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.





Fancy Schmancy Organization!

I did it! I finally did it! I organized my project life cards by color. It only took me a little while once I got going plus I had some minions help me along the way. Let’s be honest having minions work for you really is the best way to go about this project!

Minions hard at work!

Minions hard at work!

I had a hard time at first figuring out how I wanted to organize my cards. I knew that I wanted to organize them by color but then as I was organizing them I realized that this whole journal thing was going to be a problem for me. I decided to organize by color and by journal cards that way I would have an easier time picking out what I was looking for. I also added a tab for my cards that have flowers, my cards that had multiple colors, my cards that had calendars and my cards that have cameras because I love the camera thing right now and i wanted to be able to find the cameras quickly and easily.

I created my tab dividers with my trusty Cricut. When I first made the dividers I realized that my dividers were skinnier then the 3×4 cards and I thought that this would drive my OCD self crazy but after all is said I done I actually like them this way because I can move them side to side which makes them a little easier to read.

I used the medium case from Close To My Heart to put my cards in and I am shocked at how many you can actually get in here. I have six project life kits in this one little box. I can assure you that I will be using my cards from now on as I can actually find them and get to them.

When I organized them I organized them by kit as well so I pretty much know which kit is which. This was the only way my OCD self was going to be OK with making this change.

Here is my final product all done and waiting for me to get my scrappy little hands on!

All organized by color

All organized by color

Just a reminder that this case is going up in price come August 1st and instead of $16.95 it is going to be $19.95 so for you thrifty shoppers out there I would say grab it while you can at the lower price as you won’t regret it! This case also fits 4×6 cards as the dividers slip right out. I haven’t managed to organize my 4×6 cards yet but that is next on my list!

I also wanted to share with you the Cricut cut files for the tab dividers that I used. I used the Cricut file that I made with my art philosophy cartridge but if you don’t have that cartridge you won’t be able to cut the dividers. I thought about this though and went ahead and also made a cut file with using the cricut craft room basics cartridge which everyone has access to. This cut file is different because I didn’t have the same shapes to work with but it gets the job done. I say download them both!

To Get the Cricut Cutting Files all you have to do is click HERE




Fastest Way to Create a Layout!

One of the fastest ways that I know to create a layout is to use a sketch. I found this layout via The Memory Nest a few months ago and I knew that I just had to use it. I share how I used the sketch to create a quick layout on Amanda Robinson’s site. If you have never heard of her before then you are in for a fine treat. Amanda has wonderful die cut downloads for your die cutting machines. Amanda is a wonderful designer and she has some of the cutest cut files I have ever seen.

sketch memory nest

So for more on how I used this sketch and to see Amanda’s cut files and do a little shopping then bop on over to the

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