Monthly Archives: March 2013

Welcome to our first Brae-er Team Blog Hop!

Welcome to my team blog hop – our first ever and we are so happy to have you here!!  My team   has chosen to showcase some of our fantastic new product and the versaitlity of our skills in this months blog hop- every month we will be back to offer something a little different!

For a full list of participants in our blog hop scroll to the bottom of this post.  Otherwise keep reading to to find out what I created and how!

I have been a Close to my Heart consultant for 8 years next month- I cannot believe how phenomenal this company has been to me in that time! I have gained so much: all the product that I wanted at the time (which was everything!), extra income, two fantastic cruises and phenomenal people in my life!! In all these things I am not lucky but blessed- which is fitting as it is also the title of my first page to share with you!

Recently CTMH held an Album Retreat for consultants- now I am a total junkie for corporate run events- they do an outstanding job and shower us with knowledge and product! But, as we just had gone away on the CTMH cruise (which I earned- yippee!!) I could not rationalize going away again for this event- sniff, sniff- I was sad!! Instead, I stayed home and just drooled over all of the gorgeous projects that friends were sharing via social media- eventually I got fed up, went down to my studio and started to create my ‘replica’s!’

My one page layout :’I am not lucky I am so blessed’ features Chantilly paper, our washi tape, Chantilly assortment, hollyhock zipper lace, sparkes, sparkle fourishes and a collection of older flowers to coordinate with the paper.  I also used some cardstock that was not in the Chantilly kit and a piece of our glitter paper (LOVE this stuff!).  The pattern for this layout can be found in our Make it from the Heart Volume 1 publication.

Here is my second project- a complete layout- also from Make it from your Heart volume 1.   This one turned out so well- I was really pleased with the results and even more happy when I realized I had the perfect pictures to go on it!

‘They mean so much to me’- features papers from Surf’s Up and For Always, CTMH washi tape, CTMH bakers twine neutral colours, Keyboard Kraft Alphabet, Pink glitter gems, hollyhock zipper lace and some extra cardstock to round it all out.  

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog! If you would like to purchase any of the products featured in my work feel free to contact me at or visit my online shopping page at  

Now hop on over to Lucy’s Blog!
Full list of hop particpants:
1. Brae Montgomery-

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Hinged Display Tray Blog Hop: Cross Canada

Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring our Hinged Display Tray.  If you have come from Michelle at Twirl n Time then you are traveling across Canada!  This Display Tray is a 5″x7″ fold out wooden tray with divided sections. It can be found on page 125 of the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book for $18.95. You can purchase one from my website at 

 We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers….whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do….by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!
For my tray I used the For Always paper, part of the For Always Assortment and a piece of our black glitter paper.  I also cut up one of the zip strips to make the quote on my frame.  The heart, background to the flower and the letter ‘u’ are all cut using out CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cartridge- all things you can buy direct from my website!

Now if you would like to WIN one of these trays then be sure to visit Jeanette Lynton’s blog (she is the founder and CEO of CTMH)- she is hosting a giveaway at this link:

Your next stop on this Cross Canada Hop is my good friend Carol!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Easter Bunny Candy Box

You know when you are on pinterest and you see that project that you just HAVE to create!  Well this morning I saw the cutest project using a little old fashioned milk bottles and a cute box to carry four of them in- I KNEW I had to create one using Close to my Heart product and I DID!!!!

To create my Easter container I used one of the boxes off the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  The box was designed to close but I cut the two side flaps off so that the top would stay open to allow my  bunny treat tubes to stick out.  For the box I used a piece of Chantilly paper, some shimmer trim, the 2 1/2 inch scallop punch to get the pink circle and the Artiste again to cut out the Easter phrase.

Here is a close up of my bunny treat tube- uses more Chantilly paper, white cardstock and our treat tubes filled with any easter candy you like! I free-handed the ears but used a Christmas decoration from the Artiste cartridge to create the pink centers- I just trimmed the ends off so that they became long ovals!

Order the supplies to create your own Bunny Box at

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Studio J- Making the Most of it!

It is no surprise that I LOVE Studio J!
These layouts are very FSE! Faster, Simpler and Easier!
They suit the person who is busy and just wants their photos to be displayed and remembered off the hard drive.
They suit the person who really wants to feel like they are developing their own personal layout.
They suit the ‘techy’ teen.

They suit EVERYONE!!

The above layout is an example of an ‘Express Collection’ layout- all the accessories, papers, stitching have been done for you! All you do is add your photos and journaling! EASY!

This above layout called ‘Digging up Bones’ is one that I created myself- I chose the pattern, the paper and added stickers and accessories as I liked! I even changed the papers around so that I would get a feel that reflected a museum! 
I love that in Studio J I can take risks in creating my layouts- anything I do that I don’t like can be undone with the click of the undo button!

This country one is another favourite- mostly for the memory that it evokes! My sweet kids playing around with a stick horse that my daughter received for Christmas. They were having lots of fun and really getting into it- it actually went on for days with my daughter going around the house saying ‘Yee-haw’ in her sweet little baby voice! Pictures and memories can only live off a hard drive- don’t let your babies grow up to be JPEGS!!! Contact me today or visit to get started on Studio J!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

What is a Workshop on the Go??

Have you discovered the Workshop on the Go Kits that CTMH creates?? Did you know these are on of our best selling items? You are missing out if you have not discovered them yet!

What is a WOTG kit?
These are pre-set kits that feature all the fun product you need to complete either 2 scrapbook layouts, 15 cards or a home decor item!  You just add the non-consumables like kit, cutter and adhesive.

What comes in a kit?
Each kit differs slightly but scrapbooking kits comes with a full paper pack, workshop guide with directions for the layouts, and usually two accessories PLUS an exclusive stamp set!
Card kits usually come with paper, card bases and envelopes, workshop guide with directions, accessories and an exclusive stamp set.
Home decor kits vary a lot based on what they are featuring- see below for a pic of our current kit.

Okay so excuse my photos here- for some reason I am not able to flip them correctly.  
These show the two layouts that you can create with the Chantilly Workshop on the Go kit.  I changed mine slightly (by rotating the paper 90 degrees so that they worked with my photos).  These kits are well-designed and very versatile! Best of all they are portable- grab the added things you need (there is a list in the guide) and take this with you to create at a crop, weekend retreat or while on vacation!

Below is our current home decor option- the Canvas WOTG.  I LOVED this project!! In the kit you receive the canvas (already designed with the chevron print), all the chipboard embellishments you need, sparkle flourishes, sparkles and hemp! You even get enough supplies to create two separate options (or if you pick up a second canvas at the craft store you can create two pieces of art!) 
If I have your interest feel free to contact me to order your kit OR consider becoming a member of my monthly club (you need to be in the Barrie and surrounding area to join)- we meet every month and put together a kit! 

Until we craft again, The Brae-er