Jingle All the Way with a Mini Christmas Album Workshop!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Recipe

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

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Preserving Moments like These

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Recipe

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

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It’s Time to Get Our Spook On!

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October is here, which means it’s time to get our spook on! Today, we are sparing you the tricks and are sharing with you all of the treats from our new Got Candy? collection! We also have a sneak peek into the goodies in store for our upcoming live virtual crafting event later this month!

Our Got Candy? event will take place on October 21 and 22 on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page. Spend time crafting with us, get to know our product, or simply stop by to get inspired! This event is open and FREE for anyone to watch! An instruction guide for all of the project we are making will be posted on our Facebook page one day before the event, so you can follow along with our Home Office experts as they create these projects live. We’ll also be doing some exciting giveaways, so be sure to mark yourself as “Going” on the event page to be eligible to win!

The Got Candy? collection includes a delightful paper packet and sticker sheet, a coordinating cardstock pack, an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, and a matching set of exclusive loose sequins!

Purchase the whole collection as a bundle and save 20%! This handy bundle of hauntingly charming products will be used to create all of the projects at our Got Candy? virtual event later this month.

On the first day of our two-day crafting extravaganza, we’ll be making a wide variety of goodie bags! To add yet another treat to this awesome day, Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s 9-year-old daughter, Maya, will be joining us as a guest crafter! Maya loves crafting and is excited to share this experience with all our event participants!

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These fun treat toppers and holders are incredibly simple to put together and make a perfect project for kids and adults alike. Get everyone in on the fun and follow along with Maya as she shows you how to put these too-cute treat toppers and totes together!

Tiny treat bags aren’t the only goodies in store for our Got Candy? Facebook event. On the second day, we’ll be making some delightfully spooky scrapbook layouts. With three two-page layouts and one single page, you’ll be able to document your best Halloween memories with hauntingly beautiful style!

From fun nights of trick or treating to an unforgettable Halloween bash, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a way to preserve all those great moments. Got Candy? is the answer to your Halloween memory keeping needs, and we know you’ll love creating these layouts along with us!

These pages are easy to make, and once they come together, they look AMAZING! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been crafting for years, or if this is your first foray into memory keeping—anyone can follow along and create these beautiful layouts! With simple cutting guides for beginners and a few more advanced elements to interest veteran scrappers, our Got Candy? event projects have something for everyone!

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We can’t wait for you to join us on October 21 and 22 for the Got Candy? virtual crafting event! Remember, you need to mark yourself as “Going” on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook page at least 48 hours before we go live on the 21st in order to be eligible for the event giveaways. Can’t wait to see you all there!


RECIPES:

12″ x 12″ Spooky Trick-or-Treat Layout
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

4½” x 1½” Treat Toppers
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Clear Treat Bags, Stapler

2¾” x 4″ Treat Holders
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Clear Treat Bags, Stapler

2½” x 1½” Treat Toppers
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Clear Treat Bags, Stapler

12″ x 12″ Hey Pumpkin Layout
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3871 Star Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4311 Star Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

12″ x 12″ Happy Halloween Layout
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

12″ x 12″ Trick-or-Treat Page
CC8206 Got Candy? Product Bundle, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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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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Kid Crafts with Maya!

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As any avid scrapper knows, crafting can be a great way to learn more about yourself and embrace all the things that make you special. Sharing this opportunity for self-discovery with the kids in your life is a great way to show them how much you care about them, while also introducing them to the joys of paper crafting and scrapbooking!

We’re excited to announce a new series of virtual events, specifically geared toward a younger audience. Introducing…CTMH Kids Crafts! These special virtual events will be hosted by Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s nine-year-old daughter, Maya. Kids will love crafting along with Maya as she shows them how to create fun, personalized projects, just for them!

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During our first CTMH Kids Crafts event, Maya will take kids through each step of creating the fun Born to Shine album! With an adorable 4″ x 4″ mini album from the Story by Stacy™ collection and some too-cute Picture My Life™ pocket cards from the Summer Vibes collection, the Born to Shine album is a perfect starting point for any kid to begin their crafting journey!

This first CTMH Kids Crafts event is taking place on August 21, starting at 4:30 p.m. (MDT). If you are planning to create along with Maya, you will need a Born to Shine album kit, which comes with one 4″ x 4″ mini album, one pack of Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ pocket cards, 4″ x 4″ sheets of white cardstock, the exclusive My Acrylix® Born to Shine stamp set, and a 2″ x 3½” ¼” stamping block. Apart from this handy kit, all that you or your kids will need to complete the project are a paper trimmer, an ink pad, some adhesive, and a journaling pen!

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This project can be a great way to introduce kids to stamping and crafting, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to introduce them to the art of memory keeping, as they’ll get to select their own photos  and decide what stories they want to tell.

The Born to Shine album is simple and fun to create, with some minimal cutting. Since paper trimmers or scissors will be involved, we recommend that any child who participates be supervised by an adult. (Each page in the Born to Shine album is made from trimmed down pocket cards and 4″ x 4″ cardstock.)

Every one of the layouts in this album your kiddos will make with Maya include fun, positive sentiments from the stamp set specially designed to celebrate their best qualities. At Close To My Heart, we want every kid to realize that they are special, and we’re so excited to help them embrace the things that make them great!

Just a few days ago, Maya and Monica went live on Facebook and they eagerly shared more about this brand-new series of events and the Born to Shine album. Take a look!

The CTMH Kids Crafts: Born to Shine virtual event is free to attend (watch), and as Maya says, this project is great for “every kind of kid!” Even if your kids aren’t little anymore, you can still share this event with grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, or any other kid in your life! To make things even more exciting, we’ll be doing some fun giveaways during the live event, with tons of opportunities to win! In order to be eligible to win any of these prizes, make sure to mark yourself as “GOING” on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook events page. We can’t wait for you and your kiddos to join us for our inaugural CTMH Kids Crafts event and the many more to come!

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Extend-a-Story Challenge from Stacy Julian

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As you likely know, I’m in LOVE with the idea of stacking memory protectors to create the room you need to incorporate MORE photos and MORE story into (on top of really) a foundation 12″ x 12″ layout. This approach is something I call Extended Story and the Close To My Heart Storyteller products make it so EASY!

But, did you know you don’t have to start from scratch with all these layers every time?

Using an already completed layout from one of your albums, you can simply add to it! That is precisely what I’m challenging you to do today!

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The Extend-a-Story Challenge

I created this layout many moons ago to document everyday fun with my little boys. I adore the simplicity of a grid design and the colorful stickers still make me happy, but there is no journaling and so much more to say!

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As I flipped through my albums, I chose this page as my foundation. In the midst of this crazy pandemic, I am realizing how important it is to create FUN at home with the people you love most. I will now be able to add a fun sister to this mix of brothers and bring this story up to date!

And, I’m excited to write from my current perspective—I even have an EXTRA FUN element that I want to add to my story AND share with you. A page about FUN should be FUN to discover—right?

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Select a 12″ x 12″ page or layout from the past. Look for a topic or theme that you can build on with more experiences and detail from your current perspective.

2. Locate and print additional photos that add to your original story. I like to start by adding photos to the 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ pocket pages that come in the Memory Protectors Combo Pack.  I also love to incorporate insert cards from the Storytelling Pack and the Story FYI stamp set.

3. Select pattern papers that coordinate with colors on your original layout—and remember, close is good enough! NOTE: I am particularly proud that I was able to use the new Happiest Place papers on this layout that is not about an amusement park, but FUN at home!

4. Think about an aspect of your topic that is different today (or one that is still the same) and design a new 8½” x 11″ or 6″  x 6″ page to highlight it. I like to ask myself questions like: When did we start doing this thing? or Who else is important to this topic? What are some specific examples or details that someone outside our family would not know? What has changed about how we do this thing today?

5. You now have plenty of room to journal, so if you didn’t have journaling—or not enough journaling—on your original page, you can add it now! Decide where and how to include these extra words.

6. Imagine how you want someone to experience this story—how do you want to introduce it? Pretend you’re building an open-face story sandwich—where the original 12″ x 12″ layout is the bread. Now, how will you stack the lunch meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato?

How My New Updated Extended Story Stacks Up!

First layer, 6″ x 6″ (front & back):

 

Second layer, 8½” x 11″ (front & back):

 

Third layer, 3″ x 4″ pockets (front & back): 

 

Fourth layer, 4″ x 6″ pockets (front & back):

 

Final layer or foundation, 12″ x 12″ (original) + 12″ x 12″ (bonus)

 

All these layers create a very cool and FUN extended story!

In my process video above you saw how I incorporated FUN emoji journaling in two places of my story. Feel free to borrow this emoji alphabet and the key to cracking it for your own using!

If you would like to add a secret emoji code to a page, or card, click here to download a printable PDF. If you download this PDF, you’ll be able to either screen shot the code breaker, or print the PDF and cut it out to tuck behind a photo to be discovered and used later!

IF you made it this far, you deserve a FUN 🎟🌈🍪🍓🎟 (that’s written in secret code of course!). May I suggest some FUN Storyteller products from Close To My Heart?! 😀

This is my daughter, Addie, cracking the secret emoji code.

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As I was typing my journaling, I used the insert feature in my word processor and then scrolled down to Emojis &  Symbols menu. From here you can select or search for the emoji you need and insert it into your document.

Be sure to print a copy of the  emoji code breaker to tuck behind a photo or somewhere else in your pages. This creates a FUN and interactive way to send a special message and have more FUN!

I can’t wait to SEE what you do with this challenge. Be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #storybystacy ❤️

Love,
Stacy

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Patterned Paper Coordinating Cricut® Collections!

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There’s nothing like a well-placed Cricut® cut to give your projects that extra pop! When you bring Cricut into the mix, your crafting possibilities are endless. In order to offer even more creative options, we’ve partnered with Cricut to create coordinating mini collections for the paper collections featured in our bi-monthly catalogs!

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Although we recently said goodbye to our May–June catalog, along with the Aurora and Stitched Together suites, you can still access their coordinating Cricut® collections. These mini Cricut collections, will be available exclusively through your Close To My Heart Consultant for a whole year!

Today, we’re giving you an exclusive look at the Aurora and Stitched Together Cricut® collections and introducing you to the new Summer Vibes and Timber collections from our July–August catalog. These collections are designed to coordinate seamlessly with the patterns, stamps, stickers, and embellishments included in their corresponding paper suites. However, these versatile Cricut shapes can also be used on their own as you branch out and open the door to new avenues of creative possibility! 

AURORA

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With rugged designs and a rustic feel, you’ll be ready to embrace the call of the wilderness with the Cricut® Aurora Collection.

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Just look at how these simple pine tree and wolf shapes coordinate with the Aurora paper patterns and stamps to create beautifully unique background elements, while this adorable airplane creates a perfect focal point for this fun card!

STITCHED TOGETHER

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Good times are made even more memorable when paired with the delightful Stitched Together Cricut® collection!

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When the shapes in this collections are combined with the vibrant designs and color palette of the Stitched Together suite, you’ll be amazed at the artistic possibilities you’ll find!

You can use the Stitched Together Cricut shapes to create eye-catching accents like the miniature floral bunches, fun butterflies, and cute title banner you see below!

 

SUMMER VIBES

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Sunglasses and sandals set the tone for the exuberant Summer Vibes Cricut® collection! With so many fun, summertime shapes to choose from, you can create the perfect title, accent, or background piece to coordinate with your Summer Vibes artwork.

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Using Cricut shapes in your artwork is a great way to cultivate a unique, polished look. Because these shapes coordinate flawlessly with the other elements in the Summer Vibes paper collection, you can create stunning page elements, like this innovative combination of a Cricut shape, Thin Cuts die-cuts, and a Summer Vibes acrylic shape! (Can you tell which is which?)

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TIMBER

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Prepare to get lost in a rich and rewarding crafting adventure as you explore new territory with the Timber Cricut® collection! Let your creativity run free as you discover all the fun options the Timber Cricut collection has to offer and blaze new trails as you create your own stunning combinations with the Timber Cricut shapes!

Timber Cricut

By using the Timber Cricut shapes in conjunction with the exclusive stamps in the Timber collection, you can create stunning textures and movement within the shape itself. These pine trees are a great example of how a simple pattern and a simple Cricut shape can come together to make something great!

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Feeling inspired? Great! All of these collection-coordinated Cricut® shapes can be yours today! For our readers in North America, you can add these fun collections to your Cricut account by visiting your Close To My Heart Consultant’s website and clicking on the Cricut icon at the bottom of the page. From there, you’ll be able to view and purchase any of the four collections we’ve shown you today. Once you’ve completed your purchase, you’ll be able to go into your Cricut Design Space™ account and search for these shapes in the “Image Sets” section on the “Images” tab.

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Our readers in Australia and New Zealand may view and purchase these collections through your Consultant’s website. You will then be emailed a redeemable code.

We can’t wait to see how you use these awesome Cricut® shapes in your own creations! Leave a comment below to tell us about your favorite collection and how you’re using these designs in your own artwork!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Wide Open Spaces Layout
X7265S Aurora Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7256C Aurora Coordinating Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen CardstockX5946 Linen Cardstock, X7256E Aurora Acrylic Shapes, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Aurora Collection

4¼” x 5½” Escape Card (Vertical)
X7256S Aurora Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7256 Aurora Coordinating Cardstock, X5946 Linen CardstockX5954 Pewter Cardstock, X7256E Aurora Acrylic Shapes, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Aurora Collection

6″ x 8″ Count Your Blessings Layout
X7257S Stitched Together Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7257C Stitched Together Coordinating Cardstock, X6047 Black CardstockX5985 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots,Cricut® Stitched Together Collection

4¼” x 5½” Happy Everything Card (Vertical)
C1842 My Acrylix® Stitched Together—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1847 My Acrylix® Celebrating You Stamp Set, X7257S Stitched Together Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7257C Stitched Together Coordinating Cardstock, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade CardstockX5985 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3370 White PearlsZ3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots, Cricut® Stitched Together Collection

12″ x 12″ Summer Page
Z3745 Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsX7258S Summer Vibes Paper Packet + Sticker SheetX5960 Fern CardstockX5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine CardstockX6044 Peach Cardstock1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadX7258E Summer Vibes Acrylic ShapesZ4304 Silver Loose SequinsZ4213 Silver Embellishing ThreadZ1799 Silver Shimmer TrimZ3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01)Z1151 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Summer Vibes Collection, Die-cutting Machine

12″ x 12″ Summer Sunshine Layout
Z3745 Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsX7258S Summer Vibes Paper Packet + Sticker SheetX5960 Fern CardstockX5978 Glacier CardstockX6035 Lemonade Cardstock1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadX7258E Summer Vibes Acrylic ShapesZ2482 Citrus TriBlend™ MarkerZ2481 Coral TriBlend™ MarkerZ2479 Gold Brown TriBlend™ MarkerZ697 Round SpongeZ2060 Thin 3-D Foam TapeZ1151 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Summer Vibes Collection, Cricut® Artistry Collection, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
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Basic Shapes #M369896

12″ x 12″ The Mountains Are Calling Page
C1858 My Acrylix® Timber—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1941 My Acrylix® Timber—Scrapbooking Stamp SetX7259S Timber Paper Packet + Sticker SheetX7259E Timber Die-cuts, X7259D Timber Picture My Life™ CardsX6047 Black CardstockX5951 Espresso CardstockX6046 French Vanilla CardstockX5959 New England Ivy CardstockZ2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ4235 Gold Loose SequinsZ3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Timber Collection, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
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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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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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