Friday, August 26, 2016

A Year in Review!

It feels like it has been forever since I have posted on here, the summer has flown by! The new catalog from Close To My Heart is out and the products are amazing! So many huge changes and improvements! One of the NEW PRODUCTS that caught my eye is the NEW FLOWER MARKET Circut cartridge! All I can say is WOWZA! It is amazing! I have always been attracted to all things flowers, so this really made my heart sing! Ask my boys, I have  scrapbooked my oldest sons hockey pictures with layers and layers of flower (manly ones of course) and it turned out awesome. Maybe I will remember to post that at some point! Anyway back to the matter at hand! I was inspired to do this calendar by a similar concept that I had seen at the Close To My Heart National Convention in June. It really brought me back to the dilemma that I have had for many many years of creating a beautiful layout for the months of the calendar and then letting it go "to waste" when the calendar was finished. I thought what a great idea just to incorporate the calendar page right into the first page of a two page layout! Duh... sounds so simple and I'm sure the idea has been recreated many many times, scrapbook calendars have been around forever. I do a calendar workshop almost every year and this concept was perfect! I had so much fun doing these layouts!  Im totally in LOVE with glitter and flowers, so what a perfect combo! I loved the stark contract between the back, gold and red in the February layout. The boots in April... adorable! Sunflowers speak for themselves, such bold beauties. Wheat for September of course, for many years my father farmed and that was always harvest time! Poppies to celebrate and remember our fallen soldiers (Canadian thing) they deserve to be honoured and remembered, and who can resist a classy white poinsettia for December!  This was my very first guide and HOLY COW, what a lot of work! I'm so glad to have the support from many other consultants and people from around the WORLD. Shout out to my AU, NZ, USA CTMH sisters! You have made all my time and effort worth it! You have filled my heart with many encouraging words, support and the Close To My Heart Corperate team has been amazing in this journey! 


As you can see above, this is 24 pages of spectacular! Perfect for a gift, to show off on your own wall or for all my consultant peeps, to hold a workshop!


January packs a punch with the NEW colour of the year SEA GLASS! I am still amazed by the LACK of glitter that is all over my circut mat when I'm finished cutting out shapes. I have used competitors brands of glitter paper in the past, and this is for sure one of those occasions where once you try it you will never go back! No glittery mess!


Traditional valentines colours really work well on this page! The GOLD glitter flowers with the black cardstock overlay really highlight eloquence! 


I was a little hesitant about using the "lettered" patterned paper in this collection. I really thought that it screamed "school", but how wrong I was! It gave enough pattern to complement but didn't overwhelm this layout! It let the focus fall on the magnificent flowers and glitter!


Ahh April showers... I have always loved this saying. The boots are so stinkin cute, I would totally buy a spotted pair just like these in the real world!


Amaryllis ... the title kind of speaks for itself. Simple bends to shape the flowers combined with simple pattern paper, gave these flowers some great dimension!


This layout is a similar rendition of a layout in the annual inspiration book! Page 22-23 shows you how versatile the NEW Enchantment fundamentals are! LOVE THEM!


Found more inspiration from the Annual Inspirations idea book! That just show that these are way more then a catalog, it is filled with amazing artwork from amazing artists. I ALWAYS keep my for future inspiration, it is a great resource.


The colour combo on this reminded me very much of a retired paperback we once had named Tommy! I love to mix and match colour combos from previous paper packs. Again that is where keeping those past idea books comes in handy!


Simple, yet makes a bold statement. Cutting oversize images, hanging them over the edge and trimming is a great way to embellish your page or card!


The cocoa image on the 2nd page is actually a "container" designed to "hold" flowers on the flower market cartridge (kind like the boot idea in the April layout) so don't let your mind limit you to what the images were intended for. This made the perfect background image.


Poppy was the perfect colour for the Poppy layout. This really speaks to Canadian Remembrance Day, but is so pretty it can be used for any special moment!


Again with the SEA GLASS, I can't get enough! It pairs perfectly with peacock paper. The poinsettias (as well as all of the other flowers) has been shimmered up with the NEW shimmer pen. I comes out clear so you can accent over ANY colour to give it that WOW factor!
So that pretty much sums up the workshop, here are the details on how to get busy making your own!
The whole guide including pictures, cutting instructions, dimensions and supply list will be EMAILED to you upon purchase of the supplies from my website createbyjennifer.closetomyheart.ca
They are easy to follow instructions that will guide you through making your very own calendar month by month!
My CTMH peeps are welcome to order these files and use to grow their business. They can be used in workshops settings! To consultants located in Canada you have the option to pay $30 to receive the guide OR place an order of $30 on my WEBSITE and get the guide FREE! 
Consultants outside Canada can purchase the guide for $30 as a tool to build their business. 
Email HERE for details.
or 
Click HERE to purchase

Workshop Consumable Supply List:

Z3184 – My Creations Calendar
Z3240 - Sea Glass glitter paper
Z3238 - Gold glitter paper
Z3089 - Grey Enamel Gems
Z3274 – Clear Sparkles
Z3254 - Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack
4 Sea Glass cardstock
7 Peacock cardstock
40 White daisy cardstock ( just a note this number can be reduced by 12-15 pieces if you do not cut the white photo mats I used to show photo placement)
5 Whisper Cardstock
4 Pomegranate Cardstock
1 Juniper Cardstock
1 Slate Cardstock
6 Fern Cardstock
3 New England Ivy Cardstock
13 Black Cardstock
4 Sapphire Cardstock
1 Eggplant Cardstock
1 Thistle Cardstock
2 Poppy Cardstock
3 Gold rush Cardstock
2 Canary Cardstock
2 Saffron Cardstock
4 Cashmere Cardstock
4 Dessert Sand Cardstock
7 Cocoa Cardstock
1 Crystal Blue Cardstock

Tools:
Z3285 - Flower market circuit cartridge
Z3167 - Artistry Cricut cartridge
Z2049 - Piercing and embossing Tool Kit
Z1979 – Journaling Pen
Z726 – Sponge Daubers
Z3293 - Shimmer Brush – clear
Z3132 – Watercolor paints
Z3225 – Watercolor brush medium
Z2805 – Black Ink Pad (optional for edges)
Z2814 – Cocoa Ink Pad (optional for edges)
Z3260 – Heart Thin Cuts (if you don’t want to purchase these, use image from cricut cartridge)
B1547 – Wedding Wishes (you can use any stamp that is thin to boarder the edge of mat in February) 

























7 comments:

  1. I'm so completely impressed by this calendar collection that you put together. Each and every page is incredible and I'm so surprised by the cuts you chose for each month. I had to really look at the background on your October page, thank goodness you explained where that cut was from, I would have never figured it out! LOL!

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    1. Thanks! I had so much fun doing it and I really enjoy trying to think outside the box! Not always successful, I may add but I try to mix it up! Hope this will be the first of many out of the box projects!

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  2. Love this project. Question for you... Does the guide include the cricut design space files that are ready to cut or simply the dimensions for each shape?

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    1. Thank you! As of todays date there is no design space file... yet... Im not wanting to announce anything yet but there have been a lot of requests so all those who purchased watch your in boxes! ;-)

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  3. Just can't imagine the hours you put into this WONDERFUL project...every month is so special..the design awesome. You are very talented!

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    1. Awe thanks! I appreciate the nice words!

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  4. I only just discovered this - this looks amazing thank you for sharing the fab idea.

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