Saturday, September 16, 2017

You Are Loved Heritage Layout (last convention layout)

This is finally my last convention project post. Consultants like me who lean more toward scrapbooking vs. card-making were really spoiled this year. Similar to the last one I posted, this is perfect for heritage photos. And also like the last one, I have not yet chosen pictures for it. I'm not currently working with any black and white or sepia photos, so it will wait until I tackle the project of organizing and scrapping some older ones.

This layout really shows off some of the gold foil accents in the Better Together complements pack. I love the contrast between the smooth shine of these pieces and the flat, almost dull, look of the fundamental and solid basic papers.

This layout also has touches of soft Bashful in the paper, stickers and pearls.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing all the projects we made at convention this year. It really is a highlight of my year. If you'd like to join me at the next one in Las Vegas next year, ask me for more information about joining my team. You would love to be a part of this fun group of consultants. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

A layout to remember a special "today" in Salt Lake City

One of the highlights of the Close To My Heart convention in Salt Lake City was a tour of the Home Office. This is another one of the layouts we made at convention and it was so pretty, I reserved it for my most special photos from the tour.

In the first picture, my friend Faye and I are posing in front of a nice photo opp they had set up soon after we came into the building. The second is on the steps leading from the main entrance to the upper floors where we got to see Jeanette's office and the art studio. The final picture is in front of the picture ----- this is the "Mecca picture" for Close To My Heart consultants. It really felt like going home seeing this building that so much creative goodness flows out of. Such a memorable experience.

Because I have so many pictures of the tour, I plan to add a few Protector Plus pages between the pages of this layout. Or perhaps, I'll use Flip Flaps to layer more photos directly on the layout. I'll figure that out once I print the remaining pictures.

Although the floral accent pieces look like they were made to match the paper, they are actually stamped using the new  Beautiful You (D1741) stamp set. They are perfectly trimmed because of the coordinating thin cut set. The flowers on this stamp set are triple layered creating a lot of depth in your images.

Getting the layers lined up can be a little tricky. Once you pull the stamps off of the carrier sheet, you lose the orientation and it can be difficult to line the layers up properly. A little trick I learned from another consultant was to use a sharpie and mark the top side of each stamp BEFORE removing it from the sheet. Then when you are stamping you know which side is up and if you are consistent you will have good results. 

Here's a card using that same beautiful stamp set.

Hope you have enjoyed these projects and feel inspired to create some of your own!

Always create,

Heritage Home Layout --- Another lovely project from convention

If it seems like I've been posting a lot of projects from convention, you are correct! This year's convention theme was "Who Will Tell Your Story" and the whole event had a focus on scrapbooking. Most of our projects were layouts and our speakers stressed the importance of telling our stories. 

I have not yet decided what pictures to put on this layout. The colors and prints would make it perfect for vintage black and white or sepia toned photos. Although I have quite a few heritage photos, I have not yet tackled them, so I may tuck this layout away for when that project begins.

This layout uses more of the updated Fundamental Basics papers. You may also recognize splashes of our Color of the Year, Bashful

The pages are adorned with elements from the Better Together complements pack and the beautiful new Bashful pearls

What about you: do you have heritage photos waiting to be put into books to be viewed by future generations? How do you plan to tackle this project?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I can not "Bear" to have you miss the next Card Workshop

It's been awhile since I've posted about my All You Can Make card workshops so I'd like to give you an update since I've moved my card "buffet" from a table to a wall. This new set up is working so well!  Going vertical makes it easier for my guests to select what card they would like to make.

Once a card is selected, the sample can be pulled down because they are conveniently mounted on the displays at the top with Velcro. You may notice that there are a couple empty spots -- I will be filling these with Christmas Cards before the next workshop! In fact, I will add a half dozen holiday cards by the November workshops and in December, the board will be nearly filled with HOLIDAY CARDS!

Beneath the cards on display, there are two rows of bags. These bags contain the card bases, envelopes, stamp set, papers, embellishments to make the card. They are numbered to match numbers that are on the back of the sample cards. They also contain a list of ink pads and other items from the "tool table" needed. Once you have gathered up the sample card, bag of materials and tools, you can make as many of the selected card as you'd like. At the workshop, you will have 2 full hours to make as many cards as you'd like!

Tonight I added kits for this adorable masculine card to the buffet. It is likely the last non-holiday card I add this year. It is made with the recently retired Jack paper and Cardmaking stamp + thin cut set. (Although offiicially retired, this set is still available to purchase!).

This stamp set is one of my favorites! As you can see, there are several other sentiments you could choose in place of the one I used. If you want to get really ahead, you could even make your Father's Day cards for next year!

If you live in the St. Louis/Arnold area, I'd love to have you join us at my next All You Can Make Card Workshop! I am hosting two each month through December.  If you can't make it to my card workshops, the card buffet wall is always open! You can make these cards a la carte for just $2.50 each during my crops and other events.  

For more details and sign up for card workshops, crops or other events, head over to my Yapsody website. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me. Hope to see you here!