Vision Boards for Intentional Living

We have the perfect project to help inspire and motivate us this new year as we strive to live intentionally—vision boards!

Our Maker community recently created 12″ × 12″ vision boards using our custom wood frames and we’re loving how each turned out so uniquely beautiful!

A vision board helps you clarify and stay focused on what truly matters to you. What inspires us most about this concept is that everyone chooses different images, photos, ephemera, etc., to help represent their goals. When you mix in beautiful patterned papers, stamps that provide inspiration, and photos you can print in any size, you have no limits to the creative expression of your vision.

Here are a few examples of what our team created. Each person was given the same collection of basic supplies, yet their boards are all so different, just like their creators.

This 12″ × 12″ framed vision was created using half of one of our scrapbook patterns (Make It from Your Heart Vol. 1, pattern 4) with a mix of stamping, handwriting, and, of course, bling—achieving that perfect blend of clean images and personal touches! The outer frame was stained using a stamp pad and sponge, adding color while still showing the wood grain.

This layout uses SVG cut files mixed with stamping and stickers to create a large title. Tags and polaroid-like frames help bring emphasis to the elements on the page. Remember, if you don’t have a photo of your aspirations, the internet is your friend! You can find any image and print them just as you would a photo to help you document your vision. This frame was covered with a light color of Distress Oxide™ ink to give a more solid coverage to the wood.

This board uses the awesome collage template found at Persnickety Prints. Paired with our Multi Circle Windows Thin Cuts, you can create a template of your photos and frame it with this versatile die-cut shape. Use the negative space circles from the die to create a banner for added detail. This concept lets you put small images as one focal point in your frame and create a reference list to support it. We colored the wood frame and a few wood embellishments with Gloss Spray, which added intense color as well as a little shimmer.

This next idea makes the pattern paper really shine! We love using the retro polaroid style to make photos pop off the page. This was done with an SVG file, but you can easily print from Pernsickety’s 3″ × 4″ retro prints for the perfect uniform display of your photos and goals. Mix in some stamped sentiments for inspiration, and make things happen!

This last idea uses four 12″ x 12″ frames to create one large wall display. This multi-frame approach allows you to focus each quadrant on a different subject. Here, we’ve set goals for family history, creativity, home, travel and fitness. Look at all the ways the various photo print sizes can be used to help you visualize your goals. These frames were painted with black acrylic paint.

We hope these creative displays we shared for our 2021 visions will inspire you to create one for yourself. Manifesting your vision through photos paired with written words truly help realize what is possible. Putting a beautiful collection together will undoubtedly inspire you to create the life you desire for the new year!

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Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with a DIY Frame and a Giveaway!

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Happy 2021 and National Papercrafting Month! At the start of this new year, many of us find ourselves with a burst of creative energy and are looking for ways to make some positive changes in our lives and homes. For an easy way to fulfill this need, celebrate all month long with us and our Home Sweet Home special!

Our Home Sweet Home special features a frame kit that comes with everything you need to make a gorgeous 13¾” x 13¾” framed “HOME” with a wide variety of interchangeable accents for year-round celebration!

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Each Home Sweet Home frame kit includes a wood frame, a large wood “Home” piece for the middle of the frame, a selection of papers and die-cuts to easily decorate your frame and create the interchangeable accents we’ve mentioned before, and 14 4″ wood circles and magnets to hold each accent in place on the frame.

The seasonal accents fit perfectly over the “O” in “HOME” and are made using the punch-out die-cuts included in the frame kit. Many of the accents have multiple layers for a beautiful, three-dimensional look, and each one features bright, vibrant colors to really make them stand out.

Altogether, this kit includes 27 different accent options! The Home Sweet Home frame kit comes with 14 wood circles, but each component of the kit is also available individually, including additional circles and magnets if you’d like to make all 27!

As you can see, there are accent options for every season to keep your frame updated throughout the year!

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There are also options for many different holidays, incorporating a touch of festive décor for every occasion!

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Is there an athlete in your life? Celebrate game day with a personalized accent just for them!

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If you want to add a little more personalization to your Home Sweet Home frame, design your own accents using the wood circles and parts of the provided die-cuts. Whether you want to create an accent for a special holiday, family tradition, or any other accent with personal meaning, it’s easy to do with the various components in the Home Sweet Home frame kit!

Along with the easy punch-out die-cuts for the interchangeable accents, each kit comes with beautiful overlays and backgrounds for the frame itself. These can be easily applied to the wood frame to create a polished, classic look. If you favor the natural wood, however, you can easily add color to the wood itself using a TriBlend™ marker, an Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad or re-inker, or even embossing powder!

There’s so much to love about the Home Sweet Home special, and for five lucky readers this week, there will be even more to love! We are ringing in the new year today by giving away FIVE Home Sweet Home frame kits!

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For a chance to win one of these beautiful kits, you must be subscribed to this blog AND leave a comment below letting us know what your creative aspirations are for 2021. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. tomorrow, January 6 (MST) (that’s 8 a.m. January 7 AEST for our Aussies). The five lucky winners will be notified via e-mail later this week. (We use the e-mail address you are subscribed with, so make sure it is up to date in order to not miss out!)

We have so many exciting things lined up for 2021! Keep up with all of our projects, designs, products, ideas, and more by continuing to follow us here, as well as on Facebook and Instagram (@cmthofficial).

Now it’s your turn: what creative things are you up to this year? Tell us below!

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A Free Scrapbook Pattern for the New Year!

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For our last post of the year, as we wrap up 2020, we are sharing a free downloadable scrapbook pattern, complete with cutting diagrams and all!

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Making its original debut with our Unforgettable collection a few years ago, we paired this timeless 12″ x 12″ pattern with another blast from the past, our revamped Blossom collection!

The Bring Back My Pack—Blossom collection features the Blossom paper packet, sporting the same classic paper designs that made it popular the first time around, with a refreshed color palette and several coordinating products—including a brand new sticker sheet and stamp set, Cherished Blossoms! We also brought back a popular stamp set that originally debuted with the Blossom collection, Shower Flowers.

Blossom Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet:

12″ x 12″ sheets, 2 each of 3 double sided designs, and one coordinating sticker sheet.

Blossom Coordinating Cardstock:

12″ x 12″ sheets, 2 each of White Daisy, Lagoon, Smoothie, Glacier, Green Apple, and Nectarine.

My Acrylix® Shower Flowers stamp set:

NEW! My Acrylix® Cherished Blossoms stamp set:

Outlined images coordinate with Thin Cuts metal dies (Cherished Blossoms Stamp + Thin Cuts).

We pride ourselves in being the “let me show you how®” memory-keeping company, and in providing the most comprehensive scrapbooking and cardmaking patterns. When you download the Unforgettable scrapbooking pattern, you will find that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it even easier to create these pages from any of your favorite papers and embellishments, not just what we are showing you here. All of our patterns lend themselves to any memories that are special enough to preserve.

Download this free scrapbook pattern below and let us show you how easy scrapbooking can be!

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For further inspiration, take a look at how we adapted elements from this 12″ x 12″ pattern and used them to create a 6″ x 8″ layout.

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Happy New Year!

For even more scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern book series. If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by all the patterns offered in our beautiful how-to books!

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Merry Little Christmas: DIY Tags & Ornaments

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The holidays are a time for fun, family, and tradition. One of the most anticipated activities of the year is decorating the house in its festive finest. From the Christmas tree to the lights outside, decorating for the holidays allows you to turn your home into your own piece of art! To help you in this artistic endeavor, we want to show you some fun ways to add a truly personal touch to your home décor with the Merry Little Christmas special!

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The Merry Little Christmas special includes three wood ornament options and two wood tag options to bring some three-dimensional fun to your holiday decorations. These beautiful ornaments and tags are the perfect way to add your own festive touch to the boughs of your tree and the gifts under it!

These tags and ornaments are made of sturdy wood pieces, and they not only look fantastic, but are super easy and fun to make! Each ornament is constructed by fitting two interlocking pieces to form gorgeous 3-D decorations. Once they’ve been fitted together, they can be easily secured with a bit of glue and strung onto some decorative thread for a festive finishing touch.

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Before you fit your ornament pieces together, you’ll want to think about how to decorate them. Each ornament and tag come with a coordinating digital file, so you can cut perfect paper overlays to complement your Christmas creations!

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In addition to decorating with these digital art file cut-outs, you can also embrace the natural wood look and keep your embellishing to a minimum. This round wood ornament is lightly decorated with just a few dots of Liquid Pearls, and the results are stunning!

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For a more colorful look that still retains some of the natural wood finish, try using re-inkers, TriBlend™ markers, glitter gels, glitter glues, texture pastes, embossing powders, or our new Distress Oxide™ inks.

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For the Christmas tags that have small cut-outs, you can even put a piece of your favorite pattern or glitter paper behind it for a peek-a-boo effect, or two attach two tags together, back-to-back, for some added dimension. These wood pieces can also be stamped on, so add your own choice of patterns or sentiments!

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No matter how you choose to decorate your ornaments and tags, or where you place them in your home, the Merry Little Christmas special is a wonderful way to combine your Christmas cheer with your natural creativity! It also provides a great opportunity for you to craft with the people that you love! They’re incredibly easy to put together, and your loved ones will have a blast creating them with you! Who knows—this could even be start of a beautiful new Christmas crafting tradition!


Recipes:

Snowflake Ornament
CC11207 3-D Snowflake Wood Ornaments, Z3833 Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z4253 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z3440 Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen

Tree Ornament
CC11208 3-D Tree Wood Ornaments, Z3837 Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3831 Peeled Paint Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z4054 Gold Embellishing Thread, Z3792 Bisque Liquid Pearls™, Z3799 Carnation Red Liquid Pearls™, Z3791 White Opal Liquid Pearls™, Z3440 Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen

Round Ornament
CC11209 3-D Round Wood Ornaments, Z4253 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3796 Lavender Lace Liquid Pearls™, Z3791 White Opal Liquid Pearls™

Joy Tag
CC112010 Christmas Wood Tags, M1280 My Acrylix® Merry Christmas Trimmings, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, Z3236 Black Glitter Paper, Z8000 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pigment Pad, Z3827 Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide™ Pad, Z3828 Tattered Rose Distress Oxide™ Pad, Z3806 Moon Dust Stickles™ Glitter Gel, Z3568 Black Velvet Ribbon, Z4100 Multicolor Small Brush Pen Set, Z3440 Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen, Z3372 Adhesive Runner

Merry & Bright Tag
CC112011 Wood Tags, Z3901 The Jubilee Crew Stamp + Thin Cuts, X6049 Scarlet Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X9021 Mix-in Paper Packet, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4253 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3568 Black Velvet Ribbon, Z2533 Dark Red TriBlend™ Marker, Z2487 Jade Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3372 Adhesive Runner

Snowflake Tag
CC112010 Christmas Wood Tags, Z3834 Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide™ Pad, Z3833 Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide™ Pad, Z4253 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z3884 Stencil Pack 3, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z4245 Opaque Matte Texture Paste

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Jingle All the Way with a Mini Christmas Album Workshop!

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It’s the time of year when old memories are celebrated and some of the best new ones are made! From Christmas morning snapshots to New Year’s party pictures, your memories of the holiday season are special and deserve to have a place of honor in a festive album. We know you’re always looking for new ways to preserve these moments, and memories made during the 2020 holiday season will be no different. Today, we’re going on an in-depth dive into the Jingle All the Way Album Workshop, and we’ll see how easy it is to preserve our dearest memories with this delightfully whimsical album!

The Jingle All the Way album is an absolute treat to create. With 20 beautiful pages, this album provides the perfect backdrop for your favorite holiday photos and stories!

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This album is made using the convenient Jingle All the Way Album Workshop Kit, which includes everything you need to make this fun 6″ x 6″ album! Each kit comes with a 6″ x 6 album, the playful Jingle Joy Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, a pack of Jingle Joy Picture My Life™ Cards to create fun accents, clear sparkles, silver embellishing thread, some sparkly green glitter paper for a bit of extra sparkle, and more to make this album really stand out!

The kit includes all the papers, embellishments, and Memory Protectors™ you need to create all 20 pages! The only additional supplies you’ll need to complete your very own Jingle All the Way album are some adhesive and a journaling pen!

Because the Jingle All the Way album features the Jingle Joy paper packet, the designs and color themes are cohesive throughout, but each page retains its own individual flair. The workshop also includes a few pages that feature Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™, so you can include even more of your favorite pictures and stories than would fit on a single page!

With space for a photo on top, and another photo or journaling inside, Flip Flaps™ are a great way to tell a full story while incorporating a fun, interactive element to your scrapbook!

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Flip Flaps are exactly what they sound like—clear pocket flaps that you attach to a page that flip up to reveal additional photos, sentiments, or designs—and they’re something you can only get at Close To My Heart!

Another stand-out feature of the Jingle All the Way Workshop Kit is the coordinating Cricut Design Space™ file link provided in the instructional guide (download the guide here!), which allows you to create these gorgeous glittery snowflakes and add a touch of glam to complement your holiday photos!

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If scrapbooking isn’t already part of your holiday traditions, this year is the perfect time to incorporate it into your celebrations the festive season! This may be more important than ever during the 2020 holiday season, as many of us will be taking a different approach to our holiday traditions and gatherings. The Jingle All the Way Album workshop kit is perfect for experienced scrapbookers, but it’s simple enough for new crafters—even kids—to enjoy. Creating a holiday album with loved ones can be one of the new memories or traditions you establish for years to come!

Celebrating holiday moments from other years alongside the memories made this year can be a great way not only to remember those happy times, but also find great joy in the present. Whether you’re creating this album to document past holiday memories or celebrate new ones from this year, Jingle All the Way is the perfect way to preserve them! What memories will you document with Jingle All the Way? Let us know in the comments, below!


Recipe

6″ x 6″ Jingle All the Way Album
CC11201 Jingle All the Way Album Workshop Kit, Z2060 Thin 3D Foam Tape, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3372 Adhesive Runner

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Preserving Moments like These

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As we draw close to the end of 2020, many of us find ourselves looking forward to a new year. 2020 has been a year like no other and despite the difficulties we’ve faced, we’ve all made some unforgettable memories that deserve to be documented. Today, we’re going to give you a closer look at our Moments like These special, available through December 31 (while supplies last), and how you can use it to preserve your favorite 2020 memories!

The Moments like These special features a Cut Above® layout kit that makes it incredibly easy to complete 13 beautiful scrapbook pages in what will feel like no time!

These 12″ x 12″ pages come together in minutes and make an excellent project for crafters of all types, experience levels, and ages. The Cut Above® layout kit comes with preprinted base pages and pre-cut loose pieces and die-cuts, making it incredibly easy to assemble each page.

Many of the base pages even come with pre-printed designs or titles, so the only things you’ll need to complete this project are some adhesive, a journaling pen, and a handful of your favorite photos! 

With one cover page and 12 others for every month of the year, the Moments like These Cut Above® pages provide the perfect backdrop for your very best 2020 moments! These pages can be used to create a traditional scrapbook or to create a personalized calendar! In addition to the Moments like These Cut Above® Layout Kit, you can also get a Base Calendar and the exclusive My Acrylix® Moments like These stamp set to transform the pages into a beautiful keepsake calendar!

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These materials allow you to create a calendar that not only serves its practical function but helps you remember exactly what was going on each month in 2020. Each page fits perfectly with the Base Calendar, and once a month passes, you can carefully remove the page from your calendar and slip it into a Memory Protector™ and into your album.

The My Acrylix® Moments like These stamp set includes a variety of fun icons, words, and swashes so you can mark holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, and activities on your calendar, making it truly unique to you!

The Moments like These special is just what you need to welcome in a new year while preserving some of your happy memories from 2020. 2020 has been an unforgettable year, and amidst all the challenges and hard things, we know that new good memories, and maybe even new traditions, have been made. Some of the best memories can be made in the most troubling times, and even in the midst of difficulties, we know that bright spots can be found. The Moments like These special provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and remember them all!

Which memories will you choose to document with Moments like These? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!


Recipe

November Calendar Page
CC10208 Moments like These Calendar Kit, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2514 Tan Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z3516 Black Journaling Pen (.03), Adhesive

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Distress Oxide™ Ink Techniques and Ideas!

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We’ve added Distress Oxide™ ink pads to our ink line-up not too long ago, and today we’ve got a few ideas to show you on how to use them!

Hopefully you’ve all had a chance to experiment with these fun reactive inks and, in the process, discovered a few techniques and ideas of your very own. If you haven’t, we are here to help! Regardless of where you are in your Distress Oxide journey, follow along as our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pedersen, dives into five gorgeous techniques below!

Splattered Background
Apply Distress Oxide ink with a blending tool, splatter with water, and dab with a dry paper towel. Follow up with a splatter of watercolor.

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Reacting with a Shimmer Brush
Emboss your image and color with Distress Oxide™ inks. With a Clear Shimmer Brush, go over some of the inked areas, removing ink and adding shimmer as you go.

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Watercolor Wash
Load your watercolor paper with water, to the point where it is sitting on top of the paper and not fully absorbing. Spread the Distress Oxide™ ink colors that you wish to use for your background onto your all-purpose mat. With a waterbrush, pick up the colors, one at a time, and add it to the sitting water on the watercolor paper. The colors will blend and bleed into one another.

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An Ombré Effect with One Ink Pad
With just one Distress Oxide ink pad, create and ombré effect by applying the ink with different amounts of pressure (more for a darker tone, and less for a lighter tone). Blend these tones seamlessly with a mini ink blending tool.

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Tone-on-Tone Stenciling
Apply the background Distress Oxide™ ink colors and blend them into each other with a mini ink blending tool. Lay a stencil on top and add a second layer of color through the stencil. Apply more pressure, and more ink, for the stenciled image to appear darker and to achieve a more dramatic effect.

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What are some fun ways you are using your Distress Oxide™ inks? Let’s share ideas in the comments below!

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Free Card Patterns for Animated Cards!

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Just in time for the holiday season, we’ve paired the exclusive products from our Seasons in Motion special with a couple of FREE card patterns to add a little animated spice to our holidays!

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Our new and innovated stamp sets, Animated Holiday Cheer and Animated Autumn Air, can bring life to a variety of holiday crafts, especially cards!

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In order to achieve the animated effect, layer the stamped images with either an animation sheet or a paper piece you can now cut using the new animation window Thin Cuts die!

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Also part of the Seasons in Motion special, which we used to create our example cards, is the Holiday Stack! The Holiday Stack is a pack of 48 6″ x 6″ patterned papers with designs from some of our past favorite 12″ x 12″ patterns.

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These are not the original 12″ x 12″ papers cut into quarters, keeping the patterns the same size, but, rather, shrunken down versions of the classic favorites made to fit a 6″ x 6″ square!

Download our two free animated cardmaking patterns, here, and delight your loved ones with animated cards this coming holiday season!

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