Make Room for the Whole Story

It is so incredibly easy, nowadays, to take pictures of pretty much every moment in our lives. However, when you want to preserve some of these moments, how often do you find yourself overwhelmed with having to choose which pictures out of the hundreds you actually took deserve the space in your scrapbook?

The good news is that you don’t have to be limited by a 12″ x 12″ page anymore! With a little help from our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™, you can easily add as many as 12 more photos to your story with just one protector. Check out our layouts below for ideas on how to include more of your favorites without compromising the beauty of your pages.2 Page Scrapbooking Layout #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #flowerlayout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #girlscrapbook #flowerpaper #littlegirlLayout with Pocket Plus Memory Protectors #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #pictureperfect #littlegirl #scrapbooking #scrapbook #flowerpaper #pocketplus #memoryprotectorsThe top image of this gorgeous layout shows you the original, while the bottom shows the same layout with the addition of two 6″ wide Pocket Plus Memory Protectors. We were able to add several more photos to this layout and still keep it neat and engaging. Pretty amazing, right?

The trick to using these protectors is to design your pages with the additional photos in mind. When working with the 6″ protectors, plan the coordinating pages in halves. That way, when you lay either of the protectors on top, they create a secondary “page” using half of the art from the original.2 Page Scrapbooking Layout #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #flowerlayout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #girlscrapbook #flowerpaper #littlegirlLayout with Pocket Plus Memory Protectors #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #pictureperfect #littlegirl #scrapbooking #scrapbook #flowerpaper #pocketplus #memoryprotectorsHere’s another beautiful example using our 4″ wide protectors, which only cover up one-third of the original pages. Starting at the gutter, measure 4″ into your page and consider that as the space, from top to bottom, the protector will cover with the additional art.

Don’t forget, these protectors have backsides, too! Since you can flip the protectors back and forth, you have that many more options for photos, journaling, or even pocket cards (AND you have a fun, interactive element for your layout!).

We love taking pictures of the special moments and people in our lives, and when you use our Pocket Plus Memory Protectors, you can share so much more of them and their stories in your scrapbooks!

Do you have any layouts you’re working on that could use a little help from these protectors? We love to hear from you, so tell us all about it!

Recipes

“Smile” Pocket Plus™ Layout
CC1212C Live Beautifully Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1, Z3244 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 3Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

“Today” Pocket Plus™ Layout
CC1212C Live Beautifully Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3243 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3245 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 4Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Flower Market
1½” Title <p> (p. 20)

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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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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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