Matching Made Easy

As many of you know, we have four color palettes called Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics—and for each of these color palettes, we have a bunch of coordinating products, including themed embellishment packs we call “Complements.”

Just like the name implies, these Complements perfectly complement the other products in a given color palette—which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze!

Well, with our latest idea book, we’ve come out with four more themed Complements packs for these color palettes. They include stickers, die-cuts with foil, and all sorts of other cute accents, all of which match the color palette.

See how you can combine these new Complements with their coordinating patterned papers below!

Enchantment

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Adventure

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Whimsy

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Basics

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You’ve seen how the Complements and papers work in a given color palette, but if you’re adventurous, take it to the next level! Add stamping by using ink colors that coordinate with the palette, and then add even more by using cardstock or ribbons from that palette as well! Check out the “Fundamentals” section of your Annual Inspirations idea book for more inspiration.

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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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New Papers, New Possibilities!

Our new line of Fundamentals papers just became available, and we couldn’t wait another day to show them off! Just like their name suggests, these papers are fundamental for any scrapbooker. With versatile, monochromatic patterns in our exclusive colors, they’re perfect to pair with cardstocks and other patterned papers. Once you try them out for yourself, you won’t be able to live without them!

Today we’re showcasing our Uptown Fundamentals, which feature neutral colors and special materials, like foil and vellum, to give them a little something extra.

With a qualifying purchase, you can earn this scrapbooking paper for free! #closetomyheart #ctmh #basicallythebest #scrapbooking

Look at the elegant feel that the Uptown Fundamentals bring to this layout with that beautiful script font, the gold foil polka-dots, and the striped vellum. Because they feature neutral colors, we could create our own color scheme using just a couple pieces of cardstock.

With a qualifying purchase, you can earn this scrapbooking paper for free! #closetomyheart #ctmh #basicallythebest #scrapbooking

Here we have totally different cardstock colors also paired with the Uptown Fundamentals for a completely different look!

Those adorable glitter titles and other accents on these layouts are part of our You & Me Complements, designed to coordinate with the Uptown Fundamentals. We even have an Uptown ribbon pack to give you even more mixing and matching options.

The Uptown Fundamentals are just one of the newest paper collections we’ve released today—but there is plenty more where it came from! Head on over to closetomyheart.com to check out all our new products. There, you can also learn how to get the Uptown Fundamentals for free!

Now go ahead—treat yourself to a few minutes of browsing through our new products online. Or a few hours. We won’t judge. 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ You & Me Layout
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Our Story Layout
C1667 My Acrylix® This & That, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3269 You & Me ComplementsZ3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
1 3/4″ <Icon-1> (RDS, p. 30)

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Back to the Basics

What makes a work of art a work of art? What turns a good scrapbook page into a great scrapbook page? There are many answers to these questions, but one thing that contributes to great scrapbooking and all types of crafting is having a strong design.

There are certain principles that contribute to the strength of a design, which can really elevate the final product. Many well-seasoned crafters probably use these design principles without ever having “learned” them or even realizing they are doing it. However, for those who are new to crafting, these principles can be absolute lifesavers, and they can even give you a great place to start—a springboard for reaching greater heights. And even the most gifted crafters will inevitably find themselves tangled in the details of a complicated project as they struggle to see the big picture. At such times, it’s always good to get back to the basics.

In the artwork below, one of our artists has done just that. Taking four basic design principles as a guide, our artist created this beautiful scrapbook page:

My Sunshine

So, what are the design principles that work together to make this page so wonderful? We’re so glad you asked!

1. Pattern. Now, we’re not talking about incorporating our B&T Duos™ patterned paper here, though that does go a long way to make any project beautiful. 🙂 We’re talking about using repetition. In the page above, you can see a strong pattern of horizontal lines—the horizontal strips of paper above the photograph, the Cricut® banner underneath the title, the kraft paper behind the photo, and even the lines of corrugated metal in the photo itself! The possibilities for creating patterns through repetition are endless: Try repeating colors, shapes, and many other elements to create pattern.

2. Unity. Having all the different elements on a page work together is what makes the page look well thought out. Think of it like an orchestra: There are many different instruments, but they have to work in harmony to play something beautiful. One way to create this harmony is through color. Our artist used many warm tones on the page: Gold shimmer trim, Honey, Canary, and kraft cardstock, a strip of paper from the Brushed paper packet, a Canary stamped image–all these pieces tie in nicely with the color of the boy’s shirt in the photograph to create a sense of unity. Unity can be created a myriad of ways, so get creative! You’ll find it’s much easier than you think!

3. Variety. Though it’s important to create harmony, it’s also important to make each element unique—this is what makes the page have depth. An orchestra wouldn’t be an orchestra with just violinists! Start by determining what you’d like to unify your elements. Like we mentioned above, our artist used warm tones to create unity. Then, for variety, she used several different textures, shapes, sizes, etc. There is also variety in the cool colors used in the bottom half of the page versus the warm colors used in the top half. All of that further plays off the contrasting colors in the photo. Using a variety of products, from embellishments and twine to embossing folders and Cricut® cuts, also makes adding variety even easier!

4. Balance. This design principle is demonstrated in spades in the page above! Our artist decided to use symmetry as her primary means of creating balance, though there are other certainly other ways to create balance. Placing the photograph in the very center of the page, she then embellished all around it in a beautifully balanced way. Notice how the width of the “My Sunshine” title mirrors the width of the Canary, Cricut®-cut strip above the photograph. The symmetry of the page is not strict—those aqua dots are not lined up, people!—but the sense of balance persists in the way the elements offset each other on the page. You have to love how the gold shimmer trim and the Canary stamp in the top left part of the page balance the “July 2015” sentiment and the Glacier Extra Thick Twine bow in the bottom right.

Now that you’ve taken a few steps back to find your center, it’s time to return to your crafting space and tackle that tricky project. You can use these four basic design principles to help you through any crafting project, and before long, they will become second nature to you! Happy crafting!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ My Sunshine Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Basic
D1599 My Acrylix® Geek is Chic, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5764 Pear Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1275 Outdoor Denim Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1851 Scallop Border Punch, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
¾” Border <3> (p. 40)
1 ¼” Shift+Border <Vacation> (p. 67)

 

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