DIY Mini Album Ideas featuring Some Kinda Wonderful

We love seeing just how much spunk and charm the Some Kinda Wonderful collection adds to every project that we use it on. Today we’ve got a duo of fun and fresh mini albums that feature this collection.

The first mini album follows a simple formula: sheets of cardstock and Some Kinda Wonderful paper that we’ve cut down and then folded in half. After decorating our pages, it was a simple matter of stitching it down the center to hold the whole thing together. Page through the album to see how great the stickers and black glitter shapes from the Some Kinda Wonderful Complements work as titles and decorations. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a cameo appearance by our April Stamp of the Month!

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Our second mini album looks a little fancier, but it was just as simple to make—maybe even simpler! We cut the pages using our Cricut® Artbooking collection, which has all the shapes you need to create a coordinated mini album. The pages even come with the holes cut into them, making it easy to bind them together with ribbon.

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These mini-album ideas are easy to replicate using any paper collection, but there are only a few days left to get the Some Kinda Wonderful collection! Head to Closetomyheart.com or talk to your Close To My Heart Consultant to get this great collection before it’s gone!

Recipes:

#Happy 2017 Mini Album

My Acrylix® Flock Together Stamp Set (S1704), Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet (X7217B), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Lemon Cardstock (X5785), Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2812), Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z3271,) Some Kinda Wonderful Complements (X7217C), Black and White Dots (Z3314), White Twine (Z3216), Watercolor Paints (Z3132), Paintbrush Set (Z3188), 1″ Circle Punch (Z1999), Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen (Z1979)

Friends Mini Album

Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet (X7217B), Some Kinda Wonderful Complements (X7217C), Black and White Dots (Z3314), Black & Gold Ribbon (Z3197), Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z3169)

Cricut Cuts
Artbooking
6 ½” Photo Mat-1 <3> (cut 12, p. 40)

Do-It-Yourself with the Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Spring is in full bloom and you’re itching for some new décor. Flowers and wreaths…designs that look bright, open, and airy… Instead of picking something up at the store, give your do-it-yourself prowess a try!Framed Monogram Wreath #ctmh #closetomyheart #monogram #wreath #neutral #diy #decor #Cricut #flowermarket #flower #rawwood #distressed #weathered #shabbychic #modernantique #antiquedThe framed monogram wreath we’re displaying today was made using our Cricut® Flower Market collection—ideal for springtime crafts! We set our wreath in a shadow box, but make your arrangement to suit your style and your space. Once you start working with the Flower Market collection, you might just find yourself branching out in your own direction! Instead of a wreath like ours, you might end up with a bouquet, or a smaller floral project. That’s the best part of DIY décor and our Cricut® collections—everything you make is customizable to your needs and liking! Choose how far your creativity will take you and start trimming with flowers that will last all season!

Before getting started, you have to select your colors. We chose neutral hues for our example décor to make it easy to add to any existing scheme. As you’re planning your project, also consider that using light and neutral color palettes can brighten up a room, making it feel more open and less cluttered.Wreath Up Close #ctmh #closetomyheart #wreath #monogrammedwreath #monogramwreath #monogram #neutral #antiqued #modernantique #shabbychic #distressed #distressingtechnique #diyOur wreath petals were made using White Daisy cardstock, our Champagne Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad, and a sponge.

If you’re a fan of the modern shabby chic style, we have a simple paper distressing technique that you have to try! Cut a small triangle out of your round sponge, ink it, and then dab off the excess ink on scrap paper (you want very little ink on your sponge). Now that your sponge is ready to go, rub the edges of the paper you are looking to distress and—ta-da!—you have paper leaves that are “weathered” and very chic!

DIY décor is definitely the way to go this spring and the Cricut® Flower Market collection is just bursting with ideas! Check out our Flower Market videos on YouTube for additional home décor suggestions and inspiration. Give them a try, experiment, and create wonderful things!

Have you made décor using any of our Cricut® collections? Share with us in the comments below!

Recipe

Framed Monogram Wreath
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2874 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks ™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z697 Round Sponge, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, 12″ x 15″ Pin Board Shadow Box

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1 ½” Icon <1> (cut 30, p. 1)
1″ Flower-2 <h> (cut 20, p. 26)
2 ¼” Shift + Title <S> (cut 2, p. 22)
3″ <font> “H”

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From Jeanette: Thank You

Close To My Heart Consultants are a special bunch. I’ve always felt that this company attracts a special type of person, and this has been proven to me time and time again.

Last month we held our annual incentive trips for our North American and Australasian Consultants. Consultants who earn these trips are among the most dedicated and the hardest working Consultants in the company. This year’s trip rewarded our Australasian Consultants with a trip to Tahiti, while our North Americans went to the RIU Palace Pacifico hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I heard from many of the trip attendees that both destinations were spectacular and that each made for a wonderful incentive trip. I wish I could have attended with them!

Monica, who attended the Puerto Vallarta trip, came back to the office afterward with a lovely surprise—the incentive trip earners had gone in on a gift for me:

 

This exquisite bracelet was a generous gift from some very dear friends of mine. It is a gift that I will treasure. I certainly didn’t expect anything like it—after all, the incentive trip is my opportunity to express my appreciation for these hard-working Consultants, not vice-versa! But the gift served as a reminder of the caring, loyal, wonderful people that make the Close To My Heart community so unique.

To all who contributed to this gift, thank you for being so thoughtful and kind. To all of you incentive trip earners, thank you for striving for greatness; I hope you’re all working hard toward next year’s fabulous trips—our North American Consultants will be heading for Thailand, while our Australasians are taking a Mediterranean cruise; both trips are sure to be amazing!

To all of you Close To My Heart Consultants out there, thank you for the work you put into your business and for helping me to build up my dream. Finally, to everyone who is part of the Close To My Heart community, thank you for sharing in this passion of mine. I hope that you each find it to be as rewarding and fulfilling as I do.

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Some Kinda Wonderful—Two Ways!

Some Kinda Wonderful is a whimsical, playful paper collection with bright colors and unique designs. Though you may initially look at it and think “little girl,” these papers and embellishments can be paired with all sorts of other photos as well! It really is some kinda wonderful! 😉

Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection #closetomyheart #ctmh #somekindawonderful #bestfriends #scrapbooking #inspiration

Here we have photos of college besties getting together to surprise their friend on her birthday. It’d also be super cute to use this collection with photos from any girls trip, like a trip to the spa or the mall.

Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection #closetomyheart #ctmh #somekindawonderful #bestfriends #brothers #boy #scrapbooking #inspiration

On the flip side, this collection also has colors that work well for photos of boys at any age—including black glitter die-cuts.

All we can say is, there’s a whole lotta potential in this one paper collection!

Which of the two layouts is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Friends Layout
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, X7217C Some Kinda Wonderful Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots

12″ x 12″ Happy Today Layout
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7217C Some Kinda Wonderful Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3216 White Twine

 
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24-Hour Flash Sale!

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In honor of spring and the new memories you’re making, we’re having a 24-HOUR FLASH SALE, starting now! Save 30% on select products, including exclusive bundles we’ve put together just for this sale.

Take a closer look at a few of these bundles below!

Ultimate Mini Inks Bundle

Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads in 4 color palettes with accompanying small organizer and foam insert #ctmh #pigment #pigmentinks #pigmentpads #pigmentcolor #pigmentsets #smallorganizer #foaminsert #organizer #crafting #crafts #cardmaking #diy

What a perfect opportunity to try out our Exclusive Inks™ mini pigment pads in all four color palettes! That’s 40 inkpads, 40 different colors! This bundle also comes with a foam insert, which makes it easy to hold all of the inks perfectly in place, as well as a small organizer for holding the foam insert.

State Stamps Bundle

Stamps of the 50 United States #ctmh #stamps #statestamps #states #vacation #traveling #roadtrip #travelogue #scrapbooking #cardmaking #diy

Traveling somewhere this spring? Dress up your travelogues with these darling US state stamps! Because there are 50, we also included two mini stamp organizers to keep them nice and neat. There’s also a bundle for the Canadian provinces!

Ultimate Embellishments Bundle

16-Pocket accessory roll-up full of embellishments #ctmh #accessoryrollup #embellishments #enamel&glitter #enamel #glitter #gems #sequins #sparkles #organizing #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #diy

Keep your embellishments sorted and secure with our accessory roll-up! Fill it up then hang it up, or roll it up and snap it shut. No matter how you use it, this organizer is a fun and easy way to store your small accessories—and its clear pockets make it easy for you to find exactly what you need at a glance. And because we love that bling, this bundle includes nine different packs of embellishments, including sequins, gems, and sparkles!

Ultimate Glitter Paper Bundle

Glitter paper in 6 colors including Sea Glass, our exclusive Color of the Year #ctmh #coloroftheyear #seaglass #mint #glitterpaper #fancypaper #glitter #crafts #crafting #cardmaking #scrapbooking #diy

When it comes to glitter, we say, “the more, the better!” 🙂 Stock up on six different colors of glitter paper with our Ultimate Glitter Paper Bundle. You’ll get three sheets of each color per bundle, including our Color of the Year, Sea Glass! Grab this bundle fast because, like all of our Flash Sale bundles, it’s only available while supplies last!

Stitching Tool Bundle

Stitching on cards and paper with a ruler, stitch guide, and foam mat #ctmh #foammat #ruler #stitchguide #piercing #cardmaking #diycards

If you love creating beautiful stitched patterns on cards and scrapbook pages , you’re gonna love this bundle. The 15″-long foam mat lets you pierce through the entire width of a card, or 12″ x 12″ paper, without stopping—all while protecting your tabletop. The stitch guide has beautiful patterns and shapes for you to pierce, making it easy to follow with your needle and thread of choice. Our 14″ ruler, which is also included in this bundle, allows you to create your own stitch patterns, as you can easily measure the distance between holes with exact precision and measure exactly where you want to start and stop piercing on your artwork.

And if you don’t already have the piercing & embossing tool, it’s also part of our Flash Sale, so you can get it at a discount!

Watercolor Tools Bundle

Watercoloring with watercolor pencils and waterbrushes #ctmh #watercolor #watercolorpencils #waterbrushes #brushes #painting #24hrsale #scrapbooking #cardmaking #diy

Add gorgeous color to your artwork with our watercolor pencils and waterbrushes! Color in a stamp with the pencils and then blend portions with the waterbrushes to get a watercolor finish. How easy is that?

Embossing Diffusers Pack

Adding texture with embossing folder diffusers #ctmh #embossing #embossingdiffusers #cardmaking #texturedpaper #diycards #diy #scrapbooking #crafting

These embossing diffusers will take your embossing folder game to a whole new level. You can choose to emboss only a square or circle shape on your paper—or to emboss everything but a square or circle shape, which is a great place for stamping your sentiment. Both methods are sure to add dimension and personality to your cards!

There’s a whole lot more included in this sale, so head on over to your Consultant’s website, or go to closetomyheart.com to start shopping. The sale runs from now until 3:00 pm (MDT) tomorrow, April 8, so make sure to jump on these great deals while you can!

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4 Reasons Why Our Cut Above® Layout Kits Will Make Your Life Easier

If you haven’t heard about our Cut Above® layout kits before, now is the perfect time to learn about them—because this month they’re 50% off! That means they’re just $7.48 USD each!

We have two different kits: Forever & Always and Little One. They come with instructions, base pages, pre-cut pieces, and stickers to complete a two-page scrapbooking layout—no cutting required! You also get two Memory Protectors™ for storing your finished pages.

As an added bonus, the kits also come with coordinating pocket scrapbooking cards and two divided Memory Protectors for any leftover photos you may have.

Here’s what the Forever & Always layout kit looks like when it’s all completed—and remember, you make all of these pages for $7.48!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

If saving big on an easy scrapbooking project isn’t enough to send you racing to your shopping cart, here are four more reasons why our Cut Above® layout kits will make your life easier:

1. You’ll save time.

And that means you’ll have more time to spend on other scrapbooking projects, learning new crafting techniques, or doing something else entirely! Check out this video to see how quickly the Little One kit comes together—you’ll be done in 15 minutes or less!

2. There is NO cutting . . . except cutting corners. 😉

No trimming, no fussy cutting, no cranking your die-cutting machine, no programming your Cricut®—aka less hassle for you! We know you love detailed paper accents though, so we just include those right in your kit! For example, take a look at the circle on the Little One layout with those pie-shaped pieces—creating something like that by hand takes a protractor… and a lot of time… and patience. And then you have the doilies on the Forever & Always layout. Sure, you can get that look with a Cricut®, but getting it in a kit saves you the time and hassle of cutting and cleaning up!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby3. They work for multiple occasions.

You might take a look at these kits and think “Well, I’m not getting married or having a baby anytime soon, so I don’t know what I’d do with them.”

Well stop that silliness, and open your mind to the world of possibilities! 😉 These kits can be used for more than just two occasions. Ready for some inspiration?

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

How about using the Forever & Always kit for anniversary photos?

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

Or using it for anybody you want to spend forever & always with, like family? We especially love these generational photos of grandma, daughter, and granddaughter.

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

And even though YOU may not be the one having a baby, the Little One kit is perfect for pictures of any little one (including toddlers and little kiddos!) in your life, be it niece, grandson, cousin, goddaughter—you name it!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

It’s even good for fur babies!

4. They make handmade easy.

Even though the base pages are printed and all the loose pieces are pre-cut, these layouts are still handmade—and you can tell! One thing that sets these pages apart from any store-bought, pre-designed scrapbooks is that they have dimension. To start off, you are attaching loose pieces and stickers to the pages, which already gives them dimension—but then you can also pop up any pieces you want with 3-D foam tape for even more personality!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or just looking for something new to try, these kits are sure to make your life a little bit easier. And at 50% off this month, they’re a total steal!

Have questions about our Cut Above® kits? Leave them in the comments below, and we’ll give you answers!

 

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Sticky Boy Takes Over!

In honor of April Fool’s day, I, Sticky Boy, have decided to bring everyone’s attention back to the things that matter most: namely, me. To that end, I’ve taken over Close To My Heart’s blog, Facebook, Instagram, and website. I figured it would be a good prank to give the world a little more of me. 😉

And since the holiday happened to fall on a Saturday, it gave me the ideal opportunity to take over the Home Office, too. If you’re curious about how a clear stamp like me could manage so much mayhem, check out the story on our Instagram account. Let’s just say, I’ve got some serious skills. 🙂

Everyone’s going to find some pretty awesome surprises when they get back on Monday morning…

…they’re going to get a little extra motivation…

“Teamwork is the ability of common people to follow the orders of an uncommonly talented stamp. Like me.”

“The difference between me and successful people is that they don’t have short, stubby, little legs.”

“Leaders are like eagles. Wait, no they aren’t. Leaders RIDE eagles!”

…and they’ll enjoy some new & improved bathroom signs.

In fact, I’ll be “popping” up all over the place.

Of course, there’s nothing anonymous about this, so I left my calling card to make sure everyone knew what I was up to today.

As for Brian and Monica, I had some very special plans for them. I left a message on Brian’s door and just a few sticky notes…

…and I gave Monica’s family photos a little makeover.

Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m up to the rest of the day—and Happy April Fools!

Your favorite stamp in the whole wide world,

Sticky Boy

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Quick Easter Basket Tags

Quick Easter basket tags #ctmh #closetomyheart #easter #crafting #diy #tags #cricut #decor

With April a skip and a hop away, it’s time to start thinking about Easter crafting! One fun project is to make cute name tags for your family’s baskets—and with our Cricut® collections, you can get adorable tags in a jiffy!

The daffodils, banners, and letters on these tags come from the latest of our Cricut® collections—Flower Market. The tag bases themselves comes from our Cricut® Artistry collection, which is filled with lots of other basic shapes for crafting. Combine the two collections, and you get a whole new world of possibilities!

Quick Easter basket tags #ctmh #closetomyheart #easter #crafting #diy #tags #cricut #decorYou can see how we layered these pieces on top of each other to create a tag with dimension. To finish the tag, simply punch a hole in the top, add some ribbon, and tie it to an Easter basket.

This quick project adds a personal touch to your Easter baskets, and you can use the tags time and time again!

What Easter crafts do you want to try out this year? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipe

Easter Name Tags
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 ¾” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)
2 ½” Shape <Holiday> (cut 3, p. 47)

Flower Market
1″ Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
½” Shift+Flower-1 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
2 ¾” Flower-2 <Daffodil> (cut 3, p. 44)
1 ¼” Shift+Title <Succulnt> (cut 3, p. 40)
½” <font> “ANNA JACK HALEY”

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From Jeanette: Celebrate With Me

As I’m turning one year older today, the importance of memory keeping is readily on my mind. Time really does fly by (and it seems to accelerate with each passing year!), which is why it’s so important to tell our stories and preserve them in albums so they live forever.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that memory keeping is at the heart of everything I do. I feel like it’s my mission in life to help others realize the importance of preserving memories—and to show them how to do it in a fun and fulfilling way! From sharing this company’s message about memory keeping with our “Life Is Worth” video and telling the story of how I started this company in my basement, to talking about the importance of documenting the little things that make us unique (like my love of “I Love Lucy”) and inviting you to submit your scrapbook stories through Stories from the Heart, this blog is such a wonderful place to get inspired and connect with others who share your passion. It’s where I can share with you my thoughts and feelings about memory keeping, and it’s where you can see beautiful artwork and learn techniques and strategies to make memory keeping a reality in your life.

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

To celebrate my birthday and the importance of memory keeping, I want to give away some of the exclusive mini stamps we give to Consultants who ask a question during the Q&A session at Convention. On the blog, I’m going to give away 25 of the Make It from Your Heart stamp you see here. To enter to win, please leave a comment below explaining why memory keeping is important to you and subscribe to this blog to receive inspiration and tutorials straight to your inbox. To subscribe, click on the blue button that says “Subscribe to list” on the right-hand side of this page.

At 11 am (MDT) tomorrow, I’ll select 25 random commenters (who must also be subscribed to the blog) to receive this fun stamp. And for a chance to win the other two exclusive Jeanette stamp sets you see below, head on over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts—I’m giving away a grand total of 75 stamps!

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

I just want to finish by saying how much each of you mean to me. I am so grateful for all the years of friendship and for the years of friendship to come. You have truly made my life a beautiful one, and I’m so grateful to have you in my story.

Sending you all my love,

Jeanette

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