Help for Hobbies of all Sorts by Rene' Hobbie

Sunday, August 17, 2014

You Make Me a Happy Camper

Whether you go camping or not, here is a layout that you can use to post pictures of the special people in your life.

I used the Timberline product line on this layout, as well as, the stamp set Camper Crazy.  I had some other camping stamp sets on hand that I used, too.  The camper was made on my Silhouette Cameo.  Our camping pictures from Minnesota will go here.  Never mind that we stayed in a nice cabin!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chalk It Up Paper Packet

CTMH has so many pretty paper bundles in their new catalog.  I can't wait to put my son's first day of school pictures on this layout.  This is one of the projects we'll be making in club this month.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all of the letters and apple shape.  The stamps sets used were from the Chalk It Up Workshops on the Go bundle, Take Note, and School Rocks.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  If you are interested in ordering any of the products shown above, feel free to go to my website.  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The One and Only

Have you read any good books this summer?  I was anxious to read Emily Giffin's latest novel…The One and Only.  I've read several of her books in the past and really liked them.  It took me a while to "feel" this one-possibly because of the football theme that ran throughout it.  However, that might be right up your alley!  All in all, I'd rate this novel with three out of five stars.

In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Timesbestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both.

Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.  (from

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

January Projects

In January, I started a scrapbook club with nine of my besties.  Each month, we'll be making two 2-page layouts and a calendar page.  At the end of 2014, we'll each have 24 layouts and a full calendar to give as a gift or keep for ourselves.  Let me show you what we did for the first month of the year.  

For this layout, I cut out shapes with my Silhouette Cameo.  The colors in real life are very vivid.  Unfortunately, this photo doesn't do the project justice.  

Here is the second layout.  I used my Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut the snowflake border, individual snowflakes, title shape, and long skinny background shapes under photo mats.  I used a Close to my Heart Workshop on the Go template to design these pages.

Our calendar page is my favorite.  Again, I put my Silhouette Cameo to work.  It cut the glittery snowflakes and letters out very easily.  

We used this paper pack from JoAnn's for all of our January projects.  

If you have any questions about making any of them, feel free to contact me.  Thank you for stopping by my blog!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pumpkin Fluff

Need a great and easy recipe for a social gathering this fall?  I think I have one for you...Pumpkin Fluff.  This dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Here are the ingredients you'll need:

1 can pumpkin pie filling
8 oz. cream cheese
4 1/2 oz box instant vanilla pudding (dry mix only)
1 t. pumpkin spice
16 oz tub Cool Whip
cinnamon (optional)

Mix the first 4 ingredients together then fold in the Cool Whip.  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon if desired.  Serve with ginger snaps, cinnamon cookies, vanilla wafers, fruit, or anything else that suits your fancy. 

I got this great recipe from 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Five Things I Love About Close To My Heart

I've been purchasing products from Close To My Heart for many years, but I was most excited to find the latest package from them on my doorstep.  It was my consultant start up kit.  Listed below are five things I really like about CTMH.

1.  My Acrylix Stamps-Since their stamp sets are clear, you can see exactly where you are stamping.  If you don't make a perfect imprint the first time you stamp, no problem!!  You can stamp right over the first image, because you can see it.

2.  Workshops on the Go-Although you can buy their beautiful papers by themselves, Workshops on the Go includes not only papers but stickers, embellishments, a stamp set and more.  Plus, CTMH provides you with a pamphlet to put it all together to make at least a couple of layouts and usually an extra craft.

3.  Stamp set of the month-Each month that you spend $50, you will have the opportunity to buy the stamp set of the month for only $5.  Shown below is this months set.

4.  Flip Flaps-I tend to be camera happy and often have too many pictures for my layout.  Flip flaps allow you to add more pictures to a page in a unique way.  Simply add these specially sized photo protectors to the outside of your large page protector to make a mini album in itself.  

5.  Storage-Scrap bookers tend to collect a lot of stuff.  I only speak from personal experience!  CTMH has some very handy storage solutions that help with organization.  I can get 15 stamp sets in this baby!

Thank you for reading about five of my favorite CTMH products.  I'm excited about sharing more with you about this great company in the near future,  

If you'd like to know more about these products, you can view CTMH catalogs on-line on my website at  You can even place an order right there and have it delivered to your own doorstep!  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wild Things

The boys in this picture were certainly wild at Six Flags, but I'm here to tell you...I'm WILD about Kiwi Lane Designs templates.  They make the scrapbooking process so much easier.  It's sometimes hard to fill up a 12x12 layout, but KLD makes that process so much less stressful.  I love the results of my layouts when I use their templates.  No, I don't sell their products...just want to spread by word of mouth how much I like their items.  To make the layout below, I used:

*Paper Pack Cheekee Monkey by Paper Studio  (Hobby Lobby)
*KLD Templates Aspen Court 1A and 1B, Nature 5 (
*Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo (Hobby Lobby)
*Silhouette for Title

Sorry I got my picture a little crooked!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  What crafting items are you 
WILD about?