Thank you for joining us in our new home today! For 10 years we have hosted our blog on however with our new website, we’re thrilled to now host this blog right here!

Today we have a great Canadian designer Jennifer Smith joining us and sharing some beautiful projects she created with brand new Close To My Heart products! Take it away Jennifer…

Happy Saturday papercrafting pals! My name is Jennifer Smith and I’m excited to be your first guest blogger on the new blog today! I have been a Close To My Heart consultant for over 5 years and I’m blessed to be able to do what I love every day! With September almost over and fall colors fast approaching it puts me in a great mood to scrapbook with fabulous fall colors! This layout is featuring the Falling for You Collection. It features some of our new basic pallet and of course the rich orange and green tones.

count your blessings layout for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine

Count your blessings image2 for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine

It was really hard to choose where to start with the new Holiday Expression Catalog being full of so many exciting things, but Falling for You won out in the end. It is a really low-cost page with a lot of flair. Fussy cutting is an easy way to add dimension to any layout, I know we all don’t love to do it but it sure makes this page pop! I cut out leaves from the main sheet in the paper pack. I am an inker at heart so I inked all the edges with Espresso ink, which added the ”finished” look to the leaves.

Using a Cricut I cut out multiple layers of pattern paper and cardstock with different size circles, then added the leaves inside the circles to make it look like the foliage is coming out.  Finishing it off with our self-adhesive sequins doesn’t every page needs bling?!?!

count your blessings 1 close up image for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine


I hope you enjoyed my fall themed layout and inspired you to utilize your pattern paper to help embellish a page! Thanks for joining me on my creative journey.

~ Jennifer Smith

Be sure to visit Jennifer’s blog HERE to see her 24 amazing page workshop!