Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Last Studio - J Pages

As many of you know - the last day that Studio J will be a part of CTMH is April 30, 2016.   The program is in need of a major software overhaul and it does not make financial sense to keep it going.  While I understand the business end for letting it go - my heart kinda hurts.

 I thought that I finished all of my SJ layouts when I finished Kaela's high school albums since I did not have time to work on another vacation album but I was able to squeeze out a few more layouts.

Last year I started an album that is dedicated to the Girls Trips that Amy and I have started taking together.  After a 20+ year friendship (sisterhood) even the best of friends run out of gifts to buy each other. So we came up with the Girls Weekends to travel and build memories.  This year was the 2nd Annual weekend and I was bummed that I would not be able to document it using the Studio - J format.  

I not only squeaked out the layout but a couple others too.  

There is a 4 layout minimum so I ordered two of the above layouts, one for the girls weekend album and one for the 2016 Family Album.

Then because I have such a horrible time coming up with "cover and back" pages to my albums I searched the photos that I have yet to make albums for and make the cover pages for those.  Now the hardest part (for me) is done and I will be able to just rock along making my pages for each album.

The photos seem random but combined with the pages inside each album the front and back cover will follow the story.   The 2015 page is already done and in the album that is in progress and I can not make a 2016 page yet because I do not know what the "highlight" photos will be. 

So with a heavy heart... these are my last Studio J pages.
Thank goodness we still have paper scrappin!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Memory Lane Retreat - Girls Weekend

What an exciting, relaxing and exhausting weekend!

I just came home from my weekend retreat with my best friend.  Well this is the 2nd Annual vacation / retreat that we have done.  Last year was our Seattle trip and this year we wanted to do a scrapbooking retreat weekend.

I hold crops monthly in my home and because I have a fantastic craft room and crop area I can "play" at home when ever I want to - but Amy and I have never been to a retreat before and really wanted to try it.

There is a little retreat house in the next town over that sounded perfect for our needs.  It is close enough to home incase we forget a vital item or have to go home for a family reason BUT it is also in the country so it feels like you  getting out of town for a few days.

I have already posted about how I prepped for the retreat and I will post the photos of the layouts this week.  If you follow me on FB then you have already been privy to some of the photos.   Today I want to show you the crop area that I played in for the last 4 days.

So Thursday was a nasty weather day!  I wanted to make it out McKinney around 10:00 but since the weather was being uncooperative  I left early and I am so glad I did.  No sooner did I finish unloading the car.... HAIL STORM!!!  

So this is an over view of the entire room once everyone was moved in.

Down this row -  
All of these supplies belong to a group of ladies that go on retreats together all of the time.  
They were a hoot.

This was the spot that Amy and I played in.

This is Amy....

I had one productive weekend!  This box is holding all of my completed pages.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Stamp of the Month - Sunshine Birdies

Sunshine Birdies 
March Stamp of the Month

$17.95 S1603 

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for that month only, for just $5

When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

March Workshops - Regatta

March Workshop:

So what did you think of the new format for the workshops that we used in January?

Did you miss our January workshops and now you are out of the loop?

  Here's what's going on ....

In an effort to give you more bang for your buck - CTMH is phasing out the Workshops on the Go and replacing it with Workshops Your Way.  This is going to be a bit confusing for the rest of the catalog cycle but I will do my best to navigate during this process.

All of the workshops in the "Yearly Catalog" will be Workshops on the Go Style.
All of the workshops in the "Seasonal Catalog" will be Workshops Your Way Style.

Day Workshop March 22, 2016
10 am to 12 pm

Evening Workshop March 24, 2016
7pm to 9pm

So for the March workshops you will need the following supplies:

G1105  $26.95

Workshops Your Way™ Regatta Scrapbooking Kit Contents:
1 – Regatta Paper Packet (X7206B)
1 – Regatta Complements (X7206C)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (2 Glacier, 1 Flaxen)
1 – White & Gold Ribbon (Z3189)
1 – Maritime Puffies (Z3204)

Featured Colors: Flaxen, Glacier, Pomegranate, Sapphire, White Daisy
Use the materials and the online guide to create three traditional layouts and one Picture My Life™ layout.

We will be completing two of the layouts in the kit during workshop night.  

To complete the entire workshop at home or crop the following supplies will also be needed:

My Anchor Stamp Set: C1642  $13.95
My Anchor Thin Cuts: Z3202  $15.95
White Daisy Value Pack Cards & Envelopes: X254  $14.95

You can finish the layouts without the above supplies but if you would like to finish the cards too then the stamp, thin cuts and card pack will be needed. 

Layout 1

Layout 2

See you soon!