8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall

8 Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall #closetomyheart #ctmh #littlegirl #girlsroom #homedecor #tips #gallery #wall

Gallery walls are a great way to infuse a space with colors and patterns. Not only are they a more affordable way to decorate large walls, but they give us the opportunity to showcase multiple pieces of art in one place and to express who we are and what we love!

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If you’ve never created a gallery wall before or if you’re looking for ways to update your current gallery walls, here are some tips to help you create a meaningful, cohesive gallery:

  • Decide if you want your gallery to be just pictures and photos or if you want to include dimensional pieces, like wooden shapes, wreaths, etc.

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  • Choose a favorite photo or piece of artwork as your starting piece, and then add to your wall by finding pieces that coordinate with your first item.
  • Another way to start is to choose one main color to anchor all the pieces in your gallery, and then create a color scheme around this main color.

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  • Rather than searching for the perfect picture frames to coordinate with your artwork, try adding paper to plain picture frames. It’s an easy way to make everything match!
  • Hang your picture frames both horizontally and vertically for variety.
  • Add personal touches to your gallery, like a monogram, scrapbook page, or favorite family quote.

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  • Use a variety of shapes and dimensions, as well as picture frame sizes, to create a well-balanced look.

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  • Lay out your gallery on the floor before hanging it on the wall. You’ll easily be able to move around pieces until you get the look you want, and then you can take a photo to reference when hanging the gallery up on the wall. Want to be even more precise? Trace the pieces of your gallery on scrap paper, cut them out, and hang them on the wall to see how they look before attaching the actual pieces.

And maybe most of all, make sure you have fun! Gallery walls are a great way to get in touch with your creative side. Now go get crafty! 🙂


Recipes

“Xander” Gallery Wall
X7222B Jack Paper Packet, Z3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X7222C Jack Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Thread, Frames, Wooden Arrow, Letter Form

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 1/2″ <font> “XANDER”

Floral Hanger Gallery Wall
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Packet, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet, X7220B No Worries Paper Packet, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper Packet, X5777 Fern Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5763 Smoothie Cardstock, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3295 My Crush® Artistic You Pages, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Frames, Letter Form, Ikea Hanger

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
4 1/2″, 4″, 3 1/2″, and 3″ Shift+Icon <J> (p. 27)
1″ Shift <Hibiscus> (p. 30)
2″ <Rose> (p. 42)*
3 1/2″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ <Poppy> (p. 45)*
3 1/2″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ Shift <Poppy> (p. 45)*
1 1/2″ <Daisy> (cut 2, p. 46)*
1 1/2″ Shift <Daisy> (cut 2, p. 46)*

*Real Dial Size off

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Display Tray Two Ways

Looking for a good crafting project to help you escape the summer heat? We’ve got just the thing to keep you busy in your air conditioned craft space for a quiet summer afternoon!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasMeet our display tray! The openings on the tray are just the right size for 3″ × 4″ Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards and photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To create a unique focal point, we cut a 4″ × 6″ photo in half and displayed it in two squares right in the center of the tray. It’s a great way to draw attention to one of your favorite photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasFor this display tray, we filled the center row with just pictures, which is a nice way of drawing the eye right to that row. We also added a couple of smaller square photos, too, adding to the balance of the whole project—plus they are just super cute!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To add a little extra charm to our pocket scrapbooking cards, we added accents from our Glacier Fundamental assortment, like this wooden arrow and the glittery triangle stickers.

This type of project comes together very quickly—you could easily have yours done in an afternoon. As an added bonus, you can recreate either one of the ideas we’ve shown with the products that are now available at a discount in the Display Tray Project Bundle (CC1131), which is part of the Flash Sale we have going on right now! This bundle has everything you need to recreate one of these projects. Want to recreate them both? Just get two! 🙂

Make sure to snatch this bundle before it’s gone—3:00 pm (MDT) on Monday, or while supplies last! Then pour yourself a nice cold glass of lemonade, grab your calendar, and carve out a special day to treat yourself with this fun home décor project.

Recipes

CC1131 Display Tray Project Bundle, 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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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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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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My Favorite Stamp Set: Magical Moments

So, what’s your favorite stamp set?

You’re probably panicking right now. It’s like that moment of agony when a die-hard bookworm is asked to share with the class the title of their favorite book. Their heart demands that they share more than just one, but alas, the venue is wrong and the audience underprepared for their exquisite literary taste. Oh, the injustice!

But don’t worry—we’re a different kind of audience. We ask about your favorite set understanding your stamp obsession, knowing that what you say is your favorite may actually just be the first of many favorites. We agree wholeheartedly that sometimes it’s impossible to pick just one.

When we asked one of our studio artists about her favorite stamp set (with our “nobody can pick just one favorite” disclaimer in place), she told us about the set she’s going to use to count down to the big 2-5 in December: the My Acrylix® Magical Moment stamp set! Better yet, as a gracious accompaniment to her confession, our artist shared an adorable piece of home décor she made using the set.

Enjoy a peek for yourself:

Magical Moments stamp set

If you search for this set in Annual Inspirations, you’ll find it sitting on page 154, right next to the My Crush™ Holiday Happenings book. Naturally, this set fits our holiday-centered book like a dream (seriously, better than a vision of sugarplums dancing in your head), but you’ll find that it’s also a good fit for other pieces, even non-holiday themed projects.

We love the way she used the numbers in the set to create her own countdown calendar here, but these numbers aren’t limited to just this holiday season. Use them for any kind of countdown—birthdays, graduations, new babies—and they’ll be just as fitting.

Joy to the World stamped piece

The way our artist has layered the sentiments on this Joy to the World card is clean and very cute. Using Olive ink, she first stamped the “Joy to the world” sentiment on a square of White Daisy cardstock. She then stamped the sentiment a second time in Archival Black ink on Glacier cardstock, trimmed it out, and attached it to the original Olive stamped piece. We love how it gives the stamp a new level of visual dimension!

Notice that the arrow stamp is used across more than one element of this piece: both on the Dec. 25 card and the Joy to the World card. Using the same stamp in more than one place is a great way to pull all elements of your project together.

The star and heart shapes you see on this piece also come from the stamp set. Don’t be fooled by their dimension; these are actually stamped pieces popped with 3D foam tape. You can use these versatile shapes on ANY project throughout the year.

Now it’s your turn to share. What is your favorite stamp set from Annual Inspirations 2014–2015? (Take a deep breath. You can do this!)

Please create a piece of artwork using that set and send it to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with the subject line “My favorite stamp set.” Include in your email a list of the materials you used. Entries must use Close To My Heart products exclusively. We’ll select a few to share here for all to enjoy in the coming weeks!

Recipe:
C1602 My Acrylix® Magical Moment, 1245 Olive Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1880 Designed Décor Black Frame, Z1899 Hook Clips, Z2051 My Crush™ Holiday Happenings Badge Buttons, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2097 Mini Staples, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artfully Sent
4″ Shift+Pocket Card <Card-2> (p. 50)

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A Creative Attitude of Gratitude

We’ve all done it: dwelt on the thought of that thing we just don’t have. But how often do we think about that thing that we do have—or, let’s be honest, the MANY, even innumerable, things?

There are blessings in our lives we cannot count in the typical sense of the word. It wouldn’t be possible to assign a number to all of the miracles we see on a daily basis! But we can “count” our blessings in so many other ways. In our words, and especially in our attitudes, the world can see our grateful hearts.

Throughout this month, we at Close To My Heart want to celebrate the joy of gratitude—both of feeling it and of showing it, because, as William Arthur Ward once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Whether or not you celebrate your gratitude with a turkey this month, you can join us as we experiment with creative ways to say thank you.

First off, a simple and beautiful way to display your gratitude: the Designed Décor Colonial White frame! With the help of the Pathfinding and Wanderful paper packets, delicate golden embossing, and several fun stamp sets, this frame is a showcase of gratitude.

Gratitude Frame

The beauty of a display such as this is its accessibility and versatility—you can swap out photos  as often as you like! If you want to focus on a certain family member every week (or every day, if you’re feeling ambitious!), fill it with pictures of only them. If you want to focus on a different aspect of your life every few days, group your pictures beforehand and have them ready to swap out: family, pets, nature, neighbors, friends, specific life events.

They’re so easy to rearrange, and just a few themed shapes cut from your Cricut® machine will accent your photos nicely. Use a mini clothespin, hook clips, 3-D foam tape, or Glue Dots™ to attach your photos and artwork.

Gratitude Frame close-up

What a wonderful way to jumpstart your gratitude for the series of fortunate events that is your life.

Tell us, in what ways do you display your gratitude?

Recipe:
Today I’m Grateful Frame
B1463 My Acrylix® Thankful Heart, D1604 My Acrylix® Season of Thanks, C1589 My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness, C1504 My Acrylix® Fall Harvest, X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet, X7186B Pathfinding Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5637 Barn Red Cardstock, 1276 Ponderosa Pine Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2145 Ponderosa Pine Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2104 Barn Red Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z1865 Designed Décor Colonial White Frame, Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
4″ Shift+Border <4> (p. 41)
2½” Icon <b> (p. 72)
2 ½” Shift+Icon <B> (p. 72)
2″ Border <b> (p. 72)

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