Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I have actually managed to complete several layouts all ready from Christmas 2011.  The Believe papers from the Fall 2011 catalog are so cute!  Even though the Level 2 paper pack is now retired, you can still purchase the Workshop on the Go kit with the Level 2 paper, Olive mini-medley, dimensional elements stars and an adorable stamp set featuring this cute santa - not the baby, but the stamped image in bottom left corner. The kit is available until February 29, 2012 while supplies last.

The baby is my youngest nephew.  The two boys on the right are his older brothers who are 6 and 3.  I have to find my white journaling pen to add their ages!  The santa suit has been around though since the 6 year old was a baby.  I love these little guys - they are so adorable!

Click here to shop for this cute kit:  Believe Workshop on the Go

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wonderland Layout

I have a love-hate relationship with winter.  I don't really like driving in snow or the grey slushy crap that accumulates after snow, but freshly fallen snow is beautiful.  This has been a mild winter in Michigan and we have had a couple of exceptionally beautiful days where everything was covered in snow and it clung to the trees. 

I created this layout with Close to my Heart's Wonderland paper pack and the Workshop on the Go Stamp set as well as the Snowflakes Stamp set.  The Level 2 paper pack is now retired, but you can still purchase the workshop on the go kit here:  Wonderland WOTG while supplies last.

For a closer look at the stamp set I used see here: Snowflakes

I adapted this layout from a Studio J pattern.  For more on Studio J see here: Studio J

At least the snow is good for something - pretty pictures!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Close to my Heart Catalog

It's here - the new spring/summer Idea Book from Close to my Heart.   Choose from eight gorgeous new paper kits, lots of fun accessories and beautiful stamps.  The first thing I chose was the Pemberly Workshop on the Go kit.  The colors in the papers were perfect for the photos I had of Hanna with her friend Alyssa from Homecoming last fall.  I love blue and yellow - my favorite color combination!
The workshop on the go kits are a great value.  They include a Level 2 paper pack, C size stamp set which is exclusive to the WOTG, full color instructional brochures, two additional sheets of cardstock and accessories.  This kit included the Bouquet Assortment (little blue and yellow dimensional flowers) and bitty pearls.  There are 7 other wonderful paper packs and Workshop on the Go kits to choose from.  I am anxious to work with Footloose for beachy photos and Cruisin for travel photos.

Here's more art done by Close to my Heart featuring Pemberly:

You can view the new idea book on my website at  or contact me for your own copy. or 616-350-0309.  Enjoy your glimpse of spring!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Homecoming Layouts

I tend to take a lot of photos and scrap many photos of the same event.  Here are 3 double-page layouts from Hanna's senior year Homecoming - and I have more to do!  I think I will give her boyfriend some of the pages though.  The first layout features CTMH's Roxie papers.  Good news - Roxie is still available through July 2012.  Unfortunately the other papers I used (Bliss) are now retired.

Close to my Heart's papers reveals 8 new paper packs in each catalog (every 6 months) and 4 of them will retire right away.  So if you want Believe, Dreamin', Mischief or Wonderland which were featured in the Fall 2011 catalog, you need to place your order by January 31, 2012.  You can see those papers here: Reflections paper kits

The spring 2011 papers that were carried over to the fall 2011 catalog will also retire at the end of January.  They are: Fanfare, Lucky, Mayberry and Sophia.

Don't miss out on your favorites!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Summer 2011

Summer always passes too quickly in Michigan. I do like several things about fall - football, apples, cider, hayrides and the beautiful colors, but I don't look forward to the grey in November.  In August we spent a beautiful week up in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area.  It was wonderful!  I have hundreds of photos but have managed to capture a few in these two layouts via Studio J.

I used one of the kits from the new fall catalog: Elemental.  This is a super versatile paper pack and think I will use it a lot.  The family layout was copied from the suggested layout shown in the idea book.   See here: Studio J Elemental

You can try Studio J with no obligation - just create an account, upload photos and get started!  If you like what you can see you can then order. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer in Michigan remembered in Studio J

 Winter is long here in Michigan but the summer usually makes it worth the wait!  This is a layout I created in Studio J from a day at the beach in 2010. I chose the Majestic Blue paper kit for my layout.   The weather so far in July has been picture perfect and we are anxious to get to Lake Michigan again.  On our only trip in June the water was still very cold.  This past weekend we spent some time at a friend's cottage on Gun Lake and time at the pool.  We enjoyed the sun and water and trying to stay cool!