10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone

Today’s post is an extra special treat! We’ve asked the talented Chari Pack, founder & CEO of Persnickety Prints, to share with you some tips for taking better photos on your phone. Whether you’re promoting your Close To My Heart business, taking photos for your scrapbooking, or just posting to social media, these tips are sure to take your phone photography to the next level!
10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips

The way you present yourself, your artwork, and the products you offer has a huge impact on your business. Online sales will increase with improved product images.

Here’s how to get the best shot every time…

1. Natural Light (no flash)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsWhen shooting with flash, the subject can be blown out and shadows disappear. With product shots, a soft shadow adds depth. Keep your flash off and set products under a window using natural light.

2. Focus (tap screen)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsOn iPhones (and some Androids), tap the screen to focus on the subject. With the new iPhone 7S, use the portrait mode to blur out the background. With a short focal length, you’ll get that fancy dSLR camera result without the fancy camera.

3. Hold Steady & Level

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tips“Camera shake” can cause your photo to be blurry. Use steady hands or prop up your phone and use the self-timer for best results.

4. Staging (simple & clean)

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsInvest in a white poster board—it’s the perfect solution for a DIY backdrop! Wrapping paper or other fun colors can be added for dimension. Be sure your CTMH projects, cards, and layouts stand out. “Busy” photos tend to get lost in the crowd.

5. Get up close and personal!

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsDon’t be afraid to get up close to show details of the project. Shoot from different angles to focus on specific elements.

6. Pay attention to shadows

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsBe sure the shadow of your hand or camera is not in the frame. When shooting scrapbooking layouts, take the pages or photos out of the Memory Protectors™ and set the pages or photos on top. Your reader won’t notice they’re not inside, but they’ll notice the plastic glare when they are.

7. Use negative space to add text

10 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Phone #ctmh #closetomyheart #persnicketyprints #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photography #tipsUse the rule of thirds and push the subject to one side, leaving empty space to add a text overlay. We love using Rhonna Designs (iPhone and Android) and Adobe Post (iPhone and Desktop) to add text or a message to your photos.

8. Scale size with objects or pretty hands

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Use objects to show the actual size of your product so the viewer isn’t misled. Well manicured hands holding a product works, too!

9. Keep your phone/camera level

When shooting from above your product, be sure your camera is flat and level. Use the Snapseed App (free on iTunes and Android)  to adjust horizons if needed.

10. Take 1 minute to Edit & Enhance before sharing

Even a quick click of the enhance button in your native camera will give your photo just enough pop! We love Snapseed (free on iTunes and Android) for enhancements.

The Rhonna Designs App is not only great for text overlays: We also use it to journal and design prints for our scrapbooks!

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We can’t wait to see you put these tools into action! Additional photo tips and tricks can be found on the Persnickety Prints blog.

XOXO,

Chari

Thanks, Chari, for the great tips! Let’s show her some love in the comments, folks! 

Also, remember that Persnickety Prints created a discount code for you, our readers! Aren’t they the best? 🙂 Use this discount code to save 20% on your entire Persnickety Prints order: CTMH20

This code expires August 30, cannot be combined with other discount codes, and is limited to one use per customer. 

Now go print those fabulous photos on your phone! 🙂

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In with the New

There’s a new kid in town and it’s quickly becoming a class favorite! One of our newest and most versatile products is actually an upgrade of a beloved staple. We’re talking about our cardstock, of course! To give you even more color flexibility than before, our cardstock is now two-toned! With one side featuring an original color from our exclusive palette and the reverse that same color in a lighter tone, color coordination has never been easier.

color chromatic cardstock #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #rainbow #scrapbooking #birthdayTake a close look at this color chromatic rainbow. What appear to be 20 different colors are actually only 10! Achieve this same colorful scaled look by alternating your cardstock from the dark to light hues in each color.

Ombre paper fringe #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #cardmaking #congratulations #graduation #graduate #ombre #chromatic #colorchromatic #monochromatic

Use the two-toned properties of the cardstock to create a trendy ombrè effect, where you have tones of color that gradually shade into each other from light to dark, like the decorative fringe on this card!

Two-toned 3-D flowers #CTMH #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #monochromatic #flowers #canvas #wallartThe monochromatic flowers on our 3-D canvas were made using just three different coordinating colors and their reverse lighter sides. It’s so easy to add depth and dimension to your art with this beautiful cardstock!

Seriously folks, there are reasons why this cardstock is a crafting favorite and must have! Expand your color combinations exponentially and check out all 40 of our exclusive (two-toned!) colors here.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Happy Birthday Page
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, X5973 Blossom Cardstock, X5972 Tangerine Cardstock, X5971 Lemon Cardstock, X5970 Willow Cardstock, X5969 Emerald Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3365 Gold Foil Paper, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1″ <Summer> (p. 42)
1″ Shift <Summer> (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” <Summer> (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” Shift <Summer> (p. 42, cut 3)
1¾” <Summer> (p. 42)
1¾” Shift <Summer> (p. 42)

4¼” x 5½” ConGRADulations Card
B1564 My Acrylix ConGRADulations Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3225 Waterbrush—Medium Round

Flower Canvas
X5958 Peacock Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Canvas

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
½” Background <c> (p. 33, cut 4)
1″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)
1½” Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)
2″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 4)
3″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST!

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbookingWhat’s great about the world of crafting is that it brings unique, talented women together. Whether you regularly attend scrapbooking crops or just have some friends who like to craft together every so often, having a crafting squad is basically the BEST—just read the reasons below!

1. They give you an excuse to slip out for some much needed “me” time.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mama or a working woman, every gal needs a little “me” time to recharge her batteries—and going over to a friend’s house for a craft night is just the thing!

2. They understand the obsession.

They don’t think it’s crazy to stay up until midnight on your computer waiting for the launch of new crafting products—in fact, they’ll be up all night with you as you place your order and chat about your favorite new items!

3. They don’t mind when you go down memory lane because that’s what they’re all about—preserving and creating memories!

They totally get it if, while you’re scrapbooking, you somehow end up telling a 20-minute-long story about your cousin’s daughter’s dog: They value storytelling and memories, and they want to learn more about your family because they truly care about you.

4. They let you use their fun gadgets and gizmos.

What’s the next best thing to owning the latest and greatest crafting products? Knowing somebody that does! 😉 When you have a crafting squad, it’s like your crafting stash multiplies! They let you borrow their tools, and you let them do the same because that’s just what crafting buddies do! #squadgoals

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbooking

5. They get your creative juices going.

When you hang out with your squad, you get to see the amazing artwork they create, which is always sure to inspire new ideas for you!

6. They teach you cool techniques and tricks.

On a similar note, you get to learn new techniques and tricks from your squad. When you have a problem you’re trying to overcome, two heads (or three, or four, or five…) are better than one!

7. They help you when you’re in a pickle.

Need last-minute décor for a forgotten birthday party? Did your Cricut® machine give up the ghost right before your crop? Do you need glitter paper for the school project due tomorrow that your kid just told you about? Crafting squad to the rescue! They’ll always have your back.

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8. They make you feel like you belong to something bigger than yourself.

 It’s not just about crafting. It’s about having a second family, a sisterhood, who understands you and accepts you for who you are.

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9. They give you confidence and encourage you to be yourself.

They boost your self-esteem and make you feel validated when they admire your artwork. They make you feel capable of doing more than you thought you could, which translates into all aspect of your life.

10. They help you reach your goals and dreams.

Whether you’re trying to catch up on scrapbooking your family photos, creating handmade invitations for an upcoming event, or working toward earning an all-inclusive trip by being a Close To My Heart Consultant, they help you get closer to reaching your goals and dreams. It’s the best support group a girl could ask for. 🙂

Are there more reasons you love your crafting squad? Tell us in the comments below! Let’s share the love! 🙂


Looking for a crafting squad to join? We can help!

To find a Consultant in your area who can introduce you to other women who also love to craft, visit our website. You can also volunteer to have a Consultant throw a crafting party at your house and earn free products! Learn more here.

You can even become a Consultant and start building your team! Not only will you build your own crafting squad, but you can also make money and earn free products at the same time. Learn more here.

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Hot off the Press

Our new Annual Inspirations idea book has made its debut and with it so did some pretty remarkable new products! We are bursting at the seams with excitement and can’t wait for you to see why!

Base and Shade Stamp Set #CTMH #closetomyheart #baseandshade #base&shade #birdstamp #cardmaking #bird #branch

Take your stamping up a notch with one of our new base and shade stamp sets! This beautiful Thoughtful Bird, for example, layers three different stamps to create the intricate detail you see here. You can also get this set as a bundle with its coordinating Thin Cuts die, which makes trimming out the bird a cinch. This stamp set is one of many in the idea book that is sure to add flair to any crafting project!

      Thin Cuts - Block Alphabet #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincut #diecut #cuttlebug #alpha #alphabet #blockalphabet #blockalpha #font    Thin Cuts - Block Alphabet #ctmh #closetomyheart #thincut #alphabet #blockletters #letters #font #blockfont #blockalphabet #alpha

You’ve been asking for it and we listened! For the first time ever we have a Thin Cuts alphabet! Die-cut your letters and titles using your favorite papers: patterned paper, cardstock, glitter paper, foil paper, vellum…if it’s paper, cut it out!

Color of the Year #CTMH #Closetomyheart #coloroftheyear #bashful #pink #softpink #girl #papercrafting

And with no further ado, our exclusive new Color of the Year is Bashful! This beautiful soft pink hue will only be available for a limited time, so make sure to get it in all of its forms: dye and pigment stamp pads, re-inker, cardstock, and glitter paper. Keep your eyes open for this trendy color to pop up in some of our other products throughout the year, as well.

Cut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babygirl #thestorybegins #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestones #girlCut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babygirl #hellobaby #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestones

Cut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babyboy #thestorybegins #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestonesCut Above® The Story Begins #ctmh #closetomyheart #cutabove #scrapbooking #babyboy #hellobaby #layoutkit #scrapbookingkit #babyalbum #milestones

We have brand new baby boy and baby girl Cut Above® layout kits! Each of the The Story Begins layout kits give you pre-printed base pages and coordinating die-cut shapes to create 10 two-page layouts to help you preserve all the milestones you’ll want to remember. And if you want to add to this 10-layout album, we’ve got matching Picture My Life™ cards to help you supplement! The arrival of a new baby is the perfect time to start preserving your memories if you haven’t already.

Cricut Collection #youarehere #cricut #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #cardmaking #scrapbooking #travel #journey #outdoors

Going on an adventure? Our new You Are Here Cricut® collection is sure to have everything you need to document your travels! From outdoor escapades and family reunions to spa retreats and holiday outings, you’ll find shapes, fonts, and sentiments for every pit stop along the road of life!

To see what else we have in store for you this year, take a look at our new Annual Inspirations idea book!


Excited to try out a new product? Let us know in the comments below!

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Online Warehouse Sales All Month Long!

Folks, our warehouse is stocked to the brim!!! We’ve gotta make room for all the exciting new products we have in store for you, so…how about we have a sale? 🙂

Actually, let’s make it FIVE sales—one for every week in August! Yeah, we like the sound of that! 🙂

Every Tuesday at 12:00 am (MDT) during the month of August, a whole new set of retired products will be posted online at 50% off the retail price!

And to sweeten the deal, we’re going to help you save on shipping costs! For these special online warehouse items, we’re gonna charge shipping on the discounted price, not the full retail price! Can we get a woot woot? 🙂

These products will only be available for one week or while supplies last, so make sure you check the latest deals every Tuesday! Our first batch is live right now—check it out!

Interested in even more special offers? Check out the awesome FREE items that you could get when you sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant or the extra rewards you can earn by hosting a Gathering this month.

August is off to a great start! Now go get shopping! 😉

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Going, Going, Gone!

It’s the end of July, which means that our current Annual Inspirations Idea Book is about to retire—along with a bunch of amazing products featured inside of it!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that will be bidding us adieu. Make sure to snatch up these goodies before they’re gone for good!

State & Province Stamp Sets

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With a mini stamp set for each US state, Canadian province and territory, as well as the countries of Australia and New Zealand, these stamps are great for a wide variety of crafting projects.

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercraftingWe love the idea of using them to document vacations, road trips, engagements, and to send love from one state to another. 

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

And the best time to get these stamps is right now because for every two stamp sets you purchase during the month of July, you get one stamp set of equal or lesser value for free as part of Stampaganza! So get the whole collection (and save!) before it’s gone!

Thin Cuts

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All of the Thin Cuts metal dies in Annual Inspirations are retiring! This includes the star shapes, as well as some timeless sentiments for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Sea Glass

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Our Color of the Year, Sea Glass, is going to be replaced August 1 with a new Color of the Year. Though you’ll still be able to get both the D-ring and post-bound My Legacy™ albums in Sea Glass, the Sea Glass mini Everyday Life™ album, cardstock, stamp pad, re-inker, mini pigment pad, as well as Fundamental Complements that feature this color, will be gone in just a few days!

Scoop up all this minty goodness while you can!

Shoulder Tote & Roll-Ups

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Our shoulder tote is the perfect size for carrying 12” x 12” projects around town, and the coordinating marker and accessory roll-ups are just the thing for packing around your ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ alcohol markers and embellishments. Now is the time to get organized!

Fundamental Ribbons

In addition to our Fundamental paper packets and Complements, the Fundamental ribbons are saying farewell. We love these ribbons because they can be used on any project—and the colors will be sticking around next year, so they will still coordinate with the new Fundamental collections.

What projects can they be used for? Well for starters, they make great additions to cards and scrapbook pages.

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They are also great for other projects, like DIY bookmarks, banners, and home décor accents.

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

Plus, they are great for presents! Any gift looks even better with a bit of twine or ribbon added to the mix! 🙂

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercraftingAgain, these products (and others!) are only available until the end of July, while supplies last, so hurry and grab your favorites before they’re gone! 


Which products are you going to miss most from Annual Inspirations? Tell us in the comments below!

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How to Organize Years of Photos Without Getting Overwhelmed

How to organize years of photos without getting overwhelmed #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #photos #organize #digital #persnicketyprints #organization

When it comes to scrapbooking, one of the biggest hold-ups for people is feeling overwhelmed with organizing their photos. If you have years of photos piled up on your computer or photos spread between multiple devices, it can be easy to put off preserving your memories. The longer you wait to organize your photos, the more overwhelming it will become—so now is the time to start!

Because we believe in the importance of memory keeping, we want to help make the task easier, so today we’re going to walk you step-by-step through how to efficiently organize your digital photos for scrapbooking. It’s a process that may take some time, but which will be well worth it when your memories are all in order!

To give you an added incentive for getting started, we’ve teamed up with Persnickety Prints to get you a discount code for printing your photos so you can catch up AND save money! Continue reading for more details. 🙂

Step One: Consolidate Your Digital Photos

Upload all of your digital photos to one location on your computer. We recommend using a photo managing system, like Google Photos or iPhotos, to easily transfer photos from your phone onto your computer. If you haven’t transferred them already, go through the photos on your phone, your camera, and upload them all to this one location.

Step Two: Eliminate Unwanted Photos

Once you have all of your photos in one place, go through and eliminate any that aren’t worth keeping: repeats, photos with a blurry finger covering half the lens, photos of your to-do lists, etc.

Tip: Moving forward, make it a habit to do a Daily Delete—every day, go through the photos on your phone (or camera if you took pictures on it that day) and delete any of these types of photos. It will take you two seconds and save you tons of time down the road. You’ll be able to skip step two entirely in the future!

Another tip: Use the time traveling home from a vacation to do your deleting. That way when you get home, you’ll have already eliminated all the photos from your trip you don’t want to keep. Plus, it’s a fun way to relive those memories again while you’re heading home.

Step Three: Organize Your Digital Photos

In your photo managing system, create folders for each month and year. Then place the corresponding photos in these folders.

Step Four: Back Up Your Digital Photos

Back up all the photos in your photo managing system onto a CD or external hard drive. You can also look into online options, such as iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Step Five: Create To-Print Folders

Once you have organized your photos in your photo managing system, you’re ready to start thinking about scrapbooking them—woohoo! Even though all the photos you have left are photos you have deemed worth keeping, you may not want to scrapbook all of them. A great way to figure out which photos you want to scrapbook is to copy and paste a given folder onto your desktop. Then go through and delete any photos you don’t want to print. You can also edit any of the photos you’re going to print if you want to take that extra step.

Step Six: Upload & Print Photos

Once you’ve gone through all the photos on your desktop folder, you’re ready to print! We recommend creating a table, like the one below, to track each folder’s progress. When you have printed your photos, you can delete the desktop folder you created (remember, you’ve already saved these photos elsewhere!).How to organize years of photos without getting overwhelmed #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #photos #organize #digital #persnicketyprints #organization

Tip: Choose one day every month to do a print run. Some months you may be able to afford printing more photos than other months, but get in the habit of printing your photos on the same day each month.

PHOTO DISCOUNT: Now is a great time to catch up on printing your photos because Persnickety Prints has been kind enough to create a discount code for our readers! Use this discount code to save 20% on your entire order: CTMH20

This code expires August 30, cannot be combined with other discount codes, and is limited to one use per customer.

Step Seven: Organize Printed Photos

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Option 1: Use our large organizers and tabbed dividers to organize your printed photos.

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How to organize years of photos without getting overwhelmed #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #photos #organize #digital #persnicketyprints #organization

You can organize your photos by date, person, event…whatever you want! Think about the album you want to create with the photos, and organize them that way.

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Option 2: Create a work-in-progress album. Use one of our D-ring albums and divided Memory Protectors™ to separate out all the photos you’ll want for an album. You can group like photos together so you know how to plan your layouts.

And that’s it! The next step is to start scrapbooking away! If the idea of scrapbooking itself overwhelms you, a great place to start is with our Workshops Your Way® scrapbooking kits. You can also talk to your Independent Consultant (or find one online!) to help you know where to start.

We hope this post helped you feel empowered to start organizing your photos for scrapbooking. We know that when you take that leap of faith, you’ll find so much joy and satisfaction in preserving your family’s memories and stories.


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Sneak Peek Inside Our New Scrapbook Pattern Book

Sneak Peek Inside Our New Scrapbook Pattern Book! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #pattern #book #scrapbooking

Our new Annual Inspirations catalog goes live August 1, and we can’t wait to show you all the exciting things we’ve been working on for the past year. In fact, we’re SO excited that we’re going to give you a sneak peek at one of our favorite new products—another installment of our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern book series (and the crowd goes wild)!

Volume 3 of Make It from Your Heart is a real game changer. Why? Well for starters, it comes as a collection of loose, 3-ring hole-punched pages that fit inside any of our Everyday Life™ mini albums. You can rearrange or pull out pages anytime you want. Just think: you could pull out the page you need for an upcoming crop and insert it into your Everyday Life™ planner next to the day of the crop. How awesome is that? 🙂

Also, this pattern book features 36 two-page layout patterns that use standard photos sizes (no trimming down photos over here, folks!). The layouts are organized by how many photos they use, so if you are looking for a layout that uses four photos, you can simply turn to that section and look at all your options.

We also have not one, but TWO pieces of artwork inspiration for each pattern! This is a great way to show off the creative potential of a single pattern, as you can in these examples:

Pattern 14

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Pattern 26

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Sneak Peek Inside Our New Scrapbook Pattern Book! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #pattern #book #scrapbooking

In addition to these 36 patterns, this book features artwork inspiration that demonstrates how to incorporate additional photos into your layouts using our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™…

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Sneak Peek Inside Our New Scrapbook Pattern Book! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #pattern #book #scrapbooking…as well as our traditional pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors.

Sneak Peek Inside Our New Scrapbook Pattern Book! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #pattern #book #scrapbooking

This exciting new pattern book will be available to order beginning August 1 (which is in 12 days, but who’s counting?). And there’s no need to camp out in a long line in anticipation of the launch date because you can order this great new book on your Consultant’s website or closetomyheart.com as soon as it is made available (along with more new products)!

So get ready to snap up your own copy of Make It from Your Heart Volume 3. Gotta love scrapbooking made easy. 🙂

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Stamping ABC’s

Here we are, in the middle of Stampaganaza 2017, with more stamping tips and tricks for you to carry up your sleeve and share with your friends! Today we’re giving you the ABC’s of working with alphabet stamps. Most of us have at least one font that is our go to, so go grab it and try the following out! (If you’re looking for a new favorite, check out our new Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month!)
Counting Sheep #closetomyheart #ctmh #layout #countingsheep #sleeping #alphabetstamp #alphabet #scrapbooking
A is for Alignment
For our first trick, we will tell you to stamp your letters one at a time instead of spelling out entire words on a stamping block. A lot of people do this (and we do too, sometimes!) but we find it easier to pull off crisper and cleaner letters when they are stamped individually. If you’re afraid that your letters won’t line up straight, use a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw a line to act as a guide for where you will be stamping. As for spacing between the letters, just eyeball it! Artists are definitely not perfectionists!
Love Card #closetomyheart #ctmh #cardmaking #lovecard #love #alphabetstamp #stampingB is for Background
Never underestimate the power of a strong backdrop! Alphabet stamps make great backgrounds and can send subtle messages through artwork. Align your letters using the tips we’ve already mentioned, but throw them in the back for a fun and easy way to personalize your crafts.
Gift Tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #tag #alphabet #alphabetstamp #stampingC is for Center (Sorry Cookie Monster, maybe next time)
Our final tip is about centering your words in your artwork without having to pull out a ruler. If you are trying to center a word on a piece of paper, like in our Hello tag above, start stamping from the middle letter of the word. We started with the first L in “HELLO” and then worked our way out from there, playfully staggering the letters slightly up and down.

Remember your ABC’s—they can make a world of difference when you stamp! If you’ve got some alphabet tips of your own that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Counting Sheep Page
S1707 My Acrylix® Storybook Alphabet—Stamp of the Month, E1034 My Acrylix® Marker Alphabet Stamp Set, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2813 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Love Card
E1027 My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet Stamp Set, X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
1¾” Background <c> (p. 33)

2¾” x 1¾” Hello Tag
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Glassine Bag

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking Collection
1¾” Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (p. 83)

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