A Closer Look at Our Cut Above® Live Beautifully Layout Kit

An amazing scrapbooking kit with pre-cut pieces and stickers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #livebeautifully #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #fast #easy #kit

May is National Scrapbooking Month, and to celebrate, we’ve created a whole new Cut Above® layout kit to help you create not one, not two, but FIVE layouts!

It’s called Live Beautifully, and it is all about living a beautiful life, dreaming big, and inspiring others.

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! Each of the five layouts in the Live Beautifully kit can be assembled in 15 minutes or less—they’re that easy!

Cut Above is the perfect solution for those who enjoy the art of scrapbooking but are looking for a quicker alternative. Even if you’re a die-hard decorative scrapbooker who loves to spend hours on a layout, this kit is a great way to catch up on documenting your stories without sacrificing quality.

Let’s take a closer look at the layouts this kit creates:

An amazing scrapbooking kit with pre-cut pieces and stickers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #livebeautifully #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #fast #easy #kit

An amazing scrapbooking kit with pre-cut pieces and stickers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #livebeautifully #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #fast #easy #kit

An amazing scrapbooking kit with pre-cut pieces and stickers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #livebeautifully #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #fast #easy #kit

An amazing scrapbooking kit with pre-cut pieces and stickers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #livebeautifully #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #fast #easy #kit

An amazing scrapbooking kit with pre-cut pieces and stickers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #livebeautifully #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #fast #easy #kit

Gorgeous, right? You’d never guess these come together so quickly! The gold foil accents really add a special touch, and if you want, you can pop up pieces with 3-D foam tape to add dimension.

If you want to get this kit at a discount, buy the kit in a bundle with an album, adhesive, and journaling pen—that way you save 20% and you have everything you need to make and store your pages!

So what are you waiting for! Give the Cut Above Live Beautifully layout kit a try! We know you’ll love it! 🙂

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Halloween Scrapbooking…Made Easy!

Halloween’s coming up fast, so if you haven’t already gotten your Halloween candy, you might want to head out and pick some up now!

But have you already given thought to what you’re going to do with those adorable pictures you are no doubt going to take of the awesome costumes, decorations, and festivities? Believe it or not, we’ve got a great solution for you there, too. 🙂

Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or just playing “catch-up,” we’ve got the perfect scrapbooking kit to help you create adorable Halloween layouts in a snap. It’s called the Workshops Your Way™ Jeepers Creepers scrapbooking kit, and it comes with all the supplies you need to create three traditional scrapbooking layouts. Once you receive your kit, you can download and print instructions for these layouts on our website.

Here’s what the layouts look like:

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway
Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

All the accents and titles you see are stickers and pieces you can easily attach with adhesive, so the layouts come together really quickly. If you have leftover photos, you can purchase our brand new Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ and slide your photos into them with some of your leftover pocket scrapbooking cards.

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

For those of you who are familiar with our Flip Flaps™, our Pocket Plus™ protectors provide the same exact function except you don’t attach them to your main protector. You just insert them wherever you want!

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

We’ve specifically designed one of the layouts in each of our Workshops Your Way scrapbooking kits to coordinate with our Pocket Plus™ protectors. You can see above how they blend in seamlessly with the layout, creating a fun, interactive way to preserve your memories.

Halloween scrapbooking made easy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweenscrapbooking #halloweencrafts #scrapbooking #ctmhJeepersCreepers #workshopsyourway

And since you’ll still have a few pieces left over, we’ve also designed a collection of cards you can make from those leftovers and a few extra products you may already have. You certainly don’t have to make these cards when you buy the kit, but if you do, the instructions for these cards are included in the instructions for your scrapbooking layouts. It’s a great way to get the biggest bang for your buck!

So be sure while you’re out picking up Halloween candy that you’re also putting in your order for the Workshops Your Way™ Jeepers Creepers scrapbooking kit as well. The plus side is that spending a little time to make your layouts gives you the perfect opportunity for testing out your Halloween candy at the same time. 🙂

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Color Coordination Made Easy

Introducing Sea Glass, our first-ever Color of the Year! #ctmh #closetomyheart #seaglass #mint #scrapbooking #cardmaking #crafting #colorinspiration #trendycolor

One thing we are most proud of is the way our color palette makes color coordination effortless. Essential crafting supplies like cardstock and inks are available in all of our exclusive colors, which are the same colors used in patterned papers and many accessories.

This year, we’ve introduced a new color that we’re calling our Color of the Year. Like our other colors, this trendy, minty hue called Sea Glass comes in a stamp pad, mini pigment pad, re-inker, cardstock, and glitter paper. You’ll also see hints of Sea Glass in different patterned papers, embellishments, and other products throughout the year.

Since Sea Glass has been introduced in this stand-alone way, today we want to share some ideas for how you can combine Sea Glass with our other colors.

Introducing Sea Glass, our first-ever Color of the Year! #ctmh #closetomyheart #seaglass #mint #scrapbooking #cardmaking #crafting #colorinspiration #trendycolor

We love Sea Glass paired with yellows. It’s a great color combination for your spring and summer layouts because it’s bright and happy. Add black to the mix for a clean, modern vibe.

Introducing Sea Glass, our first-ever Color of the Year! #ctmh #closetomyheart #seaglass #mint #scrapbooking #cardmaking #crafting #colorinspiration #trendycolor

Sea Glass also looks really sharp with metallics, like on the “Best Day Ever” card shown above. The minty hue and the gold give your artwork some vintage flair. If you want to go a more monochromatic route, pair Sea Glass with greens, like the Emerald cardstock on the “Yay” card.

When it comes down to it though, Sea Glass is such a versatile color that you should just try it out in all different kinds of color combinations to see what you like best—you really can’t go wrong!

Finally, we have some great resources to help you replicate our exclusive colors using some other coloring tools: the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers and our watercolors. Take a look to see what combinations of markers or watercolors you can use to fit in with our palette colors—including Sea Glass!

Download Marker Guide

Download Watercolor Guide

Freshen up your favorite color combinations by adding minty Sea Glass to the mix, and then finish off your artwork with watercolors and markers that perfectly match!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Lucky in Love Layout
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3265 School K-6 Complements, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ You Make My Heart Happy Card
A1192 My Acrylix® Happy Heart, Z3262 Rustic Home FundamentalsZ3253 Adventure FundamentalsX5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment PadZ3267 All Together Complements,Z3269 You & Me Complements ,Z3265 School K-6 ComplementsZ1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

4″ x 4″ Yay Card
D1700 My Acrylix® Way to Go, X5783 Emerald CardstockX5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy ComplementsZ1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Best Day Ever Card
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals,X5789 Sea Glass CardstockZ3269 You & Me Complements,Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3267 All Together Complements, Z1263 Bitty SparklesZ2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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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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4 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

You’ve accomplished a lot in the past few weeks. You’ve cooked, cleaned, decorated, shopped, wrapped, and brought smiles to a lot of faces! With such a long “to-do” list, it’s no wonder that you still need a few more Christmas gifts for some loved ones.

Well, we’ve got you covered! These four gifts are adorable and easy to make at the last minute. Check them out!

1. Quick N’ Easy Shadow Box

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingSpice up your friend or family member’s wall with a beautiful shadow box! Creating a unique page to place inside can be as simple as choosing a Cricut® shape you like, and cutting it at a size that fills the entire page. Adding a mini banner inside also adds a fun touch.

2. Base & Bling Necklace or Key Chain

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingWith Base & Bling, you can create personalized jewelry in a jiffy! We also recently showed how these can be put to great use as Christmas tree ornaments. But did you ever think of using the Base & Bling to create key chains? Personalize it with a family photo to make a fashionable accessory for important gals or guys in your life! You can even add cute charms like these to add some extra sweetness.

3. Mini Spa Kit

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingEveryone loves a little pampering, especially after the holidays. Decorate a My Creations™ pint-sized container, and then fill it with some spa essentials. For a special touch, add some White Pines confetti and this cute penguin tag!

4. Family Display Tray

Try these last-minute Christmas gift ideas! #ctmh #closetomyheart #gifts #christmas #craftingEveryone loves home décor that celebrates family, so get a Designed Décor hinged display tray, and fill it with their family photos. Create your own decorative cards, or use our Picture My Life™ cards for an even quicker finished product. We especially love the personalized monogram here made with leftover embellishments. It’s beautiful!

Wanting to create some of these yourself? Go for it! With the recipes below, your creativity, and a little Christmas spirit, you’ll be giving the cutest gifts of the season!

Be sure to tell us which one is your favorite in the comments below!

Recipes

Life Is Sweet Shadow Box
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box, Z3102 Fundamental Assortment Glacier, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
10″ Background <Mother> (cut 2, p. 39)

Base & Bling Keychain
Z3174 Base & Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet, Z3151 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Silver, Z3153 Base & Bling Circle Pendant—Faux Silver, Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers, Z1966 Base & Bling Circle Glass Covers, Z3133 Base & Bling Bow Charm—Faux Silver, Z3143 Base & Bling Teal Bead Charm—Faux Silver, Z3161 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Silver, Z679 Liquid Glass, Z1903 Base & Bling Adhesive Dots, Key Ring

 Base & Bling Necklace
Z3173 Base & Bling Affirmations Style Sheet, Z3159 Base & Bling Chain—Faux Gold, Z3152 Base & Bling Square Pendant—Faux Gold, Z1967 Base & Bling Square Glass Covers, Z3109 Base & Bling Heart Charm—Faux Gold, Z3140 Base & Bling Black Bead Charm—Faux Gold, Z3162 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Gold, Z679 Liquid Glass

Spa Pint-Sized Container
D1666 My Acrylix® Believe In Christmas, C1627 My Acrylix® Reindeer Bells, B1483 My Acrylix® Season’s Greetings, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container, X7200C White Pines Complements, Z3104 Fundamental Assortment—Black, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Family Display Tray
B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1838 5″ x 7″ Hinged Display Tray, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z2010 White Enamel Stars, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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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