Zoe Is Back and Better Than Ever!


We did it again, friends! One of our favorite retired paper collections, Zoe, has received a modest makeover, getting updated colors, a new 12″ × 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, and a new workshop. The updated Zoe collection is available through the end of May. With its sunny disposition, this collection is sure to brighten anyone’s day and any scrapbook album!

1.  My Acrylix® Zoe Stamp Set


As if this stamp set isn’t perfect enough for all those sunny moments you wish to hold onto, the shapes outlined in red coordinate with our Cricut® Artistry collection—making it that much easier to create unique, custom cards and layouts! You’ll find sizing instructions for cutting the coordinating shapes on the packaging of the stamp set.

2. Zoe Paper Packet


Here it is! Featuring our exclusive colors, Canary, Heather, Mint, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy, this paper packet comes with 6 refreshed patterned paper sheets, 2 each of 3 double-sided designs, and 1 new coordinating sticker sheet! The zip strips are also new! Click on the image to take a closer look!

3. Zoe Coordinating Cardstock


These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Zoe Paper Packet. Each Zoe Coordinating Cardstock pack comes with 12 sheets, 2 each of Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, Mint, Canary, Heather, and White Daisy; all 12″ × 12″.

4. Zoe Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions found below to create four coordinating layouts and six cards!




(Click on the individual image for a closer look at any of these projects.)

Download workshop instructions, here!

Zoe is only back for a limited time and only while supplies last! Act fast, and get your favorites from this collection before they run out and it goes away for good!

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Introducing Craft with Heart™

It’s finally here—a subscription program from Close To My Heart that sends ready-to-make scrapbook layouts directly to your door! With a Craft with Heart™ subscription, you’ll receive deliveries of an exclusive Cut Above® layout kit in the mail, making it a little easier to stay on top of your passion for memory keeping!

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Craft with Heart™  will be available in monthly, 4-month, and 12-month subscription options. Take advantage of the program option that works best for you. There’s a perfect fit for everyone! The monthly and 4-month options are not available until September 1, but because we know you’re just going to love this program, we are releasing the 12-month subscription option a month early so you can get started with Craft with Heart™ today!

Not only is the 12-month subscription available now, you also get the best deal. With the 12-month option, you receive four layout kits three times a year at a 20% discount, plus FREE SHIPPING! AND . . . with the 12-month subscription only, each Craft with Heart™ delivery also comes with a code from Persnickety Prints for 30 FREE 4″ x 6″ PRINTS! (The code comes on a small card in each box, just like the one you see in the photo above.) That’s 90 free 4″ x 6″ prints each year!

Each kit in the Craft with Heart™ program comes with the parts and pieces to make two two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts. 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!  In no time at all, you’ll have complete handmade projects ready for your photos and journaling, just like the layout below from the Craft with Heart™ kit for September.

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With a layout kit for each month, you will have scrapbook pages that are perfect for preserving everyday moments, the relationships you love, and even the memories you will be making during the holiday season that is just around the corner!

Take a closer look at the Cut Above® layouts that come in the Craft with Heart™ subscriptions for September, October, November, and December.


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Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or looking for something new to try, the Craft with Heart™ program is sure to make your memory keeping a little easier (and more fun!). Sign up today and start receiving this creative happy mail delivered straight to your door. There’s no better time to start than now!

Do you have any questions about the Craft with Heart™ program or Cut Above® layouts? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll give you some answers! 😉

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New Papers, New Possibilities!

Our new line of Fundamentals papers just became available, and we couldn’t wait another day to show them off! Just like their name suggests, these papers are fundamental for any scrapbooker. With versatile, monochromatic patterns in our exclusive colors, they’re perfect to pair with cardstocks and other patterned papers. Once you try them out for yourself, you won’t be able to live without them!

Today we’re showcasing our Uptown Fundamentals, which feature neutral colors and special materials, like foil and vellum, to give them a little something extra.

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Look at the elegant feel that the Uptown Fundamentals bring to this layout with that beautiful script font, the gold foil polka-dots, and the striped vellum. Because they feature neutral colors, we could create our own color scheme using just a couple pieces of cardstock.

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Here we have totally different cardstock colors also paired with the Uptown Fundamentals for a completely different look!

Those adorable glitter titles and other accents on these layouts are part of our You & Me Complements, designed to coordinate with the Uptown Fundamentals. We even have an Uptown ribbon pack to give you even more mixing and matching options.

The Uptown Fundamentals are just one of the newest paper collections we’ve released today—but there is plenty more where it came from! Head on over to closetomyheart.com to check out all our new products. There, you can also learn how to get the Uptown Fundamentals for free!

Now go ahead—treat yourself to a few minutes of browsing through our new products online. Or a few hours. We won’t judge. 🙂


12″ x 12″ You & Me Layout
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Our Story Layout
C1667 My Acrylix® This & That, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3269 You & Me ComplementsZ3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
1 3/4″ <Icon-1> (RDS, p. 30)

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Paper Patchwork: Making Your Scraps Work for You

It hurts our hearts a little to see the remnants of a beautiful cardstock page littered with cuts and holes that seem to render it unusable. It’s a crying shame. There’s so much paper leftover, and yet none at all! “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” (Thank you, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.) Potential appears to be squandered. Dreams run dry. Yet we still find ourselves clinging to these scraps, hoping someday we’ll find their purpose.

But there comes a point where a crafter can simply no longer endure anguish of this magnitude—something must be done about the scraps! So, in the spirit of this month’s theme of organization, we set out to find a purpose for these bothersome scraps that are so tantalizingly lovely in their brokenness. We were determined to use them, rather than stuff them away into that easily forgotten dungeon we call “the scrap box.”

And so we did! Want to see what we came up with?

#1) THE LAYOUTThis authentic and eye-catching layout is made with scraps from ELEVEN different papers! (Check the recipe at the end of this post to see which ones.) The best part about it is that, thanks to the Cricut® overlay, we only needed small scraps of the papers to weave into the layout. The different patterns and colors working as one make for a brilliant display that proves these paper scraps are better together than they ever were apart.

Other noteworthy things we love about this layout:

  • The White Daisy ink splatters against the kraft cardstock. We love the way this adds texture and life to the spread, encompassing the repurposed and artful utilitarian nature of this layout.
  • The way the journaling is seamlessly integrated into the flow of the layout. We’re just tickled over how the journaling blends so seamlessly with the layout that it’s become another artistic feature! It also adds a dose of personality and life to the layout.
  • The creative use of the Sparkle chevron shapes. Did you notice that the lines of sparkles stemming from the photo are actually cut from Sparkle chevron shapes? Cool, right? Just one more example of how to use bits and pieces to create something beautiful.

The scraps that are too small for layouts can be used on card designs. Cards are the ideal location for little bits of paper that can be pieced together in original designs.

Check these all-stars out!

Thanks to Close To My Heart’s exclusive color palette, you can match papers and patterns across paper packets because the colors are consistent. The intricate weaving on the Hello Sunshine card was done with yellow- and white-based scraps from SEVEN different papers. If it’s possible to make this many patterns look good together, then it will surely be possible to make something visually appealing from blending your own scraps.

Other noteworthy things we love about these cards:

  • Embellishments that add that finishing touch. Whether it’s the Flaxen extra thick twine, the teal Shimmer Trim, or the bling gems gold assortment, we love how those little glittery pieces of this and that provide the final bit of glam for these hodgepodge cards.
  • Steady patterns that lend structure to the patchwork design. One way to balance out the discord from using scraps is to corral them into a simple and repetitive design, like those seen on these cards. It’s all about that yin and yang!

Now it’s your turn to make something useful of those piles of scraps you have lying around. Once you start, we think you’ll come to realize that your usable paper stash just got a whole lot bigger!


12″ x 12″ BEyouTIFUL Layout
E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z1991 Teal Glitter Paper, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2263 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker, Z2062 My Crush™ Holiday Happenings Assortment, Z1909 Sparkle Chevron Shapes, Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment

Cricut® Shapes:
9″ Overlay <t> (p. 52)

5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Hello Sunshine Card
Wishes: Celebration Card Workshop—Card 4™
D1634 My Acrylix® Rain or Shine, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim

5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Hey There Card
Wishes: Three in a Row™
D1469 My Acrylix® Polka Dot Alphabet, X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet, X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine

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Picture My Life™: Endless Possibilities

One of the beautiful things about Close To My Heart products is that they mix and mingle in endless ways! You don’t have to get bogged down using products only for their original intent because with just a little creativity, you can take products to a whole new level.

Your Picture My Life™ layouts are a great place to start. Enjoy these fun ideas for blending some of your favorite products together on a single layout!

Mix and Mingle
Combine traditional pages with Picture My Life pages for a layout that’s unique and on trend. Here we’ve combined a variety-filled Picture My Life page with a more traditional title page. Wouldn’t you agree that together they strike a great balance?

Thanks to our exclusive color palette, you don’t have to stick to one paper packet for coordinating layouts. Check out the Sunset Checkers B&T paper from the Scaredy Cat paper packet mixed with the Polka Dot B&T from the Chalk It Up paper packet on the left page. It’s a match made in heaven! Throw in the Hopscotch Picture My Life program on the right page, and you’ve got one big, happy paper family.

Cut sentiments and shapes from Picture My Life cards to overlay on photos. Elements like these create common themes across your photos that will help tie your layout together with an extra touch of visual interest.The mix of dimension, stamping techniques, and Complements on this title is what makes it so visually intriguing. Don’t be afraid to add multiple levels of texture and color—it will definitely pay off!Blending Families
Do you often find yourself with loads of leftover cards from a bunch of different Picture My Life™ programs? If you’re thinking that you’ll just have to toss them into a pile of craft storage, think again!

Cards from different Picture My Life families can be blended together to create unique layouts like this one. Believe it or not, this layout contains cards from six different programs—can you find them all?

Picture My Life layouts come together quickly and have a finished look, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress them up with a few extra details. For example, check out the awesome embossing at the bottom of this card.Stamping sentiments with an alphabet stamp, trimming with scissors, and mounting with 3-D foam tape will add lovely dimension to your Picture My Life layouts. And you can always add an extra splash of cuteness to any Picture My Life card by adding stick-on embellishments, such as the Stuck On You Puffies.Once your totally unique Picture My Life layouts are complete, be sure to give them a nice home in one of our albums. Our new D-ring albums are just the right fit for your Picture My Life layouts, and they’re available for a steal of a deal this month. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to give your mixed, matched, and magnificent layouts a safe place to live at a superb price!

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