Saturday, August 29, 2015

Family Command Center

I don't know about you but with two kids in school, a full time job, planning scrapbooking workshops;  things get busy.  Most days, I don't know if I'm coming or going. My husband wants to post notes on the fridge and I just hate that idea.  Sorry Honey....  We can get organized in a stylish way.

I was flying back home from a business trip and just happen to be watching the Marilyn Denis Show, this was my inspiration to create my very own Family Command Center.

First you need to pick an area in the home, a centralized area is best. I found that a 16x20 frame is the perfect size for a monthly calendar.  It needs to be big enough to write on.

I bought a standard illustration board and cut it down to size, this will serve as the base for my calendar.  Then using Cricut Design Space and the CTMH Artiste cartridge, I designed my calendar and weekly reminder frames.
CTMH Family Command Center - Julie Carriere
Monthly Calendar
CTMH Family Command Center - Julie Carriere
Weekly Reminders

You may not have the wall space to create all of these but the idea is to have a common area to write notes for everyone.  I would have liked to create 8x10 frames per family member but my wall space is limited.

You can make these which ever colour you prefer. You may want to match your current colour scheme to make them more appealing.  I tried to keep it simple, since we'll be write reminder notes on the glass front, you don't want a super busy background.  Let's put this calendar together...

Useful tip:

Keep the negative cut piece of cardstock. I used it as my spacer template to adhere all of the rectangles.
CTMH Family Command Center - Julie Carriere

CTMH Family Command Center - Julie Carriere
Can you image trying to measure and align all of these rectangles. Using the template was very efficient and easy. :-)

Here's the finish calendar, using a dry erase marker I can keep track of all monthly appointments, birthdays you name it.  I found the BiC Magic Marker - Dry Erase worked the best.
CTMH Family Command Center - Julie Carriere

This is in my main corridor, the thermostat and switch were always to main focus not anymore.  I hope this will help train my kid to be more organized and keep track of their homework schedule.  I'll know this is a success when they start adding their own activities and refer to it.  
CTMH Family Command Center - Julie Carriere
 Thanks for stopping by!



   

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Paper Garden Cardmaking Workshop - CTMH September SOTM

This cardmaking workshop was inspired by the new Paper Garden stamp set. You gonna what to get your very own for only $6 dollars during the month of September. You will need the Cricut EXPLORE machine to access the cutting files. When you place a $25 dollar order on my website; you'll receive the Cricut Design Space files for FREE. Place a $50 dollar order and get this very cute stamp set for only $6.

CTMH Cricut cartridges:
  • Artiste
  • Artbooking
  • Artfully Sent
You will also need the following cardstock:
  • White Daisy (QTY5)
  • Whisper (QTY3)
Stamp sets used:
  • Paper Garden - September SOTM S1509
  • Finding the Words D1646
The CDS(Cricut Design Space) files include 4 cards plus 1 card box to complete this set.
The entire ready to go project will take you approximately 30 minutes to cut. Each card is saved individually.
Cricut Cardmaking Workshop Julie Carriere

Let's take a closer look!

Card 1 - Thanks so very much
Cricut Cardmaking Workshop Julie Carriere

Finishing touches for this card:
  • Stamp flowers with Thistle ink
  • Stamp leaves with Pear ink
  • Ink distress flowers and leaves using Whisper ink
  • Stamp flower blooms on White card base using Thistle and second generation 

tip:  cut a separate 3x3 piece of White Daisy CS for the step and adhere it to the card base

  • Stamp Thanks using Whisper and "so very much" using Thistle 
  • Use the Diamond embossing folder on Whisper card front piece, sand distress
  • Wrap Thistle striped ribbon ribbon or Thistle thick twine 
  • Used 3D foam tape Whisper card front piece
  • Stamp flower blooms on the envelope using Whisper ink.
Card 2 - Friends Forever
Cricut Cardmaking Workshop Julie Carriere




























Finishing touches for this card:
  • Stamp flowers with Thistle ink
  • Stamp leaves with Pear ink
  • Ink distress flowers and leaves using Whisper ink
  • Stamp pennant using Pear ink
  • Stamp Sentiment using Slate ink
  • Use 3D foam tape for smaller flower and pennant piece
  • Stamp flower blooms on the envelope using Whisper ink.
Card 03 - Beautiful
Cricut Cardmaking Workshop Julie Carriere
 Finishing touches for this card:
  • Stamp flowers with Thistle ink
  • Stamp leaves with Pear ink
  • Ink distress flowers and leaves using Whisper ink
  • Using a sponge dauber add Thistle to the blooms and Pear to the foliage, stamp on White daisy card base
  • Stamp flower blooms on the envelope using Whisper ink.
Card 04 - Happy Birthday
Cricut Cardmaking Workshop Julie Carriere




























Finishing touches for this card:
  • Stamp flowers with Thistle ink
  • Stamp leaves with Pear ink
  • Ink distress flowers and leaves using Whisper ink
  • Using a sponge dauber add Thistle to the blooms and Pear to the foliage, stamp on White daisy card base
  • Stamp sentiment using Whisper ink.
  • Add ribbon or Thick Twine to close the card
  • Stamp flower blooms on the envelope using Whisper ink.
Cricut Cardmaking Workshop Julie Carriere




The Cricut EXPLORE files for this workshop are available for FREE with a $25 dollars order from my CTMH website. If you simply want to purchase the cutting files, they are also available for only $7.50

Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW Consultant Kit is here! (PLUS a special offer for Former Consultants)

If you have ever thought about joining Close to my Heart as a Consultant, now is the prefect time! The brand new Consultant Kit is now available. 

For only $149, the New Consultant Kit includes everything you need to hit the ground running, including a huge supply of CTMH products valued at over $530. You will be equipped with all the tools to hold your first Gathering and clubs, and start your business off on the right foot. Whether you love creativity, community, business, or all three, you are welcome here! Join and discover all of the wonderful rewards of being a CTMH Consultant. Plus, you can earn additional rewards through the Straight tot the Top Program.


If you are a Former CTMH Consultant, there is a very special promotion just for you! For a limited time only, you can re-sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant AND receive a special Essentials New Consultant Kit for only $58 plus shipping and handling! With the debut of both a new 2015–2016 Annual Inspirations idea book and a 2015 Holiday Expressions idea book, now is a better time than ever to be a Close To My Heart Consultant. Additionally, once you are approved as a new Consultant, you can order from the new idea books early as part of the August Consultant preview period. Plus, you’ll receive 22% commission on all your purchases! (Contact me for details on this special, limited-time offer.)






NEW Zoe Collection Now Available!


Even though the new Annual Inspirations catalog doesn’t go live until next month, CTMH has released one of the new Collections early! (It is a CUTE one too!) Introducing the new Zoe Collection. The items that are available to order now include: 


Zoe Paper Packet




Zoe Compliments


Zoe Assortment



Zoe Workshop on the Go Kit



Coral Shimmer Trim



Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles