CTMH Album Retreat ~ Real Life Story

I had the great honor of being asked to adapt several of the Lay Outs used at the fabulous Close To My Heart Fall 2013 Album Retreat and to teach some concepts on how to create wonderful projects while saving time and money in a workshop gathering.  The original LO’s were totally decked out – which is great when creating one but can create a problem of time and money when making multiples.   You can still create a beautiful piece of art without wasting paper or time.  Here’s what I came up with for the Real Life Story Lay Out:

Finished Story

A few of the differences from the original:  used fewer pieces by cutting the circles and honeycomb overlays in half, giving smaller pieces for some of the strips, and eliminating a few of the unnecessary pieces;  I pulled in Slate Cardstock to bring out the Slate B&T.  I cut down on some of the stamping but added a few extra things and created an extra photo mat instead of 2 journalling spots.  One of the biggest changes was using CCR on the “pages” (see below).  I cut out the expensive accessories by using Black Shimmer Trim and bulk sparkles and bakers twine.

Close Up Real Life

You can see some of the detailing here black distressing around the edges and using the Sparkles and Glitter Tape.  You can also see the “page” cut from the CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  I made it to fit on a 4×6 piece of Ruby Cardstock.  This allows me to get 6 of them cut from a 12×12 piece of Cardstock.

SS CCR Story Pages

There was quite a bit of stamping on these pages but when you see it broken down on this display board, it’s not as overwhelming.  For an extra rich black color, be sure to use the CTMH Black Archival Pad, especially whenever stamping on colored Cardstock.  I love the stamp sets used on these pages:  D1555 All the Details and B1431 Everyday Life.

Stamped Images

This was such a great Layout!  I loved having photos of my darling Grand daughter to use on them and the black and white prints look gorgeous with the Whisper and Slate Cardstocks.  Purhaps we’ll make this Layout for one of our upcoming workshops.  You can get my Cricut Craft Room File for this project free with purchase of  any products used on this project from my website: sheri.ctmh.com

Published on: October 17, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , ,

2 Responses to CTMH Album Retreat ~ Real Life Story

  1. Diena says:

    I love it! You are sooo talented!

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