Friday, February 26, 2010


Jason gave me one of these:
Now I need to learn how to use it. A very talented photographer in Cache Valley is giving away a free mentor session. I need your votes to win. Please go to the following link and vote for me (Nicole Norris the list is alphabetical) before Sunday at midnight. Brooke Snow Photography

My kids will thank you!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

February Book Table Layout

I really have been neglecting my blog but it was Workshop week last week and so I was playing all week with my workshop friends! If you would like to join in the fun email me or leave a comment with your contact information and I will send you all the details.

Tonight I am going to post the layout I made with the product from the Book Table club. I did add 2 sheets of white cardstock and some dark brown cardstock.  I also cut out the hearts and the "I heart You" using my friend's "Slice" by Making Memories. The layout is a design from Close To My Heart's Imagine book. I can't live without this book!

I have to chuckle at myself as I post this layout because I don't have pictures on it yet. That is ironic because my last post was all about getting pictures on all my layouts that were assembled but missing pictures. For the record I have picked out pictures for this layout I just need to get them cropped and printed. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Major Accomplishment!

As you might have noticed I have been neglecting both my scrapbooking blog and my family blog. It isn't because I have been catching up on my favorite shows.  I have actually been working on something else far more productive.  I am sure many of you have "THE STACK" of beautiful layouts that are all assembled and are just missing one major component: the pictures!!! Well I kind of got a bee in my bonnet and was cleaning out and reorganizing my scrapbook room and I came across the above mentioned "stack" of layouts. I had layouts from swaps, workshop classes and album retreats that were beautiful pieces of art that just need pictures, titles and journaling.  So I sat down and went to work, picking out pictures, cropping, ordering and attaching to those layout. I put pictures on over 30 layouts! That is practically an album!!!  Now I need to add the journaling and titles to these beautiful layouts and get them in my albums.

Here are a few pictures of some of the layouts in my stack.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February Workshop Group "Topstitch"

Oh I am so excited about this month's workshop layouts.  I just couldn't wait to use the new "Topstitch" paper packet and the fun coordinating stamp set and accessories. 

(This layout is obviously missing the title. I was going to cut it out on my Wishblade but I am experiencing technical difficulties)

I used the following products on these layouts:  Topstitch Basic Kit (which includes the My Acrylix stamps et "Love is in the Air, My Reflections Topstitch Level 2 paper packet, Mini-medley Accents Colonial White Collection and the workshop guide which includes cutting directions for the first layout title "Welcome Home").  I also added CTMH's new Dimensional Elements Hearts, Clear Sparkles, Soft Suede Pinwheels, a Pretty Pin and some chocolate Embroidery Floss from the Neutral Assortment. All of these items may be purchased on my MyCTMH website.  If you would like to attend my class please call or email me TODAY!!

February Campaign: Give and Get Back

Many people have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.  So this month's campaign is not only giving you an amazing deal but with each offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 to Operation Smile's Haiti relief efforts.  You can learn more about Operation Smile's efforts by visiting their website.

So what is the amazing offer? It is Buy one of our 12x12 textured cardstock combo packs and you get one FREE!!!! Yippee!!! That makes the textured cardstock less expensive then our standard cardstock.  Why go textured? Well let me just tell you.

1- First of all our textured cardstock still has our signature white core which means you can sand it and the white core shows through giving an additional element of fun to your layout.

2- Also each sheet of cardstock features a rich Close To My Heart color on one side and a lighter shade on the opposite side.  This makes it even more versatile.

Now that you know why you need textured cardstock, let me show you why you can't live without it!

In this layout I used white textured cardstock and sponged it with black ink. It gives the paper a linen fabric feel. Does anyone recognize this layout? It was from one of my workshops in the days when we only did single page layout. I finally got pictures on it.

Is Brock so handsome! I used textured cardstock for the scalloped twilight circles. I sanded the circles to help draw attention to the textured paper. (Layout designed by Karen Pedersen)