Holiday Creations with Seas & Greetings!

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Whether you’re playing in snow or sand, the 2022 holiday season is set to be merry and bright! It’s always a crafting party here at Close To My Heart, and we’ve got some major fun in store for this Christmas season! For us, Christmas means a big new selection of stamps, patterned papers, and embellishments to aid us in our cardmaking and memory keeping endeavors. We’ve got an incredible paper collection to introduce you to today, and we can’t wait to show it off! 

We are extremely blessed to have our crafting community extend throughout the US, into Canada, across the Pacific to Japan, and down under to Australia and New Zealand. As such, the season for Christmas celebrations varies greatly depending on where you live—some celebrate in the winter time, with snow and cold weather, while others celebrate in the height of summer, with sunshine, high temperatures, and beautiful beach weather!The Seas & Greetings paper collection is an ideal solution for Christmas crafting from either end of that spectrum, as well as any place in between! Without any further ado, let’s get into all the amazing creative options that await with Seas & Greetings!


As you can see in the short video above, this amazing collection is an incredible example of the versatility that can be achieved with paper design. We not only have some first-rate artists here at CTMH, but we’ve got some of the best graphic designers around, too, and their skill is on full display with the Seas & Greetings paper collection! Because this suite is designed for holiday celebrations in both a beachside setting or a colder winter climate, each piece of paper sports a beach theme on one side, and a snowy winter theme on the other!

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While all Close To My Heart paper packets feature double-sided designs, this collection is unique, as it essentially incorporates two themes into a single paper packet and enables crafters to pursue multiple ideas within a single suite. All the patterns you see in this collection have been purposefully designed to coordinate with both themes and the included sticker sheet


Additionally, this paper packet includes 12 sheets instead of the usual 6, giving creators double the papers to work and craft with! Whether you’re commemorating a beautiful beachside holiday or capturing fun memories from a snow day, the Seas & Greetings Paper Packet & Sticker Sheet is an ideal starting point as you bring your crafting vision into reality!

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Accompanying the paper packet in the Seas & Greetings collection are a selection of stamp and Thin Cuts metal dies, available in both the Beach and Winter themes. These stamps and dies pair beautifully with the patterns, icons, and sentiments featured on the papers and stickers, making this a winning combination for any crafting project!

Another essential included in the Seas & Greetings suite is the Seas & Greetings Coordinating Cardstock pack. This variety of colored cardstock has been selected to coordinate with the colors prominently featured in the paper packet and stickers, making it incredibly easy to create polished, balanced cards and scrapbook layouts!

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Crafters can also look forward to top-notch embellishment potential with the Seas & Greetings Beach and Winter Embellishments! These embellishments include a variety of blue and white acrylic pieces, all finished with a frosty sheen for subtle shine.

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As with the stamp and Thin Cuts options, the Seas & Greetings embellishments include shapes suitable for both the tropical beach theme and the chilly winter theme, making them perfect for inclusion in all your Seas & Greetings crafts! With so many fun products available through the Seas & Greetings collection, it’s a cinch to preserve your fondest holiday memories and stories! 

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The Seas & Greetings special has much in store for crafters of all types and experience levels, but we’ve got even more creative options for members of our VIP Customer program! Seas & Greetings includes three exclusive workshop kits—two for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking—just for members of this amazing program! (For those of you who may not be familiar with the perks available through the Close To My Heart VIP Customer program, either visit our website for more information, or reach out to your Maker for additional details!) 

We guarantee you won’t want to miss out on the unique Seas & Greetings workshops available to our VIP Customers, and we can’t wait to show you what’s in store with these exclusive kits! 

To start off this VIP crafting experience, we’ll get into all the ins and outs of two scrapbooking workshops—one created with the beach-inspired papers, and the other with the winter ones! These two workshops are identical in design, but vary in the colors used, and, of course, in the patterns featured.

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As you can see, these scrapbook pages incorporate a wide variety of fun techniques and elements to set them apart, including two-tone rock n’ roll stamping, inking paper edges to add a subtle touch of color, cardstock ripping and distressing, strategic pigment splatters, and the inclusion of acrylic shapes! 

These beautiful pages are a gorgeous way to preserve your favorite holiday memories, and with identical designs for both the winter and beach themes, it’s an ideal memory-keeping solution for crafters the world over!

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Along with the scrapbook kits, the Seas & Greetings paper collection brings life to a selection of adorable holiday cards, perfect for all the special people in your life! With six card designs featured, the Seas & Greetings VIP Cardmaking kit allows crafters to create an array of personal, beachy cards for family and friends with ease! 

Each of these cards was constructed using the Beach patterned papers from the Seas & Greetings paper collection, and stamps and Thin Cuts from our Seas & Greetings—Beach set! This card kit also keeps things interesting with card size and orientation, as it includes options for both standard-size and slimline cards, and a mix of horizontal and vertical designs.

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We’ve loved going with you on this dive into the rich wealth of possibilities available through our Seas & Greetings collection! This playful and versatile collection is a wonderful way to commemorate your fondest Christmas memories, regardless of where they were made! From memory keeping to cardmaking and more, Seas & Greetings is sure to be a favorite you’ll turn to for all sorts of projects. With so much extra fun offered in our Seas & Greetings VIP Customer Program offer, be sure to talk to your Maker and learn how you can get the VIP treatment, too! We can’t wait to welcome you to the club!

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What’s on your crafting agenda with Seas & Greetings? Leave a comment below to let us know what stories you’ll tell with this amazing collection, and whether you’ll be hitting the beach or braving the winter during your holiday celebrations this year!

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Fund Your Fun, Plus a Giveaway!

We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity,
to preserve and share the moments that matter most.

This is what it’s all about at Close To My Heart. We believe that preserving and sharing the moments that mean the most to you is so important, and with Close To My Heart, you can do that in creative ways you’ll treasure and look at over and over again.

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If you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting as much as we do, November is the perfect time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant with the Fund Your Fun special. You can join us as a Consultant and take advantage of extra CTMH Cash to spend on products of your choice. That means when you sign up during November you’ll get the same amount of CTMH Cash as the cost of your New Consultant Kit, and you can use that CTMH Cash to purchase your choice of products like paper packets, cardstock, stamp sets, stamp pads, and more! Plus, you enjoy all these other great benefits:

  • Discount on your favorite memory keeping products
  • Be your own boss
  • Set your own schedule
  • Build lifelong friendships
  • Attend events for business training, product training, creative sessions, and more
  • Make money doing what you love!

The group of ladies in the page below is creating with brand-new product at our North American Convention last June. Can you imagine getting to see and use new product before any one else?

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Consultants not only have an amazing business opportunity and get early access to new products, they belong to the Close To My Heart family. This is a special group of people that supports and encourages you however you decide to use your Close To My Heart business, whether it’s to fund your own crafting fun or to reach other goals. Either way, you can have “fun with friends” while you create and celebrate the memories and relationships that matter the most to you.

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To help you scrapbook your favorite crafting moments with friends, we are giving away FIVE Solid Classroom Alphabet stamp sets! You will love using this large alphabet stamp set in your scrapbooking, just like we did in the Raspberry title on this page. Enter in today’s giveaway by following these two steps. First, make sure you are a subscriber to the Make It From Your Heart blog. If not, just click on the blue “Subscribe to list” button in the sidebar. Second, leave a comment below telling us either what you love about your Close To My Heart Consultant, or what you love about BEING a Consultant! You have until noon (MST) tomorrow, November 2, to enter.

The Fund Your Fun special lasts only through the month of November. Just click here to become a Consultant and start your Close To My Heart journey!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Fun with Friends Page
B1638 My Acrylix® Modern Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set, E1042 My Acrylix® Outline Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, E1043 My Acrylix® Solid Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, X7238B Oh What Fun Paper Packet, X6007 Lagoon Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z4222 Hello Pumpkin Shapes, Z4216 Raspberry Baker’s Twine, Sewing Machine

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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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3 Ways to Create a Vision Board

Last March, we published a blog post with tips for how to create a vision board if you’ve never done it before. When it comes to how to get inspired, you can never have too many ideas, so we’ve put together a few more inspirational vision board ideas to get those wheels turning! 🙂

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Probably the most obvious idea is to start with a basic cork bulletin board. What’s nice about this route is that you can move your vision board wherever you want whenever you want. All you need are straight pins or thumb tacks to attach photos, cards, and other bits of inspiration to your board.

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For a more “outside-the-boxframe” approach, try creating a vision board without the board! 🙂 With some washi tape and a little ingenuity, you can create a vision “board” almost anywhere! We love this option because you can just keep adding to your vision board over time—walls are a huge canvas! Plus, since everything is just held up with washi tape, you can take them down and rearrange them whenever you please.

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Our final idea for today is a nice mix of our two previous ideas: Use a magnetic board. Magnet boards come in all shapes and sizes, but they give you a space to work in that is a bit more defined than your wall. And when working with magnets, it’s super easy to rearrange your board as you see fit, and you don’t put any holes in your artwork and photos.

Which vision board speaks to you? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

Cork Bulletin Board
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3194 Picture My Life™ Love Your Selfie, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlays—Gold & Silver, Z3189 White and Gold Ribbon, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
6” Shift <Font> “B”

Washi Tape Wall
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages Z3194 Picture My Life™ Love Your Selfie, Z3102 Glacier Fundamental Assortment, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Z3211 Everyday Life™ Washi Tape

Magnet Board
Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3195 Picture My Life™ Our Story, Z3102 Glacier Fundamental Assortment, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set
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Pushing the Envelope: A Letter to Papercrafters

Dear Papercrafters,

When you hear the word “envelope,” you probably think of the plain, white ones used to hold cards, letters, and bills. Well, we’re writing to tell you that, contrary to popular belief, envelopes are not only purposeful but also artful! Today we’re going to expand the envelope’s repertoire by showing you how to incorporate these playful pouches into your artwork.

Let’s start with scrapbooking. With the help of the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, you can create miniature envelopes from brightly colored papers to embellish your pages and layouts. Take a look at the three mini envelopes on this page:

Love You

These adorable envelopes are the perfect way to add a sense of familiarity, friendship, and intrigue to any scrapbook page. And wouldn’t it be a fun place to showcase a child’s nickname, a family saying, or a cute quote? We think so! Leave your envelopes closed, open, or a mix of both for visual variety.

Love You mini envelope

Using a double-sided paper, like one from our Paper Fundamentals line, makes for a cute peek-a-boo pattern on the inside of the envelope.

If you don’t have a Cricut® machine, don’t worry! You can still join the envelope fun by gathering up some of those plain, white purposeful envelopes you have lying around the house and upgrading them to a beautiful photo album.

One of our artists created a mini album with 4 ¼” x 5 ½” White Daisy envelopes, and we think the results are simply genius! It’s stowaway scrapbooking with bits and pieces tucked here and there that make the act of thumbing through the pages almost as adventurous as the memories themselves.

Life Album

The envelope acts as a perfect pocket for holding smaller pictures or little notes about the experience. Attaching paper tabs to the back of these keepsakes makes it easy to lift them from the envelope pockets. Plus, it looks pretty cute, too.

Eiffel Tower

Use the plainness of the envelope to your advantage by showcasing stamps or embellishments on its smooth surface. Our artist used a simple yet meaningful stamp and design on this envelope:

Lighthouse

Have we convinced you to try using envelopes to preserve your favorite memories, yet? Whether you’re cutting mini envelopes on your Cricut® machine or repurposing plain card envelopes, we’re confident that you’ll find a way to take the creative reputation of envelopes from drab to fab.

Best wishes in your quest to push the bounds of envelope creativity!

Sincerely,

Close To My Heart

12″ x 12″ Love You More Page
Make It from Your HeartVol. 1: Pattern 9
D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3/4″ Shift+Accent2 (p. 51)

Artfully Sent
2″ <Env-5> (p. 41)

Life Envelope Album
D1648 My Acrylix® Snapshot Memories, D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z1476 White Daisy Envelopes, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch

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Everyday Inspiration

Sometimes it feels like you’ve maxed out your creativity. You might find yourself staring at your supplies with nothing but crickets chirping in your head. Or maybe you find yourself busily crafting away before realizing that you’ve made yet another variation of the same design.

When a case of “the blahs” strikes, it’s time to take a step back and observe the world around you. There is inspiration everywhere! Here are two ideas you can incorporate into your scrapbooking to freshen it up.

First, take time to smell the roses. No, really! Step into your backyard, walk to your local park, or take a drive up the canyon. Look at the simple yet beautiful objects around you—the veins in a leaf, the shine of an acorn, the shading of a flower petal. Find something that inspires you and take a picture of it, or better yet, arrange several items together. Our studio artists recently took a field trip to inspire themselves in just this way, and they photographed this beauty:

Everyday Inspiration

True to their poetic selves, our artists noticed just how beautifully each of these simple items enhanced the colors, shapes, and textures of the others. Once back at the studio, one artist created this scrapbook page from her photo inspiration:

What a Beautiful Day page

The greens, blues, browns, and reds from the photograph inspired the color scheme of the page. The vivid tones of the Brushed Complements flowers mimic the red cherry, and the leaf shading mirrors the multi-colored leaves in the photograph. The artist also took inspiration from the textures in the photograph: the organic, recycled look of the kraft cardstock resembles the bark.

Here’s a second idea for getting more inspiration: listen to your favorite song or playlist, then take the lyrics that suit your fancy most and incorporate them into your design. Here’s a page inspired by Colbie Caillat’s song, “Try.”

You page

In scrapbooking, there are only so many words you can put onto one page, but lyrics really pack a punch. They capture the emotions of a memorable day or the emotions you feel toward a loved one. You might also interpret the meaning of a song and then express your interpretation in your design through colors, shapes, or patterns. The possibilities are endless!

Now you have the remedy for your creative slump. Plug in those headphones, take a stroll, and get inspired!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ What a Beautiful Day Page

B1463 My Acrylix® Thankful Heart, Z2022 Picture My Life™ For Always Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, X7190C Brushed Complements, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artfully Sent
9″ Shift+Scene (p. 34)

12″ x 12″ You Page

B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Alphabet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3013 Brushed Assortment, Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment, Z3010 Wanderful Assortment, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1″ Shift+Border (p. 40)
½” Border (p. 79)

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Vision Boards: Organizing Your Creative Dreams

For even more vision board ideas, check out our recent Vision Boards 3 Ways blog post!

Typically when we decide it’s time to organize our lives, we think about things like paper stashes, overflowing closets, garages, or the plastic containers stacked precariously in the kitchen. But are all of these things really life? Sure, they play roles in our life, but they’re hopefully not what drives us to get up in the morning.

In the spirit of this month’s call to organization, we decided to tackle a project that’s a little more elusive than cupboards and drawers: organizing your creative intentions through a vision board!

So, what’s a vision board? It’s a place to display images, words, or objects that represent what you want to be and do with your life in one beautiful, central location. Our hope is that this fun project will help you design your vision for your art and your life, all while keeping your thoughts and actions organized enough to accomplish it.

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Your vision board can become your light at the end of the tunnel during creative blocks. It will keep you motivated to continue heading toward your personal creative oasis!

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 this example as a jumping off point to inspire you in your own creative pursuits. With this project in particular it is especially important for you to take your own, individual spin.

  • Start by spending some time seriously considering what you want this vision board to accomplish. What do you need to remember most in your life? Find a few words or phrases that speak to where you are in life right now. Once you’ve decided what these are, use stamps, Cricut® cuts, Picture My Life™ cards, or simply your own handwriting to express them.
  • Include lists of your creative dreams and goals. Whether that includes a list of techniques you want to learn, albums you want to finish, places you want to visit, or dreams you have for your family, writing it down and reading it every day will help you make the choices necessary to bring it from your imagination into reality.
  • Always stay on the lookout for bits and pieces of your life to add to your vision board. Surrounding yourself with bits and pieces of what you love in this world will be your sunlight on cloudy days. One simple way to do this is through your regular crafting routine. Keep your eyes open for scraps of embellishments such as ribbon, washi tape, or Complements. Cut a little more Shimmer Trim than you ended up needing for your layout? Save it and recycle it for your vision board!
  • Remember that this board is an organization tool. When your to-do list looks as cute as this, you won’t be able to resist taking care of everything on it. Even weekly schedules take on a new light when you dress them up. It’s also a great place to include other items you need to attend to, such as invitations to weddings that you’re planning on making cards or gifts for.
  • Make sure the things you include on your vision board are what you’re naturally drawn to, not what you think you should be drawn to. Remember this process needs to be fun! Let your creativity get playful and choose things out of the ordinary. Dare to do things like stamp and emboss a photo or include random scraps of doodling. The most important thing is not to overthink it; just follow your creative heart!

There you have it: the beginner’s guide to streamlining your creative life. 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 your photos of your new creations, or even of boards you’ve created already, on the Close To My Heart Facebook page.

Now go create your vision!

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Close To My Heart’s Inspiration Bingo

On this fine January day, we take a break from our regularly scheduled instructional posts to give you a chance to escape your creative routine and produce the sort of artwork that is blissfully yet to be determined.

Close To My Heart’s Inspiration Bingo Board is your launching pad to leap into the artistic unknown, to surrender to the winds of crafting destiny and to see just where they drop you. Think of it as your tentative guide through the jungles of unleashed creativity.

What better way to let inspiration flow through you than by throwing your own plans out the window? The bingo board will guide you to artistic greatness. This is your chance to think outside the box—all it takes is a little nudge from within the box (an entire row of them, actually).

Inspiration-Bingo                                                   To download your own PDF copy, simply click the board!

Here’s how to play: Close your eyes and spin your finger around the board until you feel the draw to put it down. Open your eyes. Which box did your finger land on? Survey your position and then choose to follow either the vertical or horizontal row of the space you landed on. Now heed the guidelines of each box in the row and get crafting!

Your art may not turn out the way you expect, but it will still be beautiful. Why? Because it will be made from the forces of chance, like a magnificent work of nature formed through years of enduring the sporadic and untamed forces of the earth. Ok, maybe not quite that majestic, but you get the idea. Chance is beautiful! See what it can do for you once you’re willing to work with it.

May the (creative) force be with you.

We want to see where Close To My Heart’s Inspiration Bingo takes you! Post a photo of your resulting creation to the Close To My Heart Facebook page, if you would like to share. We’d love to see it.

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Who’s up for a challenge?

Welcome to 2015! At Close To My Heart, we have some exciting things in the works for the upcoming year. Just as I do at the beginning of every year, I’ve set some new goals for myself and for our company. One goal I have for all of us is to find joy in creativity. As with any ongoing resolution, we all need a little extra motivation from time to time. So today I’m happy to announce Jeanette’s Creative Challenge! You’re invited to play along with me this year as we present weekly challenges to get your creative juices flowing.

Here’s how it’s going to go:

  1. Tune in to our Facebook and Instagram pages each Monday to learn what Jeanette’s Creative Challenge will be. Follow Close To My Heart on Facebook and Instagram so you can get the details pronto! When I announce the challenge, you’ll see a sample project as your inspiration and it will then be up to you to create and share your own creations.
  1. You have until the following Sunday at midnight to post a photo of your own interpretation of the challenge to either our Facebook page or your own Instagram feed. Be sure to use the hashtag #jrlcreativechallenge when you post. You can search this hashtag at any time to see what others have posted!
  1. What’s in it for you? This series is designed to inspire creative time and provide a place for unity and idea sharing each week. The challenge will give you a reason to get into your supplies on a regular basis for the sole purpose of having fun through crafting!
  1. Oh, and did I mention there will be prizes? We’ll choose one random winner each week to receive a prize for participating. I’ll announce the previous week’s winners every Monday on Facebook and Instagram, just before the new challenge announcement.
  1. Spread the word about this opportunity to anyone and everyone you know who loves creating, winning prizes, and a good challenge! The more people that get involved, the more fun it will be.

Sounds like a blast, right? Get those scissors sharpened for Monday, January 12, when I’ll post our first Weekly Creative Challenge!

Happy New Year!

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