Scrapbooking with Animated Stamps

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We are continuing our National Stamping Month celebrations today by using our innovative, animated stamp sets in scrapbook layouts!

Before we show you those, we hope some of you joined us over the weekend when we went live on our Facebook page in celebration of National Stamping Day! We had a great time spending the day crafting together, making animated cards specially designed for the free event, as well as sharing stamping techniques from our very own stamping experts!

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My Acrylix® You Brighten My Day Stamp Set (CC92011)

Each of the techniques in the charts below were demonstrated on camera using the exclusive National Stamping Day stamp set, You Brighten My Day, for you to follow along and add them to your personal stamping arsenal!

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If you missed the live party, you are in luck! Watch the free replay by clicking on the link, here. Learn more about Close To My Heart, spend some time crafting with us, and pick up a few techniques along the way—all at your own speed!

Now, how about those scrapbook layouts we promised?!

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For this 6″ x 6″ layout, we paired the Bright Stack, which is made up of some of our favorite 12″ x 12″ paper patterns shrunk down to 6″ x 6″ proportions, with the Animated Safari Animals stamp set. On the left page, we used the Border Tab stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts to create a journaling tag that pulls out from behind the photo!

Similarly, in this second 6″ x 6″ layout, we paired the Bright Stack papers with the Animated Butterfly Kisses stamp set. We created a sense of cohesiveness throughout the layout by making our animated window a square to match the square photos on the opposite page, used the same patterned paper for the borders along the window and the photos, and printed the photos in black and white to match the black and white animation.

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You’ll notice that both of these layouts were photographed outside of their Memory Protectors™. If you want to access the animation, or other interactive elements, of the pages without pulling them out of their protectors every time, you will need to have a plan before you assemble them.

One approach for access to the interactive parts is to attach these pieces to the outside of the Memory Protectors™. It’s fairly simple. If you’d prefer to keep everything tucked inside the protectors, however, there are a couple of other options.

Another way for access to the moving parts of an animated page, is the use of a craft knife. With your page in the protector, figure out where you would need to pull the tab from. Make two small marks on the protector where the top and the bottom of the slit will be, and remove your page. Then, put a few pieces of scratch cardstock under where these two marks will connect. Using a ruler, connect the marks with the craft knife to cut the slit. Remove the scratch cardstock and put your page back inside the protector, now with a slit. Pull the tab through the slit and have it rest on the outside of the protector, with the rest of the interactive element still inside. When you’re ready to animate the window or pull a journaling tab, then pull the tab through the slit.

This last idea comes from one of our viewers of our National Stamping Day! She used our Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ and combined both of our ideas. She attached the interactive elements to the outside of the page while keeping them safely tucked inside a small attachable pocket-size protector!

We are purposefully showing you these stamp sets used in 6″ x 6″ layouts, not because you can’t create something amazing and fun in a larger format, but because we have some new 6″ x 6″ album options that we didn’t get to mention in our last post, A Look Inside the New Annual Core Catalog!

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New to the Everyday Life™ line is this gorgeous Scarlet 6″ x 6″ album, featuring an o-ring closure and a soft, faux-leather cover. Also new this year, available for the first time as individual items, are the bright and beautiful Story by Stacy™ 6″ x 6″ albums!

We hope you are enjoying your September and really taking advantage of all the craftiness we have to offer now and through the end of the month! We’d love to hear what you’re up to in your craft rooms, so please leave us a message below!

A Look Inside the New Annual Core Catalog!

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There are so many reasons to love September. A favorite of ours is the release of our new annual Core Products Catalog! It makes us giddy just thinking about all of the new and exciting products that we’ve been preparing to share with all of you!

Unlike with our seasonal bimonthly catalogs, the contents of our Core Products Catalog are available for an entire year, from September through the following year’s August. This year’s Core Products Catalog is especially full of new products and ideas. We are as committed as ever to our promise of being there to show you how, including providing the right tools and products, whatever your crafting goals.

Let’s take a look at a few new things happening in our Core Products Catalog.

PAPER KITS

We have FIVE new paper kits themed and designed for year-round use!

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Lovely: If you find beauty in life’s simple pleasures, then you’ll love celebrating them with the soft colors and versatile patterns of the Lovely paper collection.

Party Time: Unwrap the ultimate paper packet for any party, featuring bright colors and a patterns that will guarantee you and your quests a good time!

(Both, the Lovely and Party Time papers, come with an optional coordinating sticker sheet, as well as coordinating cardstock!)

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Wood Grain: Add the natural texture of wood to your papercrafting palette with this collection of realistic patterned papers.

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Gold Foil Patterns: Add rich gold foil accents to any artwork using the Gold Foil Patterns paper packet, featuring six beautiful patterns in gold foil.

Silver Foil Patterns: Make your artwork shine with the Silver Foil Patterns paper packet, featuring six classic patterns in shining silver foil.

THIN CUTS

If die-cutting is your thing, then you will be pleasantly surprised by what we’ve got in store in the Core Products Catalog! We’ve got bows, leaves, dimensional flowers, card front designs, sentiments, and tons more! For space reasons, we’re only showing you two of our favorites here, but make sure to browse through the catalog to see them all.

Simple Serif:

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We’ve got a Simple Serif Uppercase stamp set, a Simple Serif Uppercase coordinating Thin Cuts die set, a Simple Serif Lowercase stamp set, and a Simple Serif Lowercase coordinating Thin Cuts die set.

While the dies and stamps work perfectly as a team, they can also be used independently from one another, providing endless possibilities for titles, accents, and more!

Waterfall:

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Create an interactive sliding element with the Waterfall Thin Cuts! The set comes with six dies, including several that are intended for your personal customization of the “waterfall.”

PERPETUAL CALENDAR

Keep track of all your important dates year after year with this Perpetual Calendar! It comes with 14 loose printed sheets and one wood base for you to design and create your own pages.

EMBELLISHMENTS

No crafting project is complete without a few finishing touches, like gems, ribbons, and acrylic shapes (to list but a few). Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find in our Core Products Catalog:

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(Gold Star Confetti, Springtime Flower Sequins, Bold Bitty Beads, Black Acrylic Arrows, Pink Acrylic Hearts, Happy Birthday Acrylic Sentiments, Love Today Acrylic Titles, Hugs & Hello Acrylic Sentiments, Wood Stars)

MARKERS

Deep Blends TriBlend™ Markers: For those who have been with this us since last year, you’ll recall that last September we introduced the essential blends TriBlend™ markers from Spectrum Noir™. This year we are taking our color options up a notch (or three) with 24 new deep blends markers!

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Metallic Markers:Also from Spectrum Noir™, we are now offering three sets of six dual-tip metallic markers with quality, archival, water-based ink: Antique Elements, Rare Minerals, and Precious Metals!

MIXED MEDIA

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Stickles™ Glitter Gels: The assorted sizes and shapes of glitters in these gels make crafts truly sparkle! They spread easily and work great when applied through a stencil or directly onto a surface. (Moon Dust, Nebula, Solar Flare, Asteroid.)

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Gloss Sprays: Available in six colors, these are an opaque acrylic spray that dry to a glossy finish. The ink is water-soluble when wet, and permanent when dry.

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Distress Oxide™ Ink Pads: An exciting newcomer are the Distress Oxide™ ink pads. These pads feature a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water! Use with stamps, stencils, or rub the pad directly on a paper surface.

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Stencils: We couldn’t give you all those pretty art supplies to use with stencils without providing you with a few options of our own! So, we designed nine 12″ x 12″ stencils, available in three separate packs of three, for use with a variety of mixed media and art techniques! These are made from reusable clear plastic stencil sheets, each cut in a unique design.

DIGITAL ART

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We’ve added 11 new digital, downloadable SVG files, to our collection as well as three new Heat Transfer vinyl colors (Red, Light Pink, and Pale Blue)! View all of these new digital art designs, here.

8″ x 12″ FLIP FLAPS™

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Add more photos and other pieces of memorabilia to your scrapbook pages with Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™! Use the adhesive strip to stick the additional pocket directly to your page or on top of the Memory Protectors. The new, 8″ x 12″ Flip Flaps™, are a great size for including certificates and other large-scale items! (Attaches vertically or horizontally.)

NEW COLORS

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We’ve added several new colors to our exclusive color palette this month! Our favorite, and Color of the Year, is this beautiful blue hue aptly named, Blue Belle! Keep a sharp eye out for it throughout the coming year, and you’ll find hints of Blue Belle in a wide variety of our new products. (To see what other new colors we have in store, talk to your Consultant or take a look at our exclusive color palette in our Core Products Catalog.)

CRAFT WITH HEART™ CARDMAKING KIT

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It’s September, and that means there’s a new Craft with Heart™ cardmaking kit available, now and through the end of December!

Each kit includes materials to create a set of 24 beautiful, handmade cards, that come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with a stamping block and mini ink pad, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them. Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription!

Dear friends, this is truly just the tip of the iceberg here. There are many, many more new products that you don’t want to miss out on. Make sure to visit with your Close to My Heart Consultant to see all that we have in store, or explore our Core Products Catalog online, here.

Merry Christmas! Happy crafting! 😉

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Creativity Is in Motion with Animated Stamps!

Now that National Stamping Month is underway, it’s time to celebrate! This year, we’ve pulled out all the stops with our Creativity in Motion special, which introduces a brand-new line of animated stamps! These animated stamps create images that literally dance on the page and provide a fun, interactive crafting experience you’ll have to see to believe!

The Creativity in Motion special includes three animated My Acrylix® stamp sets—Animated Sentiments, Animated Butterfly Kisses, and Animated Safari Animals. These stamps add a touch of magic to any project and allow you to create artwork like no other.

Check out this playful safari animal dance party! You can almost hear the music playing as these little guys show off their moves!

Looking for something a little more sophisticated? The Animated Butterfly Kisses set has just the right balance of sweet, delicate, and refined, giving you the perfect recipe for an unforgettable card.

If whimsy is what you’re after, go with the Animated Sentiments stamp set! These stamps will bring your words to life and are sure to delight!

Animated stamp sets are a ton of fun, but they need a little bit of help to really dazzle. Along with the three animated stamp sets shown above, the Creativity in Motion special also includes specialized Animation Sheets. These acetate sheets are printed with thin, black lines. These lines cover portions of the animated stamp images, but when they are pulled, the lines cover different parts of the stamp, creating the illusion of movement.

The Creativity in Motion special also includes the Border Tab stamp set and Thin Cuts metal dies. Together, they allow you create pull tabs to help guide the animated stamp experience. With simple instructive sentiments like “pull here” or “SLIDE,” and a few more fun options like “fancy,” “surprise,” “OOOH,” and “AAAH,” the Border Tab stamp set gives you plenty of options to create personalized pull tabs for your animated artwork. The Border Tab Thin Cuts metal dies allow for even more personalization with four fun shape options!

The Creativity in Motion special also includes our brand-new 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack; we’ve taken some of our favorite paper patterns from past collections and shrunk them down from their original 12″ x 12″ versions to create this adorable mini paper packet!

Creativity in Motion has a ton to offer, and all of it is designed to give you the best crafting experience possible. To help guide you through the process of creating an animated card from start to finish, we’ve developed a handy step-by-step guide, which you can download here.

We’ve also put together a short instructional video, demonstrating how each component fits together. Check it out to see this animated crafting action for yourself!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into the world of animated stamps, and we can’t wait to see how you innovate your own artwork with animated stamps. Got any ideas about how you want to use these stamps? Tell us about them in the comments below, and happy crafting!


4¼” x 5½” Hey Foxy Card (Vertical)
CC9203 My Acrylix® Animated Safari Animals Stamp Set, CC9204 My Acrylix® Border Tab Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC9207 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack, CC9205 Animation Sheets, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3813 Desert Rose Shimmer Brush, CC9206 Border Tab Thin Cuts, Z4259 Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thank You Card (Horizontal)
CC9201 My Acrylix® Animated Sentiments Stamp Set, CC9204 My Acrylix® Border Tab Stamp Set, X6055 Desert Rose Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC9207 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack, CC9205 Animation Sheets, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, CC9206 Border Tab Thin Cuts, Z4260 Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

4¼” x 5½” For My Beautiful Friend Card (Vertical)
CC9202 My Acrylix® Animated Butterfly Kisses Stamp Set, CC9204 My Acrylix® Border Tab Stamp Set, X6034 Sangria Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, CC9207 6″ x 6″ Bright Stack, CC9205 Animation Sheets, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3810 Scarlet Shimmer Brush, CC9206 Border Tab Thin Cuts, Z4259 Stitched Square Frames Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

20 Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas

For a lot of us, September marks the beginning of one of the busier times of the year. The “-ber” months. With the start of a new and unique school year, followed by the most celebrated family centered seasonal time, including fall festivities, then Thanksgiving, and eventually Hanukah and Christmas, during which we try to cram as much jubilee as possible into our already busy lives—we all have so much going on, and it may feel like there is just no time to dedicate to preserving all of these fond, albeit sometimes somewhat hectic, memories.

What if we told you that scrapbooking can be fast, simple, and easy! It is a perfect time to discover, or rediscover, the simplicity of scrapbooking in pockets! By using Memory Protectors™ with multiple pockets, you can quickly catch up on your scrapbooking or just add photos, art, and journaling (and any other keepsake that you can fit into a pocket) to your albums.

From how to tell a story to the creating of the artwork that goes along with it, pocket scrapbooking is a memory keeping style all its own. If you are new to this style of scrapbooking or are simply looking for inspiration for your pages, we’ve compiled a list of artwork tips and ideas for you below!

Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas:

1. Fill no more than half your pockets on a page with non-photo elements.

2. Stick to a color palette, pulling color ideas from your photos.

3. Use Picture My Life™ pocket cards (designed to coordinate with each other in theme and color).

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4. Design and make your own pocket cards from papers, Thin Cuts, stickers, and stamps. (This is a great way to use up some of your scraps, too!)

5. Fill pockets with other things, besides cards or photos (ticket stubs, loose Cricut® shapes, sequins, etc.).
Tip: We sealed the sequins pocket you see in our example so the sequins wouldn’t fall out.

6. Make a statement and split large titles or photos into multiple squares.
Tip: Consider printing a large 6 x 8 photo and split it up into several pockets!

7. Use the negative space of a Cricut® shape to create a pocket card. If the space is large enough, back it with a light color cardstock and use the space for journaling. If you are cutting several small shapes (like our 2019 below), back it with cardstock or any other paper that will add interest to your layout.

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8. Add a sentiment to your photos by stamping directly on them
Tip: If your photo has any sort of finish on them, we recommend you use StazOn™ ink. If it is a truly matte photo, Archival Black is a good choice.

9. Don’t want to stamp on your photos but want a similar effect? Stamp directly onto the pocket Memory Protector™ with StazOn™ ink, instead.

10. Add embellishments to the outside of the Memory Protectors™.

11. Use Flip Flaps™! If you have too many photos or things that you want to work into a page but not enough pockets (or enough to fill whole other page) add these stick on pockets that flip up (or in any direction that you attach them) to reveal whatever is underneath!

12. Similarly, if you have too many photos for a traditional scrapbook layout, and don’t want to create another layout with all of the remaining photos, use pocket pages to display these.

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13. If you have a piece of memorabilia to display that is too small for a pocket, mount it onto a piece of paper that will fit.

14. Create a window to the next page in your album by partially filling a pocket (use a smaller photo, half a pocket card, etc.).

15. Number your photos to give your page or layout a more narrative direction. Take this a step further by adding numbered journaling to a pocket card that corresponds with the numbered photos.

16. Create color visual triangles. This means to purposefully place the same color in three different places that, when connected, form a triangle.

17. Don’t have time, or care for, writing in full paragraphs? Use bullet journaling to keep track of the details of a memory!

18. If one of your pockets is holding a card that you want to remember to pull out when you revisit the page, add a tab along the edge of the card on the open side of the pocket.

19. Easily add some visual interest to your photos by trimming them down ¼” and mounting them on a piece of paper that fits the pockets exactly, creating a border around your photos.

20. Sometimes things don’t fit in pockets—like notes, journal pages, your grandma’s favorite clock—take photos of these things to include them in your stories.

21. We said 20, so this one is a bonus: plan ahead. If you know you will be going on a tropical vacation, or camping, or pumpkin picking—there are activities that you know for certain you will be participating in (playing on the beach, sitting around a camp fire, walking through a pumpkin patch, etc.). When you are scrapbooking with pockets, it’s easy to lay out some pages really quickly for these types of events without having the photos yet. Once you have them, add them. If you don’t like the way it’s laid out, rearrange! Easy-peasy!

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If you just went through our list and still find yourself at a loss for how to begin, or otherwise feel that your finished pocket layouts didn’t turn out quite right, try revisiting one of our previous posts, 5 Approaches to Pocket Scrapbooking, where we share additional ideas to get you thinking about how to create a pocket page or layout, and to get you up to speed on this popular style of scrapbooking.

Whether you’re cutting things up, attaching them to a pocket card, or creating a pocket for a group of items—there is no wrong way to tell your story. In the comments below, share with all of us how you are using pocket scrapbooking in your memory keeping.


Recipes:12″ x 12″ Hooray for Today Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
D1938 My Acrylix® Love Lives Here Stamp Set, D1926 My Acrylix® Simple Florals Stamp Set, X9017 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6047 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7258D Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ Cards, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z1950 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 3, Z1951 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 4

6″ x 8″ On this Day Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
D1929 My Acrylix® Paper Pal Beach Day Stamp Set, D1932 My Acrylix® Joyful Sunflower Stamp Set, CC7203 Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7258D Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ Cards, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3191 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3192 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 1

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Gnome Matter What Card & Sponging Technique

Today we are assembling this incredibly endearing Love You Gnome Matter What card! To help us get things just right, we asked our Creative Arts Manager and trusty friend, Karen Pedersen, to join us!

If you’d like to assemble your card along side Karen as you watch her in action, you will need to prepare a few things first.

Using the Gnome Matter Stamp + Thin Cuts, stamp the gnome with the pointed hat and the toadstools with flowers on white cardstock using Archival Black ink, then die-cut the shapes. For the hill, cut a half-circle out of Sage cardstock and stamp it with a few small flowers using Sage ink.

Karen talks about how to color your stamped images, and also shares some tips for using Stickles™ glitter glue. (If you’d like to duplicate our card exactly, we used Silver and Christmas Red Stickles™ glitter glue, and Dull Green, Earth Brown, Light Yellow, Pale Pink, and Fair Skin TriBlend™ markers.)

The first thing Karen will show us in the video below, is how to recreate the beautiful sky background of this card using a simple sponging technique. For this step, you will need a blank card base, Carolina and Bluebird stamp pads, a round sponge and scissors, sticky notes, and several cut-out cloud shapes. (We made our clouds using Cricut® shape #M412A0C, from our Artistry Cricut® collection.)

If you’re all set (and even if you’re not and just want to watch a video for some inspiration) here’s our friend Karen recreating the Love You Gnome Matter What card:

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The Happiest Place Collection!

Hold on to your hats, because we’re going on a VIP tour of our newest and most magical collection, yet—the Happiest Place!

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Summertime is the perfect time to make memories, and the Happiest Place collection is the perfect way to preserve them. With vibrant colors, delightfully whimsical patterns, and a wide selection of fun products to go with them, the Happiest Place will bring a smile to any face!

1. Happiest Place Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

Let’s start everything off by taking a look at the Happiest Place Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet. This packet comes with twice as many patterned papers than the packets in most of our other collections, with 12 sheets—2 each of 6 double-sided designs!

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Along with this awesome paper count, we’ve also got a beautiful sticker sheet, complete with silver glitter foil accents! This eye-catching assortment of stickers is the ideal complement to the fun designs of the papers, and you’ll love accenting your artwork with them!

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2. Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock

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The Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock adds yet another element of wonder to this magical collection. Like the sticker sheet, this cardstock pack includes a selection with silver glitter foil designs. With these shiny patterns, it’s easier than ever to add a little sparkle to your cards and scrapbook pages!

3. Happiest Place Acrylic Shapes

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Looking to add even more dimension to your project? The Happiest Place Acrylic Shapes coordinate perfectly with the patterns in this collection and make a great addition to any card or layout!

4. Happiest Place Stamp + Thin Cuts

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Preserve your happiest memories and create truly magical artwork with the Happiest Place stamp set and Thin Cuts dies!

In addition to the Happiest Place stamp set and Thin Cuts, the new Magical Alphabet stamp set from our July–August catalog fits right in with the Happiest Place collection. Expand your creative magic even further and create personalized, coordinated titles!

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5. SVGs (Digital Art)

Along with the playful images in these stamp sets and Thin Cuts, the Happiest Place also includes a variety of digital art options. With two collections of SVG files—Happiest Place Digital Art Titles and Happiest Place Digital Art Designs—you’ll be all set to use and cut these too-cute shapes for yourself using your favorite digital design program and personal digital cutting machine! These shapes can be used to cut paper for your cards or layouts, or they can be used to cut vinyl images for a one-of-a-kind album cover, like this one!

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6. Happiest Place Cut Above® Kit

Use the materials in this kit to create the pages of an 8½” × 11″ album. No fussy-cutting required!

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The Happiest Place Cut Above Layout Kit includes pre-printed base pages, exclusive die-cuts, pre-cut pieces, and instructions to guide you through every step of the way! No cutting or stamping necessary. Just pair this kit with your memories along with a journaling pen, photos, and adhesive!

7. FREE Virtual Event!

Join us as we host another fun and free 3-day virtual crafting event, beginning August 26! For more information, visit the Events tab on the Close To My Heart Facebook page, here. We’ll be doing some exciting giveaways in conjunction with this event, so be sure to mark yourself as “Going” when you visit our Facebook page to be registered for the giveaway opportunities!

We’re so excited about the Happiest Place collection, and just can’t wait for you to get your hands on it! Make sure to talk to your Consultant for even more information about any of these items and additional special offers available. (If you do not have a Consultant, find one in your area, here.)

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BRUSHED IS BACK by Popular Demand!

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With the promise of fun days and happy memories ahead, the much-loved Brushed paper collection is back now and through the end of July! With a re-vamped color scheme, a new 12″ x 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, updated coordinating cardstock, and two additional popular stamp sets from the past, the vibrant Brushed collection is just the thing to brighten up your days to come!

1. My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship and Your Own Kind of Wonderful

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These gorgeous stamp sets are ideal for unlocking hours of crafting fun! The beautiful spring designs in the My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship and Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp sets are the perfect addition to any card or scrapbooking layout and are sure to help your artwork flourish!

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2. Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet

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Featuring our exclusive colors, Canary, Candy Apple, Green Apple, Lagoon, Pixie, and Smoothie, the Brushed paper collection comes with six refreshed patterned paper sheets, two each of three double-sided designs, and one new coordinating sticker sheet! Click on the individual thumbnail images to take a closer look!

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3. Brushed Coordinating Cardstock

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These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Brushed paper packet and it’s complementing sticker sheet. Each coordinating cardstock pack comes with 12 sheet, two each of Canary, Candy Apple, Green Apple, Lagoon, Pixie, and Smoothie; all 12″ x 12″.

4. Live Virtual Crop!

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With its eye-catching new color scheme, delicate designs, and wealth of whimsical patterns, we can hardly wait to share the Brushed collection with you!

Join us for a FREE live virtual craft event on June 30th, 2020 at 2:00 pm MDT on our Facebook page! We will be creating one single-page layout, three two-page layouts, and eight standard-sized cards, all using this beautiful and exclusive Brushed collection. To learn more and to sign up for this free event, click here.

***Make sure to click “going” on the event page in order to be entered to WIN FREE PRIZES during the live event.***

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Can’t wait for you to join us!!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Wonderful Card (Vertical)
CC6202 Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, X5982 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

3″ x 3″ Happiest Thoughts Card
CC6202 Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, X5982 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2495 Bright Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Special Card (Vertical)
CC6202 Brushed Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3293 Clear Shimmer Brush, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

8½” x 11″ Happy Together Layout
D1602 My Acrylix® A Budding Friendship Stamp Set, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful Stamp Set, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6513 Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2495 Bright Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3668 Wood Buttons, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3512 Pewter Journaling Pen (.01), Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Cards and Layouts for a Legendary Father’s Day!

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Celebrate the men who mean the most in your life with our exclusive Legendary Father’s Day stamp sets! The Someone to Look up To and Legendary Father’s Day sets will honor these important men in a “dapper” mixed with just the appropriate amount of “cute” way.

By pairing these legendary stamp sets with a few fun stamping and coloring techniques we were able to achieve some rather handsome results.

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In the cards above, we used coloring pencils to add details to the hat on the left and the tie on the right. The filling of the shaker window is a mix made up of gold loose sequins and Sapphire cardstock confetti shapes cut using the Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts (see how we used the leftover negative of the star confetti in a separate card, below). The shoes of the card on the left were stamped in VersaMark™ ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder to create a textured patterned background.

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Heat embossing with white embossing powder was used to achieve the raised white sentiment on this other card, above, and shading with color pencils was once again used on the shirt of the card on the left, to create a more dimensional image.

If you’d like to learn how to achieve the beautiful color pencil shading we’ve shown you in a couple of these cards, follow along with Karen, our Creative Arts Manager, in the video below. She explains how to determine where and how to add your shading based on your “light source” and so much more!

Lastly, we promised you scrapbook pages and we are delivering!

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For all of our scrappers out there, these gorgeous stamp sets are easily adaptable to pages and layouts, as well! Here you see that we’ve created a 6″ x 8″ page and a 12″ x 12″ page using both of the Father’s Day stamp sets. The large sentiment from the Someone To Look up To stamp set lends itself well as a title while the smaller icons of the Legendary Father’s Day stamp set add a touch of gallant charm to your memories.

Father’s Day is less than three weeks away! Prepare those meaningful cards and pages, today, and make Father’s Day unforgettable this year!


Recipes:

4¼” x 5½” Happy Father’s Day Shaker Card (Vertical)
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, X9009 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z4309 Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts, Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Happy Father’s Day Shoes Card (Horizontal)
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, X6034 Sangria Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z2088 Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Happy Father’s Day Shirt Card (Vertical)
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, Z6045 Sage Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots

4¼” x 5½” Someone to Look Up to Card (Vertical)
CC6206 My Acrylix® Someone to Look up To Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3552 Wooden Arrows, Z2068 White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots

6″ x 8″ Someone to Look up To Page
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, CC6206 My Acrylix® Someone to Look up To Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X5957 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots

12″ x 12″ Someone to Look up To Page
CC6205 My Acrylix® Legendary Father’s Day Stamp Set, CC6206 My Acrylix® Someone to Look up To Stamp Set, X7256B Aurora Paper Packet, X5949 Almond Cardstock, X6046 French Vanilla Cardstock, X6045 Sage Cardstock, X6034 Sangria Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7256D Aurora Picture My Life™ Cards, X7256E Aurora Acrylic Shapes,Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3630 Watercolor Pencils, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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FREE Scrapbook Pattern with Blue Skies!

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As we continue to celebrate National Scrapbooking month with beautiful creations using our featured Blue Skies collection, we thought it would simply make sense to also give you a free scrapbooking pattern to go with it!

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Making its original debut in the Magic Moments workshop guide years ago, we paired this timeless 12″ x 12″  pattern with our beautiful Blue Skies papers, stamp sets, and Thin Cuts dies that are available now and through the end of May.

The instructions available as a free download below have been slightly revamped so they can be used for any occasion with the right combination of papers, accents, and a little creativity!

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As usual, we encourage you to make this, and any, pattern your own by being flexible with its parts. Take a close look at our completed layout for some examples.

Both our journaling and title on the left page are in the general area of where they aught to be, based off of the pattern. However, we allowed ourselves some creative flexibility by not making these exact rectangles and added some details to really make them stand out.

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We stamped our title using the Beautiful Day stamp set paired with our rock & roll stamping technique. To achieve this colorful effect, you have to slightly overlap and blend one ink color, or color hue, with another. First, ink your stamp in a base color. In order to add another color to the outer edges, you gently roll your already inked stamp in the second color. Only make contact with the stamp pad on the edges where you want to add the color. You have to rock and roll your block to achieve this look. (In our case, we rolled the top and bottom of our stamp in two different colors for an even more vibrant look.)

In our example layout, you can also see that we added several bright accents throughout, using the Thin Cuts from the Blue Skies collection, livening up the artwork even further.

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Another way you can make these patterns uniquely yours is by creating your own patterned paper. The pattern you see above, and that we used on both sides of our layout, we created by repeatedly stamping the border from the Blue Skies stamp set onto cardstock. It really can be that simple!

At Close To My Heart, we take pride in providing the most comprehensive patterns for scrapbook layouts. When you download this pattern, you will notice that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it that much easier to create these pages!

Download this free scrapbooking pattern below and have a wonderful National Scrapbooking Month full of Blue Skies and memories worth preserving!

Download Pattern.

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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!

 

 

 


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Beautiful Day Layout
CC5202 Beautiful Day Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC5201 My Acrylix® Blue Skies Stamp Set, CC5206 Blue Skies Paper Packet, CC5212 Blue Skies Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6513 Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3553 Acrylic Hearts, Z4196 White Ribbon, CC5204 Pinwheel Thin Cuts, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Medium Flat Waterbrush, Z2496 Pale Pink TriBlend™ Marker, Z2485 Light Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2483 Light Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z2491 True Blue TriBlend™ Marker, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3440 Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen, Sewing Machine

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