Celebrating All Things Canadian!

In light of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Close To My Heart is celebrating all things Canadian this month! We’ve even put together a Canadian Celebration Bundle (CC1311), at 20% off its retail value, to show our friends in the Great White North just how much we love being south of the border neighbors!Celebrate Canada #CTHM #Closetomyheart #canada150 #canada #canadian #mapleleaf #icehockey #pondhockey #cricut #scrapbooking #scrapping #scrapbook
The Canadian Celebration Bundle comes with an exclusive My Acrylix® Canada 150 stamp set (A1214), with the official Canada 150 logo! Composed of a series of diamonds representing the 13 Canadian provinces and territories in the shape of the iconic maple leaf, we have been granted permission to use this design to create an evocative stamp that fosters feelings of pride and celebration. (Add beautiful color and dimension to your stamped image with your watercolors or pencil crayons!)Canadian Cricut Collection #CTHM #Closetomyheart #canada150 #canada #canadian #Quebec #Britishcolumbia #OhCanada #OCanada #cricut #scrapbooking #scrapping #scrapbook #provinces #territories
Also included in this bundle—our new Cricut® Hello Canada Digital Collection (Z3391)! Featuring 20 layered images, this collection has shapes, overlays, and names for all Canadian provinces and territories. Planning on a game of pond hockey? There’s a cut for that! Paying a visit to Parliament Hill? There’s a cut for that, too! We’ve got you covered from sea to sea, Canada!
All Things Canadian #CTHM #Closetomyheart #canada150 #canadian #canada #mapleleaf #icehockey #pondhockey #cricut #scrapbooking #scrapping #scrapbookAnd to round out the bundle, we’ve selected 12 sheets of cardstock just for you, including 2 Cranberry and 3 White Daisy, of course!

Whether you’re a native, visitor, or an admirer of all things maple, avoid a kerfuffle and take advantage of the Canadian Celebration Bundle while it’s available—July only! AND, as if this bundle isn’t a beauty already (yeah right, eh?) we are saving you a few loonies and offering it at 20% off retail value!

In the comments below, share what you love most about this bundle and why!

Happy birthday Canada!


Definition of Canadian colloquial terms:

  1. Great White North—nickname for Canada
  2. Pencil crayons—colored pencils
  3. Pond hockey—informal variety of ice hockey
  4. From sea to sea—Canada’s national motto
  5. Kerfuffle—commotion
  6. Beauty—something done well
  7. Yeah right, eh?—don’t you think?
  8. Loonie—a dollar

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Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique

Just over a week ago, we released our latest idea book—Seasonal Expressions 2! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can look through an online version or even download it as a PDF here. We know you’ll love it!

One of the paper collections in this idea book is called Little Dreamer, and it’s all about unicorns, magic, and dreams…which got us thinking about a certain sponging technique we love that adds a dream-like magic to all your artwork. Since it is so perfect for this collection, we just had to share it with you!

In a nutshell, here’s the technique: Use titles or shapes cut with your Cricut® machine or with Thin Cuts metal dies as stencils for sponging ink onto your pages.

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique #ctmh #closetomyheart #sponging #cricut #ink #scrapbooking #cardmaking #howto #technique

You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!

We hope this post has inspired you to try stenciling on your artwork. It really is such a fun way to get in touch with your inner artist!

Which page is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂

Recipes

 12″ x 12″ You Make the World Sweet Page
Z3334 Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
1″ Shift+Background <K> (p. 28)

12″ x 12″ Find Your Rainbow Page
Z3334 Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 ½” and 1 ¾” Icon-2 <Spring> (p. 38)
1 ½” and 1 ¾” Shift+Icon-2 <Spring> (p. 38)

12″ x 12″ Believe in Yourself Page
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
8″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <S> (p. 59)

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Trend Alert: Paper Plants Are IN!

Paper plant ideas #ctmh #closetomyheart #paper #diy #decor #home #succulent

As your best crafting bud, we’re here to give you the scoop on the latest trends in the crafting industry. One trend that’s been on the rise lately is paper plants—for your home, parties, and everything in between!

Let us show you what we mean…

Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built is basically the queen of paper plants. She does tons (and we mean TONS!) of paper plant and flower projects on her blog and YouTube channel. Here are 18 of her personal favorite paper plant tutorials.

In a similar fashion, Brit + Co, a media company that celebrates women and creativity, rounded up their top 12 favorite paper plant projects from different bloggers.

Today we want to show you some of our own paper plant creations! We love this trend (especially because it doesn’t make you feel like a bad plant parent), and we have a feeling it will really grow on you, too (Eh? Eh?). 😉

Paper plant ideas #ctmh #closetomyheart #paper #diy #decor #home #succulent

Look at these beauties! We cut the shapes using two of our Cricut® collections (see recipe at bottom of post), and then attached the finished leaves to wire with a hot glue gun. Add them to pots filled with paper crinkle, pebbles, etc, and voila! You’ve got three amazing plants that will live forever!

Paper plant ideas #ctmh #closetomyheart #paper #diy #decor #home #succulent

If making paper plants from scratch seems a bit overwhelming, or if you don’t own a Cricut® machine, we’ve got just the solution for you. Try out our Welcome Home wreath kit, which comes with all the pieces pre-cut AND instructions with step-by-step photos.

Did we mention it’s only $18.95 (US)? It can’t get much better than that—except that it does, because you can also get it FREE with a qualifying purchase!

The kit’s only available until the end of January though, so if it’s calling your name, get it before it’s gone!

Paper plant ideas #ctmh #closetomyheart #paper #diy #decor #home #succulent

Another fun idea is to play around with arranging paper plants and leaves in picture frames. By slightly bending the leaves here, these plants seem to be growing out of the picture frame.

What do you think of this trend? Yea or nay? Tell us in the comments below!


Ready to make your own paper garden? Then be sure to check out our Cricut® Flower Market collection! It’s filled with tons of flowers, plants, leaves, and other shapes that would be perfect for creating paper plants projects, like this wreath:

Paper plant ideas #ctmh #closetomyheart #paper #diy #decor #home #succulent

Have fun! 🙂

Recipes

Plant Trio
X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, X5784 Willow Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Pots, Tray, Paper Crinkles, Wire, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes (cut multiples of each shape as desired, depending on pot sizes):
Flower Market
9″ <Succulnt> (p. 40)
4 ½” <Succulnt> (p. 40)
1 ½” Flower-2 <Daisy> (cut multiple, p. 46)
1 ½” Shift+Flower-2 <Daisy> (cut multiple, p. 46)

Artistry
8 ¼” Shape <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)*
7 ½” Shape <Spring> (cut multiple, p. 38)*
 

*Modified in Cricut Design Space™. Unlock measurements and make shapes these sizes: 8 ¼” x 1 ¼” (h x w), 7 ½” x 1″ (h x w)

Succulent Wreath
CC1210 Welcome Home Wreath Kit, Glue

Fern Picture Frame
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3 ½” Shift+Flower-1 <G> (cut 2, p. 25)
5″ Shift+Background <Hibiscus> (cut 2, p. 30)
2″ and 2 ½” Shift+Flower-2 <X> (cut 2 of each, p. 32)
2″ Icon <x> (cut 2, p. 32)
2 ½” Shift+Background (cut 2, p. 40)

Flower Wreath
X5782 Pansy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5784 Willow Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5787 Blossom Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1301 Bamboo Cardstock, X5643 Chocolate Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Ribbon, Wreath Base, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
3″ Flower-1 (cut 4, p. 14)
4½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 16)
2½” Shift+Icon (cut 3, p. 27)
1½” Shift+Flower-2 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Flower-2 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 7, p. 31)
1½” Flower-1 (cut 7, p. 31)
3¼” Icon (cut 5, p. 32)
2¼” Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 32)
3¼” Flower-1 (p. 32)
3″ Shift+Icon (p. 32)
3½” Shift+Flower-2 (p. 32)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (p. 32)
2¼” Icon (cut 2, p. 33)
2¼” Shift+Icon (cut 2, p. 33)
2½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 33)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 33)
4½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p.36)
2¼” Icon (p. 40)
2¼” Shift+Icon (p. 40)
2½” Flower-2 (p. 40)
2½” Shift+Flower-2 (p. 40)
2½” Flower-1 (p. 40)
2½” Shift+Flower-1 (p. 40)
2″ Shift+Icon (p. 45)
2″ Shift+Flower-2 (p. 45)
2″ Flower-2 (p. 45)
1½” Icon (cut 3, p. 45)
1½” Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 45)
1½” Shift+Flower-1 (cut 3, p. 45)
1¼” Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 46)
1¼” Shift+Flower-2 (cut 2, p. 46)

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Paper Succulents Made Easy

As you’ve probably noticed, succulents are IN! From wedding bouquets and hanging planters to wreaths and mini terrariums, these plants are popping up all over the place! The only problem is that succulents can be tricky plants to keep alive.

If you don’t have a green thumb, try your hand at paper succulents instead! With our brand new Cricut® Flower Market collection, you can create all the trendy succulent projects you see on Pinterest without any of the maintenance.

For example, here is a simple centerpiece and favor for a wedding:

Paper succulents #ctmh #closetomyheart #succulents #diyhomedecor #modernhomedecor #cricut

By using different colors of cardstock and daubing a bit of ink around the edges of the succulents for shading, they look even more realistic.

You can also use these succulents in a wide array of home décor projects, like this cute succulent monogram.

Paper succulents #ctmh #closetomyheart #succulents #diyhomedecor #modernhomedecor #cricut

If you love these paper succulents, you’re going to love the rest of the flowers and plants you can make with our Cricut® Flower Market collection. Here’s the 411:

  • The collection features 700 images, including a brand new font!
  • Each key of the collection contains all the cuts you’ll need for a coordinated card, scrapbook layout, or 3-D project. These cuts include layers to create a flower, a container for the flower, accents and a background, and a title piece, all of which tie into the same theme.
  • We’ve made layering your flowers easy! All you have to do is enter the size of the finished flower you want for each layer of the flower, and it will cut the layer accordingly (so long as you have Real Dial Size off).
  • When you purchase the collection, you also get the Adventure cardstock combo pack, featuring our brand new colors, and three exclusive D-size stamp sets.

We’ve designed this collection with scrapbookers and cardmakers in mind, but as you’ve seen from today’s artwork, it definitely lends itself to some wowie 3-D projects as well—just take a look at one more amazing bouquet:

Paper flowers #ctmh #closetomyheart #paperflowers #decor #cricut #ctmhflowermarket

Get your hands on this Cricut® collection, and have fun creating paper succulents and more for your scrapbooks, cards, and home.

Happy crafting!

Recipes

Wedding Centerpiece & Favor
B1536 My Acrylix® All the Thanks, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1288 Colonial White Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z1938 Sponge Daubers Value PackZ3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2″, 2 ½”, and 3″ <Succulnt> (cut multiples of each, p. 40)

Succulent Monogram
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1938 Sponge Daubers Value PackZ3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2″, 2 ½”, 2 ¾”, and 3″ <Succulnt> (cut multiples of each, p. 40)
2″, 2 ½”, 2 ¾”, and 3″ Shift <Succulnt> (cut multiples of each, p. 40)
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Easy As Pie

Creating a cute treat container is as easy as pie!

Today is Chocolate Day, so why not treat yourself to, say, a triple chocolate cream pie? 😀

The only thing sweeter than indulging in some decadent chocolate is sharing it with someone you care about, and thanks to our Cricut® Artiste collection, you can do it in style! With some simple assembly, you can make an adorable container like this one that’s perfect for transporting a delicious piece of pie!

Creating a cute treat container is as easy as pie!

Just like chocolate, crafting makes everything better, so why not combine the two? Grab yourself a delicious chocolate pie (cake will do the trick, too!), try your hand at making this cute container by following the recipe below, and then share some chocolatey and papercrafty goodness with a friend.

If that’s not a recipe for a perfect day, we don’t know what is!

Recipe

Pie Container
D1647 My Acylix® Document Moments, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3216 White Twine, Z3090 Red Faceted Gems, Z3130 Silver Foil Tape, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
8″ 3-D Object <HppyBday> (p. 70)
8″ Shift + 3-D Object <YearOld> (p. 70)

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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3-D Cards that Pack a Punch

What’s that in the sky—is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super-amazing handmade card we made using the incredible powers of the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection! Have a look:

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Don’t let its mild-mannered exterior fool you, because its true powers lie within:

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Ta-da! This 3-D pop-up card is just one of the many themed cards available on the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. Let’s take a closer look at how it all comes together.

 

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 1: Cut all your card pieces. You’ll find all the shapes you need on the <j> key of your Artfully Sent collection.

You’ll notice we’ve cut the interactive feature of the super hero body multiple times—once from the Regatta ombré paper, once from a Regatta Picture My Life™ card, and once from gold glitter paper. That gives us the layers we need to make our hero pop out even more in the center of the card. We’ve also cut multiples of the “Happy Birthday” and “Super Hero” sentiments. For the backing piece, we used the Contour feature in Cricut Design Space™, but those shapes are also simple enough to trim out by hand.

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 2: Match up your layers! For your top layer, trim the suit pieces out of the Picture My Life paper and add them to your ombré paper, which is going to be the main part of the inside of your card. Take the lightning bolt from the negative cut of your glitter paper to make your hero’s lightning bolt shine. Feel free to add a few other glitter embellishments like boot cuffs, too!

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 3: Put the outside of your card together. We’ve kept it unassuming using a simple piece of zip strip and the Happy Birthday layered sentiment. 3-D foam tape gives some dimension to the front of your card.

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 4: Attach the inside of your card to the card base, adding sequins, the super hero cape, and another zip strip to give it a completed look.

This fun card is just one of many, many different cards you can make using the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. There are several other pop-up cards you can create, as well as build-a-scene cards, sleeve cards, sentiment cards, and more! With cuts for envelopes and liners, and even pocket cards that look great on a card base or in the pages of a pocket scrapbook, this collection is a must-have for cardmakers and a great resource for every crafter.

Have you already been bitten by the Artfully Sent bug? If so, tell us what YOUR favorite use for this collection is in the comments below.

Recipe

5 ½” x 4″ Happy Birthday Card
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artfully Sent
5 ½” Pop-Up <j> (p.27)
5 ½” Shift+Pop-Up <J> (p. 27)
5 ½” Icon <j> (p. 27)
5 ½” Shift+Icon <J> (p. 27)

*Real Dial Size

All of these products are available from your Independent Consultant. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner.

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Stay On Track with a Mini Goal Book

You’ve set some great goals for the new year, and you’re ready to get to work (especially after reading our tips for goal-setting success)! What better way to keep track of your progress and motivate yourself along the way than to create a cute mini goal book? With the help of the Cricut® Artbooking collection and the La Vie En Rose paper packet, you can create a trendy mini book like this:Create a beautiful book to keep track of your goals this new year! #closetomyheart #ctmh #newyears #goals

Look how fun! We got really creative with this project, starting with the cover: Those colorful “2016” numbers were cut from some Picture My Life™ cards, while the bookmark flags come from the La Vie En Rose Complements. But that’s just the beginning—let’s take a peek inside!Create a beautiful book to keep track of your goals this new year! #closetomyheart #ctmh #newyears #goals

We’ll start the grand tour with this motivation pocket. It’s full of stamped cards with encouraging reminders for the day. Bright watercolors are the perfect way to add extra excitement and energy to these motivational sayings. Watercolors also come into play on the next page, where each goal fits into a category, and each category has its own color. Has organization ever been so cute?Create a beautiful book to keep track of your goals this new year! #closetomyheart #ctmh #newyears #goals

Here’s another card from Picture My Life Through the Year! It’s already so decorative that just a couple embellishments are enough to complete the page. Charts are great for keeping track of your goals, so we created a pie chart with a twist. It coordinates with the goals on the previous page, and you can fill in the chart with watercolors as you complete your goals, proving that keeping your goals can be fun and creative!Create a beautiful book to keep track of your goals this new year! #closetomyheart #ctmh #newyears #goals

Finally, check out these lists—beautiful and inspirational! Isn’t a reminder of what your goals are all about a perfect ending for this book? It’s a great reminder about why goal setting is really important. On the surface, goals seem to be all about what we do, but they are actually about discovering who we are and the inner strength we have.

What’s especially neat is that this applies to creating art with paper. On the surface, you’re stamping, designing, and arranging, but what you’re actually doing is learning more about yourself as you discover your own creative potential. Pretty neat, right?

We hope you enjoy fulfilling your goals as much as you enjoy creating a fun mini book like this one to track them!

Recipe

Mini Goal Book

B1482 My Acryix® My Story, E1031 My Acrylix® Dated, E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet, D1661 My Acrylix® Crazy Good, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, Z3177 Picture My Life Through The Year Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basics, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
7″ Photo Mat 1 <3> (p. 40)
7″ Photo Mat 2 <q> (p. 48)
7″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <W> (p. 49)
6 ¾” Photo Mat 1 <e> (p. 50)
7″ Photo Mat 1 <r> (p. 51)
4 ½” Photo Mat 1 <u> (p. 54)
7 ¼” Shift+Photo Mat 1 <O> (p. 56)

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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A Cricut® Christmas!

The “most wonderful time of the year” deserves equally wonderful scrapbook pages, wouldn’t you agree? In the spirit of the season, we are sharing four scrapbook pages that show how Cricut® Artistry can make your Christmas memories absolutely magical!

First off, let’s have a look at this classy piece:Let Cricut® help you craft some Christmas memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cricut #christmasShapes from the Artistry cartridge add a festive feeling to this page, especially the layered deer head that literally pops right off the page with the help of some 3-D foam tape. The Cricut® Artistry collection also gets credit for those delicate two-toned holly leaves.

What other details do we love about this page? We love the calendar card from the Picture My Life™ Through the Year scrapbooking program. We also love the “joy” sentiment on the bottom-left corner of the page; it was made using white embossing powder, giving it the look of snow in stark contrast to a nighttime sky.

Speaking of snow . . .Let Cricut® help you craft some Christmas memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cricut #christmasThere’s no easier way to cut intricate snowflakes than with your Cricut® Artistry cartridge! With some watercolor paint splatters, mini snowflake stamps, and bitty sparkles, these flakes become something really special. It may seem counterintuitive to put white snowflakes on white cardstock, but you can see it definitely works! The snowflakes add a subtle background and texture to the cardstock, which has us dreaming of a white Christmas!

And since we scrapbookers are all about getting the most out of our papers, we’ve got a clever Cricut® trick for you to try out. After cutting out shapes with your Cricut®, use that sheet of cardstock as an overlay, like in this example:Unknown-15See how the snowflake-shaped spaces become stunning designs on this page? Let’s zoom in on that.Unknown-17Try out all sorts of different backgrounds behind your cutouts. We used white shimmer trim and silver foil tape, in addition to clustered embellishments, to add the wonder to this winter wonderland. When you have all your backgrounds in place, attach the cardstock with the cutouts with 3-D foam tape so it pops.

Feeling inspired? Well just wait until you see all the Cricut® magic on this page!Unknown-18You know, we heard Santa Claus was coming to town, so we really went to town with the Cricut® cuts on this page—Santa is made of four different layers of paper! And the trees and “Joy” tag are each made of three layers! What’s great about the Cricut® Artistry collection though is that it makes creating elaborate scenes like this simple and fun. You also get to decide which scenes to create and how to arrange the cuts on the page.

The Santa scene pairs perfectly with our White Pines paper, and some watercolors and embellishments really top this page off perfectly.

Ready to make your own Christmas masterpiece? Then pull out your Cricut® and put on your thinking cap—or Santa hat—for a day of holiday crafting! Make sure to use the hashtag #cricutartistry when sharing your creations online!

Recipes

 12″ x 12″ Joy Page
A1174 My Acrylix® Spray of Joy, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Z3176 Picture My Life White Pines Scrapbooking Program, Z3177 Picture My Life Through the Year Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad, Z3077 White Pines Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2010 White Enamel Stars, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z2068 Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

 Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3½” <Thksgvng> (p. 45)
3 ½” Shift <Thksgvng> (p. 45)
¾”, 1″ and 1 ½” Icon-1 <Christms> (p. 48)
¾”, 1″ and 1 ½” Shift+Icon-1 <Christms> (p. 48)

12″ x 12″ Let It Snow Page
Reflections: Bottom Border—Tucked In
B1483 My Acrylix® Season’s Greetings, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3130 Silver Foil Tape, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1¾” and 2 ½” Icon-1 <Winter> (p. 49)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Winter> (cut 2, p. 49)
2¼” and 3” Icon-2 <Winter> (p. 49)
2¼” Shift+Icon-2 <Winter> (cut 2, p. 49)
1¼” <Font> “Let It Snow”

12″ x 12″ All Bundled Up Page
X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3130 Silver Foil Tape, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 ½” and 2″ Icon-1<Winter> (p. 49)
1″and 2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Winter> (p. 49)
1″and 2¾” Icon-2 (p. 49)
1½” and 2″ Shift+Icon-2 (p. 49)
3″ <Font> “all bundled up”

12″ X 12″ Happy Christmas Page
D1656 My Acrylix® Miracle of Christmas, D1657 My Acrylix® Holly Jolly Christmas, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5779 Poppy Cardstock, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3145 Picture My Life™ Overlay Black, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z3114 Instalife Roller Stamp This Happened, Z3115 InstalifeRoller Stamp Day-to-Day, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2½” Icon-1 <Holiday> (p. 47)
2½” Shift+Icon-1 <Holiday> (p. 47)
2½” Icon-2 <Holiday> (cut 2, p. 47)
2½” Shift+Icon-2 <Holiday> (p. 47)
2½” and 3½” Icon-2 <Holiday> (p. 48)
2½” and 3½” Shift+Icon-2 <Holiday> (p. 48)
2¼” Shape <Christms> (p. 48)
2¼” Shift+Shape <Christms> (p. 48)

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The Power of the Page

Today is the day we glorify the page—the single (but never lonely) scrapbook page. Sometimes after a special life event, we feel the need to create layout after layout to fully capture every moment . . . and then, inevitably, we fall behind in our scrapbooking. The solution? Don’t underestimate the power of a single scrapbook page! It can handle a lot more than you may think (and look good while doing it, too!)

Greece

In this fun page celebrating a trip to Greece, our artist used squares to organize all the chatter on the page. Even though the three photographs are small, the artist chose ones that make an impact and provide a great overview of the trip, capturing both the beauty of Greece and the smile of the happy adventurer. The artist then organized the journaling into eight journaling squares at the bottom of the page. EIGHT! All on one page! And there’s still plenty of room for embellishments and other stamps! What a great way to remember the best moments of a vacation without the pressure of trying to create multiple layouts before the memories fade.

Now how about those of you who’ve got a teenager at home but haven’t documented any of her shenanigans since she was a child? Children grow up in the blink of an eye, and it’s hard to capture their milestones and quirky personality traits before they’re on to the next phase of life. Rather than worry about dedicating an entire page or layout to each milestone or trait, you can use one page to document several milestones and traits at once.

My Name is Carly

Look at all that information about sweet Carly! We love the variety of colors and textures on the page that create a personality almost as vibrant as Carly’s. The three pictures on this page capture Carly in a simple yet beautiful way and contrast nicely with all the rainbow colors. The journaling strips in each square cover timely details about Carly that would be easy to forget if they hadn’t been recorded.

Wouldn’t it also be fun to create a similar page showing “a day in the life” of someone in your family? You could take candid snapshots and use journaling strips just like above. It would provide a great inside peek into a loved one’s life.

Now stop stressing about how behind you are, and start cramming one page with oodles of information! If you give the single scrapbook page the glory it deserves, you’ll catch up on your scrapbooking in no time and have some creative fun along the way. 🙂

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ Greece Page
Reflections: Triple Play—Over the Top
B1416 My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase, D1600 My Acrylix® Here We Go, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2140 Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2″ Shift <Font> “GREECE”

12″ x 12″ Hello, My Name Is Carly Page
Reflections: Sampler—Nine Photo Quilt
D1555 My Acrylix® All the Details, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5757 Gypsy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2140 Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2446 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Black Marker, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1934 Flamingo Dots, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3042 Coral Reef Sequins, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
11″ Overlay <x> (p. 69)
3 ½” Overlay <y> (p. 53)
3 ½” Overlay <k> (p. 65)
3 ½” Overlay <2ofakind> (p. 78)
3 ½” Overlay <Happy> (p. 86)

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