Thursday, May 15, 2014

Picture My Life - Week 2

Well, it's only week 2 and I'm already behind in posting my "weekly" series. Poor planning on my part!

Unfortunately work is overly busy at the moment so my blogging is limited to the quick 5 minutes I have while a have reports running. Shh, don't tell my boss at work. Wait, maybe if you do I'll have more time to spend on crafting and blogging. Just kidding of course!

Hopefully I'll have some time to catch up this weekend!

Thanks for understanding and sticking with me.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Picture My Life - An Introduction

I know I've featured Picture My Life (PML) on my blog before but I haven't been very good at posting my layouts and updates using this program. So, every Wednesday I've decided to do just that in a weekly "series."  Sometimes I'll just be sharing my pages and other times I'll be sharing tips and techniques I've learned along the way. Before I get started with all my pictures here's a little synopsis of what Picture My Life is:

 Picture My Life is meant for quick, and beautiful memory-keeping in the form of pocket-style scrapbooking! It's not meant to be a replacement for traditional scrapbooking. It's something completely separate (although I believe it coordinates beautifully in your traditional albums). It's great if you don't consider yourself "creative" or a "scrapbooker" since the bulk of the work is done for you! And, as an added bonus, you'll be able to finish a whole album in just a couple of hours!

Album Cover

Backside of Album Cover

Now that you know what it is you may be wondering how it all works! I've broken it out in 3 easy steps:
  1.  Gather your supplies: 4" x 6" or 3" x 4" photos, PML set*, journal pens, and pocket-style memory protectors
  2. Add your photos to your pages. I'm choosing to do a weekly-style chronological album but you can opt for a different method if that suits you. Plus, since you aren't permanently adhering your photos you can always move your photos around if need be!
  3.  Go back and add in your PML cards and journaling!

These are the beginning pages of my 2014 Family Album. You may remember last year I attempted the same method with a different brand of products and I found I spent more time embellishing the cards instead of recording my memories. I'm not going to lie...I was a tad disappointed with the amount of time it was taking me and I stopped halfway through the year.

So why am I trying it again? Simple. I LOVE the CTMH kits! The cards are just gorgeous and they match my style perfectly. Honestly, I think the hardest part of this program is deciding with gorgeous card to use! I can focus on my day-to-day life and our family memories instead of trying to "pretty it up."

Thanks for staying with me and I hope you'll join me in this series. Next week we'll talk about all the PML themes available.


If you'd like to learn more about Picture My Life or purchase any of the products featured please visit my web-store HERE.

*Each PML set comes with the following items:
  • 44 - 4" x 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
  • 78 - 3" x 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
  • 1 - 12" x 12" Designed Cover Sheet
  • 10 - 12" x 12" Memory Protectors (various designs)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May Newsletter: Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!

I think it's safe to say that we can FINALLY put away our winter coats for the season! As we get busy with spring and summer outdoor activities I hope you'll take a few moments to sit back and take in all the blessings in your life. I have some wonderful things planned in the next few months and hope you'll be able to join me for some crafty time.

My upcoming events are as follows:
  • Friday, May 9 - Creative Club 7 pm
  • Friday, May 16 - Elaine's Base-N-Bling Buffet Party* 7pm
  • Saturday, May 17 - Charity Crop (currently sold out)
  • Friday, June 13 - Creative Club 7 pm
*I'd be happy to have a Base-N-Bling Party for you and your friends. You'll have a variety of designs to choose from to make your own-custom necklace. I have limited dates available so please contact me ASAP to schedule your party today!

Celebrate Your Creativity
May 2014A newsletter from Michelle
Your Stamp Happy Friend, Michelle
Michelle Battitori
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National Scrapbooking Month: Free to Be Me Paper Collection
Express yourself with a spirited new B&T Duos™ paper collection!
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May is National Scrapbooking Month, and to celebrate we are unleashing the Free to Be Me paper collection at a great deal: get it for $5 when you place a qualifying order of $50*. That's $6.95 in savings from its retail value of $11.95. The crafter and the saver in you are free to get ecstatic over this deal! Get the kit for yourself and unleash your unique ideas through this collection that celebrates your inner free spirit. The collection includes 6 B&T Duos™ papers designed exclusively for this promotion, 6 UV-coated, designed cardstock sheets, and 2 sheets of complementary printed vellum. These vellum designs, in polka-dot and feather patterns, are a truly unique touch and will add pizzazz to the already spunky papers. Take advantage of this one-month-only offer right away and make your projects beam with personality—because you're free to be you!

*Offer valid May 1–31, 2014. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted paper collection ($11.95).

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May Stamp of the Month: You've Got a Friend
Here's a friendly reminder to get your May Stamp of the Month set for just $5!
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Friends don't let friends miss out on stunning deals, and this May's Stamp of the Month offer is most definitely one of those deals! During this month only, you can get the chummy You've Got a Friend stamp set for just $5 when you place a qualifying order of $50. Use it to make your appreciation and adoration known to the generous friends and family members who have made your life wonderful. Whether a "thank you" or a "thinking of you" is needed, this set has just the right words—in the good company of cheerful designs—and you'll love sharing them through your artwork. Be a friend to yourself by getting it before the offer expires!

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Base & Bling Style Sheets
Make a statement in style.
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Personalize your wearable crafts even further with the help of Base & Bling style sheets! With 4 collections of statement stickers that range from sassy to classy, the hardest part of your projects will be deciding which ones to use. The 4 collections—Storyteller, Free Thinker, Craft Queen, and Dreamer—include a little something for anyone's taste, and giving your accessories some unique personality is exactly what they can do for you. Square is the new cool here, because each 1" × 1" piece fits perfectly with the Base & Bling square pendant, making assembly a cinch. Or, if you prefer a round pendant, trimming each sticker is more than simple with a circle punch or your micro-tip scissors. Adding some wow to your wardrobe is no work at all with these cute supplies. Craft a little individual shine to fit your own tastes with some imagination and the Base & Bling style sheets today!

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