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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blessings and Heart2Heart January Scrapbook Challenge

It's a new Year and a New Challenge for Scrapbooking. 
For the Next 6 month's I will be your SCRAPBOOK Captain. 
I am so EXCITED ... Can't you tell?  
Each month will be a themed challenge. 
You will have all month to link your creative design on 
how you interpret the challenge. Do remember, You must 
use some Close To My Heart products to qualify 
as well as meet the specific items/theme for 
that months challenge.
What are you waiting for, let me see what you got. I'll be sure to come by your blog and leave a comment. 

new Design Team members.
Click HERE for the challenges and check out these 
wonderful and talented ladies. 
Take a moment to welcome them and 
visit their Blogs.

Here's some information on my Sentimental January Layout

Sentimental I am.....
In this 2 page layout I am sharing with you the strongest & most kindhearted person I ever had the opportunity to know. I am still going through a very large box of pictures and piecing a memory album together of her life. I only have a small fraction shown here. My Mother-in-Law was not considered an in-law; in my heart; she was a mom to me in more ways than one. (Hubby always jokes that his mom loved me more than him...LOL!!)
As soon as I can, I will put a better pic up of this layout..Sorry
 I love the look of the Huntington Papers for this particular part of the memory album. It's warm colors and fall feeling reminds me of Thanksgiving & Blessings. 
Blessings are what she would always gently remind us to think on. Her favorite saying,  "Everyday that we are able to raise our heads, take in a fresh new breath, & walk across the floor, is a day to be THANKFUL and know we have been Blessed with a new day."
I have done my journaling in my own penmanship since this would be the way she would have chosen to have her life story written. She fought a very hard and long battle with cancer. A few weeks before my oldest child's graduation, and days before Mothers Day, she became very ill, was admitted to the hospital, and we lost her the day after Mothers Day. Heaven gained a brave and sweet angel that day.
I always remember her more during the months of December and January not because of birthdays or any special event, but, because she always loved the season of Christmas and what Christmas stood for. She was an ultimate giver and never expected anything in return. She'd be the first up and ready on Christmas morning just to see what everyone else got and what their reactions were. January was always a new beginning and she reveled in starting a fresh year with her students, friends, family, and even the weather. She always look forward to seeing what she could accomplish or learn each new day. 
Sorry the pics are not better.  Working on that this week and will replace by this Friday.
My Sentiment for this layout is "A Wonderful Season of Fun" from the Cricut Art Philosphy Bundle Stamp Set , "Wonderful Season". Each Picture used in this 2 page layout is all about something fun she would do, say, or share with her family.
 You may click pictures to view larger.
Pg. 1
                                Showing the Flip Flap closed             Showing the Flip Flap opened

Pg. 2
                               Showing the Flip Flap closed           Showing Flip Flap opened

Supplies & Tools used are Close To My Heart unless noted otherwise.
Cardstock: Colonial White, Olive, Cashmere Huntington B&T
Inks: Barn Red, New England Ivy, Chocolate
Sponge Daubers-Z726
Sure Cut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer-Z1783
Cricut Cartridges: Art Philosophy and Artbooking Cartridges
Cricut Craft Room-Only to weld the letters for the word "Blessings"
Memory Protectors 4"x 6" Flip Flaps
Memory Protectors 12" x 12" top load pocket
Stamp Sets: Harvest of Happiness-C1463-current retiring list, Wonderful Seasons- Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle, Cherished Flourishes- D1413-retired
Love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below.
Thank you for stopping by and do go by and check out the Monday H2H Weekly challenge. Don't forget, Link up your layouts for this months Scrapbook challenge at H2H. I would love to see your take on this months themed challenge. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year approaching and Big News with Scrapbooking Challenges at Heart2Heart

Can't believe the New Year is just a day away. 
Hope you have had a wonderful 2013. 
If it's been a rocky 2013, 
then my hope for you is a better 2014. 
Remember, each day is a new beginning. We do have 
that opportunity to restart and have a 
better day than the previous. 
I am hoping my 2014 is even better than 2013. 
We all have things to over come in one way or another. 
Here's our chance to begin 2014 in a new light, new healthier habits, and even more happy craftiness.
Good Luck and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Just want to share this information with you. 
My New year will begin with being the captain over at 
I am truly excited and can't wait to share the first months inspiration themed H2H Scrapbooking Challenge. 

Our January challenge is 
Sentimental January.
           * 12" x 12" page Layouts 
involving a sentimental moment 
with friends, family, or pets (past or present)
           * Must use a CTMH Exclusive Stamp Set featuring a sentiment 
and let's see some journaling. 
           * At least 1 photo required

We hope you will join in the fun. I will post my inspiration 
on January 1, 2014 by 12:05am central time zone. 
Just go to the H2H Scrapbooking tab or click the link above. 
We'd love for you to link your layouts and show us 
your take on the January challenge.
Be sure to read the rules over at H2H Rules tab.
You are also more than welcome to join in 
to meet the NEW 
Heart 2 Heart Design Team for 2014.
Fantastic ladies with AWESOME talent.
Happy New Year from my family to yours!
Thank you for taking time to stop by.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Create the Date so easily with the Artbooking Cartridge.

This video is a must see.
If your as busy as bee already with all the 
trimmings on trees, tagging packages, 
food preparations, meeting incoming family accommodations, and so on...
...then you'll understand why this idea is an 
awesome way to make that last minute gift 
for those after Christmas gift swaps. 
We have several friends and a few family we can't 
seem to fit into the traditional Christmas schedule. 
So, we add a few extra days at the end of the year 
to get that opportunity to see and spend some 
non rushed time with them.  
Looks like this is on my list for added 
gift giving this year.

I hope each of you have a very Merry Christmas.  
I send Blessings of Joy, Love, and Hope to 
each of my Blog followers, Family, and Friends. 
No matter how or what you celebrate, We all 
could use Happiness, Kindness, &  
lots of Love in our lives. 
That is my wish for you all.

Don't forget to stop by my web to get your 
January supplies.
Check out the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST list 
and Retiring Items too.
Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Wintertime Layouts

Well, These layouts are so cute. I will have to put this on my to do list 
for January. Awesome layouts and great tips. 
They make creating layouts so stinkin' easy and fun.
If you would like to get your Artbooking Cartridge Bundle 1/2 off, 
Contact me today for more information.
 stop by my website and order it now.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Discontinued Page Protectors-50 pack-GONE

As of this afternoon 12/6/13 12:35pm These are no longer available.
Any of my scrapbookers who use our 12" x 12" page protectors 
and usually get the 50 pack set will need to order 
by tomorrow Dec. 6th. 
Close To My Heart will be changing up the packages 
and pricing in the near future. Since there has been 
a very high influx of orders on this item, 
after Dec. 6th (tomorrow) they will have to put 
them on the discontinued list. 
If you are wanting them at this fantastic price, I suggest 
NOW is the time to order.  
Item Z4115 Memory Protectors 50 for $22.95 
Go to, click the 
shop tab and put in the code above to order these. 
After they discontinue them, this package will 
no longer be available to order.
Item Z4115 Memory Protectors 50 for $22.95 
Patented clear top loading Memory Protectors® are perfect 
for keeping your scrapbook pages 
wrinkle- and fingerprint-free. (50 clear protectors)
Beginning February 1, 2014 the page protectors will be available as shown below.
The new Memory Protectors™ will be available 

separately. They will come in several styles:

Top Load (4110, 10 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket 

and a gutter seam, $9.95)

Top Load Value Pack (Z4115, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" 

pocket and a gutter seam, $19.95)

Side Load (Z1968, 10 protectors with a 1
2" x 12" pocket 

and a gutter seam, $9.95
Side Load Value Pack (Z1984, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12"

 pocket and a gutter seam, $19.95)

Strap Side Load (Z1969, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" 

pocket for strap binding, no gutter seam, $19.95)

Design 1 (Z1324, 10 protectors – 6 vertical 6" × 4" pockets

 each, $9.95)

Design 2 (4113, 10 protectors – 6 horizontal 4" × 6" pockets 

each, $9.95)

Design 3 (Z1950, 10 protectors – 4 vertical 6" × 4" pockets & 4

 horizontal 3" x 4" pockets each, $9.95)

Design 4 (Z1951, 10 protectors – 4 horizontal 4" × 6" pockets

& 4 vertical 4" × 3" pockets each, $9.95)

Design 5 (Z1952, 10 protectors – 3 vertical 6" × 4" pockets &

 6 horizontal 3" × 4" pockets each, $9.95)

Meeting My Goal helps you get $150 in free product.

OK family & friends, I am in need of a little help meeting my goal this 
quarter. I have until Dec. 31st to make my deadline.
If you would like to be of some help, contact me for more information.
I need at least two more team members to keep me going. 

Would you like $155 in awesome paper crafting supplies for $49? 
The papers are great and the stamp sets are even more perfect. Not only that, 
this kit is a great way to give a few gifts for those special people who 
like to craft, make cards, and/or scrapbook. 

Here is what you get for $49. + s/h & tax.

Laughing Lola Paper Pack($9.95), Laughing Lola Assortment 
Laughing Lola Compliments Dimensional($4.95), 
Laughing Lola Exclusive C-Size Stamp Set($13.95), 
Laughing Lola Assortment($5.95), Black Hemp($2.25), 
Petite Perks-A Touch of Fall($3), Reflections-Scrapbook Program($14.95), 
Original Card Confidence Program($14.95), Black Exclusive Ink Pad($5.25), 
Gypsy Exclusive ink pad($5.25), My Acrylix Paisley Stamp Set($13.95), 
My Acrylix Cityscape Stamp Set($13.95), My Acrylix Swirls Around($17.95), 
3" x 3" block($8.50), CTMH Idea Books($12) 
Color Swatches($5), Autumn Winter B&T Swatches($5)

Email me with the SUBJECT LINE title: "Info on Kit" at

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Life = Busy. Your Photos need a Home....

.....Seasons are changing, life is getting busy with the upcoming festivities. They'll be family & friends coming and going. Cooking and eating along with the shopping. 
Take a moment for yourself. Let's do something to savor times gone by and enjoy those memories.

Now's the time to sit down and take a moment to savior those precious photos you have. Your overwhelmed already just thinking about it...Well don't be, Let me help you get those pics onto some lovely, simple, and fast pages before another year passes you by. 
It's not as hard as we tend to make it out to be. Don't put so much thought into it. 

Contact me for more information on how you can get 

from this***

to something like these ***


in the matter of a few planned hours each month.

If you are interested. We have an upcoming gathering and 
would love for you to attend. 

It's a Friday night the first week of December with a 1 hour planned 
simple 2 page layout for you. And, then you have the option to stay and scrapbook on other items as well.
The Hostess will be supplying food and beverages, You bring $5.00, adhesive, personal paper trimmer and yourself. We've got the rest. 
Plan on some fun girl time while getting a layout to start your
 beautiful book of Memories.

RSVP by Tuesday, December 3rd.

Details for the Gathering:

DATE: December 6, 2013 (Friday)
TIME: Begins promptly at 7:00pm
WHERE: Collierville, TN.
  Will email you the Hostesses address when you RSVP.
COST: $5.00
Comment below or contact me through my website at

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy ~ Christmas Layouts

WOW, What awesome ideas in this video using the Artbooking Cartridge. I love 
these Layouts and the techniques shown. You'll have to watch what Christine at
CTMH has done with these overlays to create her layouts.

If you would like your own Artbooking Bundle, you may purchase at 
my website HERE. Even better, If you would like a chance at getting 
yours half off, comment below with a way for me to reach you and I can 
tell you how you can get this bundle.
Thanks for dropping by and hope this inspires you to create
some fantastic layouts for you and your family.
Scrapbooking My Memories~Sandra V.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gratitude with an Attitude Hop.....

Welcome to the 
Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop! 

The Stampers with an Attitude are excited to show you our 
"Gratitude with an Attitude" artwork
so here we go.
The blogger in front of me is Becky McClain   
So, if you came from there you are on track. 

 I don't know about anyone else, but I'm ready for Thanksgiving.  We always spend it with my husbands family. Everyone pitches in to bring a portion of the meal. It's really nice and relaxing for everyone. You know, most of the men are watching football or talking sports while the women are in the kitchen getting all the fixings together for it to be devoured in less than an hour...Usually the same ol' same ol'. But for us, the actual getting together and spending some time with family is a Blessing. With everyone's schedules and other families spread across the world it's the one time we can truly enjoy catching up and relaxing after the meal. Here is my creation for the Hop. I am ready to put this years pics into my 
"I'm Grateful for" page.  
We have many things to be Grateful for and 
Family is number ONE.

Front view with the Flip Flap closed.
I stamped the outer edge of the 12" x 12" and the 8"x 12" with the
elegant doily from the Sweet & Lovely stamp set.
I twisted and turned the stamp set to fit as close to each other and
stamped off the base page and the 4.5 x 4.5 picture mat to
coordinate the design. I added icons and words cut
from the Artbooking Cartridge. I also added my Title
stamped onto the Dimensional Elements.
Here you see where I used the Dimensional Elements as the
title accent and also as the opening accent to
open the Flip Flap.

Here you see the complete base page and the inner Flip Flap.
The 4 top mats are 3" x 3", The 2 bottom mats are 4" x 6"

I used the following items to create this layout.
CTMH  Kraft, Olive, & Autumn Terracotta Cardstock
CTMH  Olive, Chocolate, & Autumn Terracotta Ink Pad
CTMH  Stamp Sets = Sweet & Lovely D1571 & 
                                   A Friend Like You B1410
CTMH  12" Assorted Flip Flaps (One 12"x 8") Z1325
CTMH  Dimensional Elements (Awards) Z1792
CTMH  Glitter Glitz Gel (Stardust) Z1313
CTMH  Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (Bundle Z1096)

Here is the Journal Spot I made then folded  
for special notes on what my
favorite part of the Thanksgiving Meal is.
Here you see where I accented the Icon and the 
first letter with my favorite bling, 
Glitter Glitz Gel in stardust.

Hope you are enjoying all the talents of 
the ladies in our Blog Hop.
May you and your family have a 
wonderful Thanksgiving and 
count the many Blessings you have. 
Continue on to see more wonderful talents 
and get your inspiration
for your next project. 
If you would like to have any items  
I used on my Layout. 
Please stop by my website at
If you would like more information 
regarding my layout,
please feel free to let me know in your 
comments below. I would 
love to hear from you.

The next blogger on the hop 
is Catherine Nowak 

If you get lost along the way, here is the list of all the participants.
November Gratitude with an Attitude Blog Hop List
  1.  Pamela O'Connor ~
  2. LaJeania Hicks ~
  3. Melinda Everitt ~
  4. Angela Garcia ~
  5. Becky McClain ~
  6. Sandra VanWoerden ~
  7. Catherine Nowak ~
  8. Barbi Kelley ~
  9. Melissa Robinson ~
  10. Jen Patrick~
  11. Sheila Bennett ~
  12. Hilary Reynolds~
THANK YOU for taking time to stop by. DO have a browse around and enjoy the inspiration.

After the Blog Hop, stop over & check out 
more inspiration at these challenges I 
entered my layout in.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Project Inspirations: Ombré Technique

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I will be away for a few days and 
thought I would share this video from Close To My Heart.  The Ombre look is a 
big hit every where I look. I love how it can be added to my scrapbooking and other crafts. 
Carly is sharing a project she made using dimensional elements, 
re-inkers, and liquid glass. Awesome. 
I have added this to one of my To Do List in the near future. 
Hope you will try this technique and share it with me. If you need any of the items mentioned in the video, you are more than welcome to purchase them through my web site HERE.
Thank You for stopping by and don't forget to return for our up coming 
"Grateful With An Attitude"Blog Hope
I'll see you on Monday, November 11, 2013

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Gratitude all through November......

Don't know why I did not think of this the other day. I have been posting on 
Facebook each day something I am very Grateful/Thankful for. I am going to try to 
share each day or at least every few days on my blog as well. 
Along with that, The Stampers with an Attitude will be doing their Monthly Blog Hop 
featuring Gratitude with an Attitude Art. This ought to be fun. 

Do come back & check out the Blog Hop
anytime after November 10th. 
Here's my List from the last 5 days and today.
November 1~ I have a lot to be Thankful for. Today, I am THANKFUL for my true Friends and all my FAMILY.
November 2~ Very Thankful for my Husband. Thank you for all your patients, love, giving nature, and the ability to still make me laugh even when I just want to cry. We've climb hills and a few mountains along our travels. May we continue to stand beside each other through each and every day.
November 3Thankful for my Healthy, Smart, Beautiful Girls. Makes life worth living to see them mature into young women. I am proud to say they are my daughters. They bring me the sun in days of gloom. They are not perfect and as all of us have flaws and can test my patience from time to time. God truly Blessed me with these miracles. So very Thankful.
November 4~ Been a very long day. I AM VERY THANKFUL for the days I am able to get out of bed, perform daily tasks, Do extra cleaning chores around the house, plan for upcoming Scrapbooking classes, breath and function without pain, and have a bed to lay my body down on when the day comes to an end. Good night my friends. I am Blessed today and every day.
November 5~ Very Blessed to be able to see & hear. We, that have these senses take it for granted what a wonder it is to hear our children's voices, cry's, and beautiful giggles & to see their faces on a day to day bases. Thank you Lord for these awesome moments and gifts in our lives.
November 6Thankful to be able to have a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes to wear, and blankets to cuddle in when the weather begins to chill. So many, due to layoffs over the last 4 years have lost everything. So Blessed we have been able to keep our heads afloat and have faith that we will get through each day with his grace and carry us even when there were/are times we couldn't/can't see past that very hour to the next.

What are you Thankful for each day of your life? 


Just as pieces stitched together in a quilt warm our bodies, scrapbooks bind together memories to warm our hearts. ~Author Unknown~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The designs and instructions listed on this blog are for personal use only and may not be sold in any form without specific permission. Thank you for respecting each creator's heart of joy.

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