Scrapbooking Heritage Photos

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My poor blog has been so neglected lately, but I hope to change that.  I’m going to try posting once a week, so stay tuned!

For this week’s post, I wanted to share a layout with you that I just love, and not just because it has a great big “LOVE” on it.  😉

Twin Love layout by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I’ve been scrapbooking some of my baby photos.  Sometimes I use the actual photo, but most of the time I scan the original and print it out, placing the original back in my baby book.  I had to do this with most of these photos because they’re glued right in to my book.  This gives me the freedom to do whatever I like with the photos, crop, ink, distress, without being worried about wrecking them.

Back to the page, aren’t those two adorable?  My twin brother and I were two peas in a pod when we were little (still are, to be honest) and we got into all kinds of mischief.  You’d think by looking at these three photos that my mom dressed us alike all the time, but I think we only had 3 matching outfits.  The red one I’m wearing is a little jumper and my own daughter wore it for a little bit.  Of course I created a layout about that ages ago.  🙂

I focused on the Fundamental Basics line to create this layout.  I love the versatility of this line!  Here’s a close up of the details and that coppery title.

Twin love layout detail by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

Don’t be afraid to use current and fun papers and embellishments for your heritage photos.

Happy Creating!



Share Love and Paper Hugs with Operation Smile

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If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a huge supporter of Operation Smile. I’ve seen what a huge impact a medical mission has on people and I love that Close To My Heart has partnered with an organization that gives kids their smiles back.

My last crop, on January 28, raised over $1400 for this great charity. But I’m not done raising money.  Close To My Heart has a special stamp set called True Love and $7 from the sale of this set goes to Operation Smile.  I love that! So I’m doing a workshop where you’ll get your own stamp set as part of the fee.

Aren’t these kids sweet? I especially love the “This card is a paper hug” sentiment.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, Feb. 10, so contact me right away to claim your spot.

October Stamp-of-the-Month Projects

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We are back from Haiti and I’ve finally had some time to create!  It’s taken me some time to get back into the swing of things, and I may someday write a blog post about our experience, but for now I’m focusing on all things crafty.

This month’s stamp of the month is all about Christmas.  Now is the time if you want to make your own cards to send this year.


Place an order of $50 or more and you can get this stamp set for just $6!

I was completely inspired by the artwork in the catalogue and pictured on my product website.  Here’s the layout I created:

Christmas layout by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

You need to see those stars up close because I embossed them in gold and they are so pretty in real life.

Christmas layout close up by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

And here’s the card:

Christmas card by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

Want to come make these?  My monthly stamp of the month class is next Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7pm.  Place an order with me for $30 or more and you can attend, for free.  Bump it to $50 and you’ll get a great discount on this set, so perfect for your Holiday projects.

September Stamp of the Month Projects

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I loved the projects in the catalogue that showcased this stamp set, I had to make them.  Here’s the first one:

Sept SOTM by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I really like this sentiment, what a wonderful thing to keep in mind.

For this second card, I had to tweak it a bit so it wasn’t too hard for my class.

Sept SOTM by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating


To add the colour to the largest leaf, I just brushed on a bit of brown watercolour paint.  I thought I would make one more project, a name tag for your Thanksgiving table:

Sept SOTM by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating


I stamped my daughter’s name using the Brush Script stamp set.

If you would like to get this stamp set, place your order before September 30 or you’ll miss out!