Take Time to Record Your Thanksgiving Moments

Thanksgiving is over and you’ve made it through the first weekend in December. Now is a good time to get those Thanksgiving moments committed to paper so in the frenzy of the next several weeks you forget the little details like giving your two year old a turkey leg that seems bigger than she is!  The Close to my Heart paper pack like for this occasion is Greatful Heart (X7237B).  If you are not familiar with our paper packs, you get 12 sheets of paper ( two of each double sided sheet) which are the perfect thickness for your paper trimmer or your favorite cutting machine.

Tomorrow is Mojo Motivational Monday. This is where I post your scrapbook sketch challenge of the week and you can win prizes for sending me pictures of your creations I can post here to inspire others. I will create a sketch with lots of photo spots to catch all your Thanksgiving fun!

Leave me a comment below and share your funniest Thanksgiving story, or a tip you’ve found to get your holiday photos scrapped.


Are you Ready for the Three F’s?

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? For  most people, this means food, friends and family.  I remember those days fondly. Now that we have relocated to Arizona it’s different, since it is just my husband, myself and my youngest son. Since he doesn’t want to pull his son away from the family activities on his mother’s side of his family. I still haven’t decided if I am cooking or if we will go out and grab something. It will probably be determined by whether my son has plans or not. He is 32 now, but I remember when Thanksgiving morning meant mud football.  He would meet up with a bunch of friends and play at the field closest to the house. It seems there was always mud this time of year. He came home exhilarated and ready to eat lots of turkey.

Here is a sketch for saving those great memories.

Scrapbook Sketch for 7 photosI have left the box sizes off because you can vary them according to what photos you have available and size needed.

The background paper is from the Grateful Heart Paper Pack (X7237B).  I chose this paper because it would go so well with muddy football.

Adjust the boxes as you need them to create your scrapbook layout.  Come back tonight and I will show you what I created with this sketch.

Remember, e-mail or text me (801-597-4896 ) a copy of your finished page so I can share it with everyone. Each submission name is submitted to win the prize of the month.

My Favorite One Hit Wonder, What’s Yours?

What is your favorite one-hit wonder
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Happy National One Hit Wonder Day!

I was given the challenge to write a post about my favorite one hit wonder. Before I share my favorite with you, I want to explain what exactly what constitutes a one hit wonder for those of you who have never heard of this, especially outside of the United States.

Taken from Wikipedia:

A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes. This list contains artists known primarily for one hit song in the United States, who are described as one-hit wonders by the media. To qualify, an artist had to have – or sing on – just one national Top 40 Hit.

I had a good idea that the song I chose for my wedding in 1979, “You Light up My Life”  by Debby Boone would be on there (#2) since I couldn’t remember anything else the artist did, and a secondary song, “Loving You” by Minnie Riperton,  from our marriage was on there too. The marriage didn’t last either (things that make you go hmm.) I did a google search and found a website that listed the top 100 one-hit wonders (link at the bottom of this article).  As I read the songs my youth flashed before my mind. So many of these songs I knew and sang along with too.

Do you remember the Macarena? Yep #1, and if you are older, like me you might remember a song called “Short People” by Randy Newman which in today’s environment would be very politically incorrect!  Have some fun checking out these and more at http://forgottenhits.com/top_100_one-hit_wonders.

I told you I would share my favorite one-hit wonder with you, it was #42 Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C Riley.  I guess it shows a dark side somewhere in my mind LOL.

Leave a comment below and tell me what YOUR favorite one-hit wonder is.



Make Your Holidays Shine

The NEW Close to my Heart Holiday Expressions 2018 is HERE!

While iCTMH Holiday Catalog 2018t may seem early, I love when the new Holiday Expressions comes out! Christmas is certainly my most favorite holiday to decorate and craft for and this catalog is no disappointment. We have five new paper packs with an additional “Seasons Mix In” with complimentary papers to round out all your paper packs. This is the first time I have seen a package like this and they have done a good job putting this paper pack together.

Introducing the Season Mix-Ins

Beautiful papers to mix with all the paper packsIntroducing our new Mix-in papers designed to coordinate with every other paper collection in this idea book, giving you added flexibility and creative freedom in all your crafting projects. Available in a pack of six 12″ x 12″ patterned paper sheets and a custom cardstock pack. To see these beautiful papers just click here.

Alternate Uses for Patterned Papers

I especially like the grey fence paper in the bottom left, perfect for masculine birthday cards and the blue watercolor just above it. I see so many possibilities with these papers, I look forward to sharing them with you in the next several months. I think it is always important to see what else can be created just by thinking a bit outside the box. What I mean is, just because it is a Christmas Paper Pack, it doesn’t mean it can only be used for Christmas. As you can imagine, I have a LOT of patterned paper and I really want to use it.

As a result of having so much paper, I am bringing back Throwback Thursday. I will be creating with older paper packs and some older colors that are no longer available. I am happy to sell these colors if someone is looking for a specific color or falls in love with an older one. I am also going to use some older stamp sets. These will be for sale here on the website as well.

This Holiday Expressions Idea Book also brings us a new medium to Close to my Heart, texture paste. I used this any years ago at a Creating Keepsakes crop I attended with my daughter and it is lots of fun. I look forward to sharing those ideas with you soon.

There is also a new Cricut digital collection for Christmas!

Get Your Own Copy of Holiday Expressions
New Cricut Christmas Cartridge

If you would like your own copy of the Close to my Heart Holiday Expressions 2018 Catalog, drop me a note. I would be happy to send you one. One thing though ~ please include your phone number so I can give you a call a few days after you receive it to help you get your items ordered. Buying and sending catalogs can get costly, but I don’t mind if you are thinking there will be things you would like.  This is also a great way to start your Christmas list. After Thanksgiving I will start making calls to people on your list you would like to give you Close to my Heart products.  Don’t worry, they are usually very happy to hear from me as they are stumped on what you really want for Christmas or Hanukkah.


Motivational Scrapbook Sketch for Four Photos

Great 2 page scrapbook layout for 4 photosIt’s Motivational Monday! I want to get your week started with a scrapbook sketch for four photos. You can add more since there is room in the sketch.  This sketch allows for flexibility; where your title goes and where your journaling is placed depending on how many photos it takes to tell your story. Just remember you want to balance out both pages. This means don’t add something on one side that doesn’t have something on the other page. It doesn’t have to be the same type of item, but putting something on both sides will give your page an balanced look.

I hope this post helps to get your mojo going.

Send me a picture of your completed scrapbook sketch for four photos or more and I will post it here. I offer a monthly drawing. Everyone who sends me a photo of their scrapbook page is entered to win a free stamp set from me.

I Can’t Get Started

Bunny Berigan and his orchestra recorded “I Can’t Get Started” on August 7th, 1937. Do you ever feel like that with your crafting? You don’t do it for a while, then it is kind of stuck in the back of your mind with so many other things to do? We all do this, and while I am working out of my home office and am surrounded by beautiful papers, ribbons and cardstock there are days I just can’t get started too!

Mojo Monday Inspirational SketchesMojo Monday Inspirations is designed to help you with this issue. Every Monday I post a card sketch for you to create with your own interpretation. Everyone puts their own unique spin on the sketch and we share those cards here.   To the left is your sketch for Mojo Monday Inspirations.  I will tell you I only used the basic shapes in this card sketch because I wanted to see how it influenced your cards. Here are some pretty papers to consider when doing your card, however the card sketch is good for using your scraps too.   Do you think that is a flower? Could it be a sprocket?  I hope to see both women & men’s cards with this sketch.

Remember, to be entered into this month’s contest for a free stamp set, you will need to take a picture of your card and either email it to me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com or snap a picture with your phone and text it to 801-597-4896.  You have until Saturday night August 12th at midnight to be entered into the contest, then we start all over on Monday Morning.

Please leave a comment below to tell me why YOU can’t get started and I may have the perfect solution for you.




Mojo Monday Inspirations – Squares on Squares

I have your Mojo Monday Inspiration for this week but first I have to tell you I can’t believe today is the last day of July! I keep thinking I can’t believe more than half this year is over but I think more Squares on Squares Card Sketchkids may be thinking “I can’t believe summer is almost over”. I can tell you as far as the weather in Utah is concerned, summer temperatures are in full swing. I look forward to heading down to the scrapbook room where it is about 10 degrees cooler than upstairs.

Mojo Monday Inspirations picks up where Mojo Monday left off. Today’s sketch is Squares on Squares and I am excited because I have a perfect idea in mind. What is nice about this sketch is it requires only a paper trimmer.  You may require more  depending on what you will put in the squares, but this card makes it easy for beginners as well as advanced card maker.

Since today is the last day of the month, I will start a new monthly drawing with any cards you create from this sketch. Please text me your card to 801-597-4896 or e-mail me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com.

Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to win this month.   I am headed down to the scrapbook room to get this card done…  I have the perfect idea for this Mojo Monday Inspirational sketch!

Mojo Monday Inspirations for July 10, 2017

Good Morning!  Are you ready for your Mojo Monday Inspirations? Today’s card has me going around and around… in circles. I am not a big fan of circle cards, but there is just something about the never-ending edge of a circle, maybe because there is no traditional end, no corners to get out of alignment. In today’s card sketch I have used a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card blank and a 1.5″ strip for grounding along with several circles. This card sketch gives you lots of Card sketches for the maker in all of us.places to put your sentiment or focal point. You can see that everywhere I have put words on the sketch would be appropriate.  Later today I will have a finished card to show you using this card sketch.

Do you like PRIZES?  Each month I have a drawing for a FREE STAMP SET all you have to do is

1.  Make a card using the sketch and send me a picture of the card or text your picture to 801-597-4896.  Don’t forget to include your name and phone number (only your name will be posted with your card photo) so I can get back to you when you win!

2.  Leave me a comment below.

So super easy… now go create something magical.



Page Maps for a Challenge

Do you need a bit of creative inspiration? We all do. Whether it is in your scrapbook page, handmade cards or what to do with the kids during the summer we all need a little help once in a while. In going through some VERY old scrapbook magazines I came across a series of sketches I wanted to share with you. I hope they will inspire all of us to so a bit of scrapbooking during the heat wave the news has been warning us about this week.  Here is the sketch for the day.  Page maps are a great start to your scrapbooking

Leave me a comment below and tell me how will you use the spot that indicates a circle picture? Will you cut your actual photo? Do you have a hard time cutting photos?



How to Make Sandpaper Last Longer

A way to extend the life of sandpaperDo you work with sandpaper? Do you get upset when the sandpaper breaks so easily and quickly when working on a project? ME TOO!    I hope you enjoyed your weekend, mine was busy as I decided I didn’t like the yellow chalk paint I had painted the dresser in what I call “Mom’s Room”.   I knew right after I painted it a few months ago I didn’t like it and had picked up a new color based on the comforter I bought for that room. The problem was, now that I had pulled it out, I thought it was too dark. So on my trip to Walmart to pick up allergy meds I wandered into the craft section – I had originally planned on a stop at JoAnn’s –  I picked up a really pretty chalk paint Waverly Pool. It was a baby blue with cool undertones, and some sandpaper.

I had started sandpapering the dresser on Friday and was really getting frustrated with the sandpaper. I kept thinking there had to be a way to increase the life of the sandpaper when an idea came to mind. I went and got the packing tape!  This wasn’t going to be an easy fix since I bought a sander that had holes so you can contain your dust. (I thought I would be using it more in the craft room than outside).  I punched the sandpaper with the plate included in the box so I knew where the holes were suppose to be, then put packing tape across the back of the sandpaper. then I used a phillips  head screwdriver and poked the hole markings through. It was a bit clumsy but the solution worked. My sandpaper lasted twice as long as without the tape.

Page maps to make scrapbooking easyToday is Motivational Monday and I know you are looking for the sketch to start your week. Today I designed a single page sketch for 1 – 3 photos. The two squares could also be places to put embellishments. There is hidden journaling behind the chevrons. If you need help with how to create the hidden journaling box behind so many pieces – stop back by tomorrow for a tutorial.  Add some extra depth and dimension by sanding each one of the arrow pieces going down. You can choose to sand either with a downward motion or a cross hatch motion, either way applying sanding on your page with add a great look.

Don’t forget to snap a picture and send to me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com for your chance to win a stamp set no longer offered by Close to my Heart!

Happy Sanding,



Scrapbooking Sequential Photos

Creatively Carol Scrapbooking SketchesHappy Monday!  If you have been following my Facebook page you know my husband and I have been on a cruise to the Panama Canal. I created this sketch while looking over the Atlantic from the top deck. See, I am always thinking of things I can do to help you  in your crafting.

Today’s sketch has 3 – 4″ x 6″ photos and a 6″ x 6″ photo on the right side of this two page layout.  Looking at the sketch now I realize I made the space on the diagram a 6″ x 4″.

This is a great layout if you have a series of photos taken seconds apart showing slight differences then use the right side for your focal picture.

As you know, I favor two page layouts. About nine years ago we had a very large blank wall in the house we had moved to in Arkansas.  I had this great idea to take 9  twelve by twelve frames from Michael’s and put them in a square so I began creating single page layouts of the grand kids. I never got everyone finished before we moved from the house so now I have to go back and create a 2nd page to go with the single layout I created so long ago.  I will take the left side of this sketch and match it with the older layout.  I do have to have the three photos printed but will post the results next week.

Do you favor one or two page layouts? Do these scrapbook sketches help you? Leave me a comment below and tell me your preferences. How would you scrap sequential photos?


It’s Motivational Monday – Single Page Sketch for 3-4 Photos

Happy April!

Are you ready for today’s scrapbook sketch? I don’t know about where you live, but April has certainly come in like a lamb here in Utah, but I hear the lion is about to rear his ugly head with rain and wind today. Sounds like a perfect day to get a long awaited scrapbook page completed. In today’s single page scrapbook sketch we have a great page for beginners. There is no need to crop your photos down as this sketch features 3 of your standard 4 x 6 photos. a simple scrapbook sketchYou will want two vertical and one horizontal if your are going to follow the scrapbook sketch exactly.

When I completed this sketch I used a paper tearing technique to add some depth to the upper side of the layout and a middle strip for contrast.

While my finished layout has the who, what, where and why it is missing the when of the journaling. While this page is part of a vacation series to Nashville in the 90’s I neglected to reference the actual date anywhere.

Now as you may recall, I have a strict rule against re-doing scrapbook pages I am not opposed however to adding to them when part of the story is left out so I will go back today and add the date (as soon as I can find it).

Scrapbook sketches or page maps as they are also referred to can be a great wake up to your own creativity. They give you a base but leave lots of room for your own additions. How will you interpret this scrapbook sketch? Don’t forget to send me a picture of your layout so you can be entered into the April Layouts giveaway.  Leave a comment below and tell me how you made this sketch your own.

A Page Map for a Quick Two Page Layout

This week I have a two page layout for you with a 5″ x 7″ focal picture on the left along with the title of your layout. The patterned paper as a base can serve as your embellishment or you have plenty of room to add some.

On the right I have put three  4″ x 6″ photos and a 4″ x 4″  journaling box. You can put a mat under the photos or just attach directly to the page.

Creatively Carol SketchesNow that you have the sketch, use it to create your own adaptation of the sketch and e-mail it to me with the words “Sketch 20170328  I would like to post the layouts so others can see different ways to interpret the sketch.

Check back later in the week to see my take on the Motivational Monday Sketch.



2″ Square Photos Let You See the Full Picture

Using a scrapbook sketch helps creative blockSometimes when we scrap an event it is virtually impossible to limit yourself to 5-6 photos. Today’s scrapbook sketch will help you add lots of photos. This scrapbook sketch has room for 24 pictures.

If you don’t want to use a 5 x 7 as your left focus point you can use a smaller photo. I would double mat the photo so it stands to draw your eye.

After you finish your layout take a picture and text it to me at 801-597-4896 so I can post it here and enter you into the drawing for this month’s scrapbook Sketch.

After the Superbowl Party Muse Monday Sketch

Are You Ready to Scrapbook Your Superbowl Party?

I hope everyone enjoyed their Superbowl party yesterday. While I had no invested interest is the game so I cheered for the Atlanta Falcons because they haven’t won a Superbowl for 18 years.  No self-respecting Oakland Raider fan would cheer for the New England Patriots…ever. And while I was disappointed that New England won, I have to admire the tenacity of them in the second half of the game. I don’t know what speech Tom Brady gave during half-time but it motivated them to the win.

If you had a Superbowl party I hope you remembered to take pictures. Today’s sketch is perfect for your Superbowl layout. There is space for 9 3 x 5 inch photos, your title, a place for your menu as well as journaling.

Superbowl Party Scrapbook Sketch You can see how you can include lots of photos but if you don’t have as many or can’t cut them down to 3 x 5 inch without loosing important details you can cut out a few photos and increase the size to 4 x 6 photos. I left some room on the right side.  Where you can include the score either by vertical letters or by turning the score sideways on the page. If anything happened at the party you don’t want everyone to read but you want to remember (the words that came out of your guest’s mouth at the final score perhaps) Here is a link to help you with hiding your journaling.

The Contest

Remember to send me your finished layout either by e-mail. You can also text to 801-597-4896. What is your incentive to send it?  So I can post it here for inspiration. You can also link back to the photo to show it to others. I hold a drawing for anyone who has sent their finished layout to post here on the Creatively Carol blog. This month it is a D size stamp set. You will be able to choose between a few I have here in stock.

Leave  a comment below and tell me about your Superbowl party photos and how you will scrapbook your party photos.