Sunday, March 26, 2017

Save The Date!

May is National Scrapbooking Month. I'm celebrating with TWO all day crops!
Save these dates   May 6th - details May 13th - details   and watch this space.

Full details coming April 1st!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dreamin' Big Blog Hop

Summer has been given her notice and Autumn is rapidly settling in. It's a time for dreamin' big and what better than the Dreamin' Big blog hop for some inspiration?
Welcome to the Dreamin' Big Australasian Blog Hop! If you landed here from Vandra's blog, you're in the right place. If you landed here from elsewhere, welcome! Follow along our hop and be inspired by what you can create with Dreamin' Big!

Dreamin' Big is our beautiful paper packet for March.
It's a fresh take on flowers and bugs with some beautiful unique autumn-tone colors. I created a card and a layout using this beautiful range and the coordinating Thin Cuts. Don't forget, all current Thin Cuts and Thin Cut Bundles are 25% off this month only!

I created this sweet little birthday card for my card buffets. It's perfect for nearly any birthday! I chose the flower side of the paper to be face up. If you flipped it over to the bug side, you've just changed it for a masculine birthday. Hallelujah for double sided paper! I used the stampset and fussy cut by hand the little butterfly as I didn't have the coordinating thin cut set on the day. Using thin cuts are much more enjoyable than fussy cutting!

I had my eye on this layout in the Magic book for quite a while now and I didn't know what to do with all the circles. I put off doing this layout as I couldn't get my head around it. Then, at an all day workshop, I had a brain burp and thought "Just use something that's not a circle!"

I saw the butterflies in the stampset and decided to stack them up on my page.

I stamped and thin cut each butterfly twice. The first is stuck straight to the page. I used the circle from our Welcome Home Wreath kit to help me put my butterflies in the right spots. Using a large dinner plate or cake pan works just as well.

The second butterfly is attached to the first with a bit of foam tape for a sense of height. I folded the wings upwards to add a bit more oomph. There's also some sequins scattered throughout for a bit of sparkle.

To make these projects you'll need the following supplies. Click through the links to purchase or contact your consultant! Materials used: Dreamin' Big paper packet, Dreamin' Big coordinating cardstock, White Daisy cardstock, Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle, Dreamin' Big Sequins, Poppy Honey Glacier Juniper Slate Exclusive Inks, White Card Value Pack, Magic How To Book, SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer, Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors, Versamat™, Ruler, My Acrylix® Blocks, My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner, My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber, 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive, Thin 3-D Foam Tape.

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My Scrapbooking Process - Part 3

Welcome to my new blog series! I'm a scrapbooker and I've never really shared my method or process for how I create pages to fill my albums.

In my previous post, I explained how I use my digital template for sorting, editing, and resizing my images.
Today I'll share how I actually use my template for scrapbooking my edited images!

I've planned my pocket pages, I've resized and printed my images, and now I have a pile of printed photos to get scrapbooked. This is the fun part!

I tend to scrapbook in front of my computer or at my dining table. I get out all my supplies and settle in for a bit of crafting therapy. ;) My essential pocket scrapbooking supplies are: a D-ring album, page protectors, corner rounder, trimmer, pen, adhesive, photos, and picture my life cards. I keep all my goodies in a medium organizer for easy scrapbooking when the mood strikes.

With my supplies at the ready, I can get my pages made. I open up my album and load it with my page protectors (in the same pattern as my digital template). This makes it much easier to get rolling and I'm not hunting high and low for a certain page design!

Now that my pages are in my album, it's time to trim and sort my printed photos. I open up my saved filled template pages and follow the bouncy ball.

I trim my photos to size, round the corners and slip them into the correct pockets as shown in my templates.
Photos, adhesive, trimmer, corner rounder, and scissors are must haves!
Photos cut and put in place before rounding and cards.

Next up is rifling through my collection of cards and overlays and finding just the right ones to suit my photos. Once I'm happy with how my page looks, I flip over and start the next page. I don't follow the one week to a page, or fortnight to a spread idea. Whatever fits on the page and looks good is what I do. One day may be one photo, or it may be 3 spreads. It depends on the photos and the story!

I use a little bit of tape runner to help keep my cards and photos stuck together so they don't wiggle around in the pockets. I also journal as I go instead of waiting til later. My memory isn't what it used to be and waiting to journal at a later date is not best practice. Write the story down now while you are working with the photos!

Voila! A completed page with printed photos and journaling.
From here, it's really rinse lather repeat until done! When I'm out and about at crops, (or my husband has taken over the computer), I simply save my filled template pages to my phone. It doesn't take long to fill my albums with this method and it means that I can catch up on a big backlog of photos in a relatively short amount of time. It also means that when I go to Scrapbook Camps, all the prep work is done ahead of time so I can create during Camp and enjoy myself!

For this 10am-10pm workshop where I took these quick snaps of my process, I had 182 4x6 photos to scrap. That includes the 3x4s I had to cut apart. I have nearly all my 182 photos done and in place. I'm now out of memory protectors and have to order more. (Oh darn, more goodies to arrive!)

I hope you've enjoyed this lil look into how my brain works and how I scrapbook my pocket pages. If you've enjoyed this series, let me know in the comments!


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Cut It Out

Did someone say 25% off die cuts? We did!


Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25%-off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time! Thin Cuts work equally well in Cuttlebug and Bigshot embossing/die cutting machines.

Purchase any current Thin Cuts or Thin Cuts bundles at 25%-off in March.

BONUS - Join my team in March and you'll receive a set of Thin Cuts in your New Consultant Kit at no additional cost!


These are just a few of the projects I've created using our various Thin Cuts.

Thin Cuts — Love
Thin Cuts — Hearts and Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle
Wreath Stamp + Thin Cuts
Thin Cuts — Basic Circles
Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle

Thin Cuts are so versatile and add a punch to cards, pages, and even planner pages with ease. Pop over to my shop to order your favorites today!


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dreamin' Big

Summer is starting to lessen it's grip on Queensland and autumn is on her way.
It's time for dreamin' big!

Dreamin' Big is my featured paper collection for March. Come along and create a pile of paper goodies in my all day workshop! You must contact me TODAY to secure your spot as full payment is past due.

Stamp of the Month : S1703 - Tea-rrific Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts!
Put on the kettle, pour yourself a cuppa, and create some beautiful artwork with Tea-rrific!
Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $7.50. When you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. Innovative, creative, and always versatile—here’s just one example of these stamps in use.
For even more inspiration, check out the Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Cut It Out - Save 25% on all Thin Cuts this month!
Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25% off! Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on, so you can get precise, dimensional cut shapes in no time!

Workshops - There's heaps of workshops happening in my studio this month. Full payment in advance is required to book your spot for all of my events.


Get crafty in my studio! I cannot stress this enough. Workshop bookings are essential and MUST be paid before the deadline listed. Your spot is not guaranteed until payment is received. No exceptions! All workshop spaces are limited = first in best dressed. I accept direct deposit, cash, or credit card for payment. I use Square for credit card payments. Credit cards incur an additional 3% processing fee. Contact me to book your spot!


Hostesses wanted!
I love to party and spoil my hostesses.
Start making your wish list now, then contact me today to set up your very own party and reap the rewards. I'll help you get everything on your wishlist for free or half-price. I'm available to party all month long! Parties do not need to be very long, they can be as simple (show and tell style), or as elaborate (with make and take projects) as you like. They can even be in your pajamas or online!

My calendar is booking up very fast, all party dates are first in best dressed.

Join my team! Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking with new companions, crafty shenanigans, chocolate, coffee, tea, yummy baked goods, plenty of laughter and sisterhood, or just getting your crafting supplies at a discounted rate... my team Heartwork Sisters is for you!
For $129 you get not only a kit jam packed with the basics worth $300+, you also get to customize it with your Select Product Credit PLUS you get heaps of training and assistance and new friends who share your crafting obsession! For more details, contact me.

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Tea-rrific Blog Hop

March is tea-rrific! Welcome to the Tea-rrific Blog Hop!
If you've arrived here from Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom no worries, you're in the right place. If you landed here from somewhere else, welcome! Read on and follow the hop for heaps of inspiration!

S1703 Tea-rrific is the stamp of the month and it's all about tea cups!
Isn't it cute!? I've been looking for a cup stamp and when I saw this I just had to have it!

I dug around in my paper stash and found some scraps to create this card. I used some old Fundamentals paper plus cardstock, embossed it, and rounded the edges before attaching to my card front. I stamped the tea cup on a scrap of white daisy cardstock then added the flower before coloring quickly with some pens I had on hand. There's some shimmer brushing on the cup too if you look closely!

Since I used a blue card base, I decided to add some white inside and stamp it. I love the little tea bag and string!

To make this card, you'll need the following materials. Click through the links to purchase or contact your consultant. Products used: LagoonPeacock White Daisy and Eggplant Cardstocks, Damask Embossing Folder, White & Gold Ribbon, My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit, Black and Eggplant Exclusive Inks™, Clear and Gold Shimmer Brushes, March 2017: Tea-rrific Stamp of the Month, Corner Rounder, Trimmer, Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors, Versamat™, Bone Folder, Spritz, Scrubber, 3L® E-Z Dots® Adhesive.

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