Summer Nights at BBTB2

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Do you live where there are fireflies?  Well, they are prolific here in Nebraska and it just doesn’t seem like summer until we see their twinkly lights once more!  Unfortunately, there are no fireflies where my grandchildren live, but I can’t wait until they visit in the summer and participate in a traditional lightning bug hunt.  And I will be prepared with this layout!

The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is Summer Nights–use a Cricut cut of stars, campfires, fireflies or anything you associate with a hot summer night.

The background paper is from a retired Close To My Heart collection called Florence.  The Cricut cuts are from Summer Love, Simple Pop Up Cards and A Child’s Year (font).  I took a firefly from the pop up card, attached it to a hexagon and then “sliced”.  After placing a yellow layer behind the firefly hexagon, voila! a nice embellishment that I duplicated for the border along the edge of the page.  Love Design Space!!

Pop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the Summer Night projects by my design team sisters.  Then get out your Cricuts and create your own Summer Nights artwork to link up for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!   Laurie


No Worries Layout Workshop

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Today I’m excited to share my June Layout Workshop using the fabulous No Worries paper collection by Close To My Heart!  This paper has me smitten!  It’s just perfect for all your beach, cruise or family vacation photos, but is certainly not limited to those events.  I can see using No Worries for Father’s Day or other masculine photos too.

These layouts were created with the No Worries Workshop Your Way kit.  This kit includes a No Worries paper pack, Complements, sequins, burlap ribbon and 4 pieces of White Daisy cardstock.  If you purchase this kit for $26.95 from my online shopping site, I will send you photos and directions to make these 3 layouts.

You can also attend a workshop in my home on Friday evening, June 23 or Saturday afternoon, June 24 to create these layouts or I can mail you a kit so you can assemble them at home.  Cost will be $30.00 (postage extra).  Let me know how I can help!   Laurie


Welcome Summer!!

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The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is SUMMER!  It’s June and the hot weather has arrived, at least here in Nebraska, so time to start thinking about summer activities.  And nothing says summer like a day at the beach with a cute little boy who is quite the beach bum!

I used Cricut cuts from several cartridges–Photo Fun (sun overlay), April Showers (word “sunshine”) and Pack Your Bags (sun with a face).  The paper is from a summer themed collection by Authentique.  I just love the feel of pure joy and excitement in these photos of my grandson!  If only that feeling could be bottled up and shared…

Please top over at Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects which celebrate SUMMER.  Then we’d love to have you link up your own summer projects for all of us to enjoy!

Hope it feels like you are “walking on sunshine” today!   Laurie


It’s a Fiesta at H2H!

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This week at Heart 2 Heart, we are celebrating FIESTA style and the challenge is to create a project with a fiesta theme.  For my design team project, I created a layout using the new Prickly Pear paper collection and Complements from Close To My Heart.  I added a couple of southwestern cuts from the Fiesta Cricut cartridge.  A sprinkling of Prickly Pear sequins added a bit of sparkle to the bright, beautiful colors in this paper collection.

Be sure to stop by Heart 2 Heart to see the other design team projects with a FIESTA theme.  Then we would love it if you’d play along and share your artwork with us!

Have an awesome day!   Laurie


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