Exploring the 2022–2023 Core Products Catalog—We’ve Got You Covered

It’s official! We’ve just released a new Core Products catalog full of beautiful products that we are eager to share! This catalog includes a wide variety of new embellishments, stamps, Thin Cuts, and six new paper collections to facilitate endless crafting fun!

To help you dive right into the wealth of new creative possibilities this catalog has to offer, we’ll be taking a look at some of the incredible embellishments and stamps that came together to create our beautiful Core Products catalog cover!

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To start off, we want to put a spotlight on our new color of the year, Melon! This gorgeous orange-pink hue is available in cardstock, ink pads, re-inkers, sequins, pearls, dots, adhesive-backed flowers, ribbon, shimmer brushes, shimmer trim, and glitter paper; many of these new products can be seen in the collection of clusters that form the decoration of the Core Products catalog cover.

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Another standout feature present in force on this catalog cover is the selection of seasonal papers from our Four Seasons paper suites, along with our Celebrating You and Flower Shoppe collections. These fun patterns add variety in textures and provide pops of color throughout the page. Our Four Seasons collections have everything from springy florals to crisp winter accents and each collection makes a stunning addition to any project. With the Flower Shoppe collection, you can bring a delicate touch to all kinds of accents, while Celebrating You is the perfect way to add celebratory flair to cards, scrapbook pages, and other papercrafts!

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Our Four Seasons papers are available in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter collections for year-round crafting, and each of the exclusive paper collections included in our 2022–2023 Core Products catalog include their very own coordinating sticker sheets and coordinating cardstock packs, making it even easier to add your favorite patterns, images, and colors from these collections to your creations!

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For even more floral fun on this cover, we’ve also incorporated some stamped blossoms, specifically from the Smell the Flowers and Chasing Sunshine Stamp + Thin Cuts sets!

These classic flowers coordinate seamlessly with the aforementioned Four Seasons—Spring and —Summer collections, but they also work great to create beautiful embellishment bouquets independent of those papers! For the flowers featured here, we’ve chosen to embellish a few of them further with glitter glue accents for additional pop and shine. This element is a game-changer and really elevates the overall appearance of the artwork.

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Looking for even more bright spots in this cover artwork? Look no further than our bouquet of Rainbow Acrylic Flowers! These vibrant acrylic blossoms are available in a variety of sizes, and of course, a whole spectrum of colors!

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Along with our Rainbow option, these floral shapes are also available in black paperboard, white acrylic, and wood grain paperboard! If you’re looking for embellishments beyond flowers, you’ll love our new selection of alphabets letters, numbers, hearts, stars, arrows, brackets, and buttons, all of which are also available in these same materials!

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Adding to our garden motif is a variety of die-cuts created with our Butterfly Layers and Sprigs & Leaves Thin Cuts sets. With a handful of fresh leaves and a kaleidoscope of beautiful butterfly die-cuts, this cover art piece practically springs to life right before our eyes!

These Thin Cuts are a delight to use and coordinate beautifully with not only our Four Seasons—Spring and —Summer paper collections, but our Flower Shoppe paper collection as well!

These are just a few of the elements that make the 2022–2023 Core Products Catalog unforgettable, and we hope this post has given you some ideas of how you can maximize your use of the new products available in this incredible catalog!

What’s your favorite new product in this catalog? Let us know in the comments below!


Recipe:

2022–2023 Core Products Catalog Cover
Z4671 The Merriest Season Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z4670 Autumn Air Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z4668 Smell the Flowers Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z4669 Chasing Sunshine Stamp + Thin Cuts, X8032S Celebrating You Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8033S Flower Shoppe Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8034S Four Seasons—Spring Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8035S Four Seasons –Summer Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8036S Four Seasons—Autumn Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8037S Four Seasons—Winter Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6065 Melon Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6523 Avocado Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6528 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6535 Melon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4654 Springs & Leaves Thin Cuts, Z4653 Butterfly Layers Thin Cuts, Z4641 All-purpose Tags Thin Cuts, Z3943 Circles Thin Cuts, Z4636 Scalloped Circle Frame Thin Cuts, Z4620 Small Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4617 Stitched Heart Thin Cuts, Z4569 Small Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z1513 White Gel Pens, Z3563 Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z6040 Woodgrain Die-cut Arrows, Z6035 White Acrylic Flowers, Z6033 Rainbow Acrylic Flowers, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4632 Orange & Yellow Dots, Z4626 Red Dots, Z8025 Melon Ribbon, Z4644 Melon Loose Sequins, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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A Paper Piecing Technique with a License to Grill, and So Much More!

A Paper Piecing Technique with a License to Grill, and So Much More! #bbqboss #bbq #papercraft #cardmaking #cards #paperpiecing #summer #grilling #picnic #tailgate #stamping

We love exploring the techniques and tricks on display in the “flippin’ awesome” artwork from our different publications. A couple of especially eye-catching pieces that we’ve been getting questions about recently are the two cards that were created using the BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, in the July–September catalog.

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(The outlined shapes in this image represent the shapes that can be cut with the Thin Cuts metal dies.)

Several techniques went into creating these two cards, a few simpler than others. We will go through each of them, step-by-step, so you can feel confident in replicating our cards or applying these techniques to other projects.

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The first thing to notice on this Thank You card is its layers. We didn’t stamp those “hot stuff” sausage links directly onto the card base, but rather on a smaller piece of White Daisy cardstock that we then attached on top of two other cardstock pieces. Covering the base with two colored cardstock pieces, one smaller than the other, creates a frame to contain all of the excitement of what is happening in the center of the card. It also helps create visual balance.

One way to tell if something is visually balanced or not is to simply look at it. In this case, the color Sapphire included in the frame, the sentiment base, and as the Exclusive Inks™ color used to stamp the sentiment, lends to this sense of balance. Had we only used Sapphire on the sentiment, the card wouldn’t look quite complete. Adding those minor additions of Sapphire, through the frame, the sentiment banner, and even the enamel star, makes it feel more complete—and since art is subjective, feelings definitely count!

A rule of thumb we have shared before is to count your elements and stick to the numbers 3 and 5. Odd numbers are just more visually satisfying when considering accents and embellishments, which is why we used Sapphire in three places: the frame, the sentiment, and the star.

Next, let’s talk about how we created our own patterned paper on that top White Daisy cardstock layer by “random” stamping the sausage image throughout. When random stamping, you don’t have to only stamp the image upright! Turn the stamp upside down, sideways, and on random angles to create an interesting and playful pattern. Stamp some of the images off the edge, even, to make the pattern look like it continues into a space you cannot see.

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This “random” stamping technique, however, isn’t as random as the name implies. While you may be creating a pattern that isn’t perfectly uniform, there is still some uniformity that keeps the “random” from being just plain chaos!

For starters, at least in this case, the images are stamped with approximately the same distance between them and in the same ink color and opacity. Be consistent with your “randomness,” in order to preserve a sense of pattern. That means that if you’re stamping with different colors or in different opacities (generational stamping) or your images are overlapping, or whatever it is that you’re bringing to the table, then continue to replicate those ideas through the piece.

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We’ll wrap up talking about this super cute card by focusing on all of the goodness happening around the sentiment.

As you create a card, we suggest making your different elements separately and then playing with placement to see if you really like where your creation is going before attaching anything. You may notice that something may be missing or that you have too much of another thing. It is much easier to remove or add pieces when none of the things are attached yet.

While taking this approach with this card, we noticed that it needed something more to bring the focus to the sentiment. As a result, we added two strips of cardstock (Lemonade and Nectarine) behind our sentiment banner. The cross section of these cardstock strips marks the spot of where your eyes will naturally look because of the additional visual noise they create. Your eyes will then rest on the white space surrounding the sentiment.

Next, we added a little “smokiness” to the “HOLY SMOKES” sentiment by adding a layer of  Glisten Stickles™ glitter glue over the stamped image. The fire coming from the grill was colored similarly, using the Glisten and Steel glitter glues.

With your sharp eyes, you likely noticed that our fire was stamped in more than one color, too. To learn this neat stamping technique and the promised paper piecing technique, follow along with Close To My Heart’s Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, in the video below, where she recreates the gorgeous Licensed to Grill card.


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Holy Smokes Card (Vertical)
Z8023 BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3558 Glisten Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3786 Steel Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Licensed to Grill Card (Horizontal)
Z8023 BBQ Boss Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9042 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush, Z3558 Glisten Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3787 Platinum Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter

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Regardless of how long we’ve been crafting—whether it’s 50 years or 15 minutes—having the perfect starting point for a project always helps. Fans of our Cut Above® kits already know what makes these quick-crafting solutions such a great fit, but for any of you who may be unfamiliar with Cut Above you’re in for a treat! The artwork we’re looking at today is sure to make you fall in love with these kits as we share the numerous qualities that set Cut Above—well, a cut above!

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Each Cut Above kit comes with pre-designed artwork, pre-printed base pages or card bases, and pre-cut paper pieces, making Cut Above the “pre-mier” crafting solution for crafters of all types and experience levels. Since most of the heavy lifting has already been done for you by the time you open your Cut Above® kit, all you have to do is enjoy piecing it together and adding your own personal touches with meaningful photos and journaling.

To see just how easily a Cut Above kit can come together, check out the video below as we assemble the layouts in one of our past Craft with Heart™ scrapbooking kits from 2021!

The convenience of the Cut Above crafting format is embodied in our Craft with Heart™ subscription program, which allows for Cut Above scrapbooking and cardmaking kits to be delivered directly to your door! For our scrapbooking subscription boxes, crafters will receive two 2-page scrapbooking layouts for each month; cardmakers can look forward to receiving the materials for a set of season-specific cards in each box!

Craft with Heart subscriptions are available in 4-month or 12-month options, so you can be set up for easy-to-complete crafting projects for months to come! (Ask your Maker about Craft with Heart or click here to learn more about this amazing program!)

To better share our love of Cut Above and Craft with Heart, we’re currently offering a special deal on select Cut Above kits from past Craft with Heart scrapbooking and cardmaking subscriptions! During our Startup Savings special, you can buy any two kits and get a third of equal or lesser value FREE! Take a look at the amazing kits available through this offer:

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  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered

Kits featured in the Startup Savings special includes a wide selection of past Craft with Heart kits, plus three Cut Above kits from past specials. The special also features a bonus offer of discounted starter kits—one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking—that pair Cut Above cards or layouts with additional supplies like an album and adhesive to set you up for the total crafting experience.  

  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered
  • Cut Above®—An Ideal Starting Point for Any Crafter #cutabove #craftwithheart #startupsavings #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #kits #crafting #beginners #experience #easycrafting #photos #journaling #creativity #creativitydelivered

With so many options to choose from, now is a great time to discover—or rediscover—our fabulous Cut Above kits!

What is your favorite thing about Cut Above kits? Let us know in the comments!

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Making a Splash with Gloss Spray Techniques!

Make a Splash with Gloss Spray Techniques! #beachparty #summer #gloss #shine #spray #water #beach #sand #ocean #vacation #ctmh #closetomyheart #sparkle #shimmer #shine

Gloss sprays are one of the newest players to the papercrafting game. Their unique qualities make them especially useful for creating elaborate art in minutes, which is a big reason that we have loved adding them to our bag of crafting tricks! One place where we had lots of fun playing with these sprays is the Beach Party scrapbooking workshop—let’s take a look!

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On this “Sun and Fun” layout, we couldn’t resist embellishing the base pages with a few splatters of white gloss spray. This creates a distressed, faded effect that fits our beach-themed pages perfectly! See how well the white splatters behind the surfboards and sandcastle create a sandy effect? Just a few small speckles of the spray add a big effect!

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Did you spot the gloss spray on this layout? Here we’ve added it to the blue wave die-cuts near the bottom of the page, adding a lifelike foam look! Since the spray is acrylic, it dries glossy, which adds impressive sparkle to these papercrafted waves.

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In order to achieve a speckled look with gloss sprays, we sprayed the pieces from approximately eight inches away while they rested on an all-purpose mat. These powerful little bottles are packed with opaque acrylic paint, not too different from spray paint. To ensure the best quality spraying experience, always shake the bottle well before each use. There’s a little ball inside that will mix up the contents of the bottle for the best color and consistency of the paint. Gloss sprays can stain, so be sure to protect your work surfaces and use them in an area you don’t mind getting messy.

Follow along in the video below as our friend Jill Broadbent from the Home Office shares a few additional techniques and tips for using these dynamic sprays.

As we consider the gloss sprays’ qualities, you can see there are so many possibilities for art! Download the free guides for the Beach Party scrapbooking workshop below, and learn how easily today’s featured pages come together, including the white gloss spray accents!

Beach Party Scrapbooking Workshop Guide (US/CA)
Beach Party Scrapbooking Workshop Guide (AU/NZ)


Recipe:
12″ x 12″ Sun and Fun Layout, 12″ x 12″ Vacay Mode Layout
G1257 Beach Party Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, Z5010 White Gloss Spray, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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Crisp Cards for All Occasions

When you want to communicate feelings of love, gratitude, excitement, joy, or sympathy, you can never go wrong with a beautiful card. Today, we’ll be focusing on techniques we used to create the gorgeous cards that grace the cover of our July–September catalog.

Crisp Cards for All Occasions #cardmaking #autumn #fall #stamping #embellishmentcluster #pumpkin #leaves #gratitude #thanks #celebration #love #seasonal #seasons #ctmh #closetomyheart

These autumnal-themed cards feature a refreshing combination of patterned papers, stamps, Thin Cuts, and stickers from our Crisp Air collection and represent a wonderful example of how a beautiful art piece can be easier to create than it may appear on the surface. To begin, let’s discuss the initial steps we took when creating these cards.

Every card starts with a card base and a base design layer. For these cards, we selected various options from the Crisp Air paper packet to provide a starting point for our designs. With so many beautiful colors and patterns to coordinate with, this assortment of vibrant papers offers bases that accommodate multiple design directions.

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Another common element across the board is the addition of a message or opening sentiment. Our cards on display today include a variety of sentiments, with some being achieved with stamped images, one with a sticker addition, and even one embossed die-cut title accent! Each of these options for adding a card sentiment comes with its own advantages—for example, using a stamp allows you to tailor the image to your liking through the use of different stamping techniques and colors.

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Incorporating a sticker into the sentiment, like we see with the “Beautiful Change” card above, is a quicker and easier way to add some polished flair to your card.

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While the stamped and sticker titles are fairly straightforward, the embossed die-cut title takes a more technical approach. To create this title, we used a die from our Gratitude Thin Cuts set to create two “thankful” die-cuts and glued them together for extra dimension. After gluing, we pressed our die-cut into a VersaMark™ ink pad, placed it flat on a piece of scratch paper, coated it with Princess Gold embossing powder, and gently picked it up with tweezers to shake off the excess powder.

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Once the excess embossing powder was removed, we used a Heat Tool to heat-set the remaining powder while still holding the die-cut with the tweezers. This technique offers a more 3-dimensional result with an eye-catching metallic finish, making it a beautiful accent for this already gorgeous card!

After selecting your color palette, papers, and sentiment, a great way to complete your card is to select a few accents to finish off your design. For our cards today, we’ve turned primarily to our selection of Crisp Air stickers and stamps, a handful of Thin Cuts, some ribbon, and a few coordinating cardstock colors to help tie all the design elements together and make each one unique.

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One of our favorite accents for these cards is the light orange ribbon used on the “Celebrate” card, pictured above. To achieve this shade, we used an orange TriBlend™ marker  to color a length of white ribbon using long, steady strokes to achieve uniform color distribution. Once the ink dried on the ribbon, we cut dovetailed the ends, tied a loose knot, and attached it to the card to finish off the tag behind the title piece.

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Another standout feature of these Crisp Air cards is the use of embellishment clusters. To create these embellishment clusters, we combined several individual elements into a cohesive grouping and attached it to the card as a larger accent. One of our favorite ways to do this is to gather multiple stamped die-cuts, created with a Stamp + Thin Cuts set. By using stamps and dies from the Crisp Air—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts set, we were able to create this vibrant embellishment cluster that matched the paper designs perfectly!

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Looking for a quicker option? Like the title piece discussed in the “Beautiful Change” card above, using stickers to create embellishment clusters like the one on this “Love You” card can be done in just a couple of minutes!

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Crisp Cards for All Occasions #cardmaking #autumn #fall #stamping #embellishmentcluster #pumpkin #leaves #gratitude #thanks #celebration #love #seasonal #seasons #ctmh #closetomyheart

To create the background behind the darker outline of our pumpkin, we traced the overlay and hand trimmed a plain background to create a stable base. We then used our Thin Cuts die to cut the shape again on a piece of Nectarine cardstock, sponged Paprika ink around the edges, and carefully inlaid the pumpkin overlay with the sponged orange pieces, resulting in a dimensional accent piece!

Once you’ve found an accent method that works for your card, you may want to add a few smaller touches to finish it all off. For this selection of cards, we’ve used Crisp Air dots, glitter gems, dabs of glitter glue, gold embellishing thread, and even a couple of detail stamps like the splatter stamp from our Crisp Air—Scrapbooking stamp set. A few well-placed features like these are the perfect finishing touches as you complete your own unique cards.

No matter what your card communicates, it can be easy to create a meaningful piece of personal artwork with just a few simple techniques and a handful of coordinating products like those in our Crisp Air collection. Remember, card creation doesn’t have to be complicated to be meaningful—when you craft from the heart, you can’t go wrong! What do you dream of creating with the Crisp Air suite? Tell us about it in the comments below!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Love You Card (Vertical)
Z8028 Crisp Air—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, C1945 My Acrylix® Language of Flowers Stamp Set, X7284S Crisp Air Paper Packet + Sicker Sheet, X7283B Backyard Bliss Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6530 Shortbread Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z5017 Rose Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine  

4¼” x 5½” Autumn Beautiful Change Card (Vertical)
Z8028 Crisp Air—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7284S Crisp Air Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7283B Backyard Bliss Paper Packet, X6070 Pine Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6531 Mocha Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thankful Card (Vertical)
Z8028 Crisp Air—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7284S Crisp Air Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6052 Cinnamon Cardstock, X6033 Paprika Cardstock, X6070 Pine Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z2066 Princess Gold Embossing Powder, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z8043 Maple Leaf Thin Cuts, Z8045 Gratitude Thin Cuts, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Celebrate Card (Vertical)
D2108 My Acrylix® Crisp Air—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1945 My Acrylix® Language of Flowers Stamp Set, X7284S Crisp Air Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7282B Beach Party Paper Packet, X6059 Shortbread Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6522 Cinnamon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2517 Burnt Orange TriBlend™ Marker, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Ribbon

4¼” x 5½” Thankful for You Card (Vertical)
D2106 My Acrylix® Crisp Air—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7284S Crisp Air Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6052 Cinnamon Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, X6059 Shortbread Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6522 Cinnamon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6531 Mocha Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Glue, X7284E Crisp Air Dots, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread, Z8044 Pumpkin Thin Cuts, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Making Your Mark on Memory Keeping

Making Your Mark on Memory Keeping #scrapbooking #stamping #stamps #closetomyheart #ctmh #memorykeeping #art #artwork #crafting #projects #crafts #diy #exclusiveinks #myacrylix #journaling #storytelling

One of the great things about stamping is the way it lends itself to all types of crafting projects, from cardmaking and décor pieces to scrapbook pages and more! When it comes to memory keeping, there are certain elements where stamping can be especially useful. That’s why we design a range of stamp sets specifically with scrapbooking in mind. These stamps typically feature larger stamps than other sets to better fit the larger canvas of a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page, and also include phrases and icons that come in handy as you create titles, accents, or journaling pieces.

Let’s take a closer look at a few examples that show different ways you can use stamping on your scrapbook pages.

One stamping technique that is especially effective on scrapbook pages is repeating a stamp image to create your own custom pattern or border. As you can see on the vibrant summertime layout above, we used a longer border piece and stamped it repeatedly, creating a refreshing background to provide a fun focal point for this layout!

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You can see this technique used in a similar way with a single icon stamp on the fun roller derby page, pictured below. We’ve used a winged roller skate stamp to create a one-of-a-kind border and completed the look by coloring the skates with our watercolor pencils!

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You can also use stamping on your base page to create intricate patterns, like this leafy tropical page. By switching up ink colors and layering stamped images, we created a lush jungle backdrop for these vacation photos.

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Another way our stamps stand out is when they are used with our Thin Cuts metal dies. By using Thin Cuts shapes to create your own die-cuts, you can elevate your artwork with added dimension, making the stamped image pop! Many of our stamp sets have these dies designed to coordinate with them and using them together can save time and effort spent fussy cutting. Just send it through your die-cutting machine and you’re left with a perfect dimensional canvas for your stamped image!

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Group stamped Thin Cuts images together to create clustered accents like the lemonade jar embellishment pictured above. By using these individual elements together, we were able to create a lemonade jar that looks so good you can almost taste it! Not only is it an adorable accent on its own, when it’s put into a scrapbook layout, it draws the page together and is an excellent addition to your photos and journaling!

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On this next layout, you’ll see another great example of larger stamp images designed specifically for scrapbook pages:

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The large library card accent provides a natural place for telling the story behind the pictures, making it an excellent addition to all kinds of pages.. Because the card is included as one single stamp, you only have to ink it once to get the entire library card effect.

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However, if you want to take things up a notch, you can stamp your image partially on one color of paper and then complete it on another color for a two-toned accent piece. While we’ve shown off two-toned images with different ink colors, it’s more rare to see a dual-toned stamp accent where the two shades come from differences in paper color. This makes this particular technique stand out even more and helps the stamp to really shine.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stamping techniques that can be employed on your scrapbook pages! But, no matter which stamping techniques you choose to employ, incorporating them into your scrapbook pages is a wonderful way to make your own mark on your memory keeping projects! Do you have a favorite way to use our stamps in your scrapbook creations? Leave a comment below and let us know!


Recipes
12″ x 12″ Summer Love Layout
S2206 My Acrylix® I Heart Summer Stamp Set, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6040 Clover Cardstock, X6031 Green Apple Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, X6033 Paprika Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.03), Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z5016 Clover Shimmer Trim, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Down and Derby Layout
D2089 My Acrylix® Skate like a Girl Stamp Set, X7280B Fresh Paint Paper Packet, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6037 Bluebird Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6042 Mint Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Tahiti Page
Z4447 Palm Fronds Stamp + Thin Cuts, B1799 My Acrylix® Brush Strokes Stamp Set, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6053 Avocado Cardstock, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X6062 Harbour Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, Z6523 Avocado Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6533 Harbour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6503 Mint Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z6025 White Acrylic Flowers, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z4334 Slim Alphabet Thin Cuts, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

6″ x 8″ More Sunshine Layout with Pocket Scrapbooking
Z4446 Front Porch Sippin’ Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6053 Avocado Cardstock, X6062 Harbour Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6533 Harbour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2524 Aqua Blue TriBlend™ Marker, Z2482 Citrus TriBlend™ Marker, Z2483 Light Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3191 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

12″ x 12″ School Is Out Layout
Z3991 Date Stamp Stamp + Thin Cuts, X8022S Smarty Pants Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8024B Love Story Paper Packet (Toffee), X8022C Smarty Pants Coordinating Cardstock, X6053 Avocado Cardstock, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4525 Primary Sprinkles, Z6015 Wood Stars, Hostess Rewards Acrylic Alphabet, Z3234 3″ x 3″ Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™, Z2482 Citrus TriBlend™ Marker, Z2518 Coral Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2526 True Blue Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Typewriter

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School’s Out for Summer! Now What?

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

School bells across America are ringing, marking the end of another school year and the beginning of one of the most eagerly anticipated times in a child’s life…summer break! You’ve likely been putting those smart phones to good use and taking lots of pictures of your kiddos, watching in awe as they grew and developed this past academic year.

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

From first day of kindergarten photos to senior portraits, all of these pictures and memories need a place to live and thrive, as you revisit them from time-to-time, whether to reminisce on “how little they were” or to show off their accomplishments to other family members and friends (it’s okay, momma! You deserve a good pat on the back for these achievements, too! 😉).

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Or, perhaps, depending on where you live in the world, your school year hasn’t quite wrapped up yet and you’re looking for just the right card to express your gratitude to those amazing people who continue to teach and watch over your children for hours every day, as if they were their own.

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Whatever your crafting needs are, we’re making it easy to look like a “Smarty Pants” (in the best way…) when it comes to preserving stories and sharing moments.

In our Core Products Catalog, you will find the Smarty Pants paper collection, complete with patterned papers, a sticker sheet, pocket cards, and stamp and Thin Cuts sets, all designed to memorialize these formative school years.

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And just last week we launched TWO brand-new workshops using this collection! The Smarty Pants scrapbooking workshop is designed to make three two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts and one single-page 12″ x 12″ layout, while the Smarty Pants cardmaking workshop makes 16 standard size cards (four each of four designs).

Download the free guides below!

Smarty Pants Scrapbooking Workshop (US/CA)
Smarty Pants Scrapbooking Workshop (AU/NZ)

Smarty Pants Cardmaking Workshop (US/CA)
Smarty Pants Cardmaking Workshop (AU/NZ)

The kits that we’ve assembled for these workshops are made up of products from the Smarty Pants line as well as a few additional items, including exclusive embellishments. (Smarty Pants scrapbooking workshop kit/Smarty Pants cardmaking workshop kit.) Additionally, these workshop kits are available at 20% off their retail value if you purchase the options with the stamp and Thin Cuts! (Because some of you may already own the stamp sets or dies used in these workshops, we also have kits available that don’t include these items. 😉)

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Just like all of our other cardmaking workshops, the Smarty Pants workshop also features an artwork technique to help you flex those creative muscles! In this cardmaking workshop we sponge ink on backgrounds to help create focal points with color and also “ground” pieces that are layered on top (so they won’t look like they’re just “floating” there).

You might also notice that we used a journaling pen to create different borders and edges along some of the pieces of each of the cards, adding to the school days theme.

There are so many great techniques used throughout the artwork in both the Smarty Pants scrapbooking and cardmaking workshops! Take a look and let us know what you think! If you have any questions or want to know more, leave us a comment below!

Whether you’re counting down the last days of the school year (or counting down the days until the next one starts), let those teachers know just how much you appreciate them and take some time to document those school days stories to make the memories last! ❤️

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Shake Up Your Birthday Celebrations!

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Of all the happy days we celebrate throughout the year, birthdays are one of our favorite occasions to craft for! Handmade cards are always a hit, commemorative scrapbook pages make treasured keepsakes, and all of them present an awesome opportunity to flex your creative muscles!

Today, we’re going to give you an insider’s look at how to shake up your cake day crafts with our Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts set! We’ll be showing off one of our favorite ways to use these stamps and Thin Cuts—in shaker windows!

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The Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts set is available in our May–June catalog. (To view this set, along with all the other exciting products in this catalog, click here!) The Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts set includes 10 metal dies and 22 stamps, all of which were designed to help crafters celebrate in style!

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Now that we’ve introduced you to the Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts set, we want to show you all the fun that comes with using this bundle to create your own birthday-themed shaker windows! In our blog post from last week, we taught you how to construct these fun, interactive elements, so if you’re not familiar with how to build shaker windows, we suggest that you go back and take a look at last week’s post to see how easily they come together.

One of the standout features of the Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts set are the whimsical characters that accompany the sentiments and icons in the stamp set. These fairy tale figures make a delightful addition to any birthday craft!

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  • Shake Up Your Birthday Celebrations! #birthday #celebrate #party #cards #cardmaking #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindows #crafting #shaker #diecutting #stamping
  • Shake Up Your Birthday Celebrations! #birthday #celebrate #party #cards #cardmaking #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindows #crafting #shaker #diecutting #stamping

When you incorporate these characters into a shaker window and fill it with a few sparkly sequins, beads, or gems, they become even more magical! Because these character stamps are designed to fit inside our Circle Shaker Windows, you can easily create a shaker window using any of these stamps as a backdrop. You can even play around with other shaker window shapes, like hearts, stars, or rectangles! You can see in the examples above that shaker windows make a great addition to your card fronts, but we encourage you to try adding them to your scrapbook pages as well! When you incorporate a shaker window as an accent on your page, it instantly adds some interactive excitement that makes the whole page sparkle!

Whether your shaker window graces the front of a card or provides an unforgettable accent for a scrapbook page, it’s a sure-fire way to up your crafting game, especially when using the Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts set!  With so many creative options available with the Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts set, it makes birthday crafting an absolute joy. Do you have a favorite stamp from this set? Tell us about it in the comments below!


Recipes:

8½” x 11″ Hip, Hip, Hooray Page
Z4448 Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6042 Mint Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z5012 Wild Berry Shimmer Trim, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z6025 White Acrylic Flowers, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z3906 Iridescent Flower Confetti, Z5026 Clear Loose Gems, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Happy 6th Birthday Card (Horizontal)
Z4448 Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6057 Capri Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X6032 Wisteria Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z6514 Wisteria Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4288 Capri Shimmer Brush, Z4225 Mint Shimmer Brush, Z3661 Peach Shimmer Brush, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z2900 Silver Star Confetti, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

8½” x 11″ Happy Birthday Page
Z4448 Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6057 Capri Cardstock, X6042 Mint Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z5026 Clear Loose Gems, Z2900 Silver Star Confetti, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” It’s Your Birthday Card (Vertical)
Z4448 Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6057 Capri Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4288 Capri Shimmer Brush, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z3677 Gold Star Confetti, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” It’s Your Birthday Mermaid Card (Horizontal)
Z4448 Birthday Numbers Stamp + Thin Cuts, X9040 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6050 Flamingo Cardstock, X6032 Wisteria Cardstock, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z5030 Lagoon Loose Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush, Z4259 Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine  

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Scrapbooking with Tutti Frutti: Here’s the Scoop!

Scrapbooking is a fun and creative way to preserve memories. Today we’re highlighting the techniques that we used in creating this delightful “Here’s the scoop!” page.

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This bright and fun, summer themed page came together with scraps of paper, stickers, and a shaker window that is easier to assemble than it might look. Let’s start by talking about the base page and build our way up from there.

Our base page is a 12″ x 12″ patterned paper from the Tutti Frutti collection. Layered on top of that patterned paper, creating a framed canvas for us to work on, is an 11″ x 11″ piece of Capri cardstock and a 10¾” x 10¾” piece of White Daisy cardstock. Both of these sheets are included in the Tutti Frutti coordinating cardstock.

Choosing the right colors and designs for a scrapbook page couldn’t be simpler than when you are working with one of our paper collections, where all of that coordinating work has already been done for you. Our patterned papers, cardstock, and embellishments are designed and paired together so you can focus on the more important part of scrapbooking—telling and preserving your story.

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The paper pieced background we built for this scrapbook page is a great way to use a lot of different colors and patterns together. It’s a great idea for any project where you just have too many favorite designs to choose from or you have scraps left over from other projects. All of the strips we used are different lengths, but they’ve all been made the same width (ours are ½” wide). When attaching the strips, we made a point of not lining up the breaks, much like a brick or tiled wall. Working with ½” wide strips also opens the option of incorporating zip strips into the design. (Zip strips are the ½” additional accent paper along the top of each sheet of patterned paper.)

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As you build a background like this one, add some visual movement by not completing all of the rows of paper strips along the top or bottom, and from opposite sides. Notice how we started the top rows along the right side of the page and the bottom rows along the left side of the page. As we scan the page from left to right (the way the eye naturally looks at these types of things), our eyes are drawn to the bottom left, guided to the journaling, and then to the photo.

Our eyes will naturally rest on the photo because it’s matted on a solid cardstock color, giving our brains a chance to take a break from the more active elements of the page.

The circle shaker window is one of those active elements on this page that helps draws attention to the photo. A shaker window was an easy way to include a layer of playfulness that our theme called for. And the truth is, with the right set of materials, shaker windows are not hard to make, at all!

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Here’s what you need:

Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts
Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate
Patterned paper or cardstock for the base and frame (we used Lemonade and Mint cardstock)
Filling of your choice (we used Tutti Frutti mini shapes and Silver loose sequins)

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Assembling a shaker window:

1.   Die cut a base and frame out of paper, using the shaker window dies.

2.   Carefully pull the circle foam tape off the backing sheet it comes on and attach it to the perimeter of your paper base.

3.   Add your choice of filling to the center of your base. Don’t add too much, so there is enough room for movement once the shaker is complete.

4.   Expose the adhesive on the top of the circle foam tape  and attach the circle acetate.

5.   Complete the window by adding the die cut frame, covering the foam tape.

6.   Attach the shaker window to your project!

While you may be channeling your inner artist to create scrapbook pages, remember that it doesn’t have to be difficult!  Just take one scoop of whimsy, one scoop of coordinating products, and you’ve got a recipe for enough creative fun to help you accomplish the most important part of all: preserving your memories!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Here’s the Scoop Page
X7281S Tutti Frutti Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7281C Tutti Frutti Coordinating Cardstock, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, X7281E Tutti Frutti Mini Shapes, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3801 Flamingo Shimmer Trim, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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