Thursday, October 23, 2014

CTMH First Day layout

Wow!  I turned the flash off, and the reflection from the sheet protectors still came through (lol).  Oh well.  I'm not taking this out of the sheet protectors.  Most of the layouts I have done the last couple of months are sitting in a stack inside a wicker basket.  So, glare or no glare, at least I can say this is ready for the books!

This is the layout we are doing for my monthly scrapbooking club.  When I first looked through the new catalog, I must admit that the Chalk It Up paper line was not on my list of things to order.  I reluctantly ordered it, because the last few clubs have been on a white base, and I thought it was time to change things up a bit.  I am really pleased with the end product and think I might even be able to conjure up some more creations with this paper :). 

Besides the Chalk It Up paper line, I used:

CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge (notebook die, embellishment cutouts, and title)
CTMH Sorbet cardstock
CTMH White Daisy
CTMH Free To Be paper (promotional in May or June)
CTMH Glacier, flaxen and sorbet dye inks
CTMH 3D foam tape
CTMH dots embossing folder
CTMH Take Note Cricut Bundle Stamp Set (all stamped images)

My Reflections cardstock (blue)
My Reflections glitter glue (blue- used on title)

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoy- Dari

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CTMH Balloon Ride layout

I created this layout last month at my scrapbooking retreat.  I have really fallen in love with CTMH's Balloon Ride paper pack and stamp sets.  If you check my blog often, you already know that :). 

I print my photos directly from my computer, and therefore, I can change the sizes of the photos very easily.  Usually, I either find a layout I would like to use or design it on paper first so I know what sizes I need my pictures to be.  Other times I will create my layout and then print my pictures afterwards to fit the page. 

In this particular spread, I found this page sketch via Pinterest, and printed my photos based on it.  The layout is designed as a 12x12 spread; however, I really like the 8.5x11 scrapbooking.  So, I use an old algebraic equation to resize all my dimensions. 

How to:
The easiest way to demonstrate how to do this is to give you a "story problem."  The page sketch I found gave the following photo sizes: 4x6 and 3x4.  This sketch is designed for a 12x12 layout.  What are the photo sizes for an 8.5x11 layout?

The first step to figuring this out is to decide on ONE dimension- width or height. We are going to start with the 4x6 photo.  The direction that my photo is in the above layout means that 4 is the height, and 6 is the width.  Let's begin with the height.  The formula is: h*/H*=h/H.  The star is just there to differentiate between the layouts. h* will equal 4 (our photo is 4 in.). H* will equal 12 (the paper height is 12 in.). h is our variable or unknown, because we don't know the height of the resized photo.  H is 11 (the smaller paper is 11 in. in height).  OK.  Now that we know the info we need, let's plug it into the formula.  4 (h*)/ 12 (H*) = h/ 11 (H). 

Here is where that algebra comes in that you learned eons ago.  You can take the denominators (the bottom number from each side of the equation) and multiply them with their diagonal counterpart numerators (the top number).  Let me show you:
12 and 11 are the denominators in this equation.  You multiply 11 with 4 (opposite numerator).  The answer 44 stays on the side of the numerator (4 or the left).  You multiply 12 with h and get 12h.  This stays on the side of the h (right side of equal sign).  So, you have 44=12h.  Can you see what you need to do now?  You have to get h by itself. To do so, divide BOTH sides of the equation by 12.  44/12=12h/12.  3.67=h because 44/12= 3.67 and 12h/12=h because the twelves cancel each other out.  The height for the resized photo is 3.67 in.

To figure out the width, plug in the measurements for the width of the photo and papers and repeat.  w*/W*= w/W.  

6/12=w/8.5    (6- the photo is 6 inches wide; 12- the paper is 12 inches wide; w= new photo width;
                       8.5- width of the smaller paper)

Multiply denominators with opposite numerators.



Now get w by itself by dividing both sides of the equation by 12.
51/12= 12w/12


Your new width for the photo is 4.25.

My printer doesn't print 3.67x4.25 so I choose the option closest to these depending on the layout space available.  If there is plenty of space in that area, I will choose the 3.5x5 inch option.  If not, I will choose the 3x4 inch option.  Or, I can choose the 3.5x5 inch option and crop it down to 4.25. 

This also works if you want to cut background paper, frames, embellishments, etc. at the resized sizes.  I do this every month for my CTMH scrapbooking club.  I have 2 members who like to scrap the 8.5x12 inch size and 4 who like the 12x12 size.

Hope this helps.  If you have any questions, just ask!   -Dari

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Snowflakes from Heaven CTMH card

OK, so I should be in bed.  It has been a VERY busy day.  I even had to lay down and take a nap this afternoon, but after I got my kids in bed, I just wasn't tired.  I contemplated reading a book, but an idea popped into my head for a card to use CTMH's new stamp set "Flakey Friends."  I decided I would sit down and start on it and then finish it tomorrow when I got too tired.  Unfortunately (fortunately?), I couldn't stop! 

Here's my mad scientist-crafter creation.  I love it! 

CTMH Ingredients:
Flakey Friends stamp set
Snowhaven paper packet
White Daisy card and envelope
Dots embossing folder
3D foam tape

Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by. -Dari

Monday, October 13, 2014

CTMH Joy card

Hello! Hello!  Here's my latest creation- another Christmas card.  I actually have 10 of these made to sell at our local Craft Boutique that happens the first Friday and Saturday in December.  I love how simple and elegant this card looks. 

I used several different stamp sets for this card.  They are listed below.  The paper packet is Close To My Heart's Yuletide packet in the current catalog.

Stamp Sets I used for this card are:

Joy (Discontinued)
Sing Glory (Hostess Rewards)
Reason for the Season

Let me know what you think!  Thanks for stopping by! -Dari

Friday, October 10, 2014

CTMH Happy Holidays card

Hello! Hello!  I woke up this morning and was having a slump- no motivation to do anything.  After I finished making breakfast and reading my scriptures (and getting kids out the door), I got on to Pinterest.  There was a lovely card I had pinned to my Dari's Papercraft Ramblings board.
  It is from  That jump started my creative juices, and suddenly I had energy and drive to do something- create a card!  

So, now, it is 10 a.m. and I am still in my pj's; the dishes still not done; BUT I finished my creation.  What's more is I have energy and drive to tackle everything I need to now.  

I used the following CTMH products:
White Daisy Cardstock
CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
Glacier dye ink
Made By Me Stamp Set (discontinued)
Flakey Friends Stamp Set 
Joy Stamp Set (discontinued)
3D Foam Tape
Bonding Glue Pen

I used some fun techniques for this card.  They were- partial embossing on my Cuttlebug; glitter glue on the snowflakes; and last but not least "hiding/contour" on my Cricut.  This last technique I learned from Joy from Obsessed with Scrapbooking (You Tube Channel).  

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope I inspired you to go create your own work of art. :) -Dari