Monday, August 12, 2019

Delightful Mother - Daughter Layout



Welcome!  I'm so glad you are here!  I had so much fun creating this layout featuring one of my beautiful daughters and little granddaughter.  πŸ’


My daughter, Rachel, aka The Philosopher's Wife,  made these lovely mother/daughter dresses.  Little did she know, or maybe she did, that I would have the perfect paper and embellishments to showcase this cherished memory! πŸ˜‰ Hooray for the Craft On Creative Suite!    



Our impromptu 'photo shoot' came about while we waited for the restaurant to open on a gorgeous Asheville morning!  LOL, treasured memories captured in and around a parking lot!  πŸ“·πŸ˜‰


We had so much fun laughing and chatting, and continued our fun visit while enjoying a delicious meal!  


Check out this paper I used for my base!  Truly made for this layout!  The line drawn crafting tools, including a sewing machine, and the playful flowers are the perfect complements to my beautiful girls and their dresses!  Delightful!

My title, Beautiful, is made with Bluebird cardstock, and cut from the Flower Market Cricut Collection.  

The blue field and floral pattern on the dresses my daughter made are highlighted with the use of a triple mat created by layering Bluebird, Raspberry and Carolina cardstocks.  

How perfect is the sewing machine cardstock weight sticker and sentiment!  The cross-stitch look of the Made with love PML card along with the fun, colorful buttons Zip Strip are happy complements.  You'll find these Zip Strips, handy accents, along the top of each sheet of designed paper.  πŸ’–

Along with the obvious use of Pocket Scrapbooking, PML cards are awesome for your traditional memory pages as well!  I used three on my layout!  24 double sided cards with numerous possibilities!  

I love how the Looking Fabulous PML card complements the floral pattern on my daughter and adorable granddaughter's dresses.  How fun is the journaling card with stitched lines!  

This was such a wonderful visit and I'm thrilled to have captured some moments in time!  πŸ’


During the month of August, we are having a special Buy One, Get One 35% off on selected Workshops Your Way® and other workshop kits offered in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  Stock up on all your favorite kits this August, and don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Note that all of these workshops retire August 31, so, when they're gone, they're gone!

 3-2-1 CRAFT ON EVERYDAY LIFE ALBUM BUNDLE
With this super fun and quick, yes, quick kit, you will create 10 6x8 double-page layouts using the 3-2-1 Formula!  You will be able to download an easy to follow guide with your purchase at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  

* BRING BACK MY PACK—SEASIDE!



Seaside is back!  Some of the cards I've created with this collection are shown on my Papercrafting With Gayle Facebook page .πŸ’–

You'll often find me working outside on my back porch or patio on beautiful days!  I love the opportunity to work from home as a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant, and would love for you to join me!  πŸ’
During August you have an option to sign up for only $35!  Wow!  What an awesome opportunity!  I look forward to hearing from you!  😊

Our August Stamp of the Month, From Me to You, is available for only $5 with your qualifying purchase at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  Of course, you can purchase it for $18.95 without any qualifying amount.  πŸ˜‰

Wow!  So much goodness!  Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  πŸ’–

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,











Thursday, August 1, 2019

Quick & Easy Pocket Scrapbooking!

Welcome!  I'm so glad you stopped by today!  


Our photos help us tell a story, reminiscence and share what's most important.  Life is busy.  Yet, if YOU do not tell YOUR story, who will?  With just a few minutes a week, you CAN create beautiful memory albums to cherish for generations to come.  

Along with creating traditional layouts, I often enjoy the convenience of pocket pages.  Divided Memory Protectors to the rescue!  Let's check them out!


These high quality divided Memory Protectors and Pocket Plus Protectors are such a time saver!  Whether your album is 12 x 12 or 8 x 6, divided pages are a great addition!  My brother as well as my Mom (may she Rest in Peace) love the ease of quickly slipping printed photos into divided protectors. Do you have a preference?  Let me know!





Let's take a look at how I did this using some of my photos.   On the 12 x 12 pocket page above, I used Carolina cardstock to create 4 x 6 inch mats for my photos.  How appropriate for our visit to North Carolina!  😎


My photos of the beautiful Quilt Garden area of the North Carolina Arboretum were a perfect fit for my Quilt pattern 'Zip Strip' and fun rubber embellishments from the Craft On collection.  I absolutely love this collection, and I think you will also!  



I love that divided page protectors come in a variety of sizes!  Here, when creating a 'Recipes for Joyful Living' 8 x 6 Everyday Life album, I used a mix of photos and PML Cards. PML, are also known as Picture My Life Cards.  

I cropped my candid photo and adhered it to a 4 x 6 PML card.  This particular set, now retired, was absolutely perfect for folks to write their favorite 'recipes' for joyful living -- food or not.  Easy peasy!  If you would like similar cards, click here.   


Remember, even with your Pocket pages, you need to journal!  You certainly wouldn't want your children, grandchildren, or, gasp, yourself, trying to decipher who the heck is in the 'treasured' album!  LOL!


Along with the Craft With Heart Scrapbooking Club, I highly recommend Flip Flaps, Pocket Plus, and PML Memory Protectors to make your memory keeping faster, simpler and easier!  πŸ’– Stayed tuned for more ideas!  


AWESOME SPECIALS HAPPENING DURING AUGUST!


* WORKSHOP SALE!

During the month of August, we are having a special Buy One, Get One 35% off on selected Workshops Your Way® and other workshop kits offered in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  Stock up on all your favorite kits this August, and don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! 

  3-2-1 CRAFT ON EVERYDAY LIFE ALBUM BUNDLE
With this super fun and quick, yes, quick kit, you will create 10 6x8 double-page layouts using the 3-2-1 Formula!  You will be able to download an easy to follow guide with your purchase at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  


* BRING BACK MY PACK—SEASIDE!



Seaside is back!  Some of the cards I've created with this collection are shown on my Papercrafting With Gayle Facebook page .πŸ’–

I'm blessed to be sitting outside this morning on my back porch on such a beautiful day!  I love the opportunity to work from home as a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant, and would love for you to join me!  πŸ’


During August you have an option to sign up for only $35!  Wow!  What an awesome opportunity!  I look forward to hearing from you!  😊


Our August Stamp of the Month, From Me to You, is available for only $5 with your qualifying purchase at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com.  Of course, you can purchase it for $18.95 without any qualifying amount.  πŸ˜‰

Wow!  So much goodness!  Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  πŸ’–

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,







Thursday, July 11, 2019

Extra Pics? Flip Flaps to the Rescue!

Let's Get Our Photos Into Albums to Enjoy!


Welcome!  My Never Stop Exploring layout was not only fun to create, but came together quickly and easily!  

For today's layout, I used one of the two-page July Craft With Heart kits.  With these cut-above style kits included in the Craft With Heart Subscription Club I am able to create a two-page layout in about  15 - 20 minutes!  How awesome is that?!? 


You only need to add  adhesive and a pen for journaling, along with your precious photos to complete beautifully designed layouts.  Even the 12 x 12 memory protectors are included!  How great is that?!?  😊 

I love the complementary stickers and die cut images included in a cardstock weight.  I popped a few of them up with the use of foam tape for extra dimension.  Follow the guide or, tweak away! 
The two July kits incorporate many of the patterns and designs of the Into The Wild Creative Collection.  I love this!  πŸ’

This collection is perfect for so many of the wonderful photos we took while visiting the beautiful  DuPont State Recreational Forest in Asheville, North Carolina.
As usual, I tweaked mine a bit from the kit instructions and included a couple of Flip Flaps.  With the addition of just two Flip Flaps, my layout is able to feature four additional photos!  Easy peasy! 😊

Below are images of the front photo in one of my Flip Flaps, followed by the two inside photos.  



Using Flip Flaps is oh, so easy!  Simply create your layout with one of your photos adhered to your paper.  Then, once your completed page is in your Memory Protector, simply position and adhere your Flip Flap over the designated photo.  Of course, you could also adhere your Flip Flap directly on your layout, and then carefully cut a slit in your Memory Protector for your Flip Flap to come through.  πŸ˜‰


Flip Flap Tip--Prior to adhering my Flip Flaps, I cut about 1/4 inch away from the adhesive tab.  This is strictly a personal preference for the finished page.  πŸ˜ƒ


Where are your photos?   Let's get our photos out of our phones, off the computer, out of boxes, etc and into albums to enjoy!  You do not need to scrapbook every single photo you have!  


If time slips away from you, and you like traditional scrapbooks, the Craft With Heart Subscription Club is the way to go. I invite you to take a look at the wonderful variety of designs included in this Club.  Try it for a month, four months, or a year.  πŸ’–

Of course, there are many styles and ways to keep our memories, as we'll discuss in upcoming posts! 


If you do not tell YOUR story, who will?


Now a quick note on some of the great specials at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com -- 

Through July 31, 2019 this super versatile, exclusive Share the Joy Bundle is available, while supplies last.  Of course you can also purchase just the stamps or the thin cuts.  


Think of all the ways these stamp icons will be used by you!  Not only cards and scrapbook pages, but these stamps would be great for teachers--whether you're a home educator or one in the neighborhood school.  πŸ˜‰ How will you use yours?  

Another awesome special available now through August 31 is the return of "Seaside." πŸ’–  Swoon!  


BRING BACK MY PACK—SEASIDE!


Seaside is back!  This paper packet features 6 paper sheets and a full 12″ × 12″ sticker sheet, giving you paper and stickers in the same pack!  Coordinating cardstock and an exclusive Stamp set is also available!  This collection will only be available through August 31, 2019, while supplies last, so order yours right away!  Mine is due to arrive in a few days!  πŸ’–

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  πŸ’–

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sending Bear HugsπŸ’–

Welcome!  Can you believe it's already July? There's much to celebrate with Independence Day, family, cookouts and fireworks this month! πŸ’Make sure you take and print lots of photos so we can add to our memory books!  

Now, however, let's create a card to send to someone close to your heart, but unable to be with you!  😊  We'll use the adorable Bear Hugs stamp set to create our card. 

Our Bear Hugs is a set of 17 images.  As you can see, it's a great mix of icons and sentiments.  As a Stamp of the Month, it is only available during July 2019. It is $18.95, however when you spend $50, you can purchase for only $5.00!  πŸ˜ƒ Woo Hoo!


I built my card on a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base layering a piece of Sweet Girl patterned paper with Ballerina cardstock.  I stamped our adorable bears on White cardstock with Toffee ink. 
Then, using Ballerina ink, I stamped a few of the sweet little hearts.  Using a super light tan Watercolor Pencil, I shaded over our baby bear and random areas on mama bear.  Our inside sentiment is stamped with the Ballerina ink on White cardstock, layered on the light side of Ballerina cardstock, then over the full  color shade of Ballerina.  Sweet!  

Now a quick note on some of the great specials at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com -- 
Through July 31, 2019 this super versatile, exclusive Share the Joy Bundle is available, while supplies last.  Of course you can also purchase just the stamps or the thin cuts.  

Think of all the ways these stamp icons will be used by you!  Not only cards and scrapbook pages, but these stamps would be great for teachers--whether you're a home educator or one in the neighborhood school.  πŸ˜‰ How will you use yours?  

Another awesome special available now through August 31 is the return of "Seaside." πŸ’–Bring Back My Pack—Seaside

BRING BACK MY PACK—SEASIDE

Seaside is back in a new, slimmed down paper packet! This paper packet features 6 paper sheets and a full 12″ × 12″ sticker sheet, giving you paper and stickers in the same pack!  Coordinating cardstock and an exclusive Stamp set is also available!  This collection will only be available through August 31, 2019, while supplies last, so order yours right away!

Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  πŸ’–

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Friday, June 21, 2019

Playing With Thin Cuts

Starry Night Castle Card


Welcome!  I'm so glad you have stopped by! 😊 I absolutely love this Princess Castle Stamp and Thin Cut set--it is so adorable!  Think of the possible uses--birthday, celebratory, cards, memory books, Disney visits, etc.!!!

Using my trusty Sizzix Big Kick, I easily cut my White Cardstock with the metal Princess Castle die.  After cutting, I stamped the castle with Archival Black Ink.  


I enjoyed adding hints of color with the Watercolor Pencils and the Clear Shimmer Brush.  These pencils go on like a dream, and are great with or without the blending with water or shimmer.  
With the use of the Archival Ink, there was no fear of smearing the crisp stamped lines. 😊 Happy dance!


To create the background for my castle, I cut a piece of starry night paper to match both the front of my card base, and the inside front.  The starry night pattern is one of 12 designs in the Into the Wild Paper Packet.  


The medium size Stitched Square Frame Thin Cut was just the size I wanted for my opening.  I cut the card base first, and adhered a piece of white tulle I had on hand, over this opening.  Once that was done, I simply built my card layers.  

First, adhere Starry night paper to front, then position the castle and stitched frame.  Adhere just the lower edge of the castle behind the stitched frame piece in front of the tulle, as shown in the above photo.  


You'll then adhere the starry night paper on the interior of the front of the card.  Doesn't the tulle add a fun touch?  I think that a beautiful vellum would also give a similar look.  




After the front of the card was finished, I created a random pattern of stars using the star stamps included with the castle stamp set.  Then, my 'Let's Celebrate' sentiment was stamped using Sapphire Ink on Ballerina Cardstock.  This sentiment is part of this One Year Older set.  

Why not try your hand at creating a fun cut-out card to brighten someone's day?  😊


Now a quick note on some of the great specials at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com -- 
Through July 31, 2019 this super versatile, exclusive Share the Joy Bundle is available, while supplies last.  Of course you can also purchase just the stamps or the thin cuts. 
Think of all the ways these stamp icons will be used by you!  Not only cards and scrapbook pages, but these stamps would be great for teachers--whether you're a home educator or one in the neighborhood school.  πŸ˜‰ How will you use yours?  


Also, during June, with your purchase of select stamp sets, at $18.95 each, you will receive absolutely FREE designer paper, cardstock, embellishments, and a pattern guide  (download) to create a 2-page layout!  Purchase all 4 stamp kits at an additional 25% off!  Woo Hoo!  This is an awesome value! Total retail is $117.33, and you only pay $52.95 (plus tax & shipping).  So much goodness!  Which will you create? 

Just announced!!!  July 1 - August 31, 2019,  Close to My Heart is bringing back the popular Seaside paper suite, updated with new stickers! πŸ’More to come July 1!



Check out the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book on my website, and receive one FREE with your order.  It is jammed with beautiful artwork created with four new Creative Collections, papers, complements, stamps, embossing folders, die cuts, and more!

During this 35th Anniversary, pop up sales are randomly announced. Drum roll!!!  There will be a 24-hour Flash Sale Friday, June 21 beginning at 5 PM EDT and ending at 4:59 PM EDT on Saturday, June 22, 2019!πŸ’–

If you miss this one, just visit PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com, and sign up to receive my my newsletter.  You will then always be in the know! You can also message me with this request!  😊

 Thank you so much for visiting!  YOU are appreciated!  

I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your business and support.  I look forward to helping you as you travel along life's journey celebrating relationships with all of YOUR papercrafting and memory keeping needs.  πŸ’–

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,





Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Story of a Soul, Chapter VIII

Materials used (and so much more) are available from me at PapercraftingWithGayle.ctmh.com