H2H Adventure Awaits

Welcome to another week and another challenge from Heart 2 Heart!

There are so many Adventures in life and we can celebrate these moments in many way. For me I love to Scrapbook them. This spring we went on a camping trip. We went with a large group of friend (there were over 30 adults and 20 kids) to Fruita, CO. We took over most of the campground so it was fun to just let the kids run wild. This was a big step for us as this was the first time our son has camped and it has been over 40 years for myself.

We had a great time! I love this paper pack Into the Wild, it is probably one of my all time favorites from Close to My Heart!! So when I started this layout, I seriously agonized over it for three days!! You know this happens when you really love a paper pack and want everything to be perfect. Part of my struggle was I wanted to include so many photos and was trying to accomplish with just flip flaps. I finally decided to go with Pocket Plus pages so that I could incorporate some of the Picture My Life Cards from Into the Wild.

Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Camping Layout ~ Happy Trails ~ Thin Cuts #closetomyheart #ctmh
This is the base layout

I added a few details to show you some of the unique elements. For starters I used two other pattern papers to piece together with Heather and White Daisy cardstock to make the camper. I also used the grass stamp from the Happy Trails Stamp set and Thin Cut. I also used many of Into the Wild Wood Shapes.

Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Camping Layout ~ Happy Trails ~ Thin Cuts #closetomyheart #ctmh

Here is another detail showing the stamped border I created using New England Ivy ink and cardstock using the pine trees from the Happy Trails Stamp set. I used Espresso Pigment ink to stamp the logs and Intense black to stamp the fire. I then use watercolors to paint the fire.

Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Camping Layout ~ Happy Trails ~ Thin Cuts #closetomyheart #ctmh
Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Camping Layout ~ Happy Trails ~ Thin Cuts #closetomyheart #ctmh
Layout with Pocket Page Two and Three
Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Camping Layout ~ Happy Trails ~ Thin Cuts #closetomyheart #ctmh
Layout with Pocket Plus Pages One
Close to My Heart ~ CTMH ~ CatScrapbooking ~ Into the Wild ~ Camping Layout ~ Happy Trails ~ Thin Cuts #closetomyheart #ctmh
Layout with Pocket Page Four

Now it is your time to give it a try and link it to the HEART 2 HEART Challenge. Please remember you must use at least one Close to My Heart product to participate. You have until August 31st to participate in this challenge. We love to see your inspirations!!

Happy Crafting!

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March SOTM Blog Hop – This Happened

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring MARCH’s stamp of the month ~ THIS HAPPENED (S1903) a set of 26.

If you are coming here from MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have around 20 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

I decided to use this stamp set for a layout of our move almost 5 years ago.

close to my heart ~ catscapbooking ~ moving layout ~ thincuts

I have to be honest I was not sure I would use the one I chose as the base page; however, when I was playing around with this layout this one was perfect. I used the So Much Happy paper pack as well as the So Much Happy Puffy Stickers.

For this detail I used the Thin Cuts – Stitched Circles and Thin Cuts ~ Basic Circles.

I love the number with this stamp set as they fit perfectly in the date box.  I used Smoothie ink to stamp the numbers.

If you love this stamp set you will want to be sure you purchase it this month as it is only available the month of March and if you spend $50 on qualifying product it could be yours for $5!!

Your next stop is along this hop is MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

Studio J – Digital Delights

Close to my Heart has extended the special for the $5 layouts in Studio J.  You can now take advantage of this special offer until  March15, 2013.  Feb-CC-ImageGallery.ashx

If you have not tried this I highly recommend you do.  It is so easy to complete some of your layout and it takes some much less time than if you were to scrapbook them the conventional way.  Now don’t get me wrong I still love to scrapbook from scratch with paper and will never give that up.  But if you are like me and most scrapbookers you are years behind.  I was able to finish 11 layouts in about 4 hours. If i was to have scrapbooked those same pages it would have taken my more than 24 hours. Pick a project or two and give it a try, you will be surprised at how nice they turn out and how much you can get done. I used the express collection for most of my layouts. Take a look at some of the layouts I created.

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Hopefully I have inspired you to give it a try.  Just click here to get started!

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