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! 🙂

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

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.

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

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.

3 amazing vision board ideas! #closetomyheart #ctmh #visionboard #visionboardideas #diyvisionboard #crafting #paper

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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More Mixing and Matching Magic

Last week we shared a few pieces of artwork that showed you how nicely different paper packets work together, along with tips for how to mix them. Well, we’re at it again—this time with a lovely home décor piece that is both eye-catchingly elegant and sweetly simple:

Make this beautiful paper banner for your home. #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #diyhomedecor #paperbanner #diybanner

Can you name all the paper packets used here? Zoe certainly makes a standout performance, but the sharp-eyed among you will also be able to pick out the rich hues from Sangria and the soft patterns from Georgie. We’ve also mixed in some Eggplant and Juniper cardstock  for good measure. The end result is a paper garland that you can keep up year round.

Make this beautiful paper banner for your home. #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #diyhomedecor #paperbanner #diybanner

All of the yo-yo flower shapes were cut using the Cricut® Artiste collection and are simple to assemble following the instructions in the assembly booklet that comes with the collection. The flowers were then attached to a single piece of sturdy wrapping paper either directly or using 3-D foam tape to create the garland shape. After embellishing with a few playful sequins for that little bit of bling, the banner was hung inside a well-loved frame using Whisper thick twine.

Whether you’re just trying to use up the last papers from a favorite paper packet or exploring bold color combinations of your own creation, there are lots of ways to combine different paper packets to create beautiful artwork!

We’ve loved hearing your input on how you mix paper packets. Tell us in the comments which paper packets you’re going to try mixing next!

Recipe

X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5752 Juniper Cardstock, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection.

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
¾”, 1″ Card <i> (p. 48)
1 ½”, 2 ¼” Shift + 3D Object <P> (p. 50)
1 ½”, 2 ¼”, 2 ½”, Shift + Card <G> (p. 55)
2″ Accent 2 <Hallween> (p. 77)

*Real Dial Size

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How To: Paper Daffodils

Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #createYesterday was the first day of spring, and nothing says “springtime” quite like flowers! Today we’re going to show you how to make some beautiful paper daffodils to place in your home, on your desk at work, or to give as a gift!

First, use the recipe at the bottom of this post to cut all your Cricut® shapes. Once you have all of your shapes cut out, follow these instructions:Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 1: Cut leaves from the petals of the Fern flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 2: Using a bone folder, score the center of each leaf to form a vein. Then slightly curl each leaf.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 3: Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the center of each white shape.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 4: Using Liquid Glass, attach the flap on the White Daisy shape to the backside of the next petal to form a cupped flower shape. Repeat for the remaining two White Daisy shapes.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 5: Using the bone folder, gently curl the petals of each Canary flower so they curl slightly toward the center of the flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 6: Attach the White Daisy flowers to the center of the Canary flowers using Liquid Glass.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 7: Using the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green marker, color the wooden skewers. Push the pointed end of a skewer up through the center of one flower so about ¾” of the skewer is showing through the center, and attach to the flower using Liquid Glass. Repeat for each flower.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Step 8: Attach leaves to the skewers using Liquid Glass.Love flowers? Then you’ll love these paper daffodils. Step-by-step instructions are on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #papercrafting #paperflowers #homedecor #springtime #create

Now you have a beautiful bouquet that will last all year long!

You can also embellish your vase a little bit. We chose to add a fun ribbon and a tag to ours.

We hope these flowers brighten your day and get you excited for springtime. Tell us in the comments below what your favorite flower is!

Recipe

Paper Daffodils
B1516 My Acrylix® Your Beautiful Self, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Skewers, Vase

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
2 ¼” Accent 4 <1> (p. 31, cut 1, White Daisy)
11″ Shift+Accent2 <R> (p. 44, cut 1, Fern)
5″ Shift+Accent 3 <Z> (p. 61, cut 3, Canary)
2 ½” 3D Object <VIntnDay> (p. 72, cut 3, White Daisy)

*All Cricut® shapes should be cut using Real Dial Size.

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Banner In a Jar

We’ve got a riddle for you: How is spring like papercrafting?

Give up?

Both make the world a brighter and more colorful place! And today’s project idea is a fun way to spread the joy of papercrafting. It’s an adorable “banner in a jar” kit:Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

It all starts with a simple jar. Naturally we topped it off with a colorful piece of paper from the Penelope paper packet and a length of white & gold ribbon, but the real charm comes from what’s inside!Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

Just take a look at that! Here’s what we’ve included:

  • Bright and cheery Penelope papers cut into pennant shapes using the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge
  • Letters spelling “Happy Spring,” which were cut from Pixie cardstock using the Cricut® Artistry cartridge
  • Penelope Complements
  • Playful Puffies
  • Bitty Sparkles
  • Thistle extra thick twine

Pre-cutting the pennant shapes and the letters means that the recipient of this gift just has to attach the letters to the pennant pieces, thread them onto the twine, and embellish! In just a few minutes they will end up with a fun banner like this one:Create this easy "banner in a jar"—it's the perfect go-to gift! #ctmh #closetomyheart #banner #papercrafting #ctmhPenelope #homedecor #decorations #holiday #diygift

Not pictured: the bright smile on the proud crafter’s face!

Who do you know that could use a little ray of sunshine in the form of an easy-to-assemble papercrafting project? Start stuffing those jars—just be sure to leave a little room for a note of encouragement, love, or appreciation to go along with it!

Recipe

Happy Spring Banner
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X7207C Penelope Complements, Z3205 Playful Puffies, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
4″ Shift + Photo Mat 1 <Y>(p. 53, cut 11)

Artistry
2 ¾” <Font> “HAPPY SPRING”

The ribbon used on the jar is Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon.

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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How to Throw an Award-Winning Oscars Party!

It’s almost time for the biggest movie awards night of the year: the Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars! You love watching the red carpet arrivals (those dresses!), you love guessing who will win each award, and you love doing it all with friends and family. Why not throw an official Oscars party, then? We’ve got a lineup of great ideas to help make your party worthy of a standing ovation!How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

A central component of every good party is GOOD FOOD! Cakes are great at pulling double duty, serving as edible centerpieces to your spread. Make your cake the star of the show with a few simple star toppers cut from glitter paper! And what could be a better treat for a night celebrating the best films of the year than popcorn?How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Little popcorn boxes make it much easier for everyone to munch throughout the night without passing around a bowl, and they make your guests feel like they’re at a movie theater. Dressing up your boxes so they look like tuxedos is an easy way to give your party a definite Oscars flair, and our Cricut® collections make them so easy to throw together.How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Rather than going the plastic cup and permanent marker route to keep track of everyone’s drinks, add some sparkle to your sodas and create these personalized name tags! These stars are super simple to make, but they’re just the kind of detail that will make your guests feel like VIPs.

How to throw an award-winning Oscars party. #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #paperaddict #party #oscars

Okay, now on to activities. We love these free printable Oscars bingo cards from The House That Lars Built. Come up with a fun prize to give the person who gets bingo first.

Also, since the celebrities get their photos taken all night long, we think another way to have fun with your guests is by having a photo shoot of your own! You may have spotted those adorable prop sticks in a vase, playing the role of a simple décor piece in that first photo, but they are also great way to make everyone less camera shy, AND they can be sent home with your guests as souvenirs from your fun night. You can even create your own Polaroid-style frame. This activity is sure to get everyone laughing, and by the end of the night, you’ll have tons of great photos to share!

To add to the drama of the evening, we want to give away some awards of our own! In the comments below, make three guesses, one for each of these categories: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Actress in a Leading Role. Make sure to have your guesses in before February 28, because after the Oscars, we’ll go through all the comments to see who guessed right and select 30 winners as follows:

The first 15 people to correctly guess the winner of ONE of the categories will receive the beautiful Everyday Life™ album.

The first 10 people to correctly guess the winner of TWO categories will receive the Everyday Life album, the My Crush® Everyday Life pages, and the Everyday Life washi tape.

The first 5 people to correctly guess the winner of all THREE categories will get the Everyday Life prize package, including the album, the My Crush Everyday Life pages, the Everyday Life washi tape, both the 4″ x 3″ and the 4″ x 6″ Memory Protectors™, and the Picture My Life™ Live Your Day cards—which are no longer available for purchase!

Start making your decorations, and submit your guesses here on the blog! It’s sure to be a night to remember!

Recipes

Star Cake Toppers
Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Skewers

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2½” Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 4, p. 68)
 
Popcorn Holders
X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
6¼” 3D Object <m> (cut several, p. 67)

Artistry
1″ Shift+Icon-1 <S> (cut several, p. 22)
 
Star Drink Tags
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
2 ½” Shift+3D Object <D> (cut several, p. 53)
 
Prop Sticks and Polaroid Frame
1386 Black Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Skewers, Chalk

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
5 ½” Accent 4 <a> (cut 2, p. 51)
1½” Shift+Accent 2 <M> (cut 2, p. 67)
3½” Shift+Accent 4 <Mom> (cut 2, p. 74)

Artistry
5½” Icon-2 <1> (cut 2, p. 1)
2¼” Icon-1 <s> (cut 2, p. 22)
2¼” Shift+Icon-1 <S> (cut 2, p. 22)
11½” Background <x> (cut several, p. 32)
2½” Shift <Father> (cut 2, p. 40)
2 ½” <NewYears> (cut 2, p. 50)
2 ½” Shift <NewYears> (cut 2, p. 50)

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 Fun Way to “Spruce” Up Your Valentine’s Day Décor

As a crafter, you’re always looking for new projects and new ideas. With Valentine’s Day coming up, here’s one we’ve fallen head over heels for: a heart tree!Learn how to make this adorable heart tree for Valentine's Day! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #decor #hearts

This would make a great accent piece for your living room, and if you made a few, you could make a really cute mantle display or centerpiece arrangement. These trees are super easy and affordable to make, especially since we’re going to show you how! We’ll even include some insider’s tips.

First, you’ll need to get a styrofoam tree (or trees!) and a bunch of ½” straight pins, which you can get from almost any craft store. Next, put your Cricut® to work cutting out hearts—a lot of them! ☺ We cut these hearts at 1 ½”. 2 sheets each of 4 colors of paper should be plenty to cover one tree.

Insider’s tip #1: You’ll want to turn the pressure up pretty high on your Cricut® machine when you cut the glitter paper.Learn how to make this adorable heart tree for Valentine's Day! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #decor #hearts

After you’ve cut all your hearts, flip your first heart upside down. Using a straight pin, attach the heart to the bottom of the tree: The curved part of the heart should be in line with the bottom of the tree, and the pin should be placed near the point of the heart. Continue this technique to create a row of hearts on the bottom of the tree. Let the hearts overlap slightly. Next, add another row just above your first. Focus on filling the gaps between the hearts and covering the pinheads from the first row. You can either make each row its own color or alternate colors within rows—it’s totally up to you! When you get to the top of the tree, glue the tips of the hearts together to create a point.

Insider’s tip #2: If you plan on saving your tree to use year after year, use styrofoam glue instead of or in addition to the straight pins. The tree may take longer to finish, but it will be less delicate.

And that’s it—we told you it was easy! 🙂 Now you’re ready to welcome this holiday of caring and sharing into your home and heart, and with that . . .

Insider’s tip #3: Love what you’ve created!

Recipe

Heart Tree
X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, Z1922 Pink Glitter Paper, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Styrofoam Tree, ½” Straight Pins, Styrofoam Glue (optional)

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 ½” Icon-1 (cut multiple, p. 35)

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Deck the Halls with Papercrafting!

December is here, and you know what that means—it’s party season! Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or other special celebrations, you’re bound to host at least one festive event soon, and Close To My Heart wants to help make your party the cutest one on the block!

First let’s welcome in Christmas —or rather, let this Christmas banner welcome your guests in!Create decor for your Christmas or New Year's Eve party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #party #decorFor this banner, layering is the name of the game. Chocolate cardstock letters behind their Cranberry counterparts create a shadowed look, and the holly leaves appear beautifully real thanks to two layers in different colors of cardstock.

For an adorable centerpiece, it’s amazing how well a wrapped box and some Cricut® ingenuity can “spruce” up some sprigs, eh? 🙂 Learn more about how to make those beautiful blossoms by watching this video:

Here’s one other tip to keep in mind when replicating this centerpiece: The holly berry branches are actually three pieces of cardstock. Cut two Chocolate branches, and cut off the berries. Then cut one Cranberry branch, and glue it in between the Chocolate branches sandwich style. With all this help, you’ll create a showstopper centerpiece that will have your guests “oohing” and “ahhhing!”

And of course no party is complete without some cupcakes! Our Cricut® Artiste collection includes all sorts of cupcake liners. Some glittery stars make great cupcake toppers and tie all of these pieces together. The stars were cut out of gold glitter paper with the help of our Cricut® Artbooking collection, and they really make this trio the perfect ensemble!

But even if your party isn’t for Christmas, we’ve got you covered! If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve, a birthday, or something else entirely, then the Kaleidoscope paper packet is your new best friend!Create decor for your Christmas or New Year's Eve party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #party #decorCreate decor for your Christmas or New Year's Eve party! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #party #decorThis banner is certain to brighten up any room it’s in (even on the coldest winter nights!), and it’s perfect for celebrations all year round. To get this look, attach strips of paper together (so they have the same pattern on each side), and stitch them in a long line with your sewing machine. Voila!

The party centerpiece here is just as spunky as the banner! In addition to being a great decoration, the decorated sticks could be used for super fun photos, party games, or favors.

And just as it added class to our Christmas pieces, our gold glitter paper is back! These liners have a non-glittery paper on the inside of the liners to keep the glitter on the outside! The cupcakes are topped off with spunky little tassels of cardstock, cut and glued around the tops of toothpicks. They look kind of like fireworks, and they’re just the thing to “spark” a conversation with your guests.

We know you’ll enjoy creating these beautiful pieces of artwork—and we know you’ll love the compliments that will follow, too! No matter what you’re celebrating in the coming weeks, may all your celebrations be merry and bright!

Recipes 

“Merry Christmas” Star Banner
D1664 My Acrylix® Packages, Boxes, and Tags, D1522 My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase (period to create dots on Fern cardstock), X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¼”and 3¼” Shape <v> (cut 8, p. 34)
4″ and 5″ Shape <v> (cut 11, p. 34)
2″ Icon-1 <Christms> (cut 4, p. 48)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Christms> (cut 4, p. 48)
1½”, 2″, 2½” <NewYears> (cut several, p. 50)

Artbooking
1¼”, 1½”, 2″ Icon <m> (cut several, p. 74)
2½” <Merry> (p. 75)

Artiste
2″ Shift <Font> “CHRISTMAS” (cut 2)

Christmas Box
D1657 My Acrylix® Holly Jolly Christmas, D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2175 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2135 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Skewers, Pine Sprigs, Box

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1½” Shift+Background <@> (cut 12, 4 Cranberry, 8 Chocolate p. 2)
1″ Shift+Icon-2 <Q> (cut 5, p. 11)
1″ and 1¼” Icon-1 <j> (cut several, p. 27)
1″ and 1¼” Shift+Icon-1 <J> (cut several, p. 27)
3¼” Icon-1 <z> (cut several p. 31)
3″ Shift+Background <Z> (cut several, p. 31)
2″and 3″ Icon-1 <Christms> (cut several, p. 48)
2″and 3″ Shift+Icon-1 <Christms> (cut several, p. 48)

Artiste
5½” Accent 1 <f> (cut 4, p. 54)
8″ Accent 1 <f> (cut 2, p. 54)
10″ Accent 1 <f> (cut 1, p. 54)
2½” Accent 3 <f> (cut 5, p. 54)
3″ Accent 3 <f> (cut 5, p. 54)
3½” Accent 3 <f> (cut 5, p. 54)
4″ Accent 3 <f> (cut 6, p. 54)
1¼” Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 4, p. 68)
1½” Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 4, p. 68)
2″ Accent 3 <BdayBoy> (cut 6, p. 68)

Christmas Cupcake Liners and Toppers
X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Toothpicks

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
1″ Icon <m> (cut 6, p. 74)

Artiste
3½” Accent 4 <c> (cut 3, p. 63)

Kaleidoscope Banner
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper, Z3075 Red Glitter Paper, Thread

Kaleidoscope Centerpiece
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Vase

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3″ Icon-1 <1> (p. 1)
3″ Shape <i> (p. 18)
3″ Shift+Shape <I> (p. 18)
2″ Icon-1 <s> (p. 22)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <S> (p. 22)
1 ¼” Icon-2 <s> (p. 22)
1¾” Shift+Icon-2 <Father> (p. 40)
½” Shift <Font> “#PARTY”

Kaleidoscope Cupcake Liners and Toppers
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Toothpicks

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3½” Accent 4 <Z> (p. 61)

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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Your Family Tree Never Looked So Good!

We believe the heart of scrapbooking to be the relationships that we celebrate and preserve on the pages in our albums. Of all the relationships in our lives, family relationships are among the most cherished. Today’s artwork shows you a beautiful way to celebrate those relationships that make us who we are:
Create a beautiful family tree generations will cherish! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhurban #ctmhzoe #diyfamilytree #familyhistory #familyphotos #scrapbookingideasThis is a beautiful family, and we’re sure yours is just as beautiful to you, too, which is why we’re going to pass on some insider’s tips from the artist who brought this tree to life. Sharing a page like this one with your children and grandchildren is sure to give them a greater appreciation for their heritage and the art of preserving family history. Let’s take a closer look, then, shall we?
Create a beautiful family tree generations will cherish! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhurban #ctmhzoe #diyfamilytree #familyhistory #familyphotos #scrapbookingideasFirst off, our artist made good use of our watercolors to create a breezy blue background. She then used the My Acrylix® Friend Tree stamp set to stamp the limbs of the tree. Because the stamps are flexible, she was able to bend the stamp to shape it just the way she wanted before inking and stamping it in place. This allowed her to plan out where she’d be placing her pictures and which spaces would need the most leaves.

The leaves were stamped using stamps from the same set and a variety of colors, including Pear, Fern, Topiary, and Sweet Leaf (how fitting!). When it comes to adding the leaves, our artist recommends starting with a lighter color and working with one color at a time to fill up your branches.
Create a beautiful family tree generations will cherish! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhurban #ctmhzoe #diyfamilytree #familyhistory #familyphotos #scrapbookingideasNotice the textured look on some of the leaves? To create this effect, our artist stamped on a piece of scrap paper and then the page itself, making each branch and leaf on the page unique—just like every person in her family tree!
Create a beautiful family tree generations will cherish! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhurban #ctmhzoe #diyfamilytree #familyhistory #familyphotos #scrapbookingideasThe tasteful accessories our artist chose also add some class to this page. The page is anchored down by a torn paper strip from the Urban paper packet, the popped-out “family” title, and a twine bow that contributes to the natural feel. A dovetailed title, a handful of gold sequins, and elegant enamel triangles finish the ensemble nicely.

So, are you ready to memorialize your own family? No one knows them better than you do, and now you have a new idea for creating a visual reminder of their lives and of the relationships that tie you all together. Enjoy the family reunion!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Family Tree Page
C1633 My Acrylix® For Family, D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, D1662 My Acrylix® Harvest Wreath, X7204B Urban Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, 1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3123 Enamel and Glitter Duos Green Triangles, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set Z3170, Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
¾” Shift <Font> “FAMILY” (cut 2)
1 ½” Card <i> (cut 7, p. 48)
1 ¾” Card <i> (cut 7, p. 48)
2″ Card <i> (cut 7, p. 48)

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An Elegant Way to Put Your Memories On Display

As the end of July draws near, some of you have probably started to place your summertime memories in albums. But have you ever thought about hanging them on the wall? Our Designed Décor products are perfect for preserving memories while still leaving all the creativity to you! What’s really fun about this line is that the products allow you to showcase your photos while using even more of your favorite paper packets, stamps, and embellishments at once. Of course, the Designed Décor line can also be used with minimal or no embellishments, and the products will still add simple elegance to any photos. That’s what’s great about Designed Décor—YOU get to determine how many details you want to add and the overall effect you want to create. We decided to try our hand at creating a very embellished Designed Décor item, just for fun. 🙂 Our artist started with our display tray, let her creative gears run wild, and produced stunning results!

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Isn’t that a gorgeous memento to hang on your wall? Right off the bat you can see that our display tray can be a great way to use up leftover scraps and embellishments you have lying around. Our artist cut the “Life” letters from the My Crush® For Her Book and used 3-D foam tape to make them pop. How creative is that? We also love the way the artist cut photos in half to share between two windows. And the journaling on the Picture My Life™ Jackson Scrapbooking Program card. And the landscape scenes created using the Seaside paper packet and fence stamp. Sorry, we’ll try to contain our excitement. This display tray’s just got us reeling!

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Like an intricate scrapbook page, the small details really make this display tray special. Embossed letters using the My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase stamp set provide a gritty texture similar to sand, and what better pictures to use with the Oceanside sequins than actual pictures of the ocean? The sequins tie the cool colors of the display board together wonderfully.

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Just look at all the details in this corner of the display tray. The Cricut®-cut wave, the layered seashells shaded with watercolor pencils, the perfectly placed sequins, the metal Seaside Assortment pieces. And what an inventive way to use Glacier thick twine! The net and starfish add such a unique, dimensional element to this piece.

Not only is our Designed Décor line perfect for creating seasonal décor with family memories, but it’s also great for showcasing everyday pictures—and in a way that will catch the eye of all your guests. Even if you don’t use as many embellishments as the piece above, Designed Décor provides a great medium for beautifully displaying photos and memories. So go ahead! Take a look at our Designed Décor line, and choose the perfect piece to add to your home. Then sit back, relax, and let the compliments roll in. 🙂

Recipe

Life Is Better in the Summer Display Tray
C1594 My Acrylix® Treasured Friendship, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, D1609 My Acrylix® Seaside Greetings, B1416 My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, Z3068 Picture My Life™ Jackson Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1142 Brown StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z3081 My Crush® For Her Book, Z1750 Display Tray, Z3014 Seaside Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Thick Twine, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Pen, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
1 ¼” Border <y> (p. 53)

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