Annually Inspired

Welcome to the Scissors Paper Heart August Blog Hop.  The Blog Hop links blogs of the same theme to give you a circle of creativeness.  If you came here from Cindy’s Blog then you are the right track.

August brings the release of the 2017-18 Annual Inspirations Catalogue full of crafty goodness.

Click Here to see all the beautiful new products.

My 2 favourite items from the catalogue are definitely the Basic Fundamentals and the Block Alphabet

Block Alphabet Thin Cuts

Basics Fundamentals

I love how the Fundamentals can be used as the focus of the page and by just adding a “pop” of colour, your page (or card) is simply beautiful.

This is my page of James’ gymnastics, the photos are the important part of the page, as they should be, and the pop of colour title sets the theme.  The strip on the right side is 2.5 inches wide and the Thin Cut Stars are cut into the border.

I look forward to sharing many more projects with you from this stunning catalogue.

Now head over to Jo’s Blog to see her favourite new product!

Happy Crafting



Colour Inspiration

Welcome to the Scissors Paper Heart June Blog Hop.  If you came here from Cindy’s Blog, you are on the right track.  A Blog Hop is a themed circle of creative goodness.

This month we are all using the colours Whisper, Glacier and Sapphire.  These are some of the colours featured in the beautiful No Worries paper pack.

As I will be heading to the Close to My Heart American convention later this month, I thought I would use these colours to get a head start on my card swaps.  At convention the attendees handmake cards and swap with other consultants so that you come home with lots of beautiful homemade cards to use and get inspiration from.

I grabbed the colours and a stamp set I have been dying to use Lovely Leaves.

It is simple but eye catching and ended up being perfect for my card. I stamped two of the images on 1.5 inch squares of Whisper and glacier using the memento ink.  I used the sapphire cardstock as the background.

I added some of the glacier “love” ribbon from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack in the middle of the squares to complete the card.  I am very happy with its simple elegance. Now to recreate 40 more of them!

Don’t forget to check out the brand new Seasonal Expressions for all the exciting new products.

Now head over to our newest blogger, Jo Burret, for some more inspiration.

Happy crafting



National Day of Thanks

Welcome to the May Blog Hop.  This month we are celebrating National Day of Thanks on May 27th.  If you came here from Kerry’s Blog you are the right path.

I love to send cards to people for many different reasons, and a heartfelt thank you is definitely a favourite reason.  Whenever I can, I make cards so I always have some on hand to easily write a quick note and pop in the mail.  Getting a handmade, handwritten card is so special, especially these days of predominantly electronic mail.  

This card was made using the “inlaid” technique and is a simple but effective card.  This next picture is the coordinating card, as this technique makes 2 cards.  Was ch for this technique coming to a workshop soon.

I also love to make small gifts for people to say thanks or to just let someone know they are appreciated.

This is a little paper album that I am in the process of making as a gift using the National Scrapbook Month Paper Suite – Live Beautifully.  This paper pack and cut above kit is only available in May.

To see more of this kit head to my Website to check out all that is available. 

I also wanted to share some of the cards I have made recently out of the beautiful new Little Dreamer range.  Brand new this month in the Seasonal Expressions 2 mini catalogue.

I hope you can send a special handmade card or gift to someone to say thanks this month.

To see all the yummy goodness in the new SE2 just click here

We are a small blog hop this month so if you wish to see what Kerry has done this month.

Happy Crafting


Alison xx

Inspired by Pinterest

Welcome to the April Blog Hop where our projects are inspired by Pinterest.

If you came here from Cindy’s Blog you are on the right path.

The challenge was to open our Pinterest and flick up.  We then chose a project to recreate from where it landed.  This was really fun!

This is what I chose to recreate.

I am not great at copying as mine always looks so different but this was fun to recreate.

I chose a photo I recently took of a friend that I wanted to really highlight.  


I then went through all my Fundamentals papers and pulled out all the blues. I also grabbed some Pacifica cardstock.

I cut each of the pieces with the thin cut hearts and played around with laying them out on the page. As well as cutting Happy and Love as possible titles.

I double mounted the 5×7 photo on Black and Pacifica cardstock.

I am really happy with the final layout although it is a bit different from my original inspiration.

Why don’t you take this challenge and recreate something from a Pinterest Flick!

April is the final month for the current Seasonal Expressions mini catalogue. You can find it Here.  Make sure you grab anything you love in it as the products will no longer be available after the 30th April.

To continue on the Hop, head over to Kerry’s Blog to see her project



Some Kinda Wonderful

Inspired by many layouts seen on Pinterest involving strips, comes this fun and vibrant layout.  It uses the Some Kinda Wonderful paper pack which is just so beautiful and colourful.

Using Black as a base page also adds to the vibrancy whilst toning down the crazy patterns.

This page uses 12 – 1.75 x 12 inch strips of various patterns adhered to the page in various lengths and at different starting and end points

On the left page there are 2 – 4×6 photo placements (can be either landscape or portrait or a mix)

On the right side there is a large photo mat 8×8 for an assortment of photo sizes and/or journal boxes.

Along the bottom there are 9 – 1.5 inch circles for a heading cut either on the Cricut or using the thin cut circles. The heading is using my favourite Font “Noteworthy” and the letters are cut on the Cricut. You could alternatively stamp the title using your favourite alphabet stamp set.

Finish off by “anchoring” the strips to the page using Sequins.

Give this page layout a try with this paper pack or any other.

Happy Crafting!



March Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Blog Hop.  This month we had a colour challenge.- To use the beautiful colour combination of Sea Glass, Whisper and Black.

If you came here from Cindy’s Blog then you are on the right path.  The Blog Hop is a circle of inspiration.

The idea for this colour combination came from the Happy Congratulations Workshop your Way card making kit.

I enjoyed making the cards in this kit and just loved the card design.

When I started designing for this blog I laid out the colours and immediately thought that heritage or black and white photos would work really well.  I was going through my Mum’s photos I found a great black and white kinder photo of my sister.

The page came together so quickly.  I love pages that are basically straight lines and colour blocks.  To lift the paper a little I used the Damask embossing folder.

I finished off the page by embellishing with the Some Kinda Wonderful Embellishments and some thin cut stars out of the Black Glitter Paper.  

This page is now the beginning of an album I will do for my sisters birthday present.
I also wanted to share my recent “happy mail” from America.  You will note this is similar colours!

This is the page and letter I received from Close to My Heart ❤️ congratulating me and my team on achieving top sales in Australasia in 2016.  What an honour to receive a scrapbook page created especially for me from the Art Department.  I just have to add a photo of my team to complete it!

There is also a great special on this month, so head to my Website to grab them whilst they last.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope that you give this colour combo a go as I know you will be pleased with the results.

Now head over to Kerry’s Blog to see what she has created.

Happy Cropping




Why do we journal?

A picture tells a 1000 words is a well known quote and yes you can guess so much by looking at someone’s photos, and sometimes that is enough.  But other times we need to also share the story behind a photo.

I love reading back over my boys baby albums and reading the little stories I have written all those years ago. We think we are going to remember every detail forever, but unfortunately we don’t. A sentence about how they are finally sleeping through the night brings a smile to my face  and a cute story about what they have achieved that day triggers so many other memories.

On a page about Lachlans first car, this photo takes pride of place.  Many people have said to me that they wondered why this photo was the central photo on the page about this exciting milestone in Lachlan’s life until they read the story underneath.

This is Tom standing on a post at cricket so he could see the cars on the main road as he desperately waited to see Lachlan arrive in the car that Tom was just as excited about.  He stood there for over 20 minutes asking if every blue car driving along Elgar Road that afternoon was Lachlan arriving.  All he knew was that it was a blue subaru.  He was so proud of his brother and to be honest was taking 50% ownership of the car, and Lachlan as his personal driver.  

This moment was just as important as the arrival of the car as it was an example of how close my boys are and how much Tom adores Lachlan.

Don’t forget to journal on your pages to add to story the photos tell, even if it is just a sentence or 2.



Crafting is my Job

For over 17 years now I have been crafting and scrapbooking and loving every minute.  For over 16 years I have been sharing my love of scrapbooking with others as a hobby and a job.

Crafting is my relaxation and my favourite thing to do when I have downtime. This little hobby of mine I started to pay for my supplies is now so much more.

My fellow consultants and my team are my support network, my dearest friends and my inspiration.  The sense of satisfaction I get when I help someone complete a project or when you see them discover Scrapbooking for the first time is amazing.  When I see my team gaining self confidence and developing new life skills I am overwhelmed with pride.

This “job” gives me so much:

  • Self confidence
  • Great friends
  • Travel
  • Leadership training
  • A sisterhood
  • Income
  • A big cupboard of amazing crafting supplies at my fingertips
  • Design skills
  • Fun

My Scissors Paper Heart team are truly a wonderful bunch of woman from all walks of life, and of all ages and backgrounds who care about and support each other because of the amazing 1 thing we have in common – Close to My Heart ❤️.

In February Close to My Heart is welcoming back previous consultants as well as offering all new consultants a great gift for joining this amazing company.

Please contact me if you wish to find out more or have a look here

I love my team



Inspiration from the new Seasonal Expressions

I love a new Catalogue and with Close to My Heart they are released every Quarter.  Not only are there many wonderful new products but also so much inspiration.

Welcome to the February “Scissors Paper Heart” Blog Hop.  A blog hop is a circle of crafty inspiration and if you came here from Cindy’s Blog then you are on the right path.

Each new catalogue is also an idea book and all the artwork in each one is just waiting to be copied.  One particular idea caught my interest in the current Seasonal Expressions.

This page is a great “go scrap yourself” page and showcases the Journaling Prompts Stamp Set and can be found on page 22.  

It is important to make sure you occasionally feature yourself in your albums.  This page is a fun way to use a selfie and reveal some interesting things about yourself.  I suggest you look at the titles of each box and jot down the first 2-3 things that come to mind without thinking about it too hard.

When I made my page I changed it up a little.  I used some of my favourite colours at the moment. 

  • Sea glass
  • Tangerine
  • Whisper
  • Peacock

Because I used plain cardstock instead of the lightly patterned paper in the artwork, I decided to use my Embossing Folders to create some interest and dimension.

I also used the Way to Go stamp set and Whisper Ink to create the border.  I stamped the headings but handwrote my “answers”

I then stamped the title with the Versamark and used the Gold Embossing Powder and heat embossed it.

I am really happy with how it turned out.

Another idea that I copied from the Seasonal Expressions is this cute little butterflly card that uses my favourite stamp and thin cuts set Dreamin Big Cardmaking Set.

Thanks for visiting our Blog Hop, please leave a comment and head over to see what has inspired Kerry this month.

Also now is an amazing time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant.  Whether you want to get your products at cost or you want to build a successful business, February is a great month to join my team.  For more information Read Here or Email me.



Christmas Traditions

Welcome to the December Blog Hop.  If you came here from Cindy’s Blog you are on the right path.  The Blog Hop is a big circle of crafty inspiration.

This month we are celebrating Christmas Traditions.  All of us have our Traditions for the festive season that are as unique as each family.  One of my favourite Traditions is the Christmas album I add to every year.  It is a time capsule of my family as they grow up.  It is only a few pages each year but has so many wonderful memories and documents our ever changing family.

I bring it out each year and the boys love to look through and reminisce each of the years, from how much they have grown, to Mum and Dad looking older, and of course about their favourite presents.  The album has even solved Christmas Eve arguments about where they hung their santa sack last year.  The album has a far better memory than a 12 year old boy!

I don’t always use Christmas papers for my Christmas layouts

The album documents the traditional family photo on Christmas Eve and also the crackling wars at Christmas lunch, when everyone steals each other’s crackling, not necessarily to eat… just to win the war!

Each year there are so many beautiful Christmas products released by Close to My Heart to make the documenting of these traditions so quick and easy.

I really enjoyed creating pages with the City Sidewalks range this year as I loved the bright colours and the coordinating North Pole stamp set. I coloured in the cute figures with the Shin Han markers and “fussy cut” them out.  I really enjoy the colouring in, something I never thought I would say.  I love being able to personalise the stamps to my page.  And of course the Thincuts make any page look fantastic.

I wish my boys would still let me dress them in Christmas T shirts and get a Christmas Photo

Make sure your camera is handy all of December and don’t forget to take photos of all your little Traditions and document them.

I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 🎄 with lots of fun family time.

Now hop on over to Kerry’s Blog to see her Christmas Tradition projects.
Happy Crafting

✂️ 📃 ❤️