Halloween Treats with Hello Pumpkin

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It’s finally October, and you know what that means—Halloween will be here before we know it! And what better way to capture the fun of this delightful holiday than with the light-hearted Hello Pumpkin collection! Just take a peek at these scrapbook layouts to see the brighter side of this spooky night.

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In addition to the overflowing assortment of bright colors, there is so much dimension found on every single page of these layouts! Photos are matted and framed with cardstock, glitter paper, and pocket cards. Some photos are layered with stickers. Complements are stacked, customized, and mixed with acrylic shapes. The magic is in the details!

 

 

And since everyone knows that Halloween is all about the goodies, take a look at these irresistible treat wrappers that you can make with this same collection:

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The trick to making these treats is to start them out flat; add stickers and stamped icons to your heart’s content and then wrap them around something tasty. Can you think of anyone who wouldn’t want one of these “too-cute-to-be-scary” treat bags?

For a complete list of materials, cutting diagrams, and assembly instructions for all of these projects, contact your Close To My Heart Consultant. If you don’t have one, let us help you find one! Simply click here, go to the What We Do menu and select Find a Consultant.

These Hello Pumpkin Halloween goodies are guaranteed to bring an extra touch of sweetness to your holiday celebrations!

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Visual Storytelling with Short Story

When we scrapbook, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in planning our pages. We spend lots of time deciding where to put the photos, what paper to use, and how to add the perfect embellishments. Never fear! Stacy Julian and Close To My Heart have a new Story by Stacy™ program to help you overcome those hurdles to scrapbook a large amount of photos in a short amount of time. The Short Story workshop kits will teach you a new way to tell your stories. With Short Story, you will re-energize your creativity and learn to trust your intuition as you go.

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The Story by Stacy™ product line is all about building stronger storytellers. Through Story Starter, you learned how to access detailed memories and then write them down as small, quick stories with a photo illustration. Now we’re building on that to teach you a new process for working with your photos and memories. Through Short Story, you’ll create an entire album about a person, place, thing, or experience that you love. Short Story focuses on a visual storytelling process with a written summary at the end. Included in each workshop kit is a workbook to walk you through how to do this.

The video above gives you a small peak into what you’ll do using the Short Story workshop kit. First, you’ll consider the surface information related to your photos like where you are or the people you’re with. You’ll also think about questions that will help you interact with your photos. Then it’s time to move on to the creative part and make pages with your photos. This is where you’ll discover how to really let go and allow your creativity to flow. You’ll learn how to trim your photos BEFORE making pages, then attach photos and add patterned paper to each page, and top it all off with embellishments. By the end of the creative process, you’ll be ready to write a story summary to give your unique, authentic point of view at the end of the album.

Short Story workshop kits come with everything you need to complete a 6″ x 6″ album. Each kit has Memory Protectors™, colorful patterned paper, White Daisy cardstock, black and white embellishments, and a workbook to guide you through the process. Just pick the kit with the album you like best, Lagoon or black and white gingham. All you need is a photo trimmer, journaling pen, adhesive, scissors, and, of course, a stack of photos about your subject.

The colorful patterned paper included in your kit will make your photos stand out in a Short Story album. These double-sided papers are designed to work well with any photos with a variety of solid color prints, multi-color prints, and even a few black and white designs.

Short Story workshop kits also come with lots of options for embellishing your pages, like you see in the photos above. Each kit includes die-cuts, stickers, gingham ribbon, dots, and white twine. You’ll notice that all of the Short Story embellishments are black and white. Black and white embellishments will help you tie your layouts together and create visual flow without distracting from the story your photos are telling.

To make personalizing your pages even more fun, there is also a special stamp set designed to use in a Short Story album. The My Acrylix® Simply Said stamp set includes letters, numbers, symbols, and icons that are just the right size for the Short Story format.

There are so many stories you can tell with Short Story. It could be a specific event or vacation. You could use Short Story to document a relationship over time with a family member or friend, or it could be about something else you just really love. Whatever subject you choose, this process allows you to scrapbook a large amount of photos in a fun, colorful way. Just like Story Starter, this is a project you can start and FINISH. You don’t have to plan ahead or worry about making decisions as you go. Trust your own creative intuition and see where it takes you!

What kinds of stories do you plan to tell with Short Story? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

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8 Ways to Add Color to Your Stamping

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September is National Stamping Month and, as you know, we live and breathe stamps here at Close To My Heart. They are where we got our start many years ago, and to this day just simply can’t get enough of them! And from what we can gather, we are not alone in this obsession hobby! 😉

With care, you place your stamp on your block, prudently ink it with a color that you carefully selected just minutes (if not days) before, then press it to your paper and upon removing the block your image looks as perfectly crisp as you planned for. The next step in the creation process of this new image is to breathe life into it with some color.

We’ve taken one of our many (many) favorite stamp sets, My Acrylix® Bunches of Love, from the Holiday Expressions catalog to illustrate some stamp coloring options. Each is unique in it’s own way and, depending on what you’re looking to achieve, has a place in your coloring spectrum. For comparison purposes, we’ve kept the mediums separate, but by all means do combine them in your artwork to make your images look exactly how you envision them!

First up, the original.

Some of our stamp sets already come with the parts to fill in the white space of a larger image, and the My Acrylix® Bunches of Love set does just that.

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To keep things quick and easy, use the corresponding filler pieces to complete the image.

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In cases where the stamp set is not designed this way or you’re wanting to showcase a stamp differently so it’s not the exact same every time, continue scrolling through our list.

A Watercolor Look:

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For a soft look, watercolors are the way to go!

If you’re still working on mastering the art of using watercolor paints, try watercolor pencils. By applying color with pencils, shading and color blending is easier to control than with paint. Once you’ve penciled the color in, gently brush water over it with a damp fine tip paintbrush or waterbrush to spread the pigment. For best results, follow the pencil lines using smooth strokes. Keep in mind as you decide which watercolor medium is right for your project, that the direction of your pencil lines will still show through, unlike with paint.

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For a more vivid “watercolor” look that doesn’t require layers of watercolor paint to achieve, give “painting” with our Exclusive Inks™ a try!

Squeeze your stamp pad in the middle to get some of the ink to rub onto the lid. Remove the inked lid, and from there decide how strong or light you want your color to appear. If you want the saturation to match the ink color exactly, use the ink as is. For a lighter variation of this same color, mix some water in with it (straight on the lid). The more water you add to the ink, the lighter the color will be. Pick the color up with a brush and ink-paint your stamped image.

Our Exclusive Inks™ are available in every one of our 41 exclusive colors (plus White Daisy and several black options). Enjoy effortless color coordination with our patterned papers, cardstock, and embellishments by using this method for coloring in your stamped images.

Pens:

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When going for a saturated, vibrant look, especially in small details, ShinHan™ Touch Twin markers are an excellent choice. They are bright, smudge-proof, and, because they are alcohol-based, they are easy to blend. The fine tip on each marker is ideal for coloring and adding intricate details.

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Until recently, the shimmer brush was considered mostly an accenting tool because it only came in clear and gold. Well, those days are over friends! Now also available in Sugarplum, red, black, and Mint, these new hues carry enough weight to be used on their own to add a little bit more than shimmer. When you use these, prep your brush before you do. You will want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Brush it on your scrap paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

Heat Embossing:

Give your stamps a little lift and texture with the right inks and embossing powders. (For those of you who are new to this technique, embossing powder is a special powder that, when heated, melts to form a raised surface.)

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Sometimes a flat image just isn’t the way to go. That’s when heat embossing comes to the rescue. To start, stamp your image with the VersaMark™ ink pad (embossing ink), which will create a clear, wet-looking print of your stamp. While the ink is still wet, cover it with embossing powder and carefully shake off any excess. Use a heat tool to dry and seal your design. The heat tool blows extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute! We have several new embossing powders in our new Holiday Expressions catalog to choose from (for a complete list click here).

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Okay, so we’ve shared this last idea on here before, but with our new large stamp pad-sized pigment inks added to our coloring repertoire, we just have to share again.

Did you know that you can pair any of our Exclusive Inks™ pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in that exact color? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your heat tool! It’s that easy! Match our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Whether you use these stamp coloring ideas alone or mix and match them, we hope you enjoy a full spectrum of color in all of your stamping projects!

Happy stamping! 🙂

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Easy-to-Make Photo Grids

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We’re cutting photos up today and exploring new ways to display more of your favorites! Photo grids are very popular in the digital photo market, so we put our paper loving spin on things to show you just how easy it is to make them yourself and what some of the advantages are of creating them out of a variety of components rather than one flat (boring! 🙂 ) printed sheet.

Before we get into the meaty artwork details, let’s talk page design. If you’re like us and prefer things in a 12″ x 12″ format, you’re going to want to use 16 2-inch squares arranged in a 4 x 4 grid or nine 3″ squares arranged in a 3 x 3 grid. You could also fit four 4″ or four 5″ squares, it really depends how many photos you’re hoping to display. Keep in mind, the more squares you choose to use in your project the trickier it will be to keep them all perfectly lined up. It isn’t impossible, we’ll show you how to make it work, and the results are worth it!

Both of our examples today are arranged in a 4 x 4 grid using 2″ squares.

To build the grid, you will want to use a T-square or draw some light pencil marks to follow with a ruler. We left 1¾” margins on all sides and separated our squares by ¼”. Once you have your guide marks on your base page, start by attaching the top left corner square first. Placement of this first square is crucial because the other squares will build off it. Make sure it is straight and exactly where you want it to be. (In the provided examples, the first square is 1¾” from the top and right side.) After your first square is on, attach the rest of the top row and first column. After that, keep attaching all of your squares until your grid is complete.

Once you get the gist of how to assemble the grid itself, you can get creative with its pieces.

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For starters, not all of your squares have to be individual photos. Our first example is a collage of photos, patterned papers, and journaling.

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One of our photos was even cropped and cut to fit into two squares instead of one. You have so many options available to you displaying your memories this way.

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The biggest perk to creating your own grid over printing it is the dimension that is at your disposal. You can use embellishments to add colors, height, and even textures.

The second approach we took for a grid display is the large image created by the parts. In other words, we cut up a big picture into small squares and attached them in a tile-like way.

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What’s especially fun about this particular example is that it looks like you’re inside a cabin looking out a window. You can recreate this same look, maybe not a cabin if that’s not your vibe, by following the same steps to assemble the grid. The only difference is that you start out with a large square photo, in our case an 8″ x 8″, and cut it in to 16 2-inch squares.

Display your memories in style, and more of them, using a photo grid as your guide!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Collage Page
X7234B Documented Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ x 12″ Frame

12″ x 12″ Grid Photo Page
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4171 Documented Titles, 12″ x 12″ Frame

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Get the Chalk Look without the Chalk Mess!

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Ever want to write or draw on a dark piece of paper without having to add a white paper mat? The trusty Chalk Marker is your answer! It works on paper and most non-porous surfaces, and, much like the name implies, the results are vibrant, opaque, and chalk-like.

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As most of you know, we’re of the memory keeping variety at Close To My Heart and it is our aim to preserve things forever and always, therefore this Chalk Marker is permanent, archival, and lightfast. It is not filled with liquid chalk and will not wipe off (so do not use it on an actual chalkboard unless you want permanent results! 😉 ).

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The intention of the Chalk Marker is for it to mimic the appearance of written chalk. It writes in a thin white line and the color of paper that the ink is being used on will show through a little bit, as you can see here:

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The ink is also designed to build on itself as you layer it. The more coats you apply the more vivid and rich the ink will appear.

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Unlike most other markers, the Chalk Marker needs to be stored horizontally for best results. The ink inside is a special blend that, if the marker is stored upright, will shift to the end pointing down and it will take a good while for it to shift back to where it needs to be. Storing this marker horizontally will help you get the steady flow of ink to the tip that is necessary to achieve a smooth application.

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The Chalk Marker is very user friendly when you know what to expect from it and how to take care of it. It is an awesome (and inexpensive!) tool to add to your crafting arsenal. Keep in mind the tips that we’ve shared with you today and give it a try!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Oh the Places You’ll Go Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Paper, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z4182 Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

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Artistry
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12″ x 12″ First Day of School Page
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5980 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

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Using Attach in Cricut Design Space™

One of the amazing things Cricut Design Space™ does automatically for you is arrange the images you intend to cut to save on materials. This is so helpful when creating with your Cricut® machine, but did you know it’s also possible to arrange images to cut exactly where you want using the Attach feature? Attach can be used in several different ways. Today, we are going to show you how to use this tool to place images and text exactly where you want them to cut, rather than leaving it up to your machine.Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attach

With the Attach feature we were able to create the negative space design of the circles and title in the page you see here. In Design Space, we attached the circles and title to a large square and, after cutting our project, layered paper behind the images for a different kind of dimensional look. (You can do something similar with the Slice feature, but the nice thing about Attach is that you don’t end up with any leftover images to delete!)

The steps below will walk you through the process of attaching and cutting images to replicate this 12″ x 12″ page. If you want to use the same font we did, you must own the Flower Market Cricut® collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

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

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

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. You can easily resize this square to 11.5 by adjusting the width. Make sure to leave lock icon locked so that the height automatically resizes when you change the width.

3. Color the square.

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4. Insert and resize your title.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachBefore adding any circles, we are going to go ahead and insert the title. Click Text and then under Fonts, search for the Flower Market font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, go ahead and type the title, “MOOD.” Then, insert a separate text box and type “#.” Having two separate pieces allows you to resize the “#” to match “MOOD.” Resize both to a height of 1.5″. Just like the square, keep the size locked so the width automatically adjusts proportionately.

5. Arrange the title on the square.

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Drag the title over the square and arrange it how you’d like it to cut on the square. We placed our title about 7″ from the top of the square.

6. Insert circles and arrange them on the square.

Cricut Design Space Tutorial #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #flowermarketcollection #flowermarket #attachTo insert your circles, you’ll do the same thing as you did to insert the square. Click on Shapes on the left side of your screen and add a circle to your canvas. We used three 1.5″, three 1.75″, and one 2″ circle for this project. Resize the circles as you need, and take advantage of the Duplicate tool in the top right corner of your screen to create more. You can add circles and arrange them on your project however you’d like.

7. Attach images and text.

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Look over your project one more time to make sure you have arranged everything how you want it on the 11.5″ square. Then click and drag your mouse over all the images and click Attach in the bottom left corner. Now all the images are attached exactly how you’ve arranged them when you cut the project in the next step.

8. Cut your project and create your page!

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Once everything is attached, it will all display as one white image on your canvas. When you’re ready to cut your paper, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Once your project is cut, you can layer other patterned paper and cardstock behind the title and circles and then attach it to your 12″ x 12″ page. Just add photos and journaling to document whatever “#MOOD” you’re in at the moment. 🙂

Now you know how to use Attach in Design Space to arrange text and shapes however you like! While we used Attach to place images on an 11.5″ square, you can also use it to attach images in relation to each other on the mat itself. Now it’s your turn! Use these instructions to make your first Design Space scrapbook page with Attach, and then keep experimenting with this tool to create layers and dimension on your layouts.


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ #Mood Page
D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1½” <font> #MOOD

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Creating Scrapbook Pages with Unity and Variety

Unity and variety are two of the most fundamental principles of design. When used correctly, these two principles complement each other and result in artwork that looks just right, complete, and pleasing.

Unity happens when the parts of a scrapbook page or layout (or any kind of art) work together to be seen as a whole. It’s difficult to specify exactly how to achieve it because unity is an impression of the person that is making the observation. It is a feeling that is conveyed to the viewer of the art. And because we’re unique, each of us with our own perspective, it comes down to who you are making your art for.

With all that said, there are a couple of tips that have proven time and time again to result in artwork that looks unified to pretty much everyone.

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The first tip will sound fairly obvious: greater unity can be achieved by reducing diversity! In this instance, we specifically mean reducing how much diversity you employ in each of the main elements of design (shape, color, lines, texture, space, value, and form). In our example above, you can see that we kept to just a handful of colors and basic shapes, most of them created by straight lines. Because the various elements of the page share many attributes, there is less diversity and greater unity.

Our second tip to building unity in scrapbooking is the use of repetition. Looking at our example again, what repetition do you see? Let us know what you find in the comments below. (Hint: there is so much more than just the square shapes! 🙂 )

This leads us to the second principle of design we are discussing today. To create pages that are visually interesting and exciting, you have to have variety in your art.

Variety occurs when you use differences and change on your pages to increase visual interest.

The scrapbook page we are sharing with you today is made up of 12 3″ x 3″ squares. This works well in this instance because of the variety in the patterns, colors, and photos. The elements need to be alike enough so we can see that they belong together and at the same time different enough to be interesting (harmony).

The principles of art are tried and true methods for organizing the elements of your art. When all of the pieces work together, the result is harmonious! Make an effort to strike a good balance between unity and variety on your scrapbook pages so that your albums will be brimming with enjoyable works of art! Keep following us on the blog to learn more!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Love Today Page
D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7234B Documented Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5984 Pixie CardstockX5984 Pixie Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5983 Sorbet Cardstock, X5961 Saffron Cardstock, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z4182 Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Sewing Machine

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Journaling in Cricut Design Space™

Did you know that you can use fonts in Cricut Design Space™ for more than just a title on your scrapbook page? In this next installment of our Design Space tutorials, we are going to show you how to use Design Space to create large journaling spaces for your scrapbook pages. Not only can the words of your story be the main feature on your page, it can also be made using your Cricut® machine and your favorite Design Space font.

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To replicate our font you will need to use the Cricut® Artistry collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

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

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

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.

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To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. Next, resize this square to an 8.5″ x 11.5″ rectangle. Don’t forget to click the lock icon to unlock the size and change the width to 8.5 and the height to 11.5.

3. Color the rectangle.

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This is an easy, optional, step just to help you better see the text as you are journaling and then using the Slice tool later on. Since we wanted to use Bashful cardstock on this project, we went ahead and adjusted the color of the rectangle from dark gray to light pink. Click on the colored circle next to the scissors icon in the Layers panel to adjust the color of the shape.

4. Insert a line of text.

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To start your journaling, click Text and then search for the Artistry font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, type your first line of text.

5. Resize the text.

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You’ll notice when you type your first line of journaling that the text is too large for your rectangle base. Resize the text to a height of 0.45″. You can do this by changing the height in the size box to 0.45. Make sure to leave the lock icon locked this time so that the width is automatically resized in Design Space.

6. Insert additional lines.

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Continue adding lines of text for your journaling. To do this quickly, simply duplicate a line of text. This way you don’t have to go back in and resize the font. Click the previous line, select Duplicate in the top right corner, and then type a new line of text.

7. Arrange lines of text.

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After you have completed your journaling, it’s time to arrange the lines on the base rectangle. For this page, we decided to arrange the majority of the text from the top down, leaving a space to add a photo and embellishments before the last two lines of text at the bottom. To help with spacing, you can insert other Basic Shapes, like we did here. You can insert and resize a square to give you an idea of where your photo will go or a circle to represent an embellishment piece. Don’t worry about perfectly spacing each line of text. Design Space has a helpful tool that we will use in the next step.

8. Use the Align tool to evenly space the lines of text.

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Once you have your lines loosely arranged how you like on the rectangle, select the rectangle and move it to the side. Then click and drag your mouse over all the top lines of text to highlight all of them at once. Select Align and then select Distribute Vertically. This will evenly space your lines, and the in the Align tool again, select Center Horizontally. This will center the text. You can also center horizontally the last two lines on the bottom. Because there are only two lines, the option to distribute vertically won’t be available.

9. Use the Slice tool to slice your journaling into the base rectangle.

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To slice the journaling into your rectangle, you have to work line by line. Place the rectangle behind your text. Then select the top line, hit the shift button on your keyboard, and select the rectangle. This will allow the Slice tool to become available in the bottom right corner. Just select Slice and your text will be cut into the rectangle. After slicing, you’ll have two extra lines of text. Delete both extra lines by selecting the red X. To see the remaining lines of text, select Arrange and then Move to Back. Continue this process for each line of text.

10. Cut your project and assemble your page!

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When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Your Cricut® machine will do the rest of the work for you and cut this journaling centerpiece for your scrapbook page!

We hope you love this creative option for adding journaling to your layouts using Design Space. Often the journaling is something we add once our scrapbook page is complete, but with Design Space, you can turn your journaling into a main feature of the page. There are so many options for filling your page with text when you use Design Space!


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ A Walk in the Sun Layout
X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7231C Central Park Complements, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z4197 Central Park Alphabet, Z3216 White Twine, Z3190 Cricut® Artistry Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
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Tools Every Stamper Should Have

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Stamping runs through our veins here at Close To My Heart and we just can’t get enough of it! For those who are new to stamping or maybe just new to our product line, we wanted to share some of the basics that will make stamping with Close To My Heart your new favorite!

My Acrylix® Stamp Sets

The very first thing that you need is a good quality stamp. There’s no getting around this one. You want stamp sets that will stand the test of time in both structure and design. (Some have had to learn the hard way, not all clear stamp sets are created equal. 🙂 )

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At Close To My Heart we put a lot of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. The process begins about nine months to a year before a stamp set is even available for purchase. From trend and customer preference research all the way through the final label placed on the packaging, there isn’t a detail left unturned.

All of our My Acrylix® stamps are made of a liquid photo polymer resin. (What does that mean?) They are a clear, rubbery, very high quality material that creates clean and crisp prints time and time again. They are also flexible! Because they come packaged on a carrier sheet and are not permanently mounted on a block, you can manipulate them to fit inside shapes and banners, or simply to achieve a slightly different look than the original. (Some people will go as far as cutting their polymer stamps in order to rearrange words and sentiments!)

My Acrylix® Blocks

We mentioned earlier that our stamps are not permanently mounted on blocks, and if you watched the video above you can see what a world of difference that makes.

Once you have your stamp sets, you will need blocks to use them. Our My Acrylix® blocks are your best bet!

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All of our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help with stamp alignment, which is especially helpful to keep words and borders straight. Their crystal clear acrylic design not only lets you see where you are stamping but it is also hard and sturdy, making them very durable and difficult to break. With rounded edges providing a safe and comfortable grip, be prepared for hours of stamping fun!

Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

When creativity strikes, enjoy a full spectrum of color with our Exclusive Inks™ color palette.

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Our patented Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads feature an innovative lid pad (where the larger than average ink pad is stored in the lid) keeping the ink always at the surface and ready to use.

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The sleek magnetic closure design makes it easy to open and close (and also helps to keep your fingers clean!).

Available in every one of our beautiful exclusive colors, the ink is an acid free water-based dye and formulated from scratch.

My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner & Stamp Scrubber

As stampers, we naturally want to take care of our beloved stamps. For a lint-free clean, the My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber will be your new besties.

Like you saw in the video above, just spray your stamp while it’s still on the block and scrub away. This cleaner and scrubber duo will also remove stubborn pigment inks from My Acrylix® stamps.

That’s it! With a few quality basics you’re set to take on stamping like a pro!

Are there any products you absolutely must have for your stamping? Let us know in the comments below!

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