Introducing Craft with Heart™

It’s finally here—a subscription program from Close To My Heart that sends ready-to-make scrapbook layouts directly to your door! With a Craft with Heart™ subscription, you’ll receive deliveries of an exclusive Cut Above® layout kit in the mail, making it a little easier to stay on top of your passion for memory keeping!

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Craft with Heart™  will be available in monthly, 4-month, and 12-month subscription options. Take advantage of the program option that works best for you. There’s a perfect fit for everyone! The monthly and 4-month options are not available until September 1, but because we know you’re just going to love this program, we are releasing the 12-month subscription option a month early so you can get started with Craft with Heart™ today!

Not only is the 12-month subscription available now, you also get the best deal. With the 12-month option, you receive four layout kits three times a year at a 20% discount, plus FREE SHIPPING! AND . . . with the 12-month subscription only, each Craft with Heart™ delivery also comes with a code from Persnickety Prints for 30 FREE 4″ x 6″ PRINTS! (The code comes on a small card in each box, just like the one you see in the photo above.) That’s 90 free 4″ x 6″ prints each year!

Each kit in the Craft with Heart™ program comes with the parts and pieces to make two two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts. If you’re not familiar with our Cut Above® layout kits, you get everything you need to assemble scrapbook layouts in one convenient kit: base pages, pre-cut pieces and die-cuts, stickers, and photo placeholders—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen!  In no time at all, you’ll have complete handmade projects ready for your photos and journaling, just like the layout below from the Craft with Heart™ kit for September.

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With a layout kit for each month, you will have scrapbook pages that are perfect for preserving everyday moments, the relationships you love, and even the memories you will be making during the holiday season that is just around the corner!

Take a closer look at the Cut Above® layouts that come in the Craft with Heart™ subscriptions for September, October, November, and December.

September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or looking for something new to try, the Craft with Heart™ program is sure to make your memory keeping a little easier (and more fun!). Sign up today and start receiving this creative happy mail delivered straight to your door. There’s no better time to start than now!

Do you have any questions about the Craft with Heart™ program or Cut Above® layouts? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll give you some answers! 😉

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5 Tips for Creating a Vision Board

With the new year quickly approaching, we want to share with you some tips for creating an amazing vision board for 2017. And as an early Christmas present, our vision board will give you a sneak peek at some of the products in our upcoming catalog, which will be live on January 1! 🙂

5 Tips for Creating a Vision Board! #ctmh #closetomyheart #visionboard #inspiration #goals #2017 #crafting #corkboard #homedecor #diySo what exactly is a vision board? It’s a place to display images, words, or objects that represent both what you want to be and what you want to do with your life in one beautiful, central location. Our hope is that this fun project will help you solidify a vision for your art and your life for the upcoming year, all while keeping your thoughts and actions organized so you can accomplish this vision.

Your vision board can become your light at the end of the tunnel during creative blocks. It can keep you motivated to continue on when things get hard.

Now let’s dive into what you’ll need to do to create your vision board! As with all art projects on this blog, we encourage you to use the artwork you see here as a jumping-off point for your own artwork. With a vision board in particular, it is especially important for you to make it your own!

1. Determine what you want your vision board to accomplish.

Then find words, lyrics, or quotes that go along with your vision. Use stamps, Cricut® cuts, Picture My Life™ cards, or simply your own handwriting to add these words of inspiration to your board.

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2. Spell out your dreams and goals.

Whether it’s a list of crafting techniques you want to learn, projects you want to finish, places you want to visit, or dreams you have for your family or career, writing down your goals and reading them every day will help you take the steps necessary to bring your vision to life!

3. Always look for inspiration.

A vision board is a project you never finish. It is a source of inspiration and a tool for staying organized, so it makes sense that it will change again and again over time. Every day, make an effort to notice the beauty around you, and then add anything that inspires you to your board. One simple way to do this is keep your eyes open while you craft. Add any embellishments, ribbon, washi tape, or Complements that speak to you. If you cut a little more shimmer trim than you need, add it to your vision board instead of tossing it out!

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4. Use it as an organizational tool. 

Add to-do lists to your vision board. Tasks that might otherwise seem mundane become easier to tackle when they are part of the grand vision for your life—and plus, they look so much cuter! Even weekly schedules take on a new light when you dress them up. Your vision board is also a great place to include tasks you may otherwise procrastinate, such as sending a thank you card to someone or visiting an old friend.

5. Throw out the rulebook!

Add items to your vision board that you’re naturally drawn to, not what you think you should be drawn to. Remember, your vision board should be a reflection of you! Get creative, choose things out of the ordinary, and be true to yourself. Dare to do things like stamp on a photo or add random scraps of doodling. The most important thing is not to overthink it—just follow your intuition!

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There you have it: the beginner’s guide to creating a stellar vision board! Although our craft rooms may never stay organized, at least our creative visions can stay on track. 😉

We’d love to see how your vision boards turn out! Share photos of your vision board on the Close To My Heart Facebook page!

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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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Crafting with Kids: Valentine Boxes

Help the kids get ready for the downpour of warm fuzzies from their friends this Valentine’s Day with a trendy valentine box! Every piece of this adorable box is simple enough for a child to recreate it. Of course, with the creativity of the kids on board, the two of you will probably be able to come up with something uniquely your own. Put your heads together to build your note catcher.

Valentine Box and cards

First, pull out a Designer Creations cupcake box. It’s made of designed kraft paper and has a clear plastic window for quick and easy monitoring of the love note stash. Make your box even more irresistible by trying a few of these artistic techniques:

• Cut a 3″ long slot in the top panel of the box, making it just the right size for receiving notes from other kids.
• Use your Cricut® machine to cut out hearts to stamp on. Many of your heart stamps will coordinate with shapes on your Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridges. See the stamp carrier sheet to find info on which cartridge to use and at what size to cut out your heart in order to match your stamp.
• Get creative when decorating your hearts. Check out the look we achieved using the Brushstrokes stamp set for a background and the XOXO stamp set for a sentiment on one of our large hearts! Those small hearts you see were stamped on scrap cardstock and trimmed out.
• Draw fun borders on your hearts with a journaling pen.
• Use Shimmer Trim to create glimmering bows to top off your project.

These 3″ x 3″ cards are also a lot of fun to make with the kids—and so very simple. The little ones will love to help with the stamping, and they’ll end up with cute valentines to share with their friends. It’s also a great way to use up your extra supplies!

Once you’re feelin’ the love, it’s time to turn your thoughts to teacher. This same cupcake box is also ideal for tucking away treats, so you could place a mouthwatering cupcake in the round base insert and let your child deliver the sweet!

Valentine Teacher Box

Deck out your box to match the sugary delight inside by using some of these ideas:

• Trim cardstock pieces on which to stamp sentiments. You could use your Cricut® machine for this step, but it also provides a great opportunity for your young helpers who are good with scissors!
• Make the trimming even easier by finding a printed heart shape you can trim out and stamp on. This one came from a Picture My Life™ Heartstrings scrapbooking program card.
• Stamp sentiments on your cardstock shapes. Here we’ve used the alphabet stamp set from the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection to spell the word “Teacher.”
• Add a few embellishments of your choice. We love the look of the Heartstrings Complements combined with the pink glitter gems!
• Once again, use your journaling pen to create unique borders on your heart.
• Use Shimmer Trim to complete your look

You’re sure to melt a few hearts this Valentine’s Day with these lovely creations. We hope you have a heartwarming time making papercrafts and memories together!

Recipes
3-D Valentine Card Box
C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, M1054 My Acrylix® XOXO, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1 ½”, 2″ Shift (p. 26)

3″ x 3″ White Daisy Happy Valentine’s Day Card
C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, M1052 My Acrylix® Mini Valentine, C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad

3″ x 3″ Pixie Happy Valentine’s Day Card
C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad

3-D Valentine Teacher Box
M1052 My Acrylix® Mini Valentine, C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, B1476 My Acrylix® My Fave, Z3046 Picture My Life™ Heartstrings Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box, X7193C Heartstrings Complements, Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (stamp set)

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