Monday, 16 November 2015

Organization Time - Day Planner

Staying organized has never been easier.
Time to get rid of all those Post-it notes lying around. CTMH is introducing a new product line called the Everyday Life™ planner system with all sorts of products to help you stay organized.

The product line includes:
  • * The Everyday Life album ($13.25 CAD) is a beautiful, hard-cover 3-ring binder with black cover and gold foil design. It measures 9 3/8” x 8 ¼” x 1 ½". This size makes the album multi-purpose, allowing you to decide what you put in it. It’s not just to write in reminders and appointments, it can also be used to save memories and scrapbook pictures.
  • * Calendar/agenda planner pages for 2016 ($18.95 CAD): the 154 planner pages that you can put inside measure 8 3/8″ x 6 7/8″. There are 12 monthly dividers with tabs, 1 pocket folder page, 1 designed page finder, and 4 sheets of stickers. The pages are 3-ring hole punched and measure 8 3/8” x 6 7/8.” The pages include both monthly and weekly spreads that begin January 2016 and run through December 2016, printed dates help you focus in on the daily details and remember your plans for the entire month. The four sheets of colorful label stickers and a bookmark-style page finder to help you turn quickly to the current day. The pocket folder page helps you store receipts, fliers, and more. 
  • * Roller stamp ($10.50 CAD): This roller stamp features titles, reminders, and additional images and has phrases like “shopping list,” “no school,” and “don’t forget.” Designed to coordinate with the label stickers; simply place the label sticker in your planner, and then stamp the phrase of your choice onto it. 
* From December 1 to 31 there is a special discounted bundle for purchasing the album, planner pages and roller stamp together for just $35.95 CAD — a 15% discount off the retail value!

As of January 1, 2016, the following coordinating items will be available from the new Seasonal Expressions catalogue.
  • Pages ($9.50 CAD): A set of 60 double-sided, gorgeous My Crush pages. These pages can be combined with the planner pages to give you more room in your planner for preserving your memories. Or use them on their own to create a beautiful My Crush  mini scrapbook. 
  • Washi tape ($4.50 CAD): good for attaching photos and other memorabilia to your pages. 
  • Memory Protectors ($7.95 CAD): two new styles sized to fit into the album. One will have two 4” x 6” pockets, the other four 4” x 3” pockets. Use these to add your favorite Picture My Life™ cards and photos into the mix! 
Together, the Everyday Life line gives you ultimate flexibility in creating a planner/My Crush book/pocket album uniquely customized to you.

You are going to love this new product line. Watch this great VIDEO HERE. Contact me to order yours.

And don't forget
Friends don't let friends craft alone.

à bientôt,

Friday, 6 November 2015

Make It Crafty Hop - Christmas Creations

Welcome to the •MAKE•IT •Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! This month we will be featuring Christmas creations.

If you’ve arrived from the talented Wendy's blog Doddsydesigns you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, don't worry, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Julie's blog.

It’s easy to hop along with us – just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Just a gentle reminder to please leave comments for the other bloggers as you hop through!

In this hop, Ottawa Close To My Heart Consultants share their creations using various CTMH products from either the Annual Inspirations catalogue or Holiday Seasonal one.  These should help you get in the mood for the holidays.
Nothing puts me in a festive mood like decorating. So here is an easy way to dress up your holiday table - Christmas crackers.

Such a great family tradition - ask the person sitting beside you to grasp their end and pull to tear the cracker apart, and POP -  out come the goodies.

Christmas cracker

This cracker was made using paper from the White Pines paper pack (X7200B).  I tied the ends of this  one with green shimmer trim (Z3087). It is a perfect match for pear green - I used the pear cardstock to mat the tag and the 2 glitter circles come from Fundamental Assortment (Z3100).

1. From the the Artiste Cricut cartridge, cut the cracker (the one above was cut at 8")
2. If you use plain cardstock - Decorate the sides using stamps, washi, glitter. (see examples below)

3. Score all the fold-lines.

4. Form the cracker shape by taping the centre box. Then push the small bow-tie-shaped ends in towards the box, forming the ends "ruffles".  (Like on right side)

5. Slip in snaps inside the cracker with ends sticking out. Glue to inside of "ruffles" so that they pull apart when the cracker is pulled. (I purchased cracker snaps from the big box craftstore.)
6. Insert little items - tissue-paper crowns, a riddle or joke, candy, and a little toy or other small gift. (Purchased at the dollar store) 

7. Tie the ends together with ribbon. Any ribbon will do. (here i used shimmer trim, see below where plain gift wrapping ribbon was used.)

8. Add a tag with a holiday wish.

Last year we used crackers instead of place cards. Simply personalize each cracker according to each person's interests. Elegant snowflakes for Mamie, sweets for Grandpa, santa for Mom and trees for Dad, ornaments for the kids.

Thank you so much for following along on our Blog Hop today! I hope you enjoyed all the lovely artwork. Now it’s time to head on over to Pam's blog and see her project! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

And don't forget
Friends don't let friends craft alone.

à bientôt,