Monthly Archives: January 2015

One Word Layout

You may not have heard but Jeanette Lynton (founder and CEO of Close to my Heart) has a new blog and challenges every week! They get announced on Monday and challenge you to use your creativity! You can find her blog here if you want to play along in these challenges (a new FUN one was just announced).

Last week she challenged everyone to create a page or layout showing their ONE WORD for 2015- the word that would be the driving force behind what they do. My one word is YOU- it represents my focus on others this year- my customers, my team and my family. I am not going to work super hard for a trip or for an award at convention (although maybe they are a happy offshoot of my new focus) instead I am going to focus on helping my customers create artwork that will cherish their memories and helping my team to achieve their goals and dreams.  I am actually really excited about this new focus and already find it a little freeing and rewarding!

To remind me of my one word I created this layout with mini goals and my one word featured in the art- as well as a cute selfie pic of me and Monica Wihongi COO at Close to my Heart.

one word layout

Do you have a goal or one word for 2015? I would love to cheer you on- share with me in the comments!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Sketch n Scrap Layout Challenge

This year I want to participate in more blog challenges- with that in mind and a few hours the other day I set out to find some and came across the Sketch n Scrap page– they have a layout and card challenge! I liked what I saw so decided to play along!

Here is my page- the paper is from the Confetti Wishes paper pack.  I added gold sequins and some purple glitter gems left over from an old workshop kit. My title comes from the CTMH cricut Artbooking (the title says endless summer and I just cut off the endless part). I love how it documents our year-end staff party (which is an Amazing Race theme and SO MUCH FUN!)

summer layout for sketch challenge

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Valentine Layout: Dream Come True

While perusing Pinterest I saw something that made me stop and head on over to the craft room (love those inspirational pins!).  I found some photos and got to work creating this adorable one page Valentine layout!  (and if you follow me on Pinterest- link on the left- then you will see my inspiration in my Layout Inspiration board).

For this layout I used the CTMH Heartstrings paper, complement, assortment and a variety of accessories: Chalk it Up stickers, puffy stickers and some red bakers twine.  I love, love, love, LOVE how it came together!
dream come true layout

 This layout using a lot of layering and foam tape to add some dimension- most of my photos are popped up off the page as well as many of my stickers. The photos below show more of that.

dream come true close up 1 dream come true close up 2


All of my main squares were cut at 3 1/4 by 3 1/4 and then I used smaller pieces to hide behind them or under photos. It gave the look of larger pieces without cutting up all my pretty paper. I may have to try this valentine layout style with some other photos and patterns – so fun!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Cross Canada Blog Hop: Valentine’s Day

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog hop where we are sharing out love of Valentine’s Day! If you have come from Nicky’s blog then you are on the path across Canada to see all our artwork- have fun and don’t forget to leave  a little LOVE on every blog by adding a comment!

This holiday is one of my favourite smaller holidays.  I love the colours, I love all the fun artwork I can create and I love that the holiday is about love!

Here is a banner I created for my mantel- I am really enjoying the mantel in the new house and decorating it for the different seasons and holidays. This banner was quickly made using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and the Artiste cartridge. I used older papers as they had the colours I was seeking (a great way to use up your stash) and added some glitter paper for sparkle.

valentine banner


My next project was one inspired by something I saw on pinterest.  I used one of our decor frames and simply added hearts cut from all the CTMH cricut  cartridges.  I used a few different papers and sizes to add some variety.  Added some mini clothespins to attach the hearts and done!  A cut piece of art for the mantel that I can easily change out later!



valentine heart display frame


Now hop on over to Carol’s blog to see what she has created!

and remember to leave some love!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

January Brae-er’s Team Blog Hop- Year Noted Paper

Welcome to my Brae-er’s Team Blog Hop featuring the Year Noted Paper Kit- what comes in the kit is featured below and you can do SOOOOOOO many different things with this! My team will show you some of the fabulous ideas they have come up with in this hop!

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Now how can you get this gorgeous kit?

During January when you spend $50 with any CTMH consultant you can purchase this kit for only $5! and for an additional $5 you can also get the Optional Kraft Mini Book- this is such a great deal! If you don’t have a consultant just order in my SHOP here!

So what did I make with this wonderful paper! I started out with some cards and even made a layout! (I also had enough left over for a mini book using the Kraft album but I am saving that for another post).

year noted card 1

The cards and layout I used were simply made and feature the January stamp of the month OR the Year Noted stamp set.  I love the soft colours of this set and they are perfectly set off by the gold stickers!

year noted card 2 year noted card 3

My layout (still needs photos) is designed to hang in my craft space and remind me of my business goals for this coming year. Prettiest goal planner EVER!

year noted layout

Now hop on over to Roz’s blog to see the fabulous project she has to share!

The full list of hoppers is below and remember- share the love by leaving a comment!

1. Brae Montgomery- YOU ARE HERE!

2. Rosalynd Kelly :

3. Chris Robertson

4. Krista Ritskes

5. Arlene Bonsma

6. Michelle Stewart

7. Alyson Mayo –

8. Heather Steeves –

9. Darcel Kirvan

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Kaleidoscope Workshop

You will want to SAVE THE DATE for this gorgeous workshop- available in my home or online this adorable three page workshop is sure to be a hit! If you are attending the in my home workshop then your cost for the afternoon is 55.00- this will provide you with all necessary materials to fully create these three layouts! Online workshop attendees will receive the full instructions for these layouts once they have purchased the materials on my website at (core items are the only ones that are necessary for the workshop- they are the items in bold).

Kale layout 1 kale layout 2 kale layout 3

This workshop requires the following materials (those in bold are the core pieces, the rest can be added to taste).
X7202B – Kaleidoscope Paper Packet
X7202C – Kaleidoscope Complements
Z3085 – Kaleidoscope Assortment
Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts
Z3130 – Silver Foil Tape

Z3190 – Cricut® Artistry Collection
Z3146 – 1 Sheet Watercolor Paper
1385 – 5 Extra Sheets White Daisy Cardstock
Z2643 – Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

Z3132 – Watercolor Paints
Z3188 – Paintbrush Set
Z2068 – Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z891 – VersaMark™ Ink Pad Tsukineko™
Z555 – Craft Heater Z1912 Corner Rounder
Z1204 Bone Folder
Z1297 Edge Distresser
Z726 Sponge Dauber My Acrylix® Blocks, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Adhesive

Until we craft again, The Brae-er