A New Challenge For Take Heart Ideas

It’s that time where the winner of the first challenge has been announced over at Take Heart Ideas and a new challenge has gone live. This time we switched it up and the challenge is to use the sketch created by Kristie Sloan and to use at least one Close To My Heart product.

Of course since I am a consultant and I get to preview all the amazing new products that are coming out and I just had to create my layout using the new paper line Chalk It Up. If you have kids in school then this paper line is perfect for you. The paper, the embellishments and the stamps are all geared towards school and they can be used all the way from elementary students to college students. I know there are some moms out their scrapping their college students!

I really enjoyed creating with this sketch as there were so many elements involved and it really took me out of my comfort zone. For that I have to thank Kristie from Artful Adventures for creating this wonderful sketch.



Here is my take on the sketch. I used the new Chalk It Up paper pack that is going to be available August 1st.

full layout take heart

This layout was a lot of fun to make and all these pictures came from my daughters Kindergarten teacher. I love the signs that she made for her to hold.

banner close up chalk it up

The banner was made with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and the coordinating stamp set. I used the Flaxen ink, Lagoon ink and Sorbet ink to stamp the design. I then used used some thread and poked some holes in the banner to stitch them together. I used small pop dots to adhere the banner to the layout.

flair close up chalk it up

The flair button was created with another coordinating stamp of the Art  Philosophy cartridge (C1575) kit and then I cut out two more circles one at 1.25 and one at 1.5 inches from the Lagoon cardstock, next I cut out another 1 inch circle and 1.25 inch circle in White Daisy cardstock to adhere to the top of the Lagoon circles. I used stickers from the Chalk It Up assortment to give them a little something. I love the admit one sticker and thought it was very fitting since my daughter is being admitted to the first grade!

title close up chalk it up

The title was simply made with some thickers and I thought that the glitter thickers went really well with the Teal Shimmer Trim that I used on the bottom of the layout.

close up of flair chalk it up

I just had to share the close up of the Teal Shimmer Trim, I absolutely love this stuff and think that everyone should have some of it. The shimmer trim just adds that extra ummphhh to a project. The paper strip above the shimmer trim was actually the little extra strip of paper cut off of my patterned paper. All Close To My Heart patterned paper has these little coordinating strips of paper attached that you just cut off and use.

journal close up chalk it up

The last thing I am sharing with you is my journaling. Normally I write on my layouts but for this layout I just did not want to hand write on it and I definitely did not feel like getting on the computer since it was late at night. What I ended up doing was using my Phonto app, I typed my journaling and printined it on my Selphy printer. I then then just trimmed it down and adhered it to my layout. I am so pleased with the way the layout turned out.

Now it’s your turn to create a layout using this sketch and one Close To My Heart product to enter the challenge. All you have to do is pop on over to the challenge post at Take Heart Ideas by clicking HERE and link up your layout. If you don’t have a website no worries you can still link up your layout just watch the video on how by clicking HERE.

If you are in need of any Close To My Heart products just go to my shop and remember this great Chalk It Up paper pack is available August 1st and is perfect for all those layouts of your kids returning to school that you are going to make.


Where Am I With Project Life?

Oh me, oh my. We are more then half way through the year already. It is so hard for me to believe how time is moving way to fast for me. The baby is already 6 months old and Summer is just about over for us. The kids only have about 3 weeks left of school.

I have shared with you many times now that I have decided to switch over to project life this year. I have also shared with you that my process is quite different from most as that whole weekly concept just drives me batty.

Here’s the thing though, I have OCD issues, which you have heard me talk about as well in the past and I might not complete my albums weekly but I do complete them monthly and when I slide my photos into their pockets guess what? They are put in chronologically. This is because I remember when the photos were taken and I just can’t put the photos into the album in the wrong order. My brain just won’t allow it.

Any who this post is all about where I am today with my album and I am proud to say that I have all of my photos printed up until this month. Yes, you read that correctly, all of my photos are currently printed. They are also all placed into the album and then this is where the good news ends. I have completed all the way up to Easter in my album meaning the layouts are complete, embellished and I am calling them done.

Here are a few of my layouts you will notice that I keep it simple just like I keep my 12×12 layouts simple, and yes I still make 12×12 layouts which I then just stick in my album.

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There are two other lovely ladies that are sharing their project life status with you today. The first one is Katina from Loving Lifes Little Blessings and the second one is Kelsey from Kelsey Is. Don’t forget to hop on over to their sites and see what their status is and how they are doing with their project life this year.

How is your album coming along this year? Let us know in the comments.



Keeping My Sanity With Scrappy Time

With the new baby and all it really has been a challenge for me to find time to get creative but I have been making an effort to do so or I would lose my sanity. The other day I told my honey that I needed some creative time and I got right to work. I managed to get two layouts done which I am really happy with. I had the scrappy bug but I didn’t know what I wanted the layouts to look like.

I have this great book from Close To My Heart that has some really wonderful sketches in it. I grabbed it and went through it until I found something that I liked. After I did that I just went to work. I used papers that will be retiring at the end of this month from Close To My Heart and I have to say that I am sad to see them go but I am oh so excited about all the new paper lines that will be available August 1st. One of the layouts was created with the paper pack that you can win by entering the challenge at Take Heart Ideas, all you have to do is enter the challenge and you could be a lucky winner.

Here is my first layout that I did with the Free To Be Me paper pack that you can win by entering the challenge at Take Heart Ideas.

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free to be me paper pack

The word strips are actually the bottom strip of the patterned paper that I cut off and always use on my projects! I love how the feather vellum tones down the red cardstock and all the textures just make everything come together. I always scrap school photos and class pictures that way the kids will always have them. The letters were cut with my Cricut using the Art Philiosophy cartridge.

The next layout that I created was made using Timberline paper and Ariana paper. I have to admit I wasn’t to sure about the Ariana paper at first but I just had to have this paper pack considering it has the same name as my best friend, it was a no brainer.

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timberline & ariana

This layout came pretty much from the sketchbook I didn’t follow it to a tee but I did follow it pretty closely. The cardstock came from the Timberline pack and the blue florals came from the Ariana pack. I love how well the papers go together even though they are from different paper packs.  Both of these lines will be retiring at the end of the month so grab them while you can. For the full list of retiring products click HERE.

Timberline Paper Pack

Ariana Paper Pack


Don’t forget that any order that is $50 or more you can get the stamp of the month for only $5 and the July stamp of the month is an amazing alphabet stamp that is normally a $29 .95 stamp set.

july sotm

Do you like using sketches to create layouts? Let us know in the comments.




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