Monday, 13 January 2014

Let's Cluster

A scrapbooking term we often hear is clustering.  What does that mean?  Well a cluster is defined as "a group of similar things or people positioned or occurring closely together."
"clusters of creamy-white flowers
Let me show you some examples of clustering I've done on my layouts.
 In this grouping I've included opaque pearl swirls, stick pins, stickease from For Always, and banners cut from the zip strip and Lagoon paper from For Always. 

They sit on the bottom right corner of my layout as an eye catching "cluster" of embellishments. 
Here you can see I've used different paper flowers with glitter gems and brads for centres.  I've added some black tuille and a flat round embellishment from the lagoon assortment. 

Co-ordinating stickease and dimensional elements from your chosen paper package provide an easy jumping off point for clustering.  The flourish and pinwheel are from the Surf's Up assortment.  The wooden pieces are from the Wooden accents assortment.  Add some brown/tan sparkles and you're done.

And finally, a couple of pinwheel flowers from the co-ordinating Surf's Up assortment, with some wooden flourishes, flowers, and clothespin finished off with a bow tie complete this cluster.

Clustering is an effective way to add some punch, create visual interest, and add some texture to your layouts. 




Monday, 6 January 2014

Cloud Nine

One of the things I love about CTMH (and there are many) is how versatile the product is, whether it is mixing paper packages, embellishments from days gone by matching new products, or how a wedding cake stamp can be turned into a birthday cake stamp - the possibilities are endless.

Cloud Nine is an example of that versatility.  Let me show you....

I completed Cloud Nine exactly as per the directions using only what was provided in the kit.

The kit comes with everything to complete 10 cards (2 of 5 designs) and you will have leftover for more creating. 

Presto chango

"Thanks" card is recreated using Laughing Lola paper package, black shimmer trim and black buttons.  Thanks is stamped in slate grey ink this time and the card edges are also ink distressed in slate. 

Completely different look.

Abra cadabra

"Happy Birthday" is changed up using a paper package from loooong ago, which is paired with Hollyhock zipper trim and pink sparles available now.  Happy Birthday is stamped and edge distressed with Sweet Leaf. 

Versatile, quick, and simple to put your own flair to any CTMH product, kit or embellishment. 



Thursday, 2 January 2014

Sparkle & Shine Christmas layouts

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Wow 2014 has quite a ring to it.  Did you take lots of pictures around your holiday celebrations?  I know I did, so I need some quick pages to get them scrapbooked right away. 

Thank you to the fabulous Dawn Montagano for the directions to the first layout which she generously shared.

There is no stamping on this layout at all.  The shapes are all cut with the exclusive CTMH cricut cartridges.  Paper and embellishments are from Sparkle & Shine.    Add some sparkle and you're done.

The second layout I created following Cherish, a great how to book (page 83).  Again I used the beautiful Sparkle & Shine dimensional elements and some sparkles for Christmas bling.  No stamping.

If you notice on both layouts there is a small 1/2" border piece.  This is the zip strip from the paper package.  It is a great little embellishment to add more pop to your layouts.

Now that you have some inspiration - get working on your Christmas layouts!!!



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I am a wife, proud mom of 2, mother-in-law, Close to My Heart Consultant, and amateur photographer. I love paper crafting whether it is scrapbooking, cards, or 3-D items, and enjoy enabling - uh I mean teaching, others.