Basic Cricut® Shapes for Backgrounds

Looking for a way to spice up your scrapbook pages? We’ve got just the thing! All you need is a Cricut® machine and a little imagination for this technique.

Use your Cricut® machine to create unique backgrounds for you scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #tutorial #howto #easy #scrapbooking #ideas

First, find a basic Cricut® shape that you like: square, heart, diamond, etc. Next, cut out the shape over and over again on a piece of solid cardstock (we recommend using Cricut Design Space™ so you can more easily control where the shapes cut). Remove the shapes from the piece of cardstock, and then back the empty spaces with different pieces of patterned paper. As you can see from the example above, we repeated paper patterns across the shapes to add a sense of continuity to the page.

If you don’t have Cricut Design Space™, you can still get this effect by cutting multiple versions of the same image, but you could also cut the shapes out of patterned paper and attach them to a piece of cardstock. There are lots of different spins on this technique!

For example…

Use your Cricut® machine to create unique backgrounds for you scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #tutorial #howto #easy #scrapbooking #ideas

…try backing the shapes with photos! It’s a lot easier than trying to cut your photos on a Cricut® machine because you can slide them around behind the cardstock until they are framed just the way you like.

Use your Cricut® machine to create unique backgrounds for you scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #tutorial #howto #easy #scrapbooking #ideas

Another spin on this technique is to change up the size of your shapes. Smaller shapes give you a lot more little shape windows to work with. This page also shows how much you can play around with dimension as well.

First, we backed some of the empty spaces with patterned paper and left others empty. Next, we used 3-D foam tape to attach the White Daisy cardstock piece with all of our heart shapes cut out of it. The Bashful background shows through the empty hearts and creates a bit of a shadow. To finish off the look, we took some of the hearts that were cut out and embossed them with gold powder. We then used them to “fill in” a few of the heart-shaped windows with more 3-D foam tape to make them really pop. See how many possibilities there are when you start playing around with your Cricut® shapes?

We used circles and hearts for our artwork, but what Cricut® shapes would you try with this technique? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Sweet Moments Page
B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet, Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3369 Bashful Pearls, Z3381 Gold Heart Clips, Z3342 3-D Foam Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2 ½” Background <C> (cut 7, p. 33, #MD70813)

12″ x 12″ This Is the Life Page
Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3352 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z3355 Happy Moments Complements, Z3371 Gold Pearls, Z3387 Cricut® You Are Here Digital Collection, Sewing Machine, Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
3½” Title <i> (cut 8, p. 18, #M282C87A)
3½” Title <Seas> (p. 40, #M27F84BF)
3 ½” Shift+Title <Seas> (p. 40,#M27F84BF)

12″ x 12″ Together Page
Z3353 Basics Fundamental Paper Packet, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z4034 Thin Cuts—Together, Z3342 3-D Foam Dots, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2 ½” Background <C> (cut 90, p. 33, #MD70813)*
*Grouped onto a 11″ x 11″ square and welded in Cricut Design Space™

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Mini Summertime Adventure Album

Mini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacationCan you believe summer is already coming to a close? Oh how time flies when you’re having fun! Though it may be hard to wave farewell to days lounging by the pool, visiting family, and traveling to beautiful destinations, you can keep those summertime memories alive and well by creating a mini album. Summertime doesn’t have to end!

We created this camping-themed album with two of our exclusive Cricut® collections: Artbooking and You Are Here.

The Artbooking collection includes a variety of tabbed, hole-punched pages designed especially for creating mini albums like this one! To decorate those pages, we turned to the You Are Here collection, which is our newest Cricut® collection. This collection includes designs to help you document your adventures both near and far away from home. Combine these two collections together, and you’ve got everything you need to create any number of mini summertime adventure albums!

You’ll see lots of the Jack paper packet in our mini album. With its tree, woodgrain, and flannel-inspired plaid patterns, these papers are perfect for documenting your outdoor adventures. Just remember, it’s only available until the end of the month while supplies last, so grab yours while you can!

If these pages inspire you to make an album of your own, feel free to refer to the recipe at the bottom of this post to see which products we used, as well as more details about the Cricut® cuts.

Mini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacationMini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacation

Mini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacationMini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacation

Mini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacation

Mini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacation

Mini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacation

Mini summertime adventure album #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #cricutartbooking #cricutyouarehere #ctmhjack #camping #cabin #vacation

What are your favorite memories from this summer? Tell us in the comments below!


Recipe

 6″ Wander Mini Album
X7222B Jack Paper Packet, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
3 ¼” Photo Mat 2 <1> (p. 38, Real Dial Size on)
6″ Photo Mat 1 <1> (cut 3, p. 38)
6″ Photo Mat 1 <2> (p. 39)
6″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <@> (p. 39)
6″ Photo Mat 2 <3> (p. 40)
6″ Photo Mat 1 <3> (p. 40)

You Are Here
2 ½” Icon-2 <1> (p. 1)
2 ½” Shift+Icon-2 <!> (p. 1)
1 ½” Icon-3 <4> (p. 4)
1 ½” Shift+Icon-3 <$> (p. 4)
2″ Icon-4 <8> (cut 3, p. 8)
2″ Shift+Icon-4 <?> (cut 3, p. 8)
2″ Title <8> (p. 8)
2″ Shift+Title <8> (p. 8)
1 ½” Shift+Icon-3 <?> (p. 8)
2 ¾” Icon-4 <Y> (p. 16)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <F> (p. 24)
2 ½” and 3″ Shift+Icon-3 <F> (p. 24)
2″ Icon-1 <G> (p. 25)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <G> (p. 25)
1 ½” Title <G> (p. 25)
3″ Icon-2 <G> (p. 25)
3″ Shift+Icon-2 <G> (p. 25)
2″ Icon-4 <B> (p. 35)
2″ Shift+Icon-4 <B> (p. 35)
1″ Icon-2 <B> (p. 35)
1″ Shift+Icon-2 <B> (p. 35)
2 ¼” Title <B> (p. 35)
2 ¼” Shift+Title <B> (p. 35)
3″ Title <B> (cut 2, p. 35)
2″ Title <Seas> (p. 40)
2″ Shift+Title <Seas> (p. 40)

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In with the New

There’s a new kid in town and it’s quickly becoming a class favorite! One of our newest and most versatile products is actually an upgrade of a beloved staple. We’re talking about our cardstock, of course! To give you even more color flexibility than before, our cardstock is now two-toned! With one side featuring an original color from our exclusive palette and the reverse that same color in a lighter tone, color coordination has never been easier.

color chromatic cardstock #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #rainbow #scrapbooking #birthdayTake a close look at this color chromatic rainbow. What appear to be 20 different colors are actually only 10! Achieve this same colorful scaled look by alternating your cardstock from the dark to light hues in each color.

Ombre paper fringe #ctmh #closetomyheart #card #cardmaking #congratulations #graduation #graduate #ombre #chromatic #colorchromatic #monochromatic

Use the two-toned properties of the cardstock to create a trendy ombrè effect, where you have tones of color that gradually shade into each other from light to dark, like the decorative fringe on this card!

Two-toned 3-D flowers #CTMH #closetomyheart #cardstock #twotoned #monochromatic #flowers #canvas #wallartThe monochromatic flowers on our 3-D canvas were made using just three different coordinating colors and their reverse lighter sides. It’s so easy to add depth and dimension to your art with this beautiful cardstock!

Seriously folks, there are reasons why this cardstock is a crafting favorite and must have! Expand your color combinations exponentially and check out all 40 of our exclusive (two-toned!) colors here.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Happy Birthday Page
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, X5973 Blossom Cardstock, X5972 Tangerine Cardstock, X5971 Lemon Cardstock, X5970 Willow Cardstock, X5969 Emerald Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z3365 Gold Foil Paper, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1″ <Summer> (p. 42)
1″ Shift <Summer> (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” <Summer> (p. 42, cut 2)
1¼” Shift <Summer> (p. 42, cut 3)
1¾” <Summer> (p. 42)
1¾” Shift <Summer> (p. 42)

4¼” x 5½” ConGRADulations Card
B1564 My Acrylix ConGRADulations Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3225 Waterbrush—Medium Round

Flower Canvas
X5958 Peacock Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Canvas

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
½” Background <c> (p. 33, cut 4)
1″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)
1½” Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)
2″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 4)
3″ Background <c> (p. 33, cut 2)

Going, Going, Gone!

It’s the end of July, which means that our current Annual Inspirations Idea Book is about to retire—along with a bunch of amazing products featured inside of it!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that will be bidding us adieu. Make sure to snatch up these goodies before they’re gone for good!

State & Province Stamp Sets

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

With a mini stamp set for each US state, Canadian province and territory, as well as the countries of Australia and New Zealand, these stamps are great for a wide variety of crafting projects.

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercraftingWe love the idea of using them to document vacations, road trips, engagements, and to send love from one state to another. 

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

And the best time to get these stamps is right now because for every two stamp sets you purchase during the month of July, you get one stamp set of equal or lesser value for free as part of Stampaganza! So get the whole collection (and save!) before it’s gone!

Thin Cuts

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

All of the Thin Cuts metal dies in Annual Inspirations are retiring! This includes the star shapes, as well as some timeless sentiments for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Sea Glass

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

Our Color of the Year, Sea Glass, is going to be replaced August 1 with a new Color of the Year. Though you’ll still be able to get both the D-ring and post-bound My Legacy™ albums in Sea Glass, the Sea Glass mini Everyday Life™ album, cardstock, stamp pad, re-inker, mini pigment pad, as well as Fundamental Complements that feature this color, will be gone in just a few days!

Scoop up all this minty goodness while you can!

Shoulder Tote & Roll-Ups

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

Our shoulder tote is the perfect size for carrying 12” x 12” projects around town, and the coordinating marker and accessory roll-ups are just the thing for packing around your ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ alcohol markers and embellishments. Now is the time to get organized!

Fundamental Ribbons

In addition to our Fundamental paper packets and Complements, the Fundamental ribbons are saying farewell. We love these ribbons because they can be used on any project—and the colors will be sticking around next year, so they will still coordinate with the new Fundamental collections.

What projects can they be used for? Well for starters, they make great additions to cards and scrapbook pages.

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

They are also great for other projects, like DIY bookmarks, banners, and home décor accents.

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

Plus, they are great for presents! Any gift looks even better with a bit of twine or ribbon added to the mix! 🙂

Get these exclusive Close To My Heart products before they're gone! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercraftingAgain, these products (and others!) are only available until the end of July, while supplies last, so hurry and grab your favorites before they’re gone! 


Which products are you going to miss most from Annual Inspirations? Tell us in the comments below!

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Stamping ABC’s

Here we are, in the middle of Stampaganaza 2017, with more stamping tips and tricks for you to carry up your sleeve and share with your friends! Today we’re giving you the ABC’s of working with alphabet stamps. Most of us have at least one font that is our go to, so go grab it and try the following out! (If you’re looking for a new favorite, check out our new Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month!)
Counting Sheep #closetomyheart #ctmh #layout #countingsheep #sleeping #alphabetstamp #alphabet #scrapbooking
A is for Alignment
For our first trick, we will tell you to stamp your letters one at a time instead of spelling out entire words on a stamping block. A lot of people do this (and we do too, sometimes!) but we find it easier to pull off crisper and cleaner letters when they are stamped individually. If you’re afraid that your letters won’t line up straight, use a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw a line to act as a guide for where you will be stamping. As for spacing between the letters, just eyeball it! Artists are definitely not perfectionists!
Love Card #closetomyheart #ctmh #cardmaking #lovecard #love #alphabetstamp #stampingB is for Background
Never underestimate the power of a strong backdrop! Alphabet stamps make great backgrounds and can send subtle messages through artwork. Align your letters using the tips we’ve already mentioned, but throw them in the back for a fun and easy way to personalize your crafts.
Gift Tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #tag #alphabet #alphabetstamp #stampingC is for Center (Sorry Cookie Monster, maybe next time)
Our final tip is about centering your words in your artwork without having to pull out a ruler. If you are trying to center a word on a piece of paper, like in our Hello tag above, start stamping from the middle letter of the word. We started with the first L in “HELLO” and then worked our way out from there, playfully staggering the letters slightly up and down.

Remember your ABC’s—they can make a world of difference when you stamp! If you’ve got some alphabet tips of your own that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Counting Sheep Page
S1707 My Acrylix® Storybook Alphabet—Stamp of the Month, E1034 My Acrylix® Marker Alphabet Stamp Set, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2813 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Love Card
E1027 My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet Stamp Set, X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Flower Market
1¾” Background <c> (p. 33)

2¾” x 1¾” Hello Tag
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Glassine Bag

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking Collection
1¾” Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (p. 83)

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TBT: Throwback Stamp Sets

Stampaganza is in full swing, which means that for every two stamp sets you buy, you get a third one of equal or lesser value free!

And this year’s Stampaganza is extra special because we’ve brought back a handful of our favorite stamp sets!

Celebrate Throwback Thursday with us as we highlight some of these oldies but goodies below!

My Acrylix® Say It All Stamp Set: This stamp set really does say it all! With sentiments for a wide variety of holidays and occasions, this set is a must-have for every cardmaker.

Throwback stamp sets—only available through July! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #scrapbooking #stamping

My Acrylix® Friend Stamp: You can’t go wrong with this classic beauty! Its flourishes and fancy calligraphy are versatile enough for both your cardmaking and scrapbooking projects.

Throwback stamp sets—only available through July! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #scrapbooking #stamping

My Acrylix® Tagged with Love Stamp Set: Why buy gift tags when you can make your own? This stamp set includes three different tag designs and 6 coordinating sentiments. Plus, if you have our retired Cricut® Art Philosophy collection, you can cut out the tags with your machine!

Throwback stamp sets—only available through July! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #scrapbooking #stamping

My Acrylix® April Word Puzzle Stamp Set: We’ve brought back stamp sets with unique sentiments and designs for every month of the year! The one used on the page above is the April Word Puzzle stamp set. Choose a specific month, or get all 12 in a bundle and save! The only real puzzle would be why you wouldn’t want to get them all!

Click here to check out all of our throwback stamp sets, including many more not featured in this post. Just remember, these stamp sets are only back in town until the end of July, so be sure to grab your favorites before they’re gone!

Which stamp set is calling your name this #TBT? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂


Recipes

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Thinking of You Card (Vertical)
C1632 My Acrylix® Say It All Stamp Set, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 1/4″ and 2 1/2″ Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30)

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Celebrate Card (Vertical)
C1632 My Acrylix® Say It All Stamp Set, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3253 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3324 Prickly Pear Sequins

3″ x 3″ Friend Card
A1142 My Acrylix® Friend Stamp, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
2 1/2″ Accent-4 <3> (p. 33)

Well Hello! Gift
C1614 My Acrylix® Tagged with Love Stamp Set, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Art Philosophy
2 1/2″ <Tag4> (p. 60)

12″ x 12″ Scatter Sunshine Page
D1271 My Acrylix® April Word Puzzle Stamp Set, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30)
1 3/4″ Shape <1> (p. 29)

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8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall

8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall #closetomyheart #ctmh #littlegirl #girlsroom #homedecor #tips #gallery #wall

Gallery walls are a great way to infuse a space with colors and patterns. Not only are they a more affordable way to decorate large walls, but they give us the opportunity to showcase multiple pieces of art in one place and to express who we are and what we love!

8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall #closetomyheart #ctmh #littleboy #boysroom #homedecor #tips #gallery #wall

If you’ve never created a gallery wall before or if you’re looking for ways to update your current gallery walls, here are some tips to help you create a meaningful, cohesive gallery:

  • Decide if you want your gallery to be just pictures and photos or if you want to include dimensional pieces, like wooden shapes, wreaths, etc.

8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall #closetomyheart #ctmh #littlegirl #girlsroom #homedecor #tips #gallery #wall #cricut

  • Choose a favorite photo or piece of artwork as your starting piece, and then add to your wall by finding pieces that coordinate with your first item.
  • Another way to start is to choose one main color to anchor all the pieces in your gallery, and then create a color scheme around this main color.

8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall #closetomyheart #ctmh #littlegirl #girlsroom #homedecor #tips #gallery #wall

  • Rather than searching for the perfect picture frames to coordinate with your artwork, try adding paper to plain picture frames. It’s an easy way to make everything match!
  • Hang your picture frames both horizontally and vertically for variety.
  • Add personal touches to your gallery, like a monogram, scrapbook page, or favorite family quote.

8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall #closetomyheart #ctmh #littleboy #boysroom #homedecor #tips #gallery #wall

  • Use a variety of shapes and dimensions, as well as picture frame sizes, to create a well-balanced look.

8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall #closetomyheart #ctmh #littleboy #boysroom #homedecor #tips #gallery #wall

  • Lay out your gallery on the floor before hanging it on the wall. You’ll easily be able to move around pieces until you get the look you want, and then you can take a photo to reference when hanging the gallery up on the wall. Want to be even more precise? Trace the pieces of your gallery on scrap paper, cut them out, and hang them on the wall to see how they look before attaching the actual pieces.

And maybe most of all, make sure you have fun! Gallery walls are a great way to get in touch with your creative side. Now go get crafty! 🙂


Recipes

“Xander” Gallery Wall
X7222B Jack Paper Packet, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X7222C Jack Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Thread, Frames, Wooden Arrow, Letter Form

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 1/2″ <font> “XANDER”

Floral Hanger Gallery Wall
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet, X7220B No Worries Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper Packet, X5777 Fern Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3295 My Crush® Artistic You Pages, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Frames, Letter Form, Ikea Hanger

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
4 1/2″, 4″, 3 1/2″, and 3″ Shift+Icon <J> (p. 27)
1″ Shift <Hibiscus> (p. 30)
2″ <Rose> (p. 42)*
3 1/2″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ <Poppy> (p. 45)*
3 1/2″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ Shift <Poppy> (p. 45)*
1 1/2″ <Daisy> (cut 2, p. 46)*
1 1/2″ Shift <Daisy> (cut 2, p. 46)*

*Real Dial Size off

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Online Flash Sale!

If you’re a fan of crafting products and saving money, then listen up! For the next 24 hours, we’re having an online Flash Sale! You can save big on a handful of products, including some exclusive product bundles we’ve put together!

To see everything that’s on sale, head on over to your Consultant’s website or visit closetomyheart.com. And make sure to place your order quick because these products are only available while supplies last!

To give you a taste of this sale, we’re going to highlight some of the product bundles here on the blog.

Let’s do this! 🙂

Ultimate Sponge Daubers Bundle

With 60 sponge daubers, the small organizer, and a sponge dauber foam insert that fits inside the organizer, this bundle is perfect for those who want to try out sponging! One tip for using your daubers? Label each of them with the color of ink you use, so the next time you go to sponge, you know which sponge dauber to grab.

Ultimate Shimmer Trim Bundle

This bundle comes with 7 different colors of shimmer trim and the My Acrylix® mini stamp organizer. The dividers inside the organizer are just the right size for storing your shimmer trim. You can pull and cut strips of shimmer trim without even taking the spools out of the organizer—how neat is that? 🙂

Glitter Paper Bundle

Neutral glitter paper for all the things—need we say more? 🙂

Alphabet Stamps Bundle

Say goodbye to alphabet stickers and hello to your new best friend! With this bundle, you get four different alphabet stamp sets, plus a My Acrylix® organizer. The variety of styles and sizes of the alphabet stamps in this bundle mean you will always have just the aesthetic you’re looking for, and because they’re stamps instead of stickers, you can use them time and time again in a variety of colors. Stamping for the win!

Paper Tray Pack

Two of our Workspace Wonder™ paper trays in one convenient bundle—and at a price you can’t refuse! Organize that paper, girl!

Watercolor Bundle

Watercolor paper is SO important when using watercolor paints. Other types of paper will curl, bubble, and bead up when you paint a large area or use a little too much water or paint. Not only is our watercolor paper high quality, but it also comes in a convenient 12″ x 12″ size, so you can even watercolor your own base pages for scrapbooking! And if you want to match your watercolor paint colors to our exclusive color palette, we have a handy dandy PDF right here to help you do just that!

Download Watercolor Guide

You may also want to grab the All-purpose Mat, too, if you don’t already have one. It’s waterproof, so it’s great for protecting your surfaces while you paint, and—you guessed it—it’s also included in the Flash Sale!

To see everything that’s on sale, head on over to your Consultant’s website or visit closetomyheart.com. And make sure to place your order quick because this sale only runs 24 hours, and these deals are only available while supplies last!

Happy shopping, friends!

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Free Scrapbook Pattern for National Scrapbooking Month

Free scrapbook pattern for National Scrapbooking Month, courtesy of Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #pattern #scrapbooking #ideas #inspiration #free

What better way to wrap up National Scrapbooking Month than to give our readers a free scrapbook pattern? 🙂

Free scrapbook pattern for National Scrapbooking Month, courtesy of Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbook #pattern #scrapbooking #ideas #inspiration #free

This pattern originally debuted with our Moon Doggie papers, but we decided to pair it with our National Scrapbooking Month Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set—and we love the finished look! It goes to show how scrapbook patterns are truly timeless.

Download Pattern

Download the pattern above, and then create your own layout. Though the photo sizes on this pattern are not standard, you could easily replace the 5 ½” x 8″ photo on the left page with a matted 5″ x 7″. For the 4″ x 2 ½” photos on the right page, it is easy to trim ½” off of a 4″ x 3″ to fit the space.

Remember, our Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set are only available until the end of the month, so grab them while you can!

Scrapbooking pattern book #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #patterns #patternbook

 

For even more timeless patterns, check out our collection of affordable how-to pattern books, many of which are only available until the end of July. We know you’ll love them!

 

 

 

 

 


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Dream Layout
Moon Doggie Pattern
CC1212C My Acrylix® Live Beautifully Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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