Make Room for the Whole Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipes

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

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

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

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Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique

Just over a week ago, we released our latest idea book—Seasonal Expressions 2! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can look through an online version or even download it as a PDF here. We know you’ll love it!

One of the paper collections in this idea book is called Little Dreamer, and it’s all about unicorns, magic, and dreams…which got us thinking about a certain sponging technique we love that adds a dream-like magic to all your artwork. Since it is so perfect for this collection, we just had to share it with you!

In a nutshell, here’s the technique: Use titles or shapes cut with your Cricut® machine or with Thin Cuts metal dies as stencils for sponging ink onto your pages.

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!

We hope this post has inspired you to try stenciling on your artwork. It really is such a fun way to get in touch with your inner artist!

Which page is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂

Recipes

 12″ x 12″ You Make the World Sweet Page
Z3334 Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
1″ Shift+Background <K> (p. 28)

12″ x 12″ Find Your Rainbow Page
Z3334 Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 ½” and 1 ¾” Icon-2 <Spring> (p. 38)
1 ½” and 1 ¾” Shift+Icon-2 <Spring> (p. 38)

12″ x 12″ Believe in Yourself Page
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
8″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <S> (p. 59)

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2 Fun Spins on the Classic Card

Looking for some cardmaking inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Today we’re sharing two awesome ideas to take your cards to the next level!

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking

Up first is this card that opens in the middle, like a beautiful set of French doors 😉 . To create the base for this card, cut a piece of cardstock that is 4″ x 11″. Fold the ends in until they meet in the middle, about 2 ¾” from each end, and then add patterned paper to the inside and outside of the “flaps” for more personality.

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking

You can also have a lot of fun with the outside of this card. We created two halves of a flower on the flaps, strung a cute sentiment on some twine like a tag, and tied it around the card so opening this card feels like opening a present!

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking #popup

If you’re feeling really adventurous, try making a pop-up card! There are a bunch of free tutorials on the internet. We modified this one from craftsy.com for our card.

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking #popup

Like our first card, we finished off the card by wrapping twine around it. This is an especially great idea for pop-up cards because it holds the card closed nicely.

Which of these two cards is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂

Recipes

“Thanks” Card
D1646 My Acrylix® Finding the Words Stamp Set, X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry CardstockZ2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Flower Market
2 ½” Flower-1 <Daisy> (p. 46)
1 ½” Icon <1> (p. 1)
1 ¼” Icon <1> (p. 1)

“Graduation” Card
B1480 My Acrylix® Diploma Day Stamp Set, X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Flower Market
3 ½” <Daisy> (p. 46)

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Do-It-Yourself with the Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Spring is in full bloom and you’re itching for some new décor. Flowers and wreaths…designs that look bright, open, and airy… Instead of picking something up at the store, give your do-it-yourself prowess a try!Framed Monogram Wreath #ctmh #closetomyheart #monogram #wreath #neutral #diy #decor #Cricut #flowermarket #flower #rawwood #distressed #weathered #shabbychic #modernantique #antiquedThe framed monogram wreath we’re displaying today was made using our Cricut® Flower Market collection—ideal for springtime crafts! We set our wreath in a shadow box, but make your arrangement to suit your style and your space. Once you start working with the Flower Market collection, you might just find yourself branching out in your own direction! Instead of a wreath like ours, you might end up with a bouquet, or a smaller floral project. That’s the best part of DIY décor and our Cricut® collections—everything you make is customizable to your needs and liking! Choose how far your creativity will take you and start trimming with flowers that will last all season!

Before getting started, you have to select your colors. We chose neutral hues for our example décor to make it easy to add to any existing scheme. As you’re planning your project, also consider that using light and neutral color palettes can brighten up a room, making it feel more open and less cluttered.Wreath Up Close #ctmh #closetomyheart #wreath #monogrammedwreath #monogramwreath #monogram #neutral #antiqued #modernantique #shabbychic #distressed #distressingtechnique #diyOur wreath petals were made using White Daisy cardstock, our Champagne Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad, and a sponge.

If you’re a fan of the modern shabby chic style, we have a simple paper distressing technique that you have to try! Cut a small triangle out of your round sponge, ink it, and then dab off the excess ink on scrap paper (you want very little ink on your sponge). Now that your sponge is ready to go, rub the edges of the paper you are looking to distress and—ta-da!—you have paper leaves that are “weathered” and very chic!

DIY décor is definitely the way to go this spring and the Cricut® Flower Market collection is just bursting with ideas! Check out our Flower Market videos on YouTube for additional home décor suggestions and inspiration. Give them a try, experiment, and create wonderful things!

Have you made décor using any of our Cricut® collections? Share with us in the comments below!

Recipe

Framed Monogram Wreath
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2874 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks ™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z697 Round Sponge, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, 12″ x 15″ Pin Board Shadow Box

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1 ½” Icon <1> (cut 30, p. 1)
1″ Flower-2 <h> (cut 20, p. 26)
2 ¼” Shift + Title <S> (cut 2, p. 22)
3″ <font> “H”

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4 Reasons Why Our Cut Above® Layout Kits Will Make Your Life Easier

If you haven’t heard about our Cut Above® layout kits before, now is the perfect time to learn about them—because this month they’re 50% off! That means they’re just $7.48 USD each!

We have two different kits: Forever & Always and Little One. They come with instructions, base pages, pre-cut pieces, and stickers to complete a two-page scrapbooking layout—no cutting required! You also get two Memory Protectors™ for storing your finished pages.

As an added bonus, the kits also come with coordinating pocket scrapbooking cards and two divided Memory Protectors for any leftover photos you may have.

Here’s what the Forever & Always layout kit looks like when it’s all completed—and remember, you make all of these pages for $7.48!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

If saving big on an easy scrapbooking project isn’t enough to send you racing to your shopping cart, here are four more reasons why our Cut Above® layout kits will make your life easier:

1. You’ll save time.

And that means you’ll have more time to spend on other scrapbooking projects, learning new crafting techniques, or doing something else entirely! Check out this video to see how quickly the Little One kit comes together—you’ll be done in 15 minutes or less!

2. There is NO cutting . . . except cutting corners. 😉

No trimming, no fussy cutting, no cranking your die-cutting machine, no programming your Cricut®—aka less hassle for you! We know you love detailed paper accents though, so we just include those right in your kit! For example, take a look at the circle on the Little One layout with those pie-shaped pieces—creating something like that by hand takes a protractor… and a lot of time… and patience. And then you have the doilies on the Forever & Always layout. Sure, you can get that look with a Cricut®, but getting it in a kit saves you the time and hassle of cutting and cleaning up!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby3. They work for multiple occasions.

You might take a look at these kits and think “Well, I’m not getting married or having a baby anytime soon, so I don’t know what I’d do with them.”

Well stop that silliness, and open your mind to the world of possibilities! 😉 These kits can be used for more than just two occasions. Ready for some inspiration?

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

How about using the Forever & Always kit for anniversary photos?

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

Or using it for anybody you want to spend forever & always with, like family? We especially love these generational photos of grandma, daughter, and granddaughter.

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

And even though YOU may not be the one having a baby, the Little One kit is perfect for pictures of any little one (including toddlers and little kiddos!) in your life, be it niece, grandson, cousin, goddaughter—you name it!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

It’s even good for fur babies!

4. They make handmade easy.

Even though the base pages are printed and all the loose pieces are pre-cut, these layouts are still handmade—and you can tell! One thing that sets these pages apart from any store-bought, pre-designed scrapbooks is that they have dimension. To start off, you are attaching loose pieces and stickers to the pages, which already gives them dimension—but then you can also pop up any pieces you want with 3-D foam tape for even more personality!

Quick scrapbooking kits—no cutting required! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cutabove #wedding #anniversary #love #baby

Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or just looking for something new to try, these kits are sure to make your life a little bit easier. And at 50% off this month, they’re a total steal!

Have questions about our Cut Above® kits? Leave them in the comments below, and we’ll give you answers!

 

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One Awesome Stamp, Four Incredible Looks!

When you find a stamp you love, you tend to use it over and over (and over) again—we get it! 😉 Today we’re sharing some fun ideas to showcase one stamp in four different ways so it’s not the exact same every time. To show you what we mean, we’re going to use the darling “HELLO” stamp from our Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking stamp set.

The following stamping techniques range in skill levels—try them all to find your favorite!

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

When going for a saturated and 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 intricate images, like those flowers and leaves in our stamp. To ensure a crisp outline of your stamped image, use our permanent Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Unlike other inks, Archival Black won’t smear or smudge when you apply color.

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

For a softer  look, use watercolors! Once again, stamp your image using Archival Black ink. Because this ink is waterproof, it won’t run when you apply your paint. In this example, we used a fine tip brush to color the small details.

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

Ready to add some texture? Try embossing! 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. To start, stamp your image using 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. In our example, we used white embossing powder to make our image pop on the colored cardstock. Use a craft heater to dry and seal your design. Craft heaters blow extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute!

After your powder is set, add some shimmer using our gold and clear shimmer brushes. When you use these, prep your brush before you do! You want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Keep brushing it on the paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

4 awesome stamping techniques #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #scrapbooking #embossing #how #diy #tips #tricks

Okay, here’s technique we’re really excited to share! Did you know that you can pair our Exclusive Inks™ mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in any color you want? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice of pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your craft heater! It’s that simple! You can match all of our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Of course there are many more ways to customize a stamp. That’s the best thing about finding a great stamp—you can use it again and again without it being identical each time. Give these techniques a try and have fun dolling up your current fave. 🙂

Recipes

Hello—Markers
D1714  My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker

Hello—Watercolors
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Hello—Embossed
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z3316 Shimmer Brush—Gold

Hello—Embossed Pigment
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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Matching Made Easy

As many of you know, we have four color palettes called Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics—and for each of these color palettes, we have a bunch of coordinating products, including themed embellishment packs we call “Complements.”

Just like the name implies, these Complements perfectly complement the other products in a given color palette—which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze!

Well, with our latest idea book, we’ve come out with four more themed Complements packs for these color palettes. They include stickers, die-cuts with foil, and all sorts of other cute accents, all of which match the color palette.

See how you can combine these new Complements with their coordinating patterned papers below!

Enchantment

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Adventure

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Whimsy

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Matching made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #complements #fundamentals

Basics

z3263z3262screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-2-37-34-pmz3309screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-2-37-18-pmMatching made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #complements #fundamentals

You’ve seen how the Complements and papers work in a given color palette, but if you’re adventurous, take it to the next level! Add stamping by using ink colors that coordinate with the palette, and then add even more by using cardstock or ribbons from that palette as well! Check out the “Fundamentals” section of your Annual Inspirations idea book for more inspiration.

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Mini Album Hacks: Part Two

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #craftingEarlier this week, we gave you hacks for embracing our mini Everyday Life™ albums: Just like traditional scrapbooking, you can customize them any way you’d like!

Today we’re really putting the “mini” in “mini albums” with our adorable, baby-sized Instalife™ albums. With bitty pockets for photos, matching pocket cards, and photo overlays with foil designs, these albums come together in a flash but have the same beautiful details as traditional scrapbooking.

Again, we want to address some of the common concerns about scrappin’ on a smaller scale. These mini albums are so much fun, and we know you’ll fall in love with them as soon as you try them out!

Oh, and did we mention our Instalife™ mini album bundles are 30% this month? All the more reason to try something you’ve never tried before!

Okay, let’s talk Instalife!

I’m not sure what I would use this small of an album for…

  • Brag Books: Grandparents love to show off pictures of their grandkids to friends and new acquaintances—it’s just what they do! Give them one of these mini albums, which fit in purses and briefcases, and they can easily slide pictures of their grandkids into the cute mini-sized pockets—no cutting required! You could even get them one of each bundle so they can put all the granddaughters in the pink album and all the grandsons in the blue!
  • Senior Pictures Album: After your graduate gets their senior pictures taken and their invitations are sent out, put the leftover photos in one of these mini albums!
  • Teacher Gift: Create a mini album for the teachers in your life. From karate and swim to school and violin, these teachers will love a personalized album with pictures of their students.
  • Children’s Book: Make a simple children’s book!

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

You can even preserve your children’s memories at the same time by adding photos of important things in their lives to their book: their favorite stuffed animal, the house they were born in, the family dog, etc.

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

I don’t know how to get pictures this tiny!

Persnickety Prints is here to help!

What kind of photos work best for an album this small? If I put our family photos in there, we’ll look like ants! 

Think close-ups: Headshots work great, as well as close-ups of hands, toes, etc.

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

How do I journal on these cards? I write a lot!

We know you want to write down important details about your photos, so we purposely design some of the cards to be for journaling.

If you want to get really creative, you can try printing your journaling onto paper or vellum and attaching it to your cards, or even printing directly onto the cards, like we did here!

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

One last tip for working with this collection: Be sure you remove the protective film from your overlays. They come with this film to protect them from getting scratches, but it’s meant to be peeled off before you use it. Use our piercing tool to get under the film and then peel it off—you’ll be amazed to see how clear the overlay is! One and done!

Have more questions about our Instalife™ bundles? Tell us in the comments below! Our Art Studio is sure to be able to answer all your questions! 🙂

Recipe

Instalife™ Mini Album
CC1197 Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle, CC1198 Blush Mini Album Bundle

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Mini Album Hacks: Part One

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #craftingOur mini albums are a great option for those new to memory keeping, but they’re also great for experienced scrappers. However, if you’ve only ever done traditional scrapbooking, we know you may have some reservations. Let us ease your mind by addressing some common concerns about scrappin’ on a smaller scale.

Today we’re going to focus specifically on our Adventure Mini Album bundles, which are 30% off this month! These bundles feature travel-themed, pre-designed, 3-ring hole-punched pages, a plush striped mini album, and a pack of either our 3″ x 4″, 4″ x 6″, or 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™, which are perfect for adding additional photos and other fun things.

Now let’s put that stress to rest by addressing those concerns!

I scrapbook chronologically. What would I use a mini album for? It won’t fit an entire year’s worth of memories!

  • Vacation Album: Try creating a separate album for each vacation you go on. The pre-printed pages in these bundles make it easy to preserve your vacation memories in a flash, so you can relive those memories soon after you return home. These pages also work really well with our state and province stamps. Imagine creating a mini album for a road trip or a new page each time you visit a new place—so fun!
  • Unique Gifts: These bundles are a perfect gift for anyone because they’re so easy to put together—even for those people who don’t think they’re crafters! The travel theme is perfect, too, because everyone and their dog travels. Got a friend leaving on a family trip? How about a niece who just got back from her honeymoon? A college student studying in Switzerland? Give albums to them all!

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

  • Children’s Scrapbooking: You’ve got the passion for scrappin’, but what about your kids or grandkids? These mini albums can help teach “mini” people the importance of preserving memories. Show them the basics of how to assemble the album, then let them make it their own! They’d love documenting a school field trip, summer camp, or adding pictures about where they want to travel someday.

Where do I put my photos? These small pages got me feelin’ claustrophobic!

The real answer is, just give it a try! There’s really no way to go wrong with these pages, but if you’re really worried, here are a few ideas:

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

How do I get smaller photos?

Not to fret! Our friends at Persnickety Prints have created a webpage just for us to make printing smaller photos easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Where do I add journaling?

There are lots of different ways to add journaling to these pages. Of course one easy option is just to write on the pages themselves (some of which already have journaling spots for you!). You can also write on shapes cut with a Cricut® machine, like our little thought bubbles here:

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

Some other options? Write on Complements or our Picture My Life™ journaling cards, which you can slide into the divided Memory Protectors™.

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

I think the pages are cute, but I really love my Memory Protectors™…

If you love having everything in Memory Protectors™, then go the 6″ x 8″ Memory Protector direction. Simply trim down the pages a little bit to fit inside this pocket and you’re golden.

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

I love really decking out my scrapbook pages. Pre-printed pages don’t really appeal me…

Think again! You can decorate these pages just as much as you do everything else!

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

You can even decorate the cover!

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

Hopefully we’ve helped make mini albums less scary—they really are so much fun once you take that leap of faith!

Stay tuned for Mini Album Hacks: Part Two where we address any concerns you might have about our petite #Life albums!

Recipe
Best Day Ever Mini Album
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals,1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z9978 My Crush® Adventure Calls Pages, Z3253 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™, Z3191 3″ x 4″ Memory Protectors™, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling CardsZ2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 1/2″ Icon-2 <1> (cut 2, p. 1)
2″ Shape <i> (p. 18)
1 3/4″ Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30)
1/2″ Banner <NewYears> (p. 50)

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