Friday, June 24, 2011

July Events

I know you are all enjoying the kids being home making some memories - but remember to schedule some time to preserve those memories you're making! I just updated my schedule for July so check out my Events tab to see when you can come!

Saturday July 9th - free crop at my house from 10am - 6pm. Child care is available so please RSVP by 7/5. We usually get a lot accomplished on these crop days so save some time for yourself this summer!

Saturday July 30th - At 10 am I will be teaching the Fanfare Workshop on the Go. We will do 2-3 layouts and the class fee is included in your materials purchase. Payment and RSVP due 7/19. Then at 3pm, I will be having my Christmas in July Card Workshop where we will make at least 6 cards using a variety of papers and stamps. $15 class fee is due by 7/19. Childcare is availabe for both.

Hope to see you in July - and remember -- I am just coming back from Convention and I might *might* have my pictures back to show you! :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Covered Recipe Box

This project has been in my "To Do" pile since I first saw the Fall/Winter 2010 catalog last August and I finally got to make it! Yea! It's a long picture tutorial, so follow along after the jump. PS This was super easy - I will be doing many more of these as wedding gifts with some family recipes inside.

Finished Project - So easy to make!
More pictures after the jump ...

Journaling Book

This is a journal I made for an expo I'm going to this weekend - I realized I didn't have a whole lot to display so I spent my free crop day working on stuff for me! My gals are so good they barely need me anymore - unless it's to find something I've recently moved to a new location! I was able to create a lot of artwork today so you'll see more as the week progresses. Enjoy!

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Crop Room

In my effort to make my house (and life) more efficient, I have moved my crop room (again!). I have used it a few times now since I've put it into it's current configuration and I think I like it. There is always something more to do, but it works for me for right now. Here are some pictures. I had a free crop today for my customers, a Workshop on the Go class on Thursday and my hubby took a photo of me after I set the room up (I just had to test it out!). The space is such that I can work while my son plays or watches a movie or I can have up to 6 people in the room with kids or if all the kids will be outside or upstairs, I can have A LOT more guests. Check it out and if you are interested in coming to a crop, check out my Events tab for upcoming dates - hope to see you soon!

Crop Room is set up for 4 guests plus myself to teach.
More pictures after the jump...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Studio J: Day 7 - Love Your Layout

This my last day of my Studio J tutorials, hopefully I will have some more crafting to show you in the next few days if I'm not still glued to my computer! Between training some new team members and "cramming" for my Studio J classes, I haven't had too much time creating traditional artwork - but that's okay, I can just create some more!

This is the last of the videos CTMH has published on Studio J but if they post more, I will post it here too. Have you checked out Studio J yet? What are you waiting for? CTMH is giving a free .jpg file to everyone until the end of June - who doesn't love free?

I only have spots for my Studio J class on Saturday if you have your own laptop but the crop is all day so if you come after 11am, I should have a laptop you can use to play around on Studio J. If you've made your free .jpg layout - I'd love to see it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Studio J: Day 6 - Love Your Layout!

As you may have figured out - I am spending a lot of my spare time on Studio J. I love how simple and easy it is to make a fantastic layout! My son has been helping me and it is rejuvenating to see how excited he gets when he sees himself in photos - it makes me feel like I'm doing something that matters to him. 

These videos have helped me expand my knowledge of Studio J so that I am making better layouts in less time. I saw an advertisement that CTMH has for 2 layouts in 30 minutes. I have been working in Studio J for months now and it never took me less then an hour to do one layout - how was I supposed to do 2 in half the time? Well, watch and learn! I have one more video after today and you too will know all I know about Studio J. It really is possible to get more done in less time, but you have to devote some time to learning first.

I still have a spot or two for my Studio J class on Saturday at 10am. If you have a laptop with wi-fi capabilities I can squeeze you in too. Please let me know so I can save you a spot. I do have a babysitter if you want to share. If you are on the fence about trying Studio J - it's free! The class, the layout you'll make, it's free so there's no reason not to try it! Come out and see how easy it is!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Studio J: Day 5 - Perfect Placement

So sorry this didn't post yesterday, apparently you have to specify you want to schedule the post and not just leave it in the drafts folder - obviously I'm still learning to blog but Studio J is much easier to figure out! Especially when Close to My Heart posts so many videos to show you how to use it! Here is another video, this one on "Perfect Placement". Take a look!

Remember that I have a Studio J class on Saturday at 10am and there is still room available. You will be able to make your free Studio J layout while you see how easy it is! Just let me know you are coming so I can have a computer for you.

If you've already made your free .jpg - I'd love to see what you created!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Studio J: Day 4

Today is Saturday and you have 30 minutes before the kids come back from an sleepover with friends, what are you going to do? If you have 30 minutes, you have time to make two great scrapbooking layouts with Studio J!  Here's a video to show you some of the easy ways to add personality to your pages.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Jubilation: June Stamp of the Month

The June Stamp of the Month is extremely versatile - I love using this set for calendars, gift tags, 3 x 3 cards and more! I will be posting pictures as I make stuff (check out Wednesday's post) but make sure to check out the details on my website ( or email me for more information.

Studio J: Day 3

Since the company is giving away a free electronic file of a layout you create in Studio J, I am spending some time focusing on Studio J. I have been using the online scrapbooking software for awhile now and I love how easy it is to create beautiful scrapbook layouts! I have a preschool- aged child at home with me and he is very interested in whatever I am doing when I sit down at the computer. Studio J is a great way for him to get involved in my scrapbooking without worrying about scissors and glue. He helps me pick out photos and even gives me journaling ideas. He helps me pick out colors and some of the Stickease. He loves looking at the layouts once they arrive and because they are just as archival safe as traditional scrapbooking layouts they will last through his lifetime and his kids' too. And if something does happen to the pages (crayons?) I still have the .jpg file from when I created the layout to print them out again! Here is another video describing additional techniques in using Studio J. And check your calendar to get to one of my Studio J classes this month - you'll get to use Studio J and leave with a free .jpg  of your creation!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Studio J

I discovered that Studio J is such an easy and relaxing way to end my day! Last night as I sat on the sofa with my hubby so "we" could watch baseball I brought my computer over and worked on a few layouts in Studio J. With the awesome special that Close to My Heart is giving away a free .jpg file of one of your creations, I had to get my free one too! Anyone, even if you don't have a membership, is able to get a free .jpg file to email to family, post on a blog or even print out to share. Here is another video to help you get started. I will be hosting a Studio J class where everyone will get to make their free layout so bring a USB drive along. Check my Upcoming Events page of the classes and workshops I'll be hosting this month and throughout the summer. Interested in something else, let me know!

Studio J: Free for All

June's special from Close to my Heart is so awesome! If you haven't tried Studio J yet (or even if you have) you get a .JPG for free!
Here is a video to entice you to try it out for free and get a free .jpg of your project to email to family and friends or to print out yourself.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


This is a card we made at my upline's team meeting last month and when I got home I discovered that I actually had some of the stamps to recreate it! She got the design from someone else, so if it's yours please let me know!

I used Juniper cardstock and ink, black cardstock and ink, mocha opaques and the June SOTM, Friendship Blessings and Unity stamp sets. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

These are some bookmarks I made with the leftover pieces I cut from my January Gatherings. The paper is from Wings paper pack. Stamps are listed below each photo.

Soul Mates Word Puzzle

Soul Mates Word Puzzle

Dreams Come True & Treasures

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hope for Japan stamp set

I wanted to show the versatility of the "Hope for Japan" stamp set and saw this design on another website. I loved the straightforward simplicity of the layout and the colors are beautiful together.

I used Sophia B&T, black and Hollyhock cardstock. I actually sewed the buttons onto the cardstock before adhering to the card, something I only do when I have the time. I love using Liquid Glass to adhere my buttons but wanted to try something different. Enjoy!

I found the original - it came from Big Red Scraps. Check out her blog here.

Mayberry and You & Me card

This is a card I made to show a customer the beauty that is in the Mayberry Workshop on the Go stamp set. I thought of her when I saw it but she said she wasn't sure she liked it. So I made a scrapbook page and this card to show her something else to make with the stamps and -- she likes it! I hope you like it too!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Christmas Cards in June

Here are some cards I'm working on for a Christmas In July card workshop.  My upline's team usually hosts a large Christmas Card workshop in September but I wanted to do something before Mistletoe was retired - I love this paper pack!
More cards after the jump!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mayberry & Friendship

Here are some quick cards I made using Mayberry papers and Friendship stamp set (February's SOTM). I kept it simple but I think it's too simple. What do you think?

Easy cards from You & Me

I was on vacation this past week and really enjoyed my time away from reality - sitting on the beach is very therapeutic! My hubby requested that I take only a small stash of my papers along, the idea of a family vacation is that we spend time as a family, so I limited what I brought to one small rolling bag. My mother in law brought another box full of stuff down for me when she came for a few days so I was able to accomplish more than I thought I would. And my son actually took 2-3 hour naps each day! I won't bombard you with all I did in one post but I will have something to post every day for the next few weeks so make sure to check back often.