Planners are All the Rage!

Blog Hops With Heart

If you are a fan of the papercrafting world then you have inevitably come across a planner. I love the idea of a planner, but struggle a bit with the functionality of it. Is it a mini album, a scrapbook, a journal, is it a planner that I carry in my purse….what exactly is it’s purpose?!? If you’re like me then this blog hop is for you! Today you will get different viewpoints, showing the functionality of different planners and planner accessories as you make your way through the Blog Hops With Heart ‘Planner’s Gotta Plan’ blog hop. If you started from the beginning you would have come from Amie Kiger’s blog, but if you started here that is perfect also because this blog hop is a circle. Just click the link at the bottom of my post and it will send you to the next blog and eventually you will make your way around the entire circle.

The planner that I chose to purchase for my very first planner was the new CTMH Everyday Life™ Planner Album & Pages (pictured above). I was unsure of how exactly I would want to use it, but knew I wanted to purchase it and try it out. I also purchased some added accessories-the Roller Stamp, the My Crush®Everyday Life Pages, there is also Photo Protectors & Washi available but I have a bountiful stash of that already! Ha!

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After I had my supplies and the calendar pages placed into the three ring binder I looked at what was remaining. I’ve decided at this time I will not use the My Crush® Everyday Life Pages in my planner, but rather I will use them for scrapbook layouts (see below). The CTMH Everyday Life™ Planner works well with other planner products that are on the market. I used Studio Calico Seven Paper stickers and Big Picture Classes Stamp Set with my planner, along with other stamp sets that I have in my stash.

The CTMH Everyday Life™  Planner comes with a month in review (the entire month sprawled out in 2 pages) and then each day of the month broken down with room to write.

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I’ve decided to use the month in review to write appointments, reminders, etc and then the pages with the individual days to use basically as a journal. I jot down funny things that my son says or things that we did that weren’t necessarily planned out…going to the movies, shopping trips, etc. So in essence I use the CTMH planner for 2 purposes…to use as an actual planner  and to record everyday moments. Or as Heidi Swapp would say, “one little thing everyday”.

#ctmh #everydaylife #planner


  My crafting time is very limited and I feel that the small amount of time I have to papercraft I want to spend it remembering memories or by creating cards that can be given to brighten someone’s day. I hope that someday I will be inspired or have more time to spend being creative in my planner but the journaling aspect of my planner will come in very handy in remembering the moments when I finally get around to scrapbooking them (I’m waaaay behind!! haha!)

#ctmh #plannerpages #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #cricut

So now onto the details of my layout. I started this layout with a White Daisy Cardstock base. Then I grabbed the My Crush® Everyday Life Pages and created a cluster for my photos. Once I had the cluster arranged the way I wanted, I grabbed Magenta Shimmerz Paint and used the packaging technique around the cluster to create interest on the White Daisy Cardstock. The title is from The Cut Shoppe  and cut on a scrap piece of white daisy cardstock that already been covered in mixed media and another My Crush® Everyday Life Page. The embellishments include Heidi Swapp glitter arrows, My Minds Eye black enamel dots, and CTMH (retired) Laughing Lola enamel gems & paperclip bow. Once I had all the papers layered and adhered I added a layer of vellum under my photos. I then added a little black stitching, a couple strips of grey polka dot washi, and my journaling to finish things off.

#ctmh #plannerpages #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #cricut

#ctmh #plannerpages #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #cricut

I’m linking this layout to the The Cut Shoppe ‘Cut It Out’ Challenge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and found some inspiration from my post! Now it’s time to head to Becca Whitham’s Blog to check out her planner project!

Thanks for stopping by!!
-Kelly

I’m CRUSHing

So I finally dove into one of My Crush™ Books earlier this year {click here for the original post} and I’ve been creating  CRUSHing ever since!!!

One of my goals for 2015 is to make one new recipe each week. I’m currently working on a mini album using the Year>>Noted Kit to jot down my goals for year and also to include photos as I turn those goals into achievements. BUT  that mini album is too small to include all the recipes I make.

CTMH: Modville Crush Book

I’m dedicating two pages in the My Crush™ Modville Book, but I don’t quite have the second page designed yet! My kiddo’s birthday party is today at school and his birthday party with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins is tomorrow in our home. Needless to say there are multiple cupcakes to be baked and a house to clean! I do have some fun ideas including Flip Flaps™ for the second page of this layout….but I’ll have to show you more on that later!!

CTMH: Modville Crush Book

CTMH: Modville Crush Book

Products Used:
Paper: My Crush™ Modville Book; Whisper CardstockHoney Cardstock; Ruby Cardstock
Ink: Black Exclusive Ink™; Ruby Exclusive Ink™; Whisper Exclusive Ink™
Stamps: Hopscotch Alphabet Stamp Set; Practical Planning {Hostess Exclusive} Stamp Set; Notice The Details Stamp Set {retired}; Year>>Noted Stamp Set {only available through January 31}; LOL Stamp Set; March 2015 SOTM, Choose Happy {available March 1-31 2015} Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet Stamp Set
Other: Ruby Chevron Washi Tape; Honey Triangles Washi Tape; My Crush™ Besties Assortment; Journaling Pen; Triangle Border Punch; Silver Shimmer Trim

Happy Friday!
-Kelly

Year >> Noted

Welcome to our National Papercrafting Month- Year>>Noted Blog Hop. If you’ve come from Lela Norris’ Blog you are in the right place!! If you’ve started here join in the fun by clicking the link at the bottom of my post! You’ll travel around a giant circle (of nearly 25 CTMH Independent Consultants) highlighting the Year>>Noted Paper Kit! If you happen to get lost along your way-there is a complete list of participants on Melinda Everitt’s Blog.

If you’ve started here-welcome and let me give you a little insight to what this blog hop is all about…CTMH is celebrating National Papercrafting Month with a great kit. With a qualifying order you can purchase the Year>>Noted Paper Kit for only $5 and you can add on a My Creations™ Kraft Mini Album for only $5 more!

year>>noted

The Paper Kit comes loaded with:
1 – My Acrylix® Year >> Noted Stamp Set (C-size)
2 – Year >> Noted B&T Duos™ Paper
1 – Light Blue Cardstock Sheet
1 – Light Pink Cardstock Sheet
2 – White Daisy Cardstock Sheets
1 – Golden Foil Sticker Sheet

CTMH: Year>>Noted

Now one great use of this Year>>Noted Paper Kit is to use it in a Picture My Life™ papercrafting style, but I wanted to go a little nontraditional. I came across this sketch that was posted on The Papercrafts Connection Blog and knew it was a perfect fit! I grabbed a few photos from our cruise in 2011. The current temps in my area are currently in the negative….oh how wonderful it would be to be back on this ship!

CTMH: Year>>Noted

CTMH: Year>>Noted

CTMH: Year>>Noted

Products Used:
Paper: Year>>Noted Paper {<–includes the B&T and White Daisy cardstock used}
Stamp Sets: Bodacious Banners; January SOTM, This MomentYear>>Noted Stamp Set {<–included in the Year>>Noted Paper Kit}
Ink: Champagne Exclusive Ink™; Glacier Exclusive Ink™; Sorbet Exclusive Ink™; Flaxen Exclusive Ink™; Slate Exclusive Ink™
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut® Cartridge; Silver Shimmer Trim; Journaling Pen

I actually bought 2 of these Year>>Noted Kits and I plan on using the other to make a mini album for the goals and achievements for 2015! Stay tuned!! For more information on how you can make this kit yours contact your CTMH consultant or click here for more information! It’s time to head to Judy Faye Garner’s Blog to see what she has created using this awesome, limited time, exclusive kit!

-Kelly

January SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month blog hop!! This month over 60 Close To My Heart consultants are featuring January’s SOTM, This Moment, a set of 12 that coordinates with the Artbooking Cricut® Cartridge. If you’ve come from Sheila Bennett’s Blog you are in the right place. If you’ve started here, WELCOME! This blog hop is a giant circle, so you can join in the fun by clicking the link to the next consultant at the bottom of my post! If you happen to get lost along the way there is a complete list of participants on Melinda Everitt’s Blog.

This month’s stamp set has a Valentine feel to it and if you follow my blog you know that our family doesn’t go to great lengths to celebrate this holiday. I stewed and stewed over how I could use this stamp set…..BUT THEN I was cleaning out the closet in our office and came across a box. I was completely blown away when I opened it….Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found all of the lovey-dovey cards that my husband and I exchanged while we were dating. I had completely forgotten that we had exchanged these cards over a decade ago. Reading the notes that we left to each other inside the cards brought a huge smile to my face!! I had decided in December 2014 that I wanted to create a My Crush™ book for the odds and ends of 2015 and this was the perfect first entry!

CTMH: My Crush

I picked a page out in My Crush™ Modville Book and grabbed a few B&T Duos™ from the Heartstrings Paper Packet. Then I created a file folder {cut at 6¼”} using the Artiste Cricut® Cartridge to hold the cards. Using January’s Stamp Of The Month, This Moment  in Whisper Exclusive Ink™ & second generation Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™, I stamped the “Love Notes” & feather arrow on the file folder.

CTMH: My Crush

CTMH: My Crush

I’m not a huge fan of my handwriting, but think journaling is SO  important! So I used a Heartstrings Picture My Life™ journaling card to jot down the info about these cards! I wanted the file folder to be easily accessible {especially since my journaling is on the inside} so I added Hook & Loop Dots {velcro dots} to hold the folder together. I added another Heartstrings PML card, stitching, and a few Stuck On You Puffy Stickers to the page for a little extra charm.

CTMH: My Crush

I loved the quote on the following page and didn’t want to cover it so I just wanted to add a few embellishments around it. I again used January’s SOTM and Whisper Exclusive Ink™ & Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™ for the stamping. At the base of the quote I added Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, a Base & Bling arrow from the Signature Charms Assortment , and a badge button from the Heartstrings Assortment. The badge button has so much dimension I decided to add dimension to the “straight from the heart” sentiment using Thin 3D Foam Tape. {←I just purchased this in my last order & I L.O.V.E. it! It’s a new FAVE!} I also added a glittery heart from the Stuck On You Puffy Stickers.

CTMH: My Crush

I found so many cards that I decided I needed to create an extra pocket that I will place on the inside of the back cover when this book is complete. To create this I used a SMASHbook brand pocket folders and decorated the front using the Heartstrings Complements.

CTMH: Heartstrings


CTMH Jan 2015 SOTM

Remember this stamp set is only available until January 31, and it can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying purchase. Contact your CTMH consultant or click here for more information and to shop. Now it’s time to head to Maureen O’Sullivan’s Blog to see what she has created using this month’s stamp set!!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly