Monday, August 6, 2018

Lovely Layers with H2H...


First FULL week in August and this mamma doesn't know whether to rejoice because Summer is almost over or cry because Summer wasn't long enough! I think I have a layer of tears over my smile.

Speaking of LAYERS...how about a FUN challenge over at Heart 2 Heart Challenges! This week it's all about LOVELY LAYERS and I have a card to share...

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Let's take a look at the not-so-obvious layers. I stamped an image from this month's SOTM onto some B&T from the Documented line adding another layer...I also used Thin 3D Foam Tape to adhere this flower from the Documented Complements adding dimension and layers...

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you'll go check out what the other DT Members have to share and I hope you'll play along with us this month!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Journaling in Cricut Design Space...



Journaling in Cricut Design Space™


Did you know that you can use fonts in Cricut Design Space™ for more than just a title on your scrapbook page? In this next installment of our Design Space tutorials, we are going to show you how to use Design Space to create large journaling spaces for your scrapbook pages. Not only can the words of your story be the main feature on your page, it can also be made using your Cricut®machine and your favorite Design Space font.
Journaling with Cricut #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhcricutcollection #artistry #cricutartistrycollection #cricutartistry #journaling #cricutjournaling #centralpark #ctmhcentralparkAs you can see in this scrapbook page, you can type a large amount of text in Design Space for your journaling. With the Align and Slice tools, you can then easily cut that text out of cardstock and add it to your page.
To replicate our font you will need to use the Cricut® Artistry collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)
The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. Next, resize this square to an 8.5″ x 11.5″ rectangle. Don’t forget to click the lock icon to unlock the size and change the width to 8.5 and the height to 11.5.

3. Color the rectangle.

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This is an easy, optional, step just to help you better see the text as you are journaling and then using the Slice tool later on. Since we wanted to use Bashful cardstock on this project, we went ahead and adjusted the color of the rectangle from dark gray to light pink. Click on the colored circle next to the scissors icon in the Layers panel to adjust the color of the shape.

4. Insert a line of text.

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To start your journaling, click Text and then search for the Artistry font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, type your first line of text.

5. Resize the text.

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You’ll notice when you type your first line of journaling that the text is too large for your rectangle base. Resize the text to a height of 0.45″. You can do this by changing the height in the size box to 0.45. Make sure to leave the lock icon locked this time so that the width is automatically resized in Design Space.

6. Insert additional lines.

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Continue adding lines of text for your journaling. To do this quickly, simply duplicate a line of text. This way you don’t have to go back in and resize the font. Click the previous line, select Duplicatein the top right corner, and then type a new line of text.

7. Arrange lines of text.

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After you have completed your journaling, it’s time to arrange the lines on the base rectangle. For this page, we decided to arrange the majority of the text from the top down, leaving a space to add a photo and embellishments before the last two lines of text at the bottom. To help with spacing, you can insert other Basic Shapes, like we did here. You can insert and resize a square to give you an idea of where your photo will go or a circle to represent an embellishment piece. Don’t worry about perfectly spacing each line of text. Design Space has a helpful tool that we will use in the next step.

8. Use the Align tool to evenly space the lines of text.

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Once you have your lines loosely arranged how you like on the rectangle, select the rectangle and move it to the side. Then click and drag your mouse over all the top lines of text to highlight all of them at once. Select Align and then select Distribute Vertically. This will evenly space your lines, and the in the Align tool again, select Center Horizontally. This will center the text. You can also center horizontally the last two lines on the bottom. Because there are only two lines, the option to distribute vertically won’t be available.

9. Use the Slice tool to slice your journaling into the base rectangle.

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To slice the journaling into your rectangle, you have to work line by line. Place the rectangle behind your text. Then select the top line, hit the shift button on your keyboard, and select the rectangle. This will allow the Slice tool to become available in the bottom right corner. Just select Slice and your text will be cut into the rectangle. After slicing, you’ll have two extra lines of text. Delete both extra lines by selecting the red X. To see the remaining lines of text, select Arrange and then Move to Back. Continue this process for each line of text.

10. Cut your project and assemble your page!

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When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Your Cricut® machine will do the rest of the work for you and cut this journaling centerpiece for your scrapbook page!
We hope you love this creative option for adding journaling to your layouts using Design Space. Often the journaling is something we add once our scrapbook page is complete, but with Design Space, you can turn your journaling into a main feature of the page. There are so many options for filling your page with text when you use Design Space!

Friday, August 3, 2018

100 Journaling Prompts...


TAKEN FROM THE CTMH BLOG...

100 Journaling Prompts


Scrapbooking is all about the memory keeping. And because it’s easy to get stuck and not know what “counts” as a story worth preserving, we came up with a list of 100 different journaling prompts to get you going.

Current Favorites

  1. What are some of your favorite things?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What are your favorite quotes?
  4. Who are your favorite writers?
  5. Do you have favorite paintings?
  6. What are some of your favorite creative outlets?
  7. What are your favorite games?
  8. What are some of your favorite gadgets? (this will be fun to look back on)
  9. What are your favorite restaurants?
  10. What desserts do you enjoy?
  11. What are your favorite recipes?
  12. What are your favorite TV shows/movies? (Netflix binging counts!)
  13. What is your favorite song? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
  14. Where are some of your favorite places/landmarks?
  15. Do you have a favorite travel destination?
  16. What is your favorite holiday or season?
  17. Do you have some favorite holiday traditions?
  18. Do you have favorite Christmas carols?
  19. Is there a special Christmas tree ornament that is your favorite?
  20. What are your favorite Sunday rituals?
  21. Who are your favorite people?
  22. What are some of your favorite things about your family?

Lists

  1. What accomplishments are you really proud of?
  2. What do you want to do in your life? (bucket list)
  3. What goals do you have for this year?
  4. What things do you want to do this summer/fall/winter/spring?
  5. What are some things you would like to learn?
  6. What books do you want to read?
  7. Where do you want to visit?
  8. What things do you want to see?
  9. Who would you like to meet?
  10. How do you indulge yourselself?
  11. What are you grateful for?
  12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  13. What are you obsessed with?
  14. What are some things you miss? (including “back in my day…”)
  15. What reasons do you have to be happy?
  16. What are some things that cheer you up?
  17. What makes you laugh?
  18. What inspires you?
  19. Who inspires you?
  20. Who are your friends?
  21. What are this month’s highlights?
  22. What random things do you know?
  23. What weird things do you like? (you know you have some)
  24. What are some things you can’t go without?
  25. What are some things you’ve done that you never thought you could?
  26. What things would you do if you weren’t afraid?
  27. What is happing in the world today? (current events)
  28. What tattoos do you have and what are their meanings?
  29. What are you good at?
  30. What makes you unique?

From Your Childhood

  1. Where did you grow up?
  2. What were some things you enjoyed doing as a child?
  3. What are some things you always did with your parents as a child?
  4. What do you remember about your childhood home? (or did you move a lot?)
  5. What was your favorite toy?
  6. Who was your childhood pet?
  7. What was your favorite meal as a child? What were your favorite treats?
  8. Where did you go to school? Who was your favorite teacher?
  9. Who were your friends in elementary school?
  10. Who were your friends in high school?
  11. What sports/extracurricular activities were you involved in as a teenager?
  12. When was the time you got in the most trouble?
  13. What were your favorite TV shows or movies?
  14. What was the best gift you ever got?
  15. What was the best/worst birthday/Christmas?
  16. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Firsts…

  1. Who was your first crush?
  2. Who was your first kiss?
  3. What do you remember about your first car?
  4. What was your first airplane ride?
  5. What was your first job?
  6. Who was your first concert?

More Memories…

  1. What is your love story? (how did you meet your spouse/significant other?)
  2. What is your saddest memory?
  3. What is your happiest memory?
  4. What is your funniest memory?

If…

  1. If a genie granted you three wishes…
  2. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) it would be…
  3. If you could meet any fictional character it would be…
  4. If you could live anywhere…
  5. If you could change history….

Family

  1. What do you remember most about your mother/father?
  2. Is there anything noteworthy about your parent’s upbringing?
  3. What are some of your mother’s or father’s favorites?
  4. Do you have any famous or high profile family members?
  5. Are there other family members that were/are important to you? (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
  6. Who are your siblings?
  7. How do you spend family time?
  8. What family vacations have you gone on?

Motherhood

  1. What do you remember about each birth?
  2. What are some of your mom fails? (we all have them)
  3. What are some of your mom wins?
  4. What is mom life really like?
  5. What are your parenting goals?
  6. You love this kid because…
  7. Kids are funny because…
  8. Kids are scary because…
  9. What do you love most about being a mother?
Now that you’ve got these prompts to get you started, the next step is to do something about it! You may want to start by writing the story down and then finding photos to support it, or you may want to approach it the other way around—find photos related to your memory and then add a few written details. Either way, don’t allow your precious memories and stories get lost with time.
Whether by simply keeping a journal or by scrapbooking in whatever method best fits your style, now is the time to commit—or recommit!—to memory keeping.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For the Love of Crafting Blog Hop...

Welcome to this month's SOTM Blog Hop featuring FOR THE LOVE OF CRAFTING...a stamp set after every crafter's heart!



There are only 28 Consultants participating this month so the inspiration should flow rather quickly. Grab your favorite beverage and hop along with us!

If you've come from Michelle Loncar's Blog, you're on the right track and well on your way to the end of the hop...if not, no worries, just keep on hopping 'till you get back to where you started!

Here's one of the many things I've already created with this stamp set...perfect for letting me know when my crafty weekends are! Can you spot the images?





Thanks for stopping by!

To keep on hopping, your next stop is my Extravaganza Partner - Jen Rubio...hop on over and see what crafty thing she's made.


Don't forget this stamp set is only available during the month of August and can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying order! If you don't have a consultant and would like to learn more about this FABULOUS program, check out my website {{{here}}}.


Friday, July 27, 2018

Beautiful Friendship Layouts....

Hello, lovelies...

For this month's Blog Hops with Heart, we are sharing products that are retiring soon and I wanted to share with you my Beautiful Friendship layouts. These pages use only 1/2 a Paper Packet, one full package of BF Complements, 1/3 of the CUTE tiny bows and a little bit of ribbon!

This month is a short hop so it shouldn't take you long to get full on INSPIRATION! If you've come from Jayma's Blog, you're in the right place!

Now I'm not a FLOWERY person but the colors in this collection are GORGEOUS!!!

Here's a look at my layouts!



You have until the end of August to get your hands on this beautiful line and believe me, you'll want at least TWO packages of that paper and complements!!!

If you started here, hop on over to Lalia's Blog and see what she has to share!

Thanks for stopping by...have a GREAT weekend!


Monday, July 23, 2018

Vacation Getaway - Fresh Air with H2H...

HAPPY MONDAY...I hope your weekend was wonderFULL...FULL of rest...FULL of fun...FULL of some FRESH AIR!

Speaking of Fresh Air...H2H Challenges is challenging you to show us your FRESH AIR projects! Now, most of you know that CTMH has a very outdoorsy line called Fresh Air but I decided to go on a little unexpected path.

I saw a card online...one of the blogs I frequent...and pinned it because I just KNEW that CTMH's You Are Here Cricut Collection would be PERFECT for this kind of card...here's a look!

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I started by cutting all my images then laid them on my card front to get the placement I wanted. I used the Cricut Transfer method to apply adhesive (check out the short video over on InstaGram and Facebook). The sentiment was getting 'lost' so I decided to use Vellum over the images to get a softer look. Then I used this month's SOTM, HIGHTLIGHT REEL to stamp "vacation"....
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I didn't have a whole lot of spots (almost nill) to hide any adhesive I would've used to adhere the vellum so I made a flap by scoring the vellum and adhering the flap on the inside cover (also in my video on IG and FB)...that way the recipient can peek under the vellum to see all the lovely images...
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And...you know I couldn't leave the inside blank so I finished the inside off with another image from the You Are Here Collection...

Doesn't that card make you want to go camping, rafting, fishing...FRESH AIR FUN!!!

I hope you're inspired and I hope you'll play along with us over at the H2H Challenge Blog...you have until the end of July to link up your project! Head on over to see what the other DT Members and don't forget to come back and play along with us!


Here's a look at the SOTM I used...you only have until July 31st to get your hands on this one! Remember all of CTMH's Stamp of the Month's can be purchased for only $5 during the month they are featured WITH a qualifying order! Hit me up if you'd like to learn more!








Monday, July 9, 2018

Anything Goes with Central Park and H2H...

Happy Monday everybody!!! So glad the weekend is over...I'm tired of travelling and it seems like regular work weeks are the only way to avoid that...lol

A new week means a new H2H Challenge and this week is ANYTHING GOES!

I am sharing some layouts made using CTMH's Central Park line...








Thursday, July 5, 2018

Good Times...

HOWDY folks!!! 


I mean...am I right!?!?! June FLEW by...might be because the entire month I was either getting ready for CTMH's Annual North American Convention or I was attending it.

LOTS of fun stuff happening in the month of JULY and I want to kick it off by sharing a card I made using the SOTM for July, Highlight Reel...a very CUTE, versatile stamp set with 23 images perfect for Summer vacations, new houses, good times and lots of "firsts"...here's a look at the stamp set.
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I wanted to make a card using this stamp set and the Central Park line...here's what I came up with using inspiration from Laura Bassen...


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And a peek at the inside...simple but not plain


Thanks for stopping by!

If you're a regular around here you know that I usually participate in the SOTM Blog Hop - sadly I missed it this month because I knew I would be busy with Convention. BUT if you'd like to take a look at what other consultants are doing with this ADORABLE stamp set, click {{{HERE}}} to start your inspiration overload!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dad is Rad - Father's Day Card...

Well, I hope all you dads had an AWESOME day yesterday...and I hope all you moms pulling double duty took a little break as well!

As for me and my fam-bam...two of the kids are with their grandparents...one is grown and lives way too far from us...and the recently graduated one was dropped off with his new basketball team and coaching staff...ON FATHER'S DAY! I thought my husband was going to pout all the way home...as much as they are like oil and water, that's his baby!

So...onto this year's Father's Day Card. If you follow me over on InstaGram, you might have seen a card I made a few years ago and I hinted that I couldn't wait to give this year's card to my QT...hope you can see why.

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The card came together fairly fast...a little not-so-random stamping softened by some Vellum, a quick oversized "DAD" using Thin Cuts Block Alpha and some enamel gems to finish off the front. I also softened the edges by sanding them...still use that technique often!
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And, a look at the inside....I'M LOVING the colors in this kit...Sapphire & Juniper (sometimes a little Crystal Blue and the browns and GOLD GLITTER - although not used on this card) 

REMEMBER...Dad is Rad is available ALL MONTH and it's not just for cards...check out the layout I posted last week...and I still have LOTS left over!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

How to Use Re-Inkers....

Taken from CTMH's Blog...

A Thing or Two About Re-inkers

When creativity strikes, you can be sure to find a full spectrum of color-coordinated products within any Close To My Heart catalog, including our most often unsung hero—the re-inker.About Re-inkers #ctmh #closetomyheart #cmthraddad #ctmhreinkers #reinkers #ink #exclusiveinks™ #ExclusiveInks™ #ctmnexclusiveinks #colorcoordination #color #colour #colourcoodination #colorcoordinating #colourcoordinating #coordinating #matching
Available in every exclusive color, these awesome little ink bottles can be used for so much more than to re-fresh its stamp pad counterpart (although they are pretty great at that, too!). The ink is an acid free, water-based dye that can also be splattered using a paintbrush, misted using a spray pen, mixed with water and painted on for a watercolor look, and applied in as many other creative ways as you can come up with. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, re-inkers make color coordination easy and effortless for any crafter!
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Can you spot the ways we used re-inkers in this layout? (Hint, we used them three times.)
1. There’s the Almond “watercolor” wash behind the journaling on the right page. It’s a perfect color match with the Almond cardstock used in the background, tying the journaling aspect of this layout with the visual elements quite nicely.

To achieve this look, mix some ink from a re-inker bottle with a bit of water and then paint away!
If you’re using a paintbrush, add a few drops of ink to the inside of a stamp pad lid along with a few drops of water. Keep in mind that the more water you use, the lighter the color will end up. Pick up the ink with your brush and you’re set! (To avoid water-warped paper, use watercolor paper.) With a waterbrush, you have the option of mixing the ink and water directly in the brush, where you squeeze the diluted ink right onto the bristles.
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2. The second place we used a re-inker was to make the Toffee ink splatters on both pages of this layout.

Again, add a little bit of water to your ink (to dilute the tone as much as you want and so that it will splatter easier than straight ink) and then, with the ink on your brush bristles, gently tap the brush a few inches above where you hope the splatter will land on the artwork.
Were you able to find where we used a re-inker the third time?
3. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…white ribbon dyed Crystal Blue! Dye white ribbons and twines with any of our re-inkers to get just the right color match you need for those finishing touches we all love.

To dye your ribbon, place the cut piece inside a small bag and then add ink. Seal the bag and mix it until you are satisfied with the color. Add more ink, if necessary, either to ensure the entire ribbon gets covered or to darken the tone. When you’re ready to pull the ribbon out, use gloves to avoid getting ink all over your fingers (this can get messy fast). The ribbon will need to dry before you can use it in your artwork. For a faster drying time, use a craft heater (or even a blow dryer could work in this instance).
No matter what, you can always have a ribbon or twine to match your art!
Let’s continue the game….
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This card illustrates two additional fun ways to use re-inkers in your artwork. What are they?
(We left off at 3 so let’s just continue the list, shall we?)
4. More splatters, this time with a stencil and a spray pen.
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Create a white space inside your “splatter zone” with the use of a stencil. We kept things simple in our example and used a circle, but really you can do this with any shape you want—consider all of the Cricut® shapes you have at your disposal and get creative!
To use the spray pen, simply fill it with some water and add a bit of ink from a re-inker bottle, shake, and then spritz. Raise the spray pen higher for a subtler splatter and closer to the paper for a more concentrated splatter. If you want the ink to dry faster, try using rubbing alcohol instead of water.
5. How do you like the ink effect used in the stamped sentiment of this card? With very little effort, you can make your very own multi-color stamp pad.
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Fold a few baby wipes in half and stack them on top of each other. (We used four here, but really it depends on how much ink you are using for your project, so consider this number on a case-by-case basis.) Using your trusty re-inker bottles, add different ink colors in a random pattern to the top of your stack of wipes. Allow your ink to spread into each other and then use this “pad” to ink your stamp.
There you have it folks! Effortless color coordination for all of your crafting brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Exclusive Inks™ re-inkers! Available in every exclusive color and formulated from scratch, use these mighty ink bottles along with the ideas we shared today to make your own, one-of-a-kind, designs.
And, of course, if your stamp pad is ever getting dry….
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…use the coordinating re-inker to freshen it up! 🙂