As any avid scrapper knows, crafting can be a great way to learn more about yourself and embrace all the things that make you special. Sharing this opportunity for self-discovery with the kids in your life is a great way to show them how much you care about them, while also introducing them to the joys of paper crafting and scrapbooking!
We’re excited to announce a new series of virtual events, specifically geared toward a younger audience. Introducing…CTMH Kids Crafts! These special virtual events will be hosted by Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s nine-year-old daughter, Maya. Kids will love crafting along with Maya as she shows them how to create fun, personalized projects, just for them!
During our first CTMH Kids Crafts event, Maya will take kids through each step of creating the fun Born to Shine album! With an adorable 4″ x 4″ mini album from the Story by Stacy™ collection and some too-cute Picture My Life™ pocket cards from the Summer Vibes collection, the Born to Shine album is a perfect starting point for any kid to begin their crafting journey!
This first CTMH Kids Crafts event is taking place on August 21, starting at 4:30 p.m. (MDT). If you are planning to create along with Maya, you will need a Born to Shine album kit, which comes with one 4″ x 4″ mini album, one pack of Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ pocket cards, 4″ x 4″ sheets of white cardstock, the exclusive My Acrylix® Born to Shine stamp set, and a 2″ x 3½” ¼” stamping block. Apart from this handy kit, all that you or your kids will need to complete the project are a paper trimmer, an ink pad, some adhesive, and a journaling pen!
This project can be a great way to introduce kids to stamping and crafting, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to introduce them to the art of memory keeping, as they’ll get to select their own photos and decide what stories they want to tell.
The Born to Shine album is simple and fun to create, with some minimal cutting. Since paper trimmers or scissors will be involved, we recommend that any child who participates be supervised by an adult. (Each page in the Born to Shine album is made from trimmed down pocket cards and 4″ x 4″ cardstock.)
Every one of the layouts in this album your kiddos will make with Maya include fun, positive sentiments from the stamp set specially designed to celebrate their best qualities. At Close To My Heart, we want every kid to realize that they are special, and we’re so excited to help them embrace the things that make them great!
Just a few days ago, Maya and Monica went live on Facebook and they eagerly shared more about this brand-new series of events and the Born to Shine album. Take a look!
The CTMH Kids Crafts: Born to Shine virtual event is free to attend (watch), and as Maya says, this project is great for “every kind of kid!” Even if your kids aren’t little anymore, you can still share this event with grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, or any other kid in your life! To make things even more exciting, we’ll be doing some fun giveaways during the live event, with tons of opportunities to win! In order to be eligible to win any of these prizes, make sure to mark yourself as “GOING” on the Close To My Heart (Official) Facebook events page. We can’t wait for you and your kiddos to join us for our inaugural CTMH Kids Crafts event and the many more to come!
Summer 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. 😉
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!
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!
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!)
We know what you’re thinking, with less than a week away from Christmas there’s no way we can convince you to start any more paper projects until well into January. But, we sure want to try! 😀
Children love making things with their hands. Creativity is an innate part of childhood. And, you love creating and making things, too—so why not share this passion and create something fun and festive together to add to your celebrations.
We came up with an idea to help you use up some of your paper stash while making valuable memories with the adorable little ones in your life.
A simple paper chain like this is a cinch to put together, making it the perfect project for this busiest of seasons. It’s also a great project for involving younger crafters, and keeping those tiny hands busy! Use whatever fun patterns and colors you or your co-crafters like, and display the finished product as a garland.
Make your garland any size and length you like, to fit your style and space. For ours, we made each link from 2″ x 9″ strips of paper. At first we used only an adhesive runner to keep the pieces together but as we started working with the thicker glitter papers, we realized that those pieces would need something extra if they were going to be links in our chain. So, we glued them first then added mini staples to make sure they stayed in place.
Mini staples, while securing the elements of your project, make for fun accents, too. We ended up adding extra staples to pieces that didn’t need them simply for the look.
The best part about crafting with children is not the project you are working on, but the moments you share with each other. That togetherness is especially wonderful during this time of year. Share your passion for creativity with the little hands in your life and turn that time into memories worth preserving.
The fun thing about mini albums (besides the fact that they are mini!) is that they’re so versatile—you can tackle all different sizes of jobs with them! Today, we want to share with you 10 reasons to make a mini album that maybe you haven’t thought of before.
1. Thank a Hostess
After someone throws you a party, a shower, or invites you over for dinner, create a mini album with pictures of the event and give it to the hostess as a unique thank you gift.
2. Watch Your Love Grow
Put your wedding picture in the front of a mini album. Then, snap a photo each anniversary and add it to your mini album. Years down the road, you’ll be able to see how much you both change with each year of renewed love and commitment.
3. Entertain Your Kiddos
Have young children or grandchildren? Create an interactive “Quiet Book” for them to play with when you’re at the doctor’s office, at church, or anywhere else where they need to be quiet. Our hook & look dots, which feature Velcro-like material, are perfect for creating shapes that can be removed and attached.
4. Give Some Lovin’ to Your Pet
Create a mini album to celebrate your furry friends (and other pets!). You’ll love looking back on the many memories your pets have shared with your family.
5. Create a Personalized Recipe Book
You make homemade food—so why not make a homemade recipe book? Use our Cricut® Artbooking collection to create tabbed dividers. This would be a fun gift for a bridal shower, high school graduation, or for sharing family favorites with neighbors and friends.
6. Get Inspired
Create a mini album filled with things that inspire you: pictures of beautiful places, your favorite patterns, inspiring quotes, photos of loved ones, dried flowers, etc. Use it for creative inspiration or simply for relaxing when you’re stressed.
7. Remember a Loved One
Create a memory book to honor a loved one who has passed away. In addition to the peace this album can bring, it will also help your children and grandchildren get to know their family members who passed away before they were old enough to remember.
8. Thank a Teacher or Coach
Create an end of year album with pictures from class activities, recitals, or games from the past year. Give it as a gift to those who mentor your children or grandchildren.
9. Capture Kids’ Silly Phases
When it comes to scrapbooking, it’s easy to focus on events—we went here and did this. Some of the things you don’t want to forget though are the quirky phases your kids or grandkids go through, like the phase when they insist on wearing their Spiderman costume everyday! Create a book dedicated to capturing what makes them unique each year of their lives, such as their height, likes, dislikes, words they mispronounce, interests, and other silly quirks.
10. Help Your College Student Remember Home
Create a mini album filled with pictures of family, pets, and your home for your college students to take with them to school. That way, they never really leave their family behind!
Which mini album do you want to create? Tell us in the comments below!
Also, most of the mini albums pictured in today’s post are available at a discount though our Flash Sale! Head on over to your Consultant’s online business address (OBA)! The discount is only good until 3:00 pm today or while supplies last!
CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle
CC1129 Mini Book Bundle (2-pack) Recipes
Thank a Hostess Mini Album
CC1136 My Creations™ Mini Album Bundle, C1625 My Acrylix® A Thousand Thanks, X7210B Calypso Paper Packet, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1956 Hip Pics Album, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Cricut® Artistry Collection
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.
We’ve personalized the cover of our album by printing the title on watercolor paper, adding stripes of color with our watercolor paints, and then backing it with a piece of Sangria paper. Thanks to the beautiful pattern printed directly on the cover, that’s all it takes for a fully-embellished look!
Adorable, right? Now take a peek inside!
This darling little gator shows you just how easy this project is. Using our My Acrylix® Animal Greetings stamp set, simply stamp an animal onto a circle of watercolor paper with the Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Color your stamped image with watercolor paints, and attach the circle to the page of your album. Next, print the critter’s name on watercolor paper, add a splash of watercolor paint, and attach below the circle. Then add some patterned paper near the spine of the book if you’d like, and you’re done! It’s that simple!
We know you’re eager to look through the entire book, so go ahead! Peruse these adorable pages by looking at this gallery:
This picture book is designed for young children who tend to get a bad case of the wiggles when you try to read them stories, but you could use this same idea to create all sorts of books for children of all ages! For more elaborate plots, try combining multiple stamp sets to fashion entire scenes. Then use our watercolor paints to bring these stories to life!
If you choose to try your hand at making this picture book, you will not only make a child in your life smile, but you will also be doing the same for another child somewhere else in the world. How? Well, when you purchase the My Acrylix® Animal Greetings stamp set, we donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that repairs cleft lips and palates for children all around the world. What a great way to touch the lives of many children at once!
So go ahead! Try your hand at making this picture book today. Not only will you help Operation Smile touch the lives of children, but you will also touch the lives of those children who read your handmade book. And who knows? You might just discover your inner writer!
Animal Picture Book
D1679 My Acrylix® Animal Greetings, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
We’re back with the final installment of the birthday series, and we’ve saved one of the most exciting parts for last—party favors!
Your favors are the finale for your party, the little piece that walks away with every guest. You want them to make a statement, but mostly you want them to be quick and easy!
Here we have a handful of ideas for favors that you can make quickly, but beautifully, with your Close To My Heart products. Have a blast experimenting with what favor is right for your party and then pick one to make!
Tuck your treat into a Designer Creations paper bag. Simply fold over the top and secure it with a mini staple, a mini clothespin, or a touch of adhesive, and you’ll have a secure package. Add a decorative touch with a Cricut® cut and a few of your favorite embellishments.
Enjoy the simplicity of a Cut Above™ treat bag kit. The kit comes with 10 different bags and all the necessary trimmings, so most of the work is already done for you; all you need to do is assemble it! You can personalize the bag with a few additional embellishments. Here we’ve switched things up by using the color-coordinated sticker from the kit as an accessory for the tag instead of its intended use as a candy topper.
Small or large, a Cricut® Artiste box is always a hit with friends and family! Wrap up a small treat in good style with a pillow box like this, or any of the other great boxes available on the cartridge. Decorate your little package to your liking until you’re sure you’ll delight your recipients. When cut from the Confetti Wishes papers, the boxes are already so cute you hardly need to add anything more!
We hope you enjoy planning every last detail of your birthday parties this coming year. If you have more ideas you wish to share with the rest of us, be sure to leave a comment below. Happy birthday-izing!
To You Pillow Box
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Cricut® Shapes: Art Philosophy
4″ Shift+Font Layer (p. 28)
Birthday Treat Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples
4U Paper Bag
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2059 Cut Above™ Birthday Treat Bag Kit, Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3028 Lovestruck Mini Clothespins
Onward we go with our birthday celebration this month—just because we can. (Hey, everyone needs a reason to celebrate in January!) We’ve discussed the important matter of capturing birthday memories in your scrapbook pages, so now we’ll delve into the other delights you’ll need for the day of the event. Today’s special: birthday cards!
Even after the cake is all gobbled up and the decorations torn down, a card can stick around for a long time. It can be a gift in itself, as deserving of a child’s attention as any of the others they open on their special day. Using some of the suggestions below you can really show your love by the thought and care you put into your cards.
The wacky Love Ya Silly stamp set is a definite crowd pleaser! These little fellas add a lot of personality. You can create all sorts of adorably hilarious scenes with them.
Tie your card together by repeatedly using the same color. Here we’ve used a piece of Topiary striped washi tape, Topiary mini chevron ribbon, a sheet of Topiary from the Paper Fundamentals Enchantment assortment, Topiary and Pear cardstock balloons, and a green epoxy Bubble as an eyeball. We’ve even added a touch of Topiary to the stamped sentiment using the super-trendy, eye-popping ombré stamping technique. Does your recipient have a favorite color? Use it!
Try daring color combos—this card features the same stamp in a wide variety of colors.
Also, try mixing and matching stamp sets for variety. Could you tell that this card uses three different sets? The trail of slime the monster left behind didn’t come from the Love Ya Silly set at all; it was actually done with the Brushstrokes set, the same set used to create the colorful background.
Have you got a little one that’s ecstatic over anything with an engine? Try a stamp set like this!
Paper-piece your stamped images to compose a complete image that really stands out. Use your markers to shade in some details and to highlight others to give your card dimension.
Use repetition to make an appealing pattern. Here we’ve repeated the number six in a visual triangle to create lovely aesthetics.
Think outside the box with your embellishments. Using your Close To My Heart products in a wide range of ways—even with paper packets outside of their family—will lend exciting variety to your projects!
Cards are the right way to send a special greeting on that all-important day of the year. Make yours irresistible birthday gifts all in themselves for the kiddies in your life. Is there a better way to pull out their birthday smiles?
4 ¼” x 5 ½” Monster Happy Birthday Card
B1419 My Acrylix® Joyful Birthday, B1470 My Acrylix® Love Ya Silly, D1522 My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Alphabet, D1635 My Acrylix® Assorted Edges, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2502 Enchantment Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z2501 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z1806 Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles, Z1929 Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon, Z2002 Topiary Striped Washi Tape, Z1767 Chalk Marker
4 ¼” x 5 ½” Love Your Face Card
B1419 My Acrylix® Joyful Birthday, B1470 My Acrylix® Love Ya Silly, C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Sending Birthday Wishes Card
C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, C1570 My Acrylix® Lifting Spirits, B1438 My Acrylix® Banner Wishes, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2468 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 7 Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Happy Birthday 6 Card
C1603 My Acrylix® A Bunch of Thanks, D1522 My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase, C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment, Z1806 Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (stamp set)
Ah, childhood birthdays. The stuff dreams are made of! Aside from the fatigued cheek muscles you exercised to make every last photo your best, your life was pretty good when birthdays were strictly about cake, ice cream, and presents.
And of course, you want the same joys for your kids. When it comes to birthdays, we, too, take too many pictures and want to get the decorations just right. We love them so much that we’re going to devote the entire month of January to the topic, and you are cordially invited to the celebration!
We adore birthdays for the fun opportunities they bring to dream up, create, and share exciting decorations and favors. We’ll be chatting about all that good stuff later in the month.
Today, however, we want to focus on a very unique opportunity a birthday lends a parent. A birthday is an excellent time to account for the changes that have accrued in your child’s life over those past 365 days. Here are some creative ideas on using birthdays to preserve the memory of your little ones while they are still little.
Can you think of a better paper fit for the birthdays you’ll celebrate this year than the festive Confetti Wishes paper packet? This paper packet is spot on for such celebrations and will coordinate with your photos perfectly.
This page uses some of our favorite Picture My Life™ cards in creative ways. The mini album in the top right corner is cleverly concealed until you take a closer look—isn’t that cool?
Have your child respond to the prompts on these Picture My Life cards in their own handwriting, then turn them into your scrapbooked artwork. What a keepsake for the both of you in years to come!
Use stamps, washi tape, and other embellishments to ornament the pages of your mini album. Use pieces that will help tell the story of your child’s year and current favorites. You could use their favorite colors, stamp sentiments that fit them just right, or even tidbits of their school projects.
Did you notice that not all the other cards on the page are from the Picture My Life line? That’s right, folks: many of these are handmade 3″ x 4″ cards, done with the simple punch of a corner rounder and decorated to contribute to the theme of the page. If you love the idea of creating your own Picture My Life cards, there are also dozens of adorable design options you can cut using the Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridge.
Here are some more ideas for documenting your child’s birthday with a little extra depth and personality:
• Have each guest at your child’s birthday party write a short note or memory about your child. Include these notes in a pocket on your child’s birthday page or use them to make a Picture My Life page.
• Have your child write a list of the presents they were given. Include a photo of your child with their presents as well as the thank-you cards they’ll be sending out.
• Create an extra birthday party invitation to include in your scrapbook.
• Take pictures of the cake, the food, and the decorations at your child’s birthday party. It may not seem like it now, but in a few years they will love looking back to remember the party theme!
Years from now, you and your kids will look back with delight at the memories you made and captured together. In the meantime, enjoy a slice of cake and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, B1464 My Acrylix® Puppy Party, D1630 My Acrylix® Curlicue Alphabet, B1465 My Acrylix® Glitter Glam, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, Z1944 Picture My Life™ Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Program, Z2018 Picture My Life™ Chalk It Up Scrapbooking Program, Z1945 Picture My Life™ Later Sk8r Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7189C Confetti Wishes Complements, Z2044 Confetti Wishes Assortment, X7184C Chalk It Up Complements, Z3010 Wanderful Assortment, Z1931 Honey Triangles Washi Tape, Z2004 Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, Z1932 Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z1912 Corner Rounder
Tonight is the night all of October has been leading up to! And for many of you, tonight’s plans probably include trick-or-treating. I have many fond memories from taking my children trick-or-treating when they were young. I remember cold Halloween nights, bundled up in my coat, holding tiny hands as we walked from house to house, knocking on doors and collecting candy. I can still see the warm smiles of the jack-o-lanterns glowing on the doorsteps and the soft light spilling from the windows, illuminating the faces of the little ghosts, princesses, and superheroes that walked by.
Seeing children dressed up in costumes is one of my favorite parts of Halloween. It’s so fun to watch them transform into the characters they’ve always dreamed of becoming. When my daughter Aubrey was a little girl, she absolutely adored dressing up as Snow White—and not just on Halloween! There was a time when it seemed she was Snow White more than she was Aubrey. Every day she put on her little yellow and blue dress with the puffy sleeves and became a princess. It was so wonderful to see how very much she enjoyed her own imagination.
Now that my children are grown, I find the same joy in seeing my grandchildren in Halloween costumes. The smiles seem to never leave their faces! Here are a couple cute photos of them, all dressed up for Halloween.
Aren’t they the cutest? These little faces melt my heart. I’m hoping their Halloween night is a special one.
Wherever you are in the world, whether you celebrate Halloween or are simply happy it’s Friday, I hope you have something special planned for tonight. I’d love to hear what you’re up to! Tell me in the comments, if you want to share.