Scrapbooking & Papercraft

Beautiful Friendship CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our newest Australasian blog hop – where we’re celebrating your beautiful friendships, with CTMH’s Beautiful Friendship suite!

Isn’t that just the greatest theme?!    This is the name of CTMH’s latest paper suite, and as you’ll see below, it’s beautiful itself.

Beautiful Friendship Workshop Your Way Scrapbook Kit with layout instructions

On the subject of beautiful friendships, I want to tell you a little story about my bff and I.  I hope that you’re not as hopeless as us with photos!

I met my bff (Fiona) at intermediate school, we were about 11 years old!  She was the most popular girl in school, super beautiful inside and out, incredibly talented, amazingly smart – like totally, the whole package.  I still to this day do not know how we became friends – because I was the socially awkward, tomboy sporty chic who didn’t have a line of girls wanting to be my friend!  But somehow, Fiona and I became best friends, and I still to this day, consider and call her my best friend.  Our lives have taken quite different paths, and although we don’t get to see each other that often these days, we do still catch up in person at least a couple of times a year.   We have been friends for 30 + years!!  Sometimes I think she knows more about me than I know about me – her memory is better than mine.  She is the girl I know I can call on at any time of day or night, and she will be there for me unconditionally.  To just know you have a friend like that is such a blessing.

About 5 years ago, I was putting together an album of the things and people that were most important to me, and realised that apart from a few photos together from our early years, we hadn’t had photos taken of us together for YEARS.  There was like a 20 year dearth of photos.  I was SO upset, but as you know, you can’t turn back time and re-take photos.   How sad is that, this girl & friendship that is so important to me, and yet – no physical record of it.    We’ve taken photos of our kids together, even our dogs, but we never thought to turn the camera around and take photos of us.  What a pathetic scrapbooker I am!!

Don’t be like me!  Do you have photos of the friends in your life that are important to you?  If not, start now.  Next time you’re catching up with a friend, ask someone to take a photo, or do the selfie thing.  What ever it takes, take the time to capture your friendships.

And why not use this beautiful paper suite to record, preserve and celebrate those friendships?

I like to call my style ‘simple yet stunning’.  Which maybe a little presumptuous – I know it’s simple, but I hope it’s also stunning in its simplicity.

Here’s the layout I created, as above, but this time with the photos etc on it.

A 'beautiful friendship' layout

Time for tea!

Order your collection now from your CTMH consultant, but if you don’t have one, and you’re in NZ, you can shop by clicking HERE.

But just before you go, here’s a cute little card I made.

Check out this cute little card – which is one we’ll be re-creating in our card classes this month. It uses the thin cut / stamp set combo Z4180 Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cut. This has already been very popular, and CTMH only make limited numbers of these combos, so if you want it you should order it now. Here's the link to order, or simply email / text me. to my lovely team mate Rina Maxwell for the inspiration.

Posted by Crop Craft Create on Friday, 4 May 2018


Time now to continue the inspiration, hop on over to Creating with Kara Davies.


  • Reply
    Doris Taylor
    May 20, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful layout and a lovely story Megan, a timely reminder to all to remember take photos when we get together with family and friends. What a cute little card with the teabag.

    • Reply
      May 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Doris, we can never underestimate the value of capturing moments with our loved ones.

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    Passionate About Pages
    May 20, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Your story is so true for all of us. The people we love the most often never appear in a photo with us. I had the same experience with a group of high school friends. Now, whenever we meet I make sure there are photos.

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    Vandra Stenton
    May 20, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Such a lovely page and concept. Also love your little video. clever interactive addition to the blog hop. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      May 21, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Vandra 🙂

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    Doreen Watkins
    May 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story, Megan! A great reminder to take some photos and document the stories.
    Great page layout and I love your little card!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks so much Doreen

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