Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Close To My Heart Specials & Stamp of the Month

Welcome to cooler weather and the start of fall! This is my favorite time of the month and I love the colors and ideas in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book the best! Speaking of great ideas, Close To My Heart has a another round of fabulous deals this month!

1. Did you know that September is National Stamping Month? To celebrate, Close To My Heart is offering their very first DOUBLE stamp set that you can earn for FREE this month. You get two D-size stamp sets together in the same envelope during the month of September when you spend $75! "Pair-a-Phrase" is full of fun designs and sentiments for almost any occasion. You wont want to miss adding this to your collection!

This is a card made by Karen Pedersen using this set. See, sentiment + picture together to make = AWESOME!

2. September Stamp of the Month: This is one of those sets that everyone needs to have because it works for EVERYTHING! It's called Limited Edition, and yet the possibilities are ENDLESS!

You can purchase this set during the month of September only in one of two ways: 

  • Spend $50 (before shipping and tax) and get it for only $5
  • Purchase it for $17.95 

Ordering Helps:
  • To order either or both of these stamp sets, just go to my website and click on Shop Online. 
  • If your order totals $50 (before shipping and tax), you will qualify for the Stamp of the Month at $5. If your order totals $75, you qualify for the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set FREE and the Limited Edition stamp set for $5. You'll be prompted to add them before you finish your order. 
  • If you just want to purchase the Stamp of the Month at full price, you can type "Stamp of the Month" in the quick search box on the left side of the shopping page and it will come up and you can click "add to cart".
  • There is a link on the side of my blog to view the current Autumn/Winter Idea Book if you want to go shopping!
Warm wishes,

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Week In The Life {Completed Album}

Thanks for hanging in there while I finished up my Week In The Life project (designed by Ali Edwards, you can read about it here.) I ended up deciding to forego the extra pictures. There were a few that I really liked, which I may add into a divided photo sleeve later, but for now I decided if I wasn't going to scrapbook them, I didn't need to print them.

I completed this in Studio J, Close To My Heart's Online Scrapbooking Software which made it super easy to complete several layouts in the same style and papers to keep the album uniform. And it ended up being WAY cheaper than a traditional scrapbook!

The journalling came from my blog mostly which made it easy to cut and paste into the digital pages and I love that it all coordinates! This first page is meant to split as the title and end page of the album, with the daily layouts in between.

Words + Photos

How It All Started
I saw a link from Ali Edwards' blog on her project Week In The Life. She also does a large photographic essay called Project Life, where she documents things every week in photos and in words. This seemed a little bit overwhelming for me, but I thought the week might be something to try. So I researched her blog like crazy and looked at other peoples' creations and decided to give it a try. I thought this would be a fun exercise to get me brainstorming in the craft room as I have felt lacking in motivation for a while now.

I started out as Ali did, just by documenting for the first week. Take your camera everywhere and a notepad and pen to write down your thoughts. Some people found Facebook and Twitter to be helpful in documenting. I really liked the free downloads that Ali herself provided. 

Week In The Life {Monday}
Week In The Life {Tuesday}
Week In The Life {Wednesday}
Week In The Life {Thursday}
Week In The Life {Friday}
Week In The Life {Saturday}
Week In The Life {Sunday}

Week In The Life {Completed Album}

I had a lot of fun doing this project and hope to do it more often as a great way to document our family lives in such a detail-oriented way. The magical and the mundane should both be spotlighted for us all to enjoy!

Warm wishes,

Monday, August 29, 2011

{Wicked} Halloween Card and Pinwheel Flowers

Try making a scene out of your stamps for something fun and different. When I first started stamping this was ALL we did! So go old school, as it were, and have fun! (I won't tell you how OLD school.. No one needs to go THERE.)

Supplies: Wicked, August SOTM; Sunset CS; Black ink; Opagues Pearl and Licorice; Silhouette papers.

Warm wishes,
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