11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books

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In a day and age that makes taking and printing photos so easy, you would think that more and more parents would preserve these photos in books and scrapbooks. However, it seems that most photos nowadays don’t leave our computers or social media accounts—and at times, even our cameras!

The art of printing our family photos, writing down our stories, and placing them all together in the safe arms of an album seems to be a dying art—and it’s something that our kids are going to miss someday. When they want to see what they were like as babies and toddlers, the years they will remember very least, they will have nowhere to turn.

Here are 11 reasons why your children will want to have baby books:

1. They will know where to find photos of their childhood.

You may know where your favorite pictures of your babies are on your computer or on Facebook, but in 10 years will your kids know where to look? Not so much, unless they can grab their baby album off of the bookshelf.

2. A baby book is tangible evidence of your love.

When your kids go through the emotional highs and lows of the teenage years, the baby books you made for them will remind them—and you—that, despite what it might seem like at times, you love them with all your heart. 🙂

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3. Your toddlers will love to look through their baby books.

Though you may think your kids won’t value their baby books until they are older, chances are they will actually love them as toddlers. Toddlers love to see pictures of themselves as babies; it’s part of a phase where they begin to discover their own identity. Also, baby books make some of the best bedtime stories!

4. They will love to look at their baby pictures when they have their own kids someday.

When your kids start to have kids of their own, it will be so much fun for them to look through their baby books and see how their traits and mannerisms were passed down to their own kids.

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5. They will want to look through their siblings’ baby books.

Nothing bonds siblings together quite like looking through each other’s baby books. They will laugh at silly pictures of each other. And even though they may not have memories of their siblings because of age differences, they will get to see those memories through your eyes.

6. They will love to show relatives who come to visit their baby books.

Your in-laws or grandparents might live far away, but you can help them feel more connected to your children by showing them the baby books you’ve been working on when they are in town visiting—and once your kids are old enough, they will love to be the ones to pull out their baby books and talk your visitors through each page. 🙂

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7. Life goes by lightning fast, and baby books make it easy to stroll down memory lane anytime they want.

Childhood flies by, so your kids will want to revisit their old memories. And if you’re a young mom, just trust us. You will want to revisit those baby pictures over and over again. Especially once puberty hits. 😉

8. You will forget the stories, even if you preserve the photos.

Though you may save all your photos in one way or another, the stories that go along with those photos will be lost unless you document them in a book. And moments from those sweet baby years are moments both you and your children will want to remember forever, even the small ones.

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9. They will love to see your perspective.

You may think baby books are all about your babies, but they’re also a time capsule of you as a mom. As your babies grow into parents themselves, they will love to look back on your perspective as a new mother. Even seeing your handwriting will bring back good memories.

10. They will cherish their baby books more and more with time.

A baby book is something that increases in value with age. Just imagine how much that book will mean to your kids when they have grandkids and great grandkids! It’ll be a family treasure!

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11. They will turn to their baby books in difficult times.

When life gets your kids down, they will turn to their baby books for comfort, to reminisce about the good old days, and to gain some perspective (though you may not see them doing this as teenagers because that would be so embarrassing! 🙂 )

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ Baby Girl Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

6″ x 8″ 5 Months Layout
C1675 My Acrylix® Twins Rule Stamp Set, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″

12″ x 12″ The Best Day Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2″ Banner (cut 16, p. 1)

6″ x 8″ Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Z3221 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Clear, Z3144 Pictures My Life™ Overlays—Gold & Silver, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z3192 Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″, Z3191 Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″
 
12″ x 12″ Cut Above™ Little One Layout
Z3320 Cut Above™ Layout Kit—Little One, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z5206 My Legacy™ D-ring Album—White

6″ x 8″ Beautiful Life Story Layout
B1548 My Acrylix® Journaling Prompts Stamp Set, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″

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5 Reasons Why Having Convention in Salt Lake City Is Going to Be AWESOME!

This year our annual Close To My Heart Convention is at the heart of where Close To My Heart really got rolling—right here in Utah! Here are some reasons why having Convention in Salt Lake City this year is going to be awesome!

1. You Get to Return to Where It All Began

5 Reasons Why Having Convention in Salt Lake City Is Going to Be AWESOME!

This is where Close To My Heart really got its foundation—and it’s Jeanette Lynton’s home! Coming to Salt Lake means you’ll get to return to the place where Close To My Heart planted its roots. For us it feels like having the family all home again!

2. You’ll Get to Tour the Home Office

5 Reasons Why Having Convention in Salt Lake City Is Going to Be AWESOME!

This year’s lucky Convention attendees will get to tour the Close To My Heart Home Office where all the magic happens! It’s sure to be an extra special moment you will remember forever!

3. You’ll Get to See Some Pretty Amazing Mountains

5 Reasons Why Having Convention in Salt Lake City Is Going to Be AWESOME!

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In addition to seeing some of the world’s most beautiful mountains right from your hotel room, you can also take some time and visit our mountains! They are incredible! Hike (or walk, really, because they’re super easy “hikes”) to Silver Lake or Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The drive into the canyon alone is absolutely gorgeous, too. Though it may feel like you’re worlds away amid the scenic beauty, you’ll only be minutes from your downtown hotel room.

 4. Park City Is Nearby!

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Feeling a little more adventurous? Then schedule a trip to Park City before or after Convention! They have mountain biking, zip lines, hot air balloons—basically the possibilities for outdoor fun are limitless! You can also visit the Utah Olympic Park where the 2002 Winter Games were hosted. If you’re more of the “relax and chill” type, attend one of the free weekly outdoor concerts, or enjoy the exciting nightlife with your Team!

5. There’s Lots to Explore Downtown

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If you don’t want to drive, stay downtown and visit Liberty Park. There’s an aviary, several restaurants, ponds, and lots of greenery. You can also visit City Creek Center: an indoor mall with a ceiling that retracts when the weather is nice! Whether you’re there to shop or not, it’s an enjoyable place to walk around with its many fountains and a creek running through it.

Temple Square is another huge attraction that you cannot miss! Located right in the middle of downtown, it features breathtaking historic buildings and meticulously-kept grounds. Make sure to also visit the LDS Conference Center, where you can receive a tour and go to the beautifully-landscaped rooftop. There are several free visitor centers and museums scattered throughout Temple Square—including the Family History Library with the largest genealogical collection in the world where you can learn more about some of the city’s heritage—or about your own!

There are many more adventures to be had in Salt Lake City, so come experience it all for yourself! Whether you’ve recently joined our Close To My Heart family or have been with us for years, register for Convention so you can come home and see us! We’re waiting for you with open arms.

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A Super Sweet Sale for Valentine’s Day

Check out of Valentine's Day flash sale on crafting supplies! #ctmh #closetomyheart #sweetsale

In the market for some new watercolor paints? How about a paintbrush set to go with those new watercolors? Or maybe you’re looking to organize oodles and oodles of crafting accessories so you can be reunited with the surface of your craft table (we’ve all been there!) 😉 .

Well friends, we’re spreading the love this Valentine’s Day by having a 24-hour Sweet Sale starting right now on products to help you do all of the above! Save 30% on some of our most sought after products, as well as Valentine’s Day-themed products and exclusive bundles we’ve put together for this sale.

Let’s take a look at some of those bundles right now!

On-the-Go Bundle

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This bundle is a crafter’s best friend! The matching Shoulder Tote, Marker Roll-Up, and Accessory Roll-Up will keep your tools organized and your crafts secure while you’re on the go.

Watercolor Bundle

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This is a great bundle for those interested in trying out watercolors—or to give as a gift! It’s even great for your school-aged kiddos and grandkids!

Watercolor Tools Bundle

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We all know great tools make a world of a difference—plus they’re just fun to use! Take our watercolor pencils, for example. You can color a stamped image just like you would with colored pencils, and then blend the colored portions with our waterbrushes to get a watercolor look. Super easy and fun! Our waterbrushes are also great to use with watercolor paints, re-inkers, and stamp pads. Tools for the win!

Ultimate Blocks Bundle

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Trying to use a huge My Acrylix® block for an itty-bitty stamp? Stop that silliness, and get this set of 12 blocks (plus a small organizer and accompanying foam insert to keep them all organized!). Trust us, stamping is so much better when you use the recommended blocks for your stamps. 😉

Embellishments Storage Bundle

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Organize your small accessories in these twelve 3″ x 3″ craft boxes, which nestle perfectly into the small organizer with the craft box foam insert. These boxes are great for organizing your accessories, like your leftover Complements, by color or theme.

Ultimate Pocket Plus™ Bundle

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Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ are a fun new way to add extra photos or artwork to your layouts, and now is a great time to save some money trying them out!

Ultimate Flip Flaps™ Bundle

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Flip Flaps™—oh the wonder! Use them to add extra photos or artwork anywhere on your layouts! Attach them using the adhesive strip on one of the edges, and then flip it back and forth to reveal an additional photo or journaling. So fun and unique!

To see more products included in this sale, head on over to your Consultant’s online business address, or go to the cart on our website. The sale runs from now until 3:00 pm (MST) tomorrow, February 15, so make sure to jump on these great deals while you can!

Happy shopping!

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19 Signs You’re a True Crafter

1. You don’t particularly like to tell your husband how much you spend on crafting supplies.

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2. You always keep the door to your crafting room shut because . . .

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3. You believe embellishments are a girl’s best friend.

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4. You subscribe to crafting and homemaking magazines . . . and may even scrapbook your favorite magazine pages.

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5. You believe there’s no such thing as too much glitter. Because it’s the truth.

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6. At any given time, you’re working on 10+ projects simultaneously, but you WILL finish them all…one day.

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7. When someone asks, “Where did you get that?” and you get to say, “I made it,” it’s basically the best.

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8. You don’t throw away ANY scrap paper. Honestly, who would do that?

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9. Your heart melts when you stumble across family members randomly looking through your scrapbooks.

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10. You lose track of time (and reality) when you’re crafting.

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11. You don’t understand anyone who thinks that storing their photos on their computer or on social media is “good enough.”

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12. Martha is your Queen Bee.

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13. Trying to clean your crafting room is basically impossible.

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14. You frequently see things at the store and think, “Sheesh, I could make that myself for half the price!”

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15. If you spot something cute for a project “you might one day do,” your willpower goes right out the door.

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16. Using your favorite crafting materials to create a gift for a friend is like giving them a little piece of your soul.

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17. The problem is always the size of your crafting room, never the size of your stash. ALWAYS.

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18. And speaking of your stash…no one needs to know just how much stuff you have.

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19. You will make all the things forever and ever.

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If this describes you, then welcome! You have found your people! We’re a company that loves crafting so much we make it possible for people to earn a living by crafting in their own homes!

Becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is easy and super affordable. It only costs $75 (USD) to join, and when you do, you get a box full of supplies PLUS $50 (USD) in Select Product Credit to buy even more stuff! And this month only, you can join for even less if you were a former Consultant. We want you back, friends! 🙂

As an Independent Consultant, you’ll not only get to work your own hours from home doing what you love, but you’ll also get an AMAZING Consultant discount on our exclusive products! And anyone who joins this month gets three stamp sets for FREE, a retail value of over $50 (USD)!

We want you to succeed (and to wake up each day loving your job), so we have tons of online resources and training courses to help make this dream job a reality. There’s nothing to fear!

To learn more about the perks of becoming a Consultant, and the exclusive deals we’re offering to those who join this month, visit our website.

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Matching Made Easy

As many of you know, we have four color palettes called Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics—and for each of these color palettes, we have a bunch of coordinating products, including themed embellishment packs we call “Complements.”

Just like the name implies, these Complements perfectly complement the other products in a given color palette—which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze!

Well, with our latest idea book, we’ve come out with four more themed Complements packs for these color palettes. They include stickers, die-cuts with foil, and all sorts of other cute accents, all of which match the color palette.

See how you can combine these new Complements with their coordinating patterned papers below!

Enchantment

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Adventure

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Whimsy

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Basics

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You’ve seen how the Complements and papers work in a given color palette, but if you’re adventurous, take it to the next level! Add stamping by using ink colors that coordinate with the palette, and then add even more by using cardstock or ribbons from that palette as well! Check out the “Fundamentals” section of your Annual Inspirations idea book for more inspiration.

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for School

Valentine’s Day holds a special place in our hearts because it’s a celebration of card-giving and gift-giving—two of our favorite things! Combine that with loads of sugary sweets, and we’re in heaven! 🙂

Since we love both sweets AND all things paper, we’ve whipped up a few fun ideas for your kids’ school valentines that combine the two—and of course, we’ve also got a cute gift idea for school teachers as well! For these Valentine’s projects, we turned to our treat-themed Sugar Rush papers and embellishments.

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If you’re looking to make lots of cards for your kids’ classes, try making smaller 3″ x 3″ cards. Small cards will help make your paper stretch further, and you can decorate them much quicker! Attach a treat to the inside or back of each card, and you’re set!

We chose to use the Emojis stamp set because we wanted our cards to be playful—and what could be better for that than silly faces? 🙂 To round off the cards, we used some of our Sugar Rush Complements and dots, which perfectly match the papers. Easy peasy.

Have fun “testing” your kids’ candy while designing your own mini card designs—and maybe even let your kids get in on the fun!

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Don’t forget to give those school teachers something sweet, too!  A little thoughtfulness can go a long way!

How about a cupcake with a cute tag? This tag uses our Sugar Rush—Cardmaking stamp set, which has sentiments that are perfect for pairing with desserts.

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When you’re done using this stamp set for creating a school teacher gift, use it to create Valentine’s Day cards and gift tags for your sweetheart, kids, and friends. Then use it again and again for birthdays and other occasions all year long wherever a sweet dessert is involved. 😉


Recipes

3″ x 3″  Valentine’s Cards
C1669 My Acrylix® Emojis Stamp Set, X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7215C Sugar Rush Complements, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots, Z3311 Sugar Rush Washi Pack

3 ¼” x 2″ Valentine’s Tags
C1671 My Acrylix® Sugar Rush—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7215C Sugar Rush Complements, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots, Z3216 White Twine, Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

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From Jeanette: Stories from the Heart

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Preserving memories is my life’s work. It’s at the heart of everything I do, from my own personal scrapbooking to the vision I have for this company. The milestones, the every day routines, the light in a child’s eye as they discover the world—these are the moments, stories, and images I seek to capture. And when I do, I carefully place them in scrapbook albums for safekeeping. Though they may just look like pretty paper and photos to someone else, they are my most prized possessions. The stories they tell are my personal history and the history of my family.

It is because of my passion for memory keeping that I’m excited to launch a new series of blog posts called “Stories from the Heart.” I want you, my readers and dear friends, to look through your old scrapbooks, find a page or layout with a story you want to tell, and then share that story with the world through our blog.

Stories from the Heart is a celebration of memory keeping, a reminder of why we do what we do, an opportunity to share the beautiful stories that fill our scrapbooks.

To launch this series, I want to share the story behind one of my favorite scrapbook layouts. 🙂

Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton explains why the stories behind our scrapbook pages are so important. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #jeanettelyntonWe were doing a photos shoot for the 1998 September & October edition of I Love Remembering, a magazine subscription we published back in the day.

Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton explains why the stories behind our scrapbook pages are so important. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #jeanettelyntonThe photo shoot was in western Utah (basically in the middle of the desert!), and we were taking pictures of my daughters, Aubrey and Rachel, in an abandoned pioneer schoolhouse. They had on these adorable matching outfits, including hand-stamped sweaters and backpacks, which were back-to-school crafting projects we’d be featuring in the magazine article.

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The two photos on the right page of my scrapbook layout are some additional photos taken from this photo shoot. I loved all the pictures we took that day, and I wanted to preserve some of them in my own scrapbook.

The photo of the girls hugging absolutely melts my heart. It perfectly captures the love these sisters have for each other to this day. No matter how different they may be, they always have each other’s back.

In contrast to these professionally staged photos, the big photo on the left page was completely unplanned! It was a scorching hot day, and after wearing those hand-stamped sweaters, Aubrey and Rachel were melting like popsicles! They went to find some shade in the schoolhouse, and when they came back out, they had taken off their little sweaters, and this beautiful scene appeared: The rustic blue door, the sunflowers Rachel was still holding from the shoot, the sweet, tired looks on their faces—it was such a perfect moment, so I had to take a picture.

I think part of the reason I loved this shot was because it captured their cute little personalities. Rachael is staring at the camera head-on with confidence, holding the bouquet of flowers like a professional model. My sweet Aubrey is more shy and subdued, and you can see that in this photo by the way she is holding herself, legs turned in, arms tucked behind her back. She is my gentle, darling girl.

It’s still amazing to me how grown up they look in this photo. I remember being there and thinking, “I can already picture what they will look like as young women…my goodness.”

Those are the stories behind these scrapbook photos, and I hope you enjoyed hearing them. I know I loved going down memory lane as I remembered the stories of how these photos came to be.

I want to hear your stories now. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and I want to hear your thousand words! Your stories are beautiful and deserve to be shared. Help me celebrate memory keeping—and help others realize the full value of this art—by submitting your stories to us. Read the bottom of this post to find out how.

Before I sign off, I just want to take a moment to thank you all for your friendship. One of the beautiful things about memory keeping is that it brings people together, and I’m so grateful for all the wonderful stories and memories I have with you.

Wishing you my love as you tell your stories,

Jeanette


If you would like a chance to share your story on our blog, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Find one scrapbook page or layout (please just one!) that you’d like to share.
  • Tell us the story behind the photo. What was happening? Who is in the photo? Is there something funny that happened before or after the photo was taken? Why is this photo meaningful to you?
  • Take a high-resolution photo of yourself (you can even be holding the pages or your entire scrapbook!).
  • Take a high-resolution photo of the layout or page on a flat surface (use natural lighting to improve the quality, and take the pages out of the protectors so they don’t reflect in the flash).
  • Email the photos and story to us at ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with the subject “Stories from the Heart.” If we decide to share your story on the blog, we will contact you!

We can’t wait to start reading all your stories! 🙂

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3 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home with Paper Wreaths

There are only 6 more days to purchase our Welcome Home wreath kit, which includes pre-cut pieces and instructions to create a beautiful paper succulent wreath.

The great thing about this paper wreath, apart from being super affordable, is that it can work in your home all year round! Usually store-bought wreaths are season-specific, but this one adds beauty to any part of your home any time of year.

Today we want to share with you three unique ideas for decorating your home with this homemade wreath. Choose your favorite, or try them all throughout the year!

1. Hang It on an Old Window Frame

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If you love shabby chic, try hanging this wreath on a rustic window frame. You can place this window frame on an entry table or mantle and lean it against the wall, or you can just hang it up on any wall. Hang the wreath with some vintage-looking ribbons, like those in our Rustic Home ribbon pack, and you’ve got the perfect country look.

2. Add a Saying

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If you love those wooden plaques that say things like “home sweet home” or “live laugh love,” try adding these sayings to wreaths instead. Hang them on wreath hooks, vintage knobs, coat hooks, or just straight on the wall in a row.

3. Personalize School Pictures

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Hang a wreath above each kid’s school picture with his or her name. It’s a great way to personalize the standard school picture gallery in your home, and because these wreaths are so affordable, it’s totally reasonable to get one for each kid!

Which idea is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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Beginner Crafting Kits

If you’d love to craft but think you’re just not the “crafting type,” think again! There are so many resources that make learning to craft easy, including online tutorials and Consultants that can walk you through projects right in your own home!

Among these great resources are beginner crafting kits, like our limited-time Welcome Home wreath kit or our new Cut Above™ scrapbooking layout kits.

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The Welcome Home wreath kit helps you create a beautiful paper succulent wreath. With pre-cut pieces you simply punch out, curl, layer, and attach, this is a wonderful place for beginners to start if they’re interested in trying out DIY home décor.

It’s a great project for your first home as a married couple—or give it as a unique bridal shower or wedding present to a friend! The new bride is sure to love creating something herself for her new home—especially with her new last name 😉 !

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Our Cut Above™ Forever & Always layout kit is also a great beginner crafting kit for the bride. Those first few years together go by lightning fast, so start the habit of preserving your love story by doing something with all those wedding photos! Trust us, you won’t want to forget those sweet newlywed moments.

This affordable kit comes with pre-cut pieces and instructions for assembling the two pages you see in this album, as well as Memory Protectors™ to keep your pages safe.

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It also comes with pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors™ to create even more pages, which fit in between your main pages for preserving additional pictures and moments from your special day!

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We also have a beginner Cut Above™ scrapbooking layout kit for baby photos—it’s called Little One, and it’s totally gender neutral.

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The birth of your first child is definitely the time to start thinking about preserving memories—if you haven’t already (and not in that black hole of a phone or computer, either!).

In addition to being affordable (which is a must with a new babe around!), all the pages in this kit come together in less than 15 minutes—really! So complete your kit, and then take a nice long nap with all that time you save. 🙂 Get a feel for how easily these kits come together by watching this quick video:

And while you’re at it…

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Why not add a Welcome Home wreath to baby’s nursery? Once again, this is a super affordable and unique baby shower gift, perfect for a new mama who will be nesting like crazy soon. 😉

Whether you’re a newlywed, young mom, or a friend looking for a unique shower gift, the Welcome Home wreath kit and the Cut Above™ layout kits are the perfect go-to projects for beginners. With affordable price tags and easy-to-follow instructions, these kits are sure to light a smile on anyone’s face as she discovers she can craft and make something beautiful for her family.

 
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