Feeling Heart Happy After Valentine’s Day with a Free Mini Album How-to Guide

It’s been a week since Valentine’s Day. Some of us celebrated with chocolates, flowers, dinners out, or even a sweet new color wheel ( 😉 ). Now what? There’s still some February leftover. Well, just because it’s no longer Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate what everyday life has to offer—that is why we are sharing instructions as a free download to create an Everyday Life™ sized album that does just that!

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Download your free Heart Happy Everyday Life™ album instructions, here.

Pretty much all of us are equipped to take photos wherever we go, of whatever we want, and whenever we feel like it. As a result, so many of life’s special moments end up stored in a “cloud” somewhere, rarely visited or seen again. Raise your hand if you’ve taken an indefinite number of photos of your cute children, grandchildren, fur babies, or even your food. What do you do with all of these photos? Are they still sitting in your phone? As one of our Consultants so eloquently put it, “don’t let your kids grow up as JPEGs!”

Our message to you today is simple: review the photos that you’ve taken and print them off! Don’t have a place to put them? Use the layouts in this Everyday Life™ album to get started and store your photos along with any stories that go with them.

Photos evoke emotions, capture moods, and remind us of things we long to hold on to. By putting our photos in an album, not only do you get to revisit these feelings, but then we get to share them with others and even allow them to have their own emotional responses. What does that mean? Simply put, it’s important to create albums for your family members and friends to look through. People love seeing pictures of themselves! (You know it’s true!) Children, especially. Create a place for the people you love to look at photos that you love, of whatever you love, through beautiful album pages that share your everyday journey.

Our Heart Happy Everyday Life™ album workshop is a great place to get started, and it will truly make your heart happy. If you’d like to make your very own Heart Happy album, we have a few different bundles of product offered at a reduced price to help you get going. Click on the links below to see which best fits your needs:

My Acrylix® A Piece of My Heart Stamp Set
Heart Happy Sticker Sheet
Heart Happy Paper Packet
Heart Happy Coordinating Cardstock
Heart Happy Everyday Life™ Workshop Kit
Heart Happy Everyday Life™ Workshop Kit without Stamp Set

One of the great things about the contents of this kit are the versatile words, icons, and shapes found throughout its stamp set, patterned papers, and stickers. Last month, we showed you these very same products used to create some really fun Valentine’s Day cards (click here to download those card instructions). Above, we showed you an album to showcase the everyday moments. Now, we want to show you even more!

Take a look at this 12″ x 12″ layout we came up with using the same stamp set and Heart Happy paper packet combined with a few other products:

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(Love never looked so tasty! 🙂 )

We hope today’s post inspires you to do something with all of those memories that you are storing up. Print your photos, write your stories, and create something with them to celebrate the way life looks today. Take the time to make your heart happy!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Yum Yum Layout
CC2191 My Acrylix® A Piece of My Heart Stamp Set, CC2193 Heart Happy Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X9003 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6005 Goldrush Cardstock, X6007 Lagoon Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6503 Mint Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7242C I Heart Us Complements, X7241C So Much Happy Complements, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, X7242E Picture My Life™ Cards—I Heart Us, X7241E Picture My Life™ Cards—So Much Happy, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3225 Waterbrush—Medium Round, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Sewing Machine

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A New Cardmaking Workshop and Embossing Folder Technique Video!

New Cardmaking Workshop with Embossing Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhloveblossoms #cardmaking #cardmakingworkshop #diycards #handmadecards #embossingfolder #embossingtechnique

Calling all card makers—we have a new cardmaking workshop available! Complete with photos, paper cutting diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions, the Love Blossoms cardmaking workshop is a must-try. The best part, it doesn’t matter if you have years of experience or are new to the craft of cardmaking, your end results WILL. BE. STUNNING.

In this workshop, you create a set of 12 cards, four each of three designs, with the exclusive My Acrylix® Love Blossoms stamp set. As you can see above, you will use the same stamps, patterns, and instructions in a monochromatic scheme, resulting in 12 unique cards.

Download your free guide, here, and get started!

This workshop also features embossing techniques using our new Swiss Dot embossing folder . There is one part in the instructions when using this embossing folder could get tricky, so we prepared a short video to walk you through it!

Now that you’ve got your workshop guide and a few tips for using the Swiss Dot embossing folder, you are just about ready to take on this workshop! What else could you possibly want? How about a 20% discount on product that you’ll need to complete these cards? We’ve put together a kit that includes the exclusive Love Blossoms stamp set, all of the necessary cardstock, mini ink pads, embellishing thread, and card bases and envelopes to make this workshop even easier for you to do!

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Love Blossoms Cardmaking Workshop Kit (CC21912)

 

Depending on your needs, we have a few other options available, too. Click on the links below to see which one is your best fit:

Love Blossoms Stamp Set
Love Blossoms Base Kit (cardstock, card bases and envelopes, and embellishing thread only)

The Love Blossoms stamp set and discounted workshop kits will not be available forever. You have until March 31, while supplies last, to get your hands on these exclusive stamps and product bundles. Whether you’re new to cardmaking or have been doing it for years, this is a workshop you don’t want to pass up! What better way is there to express love and appreciation than with a handmade card? Download your free guide and let your love blossom!

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Get Papercrafty and Frame It Up!

Happy National Papercrafting Month, everyone! It’s that time of year where we have the perfect excuse to celebrate all things paper and we absolutely loooove what we’ve got for you and your friends to celebrate right along with us. Crafters of all kinds can join in and start the new year full of creative possibilities with our Frame It Up special!

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This special features the beautiful Magnolia Frame Kit, designed to create customizable décor for your home, office, or any other space you’d like to brighten up.

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Each kit comes with a 16″ x 16″ chipboard frame and backing, one double sided frame overlay that lets you choose what kind of finish you want for your frame, two decorative words, die-cut flowers, leaves, and rose gold foil accents. Use the included step-by-step instructions to get the basic frame and flowers assembled, and then let your creativity guide you through designing the rest!

 

 

There are so many different ways to use this versatile frame that you are sure to want more than one, which is precisely why you get 15% off each kit when you buy two, or 30% off when you buy three or more!

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And, because it’s a new year and we think everyone should have at least one of these gorgeous frames, we are giving away FIVE Magnolia Frame Kits right here, on our blog! You have 24 hours, that’s until 4 pm (MST) tomorrow (January 9), to leave us a comment below telling us how or where you would use this frame and become a subscriber, if you aren’t already.

National Papercrafting Day is coming up, fast. Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every January, this year it falls on January 26. Get together with your friends and celebrate by crafting your new Magnolia Frame!

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Sharing the Memory Keeping Vision

True North Workshop #ctmh #closetomyheart #TrueNorth #TrueNorthWorkshop #CelebrateCanada #Canada #fall #autumn #hockey #icehockeyWe love October at Close To My Heart, not only because of the beautiful weather changes and the fun holidays it contains, but also because it is the month that we celebrate our Canadian friends and our shared vision.

It was in October of 2003 that excited new Close To My Heart Consultants began holding the first-ever Canadian Home Gatherings where the art of memory keeping was shared and taught.

To celebrate this momentous 15-year anniversary with all of our cardmaking and scrapbooking friends, we’ve designed not one, but TWO exclusive stamp sets and workshop kits!

As you can see, both stamp sets illustrate a few of our favorite Canadianisms, but are so versatile that you don’t have to be Canadian to like them!

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The True North workshop kit comes with materials to make two 2-page scrapbook layouts, one stand-alone scrapbook page, and four cards. Follow the instructions to create the artwork exactly as seen here or use the included tips and techniques to change them up and make them all your own. (There is no wrong way to use these tools if they are preserving your memories!)

Are you the outdoorsy, camping, hunting, fishing, wilderness type? Perhaps you are the “memory keeper” of someone who is. Either way, the Great Outdoors stamp set and workshop were designed exactly with you in mind!

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The beautiful, intricate details used to create each of the animal designs as well as the deliberate compass and arrow are a must have in any adventurous spirit’s crafting collection!

Celebrate this joyful Canadian anniversary with us and share the true art of memory keeping with those around you!

If you need help getting started, find a consultant in your area by visiting our website, clicking on the What We Do tab and selecting Find a Consultant.

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FREE More Magical Scrapbook Pattern!

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Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary day, we give you a fairy tale that looks like a free scrapbook pattern!

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This timeless pattern made its original debut years ago with our You Rock collection. Without the need of any pixie dust, the instructions have been revamped so they can be used with any papers and for any occasion!

We created a truly enchanting spread by pairing this pattern with the More Magical paper packet, coordinating cardstock, and stamp set. Our current More Magical workshop kit makes 4 coordinating two-page layouts to preserve all of your magical adventures. Download the pattern and cutting diagrams below and use them to make a fifth coordinating layout to add to your album!

 

Download Pattern

 

As usual, we encourage you to make this, and any, pattern your own by being flexible with its parts. Take a close look at our completed layout for some examples. Instead of using a small photo at the top of 2D, we filled the space with a stamp. Then, we added another 4 x 4 photo to the layout by splitting it down the middle and attaching half of it on each page to complete the row of photos across the top.

And don’t forget about those pocket cards that are part of the paper packet! Use them whole, cut up, or even torn to incorporate additional patterns, sentiments, and accents. Adding a pocket card with a lighter design to a page made up of darker patterns is also an easy way to create space for stamping.

 

No matter where your happiest place on earth is, take advantage of the bright patterns and motifs available in the More Magical collection and use them to preserve all of your fairy tale adventures. Remember, this collection is only available through the end of the month while supplies last, so make sure to grab yours while you still can!

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For even more timeless scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern books! If you love the free scrapbook patterns we share on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the patterns and inspirational artwork in all of our how-to books.

 

 

 


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Dreams Come True Layout
CC8183 My Acrylix® Dreams Stamp Set, CC8181 More Magical Paper Packet, CC8182 More Magical Coordinating Cardstock, Z6505 Carolina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z4194 White & Gold Skinny Ribbon, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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More Magical

Bring Back My Pack #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #ctmhmoremagical #moremagical #ctmhbringbackmypack #bringbackmypack #magical #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cardmaking #WaltDisney #disney #amusementpark #park #inspire #fairytale #enchant #enchantment #magical #scrapbookingkit #inspire #dream #create #lovethis #dreamscancometrue

Once upon a time, in the not-so-faraway kingdom of Close To My Heart, there were some talented fairies diligently working on paper and stamp designs sure to enchant anyone who set eyes on them. Like a fairy tale come to life, they brought back a beautiful paper packet once beloved by all. With a few color updates, the results were a More Magical paper packet, the My Acrylix® Dream stamp set, and a workshop kit to help preserve all of your magical adventures!

The More Magical Workshop kit includes the More Magical paper packet and a selection of other products, which you can use to create four coordinating two-page scrapbook layouts and eight cards! (Download instructions to turn these crafting products into beautiful artwork right on your Consultant’s website!)

But just like your fairy godmother’s best efforts, this magic won’t last forever. Get all of your More Magical products, suited for all-purpose crafting, before the spell ends on September 30! May your memories live happily ever after with this charming collection! 😀

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Cardmaking & Scrapbooking with Here’s to You

Here's to You #cmth #closetomyheart #ctmhhere'stoyou #here'stoyou #sale #campaign #constantcampaign #monthlyspecial #special #Junespecial #Julyspecial #cardmaking #scrapbooking

We are celebrating life’s special occasions with the Here’s to You special! Featuring four exclusive stamp sets and a workshop designed for making elegant cards and layouts, this special is the perfect way to get prepared for the happy events coming up on your calendar!

Exclusive Stamp Sets:

Not only are the sentiments on these stamp sets a must-have for celebrating relationships, but each set also coordinates with a shape from the Cricut® Artistry collection, giving you an easy way to add dimension and extra detail to your projects!

Workshop kit options:

We have two workshop kits available—one with a rose embossing folder and one without. Both kits include the four exclusive stamp sets and additional materials at a discounted price to create one 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page and seven standard size cards that can be used to celebrate friendships, anniversaries, weddings, and many other occasions.

Completed projects:

The designed workshop projects feature shapes cut with the Cricut® Artistry Collection. To keep things easy, we’ve compiled the necessary Cricut® shapes to complete the workshop as a project file in Cricut Design Space™, Here’s to You Workshop (https://design.cricut.com/#/design/95920516). (If you don’t have a digital machine, specific Cricut® cut information is also provided in the included instructions.)

Celebrate life’s special occasions with us and don’t miss out on this special offer! Only available through the end of August, while supplies last, get your cardmaking and scrapbooking in motion to commemorate the moments that matter most.

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Stampaganza 2018!

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We did it again! Stampaganza is back! For every two stamp sets you purchase at full retail price during the month of July you get a third of equal or lesser value FREE! Any of our current stamp sets found in our Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs are up for grabs. AND, to make things even more exciting, we brought back our popular alphabet and number Solos stamp sets just for this sale!

 

Celebrate this Stampaganza with us as we highlight some of the Solos sets in a fun summer album, below!

 

Features: Solos “a”, Solos “e”, Solos “h”, Solos “i”, Solos “l”, Solos “y”

 

These first two pages are the title and subject introduction of this album, where we get invited into a little girl’s “marvelous summer” adventures. In the pages that follow, we recount 10 of Ali’s favorite summer memories doing all of our stamping using only the number and alphabet Solos. Can you spot your favorite?

 

Features: Solos “1”, Solos “2”, Solos “e”, Solos “i”, Solos “m”, Solos “p”, Solos “s”, Solos “w”

 

 

Features:  Solos “3”, Solos “4”, Solos “b”, Solos “c”, Solos “e”, Solos “g”, Solos “i”, Solos “k”, Solos “n”, Solos “o”

 

 

Features: Solos “5”, Solos “6”, Solos “a”, Solos “c”, Solos “e”, Solos “f”, Solos “i”, Solos “k”, Solos “m”, Solos “r”, Solos “s”, Solos “t”

 

 

Features: Solos “7”, Solos “8”, Solos “a”, Solos “d”, Solos “e”, Solos “g”, Solos “m”, Solos “r”

 

 

Features: Solos “0”, Solos “1”Solos “2”, Solos “9”, Solos “a”, Solos “c”, Solos “f”, Solos “l”, Solos “r”, Solos “t”

 

Just remember, these stamp sets are only back until the end of July, so make sure to snatch up your favorites before they are gone! (You really can’t ever have too many fonts 😉 )

Which stamp set is calling your name this Stampaganza? Tell us in the comments below!

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Fun with Ribbon

It’s a new month and with it we have a spectrum of colorful goodies at our crafting disposal! Just for the month of June, we’ve put together custom color coordinated cardstock bundles, are offering individual spools of ribbon from our Fundamentals collections, discounted select accessories, and even created a brand new stamp set, the My Acrylix® Be a Rainbow. For complete details, visit our Create the Rainbow page here.

There are so many different ways to use ribbon in crafting. We put together a few fun samples of projects featuring several of the ribbons included in our Create the Rainbow special to get those creative wheels turning, if they aren’t already 🙂 . Take a look and then share with us, in the comments below, how you are using ribbon in your crafts.

Ribbons make perfect little pennant banners

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Fun with Ribbon #ctmh #closetomyheart #cthmcreatetherainbow #createtherainbow #ribbon #funwithribbon #craftingwithribbon #ribboncrafts #ribbonbanner #pennantbanner #cardbanner #cardmakingFun with Ribbon #ctmh #closetomyheart #cthmcreatetherainbow #createtherainbow #ribbon #funwithribbon #craftingwithribbon #ribboncrafts #ribbonbanner #pennantbanner #cardbanner #cardmaking

These little banners are easy, cute, and can dress up all sorts of celebrations. Simply double up the ribbon around a piece of twine, adhere with a glue dot, and dovetail the ends!

Embellish other embellishments

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Add ribbons to clips and other embellishments. This can be a great way to tie metallic embellishments into the color palette of your projects! (These cute clips, and others, are part of our Create the Rainbow sale, so get them while they’re hot!)

Use your imagination!

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How fun are these fishies? To create them, we wove two different colors of shimmery ribbon around a square of cardstock—even their eyes are fashioned from our adhesive Black & White Dots (also part of our Create the Rainbow sale) !

If you’re getting crafty with ribbon, tell us all about it below! We’d love to hear where your creativity is taking you!


Recipes

Cake Banner
CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, CC61813 Pansy Shimmer Ribbon, Z3216 White Twine, 8″ Skewers

4¼” x 5½” Many Beautiful Reasons Card
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, Z3216 White Twine, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

12″ x 12″ Happy Place Layout
D1780 My Acrylix® Aloha Spirit Stamp Set, D1774 My Acrylix® Build-a-Picnic Stamp Set, D1784 My Acrylix® Colorful Texture Stamp Set, D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, D1725 My Acrylix® For All Seasons Stamp Set, D1786 My Acrylix® Quotable Words Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61811 Juniper TwineZ3189White & Gold Ribbon, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z3379 Gold Arrow Clips, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Wonders Page
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, CC61813 Pansy Shimmer Ribbon, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1½”, 2″, 2½” Shift + Background <Succelnt> (p. 40, #MD71FB0)

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