Friday, August 2, 2013

New Product Blog Hop!

Everyone loves a blog hop and I was excited to join this one sponsored by the amazingly talented, Tresa Black. She and I both taught the same packet, ProPlayer, at the Close to My Heart Convention in June so it was so much fun to see what she created.  

I believe I told you in a previous post that my friend, Colette Wagstaff, took my kids out for a photo shoot in preparation for my class. I needed some great photos that would look fabulous with the ProPlayer paper (my kit for convention). She did not disappoint and my kids and their friends had a blast. There were so many good photos that I had a hard time choosing. The easiest way to use some of my favorites was in a mini album format. This is a photo frame that I picked up at Ikea. Close to My Heart has a new flip stand album you can see here that is new to the catalog but I didn't know about it when I created this. Now I'm excited to create one with Close to My Heart's version. I may have to ask Colette to do another photo shoot.

I used the new Cricut Artbooking Cartridge on all of these pages. These are the file folders available on the 5 and 6 keys (7x5 Top Secret Mini Album). I cut them in half, using one half of each file folder for a page. The file folders are cut at the recommended size but I did all sorts of experimentation with real dial size for many of the other images. Don't you just love that "Oh Snap"?

Besides the ProPlayer papers, we have lots of accessories going on here. I used a lot of my leftovers at this point (this was one of my last projects). This page has the ProPlayer Assortment and the Irresistibles Hexagons.

Remember to save those leftovers. The Chevrons are leftovers from cutting a Chevron overlay on key 7. The stamp is one of the Cricut Artbooking Collection Stamp Sets. You get three different sets plus chipboard with the cartridge.

A little Base & Bling, a little Ruby Chevron ribbon, a little red Shimmer Trim.

Love the Be Yourself. Pop a little honey cardstock behind it and it makes it pop!

More Base and Bling Word Accents with a little Ruby Mini Medleys thrown in. Love the LOL, again from the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

A little Abbey Road going on here. The saying is from the Maximum Power stamp set. The sun overlay is from key t (6x7 Summer Mini-Album). The sequins are from the Black Mini Medleys. It includes individual sequins, with adhesive already on them. Brilliant! I used a few on the next page.

Love the overlay I used in the background. I experimented with real dial size on key 3. This was a leftover from some of my testing. Just goes to show that sometimes it does pay to hoard leftovers. The good Times stamp is from another of the Cricut Artbooking Collection stamp sets.

This was actually a quick project when I got down to it. It was a great use for leftover cuts and accessories and a great way to display some fun photos that hadn't been used on scrapbook layouts. I even created one of these for the Operation Smile auction held at convention. Good times.

Now hop on over to other blogs to see more new product from the Autumn/Winter Close to My Heart Catalog.

Note: To join the blog hop, you must be a member of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not add an entry to the blog hop if you are not a member of the group. However, please do check out the links to the other blogs and their great ideas!


  1. I got to see you present at extravaganza, and loved your creations. Love your mini album it is great, just waiting for my cartridge to arrive so I can play. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Holy cow! I lovvvveee what you did with pro player! I wasn't into this one but loving the colors you added to brighten it up!! New follower!

  3. Wonderful Project! Thanks for a ton of inspiration.

  4. Great pictures, and a great album - well done!

  5. Oh, this is so fresh and fun! Wonderful!

  6. Your album is wonderful and those photos just put it over the top.

  7. That just shows you how ahead of the game you are - choosing a flip album right before CTMH comes out with their own! Love your album and how you added those pops of yellow to the ProPlayer paper pack, wish I could have seen your class.

  8. How cool is that! Love love love your album!

  9. Love your album... very cute!! The pics are so fun! Great project!!

  10. I so love this album! The details are just adorable, and your pics are awesome too!

  11. Love the pictures that your friend took of the kids. The background makes it fun for the ProPlayer paper packet. Now I want to make one of these. They would be great as Xmas gifts.

  12. What a great mini album you created! The photo's are awesome and all the embellishments reflect the fun the kids were having!