Postcard Perfect Cardmaking!

This post was written and photographed by our talented friend, Mayline Jung, whose love for the arts, design, and papercrafting (especially cardmaking!) has resulted in praise, admiration, and professional recognition from her fellow crafters. Check out her beautiful creations below and show her some love in the comments!

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Hello everyone! I am so happy and honored to be here with you. My name is Mayline and I love cardmaking! It was by chance in 2012 that I watched a cardmaking tutorial on Youtube. I immediately fell in love with the craft so I watched tutorials for an entire year when finally, at the end of 2013, I decided to try to make my own cards. I love clean and simple cards which are based on my unique creative ideas and layouts.

Today I am sharing six cards I created using the Postcard Perfect paper packet and stamp set. Each card comes with a video showing my cardmaking process from start to finish.

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For this card, I used the tropical paper. I fussy cut all the images, arranged them on the card base, and mounted them with adhesive and 3-D foam tape. I also decorated the inside of an envelope using the same tropical paper, resulting in a very special set.

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Here is my second card using the Postcard Perfect stamp set and Postcard Perfect paper packet. I stamped hibiscus images using various color inks on white cardstock and then fussy cut them. It’s so fun to stamp on paper! (Sometime I do it just for the fun of it!) If you are like me, you will enjoy making this card.

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Here is my next card, where I used the Postcard Perfect Cut Above® layout kit. After using the kit to make my scrapbook layouts, I had a lot of stickers and die-cuts left over. So, I used the stickers to make this card. And I love how it turned out!

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In this next card, I used the tropical leaves patterned vellum paper with stamps and markers.

This is a fun technique. I just used markers to color the vellum and the results are amazing! I colored the leaves with grey and light peach color markers—you can try this with any markers you may have—by gently coloring over the leaves, making sure to go slowly and with little pressure, so the pigment transfers to the leaves only. Don’t forget to color on the back of the vellum!! It turned out amazing! In this video tutorial, I walk you through exactly how I made this card.

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This next card takes less than 10 minutes to make. I used blending tools to blend the bottom of the paper. I then fussy cut the images and adhered them on the paper. That’s all. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

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For my last card, I used all my leftover stickers and die-cut pieces with vellum paper. This is perfect combination for a fun and unique card!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects. Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamping with Story Starter

Telling stories is what Story Starter is all about. This first workshop kit in the Story by Stacy™ product line walks you through the process of recalling detailed memories, writing them down, and then organizing them into small stories to pair with photos.

Story Starter albums get even better when you add stamping to your story cards with the Colorful Textures and Quotable Words stamp sets. These stamp sets are designed especially to work with the stories you tell in these albums, and today we are giving you some ideas for how you can use the Story Starter workshop kit with its coordinating stamp sets to personalize your written memories.

Using Colorful Textures

There are so many ways you can include splashes of color on your story cards. With the Colorful Textures stamp set, you can stamp simple images to match each story and photo in your Story Starter album. Shapes like hearts and stars fit perfectly next to words on your story card.

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These shapes can also be used to decorate your quote cards. With one solid and one outline circle, small touches of color make your quote cards more interesting and unique to you.

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Colorful Textures includes a few words that can be used to make short phrases. You can see we arranged the words to stamp the phrase “I LOVE the way YOU” on our story card. Build your phrase on a My Acrylix® block, like we did. Leave one word out. Stamp the phrase with Black ink, and then stamp the missing word in a different color.

Using Quotable Words

The Quotable Words stamp set gives you many options for stamping phrases or quotes on your story cards. You can use these images to personalize your story, or you can even incorporate them into how you write your memories on the story cards.

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This story card makes use of the checklist image and “the BEST things:” sentiment to create a repeatable format for each story card in the album. Stamp your images in a different color on each story card, like you see here, and then write your memories from your Story Starter workbook in a list on each story card.

Using the Stamp Sets Together

Not only are these stamp sets designed specifically for Story Starter, they are also meant to work together. You can combine words and textures to create story cards that coordinate with your story and photos. Every card could be different, or you could use a repeatable element on each card.

Mix the solid shapes from Colorful Textures with a sentiment from Quotable Words to create borders on your story cards. You can use longer shapes along the edges of your card and stamp a phrase in the middle.

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As you write your stories, don’t forget you can use the lined or blank side of your story card. The story doesn’t have to fill the entire card. If you have extra space, fill it with a combination of images from Colorful Textures and Quotable Words, or you can intentionally leave some white space as you write your memories down.

Stamping on your story cards can happen before or after you complete your writing. In the video, you can see that stamping first lets you organize your memories in creative ways, and it took no time at all! If you choose to write your story first, then stamp with a light color of ink over your words to highlight a particular phrase, or use smaller shapes to stamp around the edges.

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Your written words and the photos that go with them are the most important part of your Story Starter album. You can see above that the story is complete with or without stamped images. By including stamping, you can make your album your own, add fun pops of color, and highlight the parts that are the most significant to you.

Your style is unique, just like your story! Story Starter helps you uncover those stories stuck in your memory bank, write them down, and share them in fun, easy ways. With the Colorful Textures and Quotable Words stamp sets, you use your own creativity to add personalization and color to your Story Starter album.

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From Monica’s Kitchen

We were recently invited into Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s home to see how she’s using her Kitchen Traditions Cut Above® recipe kit. Watch the video below to see what she’s cooking up!

After seeing all of those mouthwatering dishes on Monica’s kitchen counter, don’t you just want to give them all a try? For those who do, here is a complete list of all of those yummy recipes straight from her recipe book! Enjoy!

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:
  • 5 chicken breast, shredded
  • ½ white onion, finely diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1-2 large can(s) Old El Paso mild red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 package white corn tortillas
  • 3 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
Directions:

Preparing this dish can get really messy, so make sure you have everything close at hand. You will need an apron and a lot of paper towels!

 In a large bowl, mix the shredded chicken, onion, and taco seasoning. In one large frying pan, start heating the enchilada sauce. In another frying pan, heat the canola oil. Once the oil is hot, fry a tortilla, for approximately 20 seconds on each side, using tongs to flip. Transfer the fried tortilla to the enchilada sauce. Dip the tortilla in the enchilada sauce so that both sides are covered. Transfer the tortilla into a 9 x 13 pan and lay it flat. Put a tablespoon of the shredded chicken mixture and ½ tablespoon of shredded cheese on the flat tortilla. Roll the tortilla and lay it in the pan with the seam facing down. Repeat this process until your pan is full. Sprinkle the top of the tortillas with the remaining shredded cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Mexican Rice

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups long rain rice
  • 1 Knorr Tomato with Chicken bouillon cubes
  • dash of cumin
  • 4 cups chicken broth (can substitute with water)
Directions:

In a medium saucepan, heat oil on medium heat. Combine rice, bouillon cubes, and cumin in the saucepan and fry until golden, about 4 minutes, stirring often. Pour broth into pan and cover. Lower heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes.

Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 6 green onions, sliced to stem
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cilantro bunch, pulled from stem and chopped
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 avocados, chopped (optional)
  • garlic salt, to taste
Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Salt to taste.

Steak Fajitas:

Ingredients:

2 flank steaks
2 oranges, juice only
2 lemons, juice only
3 limes, juice only
4 garlic cloves, quartered
8 cilantro sprigs
1 white onion, sliced
4 green onions, cut in half lengthwise
3 tablespoons soy sauce
garlic salt, to taste

1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow onion
4 tablespoons olive oil
garlic salt, to taste
lemon pepper, to taste

Directions:

Lay steaks flat, each in its own glass pan. Combine juice of all citrus with soy sauce and mix well. Pour evenly over steaks. Sprinkle both sides of each steak with salt (to taste). Lay garlic, cilantro, and white and green onions on top of steak and cover pans. Allow steak to marinate, preferably over night or for a minimum of 8 hours. Grill steak on medium heat to an internal temperature of 138°. Cut peppers and onion in half and lengthwise. In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium and sauté the vegetables for approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut the cooked steak into strips and add it to the frying pan. Sauté for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy!

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Postcard Perfect: Pocket Scrapbooking and Giveaway!

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through National Scrapbooking Month? With just a couple of weeks left to get our Postcard Perfect paper collection, created especially in celebration of this time of year, we wanted to give you some inspo for pocket scrapbooking using these beautiful papers.

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There are so many things going on in this layout to point out. First off, take a close look at the pocket cards. Each one is made using one of the designs from the cut-out page included in the Postcard Perfect paper packet.

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This sheet comes with a variety of scenic inspired images on one side for you to cut out and use as embellishments in any of your scrapbooking or cardmaking projects. They can ALSO be used to create your own pocket cards, like we did here, as layout titles, card fronts, and anywhere you want to add a splash of tropical flair.

Did you notice the pearls on our layout?

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When scrapbooking with pockets, it’s easy to opt out of using embellishments that have dimension in fear that they will make the Memory Protectors™ bulge and somehow compromise the aesthetic of our designs. An easy fix—attach the embellishment to the outside!

There’s another element of this pocket layout that you probably didn’t notice at first glance: Flip Flaps™!

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We just cannot get enough of these awesome pockets! Exclusive to Close To My Heart, Flip Flaps are extra pockets that you can attach to any layout, pocket scrapbooking or not, to incorporate additional photos or journaling. They are a fun, interactive way, to make room for your whole story.

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Our most cherished memories, regardless if we’re surrounded by palm trees, truly are Postcard Perfect, even if it’s just to us.

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The last thing we want to point out are the pictures that were used in this Postcard Perfect layout. They are of children having a blast splashing around and playing in a pool, not a sandy beach. These could’ve been taken at a pool party in someone’s backyard or even the local community pool. Your scenic getaway is whatever you make of it.

As we celebrate the second half of National Scrapbooking month don’t forget about pocket scrapbooking. This collection has so much potential beyond classic layouts. Take it to the crafty level and make all your stories Postcard Perfect!

To help you do just that, we are having another giveaway! (Woo-hoo!) For a chance to win one of FIVE Postcard Perfect Cut Above layout kits (check out this previous blog post if you don’t know what that is—we promise you’ll want one!) we want to hear about your experience with pocket scrapbooking. Have you done it? Do you prefer it? Is it not your thing? And, why? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and also make sure you are a subscriber to this blog. There’s a big blue button on the sidebar with your name on it (ok, technically it says Subscribe to list). The winners will be chosen by noon (MDT) tomorrow, May 16.

To learn about more chances to win, visit us on Facebook and Instagram where we are giving away even more of these fabulous kits.

Leave us a comment. Can’t wait to see what you prefer!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Truly Postcard Perfect Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
CC5184 My Acrylix® Postcard Perfect Stamp Set, CC5181 Postcard Perfect paper Packet, CC5183 Postcard Perfect Coordinating Cardstock, Z3370 White Pearls, Z1951 Memory Protectors™ Design 4Z2330 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″, Z2331 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″

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Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™

As we celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, why not combine the vacation vibes of the Postcard Perfect paper packet with the endless possibilities available with our Cricut® collections and Cricut Design Space™? Using the variety of banners in the Artistry Cricut® collection, you can cut personalized text using the Slice tool. This gives you unlimited flexibility to create titles for your scrapbook pages that perfectly capture what you love about your photos and memories.Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryWe made this scrapbook page by slicing text in a banner image from the Artistry Cricut® collection. This allowed us to create a unique title to match the sunny, happy moment captured in this family vacation photo. Today we are going to give you step-by-step instructions to create a banner title just like the one you see here using a banner, font, and the Slice tool in Design Space™.Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryBefore getting started, make sure you own the Artistry and You Are Here Cricut® collections to use the same banner and font that we did in this project. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space™ compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show how to work in Design Space™ from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

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

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2. Insert the banner image.

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3. Resize and ungroup the banner image.

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4. Duplicate the solid banner.

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5. Insert first line of text, “LET THE,” and resize.

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6. Move and rotate the text over the banner.

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7. Check text placement before slicing.

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8. Use Slice to cut text into the banner.

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9. Delete extra text.

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10. Repeat with second line of text, “SUNSHINE IN.”

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryRepeat the same process to slice the second line of text for “SUNSHINE IN” on the banner to complete your title. Keep in mind, if you feel like the text is too tight on the banner, you can adjust the height to make it slightly smaller.

11. Cut your project!

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryFor our page, we used our Lagoon and Lemon cardstock. Keep in mind our cardstock is two-toned. One side has the full strength color, and the other side is a lighter hue. Use the light side of Lagoon for the banner with text and the dark side of Lagoon for the banner outline. If you like, you can also assign colors to your project pieces before cutting the project. This makes it easy to see what cardstock to use as you cut. When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Then, insert your cardstock, and you’ll have all the pieces you need to create this project on your own!

You can use this same process to create your own titles from banners found in the Artistry collection. With so many options, you can customize your titles to match any scrapbooking project! And don’t forget to take advantage of this month’s National Scrapbooking Month special with the Postcard Perfect paper packet and other coordinating products to make a page just like ours.


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ Let the Sunshine In Page
D1780 My Acrylix® Aloha Spirit Stamp Set, D1775 My Acrylix® Central Park—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, CC5181 Postcard Perfect Paper Packet, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5971 Lemon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3216 White Twine, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3387 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3½” Banner <x> (p. 32, #M418562)
3½” Shift+Banner <x> (p. 32, #M418562)

You Are Here
½” font “LET THE SUNSHINE IN”

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Storytelling with Story Starter

Today’s blog post comes from our beloved friend, Stacy Julian! Stacy is a recognized leader in the scrapbooking industry. She is the founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine and the visionary founder of Big Picture Scrapbooking. After getting her initial start into the papercrafting world through Close To My Heart, Stacy is coming “home” to combine her ideas and training into the Story by Stacy™ product line! We could not be more thrilled about this partnership!

For as long as there have been human beings, human beings have been telling stories. Stories are how we connect, celebrate, and remember. Stories organize our thoughts, experiences, and beliefs for sharing. Stories are how we pass down personal histories. Stories teach, motivate, and inspire. We understand who we are and what we are capable of because of the stories we tell ourselves. Storytelling is a powerful force for good. I know you know this, but even as memory keepers we can lose sight of the importance of documenting stories—and sometimes we make it harder than it is.

Hello. I’m Stacy Julian.

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I’ve had the pleasure of working in the scrapbooking and paper crafting industry for a very long time and I’m beyond thrilled to be partnering with Close To My Heart on a new line of Story by Stacy™ products designed to help people discover and document their stories. This is my first foray into product design and, while I am having a blast with all of that, what I truly love most about Story by Stacy™ is the education and training that is a part of the products we are developing. I’m so excited to work with Close To My Heart Consultants and to learn from them as we share the joy of preserving personal stories with all of you.

Our very first product and program is called Story Starter. The Story Starter kit is designed to show you how simple it is to access your unique and valuable memories. When we scrapbook, we tend to believe that the story of a relationship, a special place, or a meaningful experience is in the pictures we take, but that’s not entirely true. While pictures are wonderful illustrations, the full story is inside of YOU and it takes just a few minutes to invite it out to play.

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As you learn and practice the Story Starter process, you’ll be amazed at what you can remember! AND as specific details surface in your mind you’ll be able to pair them with photographs that you might not otherwise choose to use in an album. When you start with the story, the result will be a more genuine reflection of what matters most to you.

With Story Starter, all of these delicious details are then wrapped up in super CUTE mini books with inside pages that can be personalized with playful stamped images.

The whole process is fun and easy, and the finished project is a 100% valuable, and adorable, keepsake. I do need to warn you that the overall experience is addicting in the best of ways. You won’t be able to stop with just one Story Starter kit!

I cannot wait for you to get your hands on a Story Starter kit and workbook, so that you can start telling and sharing your stories in happy, colorful, and very authentic ways!

Story by Stacy Workbook

 

 

 

We love Stacy for her liberating philosophy and simple step-by-step thematic approach that unlocks a person’s creativity and helps them easily create stories out of life’s special moments. Please show our friend some love and share with us your thoughts about Story Starter in the comments below!

 

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A Mother’s Day Freebie

A Mother's Day Freebie #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhbeautifulfriendship #beautiful #friendship #mother #Mother'sDay #mom #loving #compassionate #strong #admire #fondest #memory #taughtme #scrapbooking #layout #nationalscrapbookingmonth #May #free #freebie #pattern #cuttingdiagramsWhat better way to pay tribute to our amazing mothers during National Scrapbooking month than with a free scrapbook pattern?

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This pattern made its original debut with our Surf’s Up scrapbooking Workshops on the Go®. Paired with the new Beautiful Friendship collection and sentiments to celebrate one of the most special relationships of all—we just love how the finished layout turned out! It goes to show just how versatile and timeless our scrapbook patterns really are!

Download Pattern and Cutting Diagrams

To create your own layout, download the pattern and cutting diagrams above. You’ll notice that we didn’t follow the pattern exactly as we created our layout, and you can do the same. Instead of using a small photo on the large mat, we went ahead and used a large photo to turn this into a highlight of a special person. The journaling on the left page was changed into what you see, three large descriptive words, that we cut using our Cricut®, as an extension of our title. And then, we added a whole bunch of journaling on the right page where we answered three prompts: What I admire most about you…My fondest memory of us…Something you have taught me…

As we celebrate our mothers and National Scrapbooking Month this May, let’s remember the reason behind every layout. Document your relationships, and the love behind them, with every memory.

Scrapbook patterns #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #patterns #layouts #MakeItfromYourHeart #howtobook #how-to

 

 

For even more timeless scrapbooking patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ volume 3 how-to book! If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the beautiful, one-of-a-kind, patterns in this book.

 

 

 


Recipe

12″ x 12″ My Mother Layout
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet Stamp Set, X7233B Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5985 Smoothie Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7233C Beautiful Friendship Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z4196 White Ribbon, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1¾” Title <b> (p. 35, #MD715B0)

You Are Here
½” <font> “lovingcompassionatestrong”

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May is Postcard Perfect!

May Is Postcard Perfect #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #postcard #perfect #nsm #nationalscrapbookingmonth #national #scrapbooking #month #scrapping #scrapper #cutabove #CutAbove #layout #kit #free #consultant #host #paradise #chill #summer #vacation #sunny #beach #getaway #holiday

It’s finally May, which means it’s officially National Scrapbooking Month! To celebrate, we’ve created a special paper packet, coordinating cardstock packet, a stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit to highlight all of your Postcard Perfect moments! Take a look at everything we’ve got going on, including bundles of products grouped especially for this month’s celebration, here. We will be sharing artwork created with this aptly named suite of paper products all month long on all of our social media sites, so make sure to follow us here, on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Instagram for continuous art inspiration!

To kick things off, feast your eyes on this completed Postcard Perfect Cut Above® layout kit:

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May Is Postcard Perfect #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #postcard #perfect #nsm #nationalscrapbookingmonth #national #scrapbooking #month #scrapping #scrapper #cutabove #CutAbove #layout #kit #free #consultant #host #paradise #chill #summer #vacation #sunny #beach #getaway #holiday #goodtimes

May Is Postcard Perfect #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #postcard #perfect #nsm #nationalscrapbookingmonth #national #scrapbooking #month #scrapping #scrapper #cutabove #CutAbove #layout #kit #free #consultant #host #paradise #chill #summer #vacation #sunny #beach #getaway #holiday #goodtimes

Paired with your journaling pen and adhesive, this three two-page layout kit is the perfect way to document some of your favorite time in the sun. The kit comes with beautiful base pages, stickers and die-cuts (cut paper shapes), photo placeholders, four Memory Protectors™, and a set of instructions showing you how to piece everything together.

This picturesque kit is a must have if you’re planning on preserving any of your summer fun. It’s only available during the month of May, while supplies last, so don’t miss out and get it while you can!

If you want to get this kit FREE, become a Close To My Heart Consultant or host a qualifying party any time this month.

This is definitely one of our favorite times of the year. A very happy start to national scrapbooking month to you and all of our scrapbooking friends!

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Memories from the Kitchen and Giveaway

You may have heard it said that the kitchen is the most important room in a home. It is where you go to gather with your family and guests to cook, eat, socialize, do homework, craft, play games, and, on occasion, even scrapbook 😉 . With so much of our day-to-day happening around the kitchen, we are experiencing moments that are inevitably turning into nostalgic memories that we long to hold onto.

Naturally, because of our whole-hearted belief that everyone should be memory keepers, we came up with a system to help you preserve those precious memories from the kitchen.

Memories from the Kitchen #ctmh #closetomyheart #kitchentraditions #memorykeeping #kitchen #recipe #kit #memories #nostalgia #nostalgic #food #ctmhkitchentraditions #ctmhgimmesomesugar #giveaway #free #gimmesomesugar #everydaylife #EverydayLife #album

Designed for so much more than to hold recipes, the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit is a collection of materials you can use to create a unique keepsake. It comes with recipe cards for those memorable meals that you yearn for, while also providing a place for photos and journaling to share why the recipes mean something to you.

We offer the kit in three configurations, so you can choose what fits your needs best. The first is the basic Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit, which comes with 60 4″ x 6″ cards (including recipe, title, journaling, and pattern cards), six 6″ x 8″ divider pages, two sticker sheets, and a helpful guide containing tips and ideas on how to use the kit. The second option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions recipe kit with Memory Protectors™. This option includes all the same materials as the first but also comes with 6 Memory Protectors™ to hold your cards and pages. The last option is the Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions Bundle, which is an all-inclusive bundle that comes with the basic kit, the Memory Protectors, and a Bashful Everyday Life™ album and the coordinating My Acrylix® Kitchen Traditions stamp set (D1770).

We want to give all memory keepers—and aspiring memory keepers—the tools you need to beautifully document those special moments from your kitchen. That is why we are giving away 5 (!!!) Kitchen Traditions bundles to 5 lucky winners! For a chance to win, you will have to do a little bit more than what we’ve done in the past. First, you must be a subscriber to this blog. (If you aren’t yet, just push that big blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar!) Second, you must leave a recipe you love in the comments below with a short explanation of why you love it. The drawing will take place Monday, April 30, at 2 p.m. MDT and winners will be notified via e-mail, as usual.

To kick things off, here’s a recipe from Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi:

Frijoles a la Charra (Bean Soup)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 diced white onion
  • 6 strips cut bacon cut into 1 inch pieces (raw)
  • 4 cans La Constena pinto beans
  • 1 can Rotel Mexican Festival tomatoes
  • 3 cans petite diced tomato
  • ¼ cup mild Herdez Salsa Casera
Directions:

In a large pot, boil the beans. While you wait for the beans to boil, fry the bacon in a separate large pan. Once the bacon is soft, add the onion and sauté it in the bacon grease. Add one can of diced tomatoes at a time and bring to a boil each time. Add the Rotel tomatoes and bring to a boil again. Add Herdez Salsa and cilantro and bring to a boil one last time. Combine your mixture with beans in the large pot and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s your turn. Can’t wait to see what’s cooking in your kitchen!

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