Making Your Mark on Memory Keeping

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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?

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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.

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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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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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Spectacular Stamping!

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At Close To My Heart, our bread and butter are our top-of-the-line stamp sets! There’s nothing quite like lifting a stamp block off of your project and seeing a flawless stamped image underneath. It’s definitely one of our favorite things, and we love sharing our incredible stamps with crafters everywhere! Our clear, unmounted stamps provide the highest level of crafting versatility, all while being reusable for years of creative fun!

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All of our stamps are made of liquid photo polymer resin, a clear material that is sturdy, yet flexible, allowing for easy removal from stamp carrier sheets and placement on our acrylic stamping blocks. While some care is required, our stamps are durable enough to withstand repeated use over several years, so you can keep your favorites around for countless projects.

Because both the stamp and block are clear, it’s possible to see exactly where the stamped image will be on the project. Having this insider’s perspective on what your stamping will look like gives you greater control and confidence as you create! Whether you’re layering stamped images—as you can see in the card featured below—or incorporating fun color techniques, the ability to see what you’re doing takes the guesswork out of crafting and leaves you with the pure joy of creativity!

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Along with simplifying your crafting, the fact that our stamps are clear and unmounted also cuts down on required storage space. Each stamp set comes on a plastic carrier sheet in a specialized envelope. Even after years of use, your stamps can still be stored on the same carrier sheets and in the same envelopes they arrived in!

Our incredible stamp sets come in six different sizes—A, B, C, D, E, and M (for mini)—and feature all kinds of sentiments, icons, and images. We have everything from classic florals and adorable animals to patriotic and summertime sets, so there is something for every crafter and every project! 

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Many of our stamps also come with coordinating Thin Cuts metal dies. Because these dies are designed in conjunction with specific stamp sets, they perfectly cut the outlines of stamped images for a polished end result without the need for delicate hand trimming. Thin Cuts metal dies are slim enough to fit in the same envelopes, so storage space for these dies is also minimized. Incorporating Thin Cuts dies into your artwork allows you to create accents with added dimension, like the sweet lemonade jar on the scrapbook layout below!

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With so much to love about Close To My Heart stamps, it’s no wonder that crafters everywhere love to create with them. Right now, we’ve got an absolutely amazing sale on our stamps and Thin Cuts dies. Our Stamptacular sale offers deals on over 175 stamp + Thin Cuts bundles and nearly 300 standalone stamp sets!

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Along with the savings available on this vast array of stamps and Thin Cuts, we’ve also created five exclusive stamp sets that were designed just for this Stamptacular sale! With four patriotic themed sets and a floral set, these exclusive stamps are the perfect companion for the deals available through Stamptacular!

We’re thrilled to be able to share so many of our stamps with you, and we want to hear about your favorite experiences with this crafting staple! Do you have any special memories associated with stamping, a favorite technique, or even a favorite stamp set? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!


Recipes

4¼” x 5½” Meet Me On the Slopes Card (Vertical)
CC6226 My Acrylix® True Blue Stamp Set, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6062 Harbour Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, X6058 Rosemary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6531 Mocha Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6529 Rosemary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2088 Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread

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

12″ x 12″ Okinawa is Home Page
CC6223 My Acrylix® Culture & Tradition Stamp Set, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X6054 Grape Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6524 Grape Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3225 Medium Round Waterbrush, Z3560 Golden Rod Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Fourth of July Page
CC6224 My Acrylix® Fourth of July Stamp Set, X7281B Tutti Frutti Paper Packet, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6057 Capri Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6528 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4223 Red Shimmer Brush, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Cricut® Artbooking Collection

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12″ x 12″ Canada Day Page
CC6225 My Acrylix® Home and Native Land Stamp Set, X5947 Mink Cardstock, X6049 Scarlet Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6526 Scarlet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4339 Stencil Pack 2, Z4340 Stencil 3, Z3686 Stitched Fancy Brackets Thin Cuts, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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, Z6513 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

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Horizontal)
Make It from Your Heart, Volume 4, page 36–37
CC6222 My Acrylix® Floral Wishes Stamp Set, X8024B Love Story Paper Packet (Toffee), X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2481 Coral Marker TriBlend™ Marker, Z2486 Dull Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2491 True Blue TriBlend™ Marker, Z3787 Platinum Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems

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Scrapbooking with Fresh Paint Made Easy!

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Ever notice that trends tend to repeat themselves, every 20–30 years? Like a blast from the past, the Fresh Paint collection, one of our newest paper collections found in our current catalog, delivers nostalgic 90’s themes that have reclaimed a place in today’s world. As memory keepers, we know all about revisiting the past, so it makes perfect sense to embrace these trends when it comes to designing and creating a place to preserve our memories–old and new!

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Let’s take a fresh look at these new “old” designs from the Fresh Paint collection, and look at a few different ways to use them to make timeless scrapbook pages!

As a jumping off point for scrapbook pages, we offer a scrapbooking workshop kit as part of each of our collections. These use the same patterned papers, and often embellishments from the suite, along with additional coordinating exclusive products to create three two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts.

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What’s great about these kits, including the Fresh Paint scrapbooking workshop kit, is that they come with everything you need to replicate artwork that was already designed with the themes and patterns of the collection in mind. The included instructions are easy to follow, but loose enough to leave room for your own ideas, too. You can follow them exactly or mix it up by going off-script, re-arranging pieces, and embellishing with stickers and die-cuts as you please. And, if you have more photos than fit in the layout, there are simple solutions for adding them!

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The above layout is one of the three layouts from the Fresh Paint scrapbooking workshop. Our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, used it to scrapbook one of her recent family gatherings. Karen loves to take photos of her family, so naturally she had more than what was allotted on the pages of the layout. To include all of her photos in her scrapbook and within this layout, Karen added a couple of different sized Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™. These extra pockets, combined with a few ready-to-go Picture My Life™ pocket cards (just another coordinating piece of the Fresh Paint collection, of course!), made including the additional photos a cinch!

Going beyond the workshop, you’ll find another Fresh Paint scrapbook layout idea right on the opening page for the collection in our catalog (it’s so full of ideas!). for each collection, this opening page usually features a single 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page. Take inspiration from this page (or copy it entirely) to start another two-page layout. A 12″ x 12″ pocket page put together with the coordinating pocket cards is an easy way to add a second page that fits with a single page design. In addition to coming ready with coordinating designs, Picture My Life™ cards are also ideal for journaling that slips right into a pocket!

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Another easy way to create a two-page layout with this collection is with the ready-made designed elements from the Fresh Paint Digital Art Collection. This is a collection of SVG files that can be used in a digital design application, like Cricut Design Space™, where the images can be manipulated to get just the look you want. You can use the design as-is, or you can resize pieces, remove layers, add new elements, etc. If 12″ x 12″ is not your vibe, then SVGs are a great tool because you can even resize the images to fit a different size format.  You can then cut the pieces using your personal cutting machine and your choice of papers. The layout below is one that we cut exactly as it was included in the Digital Art collection, making it a perfect home for memories from a fun friends trip to New York City!

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If you’re more open to designing your own scrapbook pages, make use of the Fresh Paint—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts! The sentiments and icons on this set of stamps and dies work seamlessly with the Fresh Paint papers, stickers, acrylic shapes, and pocket cards!

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The images outlined in grey represent the coordinating Thin Cuts dies.
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However you decide to use the Fresh Paint collection, there is so much potential to document your favorite memories using these nostalgic themes! What stories will you tell with this collection? We love hearing from you, so leave us a comment below and let us know!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Everyday Awesome Layout with Pocket Plus™
G1253 Fresh Paint Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, X7280D Fresh Paint Picture My Life™ Cards, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z3245 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 4, Z3244 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 3

12″ x 12″ Here and Now Layout with Pocket Scrapbooking
Z4449 Fresh Paint—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7280S Fresh Paint Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7280D Fresh Paint Picture My Life™ Cards, X7280C Fresh Paint Coordinating Cardstock, Z6528 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z5010 White Gloss Spray, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z1513 White Gel Pens, X7280E Fresh Paint Acrylic Shapes, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

12″ x 12″ Love Layout
X7280F Fresh Paint Digital Art Collection, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X6057 Capri Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock

12″ x 12″ Everyday Awesome Layout
Z4449 Fresh Paint—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7280S Fresh Paint Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6508 Bluebird Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6528 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6507 Clover Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Summer of Creativity with Craft with Heart™!

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As we look forward to all the summer fun this year has in store, we’re keeping our crafting spirit strong with a brand-new selection of cardmaking and scrapbooking kits, available through our Craft with Heart™ subscription program!

With so much going on in our busy, busy lives, it can sometimes be tough to find time for cardmaking and memory keeping. Well, with Craft with Heart™, it’s a breeze to create stunning artwork in just a few minutes! When you subscribe to the Craft with Heart program, you get crafting kits delivered directly to your door.

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Each scrapbooking kit includes a selection of base pages—many of which come pre-printed to help crafters get a head-start on their projects—along with die-cuts and stickers for beautifully polished pages! Subscriptions are available in 4- and 12-month options, with kits arriving every 4 months. Every delivery comes with the materials for a total of 8 two-page layouts (that’s 2 per month)! All that’s needed to complete these layouts is your adhesive of choice and a journaling pen!

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Along with our scrapbooking kits, we also have brand-new designs for our cardmaking kits! Like our scrapbooking kits, Craft with Heart™ cardmaking kits also come with pre-printed bases, die-cuts, and stickers. In addition to these materials, each cardmaking subscription box also comes with an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, a mini stamping block, and mini ink pads. Just grab some of your favorite adhesive, a journaling pen, and you’re good to go!

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Our Craft with Heart™ cardmaking kits include both standard size and slimline cards, offering some additional variety to our cardmaking enthusiasts. With materials to create 24 cards—2 each of 12 exclusive designs—Craft with Heart cardmaking kits are a treat for cardmakers everywhere!

With so much to love about the Craft with Heart™ subscription program, it’s no wonder that crafters of all types and experience levels look forward to the arrival of their kits every 4 months! These subscriptions make excellent gifts for any avid crafter in your life, or even for yourself.

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As an added bonus, crafters who purchase a 12-month scrapbooking or cardmaking subscription prior to August 31, 2022, are eligible to receive a FREE My Acrylix® stamp set! (Click here for more information.) Talk to your Close To My Heart Maker about starting your own Craft with Heart™ subscription today!

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Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with Hope & Kindness!

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with Hope & Kindness! #nsm #nationalscrapbookingmonth #hope&kindness #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #cardmaking #papercrafting #crafting #crafters #celebration #celebrate #ctmh #closetomyheart #makers

Happy National Scrapbooking Month, friends! We kicked off our celebration last weekend with an incredible virtual crafting event! If you missed out on any of these awesome projects, and would still like to participate, the instructional videos are available under the past Events tab on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page.

For the rest of the month, we’re keeping the party going with the gorgeous Hope & Kindness collection! This beautiful suite is designed with concepts of inspiration, self-affirmation, beauty, and growth at its core, and encourages you to find the best qualities in yourself and the people closest to you. We can’t wait to show it off, and today, we’re going to take you on a behind the scenes tour of all this wonderful collection has to offer!

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At the heart of the suite is the exclusive paper packet, which features three full sheets of cut-apart sentiments, pattern sections, and icons. Not only do these patterned papers make crafting a joy, but the inspirational quotes included in the papers help to remind us to look for the best and have patience with ourselves as we continue to grow.

These papers are accompanied by a selection of coordinating stickers and kraft paper die-cuts that complement the paper packet perfectly and make the ideal finishing touches to treasured scrapbook pages and heartfelt cards.

Another stand-out feature of this collection is the coordinating cardstock pack. This cardstock pack includes 12 sheets with printed texture patterns on one side of each page, allowing for variation not only in the colors used but in textures as well!

Rounding out the Hope & Kindness product suite is the Hope & Kindness stamp set, Thin Cuts metal dies, and the Fancy Doilies Thin Cuts dies. These elements are coordinated perfectly with the papers, stickers, and die-cuts, but can also be used in other projects for years to come!

Along with the amazing new products available through the Hope & Kindness special, we’ve also designed three incredible workshop kits so crafters of all types can enjoy working with Hope & Kindness!

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For our memory keepers, we’ve got a beautiful scrapbooking workshop kit, which includes all the exclusive papers you’ll need to create six coordinating 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts! Just imagine how spectacular your favorite photos will look incorporated into these pages!

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Cardmakers can look forward to loads of crafting fun with the Hope & Kindness Cardmaking Workshop Kit! This kit includes materials to create 16 standard size cards (2 each of 8 designs).

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With so many fun designs to choose from, you can easily create cards that are great for all types of occasions—birthdays, sympathy, expressions of thanks, or just because!

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Last but not least, we’re thrilled to show off our Hope & Kindness Album Workshop Kit, which allows crafters to create an entire 6″ x 8″ mini album in one sitting! Many of the pages in this album incorporate Flip Flaps™ to accommodate even more photos and adds a fun, interactive element! 

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With so much fun in store with Hope & Kindness, it’s going to be an unforgettable National Scrapbooking Month! We can’t wait to celebrate all month long with this amazing collection and we’re looking forward to seeing all the awesome artwork you’ll create! What are you most excited to make with Hope & Kindness? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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Spotting Techniques in Artwork and How to Duplicate Them!

Spotting Techniques in Artwork and How to Duplicate Them! #crafting #artwork #catalogcover #technique #hope&kindness #memorykeeping #papercrafting #nationalscrapbookingmonth

It’s officially May, and that means there’s a new Close To My Heart catalog to gush over! Make sure to visit our website to see all of the new papers, stamp sets, dies—and more!—that we have to offer, now and through June!

As you can imagine, so much goes into putting together these catalogs, especially the artwork that is designed and created from the featured products. Nearly every page displays a beautiful scrapbook layout or set of cards offering more than meets the eye at a quick glance.

Today we’re taking a deep dive into the scrapbook page on the cover of the May–June catalog and closely examining some of the elements and techniques that were used to bring it all together.

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One of the first things you will notice on this page is the background. We’ve talked about repeating shapes to create a background before, in Creating an Intricate Scrapbook Page Is Easier than You Think! In that previous post, we mentioned that replicating one shape is not only a quick way to create a background but it’s also a great way to incorporate many different patterns and colors, so you can use as many of your favorite pattern paper designs without having to choose! (There are just so many pretty papers!)

In this case, a background made up of squares is a little extra special. Because the base page is also a square (12″ x 12″), we are repeating the shape again by filling it with the smaller 1⅞” squares. Even though it is the same shape, this approach is not only visually satisfying but visually exciting, as well, because the recurrence is with a variety of patterned papers and colors.

Can you find any other ways that we’ve used squares on this page?

If you said stitching, then you are right! When creating your art, consider lines, patterns, and shapes, as well as mixing media. A few stitched lines can quickly elevate a scrapbook page or card. If you’re not good with a sewing machine, you can easily draw “stitch” lines with a pen! (The number of rows and columns of background squares is also squared, 5 by 5!)

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To create additional interest in our repetitive background, we also distressed our papers. Paper distressing happens when you alter the color or texture of the paper to produce a similar effect to it having been weathered by exposure to the elements over time. This real, authentic distressing (versus faux) is very popular and trendy, especially paired with the gorgeous patterns and colors from our Hope & Kindness collection. An easy way to distress the edges of your papers is running one blade of your scissors along the edges until the desired effect is achieved.

Now that we’ve got our background covered, let’s jump up to the next layer, and that’s the cluster of stickers and die-cuts we created for our photo. We know that the star of a good scrapbook layout is the story that it tells, whether it’s through photos, journaling, or a combination of both. For our already busy page, we needed to create a space that would draw and center our focus. This space is where we eventually want the photo and story.

Not wanting to cover up too much of the gorgeous background we created, we knew that we had to place our photo somewhere off-center, so we chose the bottom right. (We’ve been trained for things to resolve in the bottom and to the right, so if you’re ever in doubt, go for the bottom right!)

To begin creating the visual pull, we clustered several stickers and die-cuts just to the left of that space. Even though it may not look intentional, the way we placed and chose the pieces were very much so. For example, notice that we used three chipboard die-cut leaf stems. If you remember this simple rule when it comes to embellishments, you’re already ahead of the game: using an odd number of elements creates more dynamic art. This is known as the rule of odds.

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Also, as you create a cluster of embellishments, keep it interesting by incorporating different sizes, shapes, and materials. Add even more interest to the grouping by popping a few of these elements off the page with some foam tape. If you look closely, you can see that in our cluster we only used foam tape on the left side of the stickers, creating another visual arrow towards where the photo will be with a downward slope.

Lastly, let’s quickly discuss the photo. Our cluster was ready, but our photo needed something more before it could be attached to the page. That “something more” was a photo mat. The purpose of the photo mat on a layout like this is to provide your eyes with a place to rest once they’ve arrived to where we’ve been pointing towards all along. That is why the mat on this photo is a solid-colored cardstock rather than patterned paper. It provides your eyes with a visual break from all of the excitement happening on the rest of the page.

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You may have noticed that we also layered an additional White Daisy cardstock mat between the photo and the Papaya cardstock. This extra layer created the small white border that highlights our destination even more. White was a good choice because it’s a neutral bright color that is in the photo and in several of the patterns of the papers and stickers.

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When you’re looking through any of our catalogs, we hope that you will discover lots of new concepts and ideas illustrated in the featured art. Taking a good look at the provided artwork examples is bound to reveal creative techniques or unique approaches to using a product. When you see a piece that stands out to you, flag it to return to later when you are ready to try it out for yourself. Our catalogs are so much more than product brochures, and we hope that you’ll use them as the full resource that they are and can be!


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CC5224 My Acrylix® Hope & Kindness Stamp Set, CC5221 Hope & Kindness Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC5223 Hope & Kindness Coordinating Cardstock, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6055 Desert Rose Cardstock, X6063 Papaya Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6533 Harbour Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, CC5227 Hope & Kindness Die-cuts, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Sewing Machine

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