Exploring the 2022–2023 Core Products Catalog—We’ve Got You Covered

It’s official! We’ve just released a new Core Products catalog full of beautiful products that we are eager to share! This catalog includes a wide variety of new embellishments, stamps, Thin Cuts, and six new paper collections to facilitate endless crafting fun!

To help you dive right into the wealth of new creative possibilities this catalog has to offer, we’ll be taking a look at some of the incredible embellishments and stamps that came together to create our beautiful Core Products catalog cover!

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To start off, we want to put a spotlight on our new color of the year, Melon! This gorgeous orange-pink hue is available in cardstock, ink pads, re-inkers, sequins, pearls, dots, adhesive-backed flowers, ribbon, shimmer brushes, shimmer trim, and glitter paper; many of these new products can be seen in the collection of clusters that form the decoration of the Core Products catalog cover.

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Another standout feature present in force on this catalog cover is the selection of seasonal papers from our Four Seasons paper suites, along with our Celebrating You and Flower Shoppe collections. These fun patterns add variety in textures and provide pops of color throughout the page. Our Four Seasons collections have everything from springy florals to crisp winter accents and each collection makes a stunning addition to any project. With the Flower Shoppe collection, you can bring a delicate touch to all kinds of accents, while Celebrating You is the perfect way to add celebratory flair to cards, scrapbook pages, and other papercrafts!

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Our Four Seasons papers are available in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter collections for year-round crafting, and each of the exclusive paper collections included in our 2022–2023 Core Products catalog include their very own coordinating sticker sheets and coordinating cardstock packs, making it even easier to add your favorite patterns, images, and colors from these collections to your creations!

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For even more floral fun on this cover, we’ve also incorporated some stamped blossoms, specifically from the Smell the Flowers and Chasing Sunshine Stamp + Thin Cuts sets!

These classic flowers coordinate seamlessly with the aforementioned Four Seasons—Spring and —Summer collections, but they also work great to create beautiful embellishment bouquets independent of those papers! For the flowers featured here, we’ve chosen to embellish a few of them further with glitter glue accents for additional pop and shine. This element is a game-changer and really elevates the overall appearance of the artwork.

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Looking for even more bright spots in this cover artwork? Look no further than our bouquet of Rainbow Acrylic Flowers! These vibrant acrylic blossoms are available in a variety of sizes, and of course, a whole spectrum of colors!

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Along with our Rainbow option, these floral shapes are also available in black paperboard, white acrylic, and wood grain paperboard! If you’re looking for embellishments beyond flowers, you’ll love our new selection of alphabets letters, numbers, hearts, stars, arrows, brackets, and buttons, all of which are also available in these same materials!

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Adding to our garden motif is a variety of die-cuts created with our Butterfly Layers and Sprigs & Leaves Thin Cuts sets. With a handful of fresh leaves and a kaleidoscope of beautiful butterfly die-cuts, this cover art piece practically springs to life right before our eyes!

These Thin Cuts are a delight to use and coordinate beautifully with not only our Four Seasons—Spring and —Summer paper collections, but our Flower Shoppe paper collection as well!

These are just a few of the elements that make the 2022–2023 Core Products Catalog unforgettable, and we hope this post has given you some ideas of how you can maximize your use of the new products available in this incredible catalog!

What’s your favorite new product in this catalog? Let us know in the comments below!


Recipe:

2022–2023 Core Products Catalog Cover
Z4671 The Merriest Season Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z4670 Autumn Air Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z4668 Smell the Flowers Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z4669 Chasing Sunshine Stamp + Thin Cuts, X8032S Celebrating You Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8033S Flower Shoppe Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8034S Four Seasons—Spring Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8035S Four Seasons –Summer Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8036S Four Seasons—Autumn Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X8037S Four Seasons—Winter Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6036 Ballerina Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6065 Melon Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6523 Avocado Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6528 Capri Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6520 Flamingo Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6535 Melon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6510 Nectarine Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4654 Springs & Leaves Thin Cuts, Z4653 Butterfly Layers Thin Cuts, Z4641 All-purpose Tags Thin Cuts, Z3943 Circles Thin Cuts, Z4636 Scalloped Circle Frame Thin Cuts, Z4620 Small Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4617 Stitched Heart Thin Cuts, Z4569 Small Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z1513 White Gel Pens, Z3563 Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z6040 Woodgrain Die-cut Arrows, Z6035 White Acrylic Flowers, Z6033 Rainbow Acrylic Flowers, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4632 Orange & Yellow Dots, Z4626 Red Dots, Z8025 Melon Ribbon, Z4644 Melon Loose Sequins, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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3 Ideas for Scrapbook Cover Pages

Every scrapbook album needs a front cover page and a back cover page…but sometimes it’s hard to know how to summarize your album! After all, you only have two pages, one at the front and one at the back, to explain what the entire album holds!

If cover pages have you stumped, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! 😉 Here are three fail-proof ideas for creating amazing cover pages!

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Attach a large shape to the center of your base page. Then position your title and photos over this shape. Even if you have multiple photos (we have five here!), your page will still feel like a cover page because the large shape in the background creates a central focus. Pretty neat trick, right? 🙂

Easy As 1-2-3!

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Simply attach three photos horizontally across the center of your page. Then add your title directly above or below these photos. Three is the key here! It’s a balanced number that draws the eye in.

Keep It Simple, Silly!

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When all else fails, find a photo that sums up your album, and center it on your page along with a prominent title.

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One fun spin on this approach is to center your photo but then place the title on the left side of your page, either vertically or horizontally!

Overall, the secret to creating a strong cover page is to draw the eye in to a central point with your pictures and title. If you keep that in mind, then you’re off to a great start!

And while you’re working on your cover pages, be sure to grab some albums because they’re on a great sale! For the month of June, you can buy one album and then get a second one at half price!

What album are you currently working on? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂


Recipes

12″ x 12″ The Woods Page
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, D1702 My Acrylix® Capture This Stamp Set, X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7221C Prickly Pear Complements, Z3324 Prickly Pear Sequins, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 1/4″ <font> “Woods”

12″ x 12″ Let’s Go Back Page
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X7221C Prickly Pear Complements, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1″ <font> “Let’s Back”

12″ x 12″ Dallin & Sarah Page
X7221 Prickly Pear Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, X7221C Prickly Pear Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Thread

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Artistry
1 1/4″ <font> “Dallin & Sarah 2017”

12″ x 12″ Hello World Page
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, X7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, X7221C Prickly Pear Complements, Z3257 Thin Cuts—Love, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, and 1 3/4″ Icon-1 <k> (cut 5 of each, p. 28)
1 1/2″ <font> “Class of 2017”

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From Our Garden to Yours

When you see them on the cover of Seasonal Expressions 2 you will immediately fall in love. They have yet to sprout in your garden, but they can be popping up all over your craft room. Oh, the sweet, sweet flavor of STRAWBERRIES!

Seasonal Expressions 2 Strawberries

If you’ve got a green thumb and want the secrets of our papercrafted berry bliss, read on to satisfy your craving with these simple instructions:

1. Cut out the pieces.
Our adorable Paper Fundamentals make a great start for this project. The UV-coated patterns add a lifelike glossy sheen to the finished berries, making them look like they’ve just been picked from your strawberry patch.

The shapes are simple to cut and assemble using our Cricut® cartridges. For all the specifics, see the handy recipe below. We started with the strawberry box and topper from the Artiste cartridge, and then added a little extra greenery from the Art Philosophy cartridge to complete our fresh-off-the-vine look.

2. Ink the edges.
Our white-core cardstock is just the look we want . . . most of the time. In this case, we want nothing but bright, red juiciness. Ink up those edges with a color that matches your paper of choice. Here we’ve capitalized on Cranberry with a sponge dauber. We’ve also taken our Topiary leaves to the next level with some inking on the edges—it’s more magical than Miracle-Gro®!

Strawberry

3. Fold the panels.
You’ll find in your Cricut® Artiste carrying case some handy assembly instructions to guide you as you put together many of our Artiste projects. Our strawberries are found on page 53.

Fold along the helpful tic marks to make individual panels. There’s no need to score beforehand—in fact, doing so would take away from the curvaceous shape of the fruit. Steer clear of sharp creases.

Strawberry

4. Assemble the strawberries.
To construct that succulent strawberry shape, first secure the side tab with Glue Dots™ to create the “point” of the berry. Once that’s in place, pull up all other panels one by one, rounding rather than folding over, and secure on top with Glue Dots™.

Strawberry

5. Ink the remaining white space.
There’s that white core again, peeking through your tic marks! Take an inky sponge dauber to those remaining white spaces to make this berry extra convincing.

6. Assemble leafy top and attach.
Shape some of your inked leaves by hand to give them dimension, then layer them on top of each other to your liking, attaching with Glue Dots™. Attach your blossom (a beautiful touch, don’t you think?) to your leaf cluster, then attach the entire topper to your little red beauty with (yep, you got it) Glue Dots™.

Strawberry with topper

Ta-da! There you have a summertime favorite so realistic it’ll make mouths water. If these aren’t a sweet idea, we don’t know what is.

Enjoy your harvest!

Recipe
Basket of Cricut® Strawberries
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
½”and ¾” Shift+Accent 2 ‹R› (cut several, p. 44)
1½”, 2″, and 2½” 3D Object ‹VlntnDay› (cut several, p. 72)
1¼”, 1½”, and 2″ Shift+3D Object ‹Valentne› (cut several, p. 72)
¾” and 1″ Shift+Accent 3 ‹F› (cut several, p. 54)

Art Philosophy
1″, 1¼”, and 1½” Shift+‹Leaf4› (cut several, p. 56)

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Close To My Heart’s Cover Boy

In only a few short days, Seasonal Expressions 1 will go live to the public! You’re going to love what this idea book has to offer. It’s chock-full of fresh products and inspiration that are a whole lot of fun. We’re excited to see what you create!

As a special treat to celebrate this upcoming release, we asked Chief Communications Officer Monica Wihongi to share the story behind the Seasonal Expressions 1 cover photo—it’s a behind-the-scenes glance with a sweet little twist!

As many of you may already know, my son Jonah is the cover model on Seasonal Expressions 1. We had been planning on using Jonah as the cover model for a while, but when the day finally came to bring him to the photo shoot, he was being less than enthusiastic about the whole thing. We pulled up to the model home and rushed upstairs to change him into his dress clothes. After we were inside the house, his attitude improved a little because of how much he loved the beautiful model home. (Let’s be honest, everyone loved it!)

But he was still acting a little reluctant, so before we went back downstairs, I told him if he did his best during the photo shoot, I would buy him any treat he wanted. He was suddenly much more enthusiastic! After we finished the shoot, he said, “Mom! I figured out what I want for my treat!” “What?” I said, expecting him to say something like ice cream or a candy bar. “I want this house!” he said.

A house?! Where does he come up with this stuff? I didn’t want to dash his dreams, but a house?! I decided to play it cool, so I said, “Why don’t we just get you ice cream or something?” “Ok!” he said, and then we hopped in the car. Phew! That was easy. I drove home grateful that a successful photo shoot was something I could buy at the price of an ice cream cone.

But what I loved the most about the whole experience is that just before the photographer snapped what would become the cover photo, he said, “Jonah, look at your mom.” Jonah’s brown eyes glanced sideways at me and immediately his whole face melted into that mischievous and adorable grin. Oh, Jonah—he always brings the cute factor!

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