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Monday, February 1, 2016

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Balloon Animals

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you came from visiting Brenda Lapp, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1602 Balloon Animals (pictured below).  This set is only available until February 29th and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.

Personal side note --- Balloon Animals hold a special place in my heart.  My husband's uncle is a clown who specializes in balloon animals.  On the morning of my wedding, my husband-to-be called my cell phone and asked if it would be okay if his aunt (a face-painting clown) and uncle did their thing at our reception.  So there I was at the church about to step into my dress faced with two options -- I could either have a Bridezilla moment and say no way (along with a string of other similiar phrases) or I could take a deep breath and simply roll with it.  I was about to marry the love of my life, and nothing was going to take away from that.  So I smiled and told my other half that his aunt and uncle were more than welcome to do their thing -- but without their clown costumes.  A girl's gotta draw the line somewhere, right??  Having Aunt & Uncle Bubbles "perform" at our reception (sans costumes, of course!) turned out to be a memorable, enjoyable experience for everyone -- balloon hats all around!

Now back to my project...

For today's layout, I used the Kaleidoscope paper packet along with a sketch from the Magic How-To Program / Book to create this fun scrapbook layout perfect for any celebration in life.  The top-center square of the right page opens into a fun mini-album great for capturing extra pictures and memories without taking up valuable real estate on the overall layout.  The Magic How-to Program is filled with lots of wonderful tips and tricks for creating interactive elements on your pages.  I highly recommend adding the Magic book to your scrapbooking tools.

Pop-out Mini Album
revealed by untying white ribbon bow 

Supplies used:
*Balloon Animals SOTM stamp set
*Artbooking Cricut collection
*Artistry Cricut collection
*Kaleidoscope paper packet
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*12" x 12" Pear cardstock
*12" x 12" Canary cardstock
*12" x 12" Pixie cardstock
*Canary Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Gypsy Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Pacifica Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Pear Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Pixie Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sunset Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*White & gold ribbon
*Gold sequins assortment
*Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at jd Designs and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month February Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Lela NI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!


  1. Wonderful story about your wedding. I love your layout. You have inspired me to try one of the interactive pages.

  2. Super CUTE! I used these for scrappin' too and love the results, they're so fun

  3. Fun layout. Cute idea to add that foldout.

  4. What a fun layout for sure! Love it

  5. Great story! I probably would have panicked if someone asked me if they can do a clown show at my wedding lol. Cute layout.

  6. I love your balloon wedding story. What a wonderful memory to scrapbook! Great layouts.

  7. Sometimes I wonder what Bridezilla is like after the wedding. You made a great choice and look at the memories you were rewarded with. Love the layouts.

  8. What a fabulous Magic layout! I had to laugh at your wedding day story- there is always something out of our control at a wedding!


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