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Friday, September 30, 2011

Closing My Doors

Hello Everyone!
Just wanted to let you know that I will be closing this blog on January of 2012.  So if you are a follower and/or are receiving my posts emailed to you, please visit my new blog MyCreativeInk.org to become a follower and sign up to receive my posts via emails.

I thank you for your being a follower!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A New Beginning

Close To My Heart changed their Mission Statement this year to a more updated version. From, "We show you how to celebrate relationships through the art of scrapbooking and stamping. Faster. Simpler. Easier". To, "We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most." It really speaks to the changing times in the Crafting Industry. With digital scrapbooking and many people taking crafting to a whole "new" and "higher" artistic level, it is no wonder, Close To My Heart decided to move forward with the changing trends.


So with that in mind, I also have decided to change the name of my blog, it is no longer Scrapbooking Ink, it is now "My Creative Ink". It is not about making layouts to save in albums... No, it's about tapping into the creativity you did NOT know you have in YOU! Many people say... "I'm just NOT that creative". Who the heck cares if you are creative or NOT. If you enjoy creating with your hands and if YOU like what you make, then, you are making yourself and your spirit happy.


It's just like the rainbow painted macaroni bracelet your kid makes for you at kindergarten. When you see the big smile they have when they show it to you... WELL, then you know that you will cherish it for the rest of your life, because they made it especially for you and with tons of love! Many times, I have opted to wear the jewelry that my kids have made for me, rather than my Tiffany diamonds. Because their creations mean so much more than a silly old diamond. Love has a silly way of making you change your mind on what is or is not "Creative", and I am willing to explore it some more.


I hope you join me and maybe start throwing some of the old rules out the window, because ART is what YOU think art is.  





Oh! And I am giving away a free "Art Philosophy" Cricut Collection from Close To My Heart to the top winner and a very cool second prize and third prize "Followers"by the end of the year.


  Hope you join in the fun!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Close To My Heart: Typeset Layouts

This is a very special layout for me, as some of you may know, my mom is 81 years young and I am the baby of the family.  My siblings all had boys so my mom did not have a grand daughter, that is until my little Victoria was born.  Of course I had to have a generation portrait taken of the three of us.  This picture was taken right after my son Hunter was born five years ago.  Finally my pictures are slowly but sure making it onto layouts, so they can be preserved and shared appropriately. 


Can you believe this is the Typeset paper packet?  LOL!!!

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Close To My Heart: Typeset Layouts

For this month (August) we used the Typeset paper packet to create the three sets of 2 - 12 x 12 layouts.



Items used in this kit:
X7139B Typeset Level 2 Paper Packet
X7139C Typeset Complement Canvas Shapes
Z1410    Antiqued Copper Designer Brads
Z1464    Milepost Shapes
Z1088   Chocolate Waxy Flax
Z1450   Color-Ready Alphabets Cork
Z1333   Mocha-Opaques Adhesive Gems
C1464   Blue Ribbon Stamp Set
Z1686   Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
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Close To My Heart: Typeset Layouts & H2H Back To School

I was very happy to see that this month's challenge on H2H was "Back To School".  Mary also posted a new layout design, so this month I decided to do both, the layouts with Back To School themed pictures.

For these layouts, the distressing on the edges was made using desert sand ink pad.  Hold the ink pad at an angle and swipe along the edges of the card stock.

For the stars, I used the Vineyard Berry marker's brush tip.  Simply run the brush tip along all the edges of the stars.
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