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Quick & Easy Keepsakes

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Need help organizing your photos and other mementos?

Any of these statements sound like you?

  • Scrapbooking is too much work

  • I am not creative

  • I don’t know where to start

  • I have lots of photos and no time to show them off

You say making a scrapbook page is too much work? You don’t think you have any creativity to design a memory keepsake? Do you have photos and mementos just thrown in boxes or lying patiently on a shelf or in a drawer, just waiting to be displayed somewhere?

If this sounds like you then I have a perfect solution for taking those items and creating a memory keepsake in a flash! Close to My Heart has 13 beautiful kits available and during the month of August, we are having a sale! The kits come with 122 pocket-style cards + a 12×12 cover sheet for your album and 10 page protectors.

Picture My Life kits are the perfect solution for making a memory keepsake!

Picture My Life kits are the perfect solution for making a memory keepsake!

This month only you can add an extra set of 10 page protectors for only $3!  Plus as my own personal incentive to make your keepsake, when you buy 5 Picture My Life kits you get the 6th one FREE!  Can’t wait to see how you will make your keepsake so be sure to share a link or post a photo along with a comment when you are done- this is an “easzy peaszy” project that doesn’t take any talent or creativity to make it so come on and make one today!

Just Click HERE to see all the kits or click on the image above to visit my website and see more details.

Happy Scrappin’

~The Jewels of Kingwood

Making Memories: A New Perspective-Part 2

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Scrapbook Page Layout – Helpful Techniques…

Experimentation with page elements

Experimentation with page elements

Determining layout elements

Determining layout elements

For those of you following my blog, this is the second part in a series on how I created my first scrapbook page layout from scratch. Hard to believe? Well… up until this past week, I have never done any paper format scrapbook layouts. I must admit, though similar to a digital format, at times it seemed more tedious yet fun to make a layout this way. I love cutting the intricate images and changing the layout around while the base pages are actually laying in front of me on my work surface and not just on my computer screen. I would suppose that if it were the other way around, the “cut-and-paste” scrapbooker would find the digital process just as challenging. This process has definitely given me a new found appreciation for both art forms!

So now on to the process I want to show you today…

Keeping it simple without too much clutter

Keeping it simple without too much clutter

Because this project involved using only one of the new Close To My Heart (CTMH) paper packets from the My Reflections Collections in the new 2014-15 Annual Inspirations Idea Book, choosing the patterns and colors were so much simpler. For this layout I used Chalk-It Up paper packet. You can see all of the papers available in the packet by clicking HERE or on any of the images above. I had to keep telling myself to keep it simple and, as always in the field of graphic design and page layout, to follow the design elements and principles when planning the layout.For this particular layout, I chose asymmetrical balance which means that, even though there are different elements on either side of the page, the positioning or placement of the elements creates a type of balance with each side being somewhat equal in weight if that makes sense.

One of the main features I love the most about CTMH is that each collection of papers includes coordinating patterns and colors in 12 x 12 sheets; 3- double-sided patterned papers and 3 different colors of cardstock. This gives you, the designer, so many options and virtually NO waste because you can use everything. I was so surprised at how much I’ve been able to create with just 6 pieces of paper.

Maintaining a central theme…

Loving all the patterns and colors was the most challenging part because it was hard not to want to use a little bit of everything! The second page for this spread was even more fun to play with and this is where I added more elements to focus on my school-related theme.Choosing the various elements to embellish my page was a bit tricky because I am like a little kid with all of my tools and arsenal of goodies to use when creating art in any form- I get carried away and before I know it, I have a page or project that looks cluttered and confusing, and this is not the effect you want!

Placement of embellishments can be tricky

Placement of embellishments can be tricky

Generally, when I approach a new project, I will pick and choose from a variety of stamped images that I have already completed to see what might work. If I don’t have anything in my stash, I try some new stamps, markers, coloring techniques, and experiment with some stick-on embellishments or ribbons to see what works. This part of the process can take awhile because I like to play with several different arrangements before settling on the final look before I glue anything in place. During this phase I still have to keep in mind how the design elements such as lines, shapes, colors, textures, and space are being organized on the page. This means how I use the design principles for a layout; these principles, just to name a few, include balance, unity, harmony, dominance and emphasis, proximity, rhythm, and movement. And…. BTW… don’t forget you will be adding photos to your page layout so be sure to plan enough room for those without looking like the photos were an afterthought.

I hope this bit of technical info wasn’t too confusing and gives you a glimpse at how I approach the layout process. My next post will focus on some of the tools I use for assembling my projects. I will be showing you more in the days to come so be sure to come back often to see what else I will be sharing with you.

Until next time…

~The Jewels of Kingwood

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

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.

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.

 

Father’s Day – 1 week away

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Last Minute Father’s Day Card Ideas

Seems hard to believe that I have been absent from my blog for almost a month. After being so busy with my son’s wedding and then a much needed vacation, I am back in the studio making memories again! Some of you have been asking for ideas to use for making your own Father’s Day cards. So I whipped up a few this past week and had so much fun I thought I would share the cards with my followers and friends. Hope you enjoy and that you are inspired to make a card for your dad- remember his big day is Sunday, June 15th.

~ The Jewels of Kingwood

 

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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

Welcome Home to The Jewels of Kingwood…

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Screen shot 2013-05-30 at 4.18.35 PMSo glad you decided to stop by for a visit. The Jewels of Kingwood are artists and crafters who love making meaning through art and celebrating the jewels in our lives that create lasting memories. We make custom creations including greeting cards, jewelry, home decor, and accessories.

In addition we will provide a link to our storefront where you can purchase the items we make as well as supplies and digital files for sale.

Other great features you will find at The Jewels of Kingwood include an area where we will showcase the work of guest artists and crafters, links to other blogs and anything else arts and crafts related we think you would be interested in. Each month we will feature techniques, tips, and/or informative tutorials. If there is a topic you are interested in or would like more information about tools, supplies, or equipment, please let us know in the comments.

We will do our best to help you explore and discover how you too can make lasting memories with the jewels in life! Please share our page, visit our Facebook and Pinterest pages, and follow us on our creative journey. Feel free to PIN anything you find on our site and if you decide to share something from The Jewels of Kingwood on your page or blog, we would appreciate a link back to our site.