January Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to a new year and a NEW SEASONAL EXPRESSIONS BOOK!!

If you are coming to me on our blog hop via Dominique’s blog then you are on the right path.

Today our blog hop will feature some of our favourite items from the new seasonal book. Unfortunately, I don’t have a favourite…


because I love it all!

For this blog hop I focused on the Make Waves paper. I also used the Make Waves sequins and gems (the sequins are little flowers- so cute!!), the teal shimmer trim, vellum and the Make Waves Scrapbooking Stamp set.  I love this dreamy little card set!

Below is a look at each card.

For my ‘Bloom’ card I created a shimmery paint splash by mixing shimmer pen with some reinker and then splashing it across my card base. Make sure to use a clean paint brush to splash!

Our seasonal expressions idea book is not just for shopping – have you seen the artwork tips located throughout? This ‘Dream’ card using the mermaid tail effect featured on page 29 of the book- LOVE it for cards and it is also great on scrapbook pages.

This card is my favourite of the three. I love the Mermaid that is a stamp in the Make Waves scrapbooking stamp set. For this card I stamped two layers. The mermaid, seaweed and bubbles are stamped on cardstock and located underneath the vellum. On the vellum I stamped my sentiment. This added a softer feel which was perfect for the illusion of being underwater.

If you wish to purchase any of these items you will find them on my SHOP or you can contact your CTMH consultant.

Now hop on over to Jessica’s blog here! 

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Holiday Expressions Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring Holiday Expressions product. If you have come from Diana’s blog then you are crossing Canada! Read on to enjoy my stop on this trip from Sea to Shining Sea!

For this hop I decided to share two layouts using the ‘Falling for You’ product line. I LOVE the colours and the leaf print. So fun, beautiful and easy to use! I also worked in the coordinating complements and sequins. Since Fall is in full force here in Ontario I can see that I will be using more of this paper soon!

Both of these layouts were also based on sketches in our new Make it from your Heart-Volume 3.

For more Holiday Expressions fun hop on over to Alyson’s blog!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Cross Canada Blog Hop: Favourite things!

Welcome to the August Cross Canada Blog Hop! If you have come from Krista’s blog then you are on the right path.

This month we are featuring our favourite new item- honestly I had a really hard time picking just ONE item so I kind of did a work around 🙂

My favourite thing is our NEW ‘Make it From Your Heart-Volume 3’ how-to book! If you have never seen one of our how-to books then you are missing out! These are perfect for inspiration and ideas when you need JUST the right layout! Both of my layouts featured here are from the new book (and there are so many to choose from!!!!)

My first page also features our new Fundamental papers, Bashful (our colour of the year for this year!) and some cuts from our ‘You are Here’ Cricut Cartridge (LOVE THIS ONE TOO!)

My comic-con layout also uses new Fundamentals, the Cricut Cartridge (for font and the city skyline) BUT I also used some of the Jack Paper Pack to get just the right look.

Now, can I share a secret with you?

The ‘Make it from Your Heart’ book has some extra features in the back- patterns for pocket scrapbooking AND patterns for pages that was to use our Page Protector Plus system! BOTH the layouts I used here use of of the Page Protector Plus- you can see more in the video posted below!


I hope you enjoyed my favourite item!

Now hop on over to Carol’s blog for more great inspiration!


Until we craft again, The Brae-er

August Stamp of the Month: School Year

For many, it is that time of year again- Back to school! Not for us here in the ‘Great White North’ though. A few more weeks of beautiful summer vacation before September and school arrives! To prepare for the school year and those great back to school pictures, we bring you the August Stamp of the Month, ‘School Year’.

I love how this stamp set is not only great for the back to school photos BUT also for the last day of school photos that have become so popular! I got busy with this set and created a simple one page layout using my kids photos from last school year and some of our new product from the Annual Idea book.

Featured Product: Adventure Fundamentals, School Year Stamp of the Month, Enchantment Fundamentals, Block Alphabet Thin Cuts.

The pattern used for this layout is from the Make It From Your Heart- Volume 3.

Don’t you just love that my photogenic youngest is the pouting child and the teen is actually smiling! Share your favourite back to school photos in the comments below!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Stampaganza is back!

Once upon a time we had this amazing stamp set sale annually- now STAMPAGANZA is back and I could not be more excited!!!!

During July when you purchase two stamp sets you can get a third (at equal or lesser value) for FREE!! To make this returning special even more …..well, special, they have brought back some past favourite stamp sets for you to purchase or earn free! AWESOME SAUCE!!

What else do you need to know about this fantastic stamp sale?

Well if you have ever considered being a CTMH consultant then NOW is the time. Any consultant’s who sign up and place $350 by the end of August will receive the Word Puzzle Bundle for FREE! And, that goal will be easy to hit with our brand, new ANNUAL IDEA BOOK coming out August 1st!

OR Host a part in July and you can reap the big rewards of such a great sale! If you party hits the fourth level of hostess rewards (over $450 in orders) then you also get the Word Puzzle Bundle for FREE!!!

This is THE best time to get those stamps you have had your eye on!


Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Little Dreamer Blog Hop

Welcome to our Little Dreamer blog hop!

This blog hop features some amazing and talented women from my team, The Brae-er’s! I am so proud of the artwork they design to share with you – just wait until you see it all!

If this is the first time on a blog hop you just simply read on, enjoy my art and maybe share some love in the comments. Then you click on the link below and it will take you to the next blog- and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see all the different projects you can create with the Little Dreamer Paper pack!

dream layout

‘Dream’ Layout features:

Little Dreamer Paper pack

Little Dreamer Complements

Adorable baby (she was so darn cute!)

This paper is SUPER cute and goes with so much!!!

Hop on over to Emily’s blog to see what she has prepared to share! 

Remember- all of these items (and more) are available on my SHOP! 

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog Hop. In this blog hop you ‘hop’ across Canada as you visit CTMH consultant blogger’s! This month we are featuring whatever current product inspired us the most!

For my project I chose to focus on the Live Beautifully paper. I wanted to work with some heritage photos and one of the stories from my Grandmother’s life. This one was about her second daughter, who she gave up for adoption. It is a pretty amazing story and one that I would have loved to ask more questions about- sadly, she told her daughter’s about this little girl just before she passed away and we never had the time to ask anything. What I do know is that my Grandmother was much more complex than I had imagined and my imagination can fill in the rest!
Grandma's life layout

This project featured:

Live Beautifully Paper pack (only available during the month of May)

Gold glitter paper

Black cardstock

Now hop on over to Brandy’s blog!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

5 Tips for Beginner Scrapbookers

5 tips forScrapbookers

Scrapbooking can be a daunting task for a Beginner (especially if you have a friend who has been doing it for years and years, has shelves of albums and a whole craft room!). Seriously, where do you start? How does a beginner scrapbooker keep it enjoyable and not feel overwhelmed by years worth of memory keeping. Here are 5 tips designed for the Beginner Scrapbooker!

1. Start with what inspires and motivates you.

I have heard so much advice over the years (and all of it different). Honestly, there is no perfect way to scrapbook. You should do what works for you.

Start with last weekends day trip with your kids.

Start at the very beginning with your first born.

Start with your wedding.

Start with what feels right, makes you happy and keeps you excited for what you are creating!

2. Journaling is important, so DO it! 

Yes, just do it! You do not have to write a best selling novel. You do not have to write something that is super meaningful and will be sure to reduce your family to tears when they read it. Nope. I give you permission- you don’t.

BUT- you do need to write something. The 5 W’s are a great place to start (who, what, when, where and why/how). Don’t get caught up in making it perfect- again this kind of thinking can be what makes people stress over something that should be enjoyable.

Also- do some in your own handwriting. Even if it is awful in your eyes- trust me YOUR handwriting will reduce a family member to tears in years to come. It will be that special!

3. Have fun with your pages.

Have fun- the whole process is supposed to be fun. Add fun stuff like cute stickers, bling and ribbon (or shimmer trim, LOVE me some shimmer trim!)  Lay it out and decide what looks good to you and then do it- if you want a simple design tip for your ‘fun stuff’ then follow the triangle rule. Place items in a visual triangle on your page or pages. This is what is pleasing to the human eye and it will add a sense of balance and movement to your page.

4. Seek inspiration for how to place your photos. 

Scrap-lifting is a word for a reason!

Use pinterest, blogs (like mine!), google or purchase a layout book (we have some pretty amazing layout books here ). Save what you like (on a pinterest board- cause we all have them so you might as create another one) and then use them for your inspiration with photo placement and design.

5. Invest in some GOOD basic tools.

There are some things that will make your life easier and those things are NOT to be taken for granted. They are also NOT to be bought at the dollar store- you will regret it.  What are these GOOD basic tools?

Paper trimmer– one with a firm bottom mat and a lifetime warranty. That is money well spent! The one linked is my personal favourite!

Scissors– the BEST thing you will ever purchase and a Close to my Heart exclusive. Titanium blades that will last you a lifetime- these lovely ladies can be sharpened too! (also check out the non-stick option- nice!)

Adhesive– now let my Mom be your cautionary tale. She wanted to save money and insisted that the dollar store adhesive would be just fine. Fast forward through three of them not even working and many pages falling apart a week later… I don’t think they were actually worth it! Be sure to purchase something that is photo safe and that will hold. My personal go-to adhesives are the Bonding Memories glue and the Duck adhesive.

Albums– Again, this is not worth going to the dollar store to pick up. You need your album to last through the years, to last through children and family looking at them and to keep your memories safe. You also want to get more than 5 or 6 pages in your album- many inexpensive albums come preloaded with only a few plastic pages and you cannot add more. Choose wisely!

and remember- HAVE FUN!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

What is a Card Buffet?

One of my FAVOURITE ways to share what I do is with a Card Buffet.

These events are fun. They don’t require participants to have previous knowledge of paper crafting or any fancy supplies. You just need to want to have fun and own some glue!

Check out all the Card Buffet details in this video!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Unicorns and Lumberjacks!


Unicorns and Lumberjacks! Or trendy bearded men and cacti… and palm trees! Ohhhh I just LOVE the new papers and their trendy attributes! Have you seen the fun of these papers? There is so much inspiration and these papers are super versatile (as our papers aim to be). Check each new paper family out below AND find the paper pack, complements and accessories in my SHOP! 

Welcome_ no worries

No Worries- think tropical vacation, cruise or days spent at the beach! BUT this paper would also be great for pictures of little boys (or even men since it has a dark blue tone that is more masculine). The complements feature some fun palm trees and the coordinating stamp set and thin cuts have more palm trees AND a cruise ship!! So fun!

Welcome_ prickly pear

Prickly Pear- happy summer colours. Bright, vibrant and full of life! This paper is perfect for outdoor, summer photos, celebrations, birthday parties and fiesta’s! Although the cactus complements may seem funny to use up here in Canada- I found they made a super cute accent to my card (and you just never know when they will be perfect for a scrapbook page either!)  The striped piece of paper is already my most fav piece in this collection.


Jack: Seriously?! How awesome is this paper! Buffalo plaid and lumberjacks that are super adorable! LOVE!!!!! As a Mom to a teenage boy,  I am thrilled to have something that fits his activities (the few he does allow me to take photos of). The complements are so very cute and the coordinating stamp set and thin cuts has an adorable bear (and there is another stamp set that makes this a perfect fit for camping themed pages!)

Welcome_little dreamer-2

Litte Dreamer: Unicorns.

Yep, I don’t know that I need to say more LOL!

I can already predict which papers, stamps and thin cuts are likely to sell out before the seasonal book ends so be sure to get your MUST HAVE items early on!

Watch for more fun inspiration in the next few weeks and remember to check out the online catalogue or the actual product in my SHOP. 

Until we craft again, The Brae-er