Here a Heart, There a Heart!

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It’s Valentine’s Week and we are celebrating at Bitten by the Bug 2 with a HEART challenge!  I chose to make a layout to hopefully house a Valentine photo of my grandsons.  I used only three colors of cardstock:  Cranberry, Bashful and White Daisy.  The random hearts overlay is from the Paper Lace cartridge, the photo mat from Elegant Edges and the sentiment from Artbooking.


There are lots of other Heart projects over at Bitten by the Bug 2–you better check them out!  Then link up your own artwork because sharing is caring, right??

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope your Valentine’s week is full of fun and LOVE!   Laurie

Layout from a Pattern!

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When I make a scrapbook layout, I rarely use an idea book.  I look at the photos I have, the papers and embellishments I want to use and just start scrapping.  That might be why a lot of my layouts start to look the same LOL!!

Today I decided to use a  layout pattern from the new Make it From Your Heart (Volume 3) idea book from Close to My Heart.  I chose to make Layout 2 which I thought would accommodate the 3 photos I wanted to include in my layout.  Here is a picture of a sample layout from the book that uses that pattern:

And here is the layout that I made using this pattern:

I definitely plan to get out my Make it From Your Heart idea book more often!  While I tend to add quite a few embellishments and fill up most of the empty space on my layouts, using the patterns for a basic plan works quite well.  Close To My Heart has several great idea books for layouts and cards.  You can check them out HERE.

What kind of scrapper are you?  Do you use layout sketches or photos or just wing it on your own?

Thanks for stopping by today!   Remember that something WONDERFUL is always about to happen!    Laurie


Through the Year Calendar/Scrapbook Kit Part 2

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In my last post I shared the first six months of the Through the Year calendar kit and the coordinating scrapbook pages I created based on ideas from Noreen Petty, one of my up-lines.  The page from the calendar kit is on the left and the extra coordinating scrapbook page is on the right.  Here are the final six months:







Luckily the Through the Year calendar kit is still available while supplies last!  If you would like to purchase the calendar kit, you can find it HERE.  If you would like to make the coordinating scrapbook pages, just let me know!  I will share my Design Space file with you so you can make the extra embellishments. You will end up with 12 two page layouts–one for each month!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are staying warm on this very brisk winter day!    Laurie

Through the Year Calendar/Scrapbook Kit

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I have been tucked away for several days working on the Through the Year Calendar Kit and some coordinating scrapbook pages.  This kit was the Close To My Heart special for December, but luckily we just found out that it is still available, but only while supplies last!  So if you were on the fence about purchasing this kit in December, you have another chance!

I made the calendar pages exactly as they were shown in the kit with just a couple of minor tweaks.  I then used ideas from my up-line, Noreen Petty to design a coordinating scrapbook page for each month.  That way I can add photos to each month’s calendar page and when the month is over, I will have a two page scrapbook layout for each month.  In the photos below, the left side of the layouts are from the calendar kit and the right side is my coordinating scrapbook page.  Here are the first six months:







If you like the looks of these layouts and would like to make them yourself, you are in luck!  The Through the Year calendar kit is still available and you can purchase it HERE.  If you want to make the coordinating scrapbook pages, you will need about half a pack of Basics Fundamentals paper, a few pieces of cardstock, 12 white pages for the background and a sheet of gold glitter paper.  I would be happy to share my Design Space file for the extra Cricut cuts.  Just let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check back tomorrow to see the remaining six months of calendar/layout pages.   Laurie


SNOW Challenge at BBTB2!

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The challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week is SNOW!  Unfortunately there has been way too much snow and cold in our country lately, but on a positive note, the weather sure fits our challenge!  I’m sure many of you have taken lots of snow photos that will need a scrapbook page to live on, so let’s get crafting about SNOW!


I created this one page layout with cuts from Lacy Labels (snowflake frame), Anna’s Winter Wonderland (deer) and Artbooking (title).  I embellished with lots of silver and gold glitter paper as well as silver and gold metallic paper, both from Close To My Heart.  The background papers were from my stash.  Photos never do glitter and shine much justice, so you will have to believe me when I say it is quite beautiful in real life!

Hop on over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to see the other design team projects all about SNOW!  Then please link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!  Time in your craft room with a cup of hot tea would be a great way to spend these cold winter days!

Thanks for stopping by today–stay warm!!  Laurie

Time for Warm Winter Clothes!

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It’s time to start digging out those warm winter hats, gloves, scarves and heavy coats!  Those of you who live in warm climates, will just have to miss this “fun” LOL!!  The challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 is to use a Winter Clothes cut on your project.

My son and his family came to Nebraska for Thanksgiving this year and his 11 month old son had never experienced a cold Nebraska wind.  They live in Destin, Florida, so he had to get used to socks, shoes and long pants too!  In this photo, he looks like a fish out of water in his warm winter clothes!

I used the Winter Woodland cartridge for the large stocking cap that I placed in the background and Three Birds on Parade for the title.  The subtle patterns of the Whimsy Fundamentals from Close To My Heart were the perfect papers to use.  It is hard to see in the photo, but the snowflakes and the words are cut from white glitter paper.

I hope you stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 to check out the other design team projects.  Then link up your own artwork with Warm Winter Clothes cuts!

Let’s Go on a Road Trip!

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Don’t you just LOVE a good Road Trip?  That’s the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  Last spring I went on a good old fashioned road trip with a good friend.  We traveled across Nebraska, through the Rockies of Colorado, south along the eastern border of Utah and finally ended up in Page, Arizona.  We put in some long days of driving, but had so much fun and took LOTS of photos!  So, when the Road Trip theme came up at BBTB2, I knew I had to make a layout for some of those photos.

I used paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals collection and cardstock by Close To My Heart.  The Cricut images are all from the new You Are Here cartridge, also from Close To My Heart.  This layout is designed to add Pocket Plus Memory Protectors that will allow me to add lots more photos between the two pages while keeping the main design of the layout.

Please stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 for more inspiration to make your own Road Trip projects.  Then link up your artwork for everyone to enjoy!  We love it when you share!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope your day is like a good road trip!    Laurie