My Sweet Boy ~ A Layout for the H2H Mother Angel Challenge

As a Design Team, we were each asked to create something with a “Mother Angel” theme for the Heart2Heart blog, and, to be honest, I struggled.  As I was working on a project, my sweet twenty-one year old son came into my craft space to ask me what I was working on.  I told him how I was struggling with this layout – photos of him as a child.  

He asked me what I thought was wrong with it. “Well”, I said, “I am not fond of all the different types of butterflies, but they are all I have in my stash.”

His response: “I like how you put the kid-like butterflies next to the kid pictures and the pretty butterflies next to the mom. It works.” 

That’s when I knew that this would be the layout I would use as inspiration for the Heart2Heart challenge. This twenty-one year old kid still has the sweetest heart just like he did when he was gently holding a moth in these photos. 

The design for this layout came from the weekend SG Scrap Squad inspiration challenge.  I loved the mix of papers Allison Davis used on her 3″ x 4″ grid layout, and chose to mimic it with some four-inch Mix-Ins and Aurora papers along with a few Aurora PML cards.   

This is one of the first layouts I have created with SO MUCH white space and, as much as I love the look, I fought it the whole time.  I did add a little splatter onto the left side with a Lagoon Shimmer Brush to reduce the white space some, but it still has quite a bit of white background showing.  


One of my goals this year is to use up my stash, so you might recognize a few older CTMH items mixed-in with some new ones.  On the left page, I have a butterfly from the Sweet Girl collection and an old Canvas Banner mixed with our current Stitched Together stickers.  On the right page I have mixed a few really old, recent, and new items. 

The title holds an old Canvas Tag and some much older polka-dot butterflies, mixed with a trimmed down Aurora PML card and Stitched Together heart sticker.  Not only did I use a trimmed PML card for the title, I used two from the recent Yesterday & Today collection on this layout also – one behind a photo and one for the sentiment below the photo of the two of us. (The chevron pattern was a portion of the trimmed Aurora PML that I just couldn’t throw away.)

The Wood Round is a sticker from our current Aurora collection that I used to hide a portion of the photo that wasn’t very flattering to the layout and the pretty butterflies (as my son put it) are from the Stitched Up collection.  All a mix-match of items from my stash to record a memory of my son’s sweet heart.  


The gentleness my son shows in these photos really tugs at my mom-heart strings.  This kid has always crashed through life right and left, yet he has the gentlest heart for all creatures. 

I hope that this layout has inspired you to create something for the Angel Mom Heart2Heart Challenge. You have through May 31st to link your photo to the challenge. While you are visiting the blog for more inspiration, make sure to check out a few of the other challenges we have for you this month. 

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National Scrapbooking Month ~ Blue Skies Specials

May is officially National Scrapbooking Month!  Close To My Heart has been celebrating with several free, live digital events AND a new exclusive patterned paper collection and suite of coordinating products. This bright, cheery Blue Skies collection is one of the best collections I have seen.  I can’t wait to share everything with you!! 

Before I share all of the Blue Skies collection,  I wanted to let you know that you can still view all seven instructional segments from the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration.   You can view them under videos on the Close To My Heart Facebook page and each one of the kits shown can still be purchased on my website. 


Are you ready to see all of the Blue Skies Collection?

Like I said, this is one of my favorite collections to date.  It starts with a breathtaking Paper Pack, Sticker Sheet, and UV Coated Cardstock. 

The incredible Blue Skies paper packet features 12 double-sided paper sheets, two each of six double-sided designs with the option to purchase it with or without the Sticker Sheet. That sticker sheet is definitely something you are going to WANT.   It coordinates perfectly with the papers and has glossy UV-coated designs just like the Blue Skies cardstock. 

This cardstock is exclusive to the collection and has a raised pattern design.  I have had so much fun playing with this stuff!  To add to the collection, there are also TWO coordinating stamp sets and a Pinwheel Thin Cut die. (LOVE THIS!)


But it doesn’t stop there my friends…

Close to My Heart is Celebrating BIG this year! For those who love all things paper craft, Close to My Heart has created FOUR kits just for you.  

A Cut Above Layout Kit

Pre-cut and ready to assemble, this kit has everything you need to make two layouts. 

Blue Skies Scrapbook Workshop

Grab the FREE Guide and make yourself some stunning layouts!

Blue Skies Cardmaking Workshop

Close to My Heart did not forget about those cardmakers – we have something for you, too. 

Blue Skies Mini-Album Workshop

…and a little something for our Everyday Life album makers. 


Don’t Forget about the Discounts!!!

Save 20% with the Blue Skies Paper Bundle, which includes the Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Coordinating Cardstock, and Cut Above® Layout Kit.  For an even bigger discount, choose the Blue Skies Product Bundle that includes ALL of the Blue Skies products at a 30% savings!


Are you as excited as I am about all these sensational products?!  I have already been playing in my craft space with these and I just cannot stop. 

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It’s a Pet-Pourri at the Heart2Heart Challenge

If you’re like me, you probably have phone full of pet photos and a stack of pet-shaped stamps.  87504779_10157306730953089_7096549616794992640_nWell, my friend, it’s time to dig all of those out of your stash, and start creating for our Pet-Pourri challenge.  Our Design Team has created quite a few pet-loving projects for you to enjoy at the Heart2Heart challenge blog.  Before I show you what I made this week,  I want to remind you that this challenge is open all month long.  Just make sure to link your project before April 30th

Remember how I said that I have a phone full of pet photos?  My kids will vouch for the fact that there are more photos of this sweet fur baby than there are of the humans. 🤣 Now that the kids are grown and not around as much, this little pup gets most of my attention, which would account for all the photos of her.  These are some I took of her last summer when we took her fishing. 

Our little miss is quite the character.  She was fascinated with the crayfish in the mud and equally curious with the fish wiggling at the end of the chain. When I decided to start recording these memories, I was searching for a new technique to try and, wouldn’t you know it, SG Scrap Squad was doing a challenge this weekend. 

The inspiration for that starburst, came from a sketch they published for the challenge from the November 2015 issue.  I chose to create mine from some These are My People papers & a few patterns from our Mix-Ins

After creating the starburst and adding the photos, I began looking for embellishments.  I knew that I had a crayfish (lobster) from an older collection, some fish from the Seas the Day stickers, and some elements from These Are My People – what I didn’t know was how I was going to pull all those pieces together.  

I decided to grab some Kraft paper and add it behind the starburst then frame the photo in Sapphire Blue. This matched both the crayfish and the sentiment stickers. 

To tie the whole layout together, I added that large torn paper sticker from the These Are My People sticker sheet.  To me it looked like water, making it the perfect addition to the layout.  I added a few elements to the top of the page for the title and the layout was complete. 

I hope that you were inspired by this Sweet Furry Fisherman layout and that you plan to join us for our Pet-Pourri challenge at Heart2Heart.  

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