Slow it Down and Get Productive

Have you seen this amazing class that is going to start with Heidi Swapp on January 1st? I don’t know about you but after reading the class description everything sounded just like me. I am always struggling with finding time to get stuff done. I never have enough time in the day and I am always moving items on my to do list from one day to the next.

You can grab the Heidi Swapp planners at your local Michaels and you can use a coupon which means that you can get them at a great price then all you have to do is sign up for the class HERE and get ready to conquer 2015.

Here is what the class is all about:

Capture30 with Heidi Swapp: 30 days of creativity, joy, gratitude, and glitter

30-day guided workshop • Starts January 1, 2015

Do your days feel so busy that you feel like you can’t catch a breath? Is life speeding by in a blur? Are you overwhelmed by a long list of to-dos that don’t lead anywhere?

Heidi Swapp knows exactly how that feels. In her brand-new planner-based workshop, Capture30, she will NOT tell you how to pack more tasks into each and every day, and she promises NOT to focus on time-management and productivity.

She WILL help you switch your focus, so your minutes, hours, and days are spent on things that truly matter. She will help you connect to your dreams and capture your everyday joys in just 15 minutes a day for 30 days—starting January 1.

Using her signature Memory Planner, Heidi will share everything she knows about:

  • connecting to your creativity (and your handwriting!)
  • identifying and capturing your dreams
  • preserving the everyday memories that matter
  • living a life that’s overjoyed instead of overwhelmed

Get ready to capture or create one little thing every day in January. Your customized Memory Planner will become an ongoing, year-long project—a beautiful keepsake to capture your entire year!

So are you ready to sign up for this class and get creating in 2015? Sign up HERE and let’s enjoy our 2015 this year!


DIY Christmas Wreath

For Fall I made this stunning wreath, if I do say so myself out of paper rosettes, some cardboard and my Cricut Explore. I figured that I could do the same for Christmas. My goal this year has been to create something Christmas related once a week. I have somehow managed to stick with my goal. The first week of December I finished off my Advent Calendar, which I love and you can see how made it by clicking here.

This week I made a Rosette Christmas Wreath which I love as well. I don’t always love what I make but so far I am happy. If you want to see the Fall wreath that I made just click here and you can get the step by step instructions. My post this week is all about inspiring you to get Christmas crafting so it is short and sweet. Here is my Christmas wreath that I made.

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The flowers and the ornaments that I placed on top of my rosettes have been in my stash forever and I really wanted to use flowers on all the rosettes but I couldn’t find the same ones in the store anywhere so I decided to use the ornaments on the last 3 rosettes.

Now go and check out these other lovely posts by my friends and get your craft on this month.

Jen from Jen Wright Designs has a Christmas Template & freebie.

Kristie takes us on another Artful Adventure by showing us a quick and easy way to hand decorate gift bags.


Snowflakes and Ornaments Card

My friend Carole over at Scrapbook Campus had this wonderful idea to share cards and envelope templates with her friends. The idea was to share how these templates could be used in paintshop pro as well as with some good ole paper or digitally or anyway that us friends that would work.

Carole has sent a different template to each of her friends for the first 12 days of December and their have been so amazing tutorials already. You can sign up on her website and you will get a link to each template in your email. If you sign up today, tomorrow will be your first email, but Carole will have a link to all twelve card and envelope templates available at the end of the series.

Sign up on her website, and you’ll get a link to each template in your mailbox each morning. If you sign up today, tomorrow will be your first email, but Carole will have a link to all twelve card and envelope templates available at the end of the series.

This is the template I worked with:

Template from Scrapbook Campus

Template from Scrapbook Campus


For my card I wanted to use the Art Philisophy cartridge from Close To My Heart and one of the coordinating stamp sets. I designed my entire card in Design Space and cut it out. The next thing for me to do was stamp my ornaments. Now here is where the tutorial comes into play. I cut out this intricate snowflake design to incorporate into my card and wanted to adhere it without making a mess. This is where I decided to break my trusty sewing machine out.

You can grab the cut file that I created for the card by clicking here. I currently only have a cut file for Design Space but if you are interested in a cut file for the Craft Room I would be happy to whip it up for you.

snowflake & ornament card

In the sewing machine it goes

I used a light blue thread but only because I didn’t already have a bobbin ready for my dark blue thread and I craft on a limited time basis with the baby. The next step was to stamp my ornaments and adhere them to the card.

snowflake & ornament card

Stamped the ornaments with coordinating stamp set A1149

I used some embroidery thread to make it look like the ornaments were hanging and this is the step that I should have completed before I pasted my insides down. Instead I used my mini stapler and adhered the string to the card. I think it came out just fine.

snowflakes & ornaments card

Completed Card

Here is the inside of the card that I stamped with a stamp from the Snowhaven Card Workshop on the Go in Glacier ink.

snowflakes and ornaments card

Inside of the card

Next step was to make an envelope. For this I just grabbed my envelope punch board and some pretty sonwflake patterened paper. For the inside of the envelope I misted my paper with Heidi Swapp’ Mint Green color shine (I love this stuff by the way). This way it won’t just be plain white when someone takes the card out.

snowflake & ornament card

Misted with Mint Green Color Shine

Last but not least here is the front of my envelope. Just an FYI, don’t make this size envelope to mail out otherwise you will have to pay extra money. I figured this card would be good for someone local to me.

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Outside of the envelope

Don’t forget to sign up so that you can receive all of Carole’s templates, as long as you sign up you will have access to all of the templates at the end of the 12 days.

P.S. The deal of the century is still available at Close To My Heart right now where you can get any C or D sized stamp for only $10 with any $50 dollar order.


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