Archive for the ‘Close to My Heart’ Category

This layout was published in the Winter 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine!

In 2019, my husband’s parents invited us all to join them in Sanibel Island to celebrate Christmas. This was a completely new experience for me– growing up in the northeast and marrying a midwesterner meant that every Christmas I’d experienced up until that point was cold! It was surreal to be warm, surrounded by palm trees, and spending time at the beach instead!

I thought it would be fun to capture that juxtaposition by using Paige Evans’ “Summer Wreath” cut file and backing the icons with Christmas patterns. It took quite a bit of time, I will admit, but in the end, the layout didn’t need much more embellishment once the photo was in place! I added some stickers to vary the dimension around the wreath, and I splattered gold mist and white paint on the background for texture.

I just have to say. I love everything about how this layout turned out. It is one of my favorite layouts I’ve made recently, and it really captures the feeling of the whole trip for me.

The title is inspired by the Colbie Calliat song — it was running through my mind while we were there, and also while I was making the layout!

The layout will have a home in my 2019 album, which is mostly pocket pages. For such a standout occasion, I wanted to include a full-page layout! I intend to eventually tell the whole story of our trip in a digital album project to add to my collection of beach vacation photo books.

patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy” and “Mix-In (Mar-Apr)”
cardstock: American Crafts, Close to My Heart

stickers: Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy”
alphas: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” puffy alpha stickers, Glitz Design Teeny Alphas – gold
cut file: Paige Evans Designs “Summer Wreath”

journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: Silhouette Cameo 3, Scotch ATG adhesive, craft foam, white acrylic craft paint, Heidi Swapp Color Shine – gold

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I made this layout in September for a call, but I’ve been saving it until the Christmas season to share! This layout will live in my 2019 album directly following my “Christmas in the Sand” layout (which was published in the Winter 2021 issue of SCT).

Since we spent Christmas 2019 in Sanibel Island, we did our gift exchange among the four of us after we returned home. The title of this layout is a play on waiting to open presents– and also the fact that the last gift we gave our children was “the best!” After they’d opened the gifts under the tree, we told them there was one more… we brought them over to my husband’s computer to choose their Magic Band colors for the Walt Disney World trip we’d planned for the upcoming April! (Spoiler alert: that was April 2020, so the trip ended up being delayed until November…but that’s a whole ‘nother story)

I layered to my little heart’s content on this layout. Often my layouts start with a very basic and clean design (this time, the basic design of this layout was inspired by a Scrapbook & Cards Today sketch from summer 2019), but I just can’t help myself and I find so much joy adding paper layers and tucking in clusters of embellishments!

All of the papers and stickers on this layout come from the Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy” collection. Since I had made the “Christmas in the Sand” layout before this one, I’d used up almost all of the poinsettia stickers from the coordinating sheet. I detail-cut more of the flowers from the pattern on the reverse side of the plaid paper to supplement, and I like that I was able to add a bit of variety in the sizes.

I also layered in some vintage doilies that had been in my grandmother’s craft stash. I love being able to find homes for these pretty bits in my scrapbook albums: they always make me think of her when I see them.

I managed to fit all my journaling onto two labels (from my stash of print-and-cut labels) by writing small! As a final touch (and my daughter weighed in on this decision!), I added some gold splatters by each of the embellishment clusters.

patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy”
cardstock: The Paper Studio
embellishments: Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy” stickers, gold glitter die cuts; The Paper Studio enamel dots; vintage doilies
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy;” Glitz Design Teeny Alphas – gold
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: machine stitching, print-and-cut labels via Silhouette Cameo 3, roller date stamp, craft foam, Scotch ATG adhesive; inspired by a SCT Summer 2019 bonus sketch

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This is the very first first-day-of-school layout I’ve ever made! I guess it’s because it seems like the first day of school is a fairly momentous occasion each year… and I didn’t even tackle her VERY first day of kindergarten…yet. I decided to start with first grade!

This layout is published in the Fall 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today; you can see it on page 65!

I’ve had this title planned ever since that first day of first grade– “It was awesome!!” was her immediate answer to my “how was your day?” upon getting off the bus that day! In fact, I jotted down a little sketch almost right away, which I’ve saved all these years! The end result is completely different, but that’s ok! (and yes, I finally recycled this scrap of paper as soon as I finished taking this photo!)

As you can see, my original thought was to make this a single page layout, but when I started looking back through the photos, I wanted to include so many more than would comfortably fit (and still be big enough to see well!) on one 12×12. I expanded my design to 2 pages, using nine 3″x2″ photos and one 4″x6″ feature photo.

left side
right side

Even though starting school makes you think of fall, in our area, it is still very much summer weather! I decided to use a color palette that bridges the two seasons– and included a lot of red because our red front door is hard to miss in the pictures!

I arranged the small photos in a grid and filled the spaces with a dark blue patterned paper. I stitched around the perimeter of the blue pieces to add a bit of texture. These blue spaces were also the perfect spots to add embellishment clusters.

I stamped and heat embossed cameras in white on aqua patterned paper and cut them out to be the feature embellishment in each cluster. To bring in more of that fall flavor, I die cut leaves from textured orange cardstock and golden yellow patterned paper to add to each cluster, along with bright yellow puffy stars!

I combined three different alpha sets to make my title and subtitle: I used all capitals for the main title, and lower case alpha for the subtitle, and the tiny letter tiles unify them.

Supply list:
patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr), Close to My Heart “Blue Skies,” Echo Park “Spring” (Journaling Cards –B-side is striped)
cardstock: American Crafts (white textured), The Paper Studio (orange textured)
vellum: The Paper Studio
alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Daiquiri white foam), Close to My Heart (white alphabet foam stickers), Glitz Designs Teeny Alphas (white)
stamps: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds,” Hampton Arts “Vintologie”
puffy stickers: Close to My Heart “So Much Happy”
label: print-and-cut via Silhouette Cameo 3
cut files: SCT Oct 2020 freebie, Kerri Bradford Studio (“Leaves”)
font: Gill Sans Light (bold)
other: machine stitching, craft foam, ATG adhesive, Zing embossing powder (white)

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This is another layout I created over the summer for a fall call, but I decided not to share it until it was more seasonally appropriate! We’re in full costume-making mode here now that it is October (we actually got an early start this year! Hooray!), so in the meantime, I’ll be posting a couple projects that I’ve not yet shared.

I love the contrast of light and dark in trick-or-treating photos, and I was so glad that Husband captured these pictures in 2019. I was unable to walk around the neighborhood because I was still in a boot and on crutches, so he took on the photographer duties!

For this layout I combined Shimelle’s “Go Now Go” paper with some newer Close to My Heart papers for accent layers, and then I brought out some really old Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween products, most obviously these journaling circles.

I arranged my photos in a grid that shows the progression of the evening, and I plopped my title right on top!

I combined some delicate outline and solid leaves cut on my Cameo 3 with some detail cut cameras from another “Go Now Go” paper to make clusters around the layout. Layered clusters are my favorite!

Supply list:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Go Now Go” (Park, Action), Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr)
cardstock: Shimelle Sparkle City project pad (navy), The Paper Studio (orange textured)
alphas: American Crafts Thickers (cloud puffy letter stickers)
epoxy stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle “Trick or Treat”
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal spots: Little Yellow Bicycle “Trick or Treat” Journal Tablet
labels: print-and-cut via Silhouette Cameo 3
punch: Fiskars “Apron Lace”
cut files: SCT Oct 2020 freebie, Kerri Bradford Studio (“Leaves”)
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005other: craft foam, ATG adhesive

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This layout is published in the Summer 2021 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine (page 70)!!

I’ve been wanting to scrapbook these photos of my little boy from a few years ago, and when I got these CTMH papers and saw this sketch (from the Summer 2021 SCT call), I knew it was a perfect fit.

I followed the basic idea of the sketch, but I did make some changes. I used 3 photos: one 4″x6″ and two 4″x3,” which I arranged in a grid. The vertical piece is narrower on my layout, but my banner piece extends to the top edge.

I scraped some gold paste through a stencil to add some layers and texture behind the photo, and I’ve gotta say, I just love how it turned out.

I had a lot to say, so I ended up deciding to type my journaling and used the oft-used (but my first time trying, that I can remember…) “trick” to make an appropriately sized text box, print it on a scrap paper, then tape the journaling card on top and print again. My printer is not very precise, so I was definitely holding my breath as it came out– especially since this was my very last copy of this journaling card! It isn’t perfect, but I think you have to look very closely to see what I don’t like 😉 (nope, I’m not going to tell you!)

Adding the title probably took me the longest. First, I had to decide what alphas to use (and I’m so glad I decided to use these fabric Thickers in the end), and then, since they were larger than I’d originally planned, it took a lot of wiggling and squeezing and arranging to get them just so. It was of utmost importance to me that his cute little feet be highlighted and not at all covered by any part of the letters!

I used a combination of new stickers from the CTMH collection and old (some of them are quite old) stickers from my stash to embellish around the photo. For a final touch, I added some bright yellow enamel dots!

Supply list:
patterned paper: Close to My Heart (Blue Skies)
cardstock: American Crafts (white textured), stash (aqua)
stickers: Close to My Heart (Blue Skies), Bella Blvd (Blueberry Little Bits), My Mind’s Eye (Lime Twist)
alphas:  American Crafts Thickers (Amy Tangerine “Hello”)
journal card: Project Life (Jade edition)
Thermoweb/Decofoil Metallix Gel (Champagne Mist)
stencil: Paige Evans
border punch: Fiskars (Threading Water)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journaling font: American Typewriter Regular

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