A Layout to Be Thankful For

A new month and a new challenge is up at Take Heart Ideas this month I wanted to show you that even the our paper packs appear to be for certain holidays or themes you can really use them for anything. I used the pathfinding paper pack to scrap some old photos from last year. Even though I am close to being up to date with this years album. Last years album is a totally different story.

I went old school with this layout and used my Creative Memories cutting system and turned all my photos into circles. I had a bunch of photos and they were all from the same event. I didn’t want to do a 2 page layout so I cut the photos into circles and then matted them so that they would stand out a bit more because they seemed to blend into the paper a bit. I also have an old template for creating journal lines and I used that as well. I am trying to get into the habit of using the stuff that I have instead of buying new stuff or new tools.

acting layout pathfinding paper ctmh


Here is my completed layout as you can see I kept the embellishment simple on the layout and I used the photo as my title. My daughter was in the Jellybeans class for acting and she used to love to go to this class. It’s funny how a year later she has no interest in acting any more. I matted all the photos onto the cream cardstock that came with my Pathfinding Workshop on the go kit. I also matted the journaling circle on the orange cardstock that came with the kit. I felt that the journaling area needed to stand out a bit so I then used the olive cardstock and popped it up with some pop dots. The hearts at the bottom is from the kit as well and is that little strip that comes on all Close To My Heart patterened paper. I love these strips because not only do they tell you all the colors that match this kit but because they are also so versatile. Their are so many different things that you can do with these strips of paper.


acting layout pathfinding paper ctmh

I used the template to create the circle design and lines for journaling

Here you can see that I created the journaling with a template that I had in my stash. I made all the lines with a silver gelly pen and then journaled in blue ink. I popped it up with some pop dots and adhered it over the heart strip of paper. I feel that it gives the layout the dimension that it needed.

acting layout flowers pathfinding paper

Close up the flowers the bling in the middle coordinates with the Pathfinding paper

Last but not least the only embellishing that I did on this layout was to add flowers. The bling in the middle of the flowers came with the Pathfinding workshop on the go, except for the yellow flower resin that is now retired but as I said I am working on using what I have in my stash. I love the workshops on the go because you get tons of product for your money. Each kit always comes with an exclusive stamp set, meaning you can only purchase that stamp set if you order the workshop. You get a full set of paper which is the same thing that you get in a paper pack and then extra cardstock for your enjoyment. Then you also get the assortment pack that goes with the kit that you chose. Here is the exact description of what I had in my kit. I especially love these kits for the instructional brochure that comes with many different layout instructions.

Workshops on the Go™ Pathfinding Scrapbooking Kit Contents:
1 – My Reflections™ Pathfinding Paper Packet (X7186B)
1 – My Acrylix™ Pathfinding Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (2 Colonial White, 1 Goldrush)
1 – Pathfinding Assortment (Z3012)
1 – Bling Gems Gold Assortment (Z2023)
1 – Instructional Brochure

Well there you have it my layout with the Pathfinding Workshop on the go which you can purchase in my Close To My Heart shop. Don’t forget to link up to the November challenge over at Take Heart Ideas for your chance to win a stamp set this month!


So Behind with Project Life

Well hello there and welcome to my site. If you are here today through the Project Life blog hop then you should have come from Kelsey’s site but if you didn’t come from Kelsey’s site no worries as I will have a full line up of the participants in the hop at the bottom of the post.

Now it’s confession time, I have been pretty good with keeping up with the family’s project life album but the baby’s album on the other hand not so much. I thought that it was going to be a breeze scrapping his album digitally project life style. The problem is truly finding the time. It still takes me quite a long time to get layouts done digitally and that all has to do with the fact that I can’t always get photoshop to do what I want, usually when it comes to journaling. I am still debating on whether or not I am just going to print his photos out and do the remainder of his album project life style with printed photos. Either way his album will have embellishments added to it when I print the layouts and get them home because the thought of trying to add digital embellies just freaks me out of how time consuming that would be for me.

Now that you have heard me complain don’t you want to know where I am with the baby’s project life album? I managed to get to March for him, mind you he was born in January. So I have only scrapped the first two months of his life and he is already 9 months old. Talk about feeling the pressure. I definitely need to try and set some time aside for the baby’s album.

Here are the few pages that I managed to work on this week.


How are you doing with your scrapbooking this year? Are you up to date? If not you should definitely check out this class over at Big Picture Classes. This is what the class is all about.

Catch Up with Project Life: Progress, Process, and Productivity for Pocket-Page Scrapbookers

3-week guided workshop • Starts October 30, 2014

Get over the guilt of feeling perpetually behind! Catch Up with Project Life will reconnect you to feelings of accomplishment and gratitude—both for the hobby you love and your life in general. Instructors Annette, Megan, and Trish are here to help you tackle common trouble areas, so you can make real progress with your Project Life albums.

After three weeks of inspiration and interaction from your three talented hosts, you’ll walk away with:

Finished layouts that fill in the missing gaps in your albums

Photos printed and organized, ready for use in your projects

Photo management ideas to keep you productive long term

An organized workspace to help you get more from your creative time

Not everyone approaches pocket-style scrapbooking the same way. But no matter what approach you take, you’ll learn a ton and have a ball in Catch Up with Project Life!




All I can say is I highly recommend this class. I know that I am going to take it as I definitely need to catch up and not feel guilty about where I am at with my project life albums. Now go on and hop on over to the other ladies sites and see where they with their project life.

Loving Life’s Little Blessings - Katina Martinez

Today Kelsey Is – Kelsey

Scrapping Wonders – Beth (You Are Here)

Stampin’ Cita - Carmelita Wasson

TxStampinSharon - Sharon Armstrong

StampinbyHannah – Hannah


Rosette Wreath Fun

make it monday fall blog hop

October is coming close to an end which means for me it is time to start thinking about some other decorations to make. Don’t forget to hop along and check out the other ladies in this Make it Monday blog hop where they all share inspiring Fall projects for this hop.

Oh how I love rosettes and I love wreaths. I have been all about making decorations this year! I have already made a wreath for Christmas and I had so much fun making my Christmas one that I felt a Fall  wreath would be awesome as well. I am going to share with you how I made my Fall Rosette Wreath. Now making rosette’s is not something that is new to me but I don’t normally make a bunch of them at one time. I figured I would be smart though and score the entire piece of paper and then cut it into strips.

scoring paper rosette wreath fall

I did this project in an assembly line fashion. First I scored all the paper that I am going to use for my wreath. I chose paper from the Close To My Heart Pathfinding kit, which is gorgeous I might add! Next I cut all my paper into 2 inch or 1.5 inch strips.

cutting paper rosette fall wreath

Next step is to fold all the pieces in accordion fashion and then adhere them together with some bonding memories glue from Close To My Heart. I swear this glue is the best wet glue I have ever used. It is great for putting large pieces of paper together as it doesn’t wrinkle the paper and it is a strong hold so the glue is perfect for things that you want to last, like this wreath I am making.

bonding memories glue fall rosette wreath


Each rosette was made by gluing either two or three strips of paper together and then closing it up by forming a circle. The next step is to make sure that you have something to fold the rosette down on to.

Glued 3 strips of paper together and

Glued 3 strips of paper together and

To create my circles for my rosettes to sit on I used my trusty old Creative Memories circle cutter and cut out a circle for each rosette. I would then use my hot glue gun and put some glue down on my circle. The next step is to fold the rosette down and place it on top of the circle. You want to use a hot glue gun for this or a really strong adhesive that dries quickly otherwise you are going to be holding down a rosette for a long time.

showing glue for rosette fall wreath

After I have placed my rosette on this pile of glue my job is to hold it down for a few seconds until the glue is dry. Now of course you would think your rosette is done but its not, you have to cover up the middle part with some kind of embellishment so that you don’t see that little hole in the middle.

completed rosette fall wreath


I used many different embellishments for my rosettes. This butterfly is a wood veneer and the bling came with my Close To My Heart Pathfinding workshop on the go. I love these workshops on the go because you get so much product for a great price!


butterfly fall rosette wreath


I also put my Cricut Explore to work for this project. I can not tell you how much I absolutely love this machine! I have to admit this is one of best machines I have ever had I am still learning all the things it get do. I made this pretty flower using my Explore and all the leaves that you will see in the final product were also made with the Explore as well as the die cut Fall in the middle of the wreath.

flower fall rosette wreath


Here is my final wreath. I love how it turned out and all the colors of the wreath. The Pathfinding paper is perfect for he fall holidays and I can see that I am going to have a ton of fun creating layouts with this paper for Thanksgiving this year. I am super excited as it is going to the baby’s first Thanksgiving! I forgot to mention that I cut a circle out of an old cardboard box with my craft knife and then turned the circle into  a wreath by cutting out a another circle in the middle. My cardboard box has been turned into something pretty.

fall rosette wreath


Have you tried making one of these rosette wreaths before?

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Check out these other fantastic ladies and their FALL projects and get inspired to create something!

GinaZee is creating fall tag from an interstate move.

Connie is sharing some spooky and sparkly Halloween tags. 

Karen is sharing some hybrid tags. 

Kristie is sharing a mixed media piece for Halloween decor. 

Melissa is scrapping Halloween and there’s not a costumed child in sight. 

Alice has a creative lettering technique that will make your Halloween layout title extra spooky.

Jen has a great layout template featuring a pumpkin that you can download.

P.S. Don’t forget that I have some pretty Halloween flair for sale in my shop HERE, grab it while you still can.

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