Regardless of how long we’ve been crafting—whether it’s 50 years or 15 minutes—having the perfect starting point for a project always helps. Fans of our Cut Above® kits already know what makes these quick-crafting solutions such a great fit, but for any of you who may be unfamiliar with Cut Above you’re in for a treat! The artwork we’re looking at today is sure to make you fall in love with these kits as we share the numerous qualities that set Cut Above—well, a cut above!
Each Cut Above kit comes with pre-designed artwork, pre-printed base pages or card bases, and pre-cut paper pieces, making Cut Above the “pre-mier” crafting solution for crafters of all types and experience levels. Since most of the heavy lifting has already been done for you by the time you open your Cut Above® kit, all you have to do is enjoy piecing it together and adding your own personal touches with meaningful photos and journaling.
To see just how easily a Cut Above kit can come together, check out the video below as we assemble the layouts in one of our past Craft with Heart™ scrapbooking kits from 2021!
The convenience of the Cut Above crafting format is embodied in our Craft with Heart™ subscription program, which allows for Cut Above scrapbooking and cardmaking kits to be delivered directly to your door! For our scrapbooking subscription boxes, crafters will receive two 2-page scrapbooking layouts for each month; cardmakers can look forward to receiving the materials for a set of season-specific cards in each box!
Craft with Heart subscriptions are available in 4-month or 12-month options, so you can be set up for easy-to-complete crafting projects for months to come! (Ask your Maker about Craft with Heart or click here to learn more about this amazing program!)
To better share our love of Cut Above and Craft with Heart, we’re currently offering a special deal on select Cut Above kits from past Craft with Heart scrapbooking and cardmaking subscriptions! During our Startup Savings special, you can buy any two kits and get a third of equal or lesser value FREE! Take a look at the amazing kits available through this offer:
Kits featured in the Startup Savings special includes a wide selection of past Craft with Heart kits, plus three Cut Above kits from past specials. The special also features a bonus offer of discounted starter kits—one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking—that pair Cut Above cards or layouts with additional supplies like an album and adhesive to set you up for the total crafting experience.
With so many options to choose from, now is a great time to discover—or rediscover—our fabulous Cut Above kits!
What is your favorite thing about Cut Above kits? Let us know in the comments!
How many of you smile or laugh when you think about what you wore, ate, watched, or read years ago? Some of the most interesting things that we do are the things that make up our ordinary everyday lives. In the moment, these types of things might seem unimportant, but these stories about everyday life are really fun to look at later on. Documenting those types of things is just as enjoyable and interesting as holidays, vacations, or special occasions.
Today we are breaking down one way to document these extraordinary everyday moments. To make this project even easier, we are using the Story by Stacy™ Short Story workshop kit, and looking at life through the lens of just one week. We asked one of our Home Office staff to take on our process so we could have a real life example to share. She started by taking photos throughout a regular week, documenting what life looks like for her, using the prompts below as a guide.
With this type of project, it’s much easier to start out by taking your photos first. Once you have your photos, all that’s left to do is to follow the steps from the Short Story workbook. At the end of the process, you’ll have a complete mini album full of photos and details with a story summary, just like the one you’ll see at the end of this post.
To get you started on this process, use the following photo prompts list as a guide. There are several different types photos you’ll want to take to document what life looks like for you.
#1 Currently… These are thing things I am currently…
#2 Daily Highlights Take one or two photos each day to represent the daily highlights or important moments. This gives you a glimpse of what might happen during a week that makes it unique or unusual.
#3 The Usual “Stuff” You should also document your routines, habits, and home life for yourself and for your family. This is the usual stuff that doesn’t necessarily change from one day to the next, but it will still be fun to look at years later when life looks a little different.
Download this checklist to help you remember what pictures you want and need for your album. Put it up where you can see it to have a quick reminder of the types of things you’re documenting over the week.
Once you have your photos, choose 35-45 to print and use in your album. Then, follow the steps in the Short Story workbook. You’ll begin by reflecting on your photos and jotting down answers to a few questions. This helps you think about the story before creating and gives you a place to start when you write your summary later on.
Before you start creating pages, look through your photos and pick one to set aside for your title page. Then you’re ready for the next step. To make sure you can include all the photos you’ve printed, you can begin to trim the rest into smaller sizes to focus on the most important parts and the details you want to highlight. Once your photos are trimmed down, it’s time to get creative and make your pages! Some projects that focus on a week at time organize the album by day of the week. We chose to follow the Short Story process, and let the entire album illustrate what a week looks like overall, rather than spend time trying to divide it into specific days. This lets you follow the workbook and trust your creative intuition, plus it comes together a little bit faster. You don’t have to spend any time pairing photos from the same day together.
As you’re creating, feel free to make this project your own! Add other elements that reflect the look and feel of your own story (a week in the life of you!). We included some bright colors, Lemon and Raspberry, using the mix-in paper packet and combined them with other patterned paper that already comes in the Short Story workshop kit. We also used the My Favorite Things stamp set. This set has words, phrases, and shapes that are perfect for this type of project.
You can see even things that seem insignificant are important to the storyteller. If you love the smell of freshly laundered clothes, your usual cup of coffee from a local shop, or even making a home cooked meal for your husband, just like our storyteller here does, then it’s part of your story! These are the little things that will make you laugh and smile down the road when you pick up this album and reflect on what your life looked like in 2019.
After you’ve put all your pages together and added patterned paper and embellishments for visual balance, you’re ready to write that story summary for the end of your album. Just follow the instructions in the workbook, and then you’re done!
Whether you choose to document a week in your daily life with Short Story, or any other scrapbooking format, you can use the ideas here to help you get started. We love how quickly and easily it comes together in a Short Story album, but the important thing is, just like Stacy often reminds us, that you do what no one else can do—tell your story!
We’re so glad you’re stopping by, today, because we’re putting a spin on the classic scrapbook page and you don’t want to miss it!
The idea is simple, yet ingenious! Rather than using paper as a base for all of your album pages, try mixing it up every once in a while, and use a photo! That’s right—a large, 12″ x 12″ photo!
Getting one of these pages done could be is as easy as attaching a few complements and some journaling strips. Choose a photo that can be cropped to a square, if it isn’t already, and that has some open space for a few additions. The key is to use embellishments to support the story behind your photo, not to cover it up. Enhance your photo pages with Complements, titles, and accessories in colors and motifs already in your photos.
For this, “On The Slopes,” page, we used our Cricut® machine to create the color coordinating title and several unique snowflakes. We even heat embossed a few additional snowflakes right on the photo! (To avoid damaging your photo if you’re heat embossing, remember to apply heat intermittently as you’re setting the image.) And if heat embossing is possible, then you can be certain that stamping with our Exclusive Inks™ on a photo is, too! “Just Chillin’” was stamped with our non-smearing and fast-drying Intense Black ink, just above the journaling. Whether you’re planning on heat embossing or stamping on your photos, a photo with a matte finish is your safest bet to get the best results. Even though a glossy photo could also work, the matte finish allows the ink to set easier, without possible sliding or pooling before it dries.
The last idea we want to talk about is journaling. Every good scrapbook page includes at least some journaling—from small details of who, what, where, and when, to a full and lengthy narrative of the events surrounding the image(s) on the page, and everything in between. These 12″ x 12″ photo-based scrapbook pages are no exception!
You’ll notice that on our “Happy Day” page we used strips of paper for the journaling. You can do this typed, like in our example, or in your own handwriting. If you are hand writing your journaling, we suggest writing everything out first, then cutting it up into strips, and adhering your strips to the photo page last. (We all have to practice, sometimes! 🙂 )
In our second example we have the words typed on the photo. There are several ways to accomplish this look. The easiest way is to add the type right in the photo with a photo editing program, like Photoshop®, before you print it. If you do not have a photo editing program but do have access to a printer with the capacity to print 12″ x 12″, you could create a file on a word processor program, like Microsoft® Word, and then print your journaling right onto your photo. Another option, if you don’t have a large-format printer, is to ask whomever prints your photos to add the type for you.
For those of you not sure where to print a photo this size, our friends at Persnickety Prints can help! Not only will they provide you with a high-quality photo, they are ready to do so at a discount, now and through the end of the month! Use the code CTMH2 when checking out and get 20% off your 12″ x 12″ prints (matte or gloss). (Visit Persnickety Prints, here.)
If you haven’t done so already, give this type of scrapbook page a try! And if you have, we’d love to hear what you’ve done! Please share what has and hasn’t worked for you with all of us in the comments, below.
Are you in one of those families that go to Disney World once year? (lucky! 🙂 ) Do you spend most Christmas mornings at home in your pajamas? What about a birthday? We all have one every year. Holidays, birthdays, vacations, parties—the good times just keep coming, and so do the stories and photos that accompany them.
Earlier this month we shared a post about New Ways to Document the Holidays. We thought it would be worthwhile to follow that up with some additional ideas and prompts for other recurring life events so that we don’t always take the same photos and document the same stories year after year.
The following ideas can be used to take photos while you’re in the moment or as a place to start your journaling while you’re documenting the memory. If you’re new to scrapbooking or you’re just in a memory keeping rut, the following prompts can help get you going.
1. Why are you going on this vacation?
2. How did you get to where you were going?
3. What did you pack for this trip?
4. Did everything go as planned?
5. Who are the people that are with you?
6. Did you meet any interesting folks along the way?
7. What was your favorite meal/restaurant on the trip?
8. What cool souvenirs are you bringing home?
9. Has your life been changed by this trip?
10. What are you celebrating?
11. Do you have an ornament you love? Where did you get it and why do you love it?
12. What’s a favorite holiday treat? (Include the recipe!)
13. How does your family serve others?
14. Do you have any traditions?15. How does “magic” happen in your home? (Ex. Is there an elf sitting on a shelf somewhere?)
16.What wrapping paper did you pick out, and why?
17. How did you decorate your home?
18. Are there special movies that you watch?
19. Do you have any favorite holiday music?
20. Did you get a cake? What flavor? If not, why?
21. What were the reactions to gifts? Was there a favorite?
22. Who did you celebrate with?23. Interview the guest of honor and record their answers
24. Screenshot and document birthday messages from social media
25. How has life changed since your last birthday?
We hope you’re as inspired as we are to use your next birthday, holiday, or vacation to try out some of these memory keeping prompts. You can document your memories in creative ways by taking photos and answering some of the questions we’ve given you here today. Focusing on sharing the details around all of these topics will highlight what makes each vacation, birthday, and holiday particularly special on its own. We’d love to hear your ideas for scrapbooking these types of events. Share them with us in the comments below!
The important thing about memory keeping is preserving our stories.
With how easily accessible cameras are to us these days, we have been trained over the years to take photos of absolutely everything we experience. From an outing with friends last weekend to the coffee you picked up this morning, we are certain you have photos that you love but aren’t quite sure what to do with. You may have posted some of these on a social media channel and received a bazillion likes, but now that the moment is over you would like to preserve these memories somewhere more permanent. As one of our blog readers you know we’re going to suggest to you that scrapbooking is the answer. (And it is!) But, how do we scrapbook and journal about a cup of coffee?
Today we’re sharing a journaling style that allows us to talk about pretty much any topic under the sun that is based on The Important Book written by Margaret Wise Brown. In her book, the author dedicates a two-page spread to individual common, everyday things—like the sky, an apple, grass, and rain. On one page is an illustration of the subject and on the opposite page is a short passage describing it, starting and ending with what she considers is the most important attribute:
The important thing about a spoon is that you eat with it. It’s like a little shovel, You hold it in your hand, You can put it in your mouth, It isn’t flat, It’s hollow, And it spoons things up. But the important thing about a spoon is that you eat with it.
Brown made talking about a spoon easy and interesting. If we apply the same principles used to describe this otherwise seemingly mundane subject in our journaling, the occasion will be rare, if at all, where we will be truly stuck with nothing to say.
So, how do we do it? We put together a handy worksheet to help us get started.
First, what is your topic? Write it down. Then, write down as many words and thoughts as you can think of that describe this topic. Your words, your thoughts—this is your story. Next, from all of these things you just wrote down, what stands out to you as the most important? This attribute is how you will start and finish your journaling passage. Use all the other information and details to fill in the middle.
When you are first starting to use this journaling method, stick to the formula on our worksheet to avoid any problems or confusion. As you get more familiar with this way of journaling, then start changing some of the words up (but not the order!).
Here’s a scrapbook layout about our cup of Joe:
The first and last lines in the journaling are the same thought, “The important thing about coffee is how it creates small moments of joy.” All of the in between stuff is insightful into how our friend in the layout feels about coffee, however, there is no question as to why it means all of those things to her. She let’s us know what the important thing about coffee is as she starts to write about it and then circles back to remind us as she closes her remarks.
To help highlight the unique things that are important to you, we paired this journaling model with a 6″ x 8″ album and designed The Important Things Everyday Life™ workshop. (Getting a copy of The Important Book itself, though recommended, is completely optional.)
Each of the eight layouts can feature something that is uniquely important to you, with a large open space on one page for your journaling and the facing page created to add photos illustrating whatever topic you choose to document.
Take a look at these other completed examples from The Important Things album and see how the important thing journaling style is applied to each subject.
The important thing about cookies:
The important thing about friends:
The important thing about my dog, Sophie:
The important thing about rain:
The generic theme of this album and the bright colors and patterns of the Perfectly Imperfect Picture My Life™ cards make this a versatile project to make for yourself, present as a gift, or both!
But, the important thing about memory keeping is preserving our stories.
It’s that time of year again, when we are getting all of the feels as we prepare to part ways with our Annual Inspirations catalog on September 1 and make way for a new Holiday Expressions idea book. We are so excited for the launch of the brand new catalog, filled to the brim with amazing new tools and products, and at the same time, we’re getting a little misty-eyed over having to say goodbye to others.
Luckily, we still have a little over two weeks left before our Annual Inspirations, and so many of the products featured inside it, retire. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite goodies for you below. Make sure you and your friends snatch these up before they’re gone for good!
Basic Banners Thin Cuts
Several of the Thin Cuts metal dies in Annual Inspirations are retiring, including the Basic Banners Thin Cuts! This set includes four sizes of the same banner shape, ideal for creating timeless accents for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.
Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards
We love these trendy grid journaling cards! Use them to add journaling to any of your scrapbooking projects.
Small Organizer and Coordinating Foam Inserts
This organizer has served us well over the years, but it is time to bid him farewell! The small organizer and foam inserts that nestle inside are great for organizing various tools and small accessories. Be sure to snatch up a few before they’re gone!
Girls just wanna have sun…at least this girl does! The Summer Fun Paper Doll stamp set is only available bundled with it’s coordinating Thin Cuts so you can be sure that each dress and accessory will fit just right!
Get your fill of this soft pink hue while you still can!
Our Punny Pals have been on a mission this year—to create as many smiles as possible! With every purchase of a My Acrylix® Punny Pals stamp set, $7 (USD) of the proceeds are donated to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft left lips and palates in children around the world.
These little guys’ mission isn’t over yet! With just a couple of weeks left, let’s make sure we don’t forget about them and give them a proper send off!
These products (and so many others!) are only available through the end of August, while supplies last, so hurry and grab your favorites before they are all gone!
Which products are you going to miss most from Annual Inspirations? Tell us in the comments below!
Scrapbooking is all about the memory keeping. And because it’s easy to get stuck and not know what “counts” as a story worth preserving, we came up with a list of 100 different journaling prompts to get you going.
What are some of your favorite things?
What is your favorite book?
What are your favorite quotes?
Who are your favorite writers?
Do you have favorite paintings?
What are some of your favorite creative outlets?
What are your favorite games?
What are some of your favorite gadgets? (this will be fun to look back on)
What are your favorite restaurants?
What desserts do you enjoy?
What are your favorite recipes?
What are your favorite TV shows/movies? (Netflix binging counts!)
What is your favorite song? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
Where are some of your favorite places/landmarks?
Do you have a favorite travel destination?
What is your favorite holiday or season?
Do you have some favorite holiday traditions?
Do you have favorite Christmas carols?
Is there a special Christmas tree ornament that is your favorite?
What are your favorite Sunday rituals?
Who are your favorite people?
What are some of your favorite things about your family?
What accomplishments are you really proud of?
What do you want to do in your life? (bucket list)
What goals do you have for this year?
What things do you want to do this summer/fall/winter/spring?
What are some things you would like to learn?
What books do you want to read?
Where do you want to visit?
What things do you want to see?
Who would you like to meet?
How do you indulge yourselself?
What are you grateful for?
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
What are you obsessed with?
What are some things you miss? (including “back in my day…”)
What reasons do you have to be happy?
What are some things that cheer you up?
What makes you laugh?
What inspires you?
Who inspires you?
Who are your friends?
What are this month’s highlights?
What random things do you know?
What weird things do you like? (you know you have some)
What are some things you can’t go without?
What are some things you’ve done that you never thought you could?
What things would you do if you weren’t afraid?
What is happing in the world today? (current events)
What tattoos do you have and what are their meanings?
What are you good at?
What makes you unique?
From Your Childhood
Where did you grow up?
What were some things you enjoyed doing as a child?
What are some things you always did with your parents as a child?
What do you remember about your childhood home? (or did you move a lot?)
What was your favorite toy?
Who was your childhood pet?
What was your favorite meal as a child? What were your favorite treats?
Where did you go to school? Who was your favorite teacher?
Who were your friends in elementary school?
Who were your friends in high school?
What sports/extracurricular activities were you involved in as a teenager?
When was the time you got in the most trouble?
What were your favorite TV shows or movies?
What was the best gift you ever got?
What was the best/worst birthday/Christmas?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Who was your first crush?
Who was your first kiss?
What do you remember about your first car?
What was your first airplane ride?
What was your first job?
Who was your first concert?
What is your love story? (how did you meet your spouse/significant other?)
What is your saddest memory?
What is your happiest memory?
What is your funniest memory?
If a genie granted you three wishes…
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) it would be…
If you could meet any fictional character it would be…
If you could live anywhere…
If you could change history….
What do you remember most about your mother/father?
Is there anything noteworthy about your parent’s upbringing?
What are some of your mother’s or father’s favorites?
Do you have any famous or high profile family members?
Are there other family members that were/are important to you? (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
Who are your siblings?
How do you spend family time?
What family vacations have you gone on?
What do you remember about each birth?
What are some of your mom fails? (we all have them)
What are some of your mom wins?
What is mom life really like?
What are your parenting goals?
You love this kid because…
Kids are funny because…
Kids are scary because…
What do you love most about being a mother?
Now that you’ve got these prompts to get you started, the next step is to do something about it! You may want to start by writing the story down and then finding photos to support it, or you may want to approach it the other way around—find photos related to your memory and then add a few written details. Either way, don’t allow your precious memories and stories get lost with time.
Whether by simply keeping a journal or by scrapbooking in whatever method best fits your style, now is the time to commit—or recommit!—to memory keeping.
Did you know that you can use fonts in Cricut Design Space™ for more than just a title on your scrapbook page? In this next installment of our Design Space tutorials, we are going to show you how to use Design Space to create large journaling spaces for your scrapbook pages. Not only can the words of your story be the main feature on your page, it can also be made using your Cricut® machine and your favorite Design Space font.
As you can see in this scrapbook page, you can type a large amount of text in Design Space for your journaling. With the Align and Slice tools, you can then easily cut that text out of cardstock and add it to your page.
To replicate our font you will need to use the Cricut® Artistry collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)
The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.
1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.
Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.
2. Insert and resize a basic square shape.
To make the base for your journaling, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. Next, resize this square to an 8.5″ x 11.5″ rectangle. Don’t forget to click the lock icon to unlock the size and change the width to 8.5 and the height to 11.5.
3. Color the rectangle.
This is an easy, optional, step just to help you better see the text as you are journaling and then using the Slice tool later on. Since we wanted to use Bashful cardstock on this project, we went ahead and adjusted the color of the rectangle from dark gray to light pink. Click on the colored circle next to the scissors icon in the Layers panel to adjust the color of the shape.
4. Insert a line of text.
To start your journaling, click Text and then search for the Artistry font in the search box. Once you’ve selected it, type your first line of text.
5. Resize the text.
You’ll notice when you type your first line of journaling that the text is too large for your rectangle base. Resize the text to a height of 0.45″. You can do this by changing the height in the size box to 0.45. Make sure to leave the lock icon locked this time so that the width is automatically resized in Design Space.
6. Insert additional lines.
Continue adding lines of text for your journaling. To do this quickly, simply duplicate a line of text. This way you don’t have to go back in and resize the font. Click the previous line, select Duplicate in the top right corner, and then type a new line of text.
7. Arrange lines of text.
After you have completed your journaling, it’s time to arrange the lines on the base rectangle. For this page, we decided to arrange the majority of the text from the top down, leaving a space to add a photo and embellishments before the last two lines of text at the bottom. To help with spacing, you can insert other Basic Shapes, like we did here. You can insert and resize a square to give you an idea of where your photo will go or a circle to represent an embellishment piece. Don’t worry about perfectly spacing each line of text. Design Space has a helpful tool that we will use in the next step.
8. Use the Align tool to evenly space the lines of text.
Once you have your lines loosely arranged how you like on the rectangle, select the rectangle and move it to the side. Then click and drag your mouse over all the top lines of text to highlight all of them at once. Select Align and then select Distribute Vertically. This will evenly space your lines, and the in the Align tool again, select Center Horizontally. This will center the text. You can also center horizontally the last two lines on the bottom. Because there are only two lines, the option to distribute vertically won’t be available.
9. Use the Slice tool to slice your journaling into the base rectangle.
To slice the journaling into your rectangle, you have to work line by line. Place the rectangle behind your text. Then select the top line, hit the shift button on your keyboard, and select the rectangle. This will allow the Slice tool to become available in the bottom right corner. Just select Slice and your text will be cut into the rectangle. After slicing, you’ll have two extra lines of text. Delete both extra lines by selecting the red X. To see the remaining lines of text, select Arrange and then Move to Back. Continue this process for each line of text.
10. Cut your project and assemble your page!
When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Your Cricut® machine will do the rest of the work for you and cut this journaling centerpiece for your scrapbook page!
We hope you love this creative option for adding journaling to your layouts using Design Space. Often the journaling is something we add once our scrapbook page is complete, but with Design Space, you can turn your journaling into a main feature of the page. There are so many options for filling your page with text when you use Design Space!
Journaling is the key ingredient that turns our scrapbook pages from a decorative photo album to a memory-keeping keepsake. Sometimes, even though we may know it, we get so caught up in everything that life throws at us that we don’t take the necessary time for this essential step. A quick and simple solution to this journaling dilemma is to incorporate lists in your memory keeping. Lists can be a fun way to include stories and details of stories that otherwise might get left out or would take too long to write out in paragraph form.
Take a look at the following examples we came up with.
How many of us create lists of things that we want to get done, either during a season or maybe even a lifetime? These bucket lists are such a big part of who we are and why we may have some really cool and unique photos later. These kinds of things from our story tend to not be told and eventually get lost over time. Imagine how special a list like this would be for your children and grandchildren to have of you, or even for you to look back on in later years.
There are several approaches to scrapping a bucket list. You can start with your list, before you begin checking things off, like we did here in our example. If you choose to include photos, you can find stock photos online or photos you already have that somehow relate to your list.
You can also go the other way and scrapbook your bucket list as you accomplish it. This second way you will probably have more photos of you actually doing what is on your list, but it won’t include your whole list with all the things you hope to eventually do (and in reality, we don’t always accomplish everything on our lists exactly how we think we will, so there’s that to consider, too).
Our second example doesn’t include photos at all! Yep, we went there (and you should, too, on occasion 🙂 ). Including a page like this one in a road trip or family vacation album, for example, will add so much of your actual personality and will also give the reader (including future you!) a glimpse into your world at the time of the event you’re scrapbooking about.
List journaling really is so simple and effective! You can include so much detail and information that would otherwise get left out, and quite possibly eventually forgotten, by organizing it all in a list and adding it to your memory keeping albums.
For more list journaling artwork inspiration, revisit the following posts: