Inspiration Artwork

Friday, May 30, 2008

Tip and Challenge for the week!

This week think outside the box! Use a circles on your cards or layouts to add some fun flare! Pop up different poritions of the card or layout to add great dimensions to your projects. Send me your photo's and I will post them to the website. Picture by bugsandfishes on Flickr

How many pages do you do a month?

If you haven't joined us for the Scrapbook club I have to ask "How many pages have you scrapbooked this month?" If the answer none...then you need to join the scrapbook club to ensure you are getting caught up. I offer two different time frames each month. The last Tuesday of each month at my home 10:00am bring your kids (if you want :) The last Friday of the month at 7:00pm in Sumner. The cost is $25.00 and pays for your own paper line and stick ease which are pre-cut and ready to be designed. I do all the work you just show up! The next workshop is the 05/24 10:00am or 05/20 at 7:00pm in Sumner! You need to RSVP to me by 05/13 to make sure your supplies arrive. Next month we feature the Blue Ribbon line and get you caught up on Summer photo's and the 4th of July.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Zoo Fun

So this weekend we went to the Point Defiance Zoo. It was fun for the most part we saw lots of different animals Carter was most interested in the fish and we spent alot of time answering "What's that?" We are definitely hitting the what and why stage. Reading at night gets longer and longer so enjoy this card inspired by the zoo.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Loud colors = quiet card

I have been working on the ability to create simple yet sweet cards. This weekend I had time to just hang out and do what I love. CREATE. I needed a little me time and was inspired believe or not. I used Whoops - A - Daisy which I thought I would struggle with because of the loud colors. But I came to a conclusion loud colors - quiet card - meaning if it is loud balance is with simple. I love the two cards because of the sayings. I'm celebrating today because you are my friend. This month I hope to really get you some great artwork to be inspired by.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Secret Issue!

So I came to a realization recently, that I have a secret I must confess. I realized the reason I have no photo's to scrapbook is because I have not been taking pictures! I know a crisis right! Well, the question was why? I thought about it and came to a few different conclusions.
1. I have been working too much! ( Yes, I mean scrapbooking!)
2. I have become bored with the same old photos!
3. I hate being put into a box (Christmas Layouts )
4. I need a new camera.
5. I am uninspired (no photo's)
I realized this when speaking with my hostess Jen. She is very well respected in the Scrapbook industry and has been working in the industry for a long time. She too...had essentially been burnt out and had not scrapbooked in forever. We talked late into the night and I realized I am ready to move to the next chapter of my scrapbooking. I want to scrapbook the meaningful stuff, the stuff that matters and maybe that stuff isn't just a holiday or event. Maybe that stuff is picking flowers on a Sunday afternoon. I want to scrapbook my life, because although the everyday is exactly that...everyday - there are these brief moments that set that day a part. Small but so important. So Jen told me to take pictures everyday and I have. An amazing thing has happened in just the last few days. I am excited by the moments I have captured and although they seem as if they are just another day. They are the moments that put together create the design of my life and my family life. They are the magical moments.
So thank you Jen. I have also ordered the book she suggested PhotoFreedom and signed on to a website called Big Picture. (Go to and go to classes) I plan on reading the book and reorganizing the way I scrapbook because these are my family memories and I can't get burnt out, they're too magical.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


EiEio....Carter has determined that all animals are EiEio's and there for when visiting them he must wear his EiEio hat! It the perfect oppurtunity to snap a shoot for my scrapbook pleasure. This weekend I am taking a much needed rest and spending sometime with the family. I have big plans ... but Carter would never know the difference between a walk in the neighborhood from a day at the beach so we will see where the days take us! Enjoy your weekend and I will see you Tuesday. Make sure to get some first days of summer shots!

Friday, May 23, 2008


I am so excited to announce that June is official Stampaganza! If your lost let me explain....Buy two stamp sets and get one for free!!!!

***Official Details***Here is the special for June it is the best offer we have all year! There is a great special available June’s Constant Campaign Is a Stampaganza!You’ve been waiting and watching for it—the sale that tops all sales when it comes to our fabulous My Acrylix® line of stamps. Stampaganza is right around the corner, and everyone is over-the-top excited! It’s simple, fun, and saves you and your customers lots of money—could anything be better? We don’t think so! Here’s all you need to know: From June 3–30, 2008, Consultants and customers may purchase any two My Acrylix stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, and/or E only) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of their choice for FREE (free set must be of equal or lesser value, excluding E size, customizable [K], and Stamp of the Month).

If you have every considered having a gathering, workshop or a catalog party now is the time. I have dates available but they are going fast. Too busy host a catalog party and get the same hostess rewards! Plus book a party in June and I will give you $20.00 more on top of your hostess rewards! That is a lot of free stuff!

The dates I have available are
Friday June 6th

Sunday June 8th

Friday June 13th

Saturday June 14th

Friday June 20th

Sunday June 22nd

Can't do a gathering I am hosting a mystery hostess party! For my June 21st Accordian album. Check out the Evite or my website for workshop details! But one lucky customer who places a order will earn all the hostess rewards without any of the hassle. Or get the same great deals at my website and it ships right to you!

Charla Lang

Your Close To My Heart Consultant


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bright and Bold Challenge

The new Whoopsi - daisy is brighter and bolder then any other paper I have scrapped with CTMH. I have to admit I was scared! But I made this beautiful card that stands out against the rest. I used Ocean Ink, Hydrangea ink, Clover Meadow, and Sunny Yellow with a dimensional flower and a little rhinestone. The stamp set is Angel Whispers. So go bold and bright this week!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Accordion Album!

This accordion album is so cool and it is all made from one paper line and by hand. The way it folds up is so impressive. Come take this accordion album class at my house June 21st at 1:00pm!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Wrapping Chipboard Frames

Wrapping Chipboard Frames

Step 1 Cut desired paper 1/2" larger than your frame. Attach frame to the back of the paper. Cut an X in the center of the frame from corner to corner. Cut off the tips of each triangle.

Step 2Fold each side to the back and glue. Round corners may need more cuts to create smooth edges.

Technique Supply List
Micro-Tip Scissors
B&T Duos™ Paper or Cardstock
Dimensional Elements Basic Shapes
Bonding Memories® Glue

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Who said I couldn't do simple!

I have been accused of being unable to make simple cards, but I am hear today to prove you wrong. I did it! I really did it! If any of you have ever been to my workshops, classes or gatherings I tend to go is the scrapbooker in me. I have been scrapbooking for so long and have collected so much stuff the only way to get rid of my goods is to pile it on the page or hand it to my neighbors...who love my freebies! I however was able to stamp these cards simply and add some glitter. I used the June Word Puzzle for the orange card and the June Stamp of the month - Life's a Jungle to create the blue card which I love. I also used glitter to spice it up a bit. Keep checking for more pics!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Scraplifting Challenge

Scraplifting is a word only scrapbookers know. It can be defined like shoplifting except that you are lifting an idea or a layout from another scrapbook artist. So your challenge this week is to scraplift a layout from someone else. It can be a mag. a website or from The rule of scraplifting is give credit wear credit is due. (Don't submit an image as your own in a contest if it is not your original design) So this week get inspired by someone else.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Corner Accents

Creating Cute Corner Accents

Step 1 Fold a 2" x 2" piece of paper in half twice, creating quarters. Unfold the paper.

Step 2Fold two corners in toward the middle fold. This creates the corner that will show

Step 3Attach a concho to the two corner folds. Thread ribbon through the concho holes and tie for a finished look. (To use eyelets instead of conchos, use a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" piece of paper and thread Waxy Flax or hemp through the smaller holes.)

Technique Supply List
Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Euro Replacement Blade/Scoring
My Accents™ Accessory Kit
Ribbon Rounds™ or other ribbon of choice

Saturday, May 10, 2008


When reflections was re-introduced and I purchased it I was a little confused on how to use the book. But I have since created some beautiful layouts using the book. I love the tips and tricks on each page that help you to think outside of the box.

The foundational scrapbook layout patterns found in Jeanette R. Lynton’s newest volume of Reflections™ Scrapbook Program confirm how visionary Jeannette’s original patterns were. Developed when she was a teenage scrapbooking enthusiast and first published in the late 1990s, these basic patterns have stood the test of time, yet remain fresh for today. You’ll love the updated program which features 100 12” x 12” scrapbook pages, each with a complete blueprint, detailed assembly instructions, companion layout guides, photo options, and creative techniques. These essential patterns will form the backbone of all your beautiful albums for years to come.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Stamp Your Heart Out

The challenge this week was to stamp your heart out, which I hope you did. This card represents a simple card that requires nothing more then paper and stamps. It is the best way for you to get more for your money and is very duplicatable. We will be making this card at my home on Tuesday along with 23 others. So if you haven't yet...start stamping and see what you can come up with!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

24 cards $12.00 can't beat it!

Okay, I sometimes wonder if I am just crazy or stupid or maybe both. I live to be overwelmed and in a panic state. That is why I created the new card club 24 cards for $12.00. Which is this Tuesday at 10:00am. That gives you one card for each month of the year! We will be focusing on Birthday's, Thank you's, For You's and Misc. I have planned to have a weekend version for this but because of Mother's Day and Memorial Day this month the weekend version will start in June. Dipslayed above is one of the cards we will make. RSVP Now!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What can you do with Re-Inker???

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Using Photo Hangers

Step 1 Pour a generous amount of Liquid Glass (about the size of a quarter) onto a piece of cardstock.

Step 2 Add a drop of re-inker. Stir with a paint brush. (Additional re-inker may be required for darker shades.)

Step 3 Add color to embellishment with paintbrush or by swirling items in Liquid Glass mixture. Let dry for several hours.

Technique Supply List
Liquid Glass
Silver Brads
Eyelet Kit (tweezers)
Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker
Paint Brushes

Monday, May 5, 2008

Clubs in May

I have some new clubs coming in May! I aslo need to apoligize for the Evite's that went out. I am having some difficulty and I am reworking the account.

Starts Tuesday 5/13/08 at 10:00am

Mom's Card Club on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00am 24 cards for $12.00. We will be making 4 different designs six of each. 6 Birthday, 6 Thank you's, 6 for You's and 6 misc. cards. Bring your kids to play! Bring Adhesive and cutter.

Tuesday 5/27/08 Mom's group at 10:00am
Get out for a night of fun and scrapbooking! Join the club and get 8 pages done in less then 2 hours! Cost is $25.00 and must be prepaid . Can't make it you can join the club and I will cut and provide directions and deliver to you! Spend $100.00 out of the catalog and the workshop fee is waived! This club will meet the last Friday of the month in Sumner!

Starts Friday 5/30/08 at 7:00pm
You asked and now you have it! Our mom's scrapbook club on Tuesdays has been so popular that I am now holding a mom's scrapbook club on the weekends for those of you who work! Get out for a night of fun and scrapbooking! Join the club and get 8 pages done in less then 2 hours! Cost is $25.00 and must be prepaid . Can't make it you can join the club and I will cut and provide directions and deliver to you! Spend $100.00 out of the catalog and the workshop fee is waived! This club will meet the last Friday of the month in Sumner!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Stamp your heart out challenge!

This week challenge is...late to say the least so take it into next week. I want you to stamp your heart out. Use whatever tech. you want just use as many stamped images as you can. Get crazy! I will post mine next week. I am off to bed to dream about the All-Day event tomorrow see you there1

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Don't Miss The Techniques Everday and Prizes

It is officially Scrapbook month and CTMH is celebrating in all sorts of ways. Shop on my website and be automatically entered to win a daily prize. Plus everyday there is a tip of the day.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Personalizing Mini Albums

Step 1 Remove the album ties. Cut desired Background & Texture (B&T) paper 1" longer and 1" wider than the album. Leaving a 1/2" border on all sides, begin attaching the paper, working from the spine out. Cut small slits on each side of the spine bends.

Step 2 Fold the excess B&T toward the inside of the album and attach, wrapping like a present. Start with the top and bottom pieces, followed by the sides.

Step 3 Re-attach the ribbon or twine using Mini Glue Dots®. To keep the inside covers neat, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock 1/2" smaller than the inside front and back covers and adhere.

Technique Supply List
3" x 3" Mini Album–Kraft with Jute or 3" x 3" Mini Album–Cream with Organdy
B&T Duos™ Paper
Coordinating Cardstock
Bonding Memories® Glue Pen
Mini Glue Dots®
Micro-Tip Scissors