Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I have a very good friend who is an extremely talented cardmaker.  Karen -- you are awesome!  We had a fabulous visit recently and she gave me this gorgeous card, using the Pathfinding paper pack and the "You mean the World to Me" stamp set.

I love how she combined small pieces of different papers in the kit and the green dots just add the right pizzazz.  The stamp is so simple, but so meaningful.  It's just an awesome card.  Thank you Karen!  You can see more of Karen's work at Karen's Creations.

Monday, September 29, 2014
THANK YOU to Sue Taylor Hill of "Gert's Goods" for nominating me for this hop.  It's a little different than other hops that I've participated in, and I'm happy to be included.

This Creative Blog Hop is a way to have an ongoing, never-ending hop that introduces you to other creative crafters and broaden our list of blog artists. 

Here's a little bit more about me:

What am I working on now?
Right now, I'm working on catching up.  Unfortunately, I've had some health challenges so I've lightened up my schedule and commitments.  That means I have more time now to do some crafting.  I will be working on some more Workshop on the Go kits, some colouring and lots of thank you cards.
 How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Whenever I make something, I unconsciously look for that teachable moment.  I love to share new things with friends and customers, so I'm constantly trying new things to see if they work.  If they do, I share, share, share.  If they don't, I share that too, so that others can learn from my mistakes.

Why do I create what I do?
I have always been a creative person and whether I'm scrapbooking, making cards, writing or doing something else creative, it's a way for me to get the stress out and bring more happiness in.

How does my creative process work?
LOL.  What creative process?  I don't really have a process that I follow for every project.  Sometimes it's a stamp that inspires me, or sometimes paper.  And sometimes, it depends on the purpose, like needing a card or a special gift.  Unlike many other areas of my life (where I like to control things), when I'm being creative, I'm more of a "go with the flow" kinda gal.

Hope you learned a bit about me today and I would like to introduce you to the next Blogger! 

Introducing Christine Robertson

I love to scrapbook period! Anyway I can. I am a traditional and digital scrapbooker. 

I am a mother of two, Hannah (17) and Maks (13). I have a wonderful husband, Brian who I have been married to for 18 years. We live in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. 

I have a wonderful family that I love to take pictures of and spend time with. They all love to see the moments of their life come alive on the page. They fully support my love and passion for telling the story. I have always loved pictures ever since I was young and have always loved adding the story to the photo, even before I knew that it was scrapbooking. But I have been scrapbooking in the traditional sense of the word since our son was born in 2001, now going on 13 years. 

Once I found a place to put the stories and the photos together in a meaningful way I was hooked!

Fall officially arrived last week, but here in Toronto, we've experienced some wonderfully warm summer temperatures.  Never fear, we know they won't last.  Especially if all of the leaves that are changing colour are any indication.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving in just a few weeks, followed by Halloween -- which is one of my favourite holidays.  Stews and soups, chilis and of course, turkey, the foods of Fall are so warm and filling in my tummy.  Plus all the family time and reasons to celebrate.

And Pathfinding is perfect for this time of year.  We're finding our way through this season and heading towards winter.  But let's take some time -- don't rush to the snow and the Christmas carols.  Stop and jump in a leaf pile.  Take a walk in the cool air.  Whatever you do, try not to rush down the path towards the end of the year.  Time goes too quickly as it is.

Here is the first layout from the Pathfinding Workshop on the Go.  I added some different things, like sequins, sparkle twine and Base & Bling charms just to boost this already robust layout.

Friday, August 15, 2014
The new Shin Han markers that we're offering at Close to my Heart are great.  The blend nicely, have strong, vibrant colours and are lots of fun to play with.

And you have a chance to play with them at my upcoming workshop.  We'll be making this flighty and fabulous layout together, after I teach you some valuable marker techniques.

This workshop will be held on Sunday, September 21 at 1pm.  For $25, you'll learn some great techniques, and even get 2 markers to take home.  We'll learn about the colourless blender, shading with light and dark, and shading with grey.

To RSVP, email me at justscrapit.ctmh@gmail.com.  Please reserve your space by August 31.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
This month's feature paper pack is "Chalk It Up".  I love it!  It's one of the first papers we got to play with at Convention, and it's one I know I'll be playing with all year long.

The graphics on this paper are fantastic!  Funky and iconic, they are great for school layouts, birthday cards, seaside photos, boys & girls, and so much more.  I really see this paper as being super versatile -- it can be used for SO much!

Here's a layout we created at Convention.  It was perfect for my teenage son's Grade 8 grad photos.

I love the embellishments too.  Aren't they fun?

At Convention, we also made a mini album using Chalk It Up Picture My Life cards.  It turned out great!  Take a look:

Now it's your turn.  What different ways can you see yourself using this amazing paper pack?

Monday, August 11, 2014
I love ribbon.

I love shimmer trim.

And I love, love, love Washi tape.

So one of the first pages I turned to in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book was the embellishments section.  And I wasn't disappointed.

New ribbon in Thistle and Slate, Black and Red.

New shimmer trim in Gold and Pink.

And new washi in fabulous new patterns.

What am I going to use all this for?  So many things!

Adding bling, sparkle and shine to cards.

Taping photos onto my layouts and into my My Crush albums.

Tying knots and bows to add texture and dimension.

Creating my own patterns.

And so much more!

What will you do with your ribbons, trim and washi?

Friday, August 8, 2014
Pocket scrapbooking is a great way to put together an album that looks great, with all the elements of good memory-keeping (like photos and journaling), and complete it in a couple of hours.  And in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book, there are 13 Picture My Life kits that are IDEAL for pocket scrapbooking.  So that's why they're on my TOP 10 products to showcase.

#8  Picture My Life

Because there are 13 great kits, instead of 5 great new designs, here are 13 reasons why you will LOVE Picture my Life.

1. Fast and easy - you can put together a whole album in a couple of hours.
2. All inclusive kit -- just add your photos -- at an affordable price.
3. Coordinates with our papers and cardstock so you can make your own cards and still match!
4. Add embellishments and stamps to take your layouts to the next level.
5. You can still create "layouts" by sorting and categorizing your photos -- pocket pages create a cohesive look.
6. You don't have to be limited by pockets -- crop and use a 4x6 in 2-3x4 pockets, create a mosaic look, etc. OR Crop a picture small and mount it on a 4x6 card.
7. Can mix traditional layouts with PML layouts
8. It's easy to add even more photos with 4x6 and 3x4 Flip Flips -- can NOW get a whole pack of 3x4!!
9. Got extra cards? Use them on other projects like cards, mini albums and home decor.
10. Want even more value? Split and share with a friend. You get multiples of each card (2-4x6 and 3-3x4).
11. Cards are double sided but you get 2 or 3 of each, so you don't have to worry about "wasting" one side of a card if you like both sides.
12. Because cards are double sided, you don't have to double up. Let one image show through on one side and the other side show through on the next page.
13. The kits are flexible. Make your album as big or as small as you want. You can easily add more pocket pages as you need them.

And here's a BONUS reason:  Get a BONUS pack of 10 Memory Protectors for just $3!

Purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $27.50, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3

Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s).Shipping/
handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($10.95). 
Qualifying Memory Protectors include: Design 1, Design 2, Design 3, Design 4, Design 5, Top Load, 

Side Load, and Variety Pack.

Monday, August 4, 2014
Happy Holiday Monday!  I hope you are enjoying some nice weather, putting your feet up and flipping through your new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book!  Ready for another thing that I love?

#9  Nine new paper packs and five new colours of cardstock!

That's right.  The Annual Inspirations features NINE new fabulous paper collections, including paper packs, Workshops on the Go, Complements embellishments and Assortments.  And I will tell you -- I AM IN LOVE!  With 9 different themes, you'd think there would be one that I don't like.  But the selection in this Idea Book is AWESOME.  I love them all (and I'm not just saying that!)!!

Here's just a sneak peek!  You'll have to see the Idea Book to see them all up close!

So much fun!  So much potential.

Can I let you in on a little secret?  One of my FAVOURITE new papers is called "Chalk it up"!  I've already had some fun with it, which you will see next week.

That's right.  CTMH has updated its Whimsy Colour palette and the new colours are gorgeous!  Rich and warm, these colours have a real vibrancy, even though they are pastels.  Take a look:

OK.  Have I whet your appetite?  Are you as excited as I am to play with these new papers?

I love RIBBON!

I love RIBBON!
Coming Soon: Ribbon Revelry in October
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