Creative Goodies Haul

Creative Goodies Haul is what we have for you today. I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Anaheim last weekend and I had a great time with Marie from our Creative Crew. We do not have a tutorial this week but we do have a great review of some awesome products we saw at the expo and want to share! Of course we have our weekly giveaway too! Remember Autism Awareness month his this month. If you haven’t checked out our creations or our stamps for Autism Awareness, Please go to our shop!

Now… let’s check out the Creative Goodies Haul!

Here is an adorable bright collection from Fancy Pants. I love the color palette especially for spring. Perfect for any spring holiday, birthday or celebration!

Here is a close up of the Fancy Pants paper from the Creative Goodies Haul.

I love how it comes with a bunch of different patterns that all coordinate. Keeps the design element easy and perfect!

Here is the tag set from Fancy Pants. A perfect addition to the Creative Goodies Haul! These tags and embellishments are perfect for any planner, project life page, traditional scrapbook page, smash book, card and well everything!

The close up of the tag set shows you the huge variety in this pack! Between the color palette and the design, I just love it!

Do you remember PUFFY STICKERS?

I remember I used to save my allowance so I could purchase them from the teachers store. I LOVED THEM! In our Creative Goodies Haul, we have the new version which is still puffy but less bulky. ADORABLE aren’t they!?

For this part of our Creative Goodies Haul, We have the Easter paper from Simple Stories. I love the adorable images as well as the patterned paper on the backside. You can really utilize this for any creation you need to make for the spring or Easter.

How lovely is this patterned paper? The colors scream SPRING and are perfect for a card or a background for a creation!


The stickers are not only coordinating with the papers and embellishments but they are so sturdy! No flimsy paper here. These stickers are made with card stock sure to make for a great embellishment in any of your creations.

This collection is from Paper House. I love the feathers. They are so sweet and elegant. Delicate even. I also really like how you can use the patterns for individual items as well as a complete background page. How fun is this? This is one page showing both sides.

These papers are perfect for celebrating family.

 This is one page showing both sides as I have two of each paper. So many things you can do and I love how it has dark blue as a primary color. Perfect for me with two boys.

Mother’s Day coming up and what a better way to celebrate but with this beautiful paper. I love the color palette as it works perfectly for Moms with their little kings.

This coordinating card stock sticker sheet has so many elements!

You can use these elements for a layout and still have plenty left over!

Have you ever used acetate layovers? How cool is this bird acetate? I love it and how you can use it for so many things!

This COLORFUL collection is from Bella Blvd.

I love how their design looks like true watercolor and really combines some beautiful art elements.

The tag set in this collection is extensive and useful for numerous creations. Perfect addition to our Creative Goodies Haul

The handwriting elements to the tags and embellishments look as if you wrote them yourself.

PERFECT for your planners!

This beautiful paper collection goes wonderfully and is a perfect addition to the collection. the variety and the colors! WONDERFUL!

Look how beautiful the gold letters are on the card stock sticker sheet. Between the embellishments and letters, you will have plenty for numerous creations!

These American Crafts Jewel tone markers are cool! I can’t wait to try them!

What a perfect way to use your coloring abilities by coloring a card for a loved one. THAT is a great way to say THANK YOU!

This die set is from Maya Road. I love the sentiments and the images. You can really use this die set over and over again for thinking of you, love you, sympathy, anniversary, friendship and the list goes on and on!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY!

This week for our Giveaway, we are giving away the Elizabeth Craft!! This die set makes edges for your creation so that you can use them as a frame! How cool is this?? The picture on the right is the actual dies that come with the set. Great way to build a frame!

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of winning, you will unfortunately, forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are not subscribed with two different names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.  Your understanding is appreciated.


For last weeks giveaway of the $15.00 gift certificate for our store….

SUE D is the winner!

SUE D, please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

We hope you enjoyed our Creative Goodies Haul! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway is what we are doing today! The amazing Julia from Chameleon Pens gave a great demo at CHA and I thought you would like to check it out. Not only does it explain the markers well but also at the new colors they are introducing! First, I would like to announce the winner of the one of a kind Becky Higgins Autographed card. The winner is Jessica Marshall! Jessica, please contact me with your mailing info and I will get that out to you this week!

Now back to the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway! In this tutorial Julia from Chameleon gives you a peek at the new colors in action as well as some coloring techniques!! I am really excited that they have added more grays and color tones that will help with more specific bright colors, skin and shading. Although the original set is awesome, the extra added colors I think really round out the set to make it absolutely complete! The tutorial is approximately 35 minutes long. It is a bit longer than my normal videos however, I think the information given is important and worth every minute!

When watching the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway video. Here are a few pointers that I found very helpful and informative. When we were videoing using the mirror so you can see the details of the video. The graphics are seen backwards due to the mirror.

  • When opening your pen, be sure to color with it to release the shipping material protectant. It does have an added material to protect the Japanese nib during shipment so you want to be sure that you use it before you work on your project. By using your pen, it will release the protectant so there isn’t anything you have to manually take off.
  • You are able to use copy paper when coloring because you aren’t layering color on top of color. Typically you are just blending with the various shaded colors because you have already mixed your blending solution with your ink. If you plan to use more than one layer or plan to saturate your coloring area, it is suggested you use at least 110 lb weight paper.
  • The longer you keep your blending solution cartridge in contact with your colored nib, the longer your blend will last. Typically the most amount of time used in Julia’s experience is 10 seconds.
  • Be sure to have some scratch paper so that you can test your color off to the side ensuring that your blending worked as you had planned for.
  • Be sure to have your pens vertically when fusing so that the blending solution does reach the colored nib.
  • Store your pens flat.
  • You can use these markers as you would with any other alcohol markers.
  • Memento is the ink of choice to use on paper.
  • If you are going to use your ink on another material, the ink of choice is the Memento Luxe.

Here are some pics of the results taken from the demo in the video.

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On the left is coloring without blending and on the right is the blending solution showing depth and different colors.

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Here Julia is showing coloring a leaf using the Chameleon Pen as a standard marker without shading.

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Using the Chameleon Pens with the blending solution to show shading.

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Here is a good comparison to the different coloring techniques used. On the right is a picture that shows the blending. It also shows the right side leaves, right leaf is the standard color without blending solution. The left side leaves, right leaf is showing the Chameleon markers used in layers to color and shade.

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Here is two different colors being used and shaded as a beautiful blend.

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Here is a beautiful picture of how Julia showed how you can get lovely dimension. You do this by highlighting the inside of an item. You can also do this by deepening the color around the edges to emphasize the shape (round) of an item or picture.

Now for the Giveaway part! We are doing a giveaway!


For the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway, we are doing a giveaway. We giving away an entire Chameleon Pen five pack of the Earth Tone colors!  All you have to do is be a YouTube Subscriber, sign up for our Newsletter at the right side of your screen and follow us on Instagram. That is it! We will pick a winner on Sunday and they will be announced Monday on our blog!

Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway

It’s a CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway!! Today we are going to do a new product review of Becky Higgins amazing new 2016 Winter catalog I received at the CHA Show! First I want to announce the WINNER of last weeks giveaway. It is Eileen Fields! She will be receiving an awesome Mod Podge gift pack courtesy of Cathie and Steve and Plaid. Eileen please contact me with your mailing info and I will get your prize out to you this week! YAHOO!!!! Thank you for participating!

Now, onto this weeks fun and GIVEAWAY! I will be giving you a first hand look at the new 2016 Winter catalog as well as a wonderful prize ONE OF A KIND Becky Higgins Autograph prize that is up for grabs that any Scrapbooker, Creative, Memory Keeper and of course Project Lifer, would be THRILLED to have! This is her signing one right here! A keepsake to truly treasure!

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Sooooooo I went to the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Show last weekend and it was a blast! Be sure to stay tuned as I have a number of prizes up for grabs that I received there from some great vendors. One person that I adore and is just as sweet as you would expect her to be is Becky Higgins AKA the Project Life creator. She is so sweet and I asked her if she would be as so kind to give me an autograph for one of her fans and she graciously obliged. The CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway is a wonderful keepsake for your very own Project Life book!

In order to qualify to win you need to:

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

Subscribe to my blog on Blog Lovin’

Comment on this post if you are a Traditional Scrapbooker, Card Maker, Project Lifer, Love Planners, Smash Booker, all of the above or whatever your favorite form of memory keeping is and why.

For additional chances to win, follow me on Instagram. If you do so, please be sure to let me know in your comment here on the blog so I can be sure to count it in the comments when answering the question. I will be double checking so please be honest or you will be disqualified. Unfortunately, dishonesty has happened before. Due to shipping prices this offer is only open to United State Residents. We appreciate your understanding. Winner will be announced 1/25 on my blog so be sure to check back!

Now for the fun stuff!

As I said before, Becky is UNBELIEVABLY gracious. I went to CHA with a few of the Creative Crew members as well as my hubby and oldest son. Christian is 18 so fortunately, he was able to attend this year! Christian was a great sport and he was my “poser” for pictures. Don’t you think this picture is great? I love how it turned out!

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If you haven’t heard of Project Life it is a simplistic way to do scrapbooking by having pre printed cards and layouts that are easy to follow and do. You can embellish as much or as little as you want! Here are a few pictures of my favorite sets although I LOVE THEM ALL, I had to pick just a few.

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I love bold colors and I love this line. The bold colors, sayings and cute designs really will be useful for me in my creations. Most of all I like versatile designs. I have two boys but don’t want all masculine products either so a versatile set that can be used for multiple things is what I look for and THESE ARE AWESOME! I am really excited! For the names of the collections, check out my video for more details!

Project life Winter Catalog 2016

I LOVE the doodle edition and the all seasons edition.. AGAIN THE COLORS ARE FABULOUS! Really versatile and adorable! Did you ever think to use your extra cards to create a greeting card or use it for a cover page of your Project Life book? Words that are important to you? Just a thought.. The possibilities are REALLY ENDLESS!

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With the above set there are some really cute coffee items as well as home doodles… its just all around so cute!! LOVE IT!

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However above all else, I think my favorite is the Explore Edition. This would be great for my boys between dirt bike riding, going camping, etc. The colors are perfect for that as are the embellishments. TOO DARNED CUTE! I see an increase in spending with the economy… UH-OH!

You may also want to check out our stamp sets. Our alphabet stamp sets as well as our Sign Language Alphabet stamp sets are great for any Project Life, Journal, Pocket Page Scrapbooking, Planner or anything you creative and crafty you come up with!

Here is a close up of the autographed card you will be getting if you are the winner. So excited to share the CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway with you!

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Be sure to follow the directions of the giveaway and come back next Monday to check out if you are the lucky winner!

Thank you so much for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. Be sure to follow the instructions on this blog post in order to win a one of a kind autograph from Becky Higgins! Thank you for participating in the CHA 2016 Project Life New Product Review with Giveaway!


CHA 2016 Going on A Creative Journey with Melissa Part #2

I am baaaaaaaaccccckkkkk from CHA 2016!!!  I have returned from CHA 2016 and am overwhelmed, thrilled and exhausted! I have a lot to show you and will be showing it to you over the next few weeks as well as having GIVEAWAYS TOO!! Today’s focus is on We R Memory Keepers products. I do not have any affiliation with them, I just love their products and own a number of them. I am thinking about carrying them, what do you think? Would you like me to carry them and if so, what would you like to see? Comment on this post and answer this question and you will be entered to win one of the CHA prizes I have. I have a number of them thanks to the generosity of some of the manufacturers like items from  Tim Holtz, Simple Stories, Cathie and Steve with Plaid Industries, Sizzix to name a few. I will be picking a winner at random on Sunday January 17th and will announce the winner on Monday January 18th as well as what they have won and will have one of my sons pick the winner. This is a tradition I started when I started blogging and have continued it throughout the years. After all, they are the A and the C of the ACJwM! The above video is a sneak peek at that alphabet punch board by We R Memory Keepers. It’s really cool and I think it would be great for teachers that do bulletin boards. I thought you would like to see it as it is not even on the market yet. How cool is that? If you want to learn more about CHA and read my first post, please go here. Now, onto the products. I loved this display it was clean, colorful and most of all filled with fun items to play with! They were wonderful and the gentleman was more than happy to do an impromptu demo video for little ole me! I was and am VERY THANKFUL!

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These above are shadow boxes, cork boards, chalk boards, peg boards, wire hanger and picture frames. They all look so wonderful and when I saw them I thought HMMMMM…. PAINT!

IMAG1029The above includes washi tape, washi dispenser, paper and more! It also includes a type of rail system PERFECT for organization. Especially the farthest left one that has different size holders for different sized ribbon and WASHI!! YES WASHI!!We R Memory Keepers CHA 2016 2

Here is a CLOSER VIEW of the rail system. It’s pretty cool!


The above has various punches and decor for party decor making!  They are all so useful! This display is also including  punches to make the alphabet punch board that is featured in the above video 🙂


Here are some awesome flower kits, various punch boards as well as embellishments PERFECT for a PARTY!!!


And of course for all of you Project Life Lovers… We have a similiar type of item that would work great with Project Life which is Albums Made Easy. We also have the FUSE that allows you to make your own sized pockets along with a bunch more fun stuff for Pocket Page Scrapbooking!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as well as the products included in the review of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA 2016! Thank you so much for stopping by and going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.


CHA 2016 – Going on A Creative Journey with Melissa

Hi All,

I AM AT CHA 2016 I am having a great time and wish you were all here to be able to experience this first hand at least once. But before I go on, I would like to apologize because I said I would be giving you sneak peeks and of all times, my website has been down since Thursday. Needless to say, I haven’t been able to post anything to my website so I apologize for this being late. What a nightmare that was! I have however, posted on my Instagram as well as my Facebook business page if you would like to check those out. Those would be more timely than my blog posts as I do my blog posts once I am home to recap my day.

Sooooo if you weren’t able to come to CHA 2016 or haven’t been to CHA at all or don’t know what it is, here is an explanation in a nutshell. CHA is the acronym for the Craft and Hobby Association. It is an organization where creatives, manufacturers, designers and more :),  of all different areas of crafts whether it be paper crafts, knitting, painting, jewelry and basically anything crafty and creative, come together from ALL OVER THE WORLD. They hold various conferences throughout the year. This specific show is one of the largest of it’s kind and for the last year it is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Next year, it will be held in Arizona. In order to be a member there are certain prerequisites. To find out more information if you qualify, please go here. If you happen to sign up, tell them I sent ya!

Part of being a CHA member and it’s membership cost includes education. They are really great about offering education classes for people that want to learn more about the industry, mentoring from fellow creatives in your field and getting you in contact with who you need to talk to if you have questions. The wealth of knowledge in the CHA organization as a whole is vast and wonderful to have when you are a new business starting out or an established business looking to boost your sales to a higher level. I have been a member for a number of years taking classes as well as enjoying the show. I went on Thursday and Friday for classes and the show floor opened yesterday. The classes are great for business owners like myself where you can learn things that you normally wouldn’t be able to do so. For example, I have a stamp line and would be able to ask questions to fellow stamp line owners, manufacturers, designers, web designers, attorneys, etc., questions about my personal situation and be able to get real answers as they are all within the industry that I am. It is UNBELIEVABLY instrumental in my business adventure. I have met a number of what I call lifetime friends too!

Yesterday I took a bunch of pictures at CHA 2016. have consolidated them down to a few below. I went to CHA this year with my awesomely supportive husband and son. I was excited that my son was old enough to be able to attend. It is cool to show him this side of things and that I am NOT the only one that is creative minded. Although to be honest, he is too so he TOTALLY gets it! As you will see, we got the “C” (Christian) and the “J” (Jon) of ACJwM (A Creative Journey with Melissa) in on the action. My hubby and son were my “posers” in pictures! LOL I also was fortunate enough to have a few of my AMAZINGLY talented Creative Crew along to check out the new things and see what THEY would like to work with next year as well as ideas and trends that are going on in the industry. Leticia, Marie and Rhoda are joining me this year. Unfortunately, Brandie is unable to attend due to a health issue so we DEFINITELY want to wish Brandie to feel better and be back on her feet soon.

First, I want to share with you a few things I learned in my classes. Here are a few DID YOU KNOW…. Please feel free to share!


In a class that my husband took, they said at least 500 words. Sounds to me if you stick between 500-3000 you will have it covered varying between them throughout your different blog posts. This is what my plan is.

Now for some pictures. One of the amazing creatives that I love to see is Tim Holtz. He is so kind, amazingly creative and very good to his fans. He truly appreciates our admiration. Here he was showing his distress crayons. They look FABULOUS!!! A must have for sure!




We took a very inspirational class from Kathy AKA Crafty Chica. She is so wonderful, kind and inspirational. Her story is amazing and really goes to show that hard work, dedication and perseverance pays off.


I of course stopped by Doodlebug Design because I LOVE THEIR COLOR PALETTE! ALWAYS. PERIOD! Adorable designs with awesome colors. Can’t go wrong with that!


And of course there is PLANNER AWESOMENESS with Heidi Swapp... I love her, her creativity and her spirit.





And more planner excitement with Marion Smith! Isn’t Christian a great “poser” LOL!


I will have a bunch more pictures in my next post but I have to run for now as we are about to get to the convention center. Don’t forget to connect with us on your favorite social media platform above. Thanks for stopping by and as always, we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa!


The CHASHOW is coming!!! Are you?

It’s CHASHOW TIME!!!We are sooo looking forward to going to CHA this year. From their website: The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international non-profit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of craft products worldwide. For more about CHA, the value of membership, or its award-winning Conferences & Trade Shows, please visit


I have been a Designer Member for a number of years and I am so excited to be bringing you some awesome sneak peeks, interviews and of course GIVEAWAYS! Be sure to stay tuned for this awesome event and our coverage. We are sure you won’t want to miss it! Check out all of these sponsors for the show!

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BE sure to STAY TUNED!


I Just Love You

Love is in the air, the butterflies are fluttering around, the birds are chirping and romance is the word of the day. I hope you have a wonderful day with loved ones celebrating what YOU love. I love my 3 boys, (my kids and hubby) friends and family. I also love to share awesome creations too!  These creations were made using the I Just Love You Stamp Set by the AMAZING Laura Williams. Oh! And I know… YOU LOVE ME TOO <3

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#FiftyShades of

How many of you are anticipating the new #FiftyShades of Grey movie? Well, while you are waiting, I thought I would show you an AMAZING creation done by Alease on our Design Team using the Sentiments for all Occasions stamp set. It’s not the same exciting but it is just as amazing and awesome, don’t you think? I love the details she used. Not only in the lovely picture but the adorable bicycle with the flowers on it? It looks like a bicycle that was just taken for a ride to pick flowers!

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We really had a great time at the #CHAShow. Amazing products, demonstrations and of course the people are just awesome! I wanted to share with you a few of my highlights as well as the highlights of some of the DT…. Including.. Martha Stewart!

Meeting awesome people… like Leticia meeting Richard Garay…


and Brandie and I meeting Joy MacDonnell while getting lunch…

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Marie hanging out with Glossy from Mod Podge


Rhoda hanging out with er uh…. Martha Stewart….She was a little stiff but has a nice smile..


And of course it wouldn’t be CHA if Rhoda didn’t get to see the amazing Teresa Collins… They are both amazing women!!


I hope you enjoyed these pictures and if you want to see more, please check out our Facebook Page CHA SHOW photo album to see more!

Have a wonderful and creative day!

#BellaCraftsQuarterly – A FREE #CREATIVE MAGAZINE – Yes it’s TRUE!

20150111_141013-706x1024I know, I know… You think I am embellishing… Just because I am a crafter and often embellish on my projects DOESN’T mean I embellish on my stories. Actually, quite the opposite. Bella Crafts Quarterly is an AWESOME publication that you can sign up for and it’s FREE! YES FREE!!  There are a number of amazing people behind this magazine mainly three and I was lucky enough to get a picture of two of them! Her20150111_140954_HDRa-1024x1024e is Lisa Rojas and Ann Butler. I should have gotten a picture of Theresa Cifali however she was teaching a class at the #CHAShow! This magazine has a ton of tips, tricks and just everything you would want to know about being creative. It’s FREE.. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! SIGN UP ALREADY!