Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May CTMH Newsletter

If you would like to receive the newsletters via email please send me your email address and I will add you to the list!

Note: There is a correction to the Taste of Summer National Scrapbooking Month promo...the pack includes 12 papers, not the 24 listed in the description. Either way it's still a fantastic deal with NO minimum purchase!

Upcoming events:

  • Friday, May 7th - Creative Club at 7 pm. As of now there are 3 spots open!
  • Friday, May 7th - Taste of Summer Blog Hop...you don't want to miss it!
  • Saturday, May 16 - Jennifer N.'s party
  • Friday, June 12 - Creative Club at 7 pm
  • Friday, June 19th - Northern Virginia Paper Crafters - Base & Bling Jewelry Buffet
  • Saturday, June 20th - Operation Write Hope Charity Card Buffet (stay tuned for more info)

Have a wonderful day!

~Michelle Battitori


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MAY 2015
Hello Michelle,
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

May SOTM Blog Hop - Just Sayin'

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month blog hop! This month we are featuring the May SOTM, Just Sayin'. If you are coming from Jennifer's blog you are on the right track. This hop is a great big circle but if you get lost along the way simply go HERE for a list of participating CTMH consultants.


When I first saw this set I knew the stamps would be a perfect accent to document a zip lining trip my hubby and I took on a Hawaii vacation in 2012. I kept the page pretty simple. I started with the Seaside Paper pack and the Surf's Up Picture My Life cards. I love how well these two products coordinate despite being from different sets.


To decorate the page I used the circle and triangle shapes to create an accent banner in the top right of my page. With the banners and hand stitching on the bottom I wanted to keep my other embellishments simple so I finished it off by stamping the sentiments and clustering them around the page. 



I love adding interactive elements to my pages so I added the QR codes for the YouTube videos of our adventure. Hopefully this technology will be available for future generations to watch!

Supplies Used (All CTMH Unless Otherwise Noted)
Paper: Seaside, Grey Flannel (retired), White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: Just Sayin'
Ink: Chocolate, Black, Desert Sand, Sorbet, Hollyhock
Other: Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Paper Piercer, Black Thread, Needle, Houndstooth Washi Tape, 3D Foam Tape, Sponge Daubers, Surf's Up Picture My Life

Thanks for checking out my project! Please hop on over to Jenny's blog to see what creative project she's made!

~Michelle Battitori

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May Creative Club

The next Creative Club is scheduled for Friday, May 8th at 7 pm. We'll be making this adorable mini-album/card courtesy of my 2nd upline Janene Wawro.

This mini has an optional gift card holder and is perfect for a last minute Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation or other special occasion gift. Or, simply keep it as a mini to document a fun activity in your life. The choice is yours!

I'll show you how to stamp the adorable floral wreath from the Happy to be Friends stamp set as well as highlight it with some faux stitching.

To RSVP please visit my Meetup Page, Manassas Area Papercrafters.

Hope to see you on the 8th!

~Michelle Battitori

P.S. Take-home kits are available for purchase. Message me for details!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop! I'm so excited for this Seasonal Idea Book and very thankful you've hopped onto my blog to check out my project! If you're coming from Haley's blog you are on the right track!

This hop is a great circle so just keeping checking the links near the end of the post to hop to the next blog! If you happen to get lost along the way you can go to THIS LINK for a complete list of CTMH participants.


For my project I used the new Blossom paper and Blossom Complements to create this two page layout featuring my adorable hubby in his youth! Oh, and the layout was completely done in Studio J! I love the versatility of Studio J and how seamlessly it coordinates with my traditional scrapbook layouts. CTMH does an awesome job of adding new products into its digital kits so quickly!


In fact, the only real difference (aside from the physical vs. digital aspect) is that I'm able to resize the Blossom Complements to fit my page perfectly! In this layout I enlarged the "Joy" quote to 108% of its original size.

I also sized the "Delight" stickers to 85% of its original size so they would fit in the title section.

Don't worry...if digital scrapbooking isn't your thing you can totally recreate this layout in the traditional style with the following supplies:



Thanks for checking out my project! I look forward to sharing more beauties from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book so please stay tuned. Now, please hop to Gina's blog to see what wonderful project she's made!

~Michelle