Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Make Your Own Book with Blurb

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Hello friends.  With only one day to go until our grandson is born, I have been gathering infant photography props, blankets, throws, and such, preparing for Jude's first photo shoot.  I love the day one, week one photos we captured of Avaleigh and I hope to do just as well with Jude.  I even took a class on posing newborns!  



Wondering what I do with all of those photos?  Yes, I print and frame some of them.  Of course I scrapbook the photos! I have made a couple of canvases, and I have made books.  Avaleigh loves books.  My most recent book for Avaleigh was a color book.  On the left page was a photo of Avaleigh, wearing something that related to the color on the right page.  For example, she is wearing red pajamas on the Red page, with a red apple on the color page.  She really likes the book.

I make a lot of the books at Blurb (link is in the banner above).  While my books are for our personal use, at Blurb you can make books and sell them.  You can also make books and use them for fundraiser projects.

My favorite of the books I have created to date is Bethany and John's wedding book.  It looks completely professional!


Above is the cover, which wraps around the spine.  


Above and below are layout photo pages within the book.  I love the way that we can feature favorite photos and still include a lot of smaller photos of the event. 


Remember above where I said that you can sell your books?  You can make books and fund raise with them.  With Blurb you can use your link to promote the books you create.  


I suspect that my next book with be titled, Hey Jude, and will be created next week!!

I will be be back to post photos of my new grandson later this week.  Until them, click the link at the top of the page and go make a book at Blurb!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Wishes


Hello friends.  It's a Happy Birthday challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2 this week.  Our talented and sweet design team sister, Laurie, from Crafty Sisters Creations, is celebrating her birthday today, and she challenged us all to celebrate with her!  


I made a very quick birthday card this week, using three Cricut cartridges and a NEW Close To My Heart stamp set!!  The fun swirl frame is from the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.  The great birthday hat, which coordinates with a new set of stamp available for purchase on August 1, was cut with the Close To My Heart Artistry cartridge.  And finally the Happy Birthday phrase was cut using Thoughts and Phrases - Good.

 


The birthday hat was stamped with the Wise Guy Birthday stamp set.  It is from the new annual inspirations book and will be available beginning August 1st.



If you have not already done so, please go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out the amazing birthday projects the design team created.  Also, remember to wish Laurie a happy birthday!!   She would love it if you created a birthday project and joined this week's challenge.

BIG NEWS:

We are having a wonderfully busy week with our second grandchild, a boy named Jude, being delivered via C-section this Wednesday.  We are all very excited to meet Jude.   

Also this week, older son, Aaron, and his lovely wife, Crissie, are supposed to close on their first home.  A very exciting time for them!!  But I am so hoping to have baby duty instead of moving duty!!



CLOSE TO MY HEART NEWS:

I am going to once again remind you that July is the last month to order from our current Idea Book.  Be sure to order any products that you have been eyeing but have not purchased!!  This Idea Book goes away on July 31st.

One of my favorite products from our ORGANIZATION LINE is only available while supplies last, the ROLLING TOTE!  I use this tote and I tote-ally love it. Our wonderful plastic small, medium, and large organizers stack perfectly into into the Rolling Tote.  


You are invited to join my Close To My Heart team, Paper Couture:

New Consultant's Kit $75

I have to tell you about the great Promotion for anyone who signs on with me to be a Close To My Heart Consultant.  CTMH is having an EARLY BIRD special.  New Consultants that sign up in July will be able to choose a new Fundamentals paper pack with a pack of coordinating complements to receive FREE with their New Consultant Kit. These new Fundamental paper packs are fabulous - I just saw them yesterday and I am very excited to receive them.  This special gives new Consultants the chance to start their new business at the beginning of a brand new idea book, and to get brand new products that they would not be able to get as a customer. 


Early Bird Special Choices

If you have ever thought of becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, NOW is the time to join my team.  Follow THIS LINK for more information.



July also has a great new Stamp of the Month, From The Notebook.  I LOVE this stamp set.  In addition to being a wonderful scrapbooking stamp set, it is also a great card making and Project Life stamp set!!  This is very  a versatile stamp set.  And best of all, with a $50.00 order, you can add this stamp set to your shopping cart for only $5.00.  You can also order the stamp set at the regular price of $17.95.  For more information, CLICK HERE to see the set in my on-line store.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One Last Kitchen Project



Hello friends.  I am back today with one last kitchen update project:  My mini coffee nook area.  The builder left what I have always thought of as a "dead zone" at the end of one wall of kitchen cabinets.  From ceiling to floor there was a twenty-two inch wide, nine feet tall, are of underutilized space (16 sq feet of dead wall area)!  We had previously add a kitchen island on wheels to the area, which is great for serving or for additional counter/prep area.  That still left six feet by twenty-two inches of unused space.  

While scrolling through Pinterest (you know one of the three on-line time killers in our lives, Pinterest, Facebook, and blogs - like mine!), I found a photo where shelves had been added to an area using the shelving brackets pictured above and below.  They are by Ikea, but available through Amazon. I loved the almost floating shelf look.  I like the metal trim at the end of the wood shelves, without clunky shelf supports.  I had planned to install three shelves in the kitchen so I ordered three sets of supports.



The brackets hold shelves that are one inch deep x seven and  a half inches wide.  Through further reading I found out that one inch lumber is in fact NOT one inch thick, but three-quarters of an inch thick and I would have a 1/4 inch empty area in my bracket if I used standard 1 inch thick lumber.  I really wanted something that filled the bracket, but did not cost an arm or a leg.  Then I found an article that introduced me to Stair Treads.  Stair Treads are a true one inch thick piece of lumber made for building stairs.  They measure 1 x 11.25 x 48,  perfect.  I ordered two Stair Treads from Lowe's for $9.98 each.  Doug used his table saw and cut half of lumber to 7.5 x 22 for me, removing the rounded front edge. He cut the remaining pieces at 7.5 x 26. My total cost per shelf is $5.00.



I used wood stain from my home project supplies stash and stained the shelves to be very rustic looking.  I did not a high gloss look, but something more farmhouse.  

I purchased a small can of Chalkboard paint and painted a portion of my dead zone.  I rounded the top, which had to be painted twice due to mom's helpful nudge mid-stroke!  

Using my Cricut and two cartridges, Word Collage and one other that I did not record the name of (!), I cut the white vinyl elements from the Coffee cut on Word Collage.  I used the Select Contour feature and removed part of the collage, keeping on the areas I planned to use.   I used transfer tape to move the cuts from the mat to the wall.    This was a two day project, only because we had over night company after the paint and shelves were up, but before I had a chance to cut the vinyl.  Also, I am still waiting for the tall thin pitcher I order from Magnolia Market (Chip and Joanna Gaines on line store) to arrive.  It will sit on the top shelf under the C in coffee.



In the end I only used two of the shelves in the kitchen.  I ordered one more set of brackets and added the two remaining larger shelves over the toilet in the Master Bathroom water closet. The water closet needed some type of storage area and the longer shelves are perfect.  So, lucky for me, my final kitchen project (for a while) became a bathroom update too.  Kind of a home improvement "twofer" - two for one!


Thanks for stopping by for another in the series of "how I make my husband crazy" home update projects.  I do have one more diy project planned, then I have promised to take it easy on the house for a while!!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Spring Break Scrapbook Pages


Hello friends.  Remember last week when I was so excited to share my Bitten By the Bug 2 project with you?  Not so much this week.  For some reason this week was a true Challenge for me and I struggled.  How much did I struggle, you ask?  I designed three projects, cut and assembled two, and finally just went with this layout because it was Sunday and I did not want to start over again.  

This week's challenge is "Around the World Travel Challenge" selected by  our very talented L.B.  Maybe the issue was I wanted world travel photos to use, but anything International destination photos I have are already scrapped.  Sadly I could not a quick trip to France just to have new photos.

I finally decided to scrap our Spring Break photos from Hilton Head.  While a good idea, the photos were not wonderful and apparently I was not having a day where I could complete as a world class scrapper!!  We all have off days, right?



I used two Cricut cartridges on this layout:  Summer Love and Mermaid Party.  I used the seashell necklace cuts from Mermaid Party to create the shell embellishments.  All of the other Cricut cuts were from Summer Love.  

I hope that you take some time to create your own travel project this week, International or otherwise.  Please do join us in the travel challenge and share your projects with us at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Everyone else on the team created wonderful travel projects.  Be sure to visit the blog for some REAL inspiration!!!  


CLOSE TO MY HEART NEWS:

I am going to once again remind you that July is the last month to order from our current Idea Book.  Be sure to order any products that you have been eyeing but have not purchased!!  This Idea Book goes away on July 31st.

One of my favorite products from our ORGANIZATION LINE is only available while supplies last, the ROLLING TOTE!  I use this tote and I tote-ally love it. Our wonderful plastic small, medium, and large organizers stack perfectly into into the Rolling Tote.  


You are invited to join my Close To My Heart team, Paper Couture:

New Consultant's Kit $75

I have to tell you about the great Promotion for anyone who signs on with me to be a Close To My Heart Consultant.  CTMH is having an EARLY BIRD special.  New Consultants that sign up in July will be able to choose a new Fundamentals paper pack with a pack of coordinating complements to receive FREE with their New Consultant Kit. These new Fundamental paper packs are fabulous - I just saw them yesterday and I am very excited to receive them.  This special gives new Consultants the chance to start their new business at the beginning of a brand new idea book, and to get brand new products that they would not be able to get as a customer. 

Early Bird Special Choices

If you have ever thought of becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, NOW is the time to join my team.  Follow THIS LINK for more information.



July also has a great new Stamp of the Month, From The Notebook.  I LOVE this stamp set.  In addition to being a wonderful scrapbooking stamp set, it is also a great card making and Project Life stamp set!!  This is very  a versatile stamp set.  And best of all, with a $50.00 order, you can add this stamp set to your shopping cart for only $5.00.  You can also order the stamp set at the regular price of $17.95.  For more information, CLICK HERE to see the set in my on-line store.






Monday, July 11, 2016

Just Beachy Wedding Card


Hello friends.  I am so excited to share this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge project with you.  I just LOVE this card!  The challenge for the week was selected by our amazing Emily, who sadly is out on leave due to relocation.  Emily chose a very summery challenge:  Use Pool or Beach cuts on a project.  

My project is very beachy, but it is also chocked full of golden highlights and an elegant monogram.  I created this card for my friend Peggy's son and his wife.  Mark and Caroline were married earlier this year in private ceremony. Later this month they will have their married blessed in the Greek Orthodox Church and we will celebrate the blessing at a beach themed reception.  I thought the card should match the some elements of the reception.


I used only one Cricut cartridge on this card, Dimensional Scenes-Mermaid. I also used a font from my computer to create the monogram.  The background paper is from Close To My Heart, a monthly special earlier this summer.  It has wide white and gold stripes.  The shells are cut in a beautiful CTMH aqua colored card stock, a special from earlier this summer.  The beautiful coral and gold layer is from the same CTMH paper pack.

I used a gold metallic self adhesive paper to create the monogram.  I used a monogram friendly font from my computer, welded the letters together, and adhered them to the card front.  I love the gold elements on this card and I positioned the card in the photo above so that most of the gold elements were highlighted.  


Have you already visited the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog today?  If not you need to head right over there as soon as you read the rest of my post.  The design team came up with A-MA-ZING projects this week.  They completely WOW-ed me!   And with inspiration like they provided, I hope that you are moved to join our challenge this week.  Create your new Pool or Beach theme project and link in at the challenge post at the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog.  I cannot wait to see your projects!!

CLOSE TO MY HEART NEWS:

I am going to once again remind you that July is the last month to order from our current Idea Book.  Be sure to order any products that you have been eyeing but have not purchased!!  This Idea Book goes away on July 31st.

One of my favorite products from our ORGANIZATION LINE is only available while supplies last, the ROLLING TOTE!  I use this tote and I tote-ally love it. Our wonderful plastic small, medium, and large organizers stack perfectly into into the Rolling Tote.  


You are invited to join my Close To My Heart team, Paper Couture:

New Consultant's Kit $75

I have to tell you about the great Promotion for anyone who signs on with me to be a Close To My Heart Consultant.  CTMH is having an EARLY BIRD special.  New Consultants that sign up in July will be able to choose a new Fundamentals paper pack with a pack of coordinating complements to receive FREE with their New Consultant Kit. These new Fundamental paper packs are fabulous - I just saw them yesterday and I am very excited to receive them.  This special gives new Consultants the chance to start their new business at the beginning of a brand new idea book, and to get brand new products that they would not be able to get as a customer. 

Early Bird Special Choices

If you have ever thought of becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, NOW is the time to join my team.  Follow THIS LINK for more information.



July also has a great new Stamp of the Month, From The Notebook.  I LOVE this stamp set.  In addition to being a wonderful scrapbooking stamp set, it is also a great card making and Project Life stamp set!!  This is very  a versatile stamp set.  And best of all, with a $50.00 order, you can add this stamp set to your shopping cart for only $5.00.  You can also order the stamp set at the regular price of $17.95.  For more information, CLICK HERE to see the set in my on-line store.