Monday, September 30, 2013

Adorable Halloween Mini Album

Happy Monday!
Happy Last Day of September!

I hope you have had a great month! October is tomorrow and with that comes all things pumpkins, ghosts, goblins and witches!

Have you had a chance to purchase and play with the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Bundle yet? If you have (or even if you have not) you will LOVE the video below that shares ideas on how to make the cutest Halloween mini album...EVER!  I love it and it is to Artbooking!

Today is  the last day of National Stamping Month.  If you have not taken advantage of the 3 exclusive stamp sets for just $10.00-there is still time.  Feel free to contact me to place your order or you can hop over to my website ( and place your order online.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tools of the Trade


Make it a wonderful weekend!

Close To My Heart has recently come out with some AWESOME, Oh So FUN tools.  Take a peek at this short video to learn about a few of my favorites!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Spooky Halloween Layouts with the ARTBOOKING Cricut Cartridge

Happy Fall!
Now that fall has arrived there is lots of chatter about Halloween costumes, snacks and parties.  Take a peek at the video below.  These frightfully fun layouts that were so easy to create...thanks to the ARTBOOKING CRICUT CARTRIDGE!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Studio J Meets Flip Flaps

I recently preserved some of our Summer Camp McGrew trip using the Close To My Heart online scrapbooking program, Studio J.  I had so much fun reliving all the wonderful memories my family and I created that one magical week in July.  I had an added bonus creating my layouts in Studio J- I was able to join my family in the family room watching a football game all while I was scrapbooking...and there was no mess to clean up at the end of my creative session that evening!

Last spring, CTMH introduced a new concept in Studio J,  the "NO LIMITS" concept.  This concept opens the door to SO MANY CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES!  You can use the concept to add your own photo wells or text boxes.  It allows you to drag photos into the blank canvas and make them any size you please.  I actually used the layout as a photo processing center.  I dragged various photos onto the canvas and made them the 4 x 6 size.  I fit 6 photos on one 12 x12 canvas.  Then when the layout arrived at my doorstep less than a week later I just cut the photos to their 4 x 6 size and was able to add them to one of my other layouts using the CTMH 4 x 6 flip flaps.  I did this again only making the photos a 6 x 6 size.  I was able to fit 4 6 x 6 photos on one layout.  Again, when they arrived, I cut them, slipped them into the 6 x 6 flip flaps and then added them to another Studio J layout.  This makes the layout interactive AND allows me to add many photos to one layout!

I hope these photos help you to visualize how my project turned out.

It's also fun to use the "No Limits" concept to develop 12 x 12 photos.  I used to print my photos here at my house.  I don't have a 12 x 12 printer so the largest photo I am able to print is an 8 1/2 x 11.  And it costs a small fortune to have a photo developed at the 12 x 12 size at a photo (of good quality) processing center.
Studio J is the PERFECT solution! 
I did this for the cover page of our trip as you can see in the first photo I posted above.
(keep in mind the page is in a protector so you might not see the superior quality of the actual photo).
Once I dragged the photo onto the "No Limits" concept I went back in and added a text box on top of the photo where I was able to type in my title.
Here is photo of a favorite photo (at the 12 x 12 size) I plan to frame and add to our photo wall in our hallway.
Notice that the left side of the layout I used to just develop 6- 6 x4 photos.
The right side is my 12 x 12 photo.
And don't forget-when you purchase 12 x 12 Studio J layouts, you automatically get the large and small jpegs FREE OF CHARGE...within 15 minutes of placing your order.
These jpegs allow you to share your layouts via instagram, facebook, post them on your blog or share them with family and friends in an email.
The large jpeg allows you to print your layouts wherever you wish, at whatever size you want and you can print as many as you want!

I encourage you all to play with Studio J!  Hop on over to my website ( , upload photos and create away.  It does not cost ANYTHING!  Create away!  Experiment and get familiar with the  countless opportunities you have in Studio J.
The only time you are charged is when you actually purchase a layout(s).

I would love to get together one-on-one with you or with you and a group of family and friends.  
I can also meet with you via the phone (face time would be great or Skype might be an option).
Please reach out to me if you would like more information, have questions or would like to schedule a training session or even a Studio J gathering!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Summer mini Album

Check out the video below to learn how YOU can create a FABULOUS Summer themed mini album using the exclusive CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  It is SO EASY. SO SIMPLE. SO FUN...with the Artbooking cartridge!

Friday, September 13, 2013

It's Positive Thinking Day!

Happy Positive Thinking Day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A+ Layouts with Artbooking !

Here's another GREAT Artbooking Video!

Monday, September 9, 2013


Monday Greetings!

I have a confession to make.  I was never a Cricut person...until 3 years ago, that is,  when Close To My Heart came out with their first Cricut Bundle.  NOW I am a Cricut Lover!  CTMH has brought us a new Cricut Bundle each year for the past 3 years.  Each cartridge is unique in itself.

I have another confession to make...I ONLY use 3 Cricut Cartridges! is TRUE!  I am addicted to my Cricut AND I only use 3 Cartridges!  Can you believe it? I have a handful of customers who have been avid Cricut users for years.  And guess what they have told me, as well as, others?  They say that out of all the cartridges they own...they really only use the 3 cartridges that are exclusive to Close To My Heart!  I think that says ALOT about the CTMH cartridges, eh?!

Take a look at the video below to learn more about each cartridge.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!


Thursday, September 5, 2013



I know I have already shared with you info about the new Artbooking Cricut Bundle Close To My Heart came out with in August.  Below is a wonderful video about Artbooking.  The exciting thing is-every month up to April CTMH will product an Artbooking video for us to view and learn from.  Grab a chair and your favorite drink and soak up all the goodness this first video has to offer!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Happy September!!!!!

It's a new month and a new month ALWAYS brings exciting NEW CTMH announcements and opportunities to take advantage of!

Several years back, Close To My Heart declared September to be NATIONAL STAMPING MONTH.  And every September Close To My Heart brings us an outstanding special.  This month's special is Top-Notch!  Take a peek at the video below to learn more.

Here is a close up of the stamp sets:

Get this exclusive "You Are My Happy"stamp set trio in celebration of National Stamping Month during this month of September.  When you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10 (retail value is $47.90)!  You'll love using the playful alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fun images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects.

The September Stamp of the Month, POSTER TIDINGS (#S1309), consists of 2 large images featuring the oh so popular "Subway Art."  Creating fall and holiday art with these two images is so easy, not to mention fun! You have so many options on how to use this stamp set.  Check out the video below to learn about a few.

Make it a great day and be sure to check back tomorrow, as I will be sharing more fun news and art!