Believe Shadow Box

So one of our fellow Close to My Heart consultants Michelle Snyder, designed this fabulous layout in our Colonial White Shadow Box as a Operation Smile fundraiser.  The response was so overwhelming that she shared her creation with her fellow convention going consultants.  I truly love this layout and will look forward to hanging it every year.

Believe Shadow Box ~ White Pines ~ CatScrapbooking.comIsn’t this just beautiful!  Just remember at the end of this month you will no longer be able to order the White Pines Paper pack.

Happy Crafting!

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Planners Gonna Plan

Have you heard and seen the buzz about the new Close to My Heart Planners???  Well I love organization and planners so I was excited about this new product.  I was able to spend some time working on my planner this weekend.  I really love it!! I love the colors and that it has the week on two pages vs my single page planer I am currently using. I wanted to show you how it looks and how I am using it.

2016 CTMH Planner Month overview ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is the monthly overview. I used the stickers, washi tape and some of our papers to indicate things on my calendar.  I assigned a color washi tape/sticker for each member of my family and also have one to indicate couple and family time.  I also have my regularly schedule blog hops indicated with various circles and tabs.  This helps me stay up on things.  By the way if you look at some of the tabs you many not recognize some of those papers this is because they are from the soon to be released Penelope Paper pack.2016 CTMH Planner Weekly view 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is what the weekly overview looks like.  I have the washi/sticker and tabs to indicate the same things on my monthly overview.  I used the new roller stamp to add menu to each day so I can plan my meals all on the same calendar instead of a separate one like I have been using.  I also used the birthday stamp on the roller to indicate a birthday then wrote who next to it.

2016 CTMH Planner Weekly view 1 ~ catscrapbooking.comI have to admit that the area to write to-dos or notes is not big enough for me as I currently uses a to do list for each day then transfer what is not done to the next.  I got creative and decided to create my own to do list and if I want I can change it every month if I want to look at something different.

To do list for 2016 CTMH Planner ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is a closer look.  I used the Artfully Sent cartridge and created one of the Framed Sleeve Cards #M101055 and cut it at 7.21″ high by 9.73″ wide.  This way I can slide in my to do lists in and change them out as needed. I actually created the inserts using the pocket cards and added the lines in Design Space.  So I just send it to my printer and using a black pen in the first holder I don’t have to draw lines, the Cricut does all the work 🙂  If you are wondering about the adorable flowers well this is another sneak peak at Springtime Wishes Stamp set and cut them using Springtime Wishes thin cuts.  I used my watercolor paper and paints.

To do list for 2016 CTMH Planner detail 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is a closer look at how they slide in and out.  I am so happy the way this planner is working out that I can’t wait to start using it full time …. Only two more weeks!!!!

Now don’t you want your own??? Well what are you waiting for??? You can order your own 2016 planner now.  During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95. That’s over 15% off the retail price! With the new Everyday Life line, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your water intake, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right.  Here is the link.

5746b11f-080a-4fef-b07b-3dfbb70306c2I will be sharing some other documents I have been crating to go with my planner like a freezer inventory, grocery list and blog social media chart.

Happy Crating and Organizing!

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Calendar Gifts with Studio J Part 2

Are you ready for two more months from my 2016 Calendars?  If you missed my post from Wednesday you can check it out HERE. Every year for Christmas I design four calendars, three are gifts and one to keep.  I was so excited to see how Amy Ulen designed her calendar using Studio J at Convention this year.  I really like our new My Creations Calendar Z3184 and it works perfectly with a new In Review C1622 stamp set.

2016 Calendar July ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comAmy Ulen shared her JPGs that had the months of the year and then I designed all the 12 x 12 layouts using the Zoe Papers.  However if you notice there are two Sorbet pattern papers but in the Zoe paper pack there is only one.  2016 Calendar July top ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comIf you notice the one I used as the base is actually Slate in the true Zoe paper pack.  So you may be asking how did I get it to be Sorbet?  Take a look at this:

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.17.51 AMYou can actually change the color of the pattern papers from full color to one of the colors in the paper pack.  Pretty nifty right???

2016 Calendar Dec ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI really love the idea of using photos for Holidays and special occasions.

2016 Calender December ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI used mostly the No Limits pattern in Studio J to create my layouts but you can certainly use any of the pattern.  I am so pleased the way these turned out and look forward to designing next years.

Happy Crafting!

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Calendar Gifts with Studio J Part 1

I have another gift idea I wanted to share with you.  I have been making a calendar every year for the past 10 plus years.  I started making one for the grandparents too four years ago.  I have done kits, designed my own and also used Shutterfly/Snapfish/Vista print.  I much prefer to do them myself but as you know that can be time consuming if you are completing four.

Well my problems were solved while I was at convention this year.  Amy Ulen who is so talented with Studio J shared a calendar she created using Studio J.  Brilliant!!! Create once print 4, then assemble 4!  Amy was also kind enough to share her JPGs files for the month titles, so all I had to do was the scrapbook page for each month.  I was able to get this done over Thanksgiving and now I am assembling.  I am going to share two of my months with you today and then another two on Friday.

2016 Calendar Jan ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbookingHere is my January.  I love how big the day squares are with our My Creations Calendar Z3184.  The new Year in Review C1622 stamp set works perfectly for those numbers.

2106 Calendar January ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comSo my whole calendar is using the Zoe paper pack.  Now if you know the Zoe paper you are probably asking right now where did the two pattern papers I show here come from?  Am I right??? Well the fabulous thing when you use Studio J you can actually change the pattern papers to any of the colors in that paper pack!!! Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.17.51 AMIf you go under paper, then under the pattern paper squares you select one of the other colors instead of full color you will get new pattern papers in the color you select.  So cool right!!

2016 Calendar May ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor most of my layouts I used the no limits pattern so I could design everything.  I also added smaller photo with date and events.  I did most of the holidays, birthdays and anniversary.  2016 Calendar May top ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI really had a fun time creating these and it was so easy!

Stay tuned for my Part 2 of Studio J Calendars.

Happy Crafting!

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Ornaments ~ Designer Creations Mini Frames

Have you seen the adorable Mini Frames in the Holiday Expressions Idea Book??  These are adorable frames which can not only be used in you scrapbook layouts but can also be used at gifts.  If you look on page 32 you can see how they show the frames as ornaments.  I love this idea and sold them at the craft fair and plan to give them as gifts.  They are fabulous as they hold a 2″ x 3″ photo.

Designer Creations Mini Frames ~ Ornaments ~ photo frames ~ CatScrapbooking.comI added a little Silver, Gold and Red Shimmer trim along with Fundamental Assortment Cranberry Z3101 bows.  I love these.Designer Creations Mini Frames 1 ~ Photo Ornaments ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is the full list of supplies used:

Happy Crafting!

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Do you have a planner? Or are you all digital?  I tried doing the digital thing but there is something to be said about writing it as it helps me remember things but it is then in front of me.  I also get a sense of accomplishment when I can cross off things on my to do list.  Well have you heard the AWESOME news??? Close to My Heart is coming out with their own planner!!!! Starting today you can order yours for 2016.

1512-cc-planners-gonna-plan-usFor this month you can get all the items in this photo for only $29.95 ~  That is a great deal!!! Here it the breakdown of what you will be getting with this bundle.

Z3208   Everyday Life™ Album — Black ($10.95 USD/$13.25 CAD)
Z3209 Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages ($15.95 USD/$18.95 CAD)
Z3212 Everyday Life™ Perfect Plan Roller Stamp ($8.95 USD/$10.50 CAD)
Here is a video which will show you just how awesome this new planner is!

This bundle is only available for the month of December so be sure to get yours today and start the year off on the right foot.  Just go to my website HERE and enter CC1059.  I cannot wait for mine to arrive!!!
Happy Crafting!
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Nevermore Treat Bag

I am so excited as my favorite time of year is almost here!! I so love Halloween and the fall.  It is always a busy crafting time for me as September is my son’s birthday, School has started and we are getting settled into new routines.  I will be posting more about the birthday creations soon.  Today I wanted to share with you a fun Halloween creation.

Nevermore ~ Halloween Bag Tag ~ Steampunk Scoundrels ~

Check out this cool treat bag using Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags Z2036.  I dressed up these cool bags by just adding a tag and attaching it using a close pin which had been covered with our Black Shimmer Trim.

Here is the full list of supplies used:

Happy Crafting!

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Halloween is around the corner…….

We are heading into my most favorite time of year. I absolutely love fall ….the cool weather, colors, football, and of course Halloween!!! Some of you may be thinking of other great fall things like kids back to school so you’re able to go and stay in the Denver vacation rentals you’ve been looking at for weeks (my son is not old enough for school yet) and hunting season (my brothers and dad look forward to this). I am actually getting excited to decorate our new home for Halloween, so if you are a Halloween fan like me, then you will love this album I have designed based on my favorite Holiday. Now I know there are a few of you out there who are not big Halloween fans – I do forgive you 🙂

When I saw the Halloween paper pack – Scardy Cat, my mind started scheming. I have purchased Halloween mini albums in the past but I have always wanted to design one myself. I will be selling this album as a kit which you can order and recreate on your own. Here is an over view of some of the pages…..

Scardy Cat mini album collage ~ catscrapbooking.comI designed this album using our My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album. If you are not familiar with this album you will want to check it out as it can be converted to what ever your theme of album you want, all you need to do is use your Cricut to cut 8X8 inch pages using the Artbooking Cartridge or design your own. I really had fun making this album and can not wait to start adding my photos. This album the way I designed it, has 12 pages and can hold over 30 photographs. You may be thinking wait I don’t take that many halloween photos; no problem you can make is a collaboration of several years of Halloween fun.

When you order this kit from me you will receive color photos of each of the page layouts, detailed assembly instructions, cutting guides, over 25 pre-cut shapes and one of the images pre-stamped for you (the potions on page 2- see below photographs) There will be two different price points for you to choose.

Level 1 $40 plus shipping – this Kit will include the following items:

  • My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album
  • Scardy Cat Paper Pack (some of these pages will be used for the pre-cut accents)
  • Scardy Cat Complements
  • Scardy Cat Assortment
  • (1) extra Colonial White Cardstock (all pre-cut)
  • (2) extra Orange pattern/Polka-Dot B&T Paper
  • (1) extra Black Cardstock (all pre-cut)
  • (2) extra Sunset Cardstock (all per-cut)
  • Over 25 pre-cut images (including pear, honey and glitter paper)
  • 12″ of Bakers Twine
  • 24 ” of Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon
  • 5 additional Black Stars
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Level 2 $80 plus shipping – this kit will include everything in the Level 1 but will also include the following:

I will be taking orders starting mid September as I am still getting settled in the new house in Colorado and will plan to ship out the first week of October. If any of you are reading this and would like to do this as a workshop and live in the Greater Denver area I would be more than happy to make arrangements to do so. If you are interested please email me at

There are a few additional items you may wish to purchase to help you complete the project:

Here are a some of the pages in greater detail, starting with the cover.

Scardy Cat Album ~


Scardy Cat Album pg 2 & 3 ~

This is page two and three of the album. I will be stamping the tag with the “potions” in Thistle for you when you purchase the kit as level 1 or 2. You can see the new Black Striped Twill complements the album and makes it a great must have.

Scardy Cat Album pg 8 & 9 ~

There are two pages like the one on the right that actually fold out to add more photos and interest to your album. Here is what the right page looks like when it is fully extended.

Scardy Cat Album pg 9 ~

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Happy Crafting!


Christmas Gifts

I was able to make a few of my Christmas gifts this year and had some fantastic christmas gift basket ideas. It was so nice to find the time to do this. I always struggle with what to get my mom. I have found the best thing is to give her is something that I have made. Then with us living so far away she enjoys creations involving our son. So I am sure this will be a hit.

For this project I used the 5″ x 7″ Hinged Display Tray.

5X7 Hinged Display Tray

I picked the “Oliver” paper by Basic Grey. I was able to use my Cricut for the first time to cut the arrow shapes and then used them with the coordinating Dimensional Elements. I also used the Irresistibles Hexagons which I absolutely LOVE!! They are so cool they way they take up ink. Then I was able to use the Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet along with the Dimensional Elements numbers. Here is a close up:

5X7 Frame tray right

I really love the way this display tray turned out. Now I cant wait to do one for us.

Happy Crafting!

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Pocket Album

Have you seen the great new craft pocket album?  This is one of latest addition to the Close to My Heart collection.  This wonderful album  measures 6 3/8″  x 8 1/4″ with 8 pages plus the front and back covers for a total of 18 pockets.  So what could you use this for? Keeping memorabilia for kids from school, artwork, sports, interests, hobbies…. the possibilities are endless.  Let me know what ideas you have for using this album.


Happy Crafting!

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