An Archery Layout | April Love Your Stash

The Creative Design Team had so many people joining us in February, that we have decided to continue our Love Your Stash series throughout the rest of the year. Not only are we going to be using a few items in our craft spaces, but we are encouraging you to do the same. This month, Katy, Erin, Jayma, and I will be posting some BONUS Love Your Stash videos for you to enjoy. Make sure you check out each of our channels or head on over to the playlist for some inspiration to use up some of your crafting collection.


In March, I had the opportunity to go to a weekend retreat for fun – no hosting, selling, or teaching – just three days of crafting in a beautiful mountain cabin. During my stay, I created several scrapbook pages using elements in my craft stash. One of my favorites is this two-page spread of my son on the archery range.

Rarely do I capture photos of our big ol’ bear. This red-bearded sasquatch of a man tries to avoid the camera whenever he can, but I was able to sneak a few photos during our last outing.

My son was not the only one shooting that day. I also own a bow which he had custom-designed for me to match my Muddy Girl gear. It was my son who introduced me to this sport and I have genuinely come to enjoy it. We visit a local archery range near a lake as often as we can. This is a great way for me to get out of the craft room once in a while.

On this layout, I used quite a few items from my crafting stash. The background was created using some of our Wood Grain papers. To create a three-dimensional background, I cut apart the slats, roughed and inked up the edges, then layered them onto the cardstock to mimic the targets on the archery range.

To add to the distressed roughed-up design, I also tore some edges on the photo frame and added some splatters on a few corners of the layout. I created the splatters with Toffee Ink using a retired stamp. There are a few stamps on my website with some splatter on sale right now or you could use waterbrush with some ink or paint to create the same effect.

The die cuts on the page are a combination of Cricut cut images and embellishments from my crafting space. I wanted to add some arrows onto the page, match the circular shape of his bow, and create movement. While I was at the retreat, I was struggling to find a few other embellishments, and a friend asked if I had any feather stickers. I am so grateful that she suggested these because they were the perfect addition to the layout.

I had brought my little Joy to the retreat, so I was able to cut a few of the images I wanted from the You Are Here and Artistry collections. When my husband gifted me with the Joy, I wasn’t sure if I would use it because of how small it is, but it’s the size of the machine that I have come to like most. It takes up hardly any space in your work area and is so much easier to pack than a larger machine. You are limited in size when you are creating, but most of the images I made that weekend fit within the 5″ x 11.5″ parameters.

The other elements on the pages are from a variety of collections that I have been hoarding. I am a collector of all things outdoorsy and manly, and it felt great to be able to use a few of them on this layout. The final addition was a tag tucked behind a photo for journaling. I have no clue where I got this tag or what collection it comes from, but I have a stack of them that need using. The color and designs on this tag pocket were an ideal choice for the page.


If you wish to see how this layout came together, you can view my process video. It is going to look a little different than my past videos. This is the first time I have set up my camera somewhere outside of my craft space. The background looks a little different and there are a few little bumps that happened when I reached for a snack or when someone at the table moved, but I loved this layout so much and I wanted to be able to share it with you.


I hope that this layout inspired you to use up a few items from your crafting stash. I have sincerely enjoyed being able to use up the pieces in my collection these past few months and I can’t wait to share the other layouts I made at this retreat with you.

Don’t forget to visit Katy, Jayma, and Erin’s channels this week and check out what they have made using items from their crafting collection. Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when the Creative Design Team adds more Love Your Stash videos throughout the rest of the year.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Celebrate Scrapbook Day with Me!!

This year, for National Scrapbooking Day 2021, CTMH is putting on one of the biggest celebrations and I would love for you to join me as we create FIVE amazingly creative projects. There is so much planned that the celebration will need to be spread over two days! You’re invited to order yourself a few of these exclusive kits and join the fun online April 30 – May 1, 2021, on the Close To My Heart Facebook page. 


We will get to spend two days creating five amazing creative projects and learn some great papercrafting tips & techniques AND join in on some product giveaways.  Below, you will see all of the projects we will be making along with their FREE cutting guides so that you can you have everything prepped and ready for the event.

You can craft right along with me as we make a variety of scrapbook layouts, cards. I will be joining the event, too, just like you on the Close to My Heart Facebook Page. We will also get to make a 4″ x 4″ mini-album. How cute is that?! 


Each of the five crafting projects that we will be making during the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration has its own exclusive workshop bundle, complete with an exclusive stamp set. 

When you purchase these bundles, you get the stamp sets, a new paper packet, die-cuts, and a sneak peek of the You Are Enough Coordinating Cardstock pack. You can’t get these anywhere else on my website. They are only available with the kits.  


On April 30th & May 1st, we will be celebrating National Scrapbooking Day during this event, but there are also some great possibilities for cardmakers, as we will be featuring two cardmaking workshops along with the scrapbooking workshops.

There will be two cardmaking workshops during the celebration – Sending You Hugs and Cheerful Humor. Both workshop kits include an exclusive stamp set that can only be purchased with the kit. I am JUST loving those snarky comments!


Each of the workshop kits are available individually at full retail price, but you can get all five together in a bundle at a 30% discount. VIPS also get 15% back in rewards with each purchase!

Here is What Comes in Your NSD Bundle

  • Party Girl D-size Stamp Set
  • More Than You’ll Ever Know D-size Stamp Set
  • Send You Hugs D-size Stamp Set
  • Cheerful Humor E-size stamp set
  • These Little Piggies D-size Stamp Set
  • Mix-in Paper Packet (May–Jun)
  • Lovely Paper Packet
  • Exclusive Patterned Paper NSD Pack
  • You Are Enough Coordinating Cardstock
  • 17 – White Daisy cardstock sheets
  • 16 – cardstock sheets (Black, Blue Belle, Peach, Smoothie, Ballerina, Candy Apple, Clover, Flamingo, Lagoon, Lemonade, Mint, Wisteria)
  • Exclusive black glitter die-cut sheet; 6″ × 12″
  • Exclusive die-cut overlays
  • Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Exclusive stencil; 6″ × 6″
  • Blue Belle Pearls
  • Julep Loose Sequins
  • Wisteria Ribbon
  • So Much Happy Puffy Stickers
  • Springtime Flower Sequins (Z3874)
  • White 4″ × 4″ Album (Z4285)
  • 20 – white card bases & envelopes (36 standard, 4 slimline)
  • 8 – Top-load 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™

This one-of-a-kind National Scrapbooking Day celebration will take place April 30 and May 1 and will be jam-packed with creative fun. The online event is FREE to attend and will be open for anyone, but in order fully participate and make all these amazing projects, you will need to purchase the bundles from my website.

I plan on attending this amazing event and I can’t wait to see what the beautifully talented ladies at Close to My Heart have in store for us. Here is the final scrapbook kit that is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to learn hwo to make these pages!


I can’t wait to join you as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day together and create these incredible workshops! Our National Scrapbooking Day Celebration event is sure to be something crafters everywhere won’t want to miss. Make sure to tell your friends!

This is going to be a wonderful weekend of celebrating what we love by connecting and crafting with other memory keepers!

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Join the Virtual Album Retreat

How would you like to create a beautiful scrapbook album from the comfort of your own home and learn some new techniques you can use on your future pages? Sounds like fun, right!? Plus, as a special bonus, I am offering some free products to those who purchase the retreat bundle from my website. Before I tell you more about your gifts, let’s talk about the retreat, the pages you will make, and how to earn even more free products as a VIP.


What is an Album Retreat? This is a virtual online event where you join a group of scrapbooking friends and learn some new papercrafting techniques as you create stunning pages. At each Album Retreat, you get to join the wonderfully talented ladies at Close to My Heart and go step-by-step through the process of creating an entire album’s worth of breathtaking scrapbook pages bursting with unique artwork techniques.

The next album retreat will take place on May 14–15. At this event, you will create ELEVEN two-page 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layouts, for a total of 22 pages. Take a look at these stunning layouts.

To participate in this event, simply purchase the album bundle from my website — there is no separate registration fee! The bundle includes the supplies you need to create all the album pages shown above and some exclusive products only available to retreat attendees. You will need a few additional supplies, which will be listed in your retreat email in the coming weeks.

For those who purchase the bundle from my website, I have a special Thank You gift just for you. After you have purchased the bundle, you will be gifted with an additional $25 in free products of your choice and two half-price coupons*. You can use this to purchase the additional supplies needed for the album retreat.

If you are a VIP, you also get an additional 15% back in rewards – that is about $40 in product credits that you can use to purchase more crafty goodies on my website. Make sure you sign up and join as a VIP before you purchase the bundle to earn those additional VIP credits.

Learn more about becoming a VIP!

Once you have purchased the bundle, you will need to watch your email for an invite to the Album Retreat private Facebook group where the event will be held. You will also receive a list of additional supplies you will need to complete the pages like adhesive, inks colors, etc.

There are a limited number of openings at this virtual retreat and the bundles will sell out quickly. The last day to order the bundle is April 19. Stop by my website today to order your bundle and watch for the email, from me, with instructions on how to order your gifts.

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*Rewards must be used within 20 days after they are earned from purchasing the bundle on my website and can only be used on full-price items. You are responsible for the balance due, tax, and shipping. Items are mailed directly to your home. For US Residents only.