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Making Memories: A New Perspective-Part 1

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First Ever Scrapbook Page Layout…

 

Chalk-It Up Scrapbook Page Layouts

Chalk-It Up Scrapbook Page Layouts

For a person who loves to create, I amazed myself this week when I realized I have never created a 2-page scrapbook layout before. Well… I guess that’s not 100% accurate- I’ve  made some digital page layouts using simple scrapbook layout software and digital kits, and used old, archaic (before the digital era) mock-up page layout techniques when working as a newspaper editor, and some digital software for creating yearbook pages when I was in college and when I taught yearbook courses at the high school level. But to actually plan out and create a scrapbook layout from scratch using paper and embellishments, that is something I have never accomplished until this past week! I spend all of my time making cards and designing layouts for flyers, business cards and websites, but never for a real, honest-to-goodness scrapbook. LOL- and I must admit, it was quite involved when it came to the planning and manipulating so I have to give a big shout out to all of you who do scrapbooks all the time.

Thought I would share part of the process today with everyone just to give you a peak at how I did these 2 pages that took me all week to finish. I have to start off by telling you that, as a Close To My Heart consultant, we got to order new products and “play” during the month of July. What a blast! This is one of the many perks of being with CTMH and the reason is simple- this way we get to know the new products intimately and are better prepared to help you use the papers, idea book samples, and all the many new items that were available as of August 1, 2014. It was so much fun, but like some people, I just wasn’t quite sure where to start. For me, startinhg meant choosing a new line of papers from the My Reflection collection and making a commitment to a swap project so that I had to design a variety of items. In addition to the 2 layout pages, I also had to create 2 different cards as well as some type of altered object project.

My projects created using the Chalk-It Up papers, the new ShinHanart Touch Twin alcohol markers, a few embellishments and a weeks worth of trial and error. Click on this image to see the new markers in the Idea Book.

My projects created using the Chalk-It Up papers, the new ShinHanart Touch Twin alcohol markers, a few embellishments and a weeks worth of trial and error. Click on this image to see the new markers in the Idea Book.

I need to point out, when I got involved with this swap for one of the CTMH groups, there were some limitations. First, I could only choose one of the new paper packet sets from My Reflections. Then you had to use the stamps associated with that set of papers and some embellishments. In other words, the person designing the layouts must focus all their efforts on just one small selection from all of the new products. I thought that would be a fun way to use the new paper and stamps that I had ordered during the preview ordering month. This week long adventure was full of failed attempts and some projects that I wasn’t 100% pleased with the outcomes. So for now, this is what I have completed: the 2 page layout, 3 cards, 3 pillow shaped gift boxes, a mini album, and a Post-It Note holder, all done with the Chalk-It Up papers and following a school/teacher related theme.

Join me here again tomorrow and I will show some of the steps in the process for the 2 Scrapbook page layouts. Until then…      ~The Jewels of Kingwood

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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the new Annual Inspirations idea book!

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After months of anticipation, Annual Inspirations has arrived at last.

The art-filled pages are now available for your viewing pleasure! Peruse the gold mine of new products, ranging from the new Cut Above™ line to the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers, and admire the gorgeous artwork that dances across the pages. With additions such as 5 new colors and 9 new My Reflections™ paper packets, this idea book is overflowing with artistic inspiration and surging with products fit to make any crafter’s heart swoon. So go ahead, fall in love with the new idea book. We promise the plunge will be well worth your time. Just click on the cover photo below to visit my website and browse through nearly 200 pages filled with new products and fresh ideas.

2014-15 Annual Inspirations Idea Book

The Annual Inspirations Idea Book will take us through the next 12 months with 2 Seasonal Expressions editions – one in December and another in March.

Enter a new world of crafting possibilities with the launch of our latest idea book.

There are 9 new Paper Collections, a new line called Cut Above, new Designer Decor, 3 new My Crush Albums, 5 new Picture My Life Kits, Base & Bling, a new line from our My Creations section,  and lots of new embellishments to dress up your projects.  I have been working very hard on new projects using the latest stamps and papers along with fun kits you will be able to purchase.If you would like your very own hard copy of the Annual Inspiration Idea Book, please fill in the contact form below with your name and email address, and tell me in the comment box how many books you would like.

 

New Cricut Cartridge Coming Soon!

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NEWS FLASH…..

A FABULOUS new and EXCLUSIVE cartridge called Artfully Sent, will soon be available and ONLY from Close To My Heart consultants! This brand new cartridge has been specially created for CTMH and we will feature this along with great card and scrapbooking ideas in our August release of the NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book. This cartridge is not for sale until sometime in August (a solid date has not been given yet), but here’s the scoop…

Screen shot 2014-07-07 at 3.36.47 PMIncludes 3 coordinating stamp sets

  1.     a fancy frame stamp set
  2.     a font stamp set (that has two separate fonts)
  3.     a sentiment stamp set (34 different sentiments. It pretty much covers everything)

A pack (24 sheets) of 12″ X 12″ White Daisy Cardstock to get you started! 

This cartridge kit will retail for $99.00 in the U.S… just wanted to give you a heads up so that you could start saving your pennies and have enough when it is time to order! This awesome exclusive kit has lots of great features too!

  1. 50 pop up cards with coordinating icons
  2. 100 icons, shapes and phrases to coordinate
  3. 50 cards that create a scene or are swing cards
  4. 100 quick and easy layered sentiment cards
  5. 50 sleeve cards (see video)
  6. 50 cards with overlay backgrounds
  7. 100 card fronts that could be used as Picture My Life (or Project Life) cards 
  8. PLUS There is a really really cute full font!
If you were not counting, that is 400 quick easy beautiful and unique cards you can make using this cartridge. Not only that, it has a whimsical font that I have not seen anywhere else!

Here’s a short video showing some of the great creative ideas you can do with this cartridge.

If you want to be placed on my “WAIT LIST” to be notified as soon as this becomes available, please subscribe to my blog AND send me an email or PM with your email address! You can also use the contact form here to send me your request!

Rediscover your Creativity during National Scrapbooking Month

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National Scrapbooking Month

National Scrapbooking Month

Do you want to know how you can celebrate National Scrapbooking Month? Why not spend it with me as I take you on a fun-filled adventure jam-packed full of projects, training, and new ideas? Spring is definitely here- everything is budding and blooming and as we welcome those beautiful May flowers, it’s time once again to get that artsy groove back on.

Want some inspiration? Just follow me on my blog for daily tips, techniques, kits, special discounts and videos from Close to My Heart. Here is the first of many stops on our journey… inspirational clips to help  you rediscover your creativity this month. Follow us every day during the month for more great ideas.

Enjoy the sneak peak and catch you all tomorrow  ~ The Jewels of Kingwood

Click on the “SHOP WITH ME NOW” animated button in the right side column to visit my website for more details.

Whimsical Wednesday

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Ready for another great day? Some may call it hump day but I like to think of it as reaching the peak of the mountain and the rest of the week is the downward climb to our base camp. To me, every day is an adventure and I love the climb and side trips along the way where I can stop and appreciate all that I am surrounded by! Some weeks I even love the decent as much as the climb because if I am too tired or in pain from my arthritis, I can simply roll down the hill. And if I am totally entrapped in the complexity or excitement of a major project, I don’t have to worry about running out of steam but can coast to the end of my trip without exhaustion setting in.

Join Us for some Whimsy

3Funky-Divas-banner2Whimsical Wednesday’s with The Jewels of Kingwood usually is filled with actual hands-on production of what we envisioned and planned on the first part of our trek. So today… as I look forward to the end of this week, I will be creating samples and practice our booth set up for the event we will be doing on Saturday here in our community.

Consider this your personal invitation to join us at Atascocita High School, 13300 Will Clayton, Humble, TX, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11am until 2pm. We will have our booth set up and demonstrating scrapbook and greeting card layouts, scheduling workshops and gatherings, and all while helping to support the FFA club at AHS.

Map Location of Atascocita High School

AHS-FFA Crawfish Boil FundraiserFor those of you who stop by our booth, if you mention you saw our blog or Facebook postings about this event, you will receive a special gift from me.

Just look for our 3 Funky Divas banner sign and blue pop-up tent.
~ Kathy

Free Cardmaking Pattern

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Screen shot 2014-01-03 at 3.27.19 PMDo you send out cards to celebrate the new year or to send a New Year’s greeting to someone special? Have you ever considered making your own card? In search of resources, I am constantly amazed at how many great ideas I come across just because I follow a lot of crafters who have Facebook pages. One inspirational place to see examples or learn new techniques is Card Maker. They even have a newsletter and if you sign up to get it, you can get a FREE pattern.

Kick off the new year by making it a creative weekend with the latest CardMaker newsletter, which contains the FREE pattern for this Celebrate 2014 card!

● Access the FREE pattern download + the complete newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1atA0jo
● Pin it: http://bit.ly/19QIqRK
● Sign up here for our free emails & newsletters:http://bit.ly/1aKWaQI

Hope you are having a safe and creative beginning to 2014!

Laters…

~ The Jewels of Kingwood

Passion for Rubber Stampin’ ?

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Screen shot 2014-01-02 at 5.07.30 PMEver wonder where some people get their rubber stamps for all the cards and scrapbook pages they create? During the month of December we wandered around various social media pages and found some great companies. After visiting their websites, we decided we just had to share our finds with our followers. One of the best Rubber Stamp companies, offering unique and “priced right” stamps and kits, is Unity Stamp Company. If you do any stampin’ or have thought about trying out this fun creative avenue, then you just gotta check them out.

They have great designs, plenty of examples done by other creative artists, kits, and super sales. If you follow them on Facebook, you will get all the notifications when they have a sale or a giveaway. We actually one a prize from a recent giveaway and I will be sharing what we created later this month as promised.

The newest releases and kits, along with a fantastic sale, are the focus this week so be sure to visit their page, give them a “like” and share the news with others. This is one way we can all support local and small businesses. Here is the link to their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unity-Stamp-Company/103252399709382

Hope you enjoy their cute ideas and designs as much as we do. Have fun exploring

 ~The Jewels of Kingwood

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to all our new friends and fans as well as our family. Sorry we took a few days off to enjoy family time during the holidays, but the absence now includes fighting this terrible flu that appears to be epidemic in our area. Sooo… please be patient as we get back to full strength and rejoin the “land of the living”. There is so much to share to start off the new year; new products, reviews, give aways from several great companies, and of course… our 2 cents worth of info on the blog.

ImageOne of the companies that is having a super give away is My Minds Eye. They offer so many collections as well as tips, techniques and daily blog entries that are very helpful to crafters.  They are offering 2 NEW collections but you have to enter for a chance to win. And… even if you have never won anything before, please do enter- you never know… We looked at many sites and entered give aways all throughout the month of December and won two great prizes that we will be telling you all about in the coming weeks. 

Here is the link to their current give away so be sure to check them out and tell them we sent you! http://mymindseye.typepad.com/blog/2014/01/new-collection-reveals-now-and-then-chalk-studio-ii.html

Be safe and check back tomorrow when we will have more to share!

~ The Jewels of Kingwood