Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks!

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When we talk about memory keeping, it’s natural to think of documenting the biggest moments or occasions—weddings, graduations, new babies, major milestones—but it’s just as important to chronicle the smaller, everyday moments that happen outside of the spotlight. After all, these moments make up the bulk of our lives, and looking back on them can often have as great an impact as memories of more momentous occasions. Holiday traditions, date nights, days at the park, quiet moments at home, and even just random moments that bring you joy, for any reason—these can be just as meaningful and just as worthy of being kept close to your heart.

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We love providing crafters with the opportunities and resources to commemorate all their special moments, and a hand-crafted calendar or an album full of thoughtful scrapbook layouts can be just the way to catch the special occasions as well as the everyday happy memories! After all, every joyful moment we capture is a smile that can be saved and cherished later!

On display today as a vehicle for capturing those smiles is artwork featuring our These Are the Days calendar and layout kits, and trust us, there’s a lot to love here! The These Are the Days kits are created with our Cut Above® format, making them an ideal springboard for both beginners and more experienced crafters. All kits designed with this format come with all the pieces and die-cuts pre-cut, and even some pre-printed pieces as well! Having all the cutting and a good portion of the printing already done allows crafters to complete their projects in no time, so it’s possible to create even more in one sitting. (For those of you who are familiar with our Craft with Heart subscription program, the card and scrapbook kits available in each subscription box are all created with the Cut Above® format. Check out our current kits on the Close To My Heart website!)

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The Cut Above® pages included in the These Are the Days kits were designed and created with paper patterns from the Four Seasons collections in our 2022–2023 Core Products Catalog. These seasonal papers are available in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter options. (To see the Autumn collection in the spotlight, check out our blog post from a couple of weeks ago!) The Four Seasons paper collections come with their own individual 6-sheet paper packets, sticker sheets, and coordinating cardstock packs. These mini collections are ideal for all sorts of seasonal creations, and it’s incredible to see how well they all fit together in the These Are the Days layout and calendar kits! By utilizing the Four Seasons collections in the These Are the Days kits, it was easy to design an entire year’s worth of pages, themed specifically for each month or change of season as the year progresses.

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Rounding out the These Are the Days kits is an exclusive stamp set to help you tell your stories! This stamp set includes a whopping 35 stamps, all designed for use with a calendar page or a scrapbook page documenting your special occasions! 

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For those of you who want to create a memory keeping project with a twist, try out the These Are the Days calendar kit! This kit still allows you to create 13 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages , but instead of putting them into an album, you get to incorporate them (along with your favorite photos) into a 12-month calendar, complete with its very own cover! Since the These Are the Days Cut Above® kits come with the materials to create 13 pages, you’re left with one for each month of a calendar year, and one left over to put on your calendar cover! This kit also includes a blank base calendar, so you can further personalize it by adding your own colorful reminders of important occasions or week-to-week happenings. It’s literally a blank canvas, just waiting for you to fill it in!

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It takes no time at all to create a full calendar to commemorate all your important dates and capture some smaller, everyday treasures, too! It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the memorable occasions and fun impromptu ones alike, and it’s a project we know that any crafter will love! 


If, however, you are a die-hard scrapbooker and creating albums is your jam, These Are the Days is still the perfect project for you! These Are the Days is unique in the fact that it can be used for a dual crafting purpose! Since these kits are designed as 12″ x 12″ Cut Above® pages, it’s easy to create a calendar, or to reserve the pages for a scrapbook album to document a whole year! Because the These Are the Days layout kit includes 13 stunning pages, the kit allows crafters to create an entire year’s worth of pages in a single crafting session. 

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Each page has spots for your favorite photos, making it easy to preserve the fun stories of your year. Filling an entire album is a breeze with These Are the Days, and whether you fill it with your own memories or choose to give it to a family member or friend to put their own photos in, it’s bound to be a wonderful memory keeping solution! 

To further illustrate the scrapbooking potential of the These Are the Days kits, we’ve even created two additional pages to show off just how easy it is to create pieces that coordinate with the These Are the Days kits! Since we know the These Are the Days pages are designed using the Four Seasons patterns, we have an easy resource for creating seamlessly coordinating pages by using matching designs!  This allows you to turn the These Are the Days kit pages into full 2-page layouts! Take a look at the extra pages we created as inspiration for creating your own!

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For our springtime layout option, we’ve selected the April page and created this “Keep Blooming” page to coordinate with the “Hello Spring” one from the Cut Above® kit. This beautiful page sports a simple design, using a patterned Four Seasons—Spring paper for the base page. From there, we’ve attached a strategically torn piece of Avocado cardstock in the center of the page, about halfway down, with the torn section facing toward the bottom edge of the base page.

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Once our torn piece was in place, we took a rectangular piece of White Daisy cardstock, positioned it over the Avocado piece, and added three Ballerina cardstock photo mats on top of that. From there, it was easy to select and attach our photos! 

To finish this page off, we selected a few stickers from the Four Seasons—Spring sticker sheet to add our title, a small pennant line across the upper left-hand corner, and a small layered feature at the top right corner of our White Daisy piece. We love how quickly and easily this combination of simple elements  completes a gorgeous coordinating page to complement the These Are the Days Cut Above® “Hello Spring” page!

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Our second coordinating page on display today was created to pair with our December “Joy” page. Like our “Keep Blooming” page, this “Most Wonderful Time…” page is simple enough to replicate in a just few steps.

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This page starts off with a matching base page from the Four Seasons—Winter paper collection, and incorporates a few ½” zip strips from this paper packet, attached horizontally across the middle of the page to match the Cut Above® page. From there, we layered a piece of Toffee cardstock, and a slightly smaller piece of the Four Seasons—Winter wood grain paper centered over it. From here, we mounted two 3″ x 4″ photos and one 4″ x 6″ photo on Pine photo mats and attached them to the base page, as you can see below. 

For our title piece, we took a piece of Toffee cardstock, attached a Four Seasons—Winter border sticker, and dovetailed the ends. Our “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” title sticker was centered in the middle of this accent, and the whole thing was centered and attached to our base page.

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To embellish this page, we’ve created a couple of layered sticker clusters to create additional interest around the photos and title section. As with the patterned papers and title sticker, these accents all came from the Four Seasons—Winter Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and are a quick and easy way to add polished embellishments.

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It’s incredible to see how simple it can be to design and create your own coordinating scrapbook pages to go with the These Are the Days Cut Above® options, and it’s a beautiful way not only to preserve your memories, but to look forward to making new ones! 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at the possibilities available through the These Are the Days calendar and scrapbook layout kits, and we wish you a happy year to come as we approach the start of 2023 in just a few short weeks! What’s your favorite memory of a small, everyday moment you’ve preserved? What’s a more momentous occasion that you’ll never forget? How would you use the These Are the Days kit to document these memories? Tell us your stories and how you’d preserve them in the comments below!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Hello Spring Layout
X8034S Four Seasons—Spring Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6053 Avocado Cardstock, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

12″ x 12″ Joy Layout
X8037S Four Seasons—Winter Paper Packet, X6070 Pine Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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Mommas’ Night out at The Baby Cubby

The arrival of a baby is the perfect time to start preserving your memories, if you haven’t already. There’s nothing quite like having a little one to make you realize how quickly time flies—and how much you want to remember each precious moment forever!

In celebration of this momentous milestone, we recently attended a fun crafting night with Lynn Muir @pocketfulofpaint and a few local mommas and mommas-to-be at The Baby Cubby in American Fork, Utah! We provided each of our guests with their very own The Story Begins Cut Above® layout kit to help each of them to start preserving memories of their little ones in a beautiful baby album.

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These Cut Above® layout kits are an excellent solution for mothers of small children who feel that strong, sometimes pressing, desire to memory keep, but who have a hard time finding the time to do it (and do it right). They are ideal for those who are new to memory keeping as well as anyone who is simply looking for a quicker alternative.

Available for baby boy and baby girl, each of the Story Begins layout kits comes with materials to make 10 coordinating two-page scrapbook layouts, including instructions and even journaling prompts. All of the paper is pre-cut and ready to assemble into a keepsake album—that means no measuring or cutting! All you need to bring to the table with your kit are your pictures, adhesive, a journaling pen, and the memories you love.

And our busy mommy friends loved that!

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These fun ladies had a blast socializing while putting together their new beautiful albums that came together with ease!

If you have more to document than there’s room for in the provided 20 pages of the album, we’ve got you covered! There are coordinating Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards that slide into divided Memory Protectors™ to supplement your story telling. Add them to your album for even more pages!

We’re so grateful to our friends at The Baby Cubby and @pocketfulofpaint for their help in bringing the important message of memory keeping to the lovely moms who joined us. If memory keeping is a priority to you that you haven’t managed to get around to yet, give our Cut Above layout kits a try and see for yourself how easy and satisfying it can be to start telling your stories.

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Pretty in Pink Butterfly Mobile

We’re thinking PINK all month long at Close To My Heart with our Pretty in Pink special,  featuring a select group of pink and gold items at 25% off as well as three exclusive product bundles at 30% off! These bundles include the Bashful—Color of the Year bundle (which you can also get FREE by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month!) and two bundles with supplies to make this beautiful butterfly mobile:
Pretty in Pink Butterfly Mobile #ctmh #closetomyheart #butterfly #mobile #prettyinpink #pretty #pink #bashful #pixie #blossom #gold #foil #raspberry #white #twine #girl #baby #cricut #design #space #nurseryWe’ve taken the guesswork out of this project by putting together step-by-step instructions and even providing a Cricut Design Space™ project file for you to cut your butterflies and flowers. That means, all you have to do to replicate this gorgeous décor piece is assemble it!

For a full set of instructions to make this mobile, click here. Follow along with Monica in the video below to see how it all comes together!

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Split Stamping Technique

In honor of National Stamping Month, we thought it’d be fun to share with you some stamping techniques on the blog—because no crafter can ever have too many stamping tricks up her sleeve, right? 😉

Today’s post is going to teach you what we call the Split Stamping technique.

This technique is exactly what it sounds like: You split your stamp image. There are a few different ways to do this.

One of the easiest ways is to stamp an image onto a piece of cardstock and then cut it into pieces, like the elephant below.

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Cutting up an image and reassembling it on your artwork is a unique way to draw more attention to your stamping.

Another way you can “split” your stamp is with masking. Not sure what we mean by “masking”? Masking is when you cover up part of your stamp or paper before stamping an image. Split stamping technique #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #techniques #clear #stamps #card

Here, we attached a strip of cardstock across the center of our card with just a little bit of adhesive so it wouldn’t slide around. Next, we stamped our flowers along the top and bottom of the card, overlapping them slightly with the strip. We then carefully peeled off the cardstock strip, removed any leftover adhesive with our Rub & Remove™ eraser, painted our flowers, and then stamped our sentiment.

For a more advanced spin on this technique, try incorporating the piece of cardstock you use for the masking!

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For this card, we cut both pieces of White Daisy cardstock, attached the smaller piece to the center of the larger piece with a little bit of adhesive, and then stamped our flowers over both pieces. Next, we carefully separated the smaller piece of cardstock from the larger one, painted our flowers, and popped the piece up on Bashful cardstock with 3-D foam tape. To add even more dimension, we also stamped some of the blossoms on scrap paper, painted them, trimmed them out, and then attached them over the matching blossoms with 3-D foam tape.

What do you think of the Split Stamping technique? Tell us in the comments below! And be sure to follow the blog all month long to see even more stamping techniques! 🙂


Recipes

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Congrats Card (Vertical)
D1726 My Acrylix® Sweet Baby Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Best Wishes Card (Horizontal)
D1747 My Acrylix® Happily Ever After Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ So Happy for You Card (Vertical)
C1693 My Acrylix® Many Congratulations Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

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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?

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books

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In a day and age that makes taking and printing photos so easy, you would think that more and more parents would preserve these photos in books and scrapbooks. However, it seems that most photos nowadays don’t leave our computers or social media accounts—and at times, even our cameras!

The art of printing our family photos, writing down our stories, and placing them all together in the safe arms of an album seems to be a dying art—and it’s something that our kids are going to miss someday. When they want to see what they were like as babies and toddlers, the years they will remember very least, they will have nowhere to turn.

Here are 11 reasons why your children will want to have baby books:

1. They will know where to find photos of their childhood.

You may know where your favorite pictures of your babies are on your computer or on Facebook, but in 10 years will your kids know where to look? Not so much, unless they can grab their baby album off of the bookshelf.

2. A baby book is tangible evidence of your love.

When your kids go through the emotional highs and lows of the teenage years, the baby books you made for them will remind them—and you—that, despite what it might seem like at times, you love them with all your heart. 🙂

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3. Your toddlers will love to look through their baby books.

Though you may think your kids won’t value their baby books until they are older, chances are they will actually love them as toddlers. Toddlers love to see pictures of themselves as babies; it’s part of a phase where they begin to discover their own identity. Also, baby books make some of the best bedtime stories!

4. They will love to look at their baby pictures when they have their own kids someday.

When your kids start to have kids of their own, it will be so much fun for them to look through their baby books and see how their traits and mannerisms were passed down to their own kids.

11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books #babyscrapbook #babybook #baby #memories #crafting #scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart

5. They will want to look through their siblings’ baby books.

Nothing bonds siblings together quite like looking through each other’s baby books. They will laugh at silly pictures of each other. And even though they may not have memories of their siblings because of age differences, they will get to see those memories through your eyes.

6. They will love to show relatives who come to visit their baby books.

Your in-laws or grandparents might live far away, but you can help them feel more connected to your children by showing them the baby books you’ve been working on when they are in town visiting—and once your kids are old enough, they will love to be the ones to pull out their baby books and talk your visitors through each page. 🙂

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7. Life goes by lightning fast, and baby books make it easy to stroll down memory lane anytime they want.

Childhood flies by, so your kids will want to revisit their old memories. And if you’re a young mom, just trust us. You will want to revisit those baby pictures over and over again. Especially once puberty hits. 😉

8. You will forget the stories, even if you preserve the photos.

Though you may save all your photos in one way or another, the stories that go along with those photos will be lost unless you document them in a book. And moments from those sweet baby years are moments both you and your children will want to remember forever, even the small ones.

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9. They will love to see your perspective.

You may think baby books are all about your babies, but they’re also a time capsule of you as a mom. As your babies grow into parents themselves, they will love to look back on your perspective as a new mother. Even seeing your handwriting will bring back good memories.

10. They will cherish their baby books more and more with time.

A baby book is something that increases in value with age. Just imagine how much that book will mean to your kids when they have grandkids and great grandkids! It’ll be a family treasure!

11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books #babyscrapbook #babybook #baby #memories #crafting #scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart

11. They will turn to their baby books in difficult times.

When life gets your kids down, they will turn to their baby books for comfort, to reminisce about the good old days, and to gain some perspective (though you may not see them doing this as teenagers because that would be so embarrassing! 🙂 )

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ Baby Girl Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

6″ x 8″ 5 Months Layout
C1675 My Acrylix® Twins Rule Stamp Set, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″

12″ x 12″ The Best Day Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2″ Banner (cut 16, p. 1)

6″ x 8″ Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Z3221 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Clear, Z3144 Pictures My Life™ Overlays—Gold & Silver, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z3192 Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″, Z3191 Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″
 
12″ x 12″ Cut Above™ Little One Layout
Z3320 Cut Above™ Layout Kit—Little One, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z5206 My Legacy™ D-ring Album—White

6″ x 8″ Beautiful Life Story Layout
B1548 My Acrylix® Journaling Prompts Stamp Set, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″

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Beginner Crafting Kits

If you’d love to craft but think you’re just not the “crafting type,” think again! There are so many resources that make learning to craft easy, including online tutorials and Consultants that can walk you through projects right in your own home!

Among these great resources are beginner crafting kits, like our limited-time Welcome Home wreath kit or our new Cut Above™ scrapbooking layout kits.

The perfect, affordable wreath kit for the bride-to-be! #ctmh #closetomyheart #wedding #gift #bridalshower #succulentwreath #kit #diyhomedecor

The Welcome Home wreath kit helps you create a beautiful paper succulent wreath. With pre-cut pieces you simply punch out, curl, layer, and attach, this is a wonderful place for beginners to start if they’re interested in trying out DIY home décor.

It’s a great project for your first home as a married couple—or give it as a unique bridal shower or wedding present to a friend! The new bride is sure to love creating something herself for her new home—especially with her new last name 😉 !

An affordable scrapbooking kit for beginners! All you need is adhesive! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingkit #quick #beginner #wedding #bridal #gift

Our Cut Above™ Forever & Always layout kit is also a great beginner crafting kit for the bride. Those first few years together go by lightning fast, so start the habit of preserving your love story by doing something with all those wedding photos! Trust us, you won’t want to forget those sweet newlywed moments.

This affordable kit comes with pre-cut pieces and instructions for assembling the two pages you see in this album, as well as Memory Protectors™ to keep your pages safe.

An affordable scrapbooking kit for beginners! All you need is adhesive! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingkit #quick #beginner #wedding #bridal #gift

It also comes with pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors™ to create even more pages, which fit in between your main pages for preserving additional pictures and moments from your special day!

Preserving your baby's first moments has never been easier, thanks to our Little One scrapbooking kit! All you need is adhesive and 15 minutes! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babybook #babyscrapbook #babyphotos #memories #babysfirsts #scrapbooking #beginner #kit

We also have a beginner Cut Above™ scrapbooking layout kit for baby photos—it’s called Little One, and it’s totally gender neutral.

Preserving your baby's first moments has never been easier, thanks to our Little One scrapbooking kit! All you need is adhesive and 15 minutes! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babybook #babyscrapbook #babyphotos #memories #babysfirsts #scrapbooking #beginner #kit

The birth of your first child is definitely the time to start thinking about preserving memories—if you haven’t already (and not in that black hole of a phone or computer, either!).

In addition to being affordable (which is a must with a new babe around!), all the pages in this kit come together in less than 15 minutes—really! So complete your kit, and then take a nice long nap with all that time you save. 🙂 Get a feel for how easily these kits come together by watching this quick video:

And while you’re at it…

Create this easy, adorable paper succulent wreath for less than $20 with our Welcome Home wreath kit! (US pricing) #ctmh #closetomyheart #papersucculents #diywreath #wreathkit #nurserydecor #babydecor #littlegirlsroom #decor #affordable #diy

Why not add a Welcome Home wreath to baby’s nursery? Once again, this is a super affordable and unique baby shower gift, perfect for a new mama who will be nesting like crazy soon. 😉

Whether you’re a newlywed, young mom, or a friend looking for a unique shower gift, the Welcome Home wreath kit and the Cut Above™ layout kits are the perfect go-to projects for beginners. With affordable price tags and easy-to-follow instructions, these kits are sure to light a smile on anyone’s face as she discovers she can craft and make something beautiful for her family.

 
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New Fundamentals Papers Are Anything but Basic

We’ve got a very special treat lined up for you today to help introduce our brand new Fundamentals papers. We asked Executive Director Karen Pedersen to create some artwork that shows the results you can get from combining our Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics Fundamentals.

And right now, when you buy the Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals, you’ll qualify to get the Uptown Fundamentals or the Rustic Home Fundamentals from our Basics collection for FREE! That means you can save money on brand new products that you can use to create amazing artwork pieces like these:

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Our Basics Fundamentals, which include the Uptown Fundamentals and the Rustic Home Fundamentals you can get for free this month, are called basics because they feature neutral colors. This means they work in perfect harmony with any of our colors.

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Our Rustic Home Fundamentals feature soft browns and greys, with textures that remind us of home, like these wooden slats:

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Our Uptown Fundamentals feature black, grey, and gold patterns for a chic, modern look. Pair them with bright colors, like Karen did here, or with more muted colors for an entirely different look.

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

Isn’t this artwork incredible? Thank you so much, Karen, for letting us share this with our readers! We’re incredibly grateful to have you as part of our Close To My Heart family.

Beautiful scrapbook pages created by Karen Pedersen with our Fundamentals papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundamentals #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

We know you’ll love mixing and matching these brand new paper collections. With a wide range of patterns and colors, you’ll have all the tools you need to tell every story.

Recipes

 12″ x 12″ Baby Page
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit, Thread

12″ x 12″ Love in Bloom Page
B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3260 Thin Cuts—Hearts, Z3257 Thin Cuts—Love, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

12″ x 12″ Best Ever Page
Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards, Z3265 School K–6 Complements, Z3266 School 7–12 Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ Easy Street Layout
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3246 All About the Gold Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5785 Lemon Cardstock, Z3236 Black Glitter Paper, Z3269 You & Me Complements

12″ x 12″ #LIVSTRONG Story Page
C1667 My Acyrlix® This & That, E1035 My Acrylix® Bistro Script, B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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Putting the “Shower” in Baby Shower

April showers bring May flowers—and though April may be winding down, some “showers” happen all year round. We’re talking about baby showers of course! What better way to celebrate the promise of new life than with a shower-themed baby shower? This post is just bursting with great artwork ideas for making your next shower a truly inspirational one.

Every good party starts with a stellar invitation. There’s nothing quite like getting fun snail mail, especially if it’s a handmade invitation!

Throw a shower-themed baby shower! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babyshowerideas #showertheme #rain #clouds #springtime #babies #pregnancy

The umbrella and cloud shapes you see are all courtesy of the amazing Cricut® Artistry collection—but the invitation is just the beginning! We used many of the same shapes to make perfectly coordinating decorations that we know you are just going to love:

Throw a shower-themed baby shower! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babyshowerideas #showertheme #rain #clouds #springtime #babies #pregnancy

There are so many fun elements of this party to talk about, but let’s start with the banner. Donning cute mini umbrellas and bright springtime colors, our “Oh Baby” banner helps set the stage for showering the mother-to-be. Above the table, we created a cloud of balloons with paper raindrops streaming down. Take a closer look:

Throw a shower-themed baby shower! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babyshowerideas #showertheme #rain #clouds #springtime #babies #pregnancy

These 3-D shapes are simple to create with your Cricut® machine and create such a unique backdrop. We used a similar technique in this video showing how to make a sweet baby mobile. They’ll be the talk of the party!

Throw a shower-themed baby shower! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babyshowerideas #showertheme #rain #clouds #springtime #babies #pregnancy

Of course we want the food to play into our theme, which is why we went with these white, fluffy cupcakes. And the cloud-embellished paper straws behind add some fun to our jars of lemonade.

Throw a shower-themed baby shower! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babyshowerideas #showertheme #rain #clouds #springtime #babies #pregnancy

A “cloud” of fresh baby’s breath fits right in, and we just had to embellish with these delicate little butterflies.

Throw a shower-themed baby shower! #ctmh #closetomyheart #babyshowerideas #showertheme #rain #clouds #springtime #babies #pregnancy

When the festivities are over, send your guests home with a raincheck—oh, we mean a party favor! A colorful paper pouch filled with goodies or gifts is just the thing. We chose a pattern from one of our newest paper packets, Calypso, which will be available starting May 1!

We know there must be lots of other great ways to tie in the rain shower theme to a baby shower—or to other parties, too! Let the comments pour in! 😉

Recipes

Baby Shower Décor
C1612 My Acrylix® Shower Flowers, D1663 My Acrylix® Floral Banners, X7210C Calypso Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3026 White Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Hole Punch, Balloons, Straws, Tape, Tissue Paper

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3″ Shift <Font> “OH BABY”

Artistry
2″ Icon-1 <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)
2″ Icon-2 <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)
1 ¼” and 1 ¾” <Summer> (cut multiple, p. 42)
1 ¼” and 1 ¾” Shift <Summer> (cut multiple, p. 42)

Art Philosophy
1/4″, 1/2″, 2″ Shift <Petal1> (cut multiple, p. 65)

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