FREE More Magical Scrapbook Pattern!

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Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary day, we give you a fairy tale that looks like a free scrapbook pattern!

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This timeless pattern made its original debut years ago with our You Rock collection. Without the need of any pixie dust, the instructions have been revamped so they can be used with any papers and for any occasion!

We created a truly enchanting spread by pairing this pattern with the More Magical paper packet, coordinating cardstock, and stamp set. Our current More Magical workshop kit makes 4 coordinating two-page layouts to preserve all of your magical adventures. Download the pattern and cutting diagrams below and use them to make a fifth coordinating layout to add to your album!

 

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As usual, we encourage you to make this, and any, pattern your own by being flexible with its parts. Take a close look at our completed layout for some examples. Instead of using a small photo at the top of 2D, we filled the space with a stamp. Then, we added another 4 x 4 photo to the layout by splitting it down the middle and attaching half of it on each page to complete the row of photos across the top.

And don’t forget about those pocket cards that are part of the paper packet! Use them whole, cut up, or even torn to incorporate additional patterns, sentiments, and accents. Adding a pocket card with a lighter design to a page made up of darker patterns is also an easy way to create space for stamping.

 

No matter where your happiest place on earth is, take advantage of the bright patterns and motifs available in the More Magical collection and use them to preserve all of your fairy tale adventures. Remember, this collection is only available through the end of the month while supplies last, so make sure to grab yours while you still can!

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For even more timeless scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern books! If you love the free scrapbook patterns we share on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the patterns and inspirational artwork in all of our how-to books.

 

 

 


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Dreams Come True Layout
CC8183 My Acrylix® Dreams Stamp Set, CC8181 More Magical Paper Packet, CC8182 More Magical Coordinating Cardstock, Z6505 Carolina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z4194 White & Gold Skinny Ribbon, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping

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September is National Stamping Month and, as you know, we live and breathe stamps here at Close To My Heart. They are where we got our start many years ago, and to this day just simply can’t get enough of them! And from what we can gather, we are not alone in this obsession hobby! 😉

With care, you place your stamp on your block, prudently ink it with a color that you carefully selected just minutes (if not days) before, then press it to your paper and upon removing the block your image looks as perfectly crisp as you planned for. The next step in the creation process of this new image is to breathe life into it with some color.

We’ve taken one of our many (many) favorite stamp sets, My Acrylix® Bunches of Love, from the Holiday Expressions catalog to illustrate some stamp coloring options. Each is unique in it’s own way and, depending on what you’re looking to achieve, has a place in your coloring spectrum. For comparison purposes, we’ve kept the mediums separate, but by all means do combine them in your artwork to make your images look exactly how you envision them!

First up, the original.

Some of our stamp sets already come with the parts to fill in the white space of a larger image, and the My Acrylix® Bunches of Love set does just that.

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To keep things quick and easy, use the corresponding filler pieces to complete the image.

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In cases where the stamp set is not designed this way or you’re wanting to showcase a stamp differently so it’s not the exact same every time, continue scrolling through our list.

A Watercolor Look:

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For a soft look, watercolors are the way to go!

If you’re still working on mastering the art of using watercolor paints, try watercolor pencils. By applying color with pencils, shading and color blending is easier to control than with paint. Once you’ve penciled the color in, gently brush water over it with a damp fine tip paintbrush or waterbrush to spread the pigment. For best results, follow the pencil lines using smooth strokes. Keep in mind as you decide which watercolor medium is right for your project, that the direction of your pencil lines will still show through, unlike with paint.

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For a more vivid “watercolor” look that doesn’t require layers of watercolor paint to achieve, give “painting” with our Exclusive Inks™ a try!

Squeeze your stamp pad in the middle to get some of the ink to rub onto the lid. Remove the inked lid, and from there decide how strong or light you want your color to appear. If you want the saturation to match the ink color exactly, use the ink as is. For a lighter variation of this same color, mix some water in with it (straight on the lid). The more water you add to the ink, the lighter the color will be. Pick the color up with a brush and ink-paint your stamped image.

Our Exclusive Inks™ are available in every one of our 41 exclusive colors (plus White Daisy and several black options). Enjoy effortless color coordination with our patterned papers, cardstock, and embellishments by using this method for coloring in your stamped images.

Pens:

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When going for a saturated, vibrant look, especially in small details, ShinHan™ Touch Twin markers are an excellent choice. They are bright, smudge-proof, and, because they are alcohol-based, they are easy to blend. The fine tip on each marker is ideal for coloring and adding intricate details.

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Until recently, the shimmer brush was considered mostly an accenting tool because it only came in clear and gold. Well, those days are over friends! Now also available in Sugarplum, red, black, and Mint, these new hues carry enough weight to be used on their own to add a little bit more than shimmer. When you use these, prep your brush before you do. You will want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Brush it on your scrap paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

Heat Embossing:

Give your stamps a little lift and texture with the right inks and embossing powders. (For those of you who are new to this technique, embossing powder is a special powder that, when heated, melts to form a raised surface.)

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Sometimes a flat image just isn’t the way to go. That’s when heat embossing comes to the rescue. To start, stamp your image with the VersaMark™ ink pad (embossing ink), which will create a clear, wet-looking print of your stamp. While the ink is still wet, cover it with embossing powder and carefully shake off any excess. Use a heat tool to dry and seal your design. The heat tool blows extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute! We have several new embossing powders in our new Holiday Expressions catalog to choose from (for a complete list click here).

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Okay, so we’ve shared this last idea on here before, but with our new large stamp pad-sized pigment inks added to our coloring repertoire, we just have to share again.

Did you know that you can pair any of our Exclusive Inks™ pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in that exact color? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your heat tool! It’s that easy! Match our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Whether you use these stamp coloring ideas alone or mix and match them, we hope you enjoy a full spectrum of color in all of your stamping projects!

Happy stamping! 🙂

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You’ve Got Class: Teacher Edition

School days are well underway, and not just for the kids! Teachers are some of the world’s most wonderful people. They selflessly dedicate themselves to motivate and inspire others, and aim to make learning an effective and exciting experience. To show our love and support for these education superheroes, we’ve taken the You’ve Got Class collection, originally designed to preserve the best of your child’s school years, and came up with a variation of projects to give as gifts and to use around the classroom.

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Memory Keeping Gift:

Every year we give our teachers gifts, either for holidays or at the end of the school year, showing them just how much they mean to us and to our children. Using the materials from the You’ve Got Class workshop kit, create something truly meaningful and unique that you know they will show off around the teachers’ lounge and will want to keep forever.

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Design scrapbook pages on the included True Fit Folios, completing the first folio with pictures of your child’s class and teacher. Use photo placeholders on the remaining folios for her to add photos of her future classes from the years to come. The folios then become an ideal place for the teacher to preserve her memories and mementos of each passing school year. Lastly, place your decorated folios inside Memory Protectors™ in an album and present this beautiful memory-keeping gift to your teacher. The teachers in your life will never forget your family or this thoughtful gift!

Some Other Ways to Use This Collection Around the Classroom:

More often than not, schools and classrooms come with supply wish lists at the beginning of each academic year. Sometimes these lists are looking for “prizes” that can be handed out in the course of the year to those who’ve done something to earn them. We came up with a few ideas:

Bookmarks!

(No matter how advanced we are with our technology, books are still part of our curriculum 🙂 )
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Gift tags.

Personalized notebook covers.

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Even if your child’s classroom supply wish list doesn’t have these sort of items on it, educators can use these cute additions as welcome gifts to leave on their student’s desks at the beginning of the year, or as a gift during the holidays, or for a treat at Halloween, or simply just because they love their students (including yours).

Whether commemorating the scholastic achievements of your child or showing appreciation for the teachers who guide them along the way, the You’ve Got Class collection is your key to truly classy papercrafting.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ School Days Folio
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

2½” x 7″ Bookmarks
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Ruler Tags
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Notebook
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, C1725My Acrylix® Simply Said Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

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Surprise Giveaway from Stacy Julian!

Stacy Julian wants to make your weekend with a surprise giveaway!!! Find out how to win a new Story by Stacy™ Short Story workshop kit below!

You have until 11 a.m. (MDT) Sunday, September 9, to enter the giveaway. Winners will be notified by email on Monday.

Good luck! 😉

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10 New Tools & Products to Add to Your Crafting Arsenal

2018 HE Cover

It’s an exciting time of year, folks! As promised, our Holiday Expressions idea book catalog was released just a few days ago and it is filled to the brim with new, cutting edge tools and products to add to your holiday and non-holiday crafting arsenal. We’ve gathered a few of our favorites for you below, but there just isn’t enough room to share “all the things,” so make sure to flip through the whole catalog so you don’t miss anything! 🙂

Love of Color

Never second-guess your color choices again with this new, inspirational color guide! Love of Color brings the exclusive Close To My Heart color palette to life with breathtaking artwork that illustrates how to create perfectly balanced color combinations. Organized by color, each spread focuses on an exclusive color shown in three different color schemes.

Pigment Pads

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We now have pigment ink options available in our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads! This acid-free, fade-resistant pigment ink dries quickly and permanently on most papers and porous surfaces after heat-setting. Available in our full-size ink pads, the new pigment pads feature raised pads that are approximately 3¾” x 2½”—larger than average and easier to use. Available in Candy Apple, Pixie, Sapphire, Clover, Espresso, Black, and White Daisy.

Texture Pastes

Build dimensional textures right on your artwork with texture pastes! Available in opaque matte, transparent matte, and transparent gloss, these pastes can be used alone with a palette knife or paired with stencil sheets to create more intricate patterns.

Shimmer Brushes

We loooove the effects created by our clear and gold shimmer brushes so much that we now have them in several additional colors—Sugarplum, red, black, and Mint. Take a look at the video below to see them in action!

Shaker Window Kits

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Assembling a shaker window has never been easier! With these trusty tools, you are sure to get hooked on this throw-back trend!

Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti

Thin Cuts—Shaker Window & Confetti

Cuts a window and confetti shapes to use for a 2½” shaker window.

Gold and Silver Loose Sequins

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Add some sparkle and shine to those shaker windows.

Shaker Window Foam & Acetate

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New Thin Cuts

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From decorative borders, to fancy tags, snowflakes, and merry sentiments, we are sure you will want these new sets in your crafting toolbox!

Season of Joy Cricut® Collection

Prepare to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the dynamic shape designs in the new Season of Joy collection!

Season-of-Joy

This collection features over 45 images and projects, including several seasonal icons, titles, and sentiments, as well as a collection of 3-D projects that you can create after a few simple cuts on your Cricut® machine.

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Holiday Kitchen

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Because food plays such an important role in so many of our favorite holiday traditions, we couldn’t help but make another Cut Above® recipe kit—this time with some holiday flair! The Holiday Kitchen Cut Above® recipe kit includes everything you need to get all those recipes in one place together with the stories and memories that make them so special!

All Things Sugarplum

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There’s a new kid in town and it goes by the name Sugarplum—our 2018 Color of the Year! This exclusive shade will only be available for a limited time, so make sure you get it in all of its available forms: stamp pad, pigment pad, re-inker, cardstock, glitter paper, shimmer brush, and more!

Beautiful Soul

We are on a mission to change the lives of as many children as possible by restoring something that no child should be without—their smile.

Operation-Smile

In recent years, Close To My Heart has annually dedicated the proceeds of one stamp set to the efforts of Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries to repair cleft left lips and palates in children around the world. Starting with our new Holiday Expressions catalog, we are now dedicating one stamp set per catalog—that means three stamp sets a year—to this very worthy cause.

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Purchase this catalog’s Operation Smile™ stamp set, My Acrylix® Beautiful Soul, encourage others to do so, or simply get on our site and make a straight donation to Operation Smile™.

So what do you think of our 2018 Holiday Expressions line up? Which products are you just dying to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!

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Stamping with Memories in the Making

Want to know what we love about September?? It’s National Stamping Month! To get in the mood to celebrate all things stamping, we have two new exclusive stamp sets as part of our National Stamping month special, Memories in the Making.

Memories in the Making—Days:

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Memories in the Making—Months:

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The Memories in the Making special, and National Stamping Month for that matter, is all about highlighting the ways you can use stamping in your papercrafting and memory keeping. This year is no exception! 🙂

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As you can see, these stamp sets can be a fun addition to a variety of projects. Memories in the Making—Months comes with all twelve months of the year in a lovely, scripted font, making it easy to add a large title to any layout. Memories in the Making—Days gives you a variety of smaller images to stamp numbers, lists, words, and other icons on your projects. Can you spot all of the ways we’ve used this stamp set on this birthday scrapbook page, anniversary card, and frame?

If you aren’t already sold on how you can use these exclusive stamp sets, we’re sure you can guess the other way we are using them this month—in a handmade calendar!!

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As part of National Stamping month, we’ve created a Cut Above® layout kit that coordinates with these Memories in the Making stamp sets! The Memories in the Making Cut Above® layout kit comes with pre-printed base pages, pre-cut paper, die-cuts, stickers, and instructions to create 13 single-page layouts. Combine this kit with a My Creations™ calendar, your Memories in the Making—Days and Memories in the Making—Months stamp sets, and a few other basic supplies to turn these single pages into a beautiful personalized calendar for the upcoming year.

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With the Memories in the Making—Days stamp set, you can note important dates, make short to-do lists, and add other fun icons and shapes to your pages. For this December page, we used the Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad to stamp the numbers and added other images with the Glacier Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad for a little extra color.

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Once the year is over, trim the pages off the calendar and slip them into Memory Protectors™ to preserve. The great thing about this Cut Above® kit, is that you can choose to just skip the calendar all together and make the individual pages straight for your scrapbook album! (To see all 13 completed pages, click here.)

These exclusive stamp sets, the layout kit, and several discounted bundle options, are only available during September, while supplies last. Make sure you get yours soon and join us as we celebrate National Stamping Month all month long with Memories in the Making!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ August Birthday Page
CC9183 My Acrylix® Memories in the Making—Months Stamp Set, CC9182 Memories in the Making—Days Stamp Set, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X7236B Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet, X5989 Sugarplum Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z8006 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z4304 Silver Sequins—Loose

4¼” x 5½” Anniversary Card (Vertical)
CC9183 My Acrylix® Memories in the Making—Months Stamp Set, CC9182 Memories in the Making—Days Stamp Set, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z8006 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

Don’t Forget Frame
CC9182 Memories in the Making—Days Stamp Set, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X5989 Sugarplum Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z8006 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems

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Easy-to-Make Photo Grids

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We’re cutting photos up today and exploring new ways to display more of your favorites! Photo grids are very popular in the digital photo market, so we put our paper loving spin on things to show you just how easy it is to make them yourself and what some of the advantages are of creating them out of a variety of components rather than one flat (boring! 🙂 ) printed sheet.

Before we get into the meaty artwork details, let’s talk page design. If you’re like us and prefer things in a 12″ x 12″ format, you’re going to want to use 16 2-inch squares arranged in a 4 x 4 grid or nine 3″ squares arranged in a 3 x 3 grid. You could also fit four 4″ or four 5″ squares, it really depends how many photos you’re hoping to display. Keep in mind, the more squares you choose to use in your project the trickier it will be to keep them all perfectly lined up. It isn’t impossible, we’ll show you how to make it work, and the results are worth it!

Both of our examples today are arranged in a 4 x 4 grid using 2″ squares.

To build the grid, you will want to use a T-square or draw some light pencil marks to follow with a ruler. We left 1¾” margins on all sides and separated our squares by ¼”. Once you have your guide marks on your base page, start by attaching the top left corner square first. Placement of this first square is crucial because the other squares will build off it. Make sure it is straight and exactly where you want it to be. (In the provided examples, the first square is 1¾” from the top and right side.) After your first square is on, attach the rest of the top row and first column. After that, keep attaching all of your squares until your grid is complete.

Once you get the gist of how to assemble the grid itself, you can get creative with its pieces.

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For starters, not all of your squares have to be individual photos. Our first example is a collage of photos, patterned papers, and journaling.

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One of our photos was even cropped and cut to fit into two squares instead of one. You have so many options available to you displaying your memories this way.

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The biggest perk to creating your own grid over printing it is the dimension that is at your disposal. You can use embellishments to add colors, height, and even textures.

The second approach we took for a grid display is the large image created by the parts. In other words, we cut up a big picture into small squares and attached them in a tile-like way.

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What’s especially fun about this particular example is that it looks like you’re inside a cabin looking out a window. You can recreate this same look, maybe not a cabin if that’s not your vibe, by following the same steps to assemble the grid. The only difference is that you start out with a large square photo, in our case an 8″ x 8″, and cut it in to 16 2-inch squares.

Display your memories in style, and more of them, using a photo grid as your guide!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Collage Page
X7234B Documented Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ x 12″ Frame

12″ x 12″ Grid Photo Page
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4171 Documented Titles, 12″ x 12″ Frame

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Get the Chalk Look without the Chalk Mess!

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Ever want to write or draw on a dark piece of paper without having to add a white paper mat? The trusty Chalk Marker is your answer! It works on paper and most non-porous surfaces, and, much like the name implies, the results are vibrant, opaque, and chalk-like.

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As most of you know, we’re of the memory keeping variety at Close To My Heart and it is our aim to preserve things forever and always, therefore this Chalk Marker is permanent, archival, and lightfast. It is not filled with liquid chalk and will not wipe off (so do not use it on an actual chalkboard unless you want permanent results! 😉 ).

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The intention of the Chalk Marker is for it to mimic the appearance of written chalk. It writes in a thin white line and the color of paper that the ink is being used on will show through a little bit, as you can see here:

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The ink is also designed to build on itself as you layer it. The more coats you apply the more vivid and rich the ink will appear.

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Unlike most other markers, the Chalk Marker needs to be stored horizontally for best results. The ink inside is a special blend that, if the marker is stored upright, will shift to the end pointing down and it will take a good while for it to shift back to where it needs to be. Storing this marker horizontally will help you get the steady flow of ink to the tip that is necessary to achieve a smooth application.

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The Chalk Marker is very user friendly when you know what to expect from it and how to take care of it. It is an awesome (and inexpensive!) tool to add to your crafting arsenal. Keep in mind the tips that we’ve shared with you today and give it a try!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Oh the Places You’ll Go Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Paper, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z4182 Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

Cricut Shape:
Artistry
9″ Icon-2 <h> ( p. 26, #M418F74)

12″ x 12″ First Day of School Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

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Using Attach in Cricut Design Space™

One of the amazing things Cricut Design Space™ does automatically for you is arrange the images you intend to cut to save on materials. This is so helpful when creating with your Cricut® machine, but did you know it’s also possible to arrange images to cut exactly where you want using the Attach feature? Attach can be used in several different ways. Today, we are going to show you how to use this tool to place images and text exactly where you want them to cut, rather than leaving it up to your machine.Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attach

With the Attach feature we were able to create the negative space design of the circles and title in the page you see here. In Design Space, we attached the circles and title to a large square and, after cutting our project, layered paper behind the images for a different kind of dimensional look. (You can do something similar with the Slice feature, but the nice thing about Attach is that you don’t end up with any leftover images to delete!)

The steps below will walk you through the process of attaching and cutting images to replicate this 12″ x 12″ page. If you want to use the same font we did, you must own the Flower Market Cricut® collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show you how to work 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, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. You can easily resize this square to 11.5 by adjusting the width. Make sure to leave lock icon locked so that the height automatically resizes when you change the width.

3. Color the square.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachAdjusting the color of the square will help you see where to place the shapes and text as you attach them to the square. Click on the colored circle next to the scissors icon in the Layers panel to adjust the color of the shape. We decided to work with white, but you can choose any light color.

4. Insert and resize your title.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachBefore adding any circles, we are going to go ahead and insert the title. Click Text and then under Fonts, search for the Flower Market font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, go ahead and type the title, “MOOD.” Then, insert a separate text box and type “#.” Having two separate pieces allows you to resize the “#” to match “MOOD.” Resize both to a height of 1.5″. Just like the square, keep the size locked so the width automatically adjusts proportionately.

5. Arrange the title on the square.

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Drag the title over the square and arrange it how you’d like it to cut on the square. We placed our title about 7″ from the top of the square.

6. Insert circles and arrange them on the square.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachTo insert your circles, you’ll do the same thing as you did to insert the square. Click on Shapes on the left side of your screen and add a circle to your canvas. We used three 1.5″, three 1.75″, and one 2″ circle for this project. Resize the circles as you need, and take advantage of the Duplicate tool in the top right corner of your screen to create more. You can add circles and arrange them on your project however you’d like.

7. Attach images and text.

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Look over your project one more time to make sure you have arranged everything how you want it on the 11.5″ square. Then click and drag your mouse over all the images and click Attach in the bottom left corner. Now all the images are attached exactly how you’ve arranged them when you cut the project in the next step.

8. Cut your project and create your page!

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Once everything is attached, it will all display as one white image on your canvas. When you’re ready to cut your paper, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Once your project is cut, you can layer other patterned paper and cardstock behind the title and circles and then attach it to your 12″ x 12″ page. Just add photos and journaling to document whatever “#MOOD” you’re in at the moment. 🙂

Now you know how to use Attach in Design Space to arrange text and shapes however you like! While we used Attach to place images on an 11.5″ square, you can also use it to attach images in relation to each other on the mat itself. Now it’s your turn! Use these instructions to make your first Design Space scrapbook page with Attach, and then keep experimenting with this tool to create layers and dimension on your layouts.


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ #Mood Page
D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1½” <font> #MOOD

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