Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

With the end of 2016 drawing near, we thought it would be fun to do a round-up of our 5 most popular blog posts of the year. Enjoy!

1. 5 Reasons Scrapbooking Is Good for Your Health

5 reasons scrapbooking is good for your health! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #scraphappy #paperaddict

Or better known as “5 Excuses to Buy More Crafting Supplies”! 😉

2. 19 Things You May Not Know About Our My AcrylixÂŽ Stamps

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My AcrylixÂŽ Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp

How many did you know?

3. 3 Reasons Why You Should Become a Consultant Right Now!

3 reasons you should become a Close To My Heart Consultant right now! #ctmh #closetomyheart #beyourownboss #startyourownbusiness #scrapbooking #crafting

Getting to buy new products before anyone else can even see them? Earning commission? Saving on products with a Consultant discount? Yes, please!

4. I’m 22, and This Is Why I Scrapbook

I'm 22, and this is why I scrapbook #ctmh #closetomyheart #consultant #business #scrapbooking #inspiration

The fabulous Mandy Petty has us convinced—EVERYONE should scrapbook! After all, who doesn’t want to preserve their memories?

5. 5 Movies Where Scrapbooking Saves the Day

Our favorite superhero of all time—the scrapbook!

What else do you want to see on the blog? Tell us in the form below, and we’ll try to make it happen next year! 🙂

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5 Tricks for Attaching Vellum

Specialty papers like vellum are great for making a card or scrapbook page unique. The trouble is, vellum can be tricky to attach because of its translucent nature, but don’t fret! The creative geniuses in our Art Studio have agreed to share their vellum knowledge with you all here on the blog. Try these five tricks for attaching vellum without showing any adhesive!

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum1. Hidden Tape & Glue Dots™

You can use a tape runner and Glue Dots to secure your vellum—you just have to know where to hide them! Use adhesive to attach the vellum to portions you know you will cover with paper. For example, here we used adhesive in the middle of the vellum because we knew it’d be covered up by the yellow-striped paper.

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum

You can also sneak Glue Dots behind embellishments to further secure the vellum, like we did with the star on the vellum shown here. With this technique, the edges of your vellum probably won’t all be attached, but in the case of this card, that’s just the effect we were going for!

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum2. Stitch Guide & Piercing Tool

Use our stitch guide and piercing tool to stitch your vellum onto paper. Stitching is a great option if you want to secure the edges of your vellum from lifting off the card.

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum

To make sure your vellum doesn’t slide around when you’re using your stitch guide and piercing tool, use a little adhesive to secure the vellum to the paper in a section you know will be covered with paper later.

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum3. Glue Pen

The key with using the Bonding Memories™ glue pen is to apply a VERY thin layer to your paper, and then to let the glue dry just a second or two before attaching the vellum. It will become clear and a little more tacky when it’s ready.

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum4. Mini Staples

Mini staples are a quick and decorative way to secure the edges of your vellum to the edges of your paper since they are effective fasteners that also pass for unique design elements.

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum

You can even add staples to embellishments and paper pieces placed on top of the vellum to secure the vellum even more in place.

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum5. Hidden 3-D Foam Tape

Again, this is one that you have to be tricky with. For this page, we laid out all the pieces on the vellum without attaching them, and when we got the look we wanted, we attached them using a tape runner. To attach the vellum circle to the page, we hid 3-D foam tape behind the photo and paper so you can’t see it.

5 ways to attach vellum with out the adhesive showing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craftingtips #tipsandtricks #paperhacks #howtoattachvellum #vellum

The 3-D foam tape is really fun because it gives the page added dimension and makes the vellum appear to be floating.

We hope these tips give you the confidence to play around with vellum. It’s such a fun material and really adds a unique touch to your cards and scrapbook pages.

Now we want to hear from you! Tell us in the comments below which approach of the five is your favorite!

Recipes

4 Âź” x 5 ½” Happy Birthday to You Card
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles, X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, X5785 Lemon Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

CricutÂŽ Shape:
Artbooking
2 Âź” Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83)

4 Âź” x 5 ½” Happy Birthday Card
B1537 My Acrylix® Birthday Sparkles, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Gold Sequins, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Thread

4 Âź” x 5 ½” Hello Card
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3259 Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks

12″ x 12″ Hello Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z2012 Gold Sequins, Z2027 Mini Stapler

12″ x 12″ Love Page
X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, X7214B Oh Deer! Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, X7212C Swan Lake Complements, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3169 CricutÂŽ Artbooking Collection

CricutÂŽ Shape:
Artbooking
9″ Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83)

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5 Ways to Use Instalife™ City Limits

Instalife™ is our mini pocket scrapbooking line: From mini albums and Memory Protectors™ to mini cards you slide into place next to your photos, these petite products are just too cute!

Today we’re going to show you five different ways you can use our Instalife™ City Limits cards, which are only available through April 30.

1. Traditional Mini Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

You can see that the cards have fun designs and cutouts, along with spaces for journaling. Simply slide your photos and cards in, and you’re done! The album possibilities are endless: Create one for graduation, one with photos of your family for your kids to take to college, or one with photos of your pet. It’s also a great way to keep all the photos you have on your phone. Just print them out, and create a mini album of your adventures!

2. Mother’s Day Gift

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

 

Because the cards are soft blues, greens, and greys, it’s easy to add other colors into the mix! Here we added some Pixie cardstock and ink to make this a feminine album for Mother’s Day. The card sentiments are generic, so they work great for any occasion.

3. Father’s Day Cards

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

Once Mother’s Day is over, use the cards to create unique Father’s Day cards. On the left card, we have two 2″ x 2″ Instalife™ cards stacked on top of each other. On the card on the right, we used a 4″ x 4″ Instalife™ card with a cutout and stamped a sentiment inside of it.

4. Everyday Life™ Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

What’s great about the Instalife™ cards is that they’re small enough to use as accents for your My Crush® pages. You can attach them quickly and easily, and they even go really well with the colors of the My Crush® Everyday Life pages.

5. Traditional Scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

The cards also work great on traditional scrapbook pages. These 4″ x 4″ cards act as frames for the photos, and the little 2″ x 2″ card makes a fun embellishment when combined with some ribbon.

Instalife™ cards may be small, but their potential is huge! We hope this artwork inspires you to think outside the box—there are so many possibilities! To learn more about this artwork, watch this video:

Ready to experiment with Instalife™ yourself? Then head on over to our Instagram account for a chance to win FREE Instalife™ products!

Recipes

Traditional Mini Album
Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z1979 MarvyÂŽ UchidaÂŽ LePen™ Journaling Pen

Mother’s Day Album
M1137 My AcrylixÂŽ A Day for Mother, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment

Father’s Day Cards
C1633 My Acrylix® For Family, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

Everyday Life™ Album
Z3208 Everyday Life™ Album—Black, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Traditional Scrapbook Page
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3208 Treasured Puffies, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

CricutÂŽ Shapes:
3/4″ <font> “Smile and Be Happy”

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