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!


Improving My December Daily

make it monday blog hop

Welcome to another week of the Make It Monday Blog Hop! Can you believe that this is the last Monday of October already! Their are some really cool things for you to learn this week from me and my other fellow crafty friends so don’t forget to hop along with everyone else at the end of my post!

Yes I know we are still in October but with November literally a week away I have already started prepping my December Daily album. This is the third year that I will be doing a December Daily album and I am really excited about it. I have some stamp sets that are just perfect for my album this year along with a Picture My Life Kit that is to die for, which you can get from my Close To My Heart shop! I am doing it a little diferently this year in that I am using the We R Memory Keepers 8×8 album. I used this album my first year doing December Daily and I found that I like this format more then the 6×8 Snap album that I used last year.

I have one issue with all this and that is that the 8×8 album only offers two styles of page protectors and that just doesn’t work for me so I had to get a little crafty this year and find a way to use my left over 6×8 Snap album protectors this year. Let me just say that I love the way it is turning out with my crafty idea. My crafty idea has been to add some washi tape to the 6×8 protectors and then just punch the holes where I need them. Thank goodness I have a crop-o-dile and left over Christmas washi tape from last year.

The first step is to add washi tape to the page protector. Look how pretty it looks already.

Add washi tape to the page protector

Add washi tape to the page protector

The next step is to flip the page protector and seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector.

Seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector

Seal the washi tape on the other side of the protector

Now you are going to cut the edges off of the washi tape so that you have nice pretty edges at the end of your pocket protector.

Cut the sealed edges of the washi tape off of your protector

Cut the sealed edges of the washi tape off of your protector

Now is when we get to play with the crop-o-dile! You are going to take the main protector that comes with whatever album that you are using and lay it over the washi taped protector. Next step is to add some washi tape to both ends of the protectors so that they are sealed together and your protectors won’t slide around while you are trying to punch holes. Then you get your trusty hole puncher (crop-o-dile in my case) and punch your holes.

put the main protector on top of the protector that you just added washi tape to

put the main protector on top of the protector that you just added washi tape to

Punch the holes that are needed so that the protector fits in your album

Punch the holes that are needed so that the protector fits in your album

The last step is you are going to cut out the little pieces that are still attached to your protector. The crop-o-dile doesn’t cut out the entire piece so that is where my trusty Close To My Heart scissors come into place. Just a little snip on each side of the hole and the plastic comes right out.

Cut out the remaining piece that is still there from the crop-o-dile

Cut out the remaining piece that is still there from the crop-o-dile

Now all that is left to put your new pretty pocket protector into your album!

Place the protector in the album!

Place the protector in the album!

There you have it! This is my plan to create the exact album that I want for my December Daily this year. I will continue to share my prepping techniques as I get my album ready this year. I have learned that prepping the album ahead of time makes it a lot easier to get my album done each week.

Now hop along with the other Make It Monday ladies and see what tricks they have up their sleeves today!

Connie Hanks shares her inspired new wall display for showcasing scrapbooking layouts, tags and cards!

 Beth is sharing the beginning of her December Daily album (You Are Here)

Jen is sharing a free template & her NEW! Count Your Blessings Project that starts on November 1st.  This project will include hybrid, traditional and smash style scrapbooking, all in one fun mini album for November.

Karen scanned her Gelli prints to use them digitally!  

GinaZee: A project for Christmas tag swap. Using Wrapping paper for a Seasonal tag.

Kristie Sloan shares an interesting way to create a background with handwriting and a water soluble medium

Alice Boll from Scrapbook Wonderland has and adorable card for a little girl. Bonus… it’s a gift too!

Alison Day is sharing how to tie a current photo with an older story that didn’t have one, on her layout today


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

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