Monday, March 21, 2011

Studio J Layouts - So Easy!

I thought I'd share a couple of digital scrapbook layouts I have done for 2 of my kiddos' back to school pictures. I have to say, I never thought I would like digital scrapbooking, because I love all the "stuff" (papers, stickers, buttons, etc.)....but I love how I can accomplish so much without making a mess.

Here is Alex's layout:
(They are a little small, so you may have to click on the picture for a better look.)

Here is Malia's layout:
If you are not already a Studio J (Close To My Heart's perfect answer to digital scrapbooking) member, you ought to be! It's easy to join. Just go to my website:, click on "Studio J" and sign up. Before joining, you can create as many layouts as you want and play for free. There is only a charge when you want to be come a member (3 month or 12 month membership available) and when you order layouts. There is no fee for each individual paper pack, embellishment, etc. In fact, there is never any need to buy anything but your layout. CTMH stores all the things you need right on the Studio J site and you can use any embellishment, paper, pattern, etc. without having to pay for them! NEATO! They are printed on premium 12x12 photo paper (just like a real picture), and shipped to your door.
It's a great alternative to "old school" scrapbooking. I love being able to sit on the couch with my laptop at night and make beautiful pages.
I hope you have a wonderful week! It's Spring Break for us - wish us luck. :)


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Go Lucky!

"As you ramble through life, whatever be your goal;
Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole."
~Irish proverb

~~~~~~~~Happy St. Patrick's Day~~~~~~~~

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Man!

I can't believe my little boy is 5! In some ways it seems like the day you were born was so long ago - but at the same time it seems like just yesterday you were my little baby boy. You bring so much joy, sweetness and happiness to this world! I will never forget the afternoon you were born and the sun, as it burst through the hospital window when you arrived.
Little did I know how fitting that was. You are truly a blessing.

Happy 5th Birthday Alex!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cards & Crazy Hair

Happy Friday! Here are a few, okay more like 44 cards I made for the newest Close to My Heart catalog debut/swap. It's always fun to see what the 43 other ladies come up with - and even better that I get to keep one from everyone!
I used the new MAYBERRY Paper pack, Cocoa ribbon, stamps, our new pink buttons and added some stitching with my good old sewing machine!
This was my first time making the 4"x4" square cards. Here is a close up:
On the home front, Malia had "crazy hair day" at school a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I'd share. We were running short on time that morning, so this was the best I could do:
Only 3 kids in her class participated, one of which was a boy with a wig. The other was Malia's "class twin". Funny thing was her crazy hair style was almost identical to Malia's! The teacher can't keep them straight on a regular day, I'm sure she was happy when the day was over. :)
Hope you have a fun weekend! Does anyone have any ideas for new & exciting things to do with kids? Spring Break is right around the corner, and we need something to do. :)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

It's March - Look What's New with CTMH!

Our March promotion is here!

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At Close To My Heart, we know we’ve got the best clear stamps and blocks—and we’ll prove it! Throughout March, when you buy your favorite My Acrylix® stamps, we’ll give you a free My Acrylix block. Not only will you have the best stamps on the block, you’ll have the best block, too! Just purchase $25 US / $30 CAN in stamps and you can choose from two of our most versatile block sizes: 3" × 3" (Y1006) or 2" × 6.
Have you tried clear stamps? They are so easy to use. Once you do, you will be addicted!
Also just's the

Here is a close up of the individual stamp images:

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Don't forget to check the "While Supplies Last" section for discounts up to 70% off.

If you are interested in scrapbooking or cardmaking, but don't know where to start - let me know. I am happy to help get you started.

Are you interested in coming to a card workshop? Spend a few hours having fun and making a bunch of cute cards? Sound interesting?? I'm planning on getting one going soon. Stay tuned!

Happy Saturday to you!


Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday Fun!

Happy Friday everyone! At Malia's school today they had a book parade through the halls. You were suppose to dress as a character from your favorite book. The characters from her favorite book would have been way too much for me to tackle this week, so we chose a new favorite book (that we started reading last night) and went with that. It's from the Pony Pals series, which we made work with a semi-western shirt, boots, braids, and her Webkinz pony. Way better than me attempting to sew some crazy outfits involving elaborate dresses and capes. :) She seemed to be happy with it. From what I heard "Fancy Nancy" and "Eloise" were some of the popular girl characters today.
(When I picked her up from school today, the braids were gone and she had some wild Diana Ross hair going on. Oh well.)

Today I made this silk/organza/tulle flower. It was my first attempt and I need to tweak it a bit here and there. It's a little too round I think. I'm going to try to get them looking a bit more realistic- hopefully. My friend Kandi and I have just signed up for our first Spring Bazaar in a few years - so I need to get busy with some things to fill up our table. I thought something new would be fun.

If I can get to a place where I'm happy with these, I might try to turn some into pins, hair clips or ??? We'll see. I've got "crafting ADD" these days, which leads to lots of unfinished projects. Hopefully I'll remember what I was going to do with them when I get back to them all!
Hope you have a great weekend!