Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Favorites - Mini Albums

I love to make 12x12 scrapbooking layouts, but that's not the only way that I like to scrapbook. Over the past several years, I have really enjoyed making mini albums. There are many different kinds of mini albums, and I wanted to share with you a few that I have done.

This is one of the first mini albums I ever made, and it was just for Christmas 2007. I used an 8x8 post-bound album and 8x8 page protectors. It's basically a smaller version of a typical 12x12 album.


This is a 6x6 album that I made about my very first cruise back in 2004. I used a post-bound album with 6x6 page protectors and attached a few pieces of memorabilia to the front and back inside covers.


This album is probably my favorite! I made this 6x8 album about the anniversary trip my husband and I took to Disney World in 2013. For this mini album I used a ring-bound 6x8 album with both page protectors and 6x8 cardstock pages. I also used some divided page protectors as you can see in the picture above. It was so much fun to put together!


This is a small 4x4 album I made just for selfies of me and my daughter. It's a ring-bound album and uses 4x4 page protectors. I haven't added any embellishments yet, and I'm not sure that I will. I kinda like just looking through pictures!


This is the most recent mini album that I've worked on. This is another 6x8 ring-bound album - much like the Disney album I showed above. This one will be all about the Seattle/Alaska trip we took this summer. I'm using the Everyday Life Stripes album from Close To My Heart, and I'm using a mix of page protectors and My Crush Adventure Calls cardstock pages.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some examples of mini albums, and if you'd ever like to look through any of my albums, just let me know! I'd be happy to show them to you.


If you love making mini albums or would like to give them a try, Close To My Heart has the perfect special for you this month. During December you can get several different mini album bundles for 30% off their regular retail price!

Here's the Blue Jean 4x4 Mini Album Bundle:

The Blush 4x4 Mini Album Bundle:

And the Everyday Life Stripes 6x8 Mini Album Bundles (you can choose which type of page protectors you want):

All the bundles include an album, page protectors, and My Crush cards or pages. Check out the link below to see the different options and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

I think these mini album bundles would also make great Christmas gifts!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Bethany Rielage

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Specials!

I can't believe it's already December! I'm always amazed at how quickly this time of year goes by, but I'm excited for the month ahead! This blog post is all about the specials that Close To My Heart is offering this month.

Stamp of the Month: Thoughtful Flowers
The stamp of the month for December is really pretty, and I'm looking forward to doing some heat embossing with these beautiful flowers.

Even though the sentiments are geared toward cardmaking, I think this stamp set could easily be used on a scrapbooking layout.

Remember, the stamp of the month is only available for one month. You can purchase it at full retail price for $17.95, or you can get it for only $5 with a qualifying order. You can find out more at the link below:

It's the Little Things
I really love the special Close To My Heart is having on our mini albums this month. When you purchase one of the special bundles in December, you will save 30%! And these album bundles would make great Christmas gifts!

Learn more and see all the available bundles at the link below:

December Workshops
I'm having several workshops this month, plus a card buffet! You can find all the information over on my Upcoming Events page. I hope you'll be able to join me this month!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. You can email, call, or text me anytime. And remember - it's the last month for the current Holidays Expressions catalog. If you want anything out of there, I'd suggest getting it soon. Things are starting to sell out!

Bethany Rielage

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mojo Monday 476 - Joyeux Noel

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I guess we're now officially into the Christmas season, so I have a holiday card for you this week for Mojo Monday.

Here's the sketch for this week's challenge:

And here's my card:

I know the sketch is a square, but I very rarely send square cards in the mail, so I just adapted the sketch!

I just received my Snowflakes Embossing Folder in the mail this past week, so I wanted to use it for today's card. I love how well it pairs with the beautiful papers from the Oh Deer! Paper Packet.

Overall, the card is pretty simple, but I think that helps the embossed snowflakes and the heat-embossed sentiment stand out even more. I added a little gold ribbon from the Uptown Ribbon Pack, but that's all the extra embellishing I did.

Here are the supplies that I used for this card:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Bethany Rielage


Monday, November 21, 2016

Mojo Monday 475 - Thankful!

Happy Monday! For my Mojo Monday card this week, I decided to stick with a fall/thankful theme since it is Thanksgiving week. I love Thanksgiving, and I'm so looking forward to time with family, good food, and also some paper crafting!

Here's the sketch for this week's challenge:

And here's my card:

My card this week features the Swan Lake paper packet and my current favorite stamp set - Woodland Critters. I just can't get enough of that little raccoon!

I stamped the raccoon in Slate ink, and then I stamped the speech balloon sentiment and the little heart in Poppy. I love that this stamp set coordinates with our Artistry Cricut cartridge, so I have lots of pre-cut speech balloons all ready to go!

The very back paper is actually one of the 4x6 cut-apart cards from the Swan Lake paper packet. Don't you just love the detailed leaves on it?

To finish off the card, I edged everything in Whisper ink and added a few Grey Enamel Gems. I think it turned out nicely!

If you have any questions about anything I talked about today or any of the products I used, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Bethany Rielage


Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Favorites - Giveaways!

For this week's Friday Favorites post, I decided to have a giveaway! I love giveaways, and with all the holiday sales flyers starting to arrive, I figured I should do something to participate in the festivities!

This giveaway is open to anyone who places an order of $25 or more on my website from now until the end of November. When you go to my website, be sure to click "Join" next to the "November Orders" gathering at the bottom of the page. This will make sure that you are entered to win!

I'm actually giving away two different retired products, so more than one person can win!

The first is a Fundamental Assortment in the Peacock color:

This assortment includes 6 wooden stickers, 6 paper bows with gold or silver foil patterns, 8 plastic clips, and a sheet of glitter stickers. The retail value of this assortment is $9.95.

Peacock is one of the colors in the current City Sidewalks paper packet, so even though this assortment is retired, it would still match perfectly with current product!

The second giveaway is a Christmas product from last year:

These are the White Pines Complements from last year's Christmas line and some Poppy Thick Twine. The Complements include some assorted Kraft die-cuts, 2 sticker sheets, and some plastic die-cuts. The retail value for both of these items together is $9.90.

The Poppy twine is still available and goes great with the Swan Lake paper packet. The colors in the White Pines Complements are still available, and I think these stickers and die-cuts would match well with the Happy, Happy Christmas My Crush pages and the Happy, Happy Christmas Picture My Life cards.

So in order to be entered to win one of these prizes, remember to simply head on over to my website, join the November Orders gathering, and place an order of at least $25 or more.


One more way to save!
I received information yesterday that Close To My Heart will be having a Black Friday special sale! They will be offering themed mystery boxes of retired products at deep discounts! You will be able to choose from a variety of boxes designated for scrapbooking, cardmaking, or both! There will be five different price points ranging from $35 to $150. Some of these boxes will be offered at 50% off the retail value! This special offer will only be available for 24 hours (starting at 12:00 am MST on Friday, November 25) and only while supplies last!

So if you want to wait until Black Friday, you could get a great deal AND be entered to win my giveaway!

Have fun shopping!

Bethany Rielage


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

City Sidewalks Cardmaking Workshop

I'm having another Christmas cardmaking workshop! There are two times and locations, and I'm also offering a kit option for those of you who aren't local or aren't able to attend in person. Scroll to the bottom of this post for all the details!

Local Workshops:
  • Thursday, December 1; 6:30-8:30; Eller House in Fishers
  • Friday, December 2; 6:30-8:30; My house in Fishers
  • $20

During this workshop you will make ten cards, two each of five designs. We will be using the City Sidewalks paper packet from Close To My Heart and two different stamp sets - Joy to You & Me and Cozy Christmas.

Here are pictures of the cards we'll be making:





I will have everything pre-cut and designed for you, and I will provide all the tools, embellishments, stamps, inks, and adhesive. All you have to do is show up!

The cost of the workshop is $20.00, which covers all of your materials and my instruction. I accept cash or PayPal (payable to

Space is limited, so sign up soon! You can email, call, or text me to sign up. You can also RSVP by going to my Facebook page and clicking on the event there (

You must sign up no later than Wednesday, November 30.


Purchase a Cardmaking Kit To Go!
If you aren't local or can't attend the workshop, I have a new option for you! You can purchase a City Sidewalks Cardmaking Kit, and I will mail it to you! There are two options depending on what products you may already have.

Option One - $25
This kit includes all the pre-cut papers, card bases, envelopes, embellishments; and the kit will be shipped directly to you. I will also supply directions for assembling the cards. You will need to complete the stamping on your own. Depending on what you already own, you may need to purchase additional supplies from the list below:

Option Two - $30
This kit includes all the pre-cut papers, card bases, envelopes, and embellishments - and the stamping will all be done for you! I will also supply directions for assembling the cards, and your kit will be shipped directly to you. You will simply need adhesive to complete your cards.

If you are interested in purchasing a kit, please contact me and I will get it sent out!


Again, if you are interested in signing up for one of my City Sidewalks Cardmaking Workshops next month, please contact me soon!

Bethany Rielage


Monday, November 14, 2016

Mojo Monday 474 - New Year's Cheer

I'm really starting to look forward to making my Mojo Monday card every week! I love working from a sketch, especially when it helps me try something new.

Here's the sketch for this week's challenge:

And here's my card:

The stamp set I used today is the November stamp of the month - New Year's Cheer.

Even though the stamp set has a New Year's theme, I always try to find ways to use the stamps for other occasions. By using the "Cheers" stamp and masking part of another stamp to just show the "to you" words, I created a potential birthday or congratulations card!

The green background patterned paper and the blue zip strip come from the City Sidewalks paper packet - see, it's not just for Christmas! The blue dot patterned paper is actually from one of the 4x6 cut-apart cards from the Swan Lake paper packet. I love mixing paper packets!

The two banners at the top are stamps from the New Year's Cheer stamp set, and I just stamped them in Peacock on scraps of white paper and cut them out. I stamped the other images in Peacock and Willow. To finish it off, I added a few Bitty Sparkles.

I'd love to see what you create with today's sketch or with the November stamp of the month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bethany Rielage