10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST!

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbookingWhat’s great about the world of crafting is that it brings unique, talented women together. Whether you regularly attend scrapbooking crops or just have some friends who like to craft together every so often, having a crafting squad is basically the BEST—just read the reasons below!

1. They give you an excuse to slip out for some much needed “me” time.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mama or a working woman, every gal needs a little “me” time to recharge her batteries—and going over to a friend’s house for a craft night is just the thing!

2. They understand the obsession.

They don’t think it’s crazy to stay up until midnight on your computer waiting for the launch of new crafting products—in fact, they’ll be up all night with you as you place your order and chat about your favorite new items!

3. They don’t mind when you go down memory lane because that’s what they’re all about—preserving and creating memories!

They totally get it if, while you’re scrapbooking, you somehow end up telling a 20-minute-long story about your cousin’s daughter’s dog: They value storytelling and memories, and they want to learn more about your family because they truly care about you.

4. They let you use their fun gadgets and gizmos.

What’s the next best thing to owning the latest and greatest crafting products? Knowing somebody that does! 😉 When you have a crafting squad, it’s like your crafting stash multiplies! They let you borrow their tools, and you let them do the same because that’s just what crafting buddies do! #squadgoals

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbooking

5. They get your creative juices going.

When you hang out with your squad, you get to see the amazing artwork they create, which is always sure to inspire new ideas for you!

6. They teach you cool techniques and tricks.

On a similar note, you get to learn new techniques and tricks from your squad. When you have a problem you’re trying to overcome, two heads (or three, or four, or five…) are better than one!

7. They help you when you’re in a pickle.

Need last-minute décor for a forgotten birthday party? Did your Cricut® machine give up the ghost right before your crop? Do you need glitter paper for the school project due tomorrow that your kid just told you about? Crafting squad to the rescue! They’ll always have your back.

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbooking

8. They make you feel like you belong to something bigger than yourself.

 It’s not just about crafting. It’s about having a second family, a sisterhood, who understands you and accepts you for who you are.

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbooking

9. They give you confidence and encourage you to be yourself.

They boost your self-esteem and make you feel validated when they admire your artwork. They make you feel capable of doing more than you thought you could, which translates into all aspect of your life.

10. They help you reach your goals and dreams.

Whether you’re trying to catch up on scrapbooking your family photos, creating handmade invitations for an upcoming event, or working toward earning an all-inclusive trip by being a Close To My Heart Consultant, they help you get closer to reaching your goals and dreams. It’s the best support group a girl could ask for. 🙂

Are there more reasons you love your crafting squad? Tell us in the comments below! Let’s share the love! 🙂

Looking for a crafting squad to join? We can help!

To find a Consultant in your area who can introduce you to other women who also love to craft, visit our website. You can also volunteer to have a Consultant throw a crafting party at your house and earn free products! Learn more here.

You can even become a Consultant and start building your team! Not only will you build your own crafting squad, but you can also make money and earn free products at the same time. Learn more here.

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10 Reasons to Make a Mini Album

The fun thing about mini albums (besides the fact that they are mini!) is that they’re so versatile—you can tackle all different sizes of jobs with them! Today, we want to share with you 10 reasons to make a mini album that maybe you haven’t thought of before.

1. Thank a Hostess

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

After someone throws you a party, a shower, or invites you over for dinner, create a mini album with pictures of the event and give it to the hostess as a unique thank you gift.

2. Watch Your Love Grow

Put your wedding picture in the front of a mini album. Then, snap a photo each anniversary and add it to your mini album. Years down the road, you’ll be able to see how much you both change with each year of renewed love and commitment.

3. Entertain Your Kiddos

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Have young children or grandchildren? Create an interactive “Quiet Book” for them to play with when you’re at the doctor’s office, at church, or anywhere else where they need to be quiet. Our hook & look dots, which feature Velcro-like material, are perfect for creating shapes that can be removed and attached.

4. Give Some Lovin’ to Your Pet

Create a mini album to celebrate your furry friends (and other pets!). You’ll love looking back on the many memories your pets have shared with your family.

5. Create a Personalized Recipe Book

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

You make homemade food—so why not make a homemade recipe book? Use our Cricut® Artbooking collection to create tabbed dividers. This would be a fun gift for a bridal shower, high school graduation, or for sharing family favorites with neighbors and friends.

6. Get Inspired

Create a mini album filled with things that inspire you: pictures of beautiful places, your favorite patterns, inspiring quotes, photos of loved ones, dried flowers, etc. Use it for creative inspiration or simply for relaxing when you’re stressed.

7. Remember a Loved One

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Create a memory book to honor a loved one who has passed away. In addition to the peace this album can bring, it will also help your children and grandchildren get to know their family members who passed away before they were old enough to remember.

8. Thank a Teacher or Coach

Create an end of year album with pictures from class activities, recitals, or games from the past year. Give it as a gift to those who mentor your children or grandchildren.

9. Capture Kids’ Silly Phases

10 reasons to make a mini album! #ctmh #closetomyheart #miniscrapbook #miniphotoalbum #minialbum #crafting #scrapbooking #diyphotobook

When it comes to scrapbooking, it’s easy to focus on events—we went here and did this. Some of the things you don’t want to forget though are the quirky phases your kids or grandkids go through, like the phase when they insist on wearing their Spiderman costume everyday! Create a book dedicated to capturing what makes them unique each year of their lives, such as their height, likes, dislikes, words they mispronounce, interests, and other silly quirks.

10. Help Your College Student Remember Home

Create a mini album filled with pictures of family, pets, and your home for your college students to take with them to school. That way, they never really leave their family behind!

Which mini album do you want to create? Tell us in the comments below!

Also, most of the mini albums pictured in today’s post are available at a discount though our Flash Sale! Head on over to your Consultant’s online business address (OBA)! The discount is only good until 3:00 pm today or while supplies last!

CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle
CC1129 Mini Book Bundle (2-pack)

Thank a Hostess Mini Album
CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle, C1625 My Acrylix® A Thousand Thanks, X7210B Calypso Paper Packet, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1956 Hip Pics Album, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
2 ½” and 2 ¼” Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30)

Quiet Book
CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5764 Pear Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5779 Poppy Cardstock, X5757 Gypsy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3086 Aqua Shimmer Trim, Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim, Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim, Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1805 Hook & Loop Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Art Philosophy
1″ Shift <Font> “ MY QUIET BOOK”
¾” <Banner4> (p. 49)
¾” <Circle1> (p. 21)
¾” <Oval2> (p. 32)
¾” <Heart1> (p. 26)
¾” <Star5> (p. 40)
¾” square

¾” Shape <6> (p. 6)
¾” Icon-2 <o> (p. 19)
¾” Shape <p> (p. 20)
2″ Icon-1 <d> (p. 23)
1 ½” Shift+ Icon-1 <D> (p. 23)
¾” Shape <Winter> (p. 49)
1″ Shift<Font> “RED”

Recipe Book
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, D1689 My Acrylix® Firework Fun, X7210B Calypso Paper Packet, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1301 Bamboo Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2103 Bamboo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3215 Calypso Sequins, Z3104 Black Fundamental Assortment, Z3101 Cranberry Fundamental Assortment, Z1871 My Creations™ Kraft 3-Ring Album, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
8″ Photo Mat 1 <7> (p. 44)
8″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <&> (p. 44)
8″ Photo Mat 1 <8> (p. 45)
8″ Photo Mat 1 <1> (p. 38)
8″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <@> (p. 39)

1 ¾” Shift <Font> “R”
1 ¾” <font> “ecipes”
1″ Icon-1 <b> (p. 35)

½” Shift <Font> “A, S, M, D, B, C”
½” <font> “ain ishes, alads, reads, ookies, oup, ppetizers, essert”

Memory Book
CC1129 Mini Book Bundle (2-pack), E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase Alphabet, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7208C Florence Complements, Z4014 White Twine, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3162 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Gold

Silly Phases Mini Album
CC1129 Mini Book Bundle (2-pack), D1686 My Acrylix® Noted, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp pad, Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z3221 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Clear, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1797 Chalk Marker, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
1 ¼” Shape <v> (p. 34)
¾” Banner <NewYears> (p. 50)
1 ½” Shift <Font> “H, N”
1 ½” <font> “ere, ow”
(text created in Cricut Design Space™ and welded)

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

*Real Dial Size
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The 10/30/60 Rule

During National Scrapbooking Month, we’ve shared tips with you for mixing patterned papers and balancing the colors on your pages. Today we’re going to build on these tips, as well as share a few more—because you can never have too many ideas when it comes to scrapbooking!

First, let’s review what we’ve learned so far:

  • When you want to highlight a specific color, start with a neutral background, limit your chosen color so it really pops, and add a complementing color for contrast.
  • Choose one pattern to be the hero. Choose one bold pattern, one or two medium patterns that support the bold pattern, and then choose papers with very subtle patterns or solid cardstock to round off your page. And don’t worry about being too matchy matchy—contrast is good!

Today we’re sharing another way to remember these two principles—the 10/30/60 rule! For optimal pattern and color balance, make sure your pages have the follow percentages:

  • 10% of your pop of color, 30% of a connector color (goes with the pop, but is a different color family) and 60% of a neutral color
  • 10% hero pattern, 30% mellow patterns, and 60% paper with subtle patterns or solid cardstock

Let’s dive into some artwork examples so we can see this rule in action!

The 10/30/60 Rule is the key to balanced scrapbook pages. Learn more on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhhappytimes #scrapbooking #scrapbookingtips

Forget the 10/30/60 rule—this page is more like 100/100/100! It’s a wee bit noisy. 🙂 The individual elements are beautiful, but they’re just not working in harmony together like they could.

The predominant color here is pink, but with such a dynamic background and pink elements all over the page, it doesn’t really take the spotlight. It’s definitely showing up in more than 10% of the page.

We also have several papers fighting to be the hero. The eye doesn’t know where to look! It’s like when several of your kids are all fighting for your attention at the same time. 🙂

The 10/30/60 Rule is the key to balanced scrapbook pages. Learn more on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhhappytimes #scrapbooking #scrapbookingtips

This page is getting warmer. As far as patterns go, we are much more on track, but colorwise, our base page is a bit too bold for the 60% neutral we’re looking for. It would work better as a connector color, which should be kept closer to 30%. Let’s look at another page that follows our rule more closely:

The 10/30/60 Rule is the key to balanced scrapbook pages. Learn more on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhhappytimes #scrapbooking #scrapbookingtips

Ah, can you feel that 10/30/60 balance? It’s scrapbook nirvana. 🙂 We’ve reduced our hero paper slightly so it’s closer to 10% of the page. Also, do you notice how placing it horizontally lends more balance to the page? To tie in the pink colors of our hero paper, we have a pink paper working nicely as a connector behind the photo, along with a few other hints of pink here and there, giving us roughly 30% of the page. The base polka-dot paper has enough white in it to give us the 60% neutral foundation that we are looking for.

As you can see, following the 10/30/60 rule can really help in creating beautiful pages without taking away from your creativity. Here are a few additional tips from our Art Studio to keep in mind as you create:

  • Keep the focus on your photos!
  • Use your embellishments strategically to direct the eye to focal points
  • Make sure your title and journaling are legible
  • Don’t place journaling or stamping on your hero paper—they will get lost!

We’ve loved sharing tips about how you can enhance your scrapbook pages on the blog this month—and we want to keep sharing ideas like this with you!

Tell us in the comments below what scrapbooking tips you’d like to hear!

Also, remember that our Scrap Happy contest is going on right now. Create a scrapbook page using Close To My Heart products that explains why you love scrapbooking. We will randomly select three winners to get a ton of scrapbooking products for free. Learn more here!

Now go balance those pages like the scrapbook master you are!

12″ x 12″ Endless Summer Page (most balanced)
CC1064 My Acrylix® Happy Times, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3115 Instalife™ Roller Stamp Day-to-Day, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
1 ½” Title <Family> (p. 67)

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