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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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August Stamp of the Month (SOTM): What a Hoot!

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Prepare for “owl” the fall festivities with this hoot of a stamp set.

Fall will be swooping in before we know it, and there is no better way to welcome in crispy breezes and falling leaves than with the August Stamp of the Month, What a Hoot! When you place an order of $50 or more, these festive fowl can join your aviary for only $5! The quirky owls in this adorable stamp set will add an endearing element to any craft. You can even dress them up in costumes and wish your friends a “Happy ‘Owl’oween”! Whatever the occasion, these feathered friends are sure to make a hoot in your neck of the woods.

Set of 17 stamps are included in this month's kit!

Set of 17 stamps are included in this month’s kit!

Wish your friends a “Happy ‘Owl’oween” with our August STOM set!

Wish your friends a “Happy ‘Owl’oween” with our August STOM set!

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 Hope you enjoyed the creations by several creative CTMH consultants. And if you need more ideas, just visit the website and browse through all the great samples in our online book.

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!

FREE To Be Me with Close to My Heart

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I am so excited to share with you what’s happening in May and how I am here to help you celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!  Close To My Heart has done it again with a brand new campaign for May called  “Free To Be Me.”

Just so you know, this is DAY 2 of our incredible journey this month and throughout the entire month of May, when you spend at least $50 or more with your Close To My Heart consultant (which BTW just happens to be “yours truly”), you qualify for the exclusive “Free To Be Me” paper collection for only $5. Not only that, CTMH fans also know when you spend $50 or more, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month for only $5 as well. YES! Both the promotion and the stamp of the month are only $5 each! You are gonna just love the papers in this pack- the picture on My Website and video clip below doesn’t do this paper justice. I was very impressed when my paper packs arrived… can I hear a “shout out” for simply G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S??? And I am not saying this because I am a CTMH consultant… I am sending this from my viewpoint as a seasoned paper crafter! The quality and feel of this paper is could be referred to as a paper crafter’s delight!

Free to Be Me for the Month of May

Free to Be Me for the Month of May

FREE To Be Me Papers

FREE To Be Me Papers

Here’s what comes in the fantastic Free To Be Me collection:

 

6 – Free To Be Me B&T Duo’s Papers (pattern paper)
2 – UV-coated, Designed Teal Card Stock Sheets (pattern with resist surface)
2 – UV-coated, Designed Red Card Stock Sheets (pattern with resist surface)
2 – UV-coated, Designed Gold Card Stock Sheets (pattern with resist surface)
1 – White Feather Print Vellum Sheet
1 – Gold Foil Polka-dot Vellum Sheet

So what can YOU do with this fun and fabulous paper collection?
FREE To Be Me Project and Workshop Guide

FREE To Be Me Project and Workshop Guide – Ask Me for your copy today!

>>>>> Close To My Heart has provided consultants with a PDF link for our qualifying customers which includes a 12-page Workshop guide showing how to make two great 2-page layouts and three fun cards. Once you’ve placed your qualifying order with me, I’ll send that special PDF file to you in an email!
>>>>> Use the variety of papers to create a mini album; you can use the sample list of materials that follows or make an album using the paper collection without ordering the stamp set or any additional supplies. Simply use any stamps you desire or stickers and make it your own design.
  • Two sheets of White Daisy card stock
  • All The Details Acrylix® stamp set
  • 2″ x 3 1/2″ acrylic block
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® stamp pad
  • Hollyhock Exclusive Inks® stamp pad
  • Goldrush Exclusive Inks® stamp pad
  • Pear Exclusive Inks® stamp pad
  • Twilight Exclusive Inks® stamp pad
Other helpful tools include a corner rounder, a few circle punches, and a basic hole punch in addition to your regular crafting tools and adhesives. If you create the album pages using the “Free to Be Me” May Promotional Pack, there would be 10 spreads total.

Are you excited yet? Ready – Set – GO… jump in and start creating great memories! Here’s your chance; let yourself go, color outside the lines and get out of that box so you too, can be – FREE To Be Me and share the memories! Can’t wait to see what you come up with so please feel free to share and make comments here so we can all see what each of you has been up to.

See y’all tomorrow with another excursion on our month long adventure to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month

~ Kathy with The Jewels of Kingwood

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

A Place for Everything… and Everything in its Place

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Another favorite Website that we follow on our Facebook feed is Hometalk. You would be amazed at all the great jewels and nuggets of knowledge that people share on that site. Everyday we find something new and since our focus for January is Organization, here are some great ideas we just had to share.

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Clicking on the Photo will take you to the Website for detailed info and pictures to follow for using accordion folders for organizing

 

This first nugget is an idea that some of you may already do to keep your files organized but we thought there might be others who had no idea about this type of file system for important papers. Accordion folders have been around for some time and we’ve used them to organize our business invoices and receipts, but this idea takes it a step further. To read the article details in full, just click on the link below.

http://www.hometalk.com/2859479/must-read-tip-how-to-organize-product-manuals-and-warranties

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Clicking on the photo will take you to the Website for the Printable Planner files

Similar to Pinterest, Hometalk sets up their site with boards curated by a variety of people. One really great example, that is loaded with all sorts of great “pins” focused on organizing your home, is this board: http://www.hometalk.com/b/1014593/organizing

We perused various pins on this board and found some awesome tips to help us organize our own workspace and homes. Some of favorite picks included a free printable planner for 2014, 11 Ways to Organize with Binders, and The Best Organizing Advice You’ll Ever Get.

Just follow the link above or click on each photo to explore all the knowledge nuggets everyone has shared on this board. If you have some advice or organization tips to share, please add a comment below and tell us all out your methods for keeping your life organized.

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Clicking on the photo will take you to the Website for more info on Organizing

Are you tired of the mess and clutter? Need to downsize and trim the clutter from your life?  If so, then you will love all these goodies we have to share from other bloggers. Great tips for storing movies, music, organizing teaching files and lessons, bills, and just about anything you have that needs a place for exploring later.

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Clicking on the photo will take you to the Website for more info on Organizing

          

P.S. Though some of the information from this helpful blogs may be old- 2013, we still found the tips and methods relevant for 2014.

Running out of time…

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Hmmm… Saturday afternoon, December 21st… 3:11pm and here I sit trying to finish up gifts and cards for Christmas. The Wise Owl Storyteller managed to get the last of the Holiday Cards completed and sent off to everyone who ordered but now, we find ourselves in a pickle. NO more Christmas and Holiday papers to complete our own cards for family.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation? Well… time to improvise. Yep! Get out those embossing folders and rubber stamps, inks and colored pencils, ribbons, glitter, sequins and buttons, and get creative! Who says you have to have special papers in reds and greens to get this done?

Need some inspiration? Here are a few examples for those times when you have to get extra creative. Enjoy and hope we helped you complete those last minute card making sessions.

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Plain green or red copy paper works great with a few punched circles and a strip of embossed card stock. Leave the inside blank and write your own message.

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Use heavy cardstock or scrapbook paper- any color will do. Use a paper edge punch and create a decorative edge on one side. Cut a piece of white or a neutral color for the message area. Hand ink a branch and some ties, and your lettering. Add some colorful buttons for the ornaments and VOILA! Leave blank inside for your message.

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This card takes very little time but you will need die cuts or your own machine to cut your own. Use a simple background design embossed paper- use your embossing machine to make your background. Emboss or cut a scalloped edge, fold over the top of the embossed background and adhere it to the front of your 4″ x 8″ white card stock. Add hand lettering or a die cut set of words. Be creative and use what you have on hand for this quickie.

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This one is so easy and quick. Just cut a piece of white cardstock and fold in half to give you a 5″ X 7″ card. Use a winter or snow related emboss folder and create a simple background image. Add color if wanted by using fine line markers. Attach the embossed background to your card front using glue dots and you’re done. Stress free activity that even the kids can complete.

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Don’t have a color printer? No problems! Find some music clip art or scan and print a piece of holiday music. Make a 4″ x 8″ white card and cut your music images to fit. Find an angel image that looks old and vintage; there are plenty of FREE downloads on Pinterest for these types of images. Print in black and white. Cut out angel image, adhere to a colored piece of paper or cardstock. Use a pale colored ink pad and a small piece of felt to apply a light amount of inked color around the edges. Adhere all parts and complete with a bit of ribbon and a bow using whatever glue adhesive you use for card making or scrapbooking. Write your message inside.

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Cute as button is this adorable Snowman card. We used old buttons and a piece of ribbon for the scarf. Use a piece of cardstock for the card and fold in half. Use a white paint marker to hand letter the simple holiday greeting on the front. We used a black and white snowflake background image that you can find as a FREE printable on the Internet for the background. Attach all card elements using glue dots and then add your message inside.

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If all you have is white cardstock, try using a snowflake punch or a die-cutting machine to cut some snowflakes on the left and right flaps. Using light blue stamping ink, we gently added some color over the cut-outs so that some of the blue stenciled through to the inside of the card. Inside we added a bit of glitter glue in silver to the snowflakes, and finished it up with a rubber stamped message. Soooo easy!

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Finally, we wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from Texas! We used a simple 5″ x 7″ white cardstock card, made a die-cut using red for our Christmas Tree and in the middle used another cut for the shape of our state. Glued this tree in place, added a yellow die-cut star on top and finished the design using fine line markers for all the stitch lines and strand of lights. The Merry Christmas lettering was also done using die cuts but if you don’t have a machine to do this, just make a pattern and cut the tree from construction paper or cardstock. Hand letter the words using colorful markers. We left the inside blank so we could add our own personal message.