Friday, 15 May 2015

Cross Canada Close to My Heart How to Book

Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring Jeanette’s How –To Books for scrapbooking. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne at If you came from Cheryl of then you are in the right place!

How to Books are my new favourite tool!

There are several ways I use them: sometimes to just get my creative juices flowing, sometimes to create a replica of what is shown, and then sometimes I like to mix this one and that one to make something completely new.

That is what I did for this layout. I used Make it from your Heart Volume 2.  The left side is from page 10 , pattern 3 left page.  The right is from Page 12. Pattern 4 left side but flipped to be on the right

I made the decisions of that pattern I was using based on my photos, then I looked at how to combine the two patterns and where to use which papers.

For the left instead of adding more paper along the far left side like the pattern suggests I added stamping. You could also add washi tape here as well,

On the Right side I changed the layout of the Photos to suit my photos I altered the size and orientation. I tucked in a Picture My Life card to shift the bottom photo more to the right and inline with photo above it.

Do not let the pattern restrict your artwork use it as a jumping off point for your creativity! I could uses these patterns thousands of times each time they would look a little different.

The details

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Chris Robertson 
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog,  as she has the complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when our theme is Mini albums. So mark June 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.


  1. Fun Layout!! what a Cutie!

  2. Great layout!

  3. I love the way you creatively changed up your layout to suit your needs, resulting in a great layout!

  4. Stunning, and he sure he is a little darling.....great way to show how you can manipulate the layouts to suit your needs.....these how to books really are a "starting point" for great layouts. You just showed everyone how.

  5. Great layout, I like the way you changed it up to put your own flair on it.

  6. Love how you've combined the two layouts!