Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mahalo Card

I decided as soon as I saw this new stamp set from Close To My Heart, that I had to have it.  I knew it would be perfect for watercolors and boy was I right.  Add it to a piece of cardstock from the Happy Times paper pack and you have a great combo.

If you click on the Close To My Heart products below, you will be taken directly to my independent online CTMH site to get yours.  Here's what I used:
Hawaiian Hibiscus
Happy Times paper pack (Free with $60 purchase. Not available after 11:59 pm MST on 5/31)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Coral Reef sequins (retired)

How about a video?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Retiring Cricut Collections and a Flash Special

I recently learned that Close To My Heart will be retiring 3 different Cricut Collections.  Click on each name below to be take directly to the collection.

Though it is sad to see them go, I am looking forward to a new collection.  Meanwhile, I am running a flash special until 11:59 MST on May 31.

Buy ANY Collection and receive the inkpad of your choice from me.  Simply purchase your Cricut collection and then email your color choice and your mailing address and I will send you the ink pad.  Don't forget that until the same time, any purchase over $60 until that time will make you eligible for the free paper packet - "Happy Times".  After reaching $60 in your shopping cart, you will receive notification of eligibility for the paper.  Simply click on it and add it to your cart.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memory Keeping...Simple Journaling

I have a HoRRibLE memory.  Sometimes I wonder if someday I'll forget my own name.  Though it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, you really don't want to forget the story behind those pictures. This is especially important if you don't have time to scrapbook those memories right away.

In the last memory keeping post, we discussed getting our photos organized.  That is an important first step, but now lets talk about the next step...

Simple Journaling

Does this remind you of long diaries that you never kept up?  Believe me, I completely understand.  I can't tell you how many times over the years that I have started a journal.  Typically I would do great for a few days and then forget to write for days, weeks and months.  I'd pick it up later and have so much to say that I would spend a long time trying to remember all the fun things that had happened since I last journaled.  Now for those of you who are great journalers, I applaud you.  I wish I was better at putting pen to paper.

This year I have tried a new system and I have to say that it has worked the best for me.  I use the Close To My Heart Everyday Life Planner and journal daily.  I use the month on two page layout that you see at the top of the page to jot down events. The week on two page layout that you see above works perfectly to write down highlights of each day.  You can really use any calendar you choose or even make your own.

Don't make it complicated and don't feel like you need to write a novel every day.  Simply jot down events, inspiration or what ever you want.  Keep your journal safe and you will be one step closer to matching your journal entries to your photos.  See how the guesswork disappears?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cardmaking With Calypso

Remember the new Calypso Collection from Close To My Heart?  Of course you do.  It's too adorable not to remember.

It was so popular that some of the items are sold out.  Want to know a secret though?  If you order the Calypso Workshop Your Way, you can still get the whole collection.  You can find that here: Calypso WYW

Here's a video to show you exactly how I put these little cuties together.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Memory Keeping...Getting Organized

Scrapbooking and memory keeping can be overwhelming, especially when you are years behind!  So how do I get organized and ready to go?

Step #1
Get those old photos out of the sticky pages!
These pages are not archival safe and will ruin your photos over time.  Even if you don't have time to scrapbook them, get them out of those pages.  The same is true if you have pictures pasted onto construction paper pages.  Admit it... somewhere you have some hidden away because you were scrapping when scrapping wasn't cool.
 Step #2
Storing your old photos
Don't just toss them aside though.  Keep them organized in photo-safe boxes.  Chances are, you have dates and everything right there with the photos.  If you need to, grab a small notebook and copy those times and dates into the notebook just so you won't forget it all when its time to start scrapbooking.  Photoboxes are inexpensive at most stores like Michaels or JoAnns.  Some of these even come with dividers to place between sections of photos where you can keep your lists.  I have a few laying around.  The disadvantage to this storage method is that if your box gets dropped, you now have a disorganized mess.  You can find this box here - Amazon
An alternative is to find smaller photo boxes at your craft store or online.  This allows you to organize your photos in the small boxes and store them together.  You are much less likely to have a big mess if you drop them.  This costs a bit more, but if you need long-term storage, this is definitely a great option.  You can find the one pictured below by clicking: Amazon

Step #3
Organizing your digital photos
It is my opinion that digital photos are the scrapbooker's best friend.  You can store, organize and crop right from your computer.  You also don't have to print them until you are ready to use them. Be sure to back up those photos to another hard drive or cloud storage.  You don't want to lose them if something happens to your computer!

You can organize them any way you wish.  The best way to organize them is the way that works for you.  Here is how I organize mine in Windows:

Level 1 - Folders within the Pictures file

This enables me to keep those that I need immediately in the front file.  For instance, I have the 2016 files organized by topic as their own folders.  I then have an "Archived" folder where all the old folders are moved.
Level 2 Folders in the "Archived" folder

When you click on the Archived folder, you see a large array of folders.  These are organized by year for all my family and craft folders.  Folders related to church and work are also archived at this level as well as folders filled with pictures from other sources.

**Quick Tip**
I have found that it works best for me to download my photos often from both my phone and my camera.  It decreases the likelihood that I will forget information needed to help me organize my folders.  Typically, I download and sort into folders every few days, deleting photos that are notably blurry.  I even do this if I don't have time to go through every photo and pull out duplicates or others that I don't want.  I can always do that when I am ready to print them.

Once organized, you have them available when you are ready to work with them.  Next time, we will talk about what to do with your photos once you're organized.  You might be surprised on the number of options available.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Happy Times 2 - My Foxy's Inserts

Who's ready for a sneak on how I set up my Foxy Traveler's Notebook?  I am full of ideas on how I want to use this in the future, but for now, I want to do a pretty general set up.

Really the best way to see the set up is by watching the video.  Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Calypso Tag

Do you ever want something really cute, but have little time to get it done?  Do you get tired of buying tags or using the ones that are on gift bags because you think they're boring?  Well I have the perfect project for you.  Best of all it uses the new Close To My Heart Calypso collection.  Just grab a pre-made tag, some cute washi and sequins and you're ready to go.

Check out the complete Calypso Collection on my independent Close To My Heart OBA here.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Close To My Heart's Calypso Collection

One of the new collections from Close To My Heart is the Calyso Collection.  I knew that I wanted it as soon as I saw it.  It is so adorable!

I have seen Pink Flamingos around this season and I must say that ours make a great collection for those summertime photos.  What are your vacation plans this summer?  Could you use flamingos in your pages?  What about some summery yellow stripes and sunglasses or juicy pineapple?  This is the set for you.  There are even stamps and thin cuts available.  Check them out here.  Check back soon because I have a couple of cute and easy projects coming soon.

See the full calypso collection by visiting my independent Close To My Heart business page here.  While you're there, you might want to check out all the other new products.  There's even a collection that will make your memories of your Disney adventures pop.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy Times Blog Hop

Welcome to the Damask Divas "Happy Times" blog hop.  I'm so happy to have you join us today.  If you are coming from Mandy's blog, you're in the right place.  I hope you will hop through each stop to see some great goodies from the team.  Guess what?  You can get your own packet of Happy Times for absolutely free by clicking here - Cheri's Close To My Heart Independent OBA and purchasing $60 of products.  If however, that is a bit out of reach, you can also purchase the packet by itself by clicking here.

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, I want to stop for a second and talk about memory keeping. We all love to look at the elaborate scrapbooking pages we see all over the internet.  Sometimes, we might even enjoy making our own.  Though it may come as a surprise to you, there are some of us who don't enjoy spending time crafting.  Other times, we are realistic enough to know that if we wait to write things down until we have time to make those beautiful pages, we will likely forget all that we want to journal.  Later in the month, I will share some ideas to help take some of that pressure off, but today I want to share how I will keep my "memory" in place over the next few months.

I have a new Foxy Traveler's Notebook that I absolutely love.  (Enabler alert... Foxy is on sale for 20% off until May 1st).  I plan to expand the uses of this beautiful lady with time, but for right now, I am using it as a vacation journal.  I'll show you the finished layout in a few days, but our focus for today is how I used this gorgeous paper pack to make her inside as beautiful as her outside.

To start with I purchased some Midori inserts.  For this project I used the 003, 014 and 020 inserts.  Then I started using Happy Times to make them pretty.  Simply measure, cut and adhere.  How simple can you get?
This reversible piece of paper was perfect for the Kraft pocket folder.  I think I'll be making my own pocket folders in the future, but really wanted to see the how Midori's would work.
And oh that gold...  As I mention in the video (below), I am not a gold girl, but this one is gorgeous.  The stickers are from an old Close To My Heart My Crush pack that is no longer available.
Ready for a dashboard?  I purchased a fuse tool and made my own with an old 8.5X11 sheet protector.  I added a few sequins from an old pack from Walmart and use some stickers from MAMBI.  The insert on the front is removable so that I can put Picture My Life Cards or make my own.
The insert on the right is permanent and just a sheet of paper fused into it.  I plan to put a photo of my kids on the backside of the front insert when I take a new one from my daughter's graduation.

So now I'm ready to start using Foxy memory keeping.  Won't you join me on the journey?  Check back soon for some tips on how to incorporate memory keeping in even the busiest of times.

Here's the line-up so you can keep hopping:
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