A Keepsake to Last Through the Years

As 2017 comes to a close, we have a holiday treat designed to last you through the coming year and more!
Through the Year #ctmh #closetomyheart #throughtheyear #stamp #November #stampofthemonth #sotm #calendar #kit
This Through the Year customizable photo calendar comes wrapped together in a kit containing everything you need to make one of your very own!

Easy-to-follow instructions included in the kit will guide you in creating each of the 12 beautiful calendar pages you see below.

Calendars make great gifts, so in addition to making one for yourself, consider making a second one to give as a gift, or even giving the kit to someone you know who will love the chance to be crafty! Whatever you choose to do with this kit, you will not be disappointed with the result!

Take a closer look at some of the beautiful details you’ll add to your pages using the custom gold glitter die-cuts, glitter gems, Complements, and papers included in this unique kit.

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #throughtheyear #diy #calendar #kit #photocalendar #goldglitter #diecuts die-cuts #butterflies #butterfly #picture #perfect #spring

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #photocalendar #calendar #kit #season #spring #fall #autumn #gold #glitter #diecut #die-cut #happy #day #leaf #leafs #leaves #gems

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #photocalendar #calendar #kit #throughtheyear #die-cuts #diecuts #gold #glitter #Christmas #tree #pine #star

Our November Stamp of the Month, Through the Year, makes the perfect companion for this project, too.

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #throughtheyear #calendar #kit #stamp #numbers #dates #birthday #valentinesday #stars

If you didn’t get this limited-time stamp set last month, you can still get it by choosing the calendar kit that includes it! And, in case you did get the November Stamp of the Month, we also have this kit available without the stamp set.

What makes the Through the Year calendar extra special is that the pages are designed to be cut at the spiral binding and then put into Memory Protectors™ inside an album. This way, when you’re through with the calendar, the beautiful pages you’ve relied on through the year will last through the years to come!
Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #photocalendar #calendar #kit #throughtheyear #scrapbook #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #memory #keeping #keepsake #gift #present #Christmas #holiday #sweet #life #you #me #gold #glitter #die-cut #diecut
What a beautiful way to put some of your most favorite memories on display and later preserve them! Make one of these Through the Year calendars for yourself or as a gift this Christmas!


Recipe

Through the Year Calendar and Album
CC1344 Through the Year Calendar Kit, S1711 My Acrylix® Through the Year Stamp Set (comes included in CC1344S), Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5202 My Legacy™ D-ring Album—Brown, 4110 Memory Protectors™ Top Load 

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12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

In the true spirit of Christmas, today on the blog we are excited to share this darling 12 days of service advent calendar using our handy dandy Flip Flaps™!

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The “windows” are designed to flip open and reveal previously decided upon acts of service to perform for a family member, friend, or someone in your community during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. (If you need help coming up with ideas for these acts, check out the list we came up with last month in 15 Ways to Share a Smile).

12 Days of Service #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #advent #calendar #service #giving #Christmas #papercraft #paper #flipflaps #flipflap #flapping #scrapbooking #scrapping #layout

The Flip Flaps were attached to the 12″ x 12″ paper first then the acts of service were attached underneath them, covering the adhesive strip of the Flip flap. Each act of service is printed on paper the size of its corresponding Flip Flap, so it can remain under wraps until it’s time to reveal it.

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We kept it simple and made the little tags on each window using the smallest die from the basic tags Thin Cuts. They were stamped with a Splash of Color to add the subtle Pebble background behind the Cranberry numbers from the Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set. The finished tag was then attached to the outside of the Flip Flaps and topped off with a knotted piece of twine.

And, because this calendar was created in a 12″ x 12″ format, it can be transferred from its frame into a scrapbook once you’re done using it! Not only that, you’ve got built in spaces right inside those Flip Flaps to add photos of the activities you participated in, turning this Christmas service countdown into a beautiful scrapbook layout.
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But how is it that those Flip Flaps are still flapping even though they are inside Memory Protectors™? Simple! We just used a craft knife to cut sections of the protectors out! This part can get tricky, because you don’t want to accidently cut your artwork—so here’s how to do it:

First—put your page inside the Memory Protector.

Second—with a pen, mark the four corners of each Flip Flap (about 1/8″ bigger for  easy movement when cut).

Third—remove your layout from the Memory Protector.

Fourth—connect the dots with your knife, using enough pressure to cut the front of the protector but not the back. To play it safe, put some scrap paper in your protector while cutting.

Last—clean off any excess pen marks with your My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner.

Make your Christmas a little extra special this year with a service advent calendar! Promoting the true spirit of the season, make this cherished holiday tradition one of your own.


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Twelve Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
C1691 My Acrylix® Beary Christmas—Cardmaking Stamp Set, B1560 My Acrylix® Christmas Stamps Stamp Set, D1733 My Acrylix® Splash of Color Stamp Set, B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3216 White Twine, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3234 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 3″, Z3230 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 4″, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1” <font> “Twelve Days of”

 

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Tags, Cards, and Advent Calendars—Oh My!

Gift-giving is about more than just getting the perfect gift for someone. It’s about showing someone you care. That’s why we’re big fans of pairing gifts with handmade cards or tags—they show those you love that you took time to make their gift extra special.

We know the holiday season can get busy, so we’ve made handmade easy with our Cut Above™ card and tag kits. These kits require no measuring or cutting. You simply stamp on a holiday sentiment of your choice and then follow instructions for attaching the pieces together.

Christmas gift tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #Christmastag #diy

Of course, like any of our kits, you can also take the artwork in any direction you like! Here we typed a “punny” message to play off of our gift. We also added some grey stars and sparkles to personalize it even more!

Christmas gift tag #closetomyheart #ctmh #Christmastag #diy

And since our Art Studio is just brimming with creativity, they had a lot of fun creating this advent calendar using some leftover card and tag pieces.

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To create the calendar, the artists added the card and tag pieces to envelopes that were cut using our Cricut® Artbooking collection.

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Using our My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet stamp set, they added numbers to the gold foil accent pieces. Isn’t it amazing what some scraps of paper and a little creativity can create? This advent calendar really shows how truly beautiful the patterns, shapes, and textures of the Cut Above™ holiday kits are, but of course you could create it with any holiday paper scraps you have.

Make this holiday special by adding your own personal touch with our Cut Above™ holiday card and tag kits. We know you’ll love giving something handmade!

Recipes

Soda Gift Tag
D1701 My Acrylix® Plan On It Stamp Set, Z4025 Cut Above™ ‘Tis the Season Tag Kit, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Advent Calendar
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet Stamp Set, Z4018 Cut Above™ ‘Tis the Season Card Kit (qty. 2), Z4025 ‘Tis the Season Tag Kit, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Hole Punch, Cork Board

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
6″ Shift+Photo Mat 2 (cut 12, p. 43)
6″ Shift+Photo Mat 2 (cut 12, p. 44)

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You’ll Love This Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar!

The timeless love sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning has inspired countless thousands of people to “count the ways” they love one another for over a century now. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve come up with an irresistibly cute project to help you count the days! Take a look:Create this fun Valentine's Day Advent Calendar! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #calendar #countdown #Vday #ValentinesDay

Didn’t we tell you it was the cutest? 🙂 And it’s amazingly simple, too. Starting with our Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard, we added a big heart cut from the Charlotte paper packet. Next, we cut 14 adorable envelopes from a variety of cardstocks and glitter papers with our Cricut® Artiste collection. Have a look:Create this fun Valentine's Day Advent Calendar! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #calendar #countdown #Vday #ValentinesDay

After cutting them out, you’ll need to fold your envelopes. Use a bone folder to get deep creases so the flaps will stay in place—no adhesive required! Then attach a set of hook & loop dots to each envelope. These Velcro-like dots make opening and closing the envelopes a cinch!

Now for the fun part: decorating and filling the envelopes! We attached a heart to every envelope and attached a number on top. Feel free to embellish your envelopes to your “heart’s” content!

What will you put in your envelopes? A note with something you love about your significant other? A little piece of candy? A picture of a favorite memory? An act of love you’d like to complete that day? Whatever you choose, it’ll get you and everyone else at your house even more excited for the big day!

Make your own heart-filled advent calendar, so you can count the ways AND the days this Valentine’s!

Recipe

Happy Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar
X7025B Charlotte Paper Packet, 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1805 Hook & Loop Dots, 1772 Memory Book Glue Dots, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Chalk

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1″ Shift <Heart1> (cut 14, p. 26)
11 ½” Shift <Heart1> (p. 26)

Artiste
2 ¼” Shift+Card <Z> (cut 14, p. 61)
½” <font> “1234567891011121314”

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.

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3 Handmade Gifts from the Heart

Handmade gifts, crafted with tender love and care, can be the most meaningful gifts to give—you can customize them specifically for the individuals you are giving them to, while also adding unique touches that can only come from you. With some time to spare before Christmas, make your loved ones something that’s one of a kind—just like them! We’ve got three amazing gift ideas you can try out this holiday season. You’ll definitely want to check this list twice!

1. Masculine Shadow Box

Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeWe sure love feminine artwork (the hearts, the flowers, THE GLITTER!), but papercrafting can certainly cater to the men in your life, too! And is it just us, or are they also some of the hardest people to shop for? Look at this shadow box that’s “reel” perfect for your husband, father, son, or brother to hang in their favorite space. ☺Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeThe Urban paper packet and its coordinating Complements make “masculine” papercrafting a breeze. If your guy is the outdoorsy type, try using fun accents, like this deer head, from the Cricut® Artistry collection.

2. Calendar

Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeWith a new year right around the corner, Christmas is the perfect time to give someone a handmade calendar—and everyone needs a calendar, right? Our My Creations™ calendar gives you the chance to create a gift that is useful, personalized, and absolutely stunning!

In our example above, we filled the top section with a beautiful quote (stamped with the My Acrylix® Handwritten Print stamp set), and surrounded it with some beautiful stamped flowers. You could also fill this 12″ x 12″ space with photos, papers, embellishments, and any artistic decorations you want in order to give a gift with a truly personal touch. Stamping definitely comes in handy when filling out the calendar portion, both for creating monthly titles and for stamping the numbers in the boxes. That’s what’s great about this calendar—it’s a blank canvas, and you’re the artist extraordinaire!

3. Monogram Stationery

Give your loved ones a handmade gift from the heart this Christmas! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Christmas #gifts #handmadeWe all know someone—a mother, grandmother, or friend—who doesn’t need a special occasion to send thoughtful letters to others. Wouldn’t this person love to have beautiful personalized stationery to do just that? With some simple stamping, gold glitter paper, and our My Creations™ journaling cards box, you can create a beautiful stash of stationary for the letter writer in your life.

Which gift idea are you most excited about? Tell us below! Your loved ones deserve the best, so turn on the Christmas music, and put on your Santa hat: It’s time to become a crafting elf!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ You Are A Great Catch Shadow Box
Reflections: Main Frame—Tied Together™
C1584 My Acrylix® Feathers, B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, X7204B Urban Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5642 Cocoa Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7204C Urban Complements, Z3164 Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1″ Shift “Great Catch”
3½”Shift+Icon-1 (p. 45)
3¼” (p. 45)
3¼” Shift (p. 45)

April Calendar Spread
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, D1663 My Acrylix® Floral Banners, D1665 My Acrylix® Blossoming Expressions, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2505 Enchantment Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z3184 My Creations™ Calendar, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green

Monogram Stationery
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet, D1636 My Acrylix® I Do, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z1953 My Creations™ Journaling Cards Box, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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.

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