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Which Comes first the Layout or the Photo?!

Ok so this is a question I get asked a lot.  How do you create all these layouts without knowing what pictures go on them?  Ill be honest and tell you I create both ways.  Somedays I just want to copy other peoples beautiful layouts and somedays I have a specific project to work on.  Two things I have found is that I always love to get the new items in the catalog and I am prone to be a Hoarder…shh dont tell my husband!  I used to be so bad about buying an extra pack of my “favorite” paper only to have a new favorite come along and never again touch my stash.  SO…a few years ago I began making as many layouts as possible out of the current paper packs even if I didnt have photos. (this is a layout I created several weeks ago)Valentines

How does this work?  Well the trick is to leave your photo areas a common size i.e. 4×6, 4×4, 3×3.  Most of the time I leave a title off and eventually I will go back and when I have a surplus of photos or events I just start searching my stash of pre-made pages.  And if I have more photos than I have places enter in one of my most favorite products—-> Flip Flaps.  With all of out sizes and varieties the amount of photos is endless!

Valentines2013Give it a try scrap an entire paper pack with or without photos.  It cuts down on your stash and helps you get caught up!

Whooo’s your Valentine

So I love GLITTER but I hate it getting everywhere.  I mean seriously I would love everything to have a little sparkle but…I just hate cleaning it up.  Enter in one of my most favorite additions to the new catalog…Glitter paper!  It is just beautiful and in 6 different colors.  You can’t order out of the new catalog until February 1st but if you order $35 worth of product with me through January 31st you can get the great Whooos your Valentine kit which includes (drumroll) silver glitter paper!  I am in the process of making my Valentines but I bought the super cute monkey placemats (My inspiration picture in the previous post) and just had to get a layout made.  Valentines

I loved all the different hearts in the Whooos Your Valentine set.  I also loved the patterned background stamps so I decided I wanted to make my own patterned paper using the hearts and chevron stripe.  Keep in mind all of the the white space will be photos.  I cut hearts out using my Artiste and stamped the coordinating stamps on them.  I cut the I Love You out on the Artiste and I think it completed the page.  It came together pretty quick and I just love how the glitter paper makes it pop.

Here is the deal if you spend $35 with me through this month you qualify for the Whooos Your Valentine kit for $10.00 (retails for $40.00) which takes your order to $45.00.  Spend $50 and you qualify for the Stamp of the month for $5 (which retails for 17.95).  01_13_SOM_Valentine_stamps.ashxSo through the end of January you can spend $55.00 (before tax and shipping) and receive $93.00 in great Close To My Heart Products.  To put some icing on your cake spend $55.00 with me and order the Whooos Your Valentine  Kit and I will send you this layout all cut out and stamped.  All you have to do is put it together and add your pictures!    You don’t want to miss this one!  Contact me or you can shop here.  After you place your order online shoot me an email or comment under this post that you took advantage of my $55.00 deal.

Whoos your Valentine


I love love this set.  I am working on mine right now and I can wait to send them to school with my kids.  Why buy Valentines when you can make these awesome ones that will be total stand outs.  Spend 35$ with me this month and get this great set for 10$.  I have had a ball putting mine together.  Now I just need to fill them!