I have loved the art of scrapbooking for over 15 years now and, as most of you can probably relate too, I have collected a lot of supplies! I only discovered Close to My Heart a little over a year ago and I am certainly a great fan of the amazing products that this company carries - so much so that I decided to become an Independent Consultant and start a blog! However, I have struggled with whether or not to include projects on my blog that use papers, embellishment, etc, from companies other than CTMH. While the primary goal of this blog is to showcase CTMH products, an extremely important supporting goal is to simply share my love of scrapbooking. I have therefore decided that I will include projects that use supplies from companies other than Close to My Heart. For sake of clarity and simplicity, I will give credit to the companies when possible, but will label them as "Contraband" when the information is not available. And I will continue to sing the praises of the CTMH products and provide you with ideas/inspiration for using them in your projects.
To begin this new direction in my blog, I want to share an extremely simple layout that uses pattern paper from a paper stack titled Summer Song by My Mind's Eye and some textured cardstock that I pulled from my stash. I inked the edges of the textured cardstock square that holds my focal photograph with Pear Exclusive Ink Pad. I also used the Bohemian Alphabet Stamp Set, E1019, and Pear ink to stamp my title. The paper flowers, buttons, fibers and brads were all pulled from my stash and are all contraband. I inked the edges of the paper flowers with Cotton Candy Exclusive ink and the journalling block was cut using the Tag on page 50 of the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge handbook. I covered the holes in the pink portion of the tag with the flower brads to give it some color and texture. This layout came together rather quickly using basic embellishments to add a bit of interest.