Tuesday, October 28, 2014

December Daily 2014

The Christmas season is full of beauty, love, and moments of magic just waiting to be captured in pictures. All it takes is the right perspective.
 
 
 
What is December Daily?

Originally initiated by a well known scrapbooker Ali Edwards, December Daily can now be found all over the internet starting in the early fall months and continuing through the new year. Aimed at capturing all of your holiday memories, this project consists of taking a photo a day during the month of December and placing it in a dedicated holiday album. And the best part- you can easily get the entire album created ahead of time!

 
http://lisasoares.typepad.com/lisas_blog/25-days-of-christmas-book/
 
 
How Can I Help You With This Project?

Project Christmas is a photo-centric daily guide to creatively and mindfully celebrating the season.

 With as much light and magic this time of year can bring, it's easy to be equally hurried and harried. I created this 26-day online class as the perfect remedy for the holiday hustle. Seasonal photo prompts delivered to your inbox each morning will not only inspire your inner photographer but will encourage you to take a few moments to yourself each day to get creatively centered, one photo at a time.  

 
This will be my 5th year participating in this world-wide project and what I have discovered is that it forces me to be more present in my life. A small mishap that would have caused me stress before is now a funny story for the scrapbook. Just like taking the time to write about what you are thankful for, this activity makes you stop and look around for all the little details that make up our lives around this season.

 
It is a process. It is a commitment. It is so worth it.
 
 

 

 
The Album 
 
The second part of the project is to record those photos in an scrapbook album if you choose to do so. There are many ways to share your photos these days from paper or digital scrapbook pages, photo albums, printed photo books, blogs, facebook and instagram. The most important part of this project is to take the pictures but  it is equally important for you to then get those photos off your camera/hard drive/phone so your family and friends can enjoy them with you.

For the last four years I have documented my “25 Days of Christmas” by creating a 25-page scrapbook in November (no pictures in it) in order to be ready to add pictures and journaling to the completed pages daily, starting December 1st and ending on Christmas Day.  I recorded a story or two from each day or described a detail about our family traditions.



   
december daily 2010 album pages
 

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 NEW FOR 2014!!!

This year I have decided to organize my album in a completely new way. I am going to make an ABC scrapbook about December 2014. The daily email prompts will be inspired by the letters of the alphabet. Instead of focusing my album on the events that occur in one day, the pages will be focused on a letter of the alphabet so there is a lot more room for creativity. For example, for the letter "C" page I might choose to focus the page on "cookies" so my pictures may be from the day I decorate cookies with my children or the page could be a collection of pictures about all the different cookies our family like to bake or eat during the season or even a collection of all the activities that start with "C" I took pictures of. There are so many possibilities with this theme album.


Class includes: 

* 26 ALL NEW daily inspirational emails

* $15 product credit for CTMH products

* coaching and support for completing your album

* Facebook group to connect with others taking the class (a very active group where I will be spending all of my time during December posting lots of fun stuff I find all over the internet)

* A month of FUN that I promise you will want to do again year after year

This class can help and encourage you to get your base album completed before December 1st, so you can sit back and enjoy all the activities, documenting them while your memories are still fresh. All you will have to do is print a few pictures and write a bit of journaling. Don’t think you can find time to do this daily? Don’t! As long as you snap your photos everyday and jot down a few points about the activities or feelings of the day you can always print your pictures weekly, biweekly or even at the end of the 25 days and add them in all at once. 

This class would also be perfect to do with your kids as a family project. You could do one album together or each child could decorate their own and even take their own pictures. 

This class can also be completed by digital scrapbookers too! Simply use the daily emails to inspire your picture taking, make your digital pages when you have time and print them out at the end of the month. It really couldn’t be easier. 
Sign up today for only $15 and start a new tradition you will carry on with year after year.
 

Products I am Using This Year

This is a STASH BUSTING project! I strongly encourage you to gather all of your Christmas paper, stickers, embellishments, etc. together and work from that. If you are like me, you have been collecting all things Christmas for as long as you have been scrapbooking and now you have found the project that is going to help you use it!
 
Of course I totally understand the desire to also use some of the new and fun Christmas paper that is out there.  

This year I have decided to try a new album size - 8.5 x 11 inch. In the past I have used 12x12, 6x8 and 9x9. Time for a new challenge!
 
 
 
 
I am also going to be using the CTMH My Crush Holiday Happenings album in a non-traditional way. I will be taking apart this 6x8 inch book and incorporating the cover and pages into my ringed album. There are so many wonderful pages included in this book that I did not want to miss out on. Plus I am all about the gold this year and this mini album is full of it! As I have done in years past, I will post pictures of my album ready to go for December 1st.

 
 
Feel free to choose whatever album format you are most comfortable with. The products I will be using will work with traditional 12x12 albums as well as pocket style and mini albums.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Of course I always use flip flaps in my December albums and this year CTMH has come out with NEW 3x4 inch ones perfect for using with pocket pages. Check out all the different sizes here.

I will also be using my CTMH Cricut cartridges to cut lovely embellishments, my alphabet and words ahead of time. Most of them in gold glitter!

CTMH also has some beautiful Christmas and Snow themed paper that will likely show up in my album as well.

I put alot of emphasis on completing my base album before December 1st because, in my experience, the project is more likely to be completed this way. When your pictures are ready all you will have to do is adhere them to your already completed page or slide them in a pocket. It's that easy. 
Click here to see a video of some of my completed pages from previous years.


Email me to sign up today! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Halloween and Fall CTMH Creations Blog Hop


Welcome to the •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop!

 

This month we will be featuring Halloween and Fall creations. If you have arrived from Wendy Dodd's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here
 


This month we have a number of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using various CTMH products to help you get in a Spooktacular mood for Fall and Halloween.


I always work on school layouts in September. For this multipage spread I used all of the new Chalk It Up products in the new Annual Inspirations idea book. I combined traditional layouts with pocket pages so I would be able to include photos from an entire school year in one collection. I even made a cure little mini album for the class trip using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

 

 
first double page spread
 
 
 
close up of page 1
 
 
close up of page 2 pocket page

 
pages 3 and 4
 
 
 
close up of page 3 pocket page
 
 
page 4 is the title page that comes with the Picture My Life Chalk It Up kit. The mini album is hanging in a 6"x12" flip flap
 
 
page 5 and 6
 
 
page 5 is the reverse side of the title page
 
 
page 6 is a traditional layout
 
 
Products Used
 
Memory Protector Flip Flaps 12" Assortment, 4"x6", small assortment inside mini album
 
 
 
 
cover of the mini album
 
 
inside of the mini album

 
4"x6" flip flap used on a page to add more pictures
 
 
3"x4" flip flap
 
Thank you so much for following along on our blog hop today! I hope you enjoyed all the lovely artwork...Now its time to head on over to Julie Carriere's Blog and see her artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas! Look for our next blog hop where we will feature beautiful Christmas projects, see you soon!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Newest CTMH Cricut Cartridge "Artfully Sent" is here!

The long awaited Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is now available to order! Here they are, fresh out of the box in the CTMH warehouse ready to ship out to you! PLUS, if you place an order with me or from my website during the month of September, you will get an additional stamp set of your choice for FREE!*




The Collection is AMAZING. It includes:
1 - Cartridge (700 images: Cards, Envelopes, and Fonts)
3 - My Acrylix D-sized stamp sets
1 - 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3 ½" (Y1002), 3" x 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009) 

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut Collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats to make over 400 different cards including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is “just because!” Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sleeves, and pocket cards.  

Click here to see the images on the cartridge.
 



BONUS: Order your Artfully Sent Collection from me during the month of September and you will receive a free stamp set of your choice!*


 
*Free stamp set offer (up to a $19.75 value ) is only available through Cyndy Recker and will not be honored by the Corporate Office or any other Consultant. You will not be charged tax or shipping on the free stamp set. Offer valid on orders placed through September 30th.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 CTMH Retiring Products List

Its that time of year again when CTMH makes room for all the amazing new products that will arrive this august in the Fall/Winter idea book! We are saying goodbye to some amazing products but lots of new and exciting goodies are on their way. This year NONE of the current paper packs are being held over in the new idea book so if you didn't get your favourite one yet don't miss out!

Going, going, GONE!




















Below is the full list of everything retiring. Get your items now, these will go quick! You can shop online and have everything shipped to your door, or of course, you can contact me anytime.

Spring/Summer 2014 Retiring list
Item #Description
Z1789Chalkboard 12" x 12" Sheet, Adhesive-backed
Z1832Spinner
Z1843Irresistibles™ Frames
Z1844Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes 
Z1858Irresistibles™ Hexagons
Z1863Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
X7170C Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements
X7171C Sarita My Stickease® Assortment 
X7172C ProPlayer My Stickease® Assortment 
X7173C Babycakes Complements Canvas Shapes
X7177C Skylark Dimensional Elements Complements
X7178C Ivy Lane My Stickease® Assortment
X7179C Ariana Dimensional Elements Complements
X7180C Balloon Ride Dimensional Elements Complements
X7181C  Jubilee Dimensional Elements Complements
X7182CTimberline My Stickease® Assortment
X7183CLollydoodle My Stickease® Assortment
Z1039Create A Shade Pearl Paint
Z1825Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Z1835Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet
Z1961Marquee Enamel Shapes–White
Z1891Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Z1892Base & Bling Black Jewels
Z1893Base & Bling Red Jewels
Z1894Base & Bling Pink Jewels
Z1895Base & Bling Purple Jewels
Z1854Laughing Lola Assortment
Z1869Babycakes Assortment
Z1873Sarita Assortment
Z1879ProPlayer Assortment
Z3000Skylark Assortment
Z3001Ivy Lane Assortment
Z3002Ariana Assortment
Z3003Balloon Ride Assortment
Z3004Jubilee Assortment
Z3005Timberline Assortment
Z3006Lollydoodle Assortment
Z1837Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection
Z1702Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment
Z1751Harvest Baker's Twine
Z1760Burlap Ribbon
Z1808Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1817Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1826Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Z1846Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1850Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Z1867Jute Ribbon
Z1917Lagoon Zipper Lace
Z1930Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z134312 x 12 Post Bound Album- Cranberry
Z134412 x 12 Post Bound Album- Hollyhock
Z134512 x 12 Post Bound Album- Black
Z1348WIP 12x12 Album- Chocolate
Z1911Designed Décor Frame Kit
Z1874Base & Bling Necklace 
Z1875Base & Bling Cuff 
Z1876Base & Bling Hair Clips
Z1877Base & Bling Rings
Z1878Base & Bling Headband
Z1195My Creations Memory Showcase 6x6
Z1647My Creations® Card Box
Z1797My Creations® Bracket Frame
Z1868My Creations® Kraft Ring Box
Z1870My Creations® Kraft Pocket Album
X1404TrueFitFolios(5)
Z1820For Always Textiles 
Z1885Sarita Textiles
Z1970Skylark Textiles
Z1971Jubilee Textiles
Z1801Alcohol Blending Marker
Z2400Marker Set: Twilight
Z2401Marker Set: Crystal Blue
Z2402Marker Set: Sky
Z2403Marker Set: Juniper
Z2404Marker Set: Sweet Leaf
Z2405Marker Set: Buttercup
Z2406Marker Set: Creme Brulee
Z2407Marker Set: Sorbet
Z2408Marker Set: Blush
Z2409Marker Set: Smoothie
Z2410Marker Set: Gypsy
Z2411Marker Set: Pacifica
Z2412Marker Set: Lagoon
Z2413Marker Set: Topiary
Z2414Marker Set: Pear
Z2415Marker Set: Honey
Z2416Marker Set: Sunset
Z2417Marker Set: Cotton Candy
Z2418Marker Set: Hollyhock
Z2419Marker Set: Cranberry
Z2420Marker Set: Smokey Plum
Z2421Marker Set: Outdoor Denim
Z2422Marker Set: Indian Corn Blue
Z2423Marker Set: Ponderosa Pine
Z2424Marker Set: New England Ivy
Z2425Marker Set: Olive
Z2426Marker Set: Goldrush
Z2427Marker Set: Autumn Terracotta
Z2428Marker Set: Barn Red
Z2429Marker Set: Ruby
Z2430Marker Set: Black
Z2431Marker Set: Slate
Z2432Marker Set: Whisper
Z2206Reinker Blush
Z2210Reinker Buttercup
Z2260Reinker Twilight
Z2267Reinker Crème Brulee
Z2294Reinker Sky                                                                                          
Z2106Stamp Pad Blush
Z2110Stamp Pad .Buttercup
Z2160Stamp Pad Twilight
Z2167Stamp Pad Crème Brulee
Z2194Stamp Pad Sky                                                                                        
Z2500Whimsy Mini Pigment Set
Z4133Marker Tower
1271Cardstock12x12Buttercup
X5640Cardstock12x12Blush
X5666Cardstock12x12Twilight
X5754Cardstock12x12CremeBrulee
X5761Cardstock 12x12 Sky                                                                                  
X5936Whimsy Cardstock Combo
X7170BLaughing Lola Paper Packet
X7171BSarita Paper Packet
X7172BProPlayer Paper Packet
X7173BBabycakes Paper Packet
X7177BSkylark Paper Packet
X7178BIvy Lane Paper Packet
X7179BAriana Paper Packet
X7180BBalloon Ride Paper Packet
X7181BJubilee Paper Packet
X7182BTimberline Paper Packet
X7183BLollydoodle Paper Packet
1514Tombow Adhesive
1515Tombow Adhesive Refill
Z1311Circle Punch 1 1/4                                                                                  
Z338Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Z1114Piercing Tool Kit
A1130Quick Cards-Bountiful Season
A1143Teddy Bear Birthday
A1144Birthday Cheer
A1145Flowering Thanks
A1158Doodle Signs
A1160This Is Good
B1407School Is Here
B1411Greek Alphabet
B1425Stitched with Love
B1426Pick a Posy
B1446Some Bunny
B1447A Mother's Love
B1448My Hero
B1451Enjoy the Little Things
C1473Remarkable Wreath
C1510Merry & Bright
C1524Words of Comfort
C1555Count Your Blessings
C1563Cityscape
C1572On Holiday (Australia Only)
D1483Glory To God
D1514Just a Number
D1551Swirls Around
D1557Candyland
D1564Maximum Power
D1583Unicorn Dreams
G1072Workshops on the Go® Skylark Kit
G1073Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Kit
G1074Workshops on the Go® Ariana Kit
G1075Workshops on the Go® Balloon Ride Kit
G1076Workshops on the Go® Jubilee Kit
G1077Workshops on the Go® Timberline Kit
G1078Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Kit
G1079Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Cardmaking Kit
G1080Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit