Treat Yourself to a Deluxe Scrapbooking Experience!

There are as many different approaches to memory keeping as there are memory keepers. We celebrate every approach and believe that whatever approach gets your stories told and your memories preserved is the best! For some that means pictures and pocket cards tucked into an Everyday Life™ album; for others it means putting together a pre-cut Cut Above® layout; for others, memory keeping also doubles as an artistic outlet incorporating different crafting techniques on a 12″ x 12″ paper canvas. Deluxe scrapbooking workshops provide this kind of creative experience for anyone who wants to add a little more “oomph” to the pages of their scrapbook.

Our Holiday Expressions idea book introduced the first two deluxe scrapbooking workshops, which featured the Boutique and ‘Tis the Season collection. Earlier this month we released a third workshop featuring the Hello Pumpkin papers used in decidedly non-Halloween artwork. Here, see for yourself:

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As you can see, this workshop guides you in the creation of two 2-page scrapbook layouts and two single-page scrapbook layouts, all in the 12″ x 12″ size. Each layout is made using a few papercrafting techniques, such as folding, angled cuts, and creative use of Thin Cuts dies to achieve unique effects. Take this scrapbook page, for example:

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There’s a lot happening on this page, but we’d like to draw your attention primarily to the circle and heart right in the center of the page. Here’s a quick look at the technique that went into creating this accent.

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Starting with a 2¾” square of Peach cardstock, we used the 2¼” stitched circle die to cut only half of a circle. The trick to only cutting half of a shape is all about how you feed the die through your machine. As you can see in the photo above, only part of the circle is sandwiched between the plates, resulting in a partial cut like this:

Thanks to our beautiful two-toned cardstock, when you fold back the cut part, you get a lightly contrasting color. We then layered this piece over a piece of Ballerina cardstock to add another shade and topped it off with the adorable heart sticker. Neat, right? And that technique is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our deluxe scrapbooking. Take a closer look at the other layouts you’ll make as part of this workshop:

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The helpful instructions that accompany the workshop show you how to replicate each technique, guiding you step-by-step through the creative process. If you’d like to try something new for your memory keeping, we invite you to check out the Hello Pumpkin Deluxe Scrapbooking Workshop, and see what deluxe scrapbooking is all about!

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Who Wants to Be a Weekly Winner?

If you’ve kept up with us on Facebook and Instagram, you know all about Jeanette’s Weekly Creative Challenges. January shaped up to be a whole lot of fun for everyone who participated—and we’re just getting started!

Remember that you can join us each Monday for the challenge announcement. You have until midnight the following Sunday to submit your creation. For more information on all the fun and games, check out Jeanette’s original announcement.

Ready to play? Here’s this week’s challenge from Jeanette herself:

For the week of February 2, my challenge to all of you is to journal on this topic: What is the reason you were given your name? Include your journaling on a page with a self-portrait.

I first gave the challenge to Chief Communications Officer Monica Wihongi, who created this fun page.

Monica's Name Layout

I love Monica’s story and look forward to reading yours as well. Be sure to post a picture of your finished page and tag it with the hashtag #jrlcreativechallenge on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win. The deadline for this week’s submissions is Sunday, February 8 at midnight.

Happy creating!

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Crafting Adventure Winners

Oh, sweet candy corn! You guys blew our witchy socks right off with all the wonderful entries we received from the Choose-Your-Own Spooky Crafting Adventure contest. As promised, today is the day to reveal our five lucky winners! We chose one winning entry from creative challenges 1, 2, and 4, and two winning entries from creative challenge 3.

Now, without further ado, we are pleased to present the five lucky crafting adventurers!

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 1: Use three different Close To My Heart washi tapes to create a papercraft that can be used for goodies or given as a gift.

WINNER:
Lauren Moore
Halswell, Christchurch, New Zealand

Lauren Moore

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 2: Create an artistic masterpiece using at least two of the following in any color: Shimmer Trim, Sparkles, glitter gems, or sequins.

WINNER:
Vicki Wizniuk
Fort St. John, BC, Canada

Vicki Wizniuk

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 3: In honor of your intuitive password selection, create a card, layout, or other creation using each of the Close To My Heart colors that would comprise candycorn: Honey, Goldrush, and Colonial White.

WINNER 1:
Gina Brandstetter
Murfreesboro, TN, USA

Gina Brandstetter

WINNER 2:
Kristina Baldwin
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Kristina Baldwin

CREATIVE CHALLENGE 4: To help you cope with your frightening memories from your night in the haunted cemetery, create original artwork using the Scaredy Cat paper packet and add either the Scaredy Cat Complements or the Scaredy Cat assortment. 

WINNER:
Karen Mosello
Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

Karen Mosello

Congratulations, winners!

If your name is listed above, please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with “Contest Winner” in the subject line. Please include your name, shipping address, and choice of any one Cut Above™ kit from the Annual Inspirations idea book.

Be sure to check out the blogs of each of the winners to see how they worked their crafty magic! The winning entries that have an accompanying Consultant blog post have been linked directly to the photo, so all you need to do is click on the photo to learn more. And just so you’re aware, two of the winning entries do not have accompanying blog posts.

Start revving your crafting engines for the next contest—it’s coming soon!

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