Friday, January 29, 2016

My Favourite Scrapbook Albums

One of the most important parts of scrapbooking which we often forget to invest money in is the actual book that holds our memories! I've purchased a variety of albums over the years including strap bound, D-ring and post bound. The best album for you will really depend on what your preference is and what kinds of pages you're creating. 

If you like to make traditional 2 page layouts, especially those with some dimension, you will probably prefer the post bound system.

If you like to create a variety of layouts including pocket page, one page 12x12 layouts or even layouts in various sizes, a D-ring album will probably suit you better. These are also good if you tend to move pages around a lot.

The Close to my Heart albums are excellent quality and my current favourite albums...and I'm not just saying that because I sell them! They are really sturdy, durable and the improved post system really makes me happy! The covers are made of MDF board not just cardboard and the material is a coated canvas that can be wiped off. Also, the flaps inside that cover the posts are magnetic so they lay nice and flat and the posts themselves are very easy to open - no extra tools required! The little ring pops up and you can easily unscrew them.

My favourite style of album is the post bound because I still mostly create 2 page traditional layouts. I don't really like a large gap between the two pages that is created in a D-ring album by having the rings in the middle. I do have some D-ring albums and typically I use these for holidays or other events where I know I will be using more pocket pages.

In the video below I show you how to assemble a post bound album. It's super easy!

Thanks for stopping by and if you'd like to check out these albums for yourself you can visit my website at

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My New 2016 Planner

I'm pretty new to the whole planner craze, but I started using a small planner I got from Staples last year and really liked it! My typical system for keeping track of things before was just a regular lined notebook, but that's just not good enough when I'm running my own business and have so many projects and things on the go.

I decided to try out the beautiful new planner from Close to my Heart that just released this year...and it is awesome! It's really keeping me on track, plus I'm using it to do some simple memory keeping which is a really nice feature.

Some of my favourite things about this planner are: 
1) It's ring bound so I can add and remove pages easily.
2) There are some really cute coordinating products plus page protectors for memory keeping.
3) It has the right amount of space for me. I can keep track of everything but the days aren't so big that I feel the need to cram 100 tasks in each one!
4) The design is sleek and beautiful with just enough decoration for me. I can't handle it if it's too busy but I still want it to be pretty.
5) The planner is dated, which means I don't have to spend a bunch of time writing in, stamping or adding stickers for the dates!!

Here is a video showing you how I'm using this planner and a closer look at it and the coordinating accessories. 

Ending Soon!!
Right now there are some awesome deals and products for the planner! Currently the 2016 planner pages are on sale for 50% off retail!

Also, there is a beautiful set of coordinating cards that can be used in your planner or in any pocket scrapbooking. The Live Your Day set is only available until the end of January 2016, so click here for more details.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Embossing Diffuser and Inktense Pencils

Happy New Year! 
I've taken a bit of a break from blogging, but it's the new year and time to refresh a few things including my blog! If you want to see what I've been up to over the past little while, make sure you visit my Facebook page

Today I have a fun project using the gorgeous Close to my Heart stamp of the month for January called Beloved Bouquet. This set features very useful sentiments and beautiful floral images that can either be stamped with solid colour or shaded in with your choice of colouring mediums. If you would like to get this set for only $6CAD you can place a Close to My Heart order before the end of January 2016 for $50(before shipping/tax).

I used white embossing powder to create the leaves and flower on watercolour paper and then used my vivid Inktense pencils (which I LOVE) to shade them in. Inktense are watercolour pencils so you can blend them with water, but the thing that makes them so unique is because the lead is made of ink it's permanent when dry. They can even be used on fabric! 

For the background I used the Close to my Heart Quatrefoil Embossing Folder and the Circle Diffuser in my Big Shot machine to create the texture. The diffuser allows you to leave one area of the card with no embossing, which makes room for the sentiment! The thank you sentiment is stamped in black Archival ink for a nice, bold impression. If you want to see how all of this came together, check out my video below!

Thanks for stopping by,
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