Live Beautifully Goes Masculine!

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The new Live Beautifully paper collection that Close To My Heart created for National Scrapbooking Month is full of roses, peonies, pinks and purples.  Girly paper, right?  Right, except not entirely!  Most of my scrapbooking is about boys and men, so I decided to see if I could come up with some more masculine layouts from this “girly” paper.

For the first layout, I used the gold embossed polka dot paper as the background.  I added cuts from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart to make a layout suitable for a graduation or other accomplishment.

The second layout has the blue/green ombre as background papers with Chocolate and Lagoon cardstock accents.   The colors, the Flower Market images and the touch of burlap ribbon work together to give this a masculine flair. This layout would be perfect for some travel or “outdoorsy” photos.

The final layout has a nautical feel with the cute sailboat and anchors, also from Flower Market.  I used the black and white striped paper as the background and then lots of bright colors from the Adventure palette and a bit of Lagoon ribbon.  I can see Father’s Day photos on this layout!

So what do you think–can Live Beautifully be used for masculine layouts too?  I certainly think so and can’t wait to get some photos of my guys on these layouts!

You can get your own set of the Live Beautifully paper by ordering HERE!  Thanks you very much!   Laurie


Don’t Bug Me!!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use an INSECT cut on your projects. Well, I have recently been playing with the Dreamin’ Big papers from Close To My Heart and it has a cute bug print paper, so that was my inspiration!  There is a Thin Cut/Stamp set that goes with this paper, but I wasn’t able to purchase one before they sold out, so I went to my old friend, Design Space instead!  And there are a lot of bugs on Design Space, let me tell you!

I chose insects from Garden Soup, Dinosaur Tracks and Potions and Spells to crawl up the side of my layout.  I think they go great with the papers and the “totally boy” photos of my grandson.  All the other embellishments are from the Dreamin’ Big Complements package.  Unfortunately, this collection retired on April 30 and is no longer available.

For the right side of the layout, I chose flowers and the “explore” title to go with the photo of my grandson examining some early spring flowers.  He seems to enjoy flowers as much as his grandma!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 and see the other design team projects with INSECT cuts!  Then help us celebrate spring by sharing your own “buggy” projects!

Thanks for stopping by–make today awesome!!   Laurie


Dreamin’ Big Layout–A Little Boy With a Stick

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A few months ago when I was in Florida with my son and his family, my three year old grandson discovered a big stick in the yard after a storm.  He had such a good time poking and prodding and reaching with that stick.  I took a few candid shots of his investigations and decided that the Dreamin’ Big paper by Close To My Heart would be the perfect paper to use to scrapbook these cute photos.

A series of paper strips of various widths provides the background for the photos.  Using the black background really sets off all the colors of the papers and photos.  I also used a couple of the Picture My Life cards included in the paper collection as well as some of the Dreamin’ Big Complements.

It’s so easy to create with Close To My Heart papers and coordinating embellishments since all the colors and styles fit together seamlessly.  There’s no searching through my stash anymore to try to find papers and embellishments that may or may not fit together.  CTMH makes my crafting so much easier!!

The Dreamin’ Big paper collection will retire in just a couple of days so don’t miss out on this wonderful paper pack suitable for so many events and situations.  Shop HERE to get all of your CTMH goodies!  Thanks very much!   Laurie


Live Beautifully Layout/Card Kit

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Today I’m happy to share a Layout and Card Kit created with the gorgeous Live Beautifully paper collection.  This is a special paper pack designed by Close To My Heart for National Scrapbooking Month which is only a few days away!  Take a look–

 

You will receive a full set of the Live Beautifully paper pack (14 sheets), all the stamped images, Cricut cuts and ribbon embellishments and extra cardstock for photo mats.  You will also receive individual photos with cutting and assembly notes to make it easy to complete these layouts at home.  Please note that the white cardstock rectangles simply represent your photos and are not included in the kit.  You will have enough paper left over for additional layouts and projects including the cards shown below.

Total cost of this Scrapbook Layout (3 two page layouts) and Card Kit (2 each of 4 designs) is only $20.00!!  This is a VERY special price to celebrate National Scrapbook Month and encourage you to play with paper!  Remember the Live Beautifully paper and this offer are only available during May and is on a “while supplies last” basis.  Don’t miss out!!

Leave a comment here or contact me at 2craftysisterscreations@gmail.com to order your Scrapbook/Card Kits.  The regular paper pack, stamp set and other Cut Above scrapbook kits will be available on May 1.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you “Live Beautifully” today and every day!   Laurie


Paper Pack Throwback Layouts!

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I was lucky enough to attend a crop last Saturday and I worked hard to finish some layouts that have been “in progress” for quite a while.  And by quite a while, I mean a couple of years!  Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to…

Earlier I had made a couple of single page layouts with the retired Blossom and Jackson paper packs showing pictures of my grandson when he was about 13 months old.  So I was determined to finish up these layouts this weekend.  Well, I needed a bit of time at home too, especially since I’m making two of each layout–one for me and one for my son and his family, but here they are!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blast from the Close To My Heart past!  I had so much fun revisiting these old paper packs and it sure feels good to get these layouts completed–FINALLY!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make it a great one!    Laurie


Oh, Baby!!

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It’s Baby Week at Bitten by the Bug 2!  We are celebrating all things babies from cards to layouts and everything in between.  And boy, do I have a baby to share!  My new grandson was born on December 29 and here is one of my first scrapbook layouts to celebrate this new little sweetie.

I used retired Georgie paper from Close To My Heart along with Peacock, Canary and Juniper cardstock.  The Cricut cuts are from Wild Card, Flower Market and Artbooking.  On the right side of the layout I layered the coordinating Picture My Life cards behind the photos.  The journaling block is another PML card.

Be sure to check out the other design team projects at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Then make your own baby project and share with us for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make this an AWESOME day!   Laurie


We’re So Lucky at BBTB2!!

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I am so LUCKY to be hosting the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  With St. Patrick’s Day coming in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be fun to get LUCKY with our crafting projects.  The challenge this week is to use the word “lucky” or symbols of LUCK (horseshoes, clovers, rabbit feet) on a project.  We can all use a little reminder of the wonderful things in our lives that make us truly LUCKY or we can wish a special someone GOOD LUCK!

I made a simple scrapbook layout using a cut from Flower Market by Close To My Heart that was perfect to describe this picture of me with my two grandsons.  The paper is from Hello Lovely, also by Close To My Heart.  I added a few gold glitter gems and a ribbon as embellishments to let the photo and the subtle colors of these papers tell the story of this special moment.

Please stop by Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the projects created by my amazing design team sisters.  You will feel so LUCKY after you’ve seen their fabulous work that I know you’ll want to create one of your own to share!

Take time to reflect on the little things in your life that make you truly LUCKY!!   Laurie