Yesterday & Today Australasian Blog Hop

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Yesterday & Today Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings, you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2020

Yesterday & Today – more than a heritage collection

This whole collection is in shades of brown and grey.  That can be a challenge for bright loving scrapbookers like me.  I have to confess, I wasn’t a fan when I first saw the preview images but I have now created many layouts I adore using this collection.

The neutral shades make the perfect backdrop for outdoor pursuits and photos of nature.  Today’s layout features the vibrant reds and greens of King Parrots.  If bright papers were also used on the layout it would be an assault on the senses.  Accenting with shades of brown allows the photos to shine.

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2020

Keep the page design simple

You really can’t go past a border made up of strips of varying widths.  It’s a simple way to ensure you have a lot of real estate on your pages for photos.  This layout holds 14 photos without a flip flap in sight!

Working on page bases of toffee cardstock helps blend the printed papers with the backgrounds of the photos, adding warmth and texture to it.

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2020

Highlight your layout with stamped & die cut images. 

The new Blossoming Friendship stamp/ Thin Cut set is a dream come true for me.  I love our Australian bush landscape and having 2 different eucalypt leaves featured along with closed and open gum nuts offers me endless opportunities to accent photos we take in our own country.

Create simple clusters by stamping on coloured cardstock.  The gum nuts are coloured with Tri-Blend markers and the leaves with Julep Shimmer Brush.

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2020

Use what you’ve learned in the Story by Stacy Kits

This layout is a classic example of a Short Story.  It includes lots of images on one subject with a story that summarises the event and adds a reflection of the experience.  I really feel I am a far superior storyteller for having completed Close To My Heart’s Story by Stacy course.

Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for feedback on your design

Close To My Heart’s Yesterday & Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of April 2020

Our Sandy is never far away when I’m sitting quietly scrapbooking.  As I was completing this layout he popped up to check things out.  I think it was a thumbs up as he lay there purring for some time.  Writing my story was a challenge ‘cos he didn’t move and I didn’t have the heart to disturb him!

Order your supplies this month

The Yesterday &  Today collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant.  A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to like this post or leave a comment for me before you go. (It helps my work get seen by more people) Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s blog, Creative Inspirations, to see the projects she has designed for you. I love the way Doris creates.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

X7254B Yesterday & Today Paper Pack

X7254C Yesterday & Today Coordinating Cardstock

Z3707 Blossoming Friendship Stamp & Thin Cuts

X5950 Toffee Cardstock

X6029 Julep Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock

X5960 Fern Cardstock

Z6511 Julep Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink

Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush

Z2478 Earth Brown Tri-Blend Marker

Z2477 Tan Tri-Blend Marker

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

How to become a better storyteller in your scrapbook albums

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Let’s take a walk down memory lane

  • What was the first scrapbook album you worked on?
  • How did you feel putting it together?
  • When you look back at that album what emotions does it stir for you?
  • Have you shared that album with others?
  • What was their reaction?

It’s interesting that when I’ve asked these questions of other scrapbookers no-one has ever answered with,

“Page 3 had the cutest piece of paper on it!” or

“The way I shaped and layered the border embellishments on page 16 was just awesome!!” or

“I am sooooo pleased I spent 2 hours deciding on the shade of blue to use on page 27 – It’s perfect”

Instead, album makers talked about remembering and connecting with the experiences. The memories were the most important part of the album. That’s not to say the creative journey isn’t a valuable one.  I LOVE trying new creative techniques on my own album pages, it keeps me interested and motivated to work on my albums but I know that bit is only for me – and possibly my scrappy friends.  I know the value placed on my albums by others is in the stories told and the memories captured in the photos.  Would you agree?

Are you a great storyteller?

Blending photos and words to capture the essence of the stories that mean the most to you can be a challenge. 

  • Do you think others reading your albums will have a good understanding of the stories you are sharing?
  • How do you feel about story telling in your albums?
  • What messages are you trying to convey when you choose photos and write about them?
  • What is holding you back from writing more or writing on a deeper level?

In my experience, most scrapbookers find journalling the most difficult part of the process – you can’t think of the words to use, you’re not sure where to write, how much to write.  For most of us, it’s an afterthought – the photos have priority and then there is no room to tell a long story.   Often, the design of the page takes so long; you are weary by the time you get to the writing. The story becomes the traditional Where, What, When, Why sort.  There’s no reflection; no linking the experience to family traditions or to past experiences; it’s a list of facts, not a story. 

In most case, the meaningful story comes out only when you are standing beside the reader and telling him or her about the experience.  What happens if you are not there?

Future Project

Let’s think about an album project you would like to complete.  Imagine a perfect world, one where you have time to devote to a special album, you have awesome storytelling skills and can write a meaningful and heartfelt story for every page, your design elements are on point and everyone just LOVES looking at your album over and over.  What would that album be?

What is holding you back from starting that album?

  • Need to organise resources
  • Need to find the time
  • Need help to write the stories

How long do you think it will be until everything is organised and planned, ready for you to start?  For most of us, we’ve had projects on this list for years and we are no closer to getting started.

Start now

  • What if I told you, you can begin it right now? With no perfect plan.  With missing information. Without choosing the paper pack.
  • What if you became an ‘anti-chronolgist’?  Working with photos that are not in date order!
  • What if I told you to start with a story and find the photos to go with it?
  • Would you be willing to try?

Chances are, you’ve already begun without knowing it.

Close To My Heart offer a 4 step programme to help you see that you are not ‘behind’ in your album making; that you have exactly enough time to tell the stories you love the most and that the way we’ve been organising photos and making albums in the past is only one way of many. 

The program is called Story by Stacy.  It includes kits for 4 projects.  Each kit teaches you a different journalling technique and way to display your photos.  The first 3 kits are small albums; the last one shows how to apply what you’ve learnt to a 12” x 12” format.

Story by Stacy – 4 parts to the series. 

  • First up is Story Starter.  This 4” x 4” album kit and it’s workbook helps you delve into your attic of memories.  Open boxes of stories you may have forgotten and find ways to tell those stories with photos and words.  You will learn a simple process to write a short story for each of 9 photos relating to one person, place or thing. 
Story Starter Albums are the perfect place to record sweet memories of a person, place or thing that means a lot to you. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
  • The second kit is called Short Story.  This 6” x 6” album project helps you build on your intuition and storytelling skills to share your memories through the process of visual storytelling.  You will take 30-40 photos relating to one person, place or event, arrange them so they capture the reader’s interest and finish off with a story written at the end.
Short Story albums allow you to include LOTS of photos and tell a summary story at the end. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au
  • Stories I Love is the third kit. It is all about the photos that mean the most to you.  The workbook helps you explore the memories behind the photos and write a detailed story to capture the elements of that moment.  You follow a very simple pattern to display single photos on the left hand page and a story on the right of a 6” x 8” album
A Stories I Love album is the place for you most loved photos and their stories. Order yours at shaunnarichards.clostomyheart.com.au
  • The fourth kit is called Storyteller and looks at producing an extended story.  This is like a chapter in a bigger album, building on what you have learnt in Story Starter, Short Story and Stories I Love.  You may like to take it a step further where what you have experienced is compared a contrasted to another person, place or time. 
The Storyteller How To Book shows you haw to adapte the skills you've learnt in Story Starter, Short Story and Stories I love for a larger project. Order yours at shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

The first 3 kits help you create different styles of memory books.  You can keep these as discreet projects or meld them into your larger project. 

What do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try?

You have two ways to work on these projects:

  1. Visit my website and order your Story by Stacy kits for home delivery anywhere within Australia.  Simply follow the workbooks included in each kit to learn the 4 different storytelling models.  If you need help, private message via my Facebook page
  2. Attend a face to face class.  I am teaching each of the four projects.  If you live in Perth, Western Australia, I’d love you to join the fun.  Simply head over to my Facebook Page and send me a private message. 

If you’d like to be kept up to date on all the events I offer, sign up for my newsletter here

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Australasian CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S2003- Family Legacy

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Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Maz’s blog, https://artymaz.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/close-to-my-heart-family-legacy-march-stamp-of-the-month-australasian-blog-hop/ you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Family Legacy (S2003) stamp set which is March’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

Heritage meets beach fun

How pretty are the flourishes in this stamp set? Don’t limit your view of this set to heritage layouts. Add some coloured ink and use them with current photos. Today’s layout records mornings spent at the beach.

The flourishes around the title are stamped tone on tone on Almond cardstock and then fussy cut. The flourishes stamped on the background page were made with Bluebird ink (it didn’t photograph well) using masking to overlap the images

Add texture and sparkle with embossing folders and Stickles

The new Under the Sea embossing folder is just fabulous. Lots of sea shells, fish and bubbles. Just add Stickles to a few of the elements to highlight the patterns and you have an eye catching pattern.

Order your Stamp of the Month

Family Legacy(S2003) is only available during March, 2020.  Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $80 order. Yes! That is a reduction in the qualifying amount, making it easier than ever for you to own this gorgeous stamp set.

Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this project? I’d love you to give this post a thumbs up, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Doreen’s Blog , https://scrappingandmorewithdoreen.blogspot.com/2020/03/s2003-family-legacy-ctmh-australasian.html , to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Oh My Heart Collection

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Close To My Heart’s Oh My Heart collection is available through to Feb 29, 2020 https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

The Oh My Heart collection includes a paper pack, stickers, co-ordinating cardstock and a stamp set.  You can purchase items individually or as a bundle.  There is also a downloadable instruction handout filled with inspiration for 1 layout, 1 single page and 40 cards.  Be sure to save this handout so you can replicate the patterns over and over in different paper packs.  When you switch the sentiments out or flip the papers over they transform from Valentines to any theme you desire.

I love KAWS scrapbook layout

Valentines isn’t something we celebrate in my family but I think the papers are just beautiful.  Today’s project is a 2 page layout about the KAWS exhibition we viewed in Melbourne last year.  KAWS is a street artist who expanded to all sorts of amazing art.  We loved it!

The design was inspired by a layout I completed at January’s CTMH Album Retreat.

Close To My Heart’s Oh My Heart collection is available through to Feb 29, 2020 https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

The Oh My Heart papers fit the photos because several have pops of pink in them.  The heart theme suits KAWS grey sculptures which depict a range of emotions.  I love it when the papers enhance the overall them of my photos.

Fitting many photos on a layout is easier if you print them smaller.  Most of these photos are 2” x 3”. Mounting all the photos helps them to stand out against the white background.

Close To My Heart’s Oh My Heart collection is available through to Feb 29, 2020 https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

The Celebrate Today Scrapbooking stamp set provided the grid, date banner and title flags for this layout,

Close To My Heart’s Oh My Heart collection is available through to Feb 29, 2020 https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

An extra bit of texture and colour contrast is achieved by stamping a black border using the Build a Plaid stamp set.

Order your supplies this month

The Oh My Heart collection is only available to purchase for a few more days.  Order yours on my website before February 29. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post. 

I’d love you to like this post or leave a comment for me before you go.  

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

CC12011 Oh My Heart Paper Pack

X6047 Black Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

D1903 Celebrate Today- Scrapbooking Stamp Set

D1886 Build-a-Plaid Stamp Set

E1039 Erin’s Hand Stamp Set

Z2805 Black Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad

Z3516 Black .03 Journalling Pen

Z3372 CTMH Adhesive Runner

Keep Your Head Up Australasian Blog Hop

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/
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Help Close To My Heart Raise Funds for Australian Bushfire Relief

Welcome to the Keep Your Head Up blog hop. Today I have teamed up with 2 sister consultants to share creative inspiration using Close To My Heart’s fundraising stamp set. This is a circular hop. You may have arrived from Dannii’s blog, a link from my Facebook page or stumbled upon us by accident. Regardless of how you got here, you are welcome! Simply read through my post, click the link to the next consultant and continue through until you find yourself back here. Then it’s time to head to the crafting table for some stamping fun times.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

This stamp set is titled Keep Your Head Up (W1202).  It was designed especially to support the Red Cross (Aust) fundraising appeal to help those impacted by recent bush fires.  All proceeds from the sale of these stamps will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.

Isn’t it beautiful? The sentiments share the message we all send to those impacted by the fires. I LOVE the heart and have been experimenting with designs for my albums and cards.

Create a Birthday Celebration Layout

Today’s project is a 2 page layout that will showcase photos taken at my niece’s 21st next weekend.  She is the youngest of my nieces and the first one who’s celebration we have been able to attend – hence the title.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

One of the best things about being a crafter is constantly learning and trying new techniques.  This is the first time I’ve ever sewn on my pages.  It was way easier than I thought and lots of fun!  If you are a sewer, have a go.  It’s a great way to add texture to your page without adding bulk.  Be sure to pull the threads through to the back and hold in place with a piece of washi tape.

Mix Ins Paper packets offer a range of background papers. The Juniper Shimmer Brush ‘scribbles’ add an accent to the stitch line.

Support Close To My Heart’s  ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Hearts were stamped repeatedly to create the border panels.  Set them aside to dry completely before watercolouring.  This is a very detailed stamp so colouring with the paints would be quite tricky.  Adding a wash over the whole design is fast and easy.  Use watercolour paper for best results and wet the image with clean water before adding the colour.

You can go over the hearts with your journalling pen if you want the shape to stand out a bit more. A flower stamped in Sangria ink, fussy cut and popped up on Thin Foam finishes each heart nicely

Support Close To My Heart’s  ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Pops of black add strong contrast to this pastel layout.  The complements are from the Every Little Thing collection.  Painting with a shimmer brush gives the flowers a lift.  A narrow strip of shimmer trim frames the borders and unifies the design. Do you love the frilly circle die-cut? It’s the spinner part of Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts set.

Support Close To My Heart’s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ fundraiser by purchasing this stamp set at https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/

Order your stamp set today

This is a B-size stamp set that would normally be priced at $20, but Close To My Heart have decided to make it available for just $10. When you purchase the set all proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Red Cross, with the donations designated to the relief efforts for the Australia bushfires.

In order to maximise the donation amount, this set will be non-commissionable, meaning it does not count to Hostess Rewards and SOTM totals. This way all proceeds—including the amount that would normally go toward paying commissions—will be donated.

If you would like to support this fundraiser, simply place an order with your Close To My Heart consultant  

Let’s keep the stamp department flat out making these beautiful sets for us!

Time to Hop

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. A cheeky like, a comment or subscription shows me you enjoyed what I shared. Next stop on the hop is Doris Taylor’s Creative Inspirations . Enjoy!

Happy Scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used on this layout

W1202 Keep Your Head Up Stamp set

X9011 Mix Ins Paper Packet

Z3626 Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts

Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z6511 Julep Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z3225 Waterbrush – Medium Round

Z3132 Watercolour Paints

Z4243 Watercolour Paper Pad

Z3517 Black O.5 Journalling Pen

Z3508 Julep Shimmer Brush

Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim

Celebrate Today Australasian Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Celebrate Today Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from  Megan’s Blog, Crop Craft Create,  you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

We have so much to Celebrate Today!

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

This bright collection is a party in a bag, ready to burst forth and make your scrapbook pages dazzle.  You have kit options for scrapbooking and card making plus the option to purchase papers, co-ordinating cardstock, Pocket scrapbook cards and Vellum Die-cuts as individual items.  Everything works together so you can focus on the fun of reliving life’s magical moments and telling the stories in your albums.

Two ways to use the Celebrate Today scrapbooking workshop kit

Today’s layouts are all made from the Celebrate Today scrapbook workshop kit, pictured above.  There are so many really different and interesting die-cuts in this kit that few of us would take the time to make from scratch.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

When you purchase a Close To My Heart scrapbook kit, you receive all the supplies needed to make 6 pages following the printed instructions that come in the kit.  At times, when you are short on time or creative inspiration, following the cutting diagrams and assembly instructions exactly will be a perfect fit.

For those feeling creative, the other option is to pull out ALL the pieces in the kit, use the sample layouts as inspiration and just play!  That’s how today’s sample layouts came to be.

Turn a single layout into a double

When you have lots of photos to scrapbook, one page just isn’t enough.  Fortunately there are plenty of decorative elements on the single pages in this kit that can easily expand to cover two pages.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The first double page uses all those lovely die-cut circles and the yo-yo strips.  Rather than make the 3D yo-yo elements, place the strips flat on your pages.  Quick and easy!

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

When you get to the second single page transformation you will realise the background paper is the reverse of the first layout and there isn’t an extra sheet in the kit.  Fear not, you can work on the back of the first layout for the LH page and add a different background sheet for the RH page. 

Using matching zip strips across both pages and sharing the scallop border piece and stars between the two pages ties everything together nicely.

Both these layouts lend themselves to the addition of Pocket Plus protectors to fit even more photos in.  The co-ordinating Picture My Life cards will fill any empty slots and provide room for journalling.

Tone down a ‘busy’ layout

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

The layered balloon die-cuts in this kit are adorable but the page design may be too busy for your style.  By cutting one background sheet and spreading it over two base pages you introduce white space to calm the look a little.  The clouds were also omitted from this layout and used later.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

3 of the streamers and the photo flags were left off the layout above and repurposed later.  Once again, this gives a more open look to your design.

Make a layout from the kit left overs

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

A little trimming of the streamers, a few extra pegs made up from spare photo mats and this very simple layout was completed quickly on mink cardstock.  February’s Stamp of the Month, Cherish Her, worked perfectly on the small photo frames and the title.

10 pages from one Celebrate Today Workshop Kit

Everything comes together easily when you start with a co-ordinated kit.  There are still enough die-cuts left to make one more layout!  What do you think?  Is this something you could see yourself doing. Why not order a kit and see how far you can take it.

Close To My Heart’s Celebrate Today collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of February 2020

Order your supplies this month

The Celebrate Today collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant while stocks last. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to like this post or leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Dannii’s blog, Scrappy Chicks, to see the project she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

G1193 Celebrate Today Scrapbooking Workshop Kit

X7252D Celebrate Today Picture My Life Cards

S2002 Cherish Her (Stamp of the Month)

X5947 Mink Cardstock

1385 White Daisy Cardstock

Z280 Black Exclusive Ink

Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Ink

Z3441 Dual Tip Multi Bond Glue Pen

Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Z3341 Thin Foam Dots

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape

Engagement Party Photo Prop Frame

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase
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Love is in the air

Mike and I had the great joy of hosting an engagement party for our daughter and her fiancé recently.  Many of their close friends, family members and some of Kathryn’s scrapbook aunties joined us.  I had a lot of fun creating this frame for photo opportunities.

It’s not difficult to make a decorative frame but it does take some time.  Start early so you can enjoy the process and play around with placement of elements before you commit to gluing them down. The proposal happened at the beach so seashell stamps were an obvious choice and a couple of nice big Cricut cut diamonds were essential.  Twine and some leftover packaging added texture.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Find a sturdy frame

This one came from an Op Shop.  It had a very dated picture in it and was only a few dollars.  It was easy to pop the picture out and use pliers to bend the metal thingies that held it in so no fingers would be harmed during the photographs.

Begin making LOTS of small elements

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

You will be amazed how many small pieces you will use to achieve a balanced look to your frame. The seashells on this one come from two stamp sets.  The smaller shells are from a retired set called Swirly Shells and the largest shells are a stamp and thin cut set called Beach Treasures, available for 30% off as part of this month’s Stamptacular sale.  Stamp the shells onto the light side of almond cardstock and heat emboss using Copper Tinsel, Gold Tinsel or Clear powder.

Then pull up some images of real shells on your phone or laptop and use them as a guide to add colour and patterns to the largest shells using watercolour paints.  I was fortunate to have an artist visiting who took over this part for me 😊

Create focal elements

The large and medium size diamonds were cut from white glitter paper using Close To My Heart’s Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  The largest seashells were a free download from Cricut and were cut in julep glitter paper.  Cut two layers for the base of each Cricut shape to strengthen them.  In this frame, the gorgeous Holographic paper shows through the pattern of the shell overlays and a solid cardstock forms the bottom layer. See how the play of light changes the colour of the holographic papers?

‘Love’ was cut 4 times from cardstock and layered to make it really robust.  It isn’t attached to anything firm so needs to be able to stand up to some handling. 

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

Layer all your elements

This part does take some time.  You will find you move pieces around quite a bit until your design is balanced and pleasing to your eye.  Work in opposite corners with the lower cluster taking more space than the top one.

You need an anchor to build your design on.  I had some brown paper packaging that came wrapped around bottles.  I’ve had it in the craft cupboard for 2 years not knowing how I would use it.  This was the perfect project for it!  Attach your largest elements to this base.  I used liquid glass because it gives a strong bond and filled the gaps in the brown paper.

Create a personalised photo prop frame using stamps and Cricut cuts from the Close To My Heart range. Visit https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ to see the range of themed stamps and cartridges available to purchase

The trickiest part was attaching this base cluster to the frame.  My final solution was to cut 1” strips of cardstock.  Liquid glass one end to the back of the brown paper, coat the strip with more liquid glass and wrap it around the frame.  You are working from the back so it doesn’t have to be neat.  Once all the decorative elements are in place you can come back and cover the ‘workings’ with a sheet of cardstock cut to fit.

The final stages are attaching the smaller elements and adding some texture to the clusters.  A mixture of glue dots and liquid glass holds everything in place.  Shells are overlapped and tucked behind other elements.  The twine is caught in a couple of places so it can loop and provide dimensionality.  Some chunky bling added contrasting colour.

Choose your theme and start creating

What theme could you use for a photo prop frame?  Have a look through your supplies and re-discover hidden treasures in your craft cupboard. 

A list of supplies used in this project appears below.  Order yours on my website.  All Stamp Sets and Stamp/Thin Cut bundles are discounted by up to 50% during February 2020.  Look for the Stampaganza link.

Happy scrapping,

Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

Z3611 Cricut Artistry Digital Collection

Z3367 White Glitter Paper

Z3506 Julep Glitter Paper

Z3635 Dreamy Holographic Paper

Z3636 Oasis Holographic Paper

X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock

X6030 Peacock Cardstock

X5949 Almond Cardstock (Light side)

Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad

Z4250 Tinsel Embossing Powder

Z4248 Silver Embossing Powder

Z2088 Clear Embossing Powder

Z3132 Watercolour paints

Z3225 Medium Water brush

Z679 Liquid Glass

1772 3/8” Ultra Thin Glue Dots

Australasian CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S2002- Cherishing Her

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during February 2020
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Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Lauren’s Blog, you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Cherishing Her (S2002E) stamp set which is February’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.

There are two versions of this stamp set. If MUM is your preferred spelling, you want S2002E (E for English spelling).

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during February 2020. There are two versions of this set on the website. If MUM is your preferred setting be sure to order S2002E (E for English spelling).

Celebrate a special woman in your life

This stamp set is filled with heartfelt sentiments to share your feelings for a special woman you know.  You may be a friend or a relative, this stamp caters for many relationships.  It’s only available this month and I know it will be a firm favourite in your collection for card making and scrapbooking.

Use Cherish Her on a scrapbook layout

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during February 2020

I’ve been learning about asymmetric designs and layering the past couple of weeks.  I decided to have a go at both on one layout.  What do you think?  It was easier than I thought to create a balanced page even though I started with the large triangle at the top.  I only had 3 photos of this holiday sewing project so it’s a single page.

Use Cherish Her to enhance printed paper

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during February 2020

This photo shows the heart print from a Mix In paper pack as it comes (top) and enhanced by adding stamping (bottom).  Begin stamping your largest element randomly on the pre-cut piece of paper. I just stamped ‘aunt’ where ever it would fit comfortably between the patterns. Then fill in the gaps with the smaller stamps.  In this case I added 2 small hearts to my block.

Use Cherish Her to add background stamping

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during February 2020

The lower half of the page was too stark for my liking so I stamped that beautiful bouquet a few times in Mink Ink to fill some gaps.  You can plan where these images would go by placing your photos on the page and adding a few pencil marks.  Then  remove the photos and add the stamped bouquets where there would be gaps.

Create interesting embellishment clusters with layering

Celebrate a special woman in your life using Cherishing Her (S2002) – February 2020's Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart. Perfect for scrapbookers and card makers. Order yours from https://shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au/ during February 2020

Begin the top right cluster by stamping the bouquet onto the light side of Ballerina Cardstock and colouring with TriBlend Markers.  The pink cardstock tones down the colour of the markers so this element doesn’t dominate on the page. Fussy cut the bouquet and tuck the stems behind one photo.

Next add a pleasing circular shape to soften the overall design. The scalloped Circle Thin Cut is ideal for this job.

The cute koalas are from a retired stamp set.  They went perfectly with the Australian animal print used on the quilt.  They were also coloured with TriBlend markers, fussy cut and then popped up on foam dots.

A little bling just rounds out a design don’t you think? I was delighted to find these Sangria coloured hearts in my stash.  It is amazing how many times a retired Close To My Heart product matches perfectly with a new product.  Something old, something new!

Order your Stamp of the Month

Cherish Her (S2002) is only available during February, 2020.  Remember, there are two versions of this stamp set. If MUM is your preferred spelling, you want S2002E (E for English spelling).

Full retail price is $34 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $9 when accompanied by an $88 order. Place your order with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

Did you like this project? I’d love you to give this post a thumbs up, leave a comment or share the post with a crafty friend before you click on the underlined link and move on to Maz Wood’s Blog , ArtyMaz, to see the lovely project she has designed for you.

A list of the currently available products used on this project follows.  All items are available to purchase from your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have a consultant, this link will take you to my website.

Happy Scrappin’

Shaunna

Currently Available products used in the Project

S2002 Cherish Her Stamp Set

Z3639 Scalloped Circle Thin Cut

X9011 Mix In Paper Packet

X6027 White Daisy Cardstock

X5961 Saffron Cardstock

X5962 Goldrush Cardstock

X6034 Sangria Cardstock

X6036 Ballerina Cardstock

Z2481 Coral TriBlend Marker

Z2487 Jade Green TriBlend Marker

Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend Marker

Z2483 Light Yellow TriBlend Marker

Z2478 Earth Brown TriBlend Marker

Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend Marker

Z2474 Ice Grey TriBlend Marker

Z3271 Archival Black Ink

Z2825 Mink Ink

Z2851 Saffron Ink

Z3513 Pewter .03 Journalling Pen

Holographic Papers – they are magical!

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This post comes with a warning: Holographic papers are completely addictive! Once you start using them in your paper craft projects you will begin thinking of an endless array of applications.

What is Holographic Paper?

Holographic paper has been coated with a metallic-like finish that reflects light, creating a range of colours depending on the angle it is held to the light. Once added to a card or scrapbook page, the colours will vary as the project is handled and as it is viewed in different light conditions.

How do you use Holographic Paper?

This paper is perfect for any cards or layouts that need a little pizzazz.

  • Use large pieces to back a card design or scrapbook border
  • Mount special photos
  • Add narrow strips in place of shimmer trim, ribbon or twine
  • Cut it with Thin Cuts
  • Emboss it with textured folders
  • Stamp on it
  • Heat emboss on it
  • Add Stickles to it
  • Colour with alcohol markers

Stamping on Holographic Paper

Today I’m sharing some tips to stamp on Holographic paper.  The mermaid’s tails were made this way. Aren’t they adorable?  They will find a home on a layout I’m creating featuring photos of mermaids on stand up paddle boards – of course mermaids can’t stand so they were passengers on the boards.

The shiny surface of this paper will not accept dye-based inks.  They will just sit on the surface and smudge or wipe off.  The best ink for the job with Holographic papers is StazOn. This ink is specially formulated to work on any shiny surface.

Close To My Heart offer StazOn in Brown and Black.  Simply ink your stamp as you would normally and stamp on the paper gently.  Don’t add too much pressure to the block as it may slip and cause a blurred image.  I suggest stamping first, setting it aside to dry completely while you make the rest of the project.

StazOn Ink is ideal for stamping on any non-poraous surface like Holographic papers, glass, metal and plastic. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

It’s important to note that you require StazOn cleaning fluid to remove excess ink from your stamps.  Simply follow the instructions on the bottle.  Use an old cleaning cloth to wipe off the excess cleaner as it can leach colour from your stamp shammy.

SatzOn Cleaner is perfect for cleaning your stamps after using StazOn ink. Order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Choose from two colours

Endless posibilities await with Holographic papers from Close To My Heart. order yours at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au

Close To My Heart currently offers Dreamy and Oasis Holographic papers.  You will find 3 sheets of 12” x 12” paper in each pack, offering you many opportunities to create some irridescent magic on your cards and layouts.  Check all the details on my website.

Happy Scrapping

Shaunna

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Bring Back My Pack – Urban Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020
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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Bring Back My Pack – Urban Blog Hop.  This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from Dannii’s Blog you are in the right place.  If this is your first time on a blog hop simply read on and enjoy my creations.  If you like what I show today, please subscribe to my blog, leave a comment on this post or share it on social media. Then you click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Urban collection!   When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Urban is back for a short time  

You will love the very different prints in this paper pack – all representative of buildings and construction.  The colours are earthy and the prints textural. 

The Urban collection is available until the end of January 2020.  Buy it as a full kit or purchase individual items.  Ask your Close To My Heart Consultant for details.

Show off ALL the patterns

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

What do you do when ALL the prints in a paper pack are fabulous? Show them off of course!  I’ve been hanging out to play with the NEW Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts.  One 3” x 12” strip of each paper is enough to cut 2 of each Bracket shape, giving you many options for how you arrange them.

Use Make It From Your Heart patterns

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

I knew I wanted to create a border to display the paper shapes and that I had lots of photos to include on this layout, so I’d need a Pocket Plus Protector.  The last 6 patterns In Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3 are designed to accommodate these pocket protectors.  Pattern 33 was ideal for my layout.

Mix new with old for stash busting

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

I’m running a Mission Possible Challenge the first 6 weeks of the year and our focus is on using up embellishments in our stash.  I had a look through my ribbons and trims and found 4 that co-ordinated with the colours of the Urban papers.  Grouping several ribbons alongside each other creates a wider focal point in the design.

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs. Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

Have you ever been frustrated that twine stored on a card has kinks in it? Just run you damp stamp shammy along the twine and it will straighten out.

A title and journalling always complete the layout

Close To My Heart’s Urban collection adapts brilliantly to a variety of scrapbook themes and card designs.  Order your collection at www.shaunnarichards.closetomyheart.com.au before the end of January 2020

It’s interesting how a title and a story transform the look of a layout, inviting the reader in to learn more about the photos.  My title used the Block Alphabet thin cuts, stamped with a background stamp and with some very long-retired alphabet stickers.

The journal boxes in the pockets were decorated with left over bracket shapes from the border teamed with a ribbon.  Simple and fast to make.

Order your supplies this month

The Urban Collection is available to purchase from your Close To My Heart consultant until the end of January when they return to the vault. A list of products used on my layout appears at the end of this post.  Place your order on my website or with your Close To My Heart Consultant.

I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you go.  Then click on the underlined link and move on to Doris’s blog, Creative Inspirations, to see the projects she has designed for you.

Happy Scrapping,
Shaunna

Close To My Heart products used in this project

CC12191 Urban Papers & Stickers

CC12193 Urban Co-ordinating Cardstock

Z4221 Mink Twine

 Z3631 Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts

Z3386 Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Stamp Pad

Z3579 Stamp Shammy

Z534 Micro-tip Scissors

Z341 Mini Dots

Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape

Z3326 Permanent Adhesive Tape