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Brae-er Team Blog Hop: Get it Before it is Gone!

It is always sad to see an idea book come to a close- especially when it has been FULL of product you have loved (or in this case, that I have LOVED!).  This is where we find ourselves this month as many of the items in our Seasonal Expressions 1 book are no longer available after the end of March….

My team decided to take a positive spin on this sad occasion and celebrate with a blog hop that features some of the pieces that we love best in this book! Celebrate with us and be sure to order any items you see that you love… after all soon they will be gone!

My favourite item in this whole book is 100% the hopscotch paper- I have loved it for so many things! Here is I used it in a Vacation album workshop- 10 beautiful scrapbook pages all created with this beautiful paper! (For more details on the workshop portion please visit my Papercrafting Workshops/Kits tab).

vacation album page 1 vacation album page 2 vacation album page 5 vacation album page 6 vacation album page 7 vacation album page 8 vacation album page 9 vacation album page 10 vacation album page four vacation album page three

Now if you want to see the rest of the inspirational work that my team has produced then visit Chris’s Blog next! A full list of hoppers can be found here.

1. Brae Montgomery

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Last month for Seasonal Expressions 1

march email

Yes it is true, this is the last month for ordering many items from our Seasonal Expressions 1 mini book! This book holds such pretty papers and accessories…I will be sad to see it go! If you haven’t yet seen it be sure to check out the online version on my shop site here. 

The beautiful Hopscotch paper has been some of my favourite and I plan to offer a whole workshop with it later this month (so yes I may have been acquiring a small stockpile of this paper). Here are some of the other cute items in the SE1… remember you only have till the end of March!

dream come true layout

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Mickey Mouse Single Page Layouts

As I prepare for an upcoming trip to the Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii (courtesy of Close to my Heart) I find myself creating fun layouts Mickey Mouse layouts for me and for my secret sister!

What is a secret sister? We secretly draw names from all the consultants attending the trip. While away we leave little gifts or do nice things for our sister… in secret of course.  At the Farewell banquet at the end of the trip we give our final gift and reveal ourselves. It is always a highlight of the trip for me!

These three layouts were made as part of my gift for my secret sister… but I loved them so much I made an extra set for me!

mickey make a wish layout

The first layout is a simple “Make a Wish” layout.  I used Hopscotch paper for a few reasons:

1. Close to my Heart used it in the album pages they pre-cut and pre-designed for us (I know!  We are really spoiled and I will share all those pages in a later post).

2. The colours really ARE perfect for Hawaii!

I stamped some stars in across the page. Mickey was added using our Doodled Design stamp set. I added his ears by hand-drawing two more cirlces with our black journaling pen.

itinerary mickey

The Itinerary page is the perfect spot to quickly list the fun stuff we do each day- sunset cruises, Pearl Harbour, shopping, swimming, spa….. so MUCH to do!  I used Hopscotch paper again and added accessories new and old.

mickey smile layout

How about a big hidden Mickey in this Smile layout! To me this layout is the perfect spot to add photos of the many family poses with Mickey or Minnie (in face I plan to have more than will fit on this page LOL). More Hopscotch paper but this time I added some glitter paper (for the sparkly Mickey’s) and some Hopscotch Picture my life cards (the title and camera came from those cards).

I cannot wait to share more Secret Sister projects with you!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

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

Hopscotch Layouts

If you are at all like me then you find yourself quickly craving the bright colours of spring- pretty pinks and blues.. not bright enough to be summer colours but just enough to add some needed ‘pretty’ to a very white and black winter.

Well our winter really is only arriving but I already crave these colours so I am very happy that our Seasonal Inspirations Mini book has JUST what I need! Have you seen the beautiful Hopscotch papers??? Or the assortment or complements? YUMMY!

These two layouts were created using the above three items and with some added pink extra thick twine – all available now on my SHOP!
hopscotch layout 2 hopscotch layout 2 close hopscotch layout 1 Hopscotch layout 1 close

Want the directions for these two layouts? Purchase the pieces needed (through me of course) and I will email them to you free of charge!


Hopscotch Paper Packet

Hopscotch Complements

Hopscotch Assortment

Pink Extra Thick Twine

Until we craft again, The Brae-er