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Artbooking Collection

If you own a Cricut, or you have one on your Christmas list, now is the time to invest in one of these great collections. There are currently four different collections, and I'm afraid I can't pick a favorite. 

If you want to see what comes in each collection, check them out on my CTMH WEBSITE .

This special is only good Monday, December 1st. I am adding a free C size stamp set to the special. Once you order your Cricut Collection, contact me @ dedraclutz@hotmail.com with the stamp set of your choice, and I will mail it to you along with one of the new Seasonal Expresions catalog. 

Treat yourself to a post Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas treat, or order for the crafter on your Christmas list. 




Adventures in Art Journaling

Trying Something New


 I have never really tried mixed media other than a few Heidi Swapp sprays. Does that count? Probably not. One of the YouTubers I follow has started a series on learning how to art
journal. I love looking at other people's art journals, and even purchased a book of blank pages intending one day to try it out. 

After watching Tracy @ Tracy's Treasures' video, I decided to stop thinking about it and get started. So far I have only decorated the cover, and prepped my first page, as you can see from my video.

I consider myself a crafter, not an artist, so I need to remember to "strive for progress, not perfection." I have no idea who said that, but I'm using it as my mantra during this foray into art journaling. 

Pathfinding Workshop on the Go 
Hopscotch Alphabet 
Autumn Terracotta Dye Ink 
GoldRush Dye Ink 
Olive Dye Ink 
Distress ink 

I hope to make a video each week showing my progress. Have you considered art journaling? Why not grab some supplies and follow along? If you are already art journaling, I will take all the advice I can get. 


Christmas 2014 ~ December Daily

Holiday Happenings Crush Book Plans

I have joined a fun group on YouTube called "December Daily Inspirations." I'm hoping I will be able to keep up with plans to document every day of December. So far I have decorated the front and inside cover, of my Holiday Happenings Crush Book, and decorated a tag.

I made a video showing the products I've used so far. Since everyone in the group is sharing their progress, there will be plenty of inspiration. If you are interested in following along and documenting your own holiday happenings, you should check out Sue's YouTube channel, shiles728. I've added the information about her channel in my video explanation.

I am including links to all of the Close to My Heart items used. Simply click on any of the items you are interested in.

Thanks so much for watching. Let me know your plans for documenting your holiday season.



More Studio J Layouts with my Favorite Subjects

 I found some time yesterday to make a few layouts in Studio J. I had a couple of fun days with my grandchildren that had not yet made it into their scrapbooks.

The first was a trip to the Children's Museum in Houston that sadly took place a few years ago. I think the layouts turned out nicely, and I'm happy to have the them finished. 

As soon as you finish your Studio J layouts they send you a jpeg, so I am able to share with you while I'm waiting for the finished products to arrive in the mail.

 This trip to the museum was shortly after my granddaughter decided to cut her own hair. It's a memory we will all be glad to have photos of. I will likely add journaling in my own handwriting once this two page spread arrives. There were so many pictures of this day that I ended up with three 2 page spreads.

 I loved how fun this paper collection was, and the gears and hexagons were perfect for a day at the Children's Museum. We all had such an amazing day, and I know my grandkids will enjoy flipping through their photo album, and remembering all the fun.

The other event that I needed to scrap was our trip to the pumpkin patch this year. Since I have started scrapbooking I try to keep up with the new, and go back to the older photos as I can. 

I decided to use the Pathfinding paper pack for this layout. You will note that my grandson has become hard to track down for photos, but my granddaughter will holler "take a picture!" as she poses at every possible location. I would have preferred to scrap the same amount of photos of each, but his reluctance to be in photos with be a memory we laugh about also.

 I really was reluctant to try digital scrapbooking. It didn't seem as personal, or as much fun. However, I love the way these layouts turned out. I also love that Studio J will size my photos to fit in the layouts I choose. I did not have to run out and have my pictures printed  and then crop them to fit in my layout. All of that work was done for me. If you would like to see how easy Studio J digital pages are to make, check it out here.

I will still continue with traditional, and pocket scrapbooking, but add some digital layouts in also. I like the idea of a scrapbook with different types of layouts. 

Have you tried digital scrapbooking? Are you a traditional scrapper, or maybe a Project Life, or Picture My Life scapper? I would love to hear which you prefer, and why.



November Stamp of the Month

"It's the Little Things" Stamp Set
 I had a lot of fun just playing around with the November stamp of the month. I really did not have a plan, and it may show. The only measuring I did was to cut a basic stamp base of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", a printed paper layer at 5 1/4" x 4", and the stamped layer at 5" x 3 3/4". 

I also used this stamp set to decorate the first page of my new Social Media planner. If any of you have a blog, YouTube channel, Twitter, etc you know it can get confusing to keep up with it all. I decided if I had to keep track of the information, I might as well have a pretty planner.

 I hope that you will enjoy the short video I made showing the supplies I used. 

Gelly Roll clear glitter pens are available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.

I'm sure you can think of many things to do with this cute floral stamp set. Let me know what you would do with these stamps.



Having fun with a new product!


I found these cute, mini stencils at my local Michael's, and they were on sale. These stencils come in four different designs; patterns, frames, shapes, and words. They are the usual great quality that you can expect from Heidi Swapp products.

I was only able to locate the frames, and patterns, packs. Each package comes with six different stencils, and six 3 x 2 pieces of white cardstock. 

I did a little experimenting with them today. I think they are well worth the $8.99, especially if they are on sale, or you use a coupon. I hope you will enjoy my video demo below. I really enjoyed these stencils, and I know I will be using them in future projects.

I was able to take a Heidi Swapp class at a Scrapbook Expo, and she is really very sweet. I have some of her color change products, about 8 color shine sprays, and have made a few of her folder mini albums. I think my favorite are the color change items.

 I hope you enjoy the video below. Let me know if you have any Heidi Swapp products, and if so, which are your favorites?




Tammy S. is the lucky newsletter subscriber who will receive the Home for the Holidays stamp set. I hope she will send pics of the cards, gift tags, scrapbook layout, home decor, etc she makes with this festive set.

I will draw a new random winner the last Friday of this month for a free paper packet of the winner's choice. You can view all of the available paper collections by going here on my website.

There are lots of different themes to choose from, so there is something for everyone. If you haven't subscribed to my newsletter, just enter your first name and email address into the box at the upper right corner.

Also, I am previewing the Seasonal Expressions catalog right now. There are two new paper collections perfect for spring, Valentines Day,  Easter, and more. The products will be available for ordering starting December 1. 

Anyone who places an order in any amount during the month of November will receive a free Seasonal Expressions from me.

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