Monday, August 21, 2017

School Year Card

The August stamp of the month set, School Year, is perfect for scrapbooking, but today I want to share a card I made with it.

This card would be fun to send with your child on the first day of school or to put in a lunchbox with some encouraging words written inside. You could also send it to your child's teacher to encourage him or her on the first day as well!

If your first day of school has already passed, you could use this card to remember your child's first day. You could put their picture on the inside left side, and then stamp the Back to School image on the inside right side and let your child write about what happened that day.

You could also make this same card for the last day of school and send it to your child's teacher as a thank you for a great year!

The background patterned paper comes from the new Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, and then I embossed a piece of Lagoon cardstock with our new Alphabet Embossing Folder. I stamped the chalkboard image with Memento Black ink and colored the outside edge with the Mahogany Shin-Han marker. I stamped "First Day of School" with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I watercolored over top of it to make it look like a chalkboard. I also stamped the pencil in Memento Black ink and colored it in with the Clay, Golden Yellow, and Vivid Green Shin-Han markers. Then I added some Black & White Dots to finish it off.

If you have any questions about anything I've mentioned today, please contact me or comment below. To check out the School Year stamp set or to get your own, please visit the link below:

Bethany Rielage

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pocket Scrapbooking Update

Back in February I shared some of my pocket scrapbooking layouts from the beginning of 2017 (see this post). I've been meaning to share some more layouts from my 2017 album, but I just haven't gotten around to it. But today I have some for you!

These are my layouts from the end of January through the end of February. They are all pocket scrapbooking layouts, and most of the products I used on these layouts are no longer available. Most of the pocket cards are from Close To My Heart, but some of the cards and embellishments are from other companies. I have also blurred out some faces of other people's children for privacy, and some of the pages still need journaling.

Pocket pages are my favorite way to scrapbook all those everyday memories that may not need their own layouts. I choose to not do a lot of embellishing on most of these pages because I just want to get the pictures in my album and record the stories.

So here they are. Enjoy!

If you have any questions about any of these layouts or how I do my pocket scrapbooking, please feel free to ask! Thanks for stopping by today!

Bethany Rielage

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jack Layouts

Last week I shared all the information about my upcoming August Scrapbooking Workshop, so today I wanted to share the actual layouts I created with this kit.

I absolutely love the Jack Scrapbooking Workshop, but some of the layouts are geared toward scrapbooking the men or boys in your life. That's a great thing, but when I started putting together these layouts, I didn't necessarily want to focus on my son and/or husband for all three layouts. So instead of creating new layouts, I simply swapped out the suggested titles with cuts from Close To My Heart's brand-new Cricut cartridge, You Are Here. I also added a few stamped images from the stamp sets you receive with the You Are Here Collection.

When you attend my August Scrapbooking Workshop, you will also have the option of cutting out different titles or images to coordinate with your layouts!

Here are the three layouts I created with this kit.

Layout 1:

Layout 2:

Layout 3:

Thanks for taking a look at my layouts! If you have any questions about anything I've mentioned today, please don't hesitate to ask.

If you'd like to complete these layouts yourself, you can join me for my August Scrapbooking Workshop on Saturday, July 26th from 9:30-11:30. The sign-up deadline is TODAY! You can recreate the layouts I designed, or you can make them as they are in the workshop instructions.

You can find all the information on my Upcoming Events page or on the Facebook event page. You can also RSVP on the Facebook event page, or contact me to sign up.

Bethany Rielage


Monday, August 14, 2017

August Card Buffets

Today I'm sharing information about my August card buffets. I'm having two of them this month, and I hope you'll join me for one of them!

Here's how a card buffet works: You come and make as many cards as you want in the two-hour workshop time. Each card is $2 and they are all designed and pre-cut for you. All you have to do is bring adhesive, and I provide the rest! I suggest bringing a regular paper adhesive, glue dots, and some kind of foam tape. I can also provide adhesive for an additional $3.00.

Here are individual pictures of all the cards I'm offering this month:

Each month I offer new cards using Close To My Heart's featured paper packet for the month. The featured paper packet for August is Jack, so four of the cards this month feature the Jack Paper Packet and the Jack Cardmaking Stamp Set.

I hope you'll join me this month for one of my card buffets. RSVP on my Facebook page or contact me to sign up!

Bethany Rielage


Friday, August 11, 2017


It's finally time to talk about Jack - my favorite paper pack in the current seasonal catalog! Besides being perfect for camping and firefighting pages, my son's name is Jack! I feel like this paper packet was created for me and my family!

Here are a few projects featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book that have been made with the Jack paper:

To find out which products were used on these projects, follow the link below and click on the Recipes link under the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

The Jack paper packet also has some wonderful coordinating products!

Isn't this collection great! If you'd like to make some fun layouts with these papers and embellishments, sign up for my August Scrapbooking Workshop on Saturday, August 26th. You can find all the information at the link below:

Let me know if you have any questions about anything, and I hope you have fun creating with Jack!

Bethany Rielage


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August Scrapbooking Workshop

  • Saturday, August 26
  • 9:30-11:30
  • $35

For my August scrapbooking workshop, we will be using the Workshops Your Way Jack Scrapbooking Kit.

This workshop kit retails for $26.95 and provides you with enough materials to create three 12x12 two-page layouts. It also provides you with the paper and embellishments to make six cards! Plus, you'll have leftover scraps!

Here's what you receive with this kit:

Here are the three layouts you will make with this kit:

I changed up my layouts a little bit using the brand-new You Are Here Cricut cartridge. To see my completed layouts, keep an eye out for my blog post next week!

The cost of the workshop is $35. This covers the cost of the kit, shipping, tax, printed directions, and my instruction. If you have already ordered the kit on your own but would still like to come to the workshop, please bring $3.00 to cover my instructional time.

Sign-up Deadline:
The deadline to sign up for this workshop is Wednesday, August 16. The deadline allows me to order the kits in time.

Optional Additional Services:
$5 - I will provide any adhesive you need, including foam tape.
$5 - I will cut all of your paper ahead of time so you can just assemble and decorate the layouts the day of 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).

Please sign up using one of the following:

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

Bethany Rielage

Monday, August 7, 2017

August Cardmaking Workshop

Close To My Heart has four wonderful cardmaking workshops in the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book, and I'm having a workshop for one of them each month from May through August. The kit we'll be working with in August is the Anniversary Cardmaking Kit!
  • Saturday, August 19
  • 9:30-11:30
  • $35

The cost of the workshop covers all of your materials (including adhesive), the use of my supplies, and my instruction. Your papers will also be pre-cut and ready for you to assemble! All you have to do is show up!

At the workshop you will receive the Anniversary Cardmaking Kit, which provides you with the materials to create 12 cards. Easy-to-follow instructions guide you in creating two different card designs, but thanks to the interchangeable designs and stamp sentiments, you can make your cards your way!

Here are the 12 different cards I made with this kit:

Kit Contents:

Because your kit includes a stamp set for you to keep and plenty of leftover supplies, you can continue to make cards after the workshop is over! The kit comes with everything you need, except for inks and blocks, which I will provide during the workshop.

Optional Additional Supplies
  • If you would like to purchase your own set of inks in order to make more cards at home, you can add one or more of the ink pads to your order. The inks we will use in the workshop are Black and Smoothie. Each individual ink pad is $7.95.
  • You can also add a pack of 50 card bases and envelopes to your order for $14.95.
I will cover your shipping and tax for these additional items - but you must add them when you RSVP!

Sign-Up Deadline
The deadline to sign up for this workshop is Wednesday, August 9th. This allows me to order the kits in time for the workshop.

You can RSVP on the Facebook event page, or you can email, call, or text me to sign up. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Bethany Rielage