theater group.  Maddie has racked up a number of performances in just a few short years!  Andrea wanted to celebrate her granddaughter’s accomplishments but didn’t feel that she had the time to create traditional layouts.  Plus, she wanted to make additions to the album working together with Maddie who is still in elementary school.  Picture My Life provided the perfect solution!  The color palette includes soft yellow, grey and orange.  It coordinates perfectly with photos of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Piglet!

Pooh Bear Scrapbook PageOur Picture My Life sets include:

44 – 4″ × 6″ Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3″ × 4″ Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12″ × 12″ Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™ (various designs)

Check out our Picture My Life programs offered in 13 different themes!  Post your favorite in the comments.

Become a Digi Diva!

Save on Studio J in March

Save on Studio J in March!

Have you ever wanted to try digital scrapbooking?  Studio J is an easy to use, intuitive online program from Close To My Heart perfect for beginners and digi divas too!  During the month of March, order your Studio J™ layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each! Quickly create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments.

Don’t forget to check out the templates in our new Photo Express Collection, which allow you to design layouts entirely comprised of photos in minutes.  The photo size options are perfect for Picture My Life layouts too!

Studio J print outs are custom processed to the highest quality and made to last a lifetime.  Please view our Frequently Asked Questions page for detailed information on silver-halide processing, internet browser compatibility and more.


*Offer valid March 1–31, 2014. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts. Minimum order of 4 layouts. Free JPEG of every printed layout.

My Favorite New Products

It’s here!  The new Spring/Summer Idea Book is live on my web site and at long last I can share all of the new products with you.  Get ready for an incredible collection of new papers, embellishments and stamps.  Here are my top ten favorites.

10. Ariana Assortment - 8 adhesive-backed fabric bows
9. Workshops on the Go Jubilee Scrapbooking kit
8. A Mother’s Love, Hostess Rewards stamp set
7. Ivy Lane Assortment – 9 piece set with adhesive-backed fabric and acrylic flowers
6. Happy Place, March Stamp of the Month
5. Give A Lift stamp set
4. Quick Cards – Japanese Blossom stamp
3.Workshops on the Go Ivy Lane Cardmaking Kit
2. Picture My Life Chantilly Scrapbooking Program
1. Workshops on the Go Balloon Ride Scrapbooking kit

View the all complete Spring/Summer Idea Book and download the recipes!  Leave me a comment and let me know which of the new products are your favorites.

Picture My Life

The debut of the Spring/Summer Idea Book is only one week away and I just can’t wait to show you the many additions to our product line. There’s so much to love in this new edition from embellishments to paper collections and as always a selection of beautiful new stamps.  I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises so today’s post is limited to a sneak peek of my favorite, must have item from the new products.  Feast your eyes on the awesome Picture My Life Chantilly Scrapbooking Program!

Chantilly Picture My Life Collection

Picture My Life in Chantilly

Perfect for both pocket style and traditional scrapbook pages, these adorable accent pieces make beautiful embellishments and journal spots!  Close To My Heart is bringing back some of our most popular paper collections in the Picture My Life format as well as adding new themes.  Each collection includes a 12×12 cover page, 44 4×6 cards (2 each of 22 designs), 78 3×4 cards (3 each of 26 designs) and 10 specially designed page protectors (additional page protectors are available).  Best of all, each collection is only $24.95!

This beautiful collection can be yours when our new Spring/Summer Idea Book goes live on February1st.  Contact me today to learn how you could receive your Picture My Life kit as one of our many hostess rewards.  Hostesses can earn free and discounted products and have access to exclusive hostess kits and stamps.  Let me show you how!

Top Five Reasons to Keep a Scrapbook

While keeping a scrapbook may mean slightly different things to different people, I think there are more than a few benefits to this hobby.  Here are my top five reasons for scrapbooking:

5. Community – Like the quilting circles of my grandmother’s day, I find that scrapbooking crops tend to create social connections.  They are a place to share tools and supplies plus a terrific source of inspiration.

4. Artistic Expression – Scrapbooking allows me to play with papers, inks, stickers and more.  Some days I want to play with watercolor pencils and other days I can’t wait to get out my glitter!

3. Travel Memories – I love to travel and create layouts to remember my adventures.

2. My Godchildren – When the children were very young, well before they could read, they would pick up my scrapbook and use the pictures to tell me the story of how we became a family.  My scrapbooks are a symbol of my love for them and how much pride I take in their endeavors.

My Becoming More scrapbook

A place for deeply personal layouts

1. Telling My Story -  I want future generations of my family to understand what my life was like and the choices I’ve made.  I make layouts about the people I love, the things I like and the places I go.  I document my struggles and my successes.  I make cute pages about my doggies and funny pages about my addiction to Mt. Dew.

I hope you will share your Top Five in the comments!