Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Decor

Scrapbook Sundays are the day I post a project featuring new ideas and some of my favourite Close to My Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to try something new the next time you scrapbook your memories.

In the spirit of Halloween I would like to share a simple home decor craft.  My local scrapbook store had some adorable pumpkin decor, and I was inspired to make my own!  These pumpkins are made using the Dreamin' paper from Close to my Heart.  
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  • Using the My Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close to my Heart cut out 9 circles with a 4"diameter.  (You can change the size of the pumpkins by using larger/smaller circles.  You may need to adjust the number of circles if you change the diameter.)  I used a variety of coordinating papers and cardstock from the Dreamin' package.  
  • Cut a bit off the bottom of each circle so the pumpkin will sit flat on the table.  
  • Fold each circle in half and ink the edges.  I chose a few circles to emboss with fall patterns, such as pumpkins, spiderwebs and bullrushes.  
  • When all 9 circles are ready it is time to assemble.  Glue the edges of the circles together with the folds to the center of the pumpkin.  
  • The stem was created by rolling a strip of paper and sticking it into the top of the pumpkin. 
  • For the finishing touch, tie some raffia and twine around the stem of the pumpkin.  
When I was finished I noticed that I had lots of 'same-size' left-over pieces from cutting the bottom off of each circle.  I used these pieces to create this flower embellishment for a scrapbook page.  I curled the ends of the flower using a bone folder.

I'd love to hear your comments and I'll answer any questions left in the comment section.  Feel free to "Share to Facebook" or other media using the buttons below.  I hope you will be inspired to get scrappin'!  Have a whimsically wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Menu Planning Week 17

Fall is such a great time of the year!  There are so many things on the go and it is so beautiful outside.  I have really been enjoying the fall colours this year, although we are pretty much done with that now.  We never did manage to get a fall family photo done... maybe we will do a winter photo this year!  I canned pickled beets with my mother-in-law the other day... mmmm!  I can't wait for them to be ready!  I will post about that very soon.  Today I will share my menu plans for the next week.  I made a delicious Borscht yesterday with a few beets that were saved from pickling.

So here's my plan for this week!

Wednesday - Fried mushrooms, couscous and a Everything Salad

Thursday - Roast beef with mashed potatoes

Friday - Left over roast beef.

Saturday - Halloween party... so not too sure!

Sunday - Hamburger soup

Monday -  Chicken and pasta

Tuesday - Sweet and sour meatballs and rice

I hope you have a whimsically wonderful day!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Super-Star Boys Scrapbook

Scrapbook Sundays are the day I post a project featuring new ideas and some of my favourite Close to My Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to try something new the next time you scrapbook your memories.

This week my project features the Typeset paper from Close to My Heart.  I am also using the Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes and the Blue Ribbon stamp set, along with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I was inspired by my friend Ann to make a mini-book in the style of a K&Company Smash Book.  Ann knew that I had received The Cinch machine for Mother's Day.  She was very curious about the wonderful projects I was making using my lovely new machine.  I was embarrassed to tell her that I had barely even taken it out of the package!

Ann posted a great video of a Smash book she made using the Close to My Heart - Sophia scrapbooking kit.  HERE is a link to her post and video.

The book I made is called "My Super Star Boys".  I wanted a book where I can collect my favourite photos and memories of my boys all in one place!
The cover.
The first page with the dedication.
A close up of the dedication.
 You can see I have used different sized pages.
 The different sizes provide visual and textural interest.
 There are whole pages that will work well for journalling.
 I will have a photo peeking through this star-shaped cut out.
 Some of the small pages are great for journalling.
As I add photos and stories to the book I will add additional embellishments
I created a pocket for inside the back cover, to tuck pieces until they can be added.

I can't wait to gather up some of my favourite photos to add to this book!  Now that I have FINALLY started using my Cinch, I have so many ideas of projects to make... I can't believe I waited so long to get started!

I hope you will be inspired to get scrappin'!  Have a whimsically wonderful day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

FALL into Scrapbooking

Welcome to the first instalment of my 'Scrapbook Sundays' series!  Every Sunday I will post a project featuring some of my favourite Close to my Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to scrapbook your memories!

When I saw the new Dreamin' paper line from Close to my Heart I fell in love!  The colours are perfect for a fall project.  The featured colours are: Bamboo, Chocolate, Colonial White, Crystal Blue, Goldrush, Honey and Pacifica.  The six different patterns are a fabulous mix between subtle patterns and bold ones.

I chose this paper for the scrapbooking project at my Open House last month.  I also featured cut-out pieces from the exciting new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, the layer-able stamp set "So Grateful", and the lovely new antiqued copper embossed brads.

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NEW!!!  Extra kits of the Fall layout will be available for the next month.  All pieces are cut and the pumpkin will be pre-stamped, ready to by cut out, layered and mounted.  The only thing required will be your adhesive and photos.  Cost for the kit will be $5 + S&H if necessary.  Leave me a message if you are interested!

I hope you will be inspired to scrapbook some fall photos!  If you would like to purchase any of the materials used above click on the "Shop With Me" button to the right side of the page, or contact me through my facebook page: Alice's Attic - Scrapbooking.  I hope you have a whimsically wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alice's Attic - October Newsletter

Hello from the Attic!

I hope you all had a wonderful September and that you are looking forward to a fun-filled October!  I am so excited about what October is bringing to the Attic!

If you have registered for a monthly scrapbook club you should have received an email with club details!  All of the clubs are full and I can't wait to see you all this month!


Christmas Card Workshop:  November 5, 2011 from 2-5p.m.  There are only 2 spaces still available in this class.  We will be making 10 Christmas cards, 2 each of 5 designs.  Cost $20.  

Scrapbooking Express Workshop: November 26, 2011 from 2-5p.m.  This class is now FULL.  We will be making a 20 page scrapbook!  Cost $65.

Recipe Card/Photo Storage Workshop: Tentative Date: December 3, 2011 from 2-5pm.  The perfect gift for those hard to buy for relatives!  Make your own recipe box/photo storage box!  This project can be customized to suit your personal style.  The box will store  4x6 photos nicely. Registration Deadline:  November 5, 2011.  Cost $27.
This is a sample box... this class will use your choice of the NEW papers!

The first crop was such a success I can't wait for the next one!  Space is limited  so please pre-register!  November 5, 2011 (same day as the Christmas Card Workshop)  If you come for the Christmas card class stay and scrapbook after, or just come for the Crop!  5:30 pm until the wee hours of the morning.  Cost $10, or $20 with supper.

The October Stamp of the Month is Holiday Magic.  This beautiful Christmas themed stamp set will be a great addition to your holiday cards and pages.  Spend a minimum of $55 in October and receive this set for only $5.50.  (Retail value: $19.95)  

Get a Fab Freebie in October.  Become a Consultant in October and get one add-on collection Free.

Visit CEO and founder Jeanette Lynton's blog this month and see all of the wonderful things you can do with the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

I blog about scrapbooking and many other things I'm interested in.  I'll be running a "Scrapbooking Sunday" series over the next few weeks.  Visit my blog:

I have gift certificates available in any denomination.  Great for the scrapbooker that has almost everything!  

The new clear 14" ruler from Close to my Heart has measurements in inches, guide holes for evenly placed stitching, metal straight edge for craft knife cutting, and 1" grid marks.  See it in action on page 57 of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. $10.95

Love the stitched look, but hate dealing with needle and thread?  Waxy flax makes stitching a breeze!  The wax coating helps this fibre stitch easily without a needle.  Stitch on a page, thread a button, wrap a dimensional element and more!

Looking for scrapbook inspiration?  Check out CTMH TV for the latest tips and tricks!

Are you a digital scrapbooker?  Are you curious about digital, but don't want a big commitment?  Create layouts in minutes in Studio J, Close to my Heart's online software.  Studio J offers themed kits, coordinating fonts, and easy to use accents like ribbons, brads, buttons and more.  Just drag, drop and go!  Priced affordably Studio J is a great way to explore the world of digital scrapbooking.

Alice's Attic - Scrapbooking has a facebook page.  Stop by and "Like" me to get tips, techniques and to see the latest news from the Attic!

Close to my Heart offers the flexibility of setting your own hours, discounts on products, and a chance to share your love of scrapbooking!  With this month's Constant Campaign it's a great time to sign up!  Ask me how to join my team!  

Are you interesting in getting your scrapbook products for FREE?  Host a home gathering.  A qualifying party is easy to achieve!  Gatherings can be held in your house or mine.  Ask me about possible dates and gathering projects!

I place orders several times a month.  You don't need to attend a gathering to place an order, simply send me an email or phone me with your order! I accept VISA, MasterCard, Cheques and Cash.  You may also shop online at to have your order sent directly to your house.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my newsletter!  I hope I can help you make scrapbooking FASTER, SIMPLER and EASIER!