Wednesday, February 23, 2011
One of my favourite CTMH products is Flip Flaps.  It's a fantastic tool that helps you to add more pictures on your layouts.  I used them A LOT in my Disney album when I just couldn't decide which pictures to use, but didn't want a layout just with pictures.  They fit nicely wherever you have a 4x6 photo and you can use as many as you want.

You can use it to hide journaling, or add more pictures.  So handy and so fun.

Want to learn how to use them?  Come to my Interactive Layout workshop on March 5!  Email me for details.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Come join us in Mansfield for a great weekend of scrapbooking and fun!  May 13-15, 2011

Only $200 per person -- and it includes all your food, accommodations and a 6' table per person for your scrapbooking.  No cleaning up. No cooking. No making your bed.  You don't even have to get out of your pajamas!

Want to know more?  Email me at

This weekend is almost sold out!  Register soon to get your space ... before they are all gone.

My Penny Black kitties always make me smile.  And three great challenges came together to inspire this sweet card for my niece's 3rd birthday.  Take a peek:

Go check out these great challenge blogs, if you haven't already:

Clean & Simple: Fall to Layout #127 Sketch
Penny Black Saturday:  Pretty in Pink
Penny Black at Allsorts: Feb. Challenge Say It With Flowers

I love love love this little boy on a trike stamp from Stampin Bella and this week's sketch helped me to keep the card simple and really emphasize this cutie patootie.  I hope you don't mind that I moved the button from top left to bottom right -- just felt better with the flow.

Products are all Close to my Heart -- including the awesome canvas button that I stamped Happy Birthday on -- except the boy stamp and the copics I used to colour.

Like many of you, I'm sure, I made the resolution (again) to set aside time for my own scrapbooking.  Not working on class demos, not working on swaps or blog challenges -- my very own scrapbooking time.  Well, it's already halfway through February -- have you kept your resolution?

I find that it works best for me if I schedule the time.  Mark it on the calendar.  Make a date with friends to scrapbook.  Sign up for a class.  Clearly assign the time for "me".  That way, nothing else gets scheduled in.  And I don't just leave it to chance, which I can easily "excuse" myself from.

This weekend, two of my scrappy friends are coming over and we're going to scrap the day away.  It's helping me get through the week, and I'm really excited to have the time with them ... and my scrapbooks.

Here's hoping you're keeping up with your resolution to find time for YOU!

Thursday, February 10, 2011
If you want to use multiple colours on your stamps, here's one way to do it: instead of using an ink pad, use markers!

Start with your acrylic stamp and one marker.  I've used Tulip red on a heart.  Colour where you want that shade to go.

Then colour with your second (brown) and third (pink) colours.

Then, when you're ready to stamp, there's one more thing to do: HUFF!  That's right, gently "huff" a breath on the stamp to re-activate the ink with the moisture in your breath.

Then stamp on your cardstock.

It may take a little practice but it's an easy and economical way to add some multiple colours to your stamping.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I had lots of fun with this cute sketch and the challenge of making the accents wrap in a "swoosh" pattern.  I love using ribbon and was so happy I could these cute little clothes pegs.  The little boy stamp is from Stampin' Bella -- so cute and coloured with Copics.  The paper is CTMH Fanfare, Cranberry and Buttercup CS.  This will be the perfect card for my little nephew who just turned 6.

I have a lot of birthday cards to make, and this weeks' H2H sketch really inspired me.  I should have gone to bed after the first card, but really wanted to make another.  So here they are.

The first uses new Sophia paper and the Party Pennants stamp set.  I added some movement with some beads and black waxy flax.

The second uses paper from the Sweetheart paper pack, plus the green dots from Sophia.  The Candlelight stamp set worked beautifully for a candle spotlight treatment.  Add some ink from the spray pen, some sparkles and some ribbon and it turned into a really cute card.

Come join me for a great workshop on February 12.  For just $30, you can make 10 gorgeous birthday cards (2 of each design).  We'll be using our new Mayberry papers, and the beary, beary adorable Beary stamps.  You don't want to miss it.

RSVP today because there are only 4 spaces left.

Well, almost ready.  It's been a lot of good, hard work but my new workshop reno is complete -- all I have to do is finish "moving in".  Here you'll see the workshop space, counters and cupboards (where my Cricut will soon live), and Ikea shelving for all my stamps and CMTH embellishments.  The floors are FANTASTIC laminate and are such an improvement from the yucky carpet that was there before.  Lastly, I have a great cube unit that will soon hold all my scrapbooking, stamping and cardmaking magazines, along with my albums and how-to books.

I still want to put up some artwork and have some self-adhesive quotes to add.  All in good time!

Come see it for yourself!  I will be having open crops and workshops in this space -- come play with me!

When we're scrapbooking, sometimes it's hard to be frugal in the name of design.  Here's a tip to help you save paper when you need large pieces of cardstock, layered one upon the other.

Here's a layout I did featuring my hubby and I on our wedding day.  Hard to believe that was almost 15 years ago!  Anyways, as you can see, this layout uses 3 large pieces of cardstock -- 1 New England Ivy (dark green -- hope you can see it in the photo), 1 Sweet Leaf (light green) and 1 Colonial White.

Here's a bit of a close-up:

It seemed a waste to use so much cardstock when so little of the base layers would be seen.  So here's a tip to save paper:  cut out the center of the base cardstock and create a sort of "reverse" frame. 

Like so:

The size of the "hole" depends on how comfortable you are with your cutting, and how big the piece is that's going on top.

Then you can use those pieces for other parts of this layout, or save it to make cards or other layouts.  I used them to mat my photos.

Try it the next time you do a large, layered layout and make your paper stretch.

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