Category Archives: Scraptabulous Layouts

Two Page Spring Outdoors Butterfly Family Love Story Scrapbook Layout #ctmhchelseagardens #pagekits #cricutexplore #scrapbooking #scraptabulousdesigns

Chelsea Gardens – Come on, SPRING!!!

Happy 2018, all of my beautiful friends!!!!  I hope you all had a SCRAPTABULOUS holiday season and took lots of pictures!  Here is my tribe this year in our matching jammies.  

And, just like that – it’s life back to normal in the FRIGID north!  So, let me tell you how hard it was for me to work with Chelsea Gardens during our deep freeze…..  Don’t get me wrong, the papers are simply STUNNING, but they make you feel spring and warmth and I was pretty much in crabby patty mode wishing that I could skip right from Christmas to Spring! 

But, now that I finished this workshop, I have fallen in love with this kit.  I even have some perfect photos to use with it!!!  My goal for 2018 is to show ya’ll more of my finished work, which means that I actually have to print photos and get scrappy.  I am WAY excited to see if I am up for the challenge!  I totally went all in with the butterflies and colors in this kit, I didn’t even try to fight it and make it into something else.  Sometimes, you just gotta go with the flow.  For the last layout, I kept it all nuetrals and even included a large photo mat for an 8×10 family photo!  Lots and lots of options for this layout.  Continue reading

Two Page Scrapbook Layout Silver Gold Christmas Holiday Winter Joy Birthday Love Merry #ctmhsilverandgold #scrapbooking #pagekits #cricut #scraptabulousdesigns

Give me ALL THE BLING with Silver and Gold!!

Happy December!!!!  We are right on the brink of a cold front here in Michigan, so it is totally starting to feel like WINTER!!!  I am happy to say that I have the majority of my Christmas decorations finished and we put up all our outside lights, too (you know, while it was like 60 degrees!).  I absolutely LOVE this time of year, even though I am a little sad missing those family members that we have lost and looking ahead to next year when my son will be away at college.  Life changes so quickly, but this is why I scrapbook – to preserve these precious memories that make my heart go bump.

OK – I know.  I just released a Christmas kit with Beary Christmas!  However, because some of us just can’t get enough of the holidays, CTMH gave us a second holiday kit with Silver and Gold.  But, my friends, as you all know – I don’t follow directions very well.  I created one Christmas layout (think of showcasing some of your favorite photos from multiple Christmas’!) and the others are entitled Joy, Birthday Cheer, and Love This.  I am LOVING the black, white, silver and gold – can’t wait to get my photos on these pages!

Dont’ forget:  I know this time of year is crazy town for lots of us, but I wanted to remind you that all of our paper packs in the Holiday Expressions will retire on December 31 (if they don’t sell out before then).  Get yours before they are gone so that you won’t be sorry! Continue reading

Two Page Scrapbook Layout Beary Christmas CTMH Holiday Family Merry Home #scraptabulousdesigns #scrapbooking #pagekits #cricutexplore #ctmhbearychristmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like BEARY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Oh my NOVEMBER!!!!  Seriously – where has time gone???  I hope you all had a Hauntingly Marvelous Halloween, because as you know, stores have gone from Halloween straight to Christmas!  I mean, there is some Thanksgiving stuff out right now, but it has been out for ages, hasn’t it??  

I have to say that I truly enjoyed working with our Beary Christmas papers!  Traditional colors and just enough whimsy to keep it cute and fun.  My daughter and I even had Christmas Bear pajamas last year, so I am thinking that I may use those photos on these pages!  I love it when things work out like that!!!! 

Don’t usually take a lot of Christmas pictures?  Then use these pages as inspiration for some special photo shoots this year or compile photos from Christmas’ past – how fun would that be?  As always, don’t forget the Flip Flaps if you take a bazillion holiday photos!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

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Two Page Fall Falling for You Pumpkin Thanksgiving Family Friends So Blessed Scrapbook Layout #ctmhfallingforyou #scraptabulousdesigns #scrapbooking #cricutexplore

Falling For You: Autumn Scrapbook Pages

It’s my FAVORITE time of the year – FALL!!!!  The trees are just beginning to change, football is in full swing, and the weather (minus that CRAZY heat wave) is getting cooler, just perfect for snuggling up in sweatshirts and blankets.  The holidays are right around the corner, too!  Lots of fun decorating and time to spend with those we cherish most, our friends and family.

Falling for You has the perfect colors for autumn and will work great for Thanksgiving, pumpkin carving, fall leaves, and outdoor activities.  I also created a fourth layout that is *not* necessarily fall themed, but still focuses on counting your blessings.

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Two Page Scrapbooking Layout Halloween Cats and Bats Fall Friends Wander Hike Party Kids #ctmhcatsandbats #halloween #scrapbooking #scraptabulousdesigns #cricutexplore

Cats & Bats & Parties – OH MY!!!

WOOOHOOO!!!  It’s September 1!!!  That means a BRAND NEW Holiday Expression from CTMH!!!  New specials, papers, accessories, stamps and a whole lot of GOODNESS!!!

I am kicking things off with my Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Workshop.  Now, if you are anything like me, I truly do not have the need for 4 Halloween layouts every year.  So, with this kit, I decided to make 1 layout for Halloween and the other 3 for parties, outdoors, and friends.  The colors are fun, gender neutral, and super trendy.


I used our BRAND NEW Cricut Collection – You are Here.  This cartridge is AWESOME and I am so excited for all the travel and every day images!

DANA’S SPECIAL:  Order the You are Here Cricut Collection from me during the month of September & I will send you a FREE paper pack ($9.95) of your choice!

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Two Page Scrapbook Kit Outdoor Adventure Teen Boy Masculine Camping Handsome Summer Hiking Axe Lumberjack #ctmhjack #scrapbooking #pagekits #scraptabulousdesigns #cricutexplore

Scrapbook your Outdoor Adventures with Jack!

Happy Summer, everyone!!  I can’t even believe it is almost August – it totally snuck up on me! Today I would like to share my Jack Scrapbooking Workshop, I am super excited with how these pages turned out!  These papers are perfect to scrapbook your summer adventures, even those rainy, chill-axing days or those extra long car trips…..

Now, if you look at the complements, you will notice that I chose not use the “Little Man” title pieces or PML cards.  If you have a Little Man in your life (even a furry one!), feel free to add these pieces back in.  My “Little Man” is 17 and taller than me, so I left them out on purpose. LOL

As always, don’t be afraid to turn some photos black and white or use a super cool filter!  And, I have been known to totally stage a photo shoot in colors that will match my layouts (think red plaid) when I love the papers!!!

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Two Page School Scrapbook layout boy girl elementary high school workshop #pagekits #scrapbooking #scraptabulousdesigns #ctmhfundamentals

K-12 School Scrapbook – get it QUICK!!!!

Oh.  My.  GOODNESS!!!!  Friends – I have been the biggest slacker.  I have not shared my School Scrapbook on my blog!  So, here it is.  Let me tell you – this is one of my favoritest, favoritest workshops ever, because it took a ginormous project and broke it down into something I could manage.

First, what you need to know is this – some of these products retire with our current Annual Inspirations on July 31, 2017.  So, if you need this workshop, make sure you at least order the retiring products ASAP!!!

Required Product List for 1 Album (Retiring items listed in RED)

  • Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals $19.95 
  • Z3265 School K-6 Complements $11.95
  • Z3266 School 7-12 Complements  $11.95
  • Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack  $10.95
  • X5943 Enchantment Cardstock Combo  $14.50
  • 1385   White Daisy CS (3 packs)  $9.50 each
  • Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper  $5.95  (3 sheets, only 1 needed for kit)
  • Z3245 Pocket Plus Design 4 Memory Protectors (2 packs)  $7.95 each
  • Z3230 3×4 Flip Flaps (2 packs)  $3.95 each
  • Z3232 5×7 Flip Flaps (2 packs)  $6.95 each
  • Z3090 Red Enamel Gems  $3.95
  • Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems  $3,95
  • Z3278 PML Tabbed Journaling Cards  $4.95
  • Z1984 Top Load or Z1977 Side Load Memory Protectors  $19.95
  • Album  ($29.95)

I created a video for you to see the album.  It is a little long (about 16 minutes), but it encompasses *a lot* of stuff, so please stick with me as I attempt to walk you through the concept and design.

I have not set a firm price for this album.  Every person’s album is going to be slightly different and I want to leave you the freedom to pick and choose what items you want to add or delete.

I can tell you that if you purchase all the supplies for the album that I have listed above and cut it yourself (you must have a Cricut Explore with the Artbooking cartridge), the total cost will be $200+. The total cost per album does decrease slightly when you purchase supplies for multiple albums.

I am also offering the kit pre-cut ($25 fee) or pre-cut with bases assembled ($50 fee) for those that are interested.  Additional add-ons would be the hand stamped title cards, hand stamped teacher/year banners, glitter paper stars.

So, please email me and we can discuss what will work best for your needs!

Make something SCRAPTABULOUS – because CUTE matters!




Two Page Scrapook Layout Prickly Pear Adventure Fiesta Party Celebrate Enjoy Summer Family Page Kits #ctmhpricklypear #scrapbooking #pagekits #scraptabulousdesigns #cricutexplore

It’s time for Summer with Prickly Pear!

Hey, ya’ll!!!  I hope your summer is off to a GREAT start!  It’s almost time for the Close To My Heart National Convention in Utah – I can’t wait!  But, before I head out, I wanted to share with you my latest workshop – Prickly Pear.  One of the most exciting parts of this new kit is this:

Two Page Scrapook Layout Prickly Pear Adventure Fiesta Party Celebrate Enjoy Summer Family Page Kits #ctmhpricklypear #scrapbooking #pagekits #scraptabulousdesigns #cricutexplore

Do you see those people on that layout from the Seasonal Expressions???  THAT IS US!!!  My family.  Page 27, to be exact.  For the first time ever, I actually submitted some photos to CTMH and they used one of them!  So we are now like totally #famousnotfamous.  HA!!!!

Ok – enough of my nonsense, back to Prickly Pear.  I love the colors in this kit – it will be perfect for your outdoor adventures and summer fiestas!   These pages will even work for the Fourth of July with the primary colors – YAY!!!

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Two Page Scrapbook Layout Beach Summer Pool Lake Surf Vacation Relax No Worries #ctmhnoworries #scrapbooking #pagekits #scraptabulousdesigns #cricutexplore

Summer is almost here – NO WORRIES!!!!!

Woohoo!!!  Summertime is almost upon us!  I am *so* ready for school to get out (June 14th for my kids and June 16th for the school that I sub at).  It has just been gorgeous here in Michigan – lots of sunshine and warmth.  I am looking forward to chillaxing!  And, of course, catching up on my personal scrapbooking!

So – this latest kit, No Worries.  MUST HAVE.  MUST HAVE.  MUST HAVE!!!!!  I kept the layouts simple and fresh because summer is all about spending time *making* memories, not preserving them.  Whether you are at the pool, at the beach, at the cottage, on vacation – this kit has something for you!  If you don’t boat, leave off the boat accents.  If you’re at the pool, don’t use the surf boards.  So QUICK and EASY and VERSATILE!  Trust me, you are going to want to have this kit for your memories!  And – remember to use your flip flaps!!!  They keep your pages clean and neat while allowing you to include ALL your favorite photos.

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Two Page Scrapbook Layout Shine Little Dreamer Unicorn Believe Baby Girl Be Yourself #ctmhlittledreamer #scraptabuloudesigns #scrapbooking #pagekits #cricutexplore

Little Dreamer – did someone say UNICORNS????

Holy Scrap-a-Moly!!  You guys – I totally hit a wall this weekend.  My body literally revolted and would not let me get out of bed.  You know how it is always so easy to tell others that they need to take of themselves while you continue running at full steam?  Well, for reals, I am living proof that you can only push yourself so hard before you collapse.  Friends, if any of you are in the same boat as I have been – please take some time to let yourself relax.  It’s so much nicer when you make the choice to chill rather than being forced to stay in bed!

I hope that ya’ll had a better weekend than I did – although, I do have to say that I had a great Mother’s Day!  I was almost brought to tears when my daughter walked into the restaurant with the card they decorated for me.  Aren’t they just the sweetest????

So – now that I am feeling much better and have a renewed focus on self-care, I would love to show you my latest workshop – Little Dreamer!

I have to admit that this kit is not something I would typically purchase (although, really – who doesn’t love a magical unicorn?).  So, I really tried to create bold layouts that will work for many different occasions.  With all the purples and pinks, this kit is a little more on the feminine side – but you can always use more of the blues and eliminate the pink to get a more gender nuetral look for a couple layouts.

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