Make Your Own Calendar

My Creations Calendar

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. -- Charles Kettering

The My Creations Calendar can be a wonderful gift for a family member, or a great way to display your photos year round. Use traditional scrapbook pages or Studio J printouts to decorate the pages. Stamps and stickers can be used to decorate the gridded month pages by adding titles, day numbers, and specific dates on the calendar.


White Pines Scrapbook


White Pines Workshop on the Go is a great way to get in the holiday spirit.  The kit comes with Cardstock, patterned paper, stamps, doodads and instructions to make 2-two page layouts.  But you'll have leftover paper, so you can stretch the extras to even more layouts.  Check out some ideas using this fun workshop.

White Pines

White Pines My Reflection Collection
White Pines is a festive new kit with winter theme for all your holiday images. The White Pines My Reflections collection includes a paper packet of double-sided B&T paper, badge buttons with whimsical images, and a coordinating sticker and die cut packet. Check out the coordinating Picture My Life cards and Fern Twine or shimmer trim to match! Once you create a page with winter photos, display it in a Colonial White Shadow Box for everyone visiting to see.

For moreideas using the White Pines Collection, check out media channels using the hashtag #ctmhWhitePines

Easy, Peasy Cards

 A Cut Above Card Kits

The new Cut Above pre-cut card kits, Berries and Boughs and Deck the Halls, save you time and planning, without sacrificing creativity, and include almost everything you need to create 10 beautiful hand-stamped cards. The only extra supplies you'll need are adhesive, a My Acrylix block, Exclusive Inks pads, and one of the coordinating stamp sets, which you can re-use on a variety of projects or to createmore cards. No paper trimmer is required!

Washi Thanks

Whenever I create a card workshop, my last card usually takes scraps and makes something from leftovers.  A lot of the time, the leftovers are long, really skinny pieces of paper, like 1/2" - 1" wide.  These tend to be the same widths as washi tape.  But sometimes I can't find washi tape in the exact color.  So combining the skinny pieces of paper and stamps, you can create your own.  Papertrey Ink has a great tutorial on how to make your own washi tape.

In my case, I didn't make my own washi tape and then attach it to the card.  Here, I tore the strips of B&T paper in alternating lengths.  I also directly stamped on the card base (like the Pear Ink stars).  Washi tape stamp sets can also be used to create homemade washi tape, like the Blossom Cardmaking Kit stamp set or the Snapshot Memories set.

Here is an alternative to the "Thanks" card.  The Cricut Collection, Artiste, has great celebration stamps and images.  The banner below is stamped in Smoothie Ink and Coral Sequins flank each side.

Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking Workshop


Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November! This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80 each! When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE—a savings of $19.95! Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle. 

Celebrating You

I like using scraps to make my cards.  It helps me use up paper without throwing it away, and it ends up making me feel more creative.  The two large flowers and the large sentiment makes this a nice visual triangle.  Change up the colors of the cardstock to make the flowers suitable for whatever season you are sending the card.

The technique used on this card is from Splitcoast called Crinkled Cardstock.  You can find more information here.   Cut three circles in ever increasing size, spritz them with water, then crumple them up into tiny balls.  After squeezing them a bit, I unraveled them and let the paper dry.  It's important to let them dry, because the paper will tear in the next step.  Using a sanding paper, sand the dry circles to reveal the white core of the cardstock.  Stack the circles, attaching them in between, and secure a sequin in the middle on top.  Also use the crinkled cardstock technique on the leaves of the flower and tuck them behind the flower like below.

SOTM: Cheers, 2016!

With all of the New Year's parties that happen at the end of each year, it's inevitable that we take lots of fun photos with traditional cameras or our cell phones. Get those photos printed out and into a traditional scrapbook, Picture My Life, or Instalife album. Use this month's SOTM to complement your photos and provide journaling lines to tell all of the fun details from the events. Party like it's 2016!
This stamp set is only available during the month of November, so get it now for $5 with your qualifying order.

SOTM: Cheers, 2016!