PMU - Class 1 Giveaway WINNER!

Hey everyone!  Thanks for your comments.  It's so nice to hear how much people love PageMaps.  The lucky winner of a free spot in PMU Class 1 is ...

Congratulations Dana!  Please email me at lghahary(at)cevant(dot)com and I will get you all set up for your free class. 

PageMaps - PMU Class 1 Giveaway!

Hey everyone!  Remember not too long ago I posted about a new adventure my dear and BRILLIANT friend Becky Fleck created called PageMaps U?  If you haven't had a chance to check out the freebie mini class at PageMaps I suggest you run (not walk) your fingers right over and click HERE to see what it's all about.  This little nugget is just a small taste of the sketch classes being offered at PageMaps U and I am proud to be one of the teachers in this first four-week session! Here's a little peek at some of what's included in that class:

Registration begins October 1st for Class 1 but before it starts, you have a chance to win a free spot right here on my blog!  Just post a comment about why you use PageMaps sketches and we'll give away the spot on September 30th. Super easy! And even if you don't win this freebie spot, this is a class you won't want to miss!

Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine - FALL issue is HERE!

Happy Fall everyone!  I can't think of a better way to celebrate the arrival of Fall (my favorite season) than with the brand new Fall issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine

I received my copy in the mail the other day and it is just beautiful!  The artwork is just gorgeous and there are lots of great tips, tricks, and articles shared throughout.  You can check it out online by downloading it HERE for free.  That's right folks, absolutely FREE!  If you're like me and you want a paper copy to hold in your hot little hands (there's nothing quite like it, don't you agree?) then hop on over to the SCT website and subscribe HERE.  The best part is the paper copy of the magazine is free as well - all you pay is shipping and handling. 

I'll be back in the next few days to share some of my creations from this issue so be sure to check back soon!  Thanks for stopping by!  :)

PageMaps U - FREE Trial Class

Calling all sketch fans!  If you love sketches as much as I do then do I have news for you!  My fabulous friend Becky Fleck, creator of PageMaps, has launched a brand new education program called PageMaps U.  Becky will be offering both scrapbooking and cardmaking classes that will offer exclusive sketches, easy to follow how to instructions, coordinating cutting files, and so much more! 

Registration for the first PageMaps U scrapbooking class will begin October 1st.  However, Becky wanted to give you a little sneak peek at what PageMaps U classes will offer with a totally FREE mini class.  The mini class is just a glimpse as to what the full classes will offer.  You can find this free mini class right here

Yours truly contributed a layout and video for the first class that begins on October 1st.  I had so much fun working with Becky's sketch and exclusive cutting files.  I hope you take a moment on this gorgeous fall afternoon to check out PageMaps U and see what it's all about.

PageMaps - September Reveal + a New website!

Hey sketch fans, have you been over to PageMaps today? It's the first of the month and we all know what that means—new sketches (and card sketches, too)! But this month there's even more. A fresh, new look and loads of wonderful changes have taken place behind the scenes over the past month, and all of them were revealed today. From "click to enlarge" artwork to the new PageMaps U education program, I invite you to stop by PageMaps and check them out!

This month I created both a layout and a card.  Here's a look at the layout sketch I was given and the layout that I created ...


I took advantage of the blank space in the lower right corner below the photos to create a little super hero scene using fantastic products from the Amy Locurto Superhero collection for Pebbles.  These papers and embellishments are just TOO cute and perfect for my "super" little guy, Brandon.  I used die cut stars using the Potpourri Die Set by Becky Fleck for Spellbinders.  They had just the right whimsical feel for this fun layout. 

I loved the idea of a hidden journaling tag as sometimes there is just not enough room on my layout for journaling or it doesn't quite work with the design.  I popped up the orange patterned paper with dimensional adhesive leaving room for the tag to easily slide in and out.

I also created a card for this month's reveal.  Here's a look at the card sketch I was given and the card I created ...

I loved the little rows of embellishments on the sketch and decided to recreate that look using several rows of hanging tags cut using the Charmed I'm Sure Die Set by Becky Fleck for Spellbinders.  I cut several different tags from the I Heart Summer collection 6x6 Paper Pad by Simple Stories.  I tied each row with baker's twine and added my sentiment to my heart tags using Basic Grey Micro Monogram Stickers in white and colored with a red Copic marker. 

Supplies used (click images for links):

Scrapbook & Cards Today - 2014 Planner

Hey everyone!  Long time no blog!  It's been a crazy summer filled with a kitchen renovation, two beach vacations, pool fun, neighborhood get togethers, my big guy turning nine, football practices galore, a broken nose by the little one, and tons and tons of memories.  Hence my absence from blogging.  You forgive me right?  ;)  My boys are still on summer break and don't return to school until September 9th.  To be honest, at this point I am craving the routine and a chance to get back to the gym, crafting, and you guessed it blogging!  Not too much longer now.

In the meantime I have something really fun and exciting to share with you.  Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine is getting ready to launch their brand new and improved 2014 Planner and I'm excited to share that this girl was asked to create the cover layout.  Here's a look at the new planner and some information about the launch ...

SCT’s new 2014 Scrapbooking Planner and Sketch Calendar is now portable, ready to go wherever you go! This 14-month, 64-page planner is coil bound, brimming with 30 page sketches, how-to photo techniques and layouts created by your favourite designers. Each month features a full page of journaling prompts, page starters, photo ideas and areas to jot down notes, memories and special moments, perfect for those who are following Project Life. At just $12.95 plus shipping, make this one-of-a-kind Planner a gift for you and all your scrappy friends! Preorders start October 15, 2013 at and begins shipping November 28th.

I really hope you'll check out this planner as it is one of my favorite projects from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine each year.  Until then enjoy the rest of your summer!  Thanks for stopping by!

Basic Grey: Capture + Carte Postale

A little while ago I had the pleasure of working with the brand new Carte Postale collection and Capture line of products from Basic Grey.  I created a really fun mini album to highlight some special moments from our trip to Washington D.C. last spring.  In general I'm not a mini album type of gal, but I have to say putting this album together was super easy using the Capture collection and amazing Carte Postale collection.  Here's a look at the cover of my album.  It was just plain kraft when I received it so I dressed it up with some patterned papers and a cluster of embellishments in the lower right corner.

The Capture albums come with several different shaped interior pages which made it really fun when it came to designing each page in my album.  I loved that some were smaller than others and allowed for the pages behind to peek through and give you a glimpse of what lies ahead.

The colors in the Carte Postale collection are great for all occasions.  I was easily able to mix and match color and black and white photos within my album for a cohesive color scheme. 


The Carte Postale embellishments are fun and versatile with generic travel themed icons to help you dress up your pages.  I especially love the mix of paper and acetate die cuts for even more layering possibilities.


Hands down my favorite embellishment from the Carte Postale collection was the tiny alpha stickers.  They are the perfect font and size and can easily be added directly to photos to call out important places.  I've already told the good folks at Basic Grey that I NEED them to make these alphas in every color under the sun.  Please and thank you

The Capture line of products also comes with a variety of different page protectors to easily house extra photos and embellishments or journaling.

 I mixed in a few papers from the Hey You collection as well while creating this album.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how well all of the colors worked together especially since I'm one of those matchy matchy type of gals.  ;)

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my mini album.  All this week on the Basic Grey blog they are featuring different projects using these fun new products so be sure to check it out. 

Goodies For Sale

Anyone interested in a goodie box of scrapbook supplies? I’m cleaning out the scrap studio to make some room. Most of it is unused (there may be a few stickers missing here and there). Cost is $50 which includes USPS Flat Rate shipping. The boxes are all random, but I’ve got lots of great companies that may be in there including American Crafts, Basic Grey, Bella Blvd, Crate Paper, Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye, October Afternoon, Pebbles, Studio Calico, etc just to name a few.  Please note that not every company will be represented in every box, but just to give you an idea of what product I have.  Nothing really old either – most product is from the last 1-2 years.  Embellishments will be included as well - chipboard, stickers, buttons, jewels, etc.

I am willing to ship internationally as long as you are willing to pay actual shipping costs.  In those cases the boxes will cost $38 PLUS actual shipping charges.  You can email me with your address and I will give you an approximate idea of shipping if you'd like (be mindful that these boxes are heavy and that shipping cost will reflect that).

I have SEVERAL boxes to sell so if you would like more than one just let me know.  Also let me know which companies you are most interested in, if you scrap mostly boys, girls, or both.  I can't guarantee everything on your wish list will be in there, but goodness knows I'll try to include as much as I can!  ;)

If you’re interested just send me an email at lghahary(at)cevant(dot)com.  Thanks!  :)

PageMaps - May Layout + VIDEO

Hey all!  Today I have both a layout and video to share with you using a brand new sketch by Becky Fleck for the May edition of PageMaps.  This month is extra special as Becky is celebrating PageMaps 7th Anniversary.  I am using the "On The Border" dies from Becky and Spellbinders for this layout.  Be sure to watch the video as I give a few tips on how to create longer border strips using smaller dies.

Here's a look at the sketch that I was given and the layout that I created.

I used the new 24/SEVEN collection by Simple Stories on this layout and it is just a perfect pairing for these photos of my son Darian checking out the view on top of the Empire State Building in NYC.  I used four different types of borders on my layout - notebook, pinking, postage stamp, and scallop - in addition to layering my paper strips to really spice things up a bit and add lots of visual interest.
There are tons of fun embellishments included in this collection - layered stickers, chipboard, brads - just to name a few.  I put them to work on my layout and created a few layered embellishments clusters for some fun details.

Here's the video I created to go along with this layout ... 

There is a fun challenge associated with my layout so be sure to head on over to the PageMaps blog and check it out.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used (click images for links):