Friday, May 22, 2015
At my weekend retreats, I host a card swap.  Based on a theme that I set and change each year, each participant designs a card and makes multiple copies.  Then, we "swap" with the other participants and go home with a whole selection of cards.  It's so neat to see all the different designs and ideas!

Here are my cards, as well as the full set of cards that were swapped:



Thanks to all who participated.  There were even some cards left over that will be donated to Smiles 4 SickKids -- the group that I belong to that makes cards for the kids and the staff at SickKids Hospital in Toronto.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Can you tell that I love the yummy Taste of Summer promotional paper pack that we're offering this month?  I love the bright colours and the adorable fruits -- but I also love the fun patterns on the reverse side and the punny stamp set that goes with it all.

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But you know what I love the most?  It's that this paper is like an all-you-can-eat buffet!  You just cannot get enough.  You've already seen the two mini pocket albums I've made and the 2 scrapbooking layouts I created.  Believe it or not, there was STILL more paper to play with, so I started making cards.

And just kept going and going.  Here are some of my creations:








Don't wait!  Get your Taste of Summer papers and stamps before they are off the table forever!  Email me with your order at justscrapit.ctmh@gmail.com or shop online!

Friday, May 15, 2015
Welcome to this month’s Cross Canada Blog Hop.  As consultants, one of the best tools at our fingertips is our line-up of How-To books, and we want to share them with you!  Complete with blueprints, cutting guides and creative inspiration, these books help you get started with your cards and layouts.  They are such a great value too – lots of reusable ideas and instructions, at a price that’s comparable to ... and often less than!! ... a scrapbooking magazine.

Want to learn more about our how-to books?  Check out my recent post, complete with an awesome video!

ABOUT THE HOP
·         If you came from the super talented Krista's "Simply Creating" blog, then you are going in the right direction.
·         This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around. 
·         Or, you can start at Michelle’s "My Creations" blog to hop across the country from East to West.  Michelle also has the full line-up if you get lost along the way.


HERE'S MY PROJECT: Taste of Summer Layouts
This month, CTMH is offering a delicious paper pack to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month and I couldn’t wait to use it.  It’s just perfect for pictures of summertime in our backyard pool!

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This layout is a 2-pager, following the blueprint called “Overture” in our “Imagine” how-to book (page 116).  Imagine has over 50 2-page layouts to choose from, with lots of gorgeous artwork for inspiration too.

I stayed pretty true to the blueprint, except I changed up the photos on the right-hand page.  I loved this large photo of my two nieces and wanted to showcase it on this layout.

I love that the blueprints are so versatile that they can be used over and over … and they can be used for different things.  Rotate them and exchange pages for a different look on a 2-page layout.  Or, use a card sketch for a layout, like I’ve done below.



I took the card blueprint on page 44 of Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 and just expanded the measurements to turn it into a layout.  Then I tilted the photo mat and photo slightly – this adorable pic of my son Charlie just couldn’t be contained by a straight-on placement LOL!

Do you love, love, love this scrumptious paper?  It's only available in MAY -- Taste of Summer is bright and vibrant and fruity ... and only $8.95 for 12 sheets (2 each of 6 designs).  Learn more on my Deals page, and shop online to get yours.


KEEP HOPPING & LEAVE COMMENTS, PLEASE!
Your next stop on this How-To Blog Hop is the crafty Lucy's "Creative Expressions" blog.

Please take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our crafty readers ....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way.  And come back next month when we’ll be sharing our mini album creations.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Every one of us needs our time away.  Time for ourselves.  And that's why I love hosting my 48 Hour Scrapathon -- it gives my amazing friends and customers an opportunity to get away and craft the weekend away.  It's relaxing, it's energizing, and it's so much fun!

My most recent 48 Hour Scrapathon was May 1-3 and we celebrated National Scrapbooking Month in style!  Look at the fun we had ...











Wanna come next time?  The date and location of the next 48 Hour Scrapathon is still in the works, but if you want to be included, email me at justscrapit.ctmh@gmail.com and tell me to put you on the list!  I will email you once registration opens up!

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Enjoy a little Taste of Summer with our Team Brae-er’s May Blog Hop.  Taste of Summer is a delicious, bright and fun paper pack and coordinating stamp set that are only available this month, National Scrapbooking Month.  And they are so much fun!  Just look and see what my sister CTMH consultants and I have created using them!



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ABOUT THE HOP
·         This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around.
·         If you came from Heather’s awesome blog, then you are going in the right direction.
·         Visit Brae’s “The Brae-er” blog for the complete blog list if you get lost along the way. 


HERE'S MY PROJECT: Mini Pocket Album
A few months ago, my friend Pamela gave me a challenge.  She had purchased a small mini album and wanted me to figure out how she could recreate it and make it into a workshop.  Well, I’m always up for a challenge and this month’s Taste of Summer paper pack lent itself DELICIOUSLY to this project.  So here it is.








Want to make it yourself?  I can help you create it at my “Taste of Summer” Mini Pocket Album workshop on June 7.  Get details on my Crops and Classes page.

KEEP HOPPING & LEAVE COMMENTS, PLEASE!
Your next stop on this TASTE OF SUMMER Blog Hop is Darcel’s creative blog.

Please take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our crafty readers ....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see.



Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way.  And come back next month when we’ll be sharing and showing off what you can do to decorate your home!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Many people ask me where I get my ideas.  It's a hard question, because as a creative person, I get my ideas from anywhere and everywhere.  Pinterest, magazines, advertisements, store windows, book covers, thin air ... you name it, inspiration is everywhere.  But then comes the next step -- turning that inspiration into a well-designed layout.  That's where CTMH's how-to books come in.

We have an extensive and versatile line-up of books to help you create layouts and cards that are balanced and beautiful, with blueprints, instructions and cutting guides to make sure you don't waste paper and supplies.  They are so easy!

Here's a video to tell you more about these valuable tools.


Personally, I think the cutting guides are phenomenal, and make scrapbooking and cardmaking EASY!  There's still lots and lots of room for creativity, but it helps you to manage your supplies and your time.  And you get so many ideas, just by rotating a blueprint and changing up the paper.

And they are so affordable!  In a time where we pay $15 to $20 OR MORE on scrapbooking magazines at the bookstore, these books are value-priced and value-packed!  Use them over and over and over again.





To get your hands on one of these amazing books, email me at justscrapit.ctmh@gmail.com or shop online!

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Just another in my birthday card mania this month!  I used Close to my Heart's Confetti Wishes paper pack again.  And D1597 Hoppy Birthday stamp set from our Australian series.  I coloured this adorable kangaroo in with our Shin Han markers to match.

This one will be hopping it's way to my nephew this weekend.  I hope he likes it!


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