Back to School Teacher Gifts!

How is it the middle of August already? Bells will ring, announcing the start of a new school year, and students and teachers, alike, will be back in the thick of it all before we know it!

Our teachers give so much of themselves, year after year. As our children prepare to return to fill their classrooms, let’s add to their supply lists a small gift of appreciation and encouragement!

We’ve got three simple projects for you and your kiddos to work on and bring to your teachers on that momentous first day.

First, we have a fun twist on the traditional school apple.

Did you know that, back in the 1700s, some families would give teachers a basket full of apples as payment for their child’s education? Now-a-days, the gifting of apples (or an apple) shifted from attempted compensation to a kind gesture of appreciation.

We’ve got a delicious variation of this popular gift with these gorgeous paper apples.

You will need three different color/pattern papers for the body of the apples, another paper for the leaf, and another for the tag (if you choose to add a tag). You will also need a pencil (cut down to 6″), adhesive, and twine.

We used a combination of shapes from our Art Philosophy Cricut® collection and free shapes available through Cricut Design Space™ to cut the pieces you see here. (School Apple Cricut Design Space™ file.) If you don’t have a cutting machine, we kept the shapes fairly simple so they could be recreated by hand. We recommend making the apple shape first, on a scratch piece of paper, and then using this as a template to trace and hand trim the six apples needed for the 3-D apple shape.

Once you have all of your shapes cut, fold the apple pieces along the score lines and attach them to each other, as shown above. (For those of you who cut these shapes by hand, there should be two score lines in the middle of each, approx. ⅜” apart.) Before attaching the last two wedges together, closing the circle, glue the pencil inside the “core.”

Embellish the apple with a leaf and a tag and then it’s ready for school!

Dressed up sticky notes is another fun way to show your teachers a little love. You know they will use sticky notes throughout the school year, so why not add a little flair and present them as gift?

To make one of these, you will need a 3″ x 3″ sticky note pad, one sheet of cardstock for the base of the holder, hook and loop dots (aka velcro dots), adhesive, and any type of embellishment you wish to add to the inside or outside of the base.

Use this Design Space file to cut the long, scalloped and scored rectangle cardstock piece you see here. (If you are cutting it by hand, the rectangle is 3¼” x 8½” and has score lines at 2⅛”, 2⅝”, 5⅞”, 6⅜” from the bottom.) Once you’ve cut and scored the cardstock, this project is pretty intuitive. First, attach the note pad to the center of the cardstock. Next, fold the pieces up and around the note pad. Then, embellish the top of the holder however you’d like, and finish by adding a hook and loop pair for the closing.

The last diy gift of appreciation we’re showing you today is actually a gift box for you to make and then fill with small goodies.

To make one of these boxes you will need two sheets of cardstock or pattern paper (that’s if you’d like for the box insert and sleeve to be different colors or designs), adhesive, and embellishments of your choice.

Use this Design Space file to cut the necessary shapes. (If you don’t have a cutting machine and would like to make a gift box, use this link to learn how to make one similar to the one shown here.)

Fold the cut paper along the score lines and attach them with adhesive to create the sleeve and box insert. Decorate the top of the box with additional papers, the teacher’s name, and other embellishments, and then fill it with goodies you know your teacher would like (tissues, lotion, hand sanitizer, a gift card, candies, etc.). That’s it!

Now, let’s show our teachers some love and encouragement this upcoming school year by letting them know, even in small ways, that we see and recognize their hard work and dedication.

In the comments below, we’d love to hear what you’re doing to show your teachers how much you appreciate them. ❤️

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A New Months of the Year Stamp Set Series!

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There’s something to love about each month and season, so we’re rolling out an entire years’ worth of stamping fun with a Months of the Year stamp series! With sentiments, icons, and borders for a variety of crafting projects, the stamp sets in the Months of the Year series provide a way to create beautiful artwork for any time of year. Today, we’re going to show off a few of the ways that the January and February sets can be used, and we have a feeling that once you’ve seen these two, you won’t be able to wait for the rest!

With every new set comes new opportunities to craft calendar pages, layouts, and so much more! Each Months of the Year set comes with a variety of different stamps to aid you as you create seasonally specific artwork all though the year. Throughout 2021, these stamps sets will be released, two at a time, with each of our bi-monthly catalogs, so you can look forward to the release of new sets through the end of the year!

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Because Close To My Heart serves a global market, we’ve created two stamp sets for each month—one for crafters in the northern hemisphere, and another for artists in the southern hemisphere!

(🤓Fun Fact: Seasons are reversed between the northern and southern hemispheres! When someone in the US might be sledding or skiing, it would be a great time to hit the beach in Australia!)

These stamp sets are not only great to use individually but can also be used to create your own series of artwork along a theme! One of the most challenging parts of memory keeping can trying to decide which stories to tell, and where they should be placed. With a separate set designed for each month of the year, it’s easy to put together monthly scrapbook pages and in no time, you’ll have an entire album telling the story of the past year! This adorable Valentine layout is a wonderful example of how the stamps from the February stamp set can be used as perfect accents for the page design.

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In this example, it’s easy to see how well the stamps and the paper we used complement each other, even though they weren’t specifically designed to coordinate with each other. Each Months of the Year set is easy to integrate into your artwork and includes enough variety to mix well with all our paper collections!

In addition to scrapbook layouts, the Months of the Year stamp sets are also a great tool to use when creating calendar pages! As you can see here, we’ve used these stamps to add decoration to full-size calendars and smaller perpetual calendars as well!

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The Months of the Year stamp sets will all be available through the end of 2021, so you can order them at a time that works for you, pick and choose your favorites from the series, or get them regularly as they’re released. No matter when or where you use these stamps, we know you’ll love the beautiful designs and gorgeous artwork you can create with them! Did you have a favorite stamp or an idea of how you’d use the Months of the Year stamp sets? Leave a comment below and let us know!

6¼” x 11¼” February Perpetual Calendar
D1997 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—February Stamp Set, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X6055 Desert Rose Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X5985 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3888 Perpetual Calendar, Z3680 Hearts Background Thin Cuts, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

12″ x 12″ Be My Valentine Page
D1997 My Acrylix® Months of the Year—February Stamp Set, X7265B Sweet Safari Paper Packet, X9023 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, X6055 Desert Rose Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X5985 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3825 Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad™, Z3826 Candied Apple Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z3828 Tattered Rose Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad™, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3886 Mini Ink Blending Tool, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

6¼” x 11¼” February Perpetual Calendar
D1997E My Acrylix® Months of the Year—February Stamp Set, X7265S Sweet Safari Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6523 Avocado Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6508 Bluebird Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3846 Wood Stars, X7265E Sweet Safari Puffy Stickers, Z3888 Perpetual Calendar, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

12″ x 12″ February Calendar Page
D1997E My Acrylix® Months of the Year—February Stamp Set, X7265S Sweet Safari Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X9023 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5946 Linen Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6523 Avocado Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3846 Wood Stars, X7265E Sweet Safari Puffy Stickers, Z3581 Base Calendar, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, ½” Hole Punch

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You’ve Got Class: Teacher Edition

School days are well underway, and not just for the kids! Teachers are some of the world’s most wonderful people. They selflessly dedicate themselves to motivate and inspire others, and aim to make learning an effective and exciting experience. To show our love and support for these education superheroes, we’ve taken the You’ve Got Class collection, originally designed to preserve the best of your child’s school years, and came up with a variation of projects to give as gifts and to use around the classroom.

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Memory Keeping Gift:

Every year we give our teachers gifts, either for holidays or at the end of the school year, showing them just how much they mean to us and to our children. Using the materials from the You’ve Got Class workshop kit, create something truly meaningful and unique that you know they will show off around the teachers’ lounge and will want to keep forever.

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Design scrapbook pages on the included True Fit Folios, completing the first folio with pictures of your child’s class and teacher. Use photo placeholders on the remaining folios for her to add photos of her future classes from the years to come. The folios then become an ideal place for the teacher to preserve her memories and mementos of each passing school year. Lastly, place your decorated folios inside Memory Protectors™ in an album and present this beautiful memory-keeping gift to your teacher. The teachers in your life will never forget your family or this thoughtful gift!

Some Other Ways to Use This Collection Around the Classroom:

More often than not, schools and classrooms come with supply wish lists at the beginning of each academic year. Sometimes these lists are looking for “prizes” that can be handed out in the course of the year to those who’ve done something to earn them. We came up with a few ideas:

Bookmarks!

(No matter how advanced we are with our technology, books are still part of our curriculum 🙂 )
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Gift tags.

Personalized notebook covers.

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Even if your child’s classroom supply wish list doesn’t have these sort of items on it, educators can use these cute additions as welcome gifts to leave on their student’s desks at the beginning of the year, or as a gift during the holidays, or for a treat at Halloween, or simply just because they love their students (including yours).

Whether commemorating the scholastic achievements of your child or showing appreciation for the teachers who guide them along the way, the You’ve Got Class collection is your key to truly classy papercrafting.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ School Days Folio
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

2½” x 7″ Bookmarks
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Ruler Tags
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Notebook
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, C1725My Acrylix® Simply Said Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

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Preserving the Best of Your Child’s School Years

You've Got Class #closetomyheart #CTMH #you'vegotclass #ctmhyou'vegotclass #backtoschool #memorykeeping #organizing #organising #school #schoolpicture #schoolmemento #schoolkeepsake #schoolalbum #backtoschoolSummer adventures are coming to a close as school bells begin to ring, generating much excitement and anticipation for a new academic year. We’ve prepared our children’s wardrobes, collected supplies, and arranged for healthy lunches in hopes of ensuring as much success as can be planned for. Just as we’re about to send these kiddos into the seemingly unknown, we prop them in our porches, getting on a school bus, or standing with their teacher and make them smile for the camera. Click!

And they’re off! School is back in session. Before you know it, you’re knee deep in artwork, certificates of excellence, report cards, and all kinds of treasures that you just don’t know what to do with. You most certainly don’t need to keep everything your child scribbles on, but there are and will be some things that you will cherish and value for a long time, if not forever. This happens year, after year, after year.

Because we are committed to memory keeping, we had to come up with a system that works to preserve these wonderful and prized memories. With some thoughtful consideration, we were able to put together a project that comes together quickly and easily to create a scrapbook album for all of these formative school years. Dear non-scrapbooker reading this post, please hear us out for a sec. before you assume this no longer applies to you. 😉

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With the materials and instructions included in the You’ve Got Class workshop kit you create an entire album with one page for each school year. What makes this workshop unique to other scrapbooking workshops are our True Fit Folios. True Fit Folios are white cardstock folders that fit perfectly inside 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™. The workshop is designed so that each scrapbook page is assembled on a side of one of the folders. After you complete all of your pages, or folder sides, you insert them into the Memory Protectors™ inside an album. With this completed album, you are all set and ready to start adding your keepsakes and mementos inside the pockets, where they will be securely and safely stored for years to come!

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If you’ve got any kids in your life—children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors—this workshop is for you. Even if these “kids” are old and grown, chances are their school day relics are collecting dust “in a box somewhere.” (Well-preserved memories make a wonderful gift!)

If you’ve been looking for a way to store school memories with easy access, this is it. If scrapbooking is “not your thing,” this is the time to reconsider, even if it’s just this once. You want this album on your shelf, and so do your kids—cross our hearts!

And for those of us who are constantly click, click, clicking with our cameras, there are likely a few additional photos to include on the folio pages. We thought of that, too!

The You’ve Got Class workshop kit includes Flip Flaps™ so that more photos, journaling, or keepsakes can be added anywhere on a page without taking up additional room. Yep—they’re like magic! 🙂

Preserve the best of your child’s school years with the You’ve Got Class collection of products. This special features a paper collection, exclusive stamp set, and workshop kit specifically designed to commemorate the passage of these school years. But act quickly, these products are only available through September 30 while supplies last! (And they are moving fast!)

You’ve Got Class Collection

 

Click on the links below for more details:

You’ve Got Class Workshop Kit
You’ve Got Class Paper Packet
You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock
My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set
School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts 

 

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The Little Black Dress . . . For Papercrafters!

Oh the little black dress—you can dress it up and you can dress it down, making it the perfect go-to outfit for any occasion. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a little black dress in the world of papercrafting? Oh wait, there is! Our Fundamentals line!

If you haven’t met our Fundamentals yet, you really should get acquainted. And we’re not just talking about pretty paper here. We’re talking the WHOLE Fundamentals line, which includes sticker packs and assortments as well!

Really quick, let’s give you the 411 about this line. Our Paper Fundamentals come in four different color palettes: Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics. Each pack comes with 20 sheets of cardstock in 10 of our exclusive colors, and this isn’t just any ol’ cardstock! Each side has a fun design, one in white and the other in a shiny gloss. These pair wonderfully with our paper packets (because they use our exclusive colors without demanding center stage), but they also add more intrigue to your artwork because they have subtle backgrounds and textures. AND you can also do really cool resistance inking with the glossy side of the paper, as you can see in this Instagram video.

Like the papers, the Fundamental sticker packs also come in the four color palettes to make color coordinating effortless. They include letters and cute designs, like hearts, arrows, and thought bubbles. Last but certainly not least, our Fundamental Assortments come in eight of our exclusive colors and include wooden badges, paper bows, plastic clips, and a sheet of glitter stickers. Yes, glitter!

As we’ve said before, Fundamentals are perfect for those busy gals who want to preserve their family’s memories tastefully but whose schedules, just today, include running dinner to a neighbor, attending three soccer games, and ironing a mile-high pile of laundry. Fundamentals make it easy to create fun scrapbook layouts without tons of product and time. BUT, for those of you who like taking a bit more time on your artwork, these take decorative scrapbooking to new heights! Take a look at this layout to see what we mean:

Starlee CTMH

Ba-BAAM! Isn’t that layout gorgeous? This layout really lives up to the cuteness of this little star. Look at how well our Paper Fundamentals work together to produce a dazzling look. See Starlee’s name? That’s from the Fundamental stickers Basics pack! Other Fundamental stickers and assortments are all over the layout. Here’s a close-up of some assortments:

Love It assortment

The gold foil in this assortment teams up with the glitter paper to just add a little more shine to this layout. And here’s another layout that uses Fundamentals to make a special layout extra special:

Dream Big CTMH

Going back to school never looked so good! Again, this layout uses a lot of Fundamental papers and stickers. The Cricut®-cut title and the My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation stamp set enhance the Fundamentals to create a truly spectacular piece of memorabilia. Here’s a close-up of some of the stickers:

Adventure assortment

Just some simple layering lends some dimension to these little guys for a really fancy look. These stickers are so versatile and universal—just think how they would enhance cards, pocket scrapbooking layouts, and…well, everything!

Whether you’re the mom who always has peanut butter on her shirt or the lady who can create grandiose papercrafting masterpieces at her leisure, our Fundamentals are a must-have for every crafter. Order some today by talking to your Consultant. If you don’t have one, go to our website and select “What We Do” to find one near you. Thanks to Fundamentals, assembling a cohesive page has never been easier!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Starlee Layout
D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, D1644 My Acrylix® The Authentic Life, C1622 My Acrylix® In Review, D1634 My Acrylix® Rain or Shine, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5931 Cashmere Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basics, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Adventure Pack, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold

12″ x 12″ Dream Big Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 11
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basics, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3164 Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack, Z2132 Watercolor Paints, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
6 ½” Shift+Shape <V> (p. 34)

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