Thursday, July 26, 2018

Documented Scrapbooking Kit

I am now offering a scrapbooking kit featuring the Documented collection from Close To My Heart! This paper is so versatile, and the rich colors are just beautiful together.

In the past I have offered monthly scrapbooking workshops at my house, but for the next few months I'm going to try something different. Instead of signing up for a workshop, you can now purchase a kit and come to any of my open craft times to complete your layouts. If you prefer to purchase your own materials or if you want to make the layouts on your own, you can buy the supplies online, and I can send you the instructions and cutting guide.

You will also receive Customer Loyalty Points no matter which option you choose! If you order the materials yourself, you will earn points for your order ($1 = 1 point). If you purchase a pre-cut kit from me, you will receive 30 points. It's a win-win!

Here are a few pictures of the layouts. To see the complete layouts, please visit my online store at the link below.

If you would like to purchase the supplies on your own, here's what you need.

Once you have ordered your materials, simply email me to let me know, and I'll send you the instructions and cutting guide.


If you prefer to purchase a pre-cut kit from me, you can do so at my online store at the link below. You can choose between a kit with leftover papers and embellishments or a kit with no leftover supplies. Here's what you will receive with the kit with leftover papers and embellishments.

Purchase your pre-cut kit here:


Important information! August is the last month for both of the current idea books, so I do expect products to start selling out soon. If you are planning on purchasing your own materials, I would advise you to do so soon to avoid missing out. Similarly, if you would like a pre-cut kit, please purchase it soon so I can order your materials. At the moment I do not keep stock on hand, so I can only order materials for as long as they're available.

Also, since I have to order most of the materials, if you want to complete your layouts with me, please order your kit at least 10 days in advance of the open craft time you wish to attend. Open craft times will be listed on my Upcoming Events page soon.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Bethany Rielage

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Central Park Scrapbooking Workshop

  • Saturday, July 28
  • 1:00-4:00
  • $50

This workshop features the Central Park collection from Close To My Heart. You will create four two-page layouts, and you will have leftover paper and embellishments to take home.

Here's what's included in the cost of the workshop:

Here are the four layouts you will make at this workshop:

To see some close-up pictures of these layouts, check out the Facebook event page.

The cost of the workshop is $50, which covers all of your supplies (except adhesive), full-color printed directions, the use of my tools, and my personal instruction. All of your papers will be pre-cut for you, and you can keep any leftover materials. I can also provide adhesive for you for an additional $5.

Sign-up Deadline
The sign-up deadline is Wednesday, July 18. This will allow me to purchase materials in time for the workshop.

What do you need to bring?
Please bring adhesive (I suggest a regular paper adhesive, glue dots, and foam tape) and basic tools (a paper cutter and scissors).

Where do you sign up?
You can RSVP on the Facebook event page, or you can contact me to sign up. Please email me at or call or text me at 765-635-4884.

How do you pay?
If you would like to pay with a credit card, you can send payment through PayPal to Otherwise, you can pay with cash or check either before or at the event. When you RSVP, please let me know how you would like to pay for the workshop.

If you have any questions or need my address or directions, please contact me. I look forward to seeing you there!

Bethany Rielage


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Until further notice...

I love my blog for sharing longer posts and information, but for now I have to put my blog on hold. I am experiencing some physical limitations that make it very difficult for me to type, so until all of that is figured out, I'm going to have to step away from my blog. I'll still be active on Facebook, and feel free to email, call, or text if you need anything. Thanks for your understanding!

Bethany Rielage

Friday, April 27, 2018

April Stamp of the Month

Today I'm sharing all about the April stamp of the month set - Color Your Life. This is a really fun set for both cards and scrapbooking.

All of the sentiments can be used separately, or they can all be used together for one, long scrapbooking title. I think these letters will be so fun to color in, and I look forward to using this stamp set more in the future.

As in other months, I have seen some great artwork online using this stamp set. If you're interested in seeing some of this artwork, search the hashtags #ctmhcoloryourlife, #ctmhsotm, #stampofthemonth, or #ctmhstampofthemonth on social media. Those should get you some good ideas!

Here are a few cards I made using the Color Your Life stamp set. The patterned paper comes from a brand-new paper packet coming next month!

The Color Your Life stamp of the month is only available in April! You can buy it at the full retail price of $17.95 or get it for only $5 with a $50 order.

Click on the link below to learn more and to get your own Color Your Life stamp set!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Bethany Rielage

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Postcard Perfect Layouts

Today I want to share several layouts I've made with the brand-new, exclusive, coming-in-May Postcard Perfect collection from Close To My Heart!

This new collection will be available to order in May in honor of National Scrapbooking Month, and it will only be available for one month! If you want to find out more about all the product offerings, check out my blog post from last week.

Today I'm sharing three layouts I made with the paper packet, the coordinating cardstock, and the Postcard Perfect stamp set. I'm also offering these as part of a scrapbooking workshop on May 4, but you have to sign up today if you would like to attend the workshop. For more details about the workshop, please visit the Facebook event page.

Here are pictures of my three layouts.



These layouts were designed by a fellow CTMH consultant and provided to all consultants to use in our workshops. I just love my job and all of its perks!

Close To My Heart is also offering a Cut Above layout kit as part of the Postcard Perfect collection. This layout kit provides you with everything (except adhesive) to make three two-page layouts - and it also includes page protectors! It features pre-printed base pages, die-cuts, and stickers - no need for stamping or cutting! These layouts are really beautiful, so I thought I'd share mine with you today. There are a few stickers I haven't put on the second layout yet; I'll wait until I put down my photos. But here they are!



Aren't they gorgeous?! You'll be able to purchase the Cut Above layout kit separately, or you can save 20% when you buy it as part of a bundle. There will be album bundles available, as well as a Postcard Perfect bundle, which includes the paper packet, coordinating cardstock, and the stamp set.

Again, if you'd like to complete these layouts with me at my Postcard Perfect Scrapbooking Workshop, please visit the Facebook event page to RSVP. You can also contact me to sign up, and you can even pay for the workshop ahead of time with a credit card at my online shop. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and choose your workshop time.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, and I'll have links for all of these products once May arrives!

Bethany Rielage

Friday, April 20, 2018

Postcard Perfect

Today I want to tell you all about the special paper packet Close To My Heart has for National Scrapbooking Month in May!

For the past several years, to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart has offered an exclusive paper packet during the month of May. This year they are offering several exclusive new products - the Postcard Perfect paper packet, the Postcard Perfect stamp set, coordinating cardstock, the Postcard Perfect Cut Above layout kit, and several discounted bundles!

You can't order these products until May 1st, but I wanted to show them to you since I'm offering a scrapbooking workshop with some of them on Friday, May 4th. As a consultant I can order these products in advance, so if you sign up for this workshop, you'll get your products before most customers!

The workshop will feature the Postcard Perfect paper packet, the Postcard Perfect stamp set, and the pack of coordinating cardstock.

The paper packet includes 16 paper sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs, and 2 each of 2 vellum paper designs. One of the paper designs also includes large icons designed to be trimmed out and added to your page as bold embellishments and dynamic titles.

The Postcard Perfect Stamp Set is an exclusive D-size stamp set with sentiments, titles, palm tree, and floral images that coordinate with the paper packet. 

The coordinating cardstock pack includes 12 cardstock sheets, 2 each of 6 colors, including an exclusive, off-palette color unavailable outside of this kit! The 6 cardstock colors are Bashful, Canary, Peacock, Sorbet, White Daisy, and an off-palette mint.

All of these products can be purchased separately, or you can purchase them as a bundle, which also includes the beautiful Postcard Perfect Cut Above layout kit. The layout kit provides materials for creating three 2-page layouts, which I will post pictures of next week. The kit includes die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and four 12" x 12" Memory Protectors.

When you purchase these items in the bundle, you save 20%!!

If you are interested in attending my scrapbooking workshop, please visit the Facebook event page to learn more and to RSVP. You can also find pictures of the layouts on the event page. There are three kit options depending on which products you want, but Option A is the best deal since you get that 20% off discount from Close To My Heart!

I'll be posting more about these exclusive products later in the month and in May, so be sure to check back!

Bethany Rielage


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Using Up a Paper Collection

In preparation for the new Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book from Close To My Heart, I've been trying to use up the rest of my paper and scraps from the current paper collections. I've not been very good at that in the past, and I have lots of partially-used paper collections in my craft room!

I have a few strategies for using up paper collections. First of all, if I haven't completed the layouts or cards from the workshops provided by CTMH, I'll do those first. All of their workshop guides can be downloaded for free from my CTMH website, even if you didn't purchase the workshop kits. Once I've made all of those that I want, if I still have leftover supplies, I'll look through the idea book and see if there are any projects in there that I want to copy - and there usually are! Finally, I'll get on Instagram and search the hashtag for the paper collection I'm trying to use up.

Yesterday I decided to start working my way through my Chelsea Gardens leftovers. I had already made four layouts and several cards from the scrapbooking workshop kit, so I looked through the idea book. I found a card I had noticed earlier but hadn't made, so I decided to make it! And then, since I had enough leftover paper, I decided to make it one of my card buffet cards for next month!

The polka-dot paper is from the Chelsea Gardens collection, but the yellow paper is from Stargazer. I love how the idea book shows how to mix and match collections! This card also uses stamped images from the We Belong Together stamp set. But unfortunately, that stamp set will be retiring at the end of April.

I also checked Instagram and the hashtag #ctmhchelseagardens. Over the past several months, I have started saving card and layout ideas on Instagram in collections, and I love being able to find all of my favorite ideas in one place!

The layout below was inspired by a layout from @donnascraftyheart several months ago. If you don't follow her, you should! I really loved what she did, and I love how my layout turned out!

I had plenty of 12-inch strips left from my Chelsea Gardens paper packet, so I cut them to 1.25-inch wide and spaced them out on a piece of White Daisy cardstock. I used some remaining Complements for the title and embellishments and two cut-apart cards for the journaling block.

I still have some more Chelsea Gardens ideas saved on my Instagram account, and I'm hoping I'll get around to making them this week.

I hope you've been inspired to use up your paper collections, and I hope you'll share some of what you make!

Bethany Rielage