How To Make a Shaker Window Page!

We are loving National Scrapbooking Month so far, and we hope you are, too! To continue the celebration, we’re going to really shake things up today and show you how to make a shaker window the size of a scrapbook page!

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STEP 1.  The very first thing you’re going to do is determine the size of window you’d like on your project. For it to fit a traditional 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page, you’ll need to keep your window no bigger than 11½” x 11½”. Next, decide if you’d like the base of the window (the paper that shows through under the sequins) to be the same as your base page or if you’d rather have a different pattern or color show through. If you’re keeping it the same as the base page, skip the rest of this step and move on to number 2. If you’d like the base to be something different, cut a circle* from the patterned paper or cardstock you’d prefer instead. The size and shape you cut here will determine the size and shape of your window. The window on our page is a 10″ circle, so our base is also 10″

*One of the great things about this big window idea is that you’re not limited to a circle shape. Make a square, a rectangle, a heart, a star—your window can be any shape you can cut out from a 12″ x 12″ Memory Protector™. (See step 2.)

STEP 2.  Carefully trim the edges from a 12″ x 12″ Memory Protector™; this should leave you with two clear plastic sheets. Take one of these pieces and cut another circle (or the shape you chose for your window) from it. Make sure this second shape is the same size as your base piece, if you have one.

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STEP 3.  The last thing you will need to cut to create your large window is an overlay. When you cut your overlay, make sure that it is the same size as your other two pieces so they will all match up later when you stack them to assemble your window. On our page, we created an overlay that frames our shape and also has a world map in the center (making our complete project look like a globe). Your overlay doesn’t have to be this complicated. Decide how much of the inside window you really need or want to see. Also take into consideration where you will be putting other elements of your scrapbook page, like photos and journaling.

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STEP 4.  When you’ve got all your pieces cut, gently rub the base and the clear plastic window in circular motions with an anti-static pouch. This will help reduce static cling and allow the sequins move freely when you shake or turn the completed page.

STEP 5.  Carefully place small pieces of 3-D foam tape around the perimeter of your base piece. Keeping your base flat, add a handful of loose sequins inside the frame you just created.

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STEP 6.  Lay the clear plastic shape on top of the 3-D foam tape and press firmly around the edges.

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If you don’t have a separate base piece and are using your base page as the back of your window, add the 3-D foam tape to the perimeter of the plastic shape instead. Then, fill the center of your framed plastic shape with sequins and lay the base page on top of it to attach. Flip the page over to see your window.

STEP 7.  The last step in assembling this large window is to hide the foam frame by layering the overlay on top of it. (An adhesive runner should do the trick!)

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Now that your window is complete, all that is left to do is to attach it to your project along with all of those extra elements that make a scrapbook page truly yours.

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The page we used as our example today comes from The World Is Yours Scrapbooking Workshop Kit. If you’d like to recreate it, be sure to check out the instructions, HERE.

What projects have you added windows to? Do you have any fun ideas, tips or tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below, and happy crafting!

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Storyteller with Stacy Julian!

We’re pulling out all the stops this National Scrapbooking Month with a visit from one of our all-time favorite story tellers! Stacy Julian is here today to share with us the newest addition to the Story by Stacy™ line, Storyteller. Click on the video below to learn about this impressive guidebook from none other than Stacy herself! Pay extra close attention and you might just find that she is offering a little more than just two new story telling techniques! 😉

 

Thanks for stopping by Stacy! ❤

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Get a Free Cut Above® Layout Kit for National Scrapbooking Month!

Happy May everyone, and happy National Scrapbooking Month!! We just love, love, love, this time of year where we get to join with the rest of the crafting community to celebrate the meaningful art of scrapbooking—and in true Close To My Heart fashion, we are celebrating all month long with beautiful new products created just for the occasion! If you didn’t get a chance to see some of our dearest friends talk about the exclusive The World Is Yours collection on National Scrapbooking Day this last Saturday, revisit the video HERE.

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One of our favorite products from The World Is Yours collection is the Cut Above® layout kit. A primary excuse people give for not scrapbooking is that they just don’t have the time to do it. Cut Above® layout kits are our answer to that genuine concern without jeopardizing artwork quality. Each one of our Cut Above® layout kits come with pre-printed base pages, pre-cut paper pieces and die-cuts, as well as stickers to quickly and easily assemble two 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layouts. We basically take all of the cutting out of the scrapbooking equation, allowing you to jump right into enjoying the artistic and creative side of memory keeping.

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The World Is Yours Cut Above® layout kit is additionally unique because it is one of the only Cut Above® layout kits that can be purchase out right outside of our Craft with Heart™ subscription program. Craft with Heart™ offers Cut Above® layout kits at monthly, 4-month, and 12-month intervals. Once subscribed, you receive exclusive kits delivered straight to your doorstep. If you are not yet a subscriber, The World Is Yours kit is a great place to try one of these kits out without any further obligations.

We truly love our Cut Above® layout kits so much and are confident that you will, too, which is why we are giving away five of these kits to five lucky readers! We keep it simple. For a chance to win, all you have to do is make sure you are subscribed to this blog and then leave us a comment below, letting us know your thoughts on the Cut Above® program. You have until 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 9 (MDT), to enter. All winners will be notified by e-mail.

For a closer look at all of our other beautiful products and projects offered through The World Is Yours special, visit our website, HERE. Remember, this collection is only available during May, while supplies last, so get yours today and make the world yours!

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Back to the Basics with Cricut Design Space™—Working with Text

We are continuing our review of the tools in Cricut Design Space™ on the blog, and today it’s all about text. Design Space makes it so easy to manipulate text for any project. It’s not too hard to learn how to use it, and once you do, you can make projects like this one.

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On the page above, you’ll see that we’ve used some of the tools in Design Space to add and curve text to create a unique title. Not only does the title come from the You Are Here Cricut® collection, but so do all of the smaller shapes decorating this page! The You Are Here collection has travel-themed words and shapes for anything from an international adventure, spa retreat, and camping to a day at the beach, just like you see here. Whether your travels take you near or far, this collection has coordinating titles, shapes, and sentiments to document those memories.

Don’t forget, the steps below show you how to create projects in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen. Typically the same features are available on any device, but when working with text, the Curve tool isn’t available on a mobile device.

Adding Text

When you want to insert text on the canvas, click on Text in the Design panel. A text box and a completely new section of the Edit bar will appear. This is the Text Edit bar, and the tools available here are, as you can probably tell, specifically designed to use with text. In the Text Edit bar, you can choose your font and the style (regular, bold, italic, etc.). You can also do things here like adjust the size, spacing, and even the curve of the font. Simply type in the text box, and then use the tools to manipulate the letters.

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Under Font, you can search for specific fonts, like the one from You Are Here. Letter Space and Line Space both do exactly what it sounds like. Letter Space allows you to bring individual letters closer together or farther apart. As you adjust the spacing, the higher the number, the farther apart they will be. Line Space changes the space between the lines of text in a paragraph.

There are a couple other options you will want to be familiar with in the Text Edit bar. You can use Alignment to move your text to the right, left, or center of the text box. Under the Advanced tab, you have several choices for ungrouping your text. For example, let’s say you’ve arranged your text for your project, but you want to now adjust the size of just one letter. These advanced tools make that possible. You can select Ungroup to Letters. Each letter can then be manipulated separately. Under Advanced, you can also Ungroup to Lines or Ungroup to Layers.

Curving Text

Our favorite part of the Text Edit bar is Curve. This makes it incredibly easy to curve your text, even into a circle. Select the line of text and then select Curve. Moving the cursor to the right will curve the text downward, and moving the cursor to the left will curve the text upward.

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There are a few things to remember with Curve. You can’t use this tool with multiple lines of text. You can only curve one line. There also will be times you will want to pay attention to the Diameter number. If you want to curve one line of text down and one line of text up, entering the same number for the Diameter will ensure the curve of the text remains the same for both the top and bottom.

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With a project like this, insert a square from Shapes in the Design panel and change the size to 11.375″. To help us curve the text for our page, we inserted a circle from the Shapes section and sized it to 6″ to represent the photo we planned to use. This made it much easier to visualize how to curve the text around the photo.

 Slicing Text

Often when you’re working with text, you might want to cut that text from another shape, like we did on this scrapbook page. This is where the Slice tool comes in handy. We showed how the Slice tool works in our last Design Space post with cards (check it out here in case you missed that one.) Just to remind you, you can find the Slice tool at the bottom of the Layers Panel.

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Again, for this particular project, use the 6″ circle to help you see where things will go on your page. Once you have your placement down, select both the text and the 11.375″ square, and click Slice in the Layers panel. You’ll now have text sliced from the square for your page! Delete the extra sliced text. You won’t need it. When you cut the project, you’ll have the title sliced into a square you can layer on top of another piece of cardstock or paper.

 Pro Tip!

 You might have noticed that on our page the “the” looks different than “SEAS” and “DAY,” and you’re right! It does have a Canary piece of cardstock behind it, but the font is also not the same. You can use the same You Are Here font for the entire text and curve it, or you can do this more advanced trick to get the “the” for your title. This is actually a word we sliced from a different shape in the You Are Here collection.

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To do this, you’ll first insert the sentiment. It’s shape #M28C97B2. This shape also says “SEAS the Day,” but it didn’t fit quite right on our page. That’s why we chose to work with the You Are Here font instead. To get the “the,” ungroup the image and delete the background piece. Then insert two squares from the Shapes section. These squares are going to help us slice what we want from this shape.

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Feel free to resize the squares into smaller rectangles to make them easier to work with. Place one over the word against the right edge of the “e.” Rotate the second one to match the angle of the “h.” Once “the” is completely covered, weld the two squares together BEFORE you slice. Then select the welded squares and the sentiment and click on the Slice tool.

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You’ll now have the word “the” as a separate piece! Don’t worry if it takes you a couple tries to get it. That’s where the Undo button comes in handy. Just click that a few times and try again.

Put It Together (Add, Curve, and Slice Text)

Follow the steps below to put it all together and make the Seas the Day layout!

  1. First, insert a square on the canvas and resize it 11.375″.
  2. Then insert a circle and resize it to 6″. This circle is just to help you place your text where you want it to slice from the square.
  3. Insert the text by first clicking on Text in the Design panel. To find the You Are Here font, click Font and then search for “You Are Here” in the search box. Then click on the font to use it.
  4. In the text box, type your title. You can either do the complete title or you can use the pro tip we explained above. It’s up to you! Typing the complete title is definitely easier. Your page will just look a little different. If you go with the pro tip, you’ll want a text box for “SEAS” and then insert a second, separate text box for “DAY.”
  5. Adjust the size of your text BEFORE you curve it. We used 1″ for our font, but you can feel free to make it whatever size you want.
  6. Now use Curve in the Text Edit bar to curve your text as desired. For those of you using the pro tip, place the sliced “the” at the top of the circle. Then curve “SEAS” and “DAY.” Once all three words are placed how you like them, select them all together and group them. This will make it simpler to slice later on.
  7. Once your text is placed and curved around the circle, you can delete the circle. You don’t need it.
  8. Now it’s time to slice! Select your text and the 11.375″ square and click Slice at the bottom of the Layers panel. Delete the extra sliced text.
  9. Before cutting your project, insert any other additional shapes you want to use on your page. We choose to add shapes like the starfish and hibiscus, but you have many, many options from the You Are Here collection. It’s up to you!
  10. Color your project pieces to make it easy to cut on the right color of paper or cardstock. Then select Make It in the top right corner and cut your project pieces.
  11. Put your page together and embellish with a few sequins and sparkles!

 

These suggestions for using text in your Design Space projects are just the beginning. As you become more comfortable with these tools, the possibilities only continue to grow. Let us know in the comments if there are any other Design Space questions or topics you’d like to see on the blog.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Seas the Day Page
X7243B Feels Like Home Paper Packet, X5998 Canary Cardstock, X5990 Carolina Cardstock, X6003 Fern Cardstock, X6004 Glacier Cardstock, X6018 Raspberry Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z3502 Cricut® You Are Here Digital Collection, Sandpaper

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here

 1.45″ #M275F9BD
1.6″ #M27601D0 (cut 2)
1.1″ #M27601D0 (cut 3)
1.3″ #M27602DF
1.7″ #M2760F25 (cut 2)
0.75″ #M2763040
1″ #M2763040
3.228″ #M28C97B2
1″ Font

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A Farewell to Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog

How is it the end of April already? It’s hard to believe, but the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog is retiring in just one week! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite products from this idea book, below (there really are so many!). Each one of these items adds a unique flair to any project and can easily be just the thing you need to bring a little magic to your creations. Make sure to peruse the rest of the SE1 idea book catalog HERE, and stock up on your faves while you still can!

My Acrylix® Be Yourself Stamp Set

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We absolutely LOVE the Be Yourself stamp set, not just for its celebration of the individual but for the part it plays in helping millions of children worldwide as our Operation Smile™ stamp set. With every purchase of the My Acrylix® Be Yourself stamp set, $7 (USD) of the proceeds are donated to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft left lips and palates in children around the world. Add some extra positivity to your cards and scrapbook pages as you make a difference in a child’s life.

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 Playful Scallops Embossing Folder

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 Cruisin’ to Adventure Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Something Fierce Collection

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Also from the this collection are the ever popular Something Fierce Puffy Stickers.

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Grab all of your favorites from the Something Fierce collection before they go extinct! 😉

My Acrylix® Letter Board and Letter Board Words Stamp Sets

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Feels Like Home Watercolor Die-cuts

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Mix-in Paper Packet

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Love So Sweet—April Stamp of the Month

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Sports!

Step up your crafting game with the My Acrylix® Game Day stamp set and mini individual sports sets! These stamps will be your MVP as you chronicle your athlete’s achievements through the years!

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Click on the links below for the currently available sports sets:

My Acrylix® Basketball stamp set
My Acrylix® Football stamp set
My Acrylix® Soccer stamp set
My Acrylix® Volleyball stamp set
My Acrylix® Baseball stamp set
My Acrylix® Hockey stamp set
My Acrylix® Lacrosse stamp set

This list of products, along with so many others, are only available through the end of April, and while supplies last. Hurry and talk to your Close To My Heart Consultant to grab your favorites before they’re all gone! If you don’t have a Consultant, just head over to closetomyheart.com and click on the “Find a Consultant” link.

What are you sorry to say goodbye to from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog? Let us know in the comments below!

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Stamping with StazOn™ Ink

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We’ve been having a lot fun with StazOn™ ink in our art studio recently and wanted to let you in on it!

Considering all of the different black ink options available, from the faithful Archival Black to the newer Intense Black, it is no surprise that the StazOn ink pad is often overlooked. Most of us who follow this blog papercraft, scrapbook, or make cards out of paper. StazOn ink, although it works well on semi-porous surfaces, including paper, is better known for its use on non-porous surfaces such as plastic, glass, and porcelain. It stays put on the stamped surface, without pilling, until it completely dries.

We decided to put this trusty ink pad to the test, and sure enough, the results were as expected!

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Tip: An inked stamp can be slippery on a non-porous surface, like the acetate circle in the shaker windows above. When you are ready to stamp, we suggest you do so with a steady hand, bringing the stamp straight down. (Avoid breathing if possible! 😉 ) Any slight movement in your hands can cause your image to smudge. Just as carefully, remove the stamp from the surface with a straight lift. Do not roll your stamp away.

Follow-up Tip: If you moved while stamping…it happens…have a damp rag (a wet wipe works!) at the ready to wipe off your surface. This only works on non-porous surfaces. If you are working on a semi-porous surface, like leather or photos, wiping will only spread the ink around creating a bigger smudge. A wet wipe should do the trick. (DO NOT use the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner to wet your surface for cleaning.)

Once your image is stamped, the ink will require time to set. We recommend that you plan ahead as you work with StazOn ink. Stamp first and set these pieces aside to dry as you work on the rest of your project.

But what if you want to stamp on something that is porous?

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Most inks will seep into a permeable surface and spider out from the original stamped image. The trick, here, is to make your surface non-porous, or less porous. To stamp on a wood surface, like this album cover from our Made with Love mini album workshop, use a clear matte acrylic sealer. Before we stamped on our album cover, we sealed the surface with a clear finish aerosol spray. (If you have access to Mod Podge, it works really well, too!) Make sure to allow the sealant to dry before stamping onto the surface. It shouldn’t take too long, but if in doubt wait a bit longer just to make sure.

What are you stamping with StazOn? Do you have any tips or tricks for using this ink? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


Recipes


4¼” x 5½” It’s Your Birthday (dots) Card
C1749 My Acrylix® Something Fierce—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z4304 Loose Sequins—SilverZ4309 Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” Happy Birthday Card
C1749 My Acrylix® Something Fierce—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X5994 Ballerina Cardstock, X5998 Canary Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z4309 Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Die-cutting Machine

4¼” x 5½” It’s Your Birthday (stripes) Card
C1749 My Acrylix® Something Fierce—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X6016 Pixie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad, X7242C I Heart Us Complements, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z4309 Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Die-cutting Machine

6⅛” × 7¼” Grandmother Mini Album
CC4193 Made with Love Mini Album Workshop Kit, Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad

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Easter Treat Bags

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Take a look at how easy this egg-stra special treat comes together:

STEP 1. CUTTING YOUR PAPER

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This project uses a simple base shape that folds up into the treat bag shown above. To help you easily replicate this shape, we created a Cricut Design Space™ file, https://design.cricut.com/#/design/139208505. If you do not have access to Design Space, these little eggs are still doable with a little bit of ingenuity and scissors! 😉 The oval shapes forming the eggs are 3½” tall and 3¼” wide and are connected by a 1″ x 1¼” rectangle. We also recommend cutting out a few small strips of paper to add sentiments and decoration to your finished treat. The strips we cut are ¾” x 3¾” and ¾” x 3½”.

STEP 2. SCORING AND STAMPING

With a Bone Folder, score the short sides of the connecting rectangle to create the base for your egg to stand on. Then, flip the cardstock over and stamp on the top oval. Using a tone-on-tone stamping technique will create a subtle and delicate pattern.

STEP 3. PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Attach a treat to the inside of the wrapper. Fold your egg and attach the top of the two ovals where they meet with adhesive. Lastly, embellish the front as much or as little as you wish. We added the two small strips of paper that we had you cut in step 1, after stamping one with a sentiment, and attached a small ribbon bow with a glue dot.

Pretty simple, quick, and adorable!

Want to try your hands on one that’s got a little more technique to it? Show some BUNNY just how much you love them with one of these:

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STEP 1. PAPER PIECES
For this second treat bag, you will start out with a 3″ x 10½” piece of paper for your base. (We made each one of our bases a little differently, some with patterned papers and some with cardstock.) You will also need a White Daisy 2½” x 3¾” rectangle, a 2½” x ¾” strip cut from patterned paper, and a 2″ light colored cardstock circle. (If you’d like that extra bit of detail that you see around the edges of our White Daisy rectangle piece, cut your shape with a Stitched Rectangle Frames die.)

STEP 2. CUTTING THE BASE.
In order to achieve that fancy top that you see at the top of our bags, we used one of our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts and partially cut into our paper.

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You do not want to cut out the entire shape of the tag. (Otherwise all you’ll have is a tag.) Line up your die as close to the top of the base paper, parallel to the edges. Place the top plate of your die-cutting machine only over the portion of the die that you wish to cut. In this case, place the plate over as much of the tag as you like, without including the bottom. Once you run it through your machine, you should have a cut piece of paper like the one you see here.

Use a paper trimmer (or scissors) to continue the side cuts all the way down to the bottom of the base paper.

STEP 3. SCORING THE BASE

Using the pattern above as a guide, score the three dashed lines.

STEP 4. STAMPING

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On your White Daisy cardstock piece, start by stamping the grass along the bottom. Once your grass is set, move on to stamping the Easter eggs.

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STEP 5. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Attach all of the pieces to the base, as shown, and embellish with a ribbon bow. Lastly, add a treat to the inside and then fold the base around it at the score lines. Close it off with adhesive where the top of the front and back meet, and you’re done!

Happy Easter!


Recipes

Egg-stra Special Treat Bags
D1828 My Acrylix® Egg-stra Special Stamp Set, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X9003 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5991 Lilac Cardstock, X5988 Peach Cardstock, X6016 Pixie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6506 Lilac Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4194 White & Gold Skinny Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, 2½” x 2½” Cellophane Bags, Candy

Some Bunny Loves You Treat Bags
D1828 My Acrylix® Egg-stra Special Stamp Set, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X9003 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5991 Lilac Cardstock, X5988 Peach Cardstock, X6016 Pixie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6503 Mint Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4196 White Ribbon, Z4305 Thin Cuts—Fancy Tags, Z4260 Thin Cuts—Stitched Rectangle Frames, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Die-cutting Machine, 2½” x 2½” Cellophane Bags, Candy

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Zoe Is Back and Better Than Ever!

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We did it again, friends! One of our favorite retired paper collections, Zoe, has received a modest makeover, getting updated colors, a new 12″ × 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, and a new workshop. The updated Zoe collection is available through the end of May. With its sunny disposition, this collection is sure to brighten anyone’s day and any scrapbook album!

1.  My Acrylix® Zoe Stamp Set

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As if this stamp set isn’t perfect enough for all those sunny moments you wish to hold onto, the shapes outlined in red coordinate with our Cricut® Artistry collection—making it that much easier to create unique, custom cards and layouts! You’ll find sizing instructions for cutting the coordinating shapes on the packaging of the stamp set.

2. Zoe Paper Packet

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Here it is! Featuring our exclusive colors, Canary, Heather, Mint, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy, this paper packet comes with 6 refreshed patterned paper sheets, 2 each of 3 double-sided designs, and 1 new coordinating sticker sheet! The zip strips are also new! Click on the image to take a closer look!

3. Zoe Coordinating Cardstock

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These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Zoe Paper Packet. Each Zoe Coordinating Cardstock pack comes with 12 sheets, 2 each of Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, Mint, Canary, Heather, and White Daisy; all 12″ × 12″.

4. Zoe Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions found below to create four coordinating layouts and six cards!

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(Click on the individual image for a closer look at any of these projects.)

Download workshop instructions, here!

Zoe is only back for a limited time and only while supplies last! Act fast, and get your favorites from this collection before they run out and it goes away for good!

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Memory Keeping with a Theme

Do you ever look at all your photos and wonder where to even begin? Do you go chronologically, starting at the beginning? Do you try to scrapbook the most recent ones? Do you stick to special events? It can be hard to choose, and that’s why we are loving the newest Story by Stacy™ workshop kit, Stories I Love. Stories I Love encourages all of us to focus on the photos and stories we treasure the most. Using just one photo and story at a time, the workbook included in the kit walks you through how to write a personal story exploring all of the layers behind that single photo. With this kit, you’ll have nine photos and stories documented in one special place.

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Choosing just nine of your most favorite photos for a Stories I Love album might still seem like a daunting task. You definitely don’t have to choose your top nine all at once. You can give yourself time to consider which photos you want to include, but we also have another approach to share with you today. You can use this approach with Stories I Love or apply it to any memory keeping project. Here’s the secret… choose a theme to help you get started. Instead of looking at all your thousands of photos (we’re confident you have that many), help yourself narrow it down by sticking to one theme or subject. Having a few parameters will make it easier to get started.

We asked three of the artists from our art studio to consider a Stories I Love album theme that they’d like to use to document stories and photos that are meaningful to them. You can use their ideas below to try this on your own! Remember, these themes are great for a Stories I Love album or you can use them in any size format. Even a 12″ x 12″ themed album can help you narrow your focus and get your memories in a scrapbook.

#1 Travel Adventures

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In this type of album, you can gather the stories and photos you love the most from places you’ve been, or you can choose your favorite photos from just one trip. For her travel album, our artist used the pages and stickers included in the Stories I Love workshop kit to document a treasured moment from a study abroad adventure in Italy. The layouts in her album include special photos from other places that she’s traveled, near or far, and the stories that go with them.

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You can see how she’s used the process outlined in the workbook to draft and even edit her story. This is part of what makes each Story by Stacy™ kit so usable. It takes you through the steps of both writing and creating. It’s ok if your workbook gets messy. It’s there to give you the space you need to draft and adjust the story before you write it on your album page.

#2 Family Traditions

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Another approach is to focus on family traditions. With this Stories I Love layout, our artist has highlighted a photo she loves of her family at Easter, and her story explores some of her favorite family traditions during Easter time. This artist kept her pages simple, letting the story and the black and white photo remain the most important parts of the layout, with stickers and just a few added silver glitter gems. You could use a Stories I Love album for photos about family holiday traditions or even things your family likes to do together. Do you go camping every summer? Do you have special family events that happen at Christmas time? Odds are that for these moments you also have photos of them that are particularly meaningful to you. Use this type of themed album to gather them all in one place.

#3 Relationships

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A different way you can theme your album is by focusing on a particular relationship. It could be with a parent, sibling, friend, or child. The photos in the album could highlight fun moments together or things you especially love about that person. For this album, our artist decided to work with photos just of her granddaughters. In her layout, she described one of her favorite things she does with her granddaughters and the special moments she gets to share with them. You can see how she’s added some other paper and embellishments to her pages. They don’t distract from the story and photo but do give her layout a different look.

It’s exciting to see how these stories and photos from our artists can come together to create a uniquely themed album for their memories. Just in case you need a few more ideas, here’s a handful of others you can try.

  • Baby album: Haven’t had time to finish your child’s baby album? That’s ok! Choose nine favorite baby photos and use the Stories I Love approach to tell those stories. This is an easy way to create a baby book that includes the best moments and stories in your own words.
  • Childhood album: Choose a few stories and photos from your own childhood. You may not have time to go back and scrapbook every photo, but this way you can gather the stories and photos that you love the most in one place. You’ll be able to write your favorite stories from your growing up years and share them with your family. This is something you could also do with your own kids. Have them choose their favorite photos and help them write the story behind one photo at a time. Not only is this a fun project to do together, but you’ll have a story told from their “kid” perspective.
  • Graduation album: Graduation season will be here soon. A Stories I Love album can be a great way to celebrate your graduate. Share a handful of stories and photos about that person over time. You can highlight moments from their life, big events, or simply what you love about the person they are becoming. This type of album is great to give as a gift to commemorate their special moment. You could do the same type of album for someone that’s retiring or reaching a milestone birthday or anniversary.
  • Pet album: Many of us have a furry friend in our lives. Use a themed album to gather photos of your pets and the stories that go with them. This could be an album you leave in process. Add some stories and photos in a Stories I Love album and then leave a few pages empty. This way you have space to include a few more the next time your pet does something new, silly, or even naughty that you want to remember with a story and photo. 🙂

The most important thing you can do is tell the stories and share the photos that you love. Those are stories that only you can tell, and starting with a theme can help you get rid of distractions or even scrapbook guilt (the guilt that memory keepers sometimes feel when they don’t have time to scrapbook EVERY SINGLE PHOTO). Give yourself permission to start with the ones that are the most important to you. That’s exactly what a Stories I Love album is for. We hope you’re inspired today to give the themed album approach a try, and we’d love to hear what theme you plan to use. Share them with us in the comments below!


Recipes:

6″ x 8″ Italy Layout
C1758 My Acrylix® Details I Love Stamp Set, Z4256 Story by Stacy™ Stories I Love Workshop Kit, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

6″ x 8″ Easter Layout
C1758 My Acrylix® Details I Love Stamp Set, Z4256 Story by Stacy™ Stories I Love Workshop Kit, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

6″ x 8″ Granddaughters Layout
Z4256 Story by Stacy™ Stories I Love Workshop Kit, Z4217 Story by Stacy™ Short Story Workshop Kit—Black & White, X7242 I Heart Us Paper Packet, X6028 Black Cardstock, X7241C So Much Happy Complements, Z4254 So Much Happy Puffy Stickers, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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