19 Signs You’re a True Crafter

1. You don’t particularly like to tell your husband how much you spend on crafting supplies.

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2. You always keep the door to your crafting room shut because . . .

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3. You believe embellishments are a girl’s best friend.

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4. You subscribe to crafting and homemaking magazines . . . and may even scrapbook your favorite magazine pages.

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5. You believe there’s no such thing as too much glitter. Because it’s the truth.

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6. At any given time, you’re working on 10+ projects simultaneously, but you WILL finish them all…one day.

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7. When someone asks, “Where did you get that?” and you get to say, “I made it,” it’s basically the best.

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8. You don’t throw away ANY scrap paper. Honestly, who would do that?

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9. Your heart melts when you stumble across family members randomly looking through your scrapbooks.

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10. You lose track of time (and reality) when you’re crafting.

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11. You don’t understand anyone who thinks that storing their photos on their computer or on social media is “good enough.”

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12. Martha is your Queen Bee.

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13. Trying to clean your crafting room is basically impossible.

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14. You frequently see things at the store and think, “Sheesh, I could make that myself for half the price!”

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15. If you spot something cute for a project “you might one day do,” your willpower goes right out the door.

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16. Using your favorite crafting materials to create a gift for a friend is like giving them a little piece of your soul.

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17. The problem is always the size of your crafting room, never the size of your stash. ALWAYS.

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18. And speaking of your stash…no one needs to know just how much stuff you have.

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19. You will make all the things forever and ever.

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If this describes you, then welcome! You have found your people! We’re a company that loves crafting so much we make it possible for people to earn a living by crafting in their own homes!

Becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is easy and super affordable. It only costs $75 (USD) to join, and when you do, you get a box full of supplies PLUS $50 (USD) in Select Product Credit to buy even more stuff! And this month only, you can join for even less if you were a former Consultant. We want you back, friends! 🙂

As an Independent Consultant, you’ll not only get to work your own hours from home doing what you love, but you’ll also get an AMAZING Consultant discount on our exclusive products! And anyone who joins this month gets three stamp sets for FREE, a retail value of over $50 (USD)!

We want you to succeed (and to wake up each day loving your job), so we have tons of online resources and training courses to help make this dream job a reality. There’s nothing to fear!

To learn more about the perks of becoming a Consultant, and the exclusive deals we’re offering to those who join this month, visit our website.

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Mini Album Hacks: Part One

Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #craftingOur mini albums are a great option for those new to memory keeping, but they’re also great for experienced scrappers. However, if you’ve only ever done traditional scrapbooking, we know you may have some reservations. Let us ease your mind by addressing some common concerns about scrappin’ on a smaller scale.

Today we’re going to focus specifically on our Adventure Mini Album bundles, which are 30% off this month! These bundles feature travel-themed, pre-designed, 3-ring hole-punched pages, a plush striped mini album, and a pack of either our 3″ x 4″, 4″ x 6″, or 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™, which are perfect for adding additional photos and other fun things.

Now let’s put that stress to rest by addressing those concerns!

I scrapbook chronologically. What would I use a mini album for? It won’t fit an entire year’s worth of memories!

  • Vacation Album: Try creating a separate album for each vacation you go on. The pre-printed pages in these bundles make it easy to preserve your vacation memories in a flash, so you can relive those memories soon after you return home. These pages also work really well with our state and province stamps. Imagine creating a mini album for a road trip or a new page each time you visit a new place—so fun!
  • Unique Gifts: These bundles are a perfect gift for anyone because they’re so easy to put together—even for those people who don’t think they’re crafters! The travel theme is perfect, too, because everyone and their dog travels. Got a friend leaving on a family trip? How about a niece who just got back from her honeymoon? A college student studying in Switzerland? Give albums to them all!

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  • Children’s Scrapbooking: You’ve got the passion for scrappin’, but what about your kids or grandkids? These mini albums can help teach “mini” people the importance of preserving memories. Show them the basics of how to assemble the album, then let them make it their own! They’d love documenting a school field trip, summer camp, or adding pictures about where they want to travel someday.

Where do I put my photos? These small pages got me feelin’ claustrophobic!

The real answer is, just give it a try! There’s really no way to go wrong with these pages, but if you’re really worried, here are a few ideas:

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Preserving your memories in a mini album has never looked so cute! #ctmh #closetomyheart #minialbum #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #crafting

How do I get smaller photos?

Not to fret! Our friends at Persnickety Prints have created a webpage just for us to make printing smaller photos easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Where do I add journaling?

There are lots of different ways to add journaling to these pages. Of course one easy option is just to write on the pages themselves (some of which already have journaling spots for you!). You can also write on shapes cut with a Cricut® machine, like our little thought bubbles here:

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Some other options? Write on Complements or our Picture My Life™ journaling cards, which you can slide into the divided Memory Protectors™.

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I think the pages are cute, but I really love my Memory Protectors™…

If you love having everything in Memory Protectors™, then go the 6″ x 8″ Memory Protector direction. Simply trim down the pages a little bit to fit inside this pocket and you’re golden.

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I love really decking out my scrapbook pages. Pre-printed pages don’t really appeal me…

Think again! You can decorate these pages just as much as you do everything else!

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You can even decorate the cover!

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Hopefully we’ve helped make mini albums less scary—they really are so much fun once you take that leap of faith!

Stay tuned for Mini Album Hacks: Part Two where we address any concerns you might have about our petite #Life albums!

Recipe
Best Day Ever Mini Album
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals,1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, 1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock, Z3240 Sea Glass Glitter Paper, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z9978 My Crush® Adventure Calls Pages, Z3253 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™, Z3191 3″ x 4″ Memory Protectors™, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling CardsZ2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3288 Enchantment Ribbon Pack, Z3264 Good Life Complements, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 1/2″ Icon-2 <1> (cut 2, p. 1)
2″ Shape <i> (p. 18)
1 3/4″ Icon-1 <Travel> (p. 30)
1/2″ Banner <NewYears> (p. 50)

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I’m 22, and This Is Why I Scrapbook

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Howdy! My name is Mandy Petty. I am 22 years old, and I love to scrapbook!

I have been scrapbooking with my mom since I was 10 and have been in love with crafting since before I can remember! My reasons for scrapbooking have evolved over the years, but one thing remains constant…I love to craft.

In the beginning, it was just something fun to do. My mom and I would go to our local scrapbook store for the day to create, shop, and, of course, enjoy the company of our friends. As I have grown older, I have reached out to my peers, sharing my passion with them. It started out as friends coming over to make mini albums in our basement workshop and has evolved into crops, craft shows, and scrapbook conventions. Nowadays I share my love for crafting with anyone and everyone who will listen, which sometimes even results in new friendships!

While I was in grade school, I would create holiday gifts by hand rather than go out and purchase them at the store. I remember one of my favorite gifts was making a five-page mini album out of chipboard and Flip Flaps. Surprisingly it was by far one of the most impactful gifts I had given! I remember giving it to my teachers and friends and watching their faces light up. It was such a simple gesture, but their smiles showed they knew how much I appreciated and cared for them, all because I took the time to create their gift.

On top of this, I would create my own birthday invitations each year. It was always fun designing them, especially since it was cheaper than buying them at the store and they were personalized! Recently, I was delighted to learn that my best friend Chloe saved all of the birthday invitations I’d sent her over the years because she loved the artwork! It’s amazing how you never really know how your creations will affect people.

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Another reason I enjoy scrapbooking is the amazing community. Over the years I have met many wonderful people, some of which are now among my best friends and “framily”! In fact, this year for my 22nd birthday I chose to go to a scrapbooking retreat rather than have a party. Just like anyone else, I wanted to do what I love most for my birthday, so I chose to spend it scrapbooking with some of my closest friends.

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Overall, I love being artsy, and scrapbooking provides me with a creative outlet that will last! I can paint, color, design, and create knowing it will be preserved along with my memories. Scrapbooking allows my crafting to become part of my story in a format that will last a lifetime.

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All of our memories are treasures; unfortunately, they don’t always last. Years ago my band director told us, “A dull pencil is better than a sharp mind.” One day you may not remember all the little moments, but you’ll have your photos and journals to remind you of your accomplishments, challenges, goofiness, family, and friends. These moments are precious but fleeting, which inspires me to scrapbook and document them so I can treasure them for years to come!

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Hello, Cardmaking!

Cardmakers, rejoice! There’s a new stamp set in town that will bring a whole lot of sassiness to your cards: the My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking stamp set. We’ve designed this beauty as part of our National Stamping Month trio of stamp sets, and its specialty is creating cards of all kinds.

Hello, Life Cardmaking

Don’t you just love receiving handmade cards in the mail? Think about it—the thrill you get seeing your name written on an envelope that’s obviously not a bill or a summons to jury duty. You love that feeling, and if you’re a cardmaker, you love giving that feeling to other people, too. A heartfelt card brings sunshine to everyone’s day!

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This sunny stamp set features big, bold greetings like “Hello” and “Oh, hey,” that are sure to get the recipient’s attention, paired with a variety of other sentiments and phrases you can use. Though the card above features gorgeous blue hues, it would be hard for anyone to feel blue after opening it up.

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The stylized sentiments work in perfect contrast with each other to fit a variety of moods. The card above is a playful and casual “thank you,” but you can easily see how the “Thanks” sentiment alone could be dressed up for a slightly more formal look. Oh, and speaking of formal…

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…what could be more formal than a black tie? Even when dressed to the nines in herringbone patterns and an irresistible black bow tie from our black Fundamental assortment, this card still carries such genuine thoughtfulness.

The My Acrylix Hello, Life!—Cardmaking stamp set is only available as part of our National Stamping Month celebrations, which end September 30, so get it before it’s gone! And remember, it’s one of three sets that we’ve designed to work together in perfect harmony for a wide variety of crafting projects. Check out the hashtag #ctmhhellolife on Faceboook, Instagram, and Pinterest to see even more artwork being made with this trio of exclusive stamp sets. Happy stamping!

Recipes
5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello, Sunshine Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 26
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Thread

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Oh, Hey Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 11
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello, Friend Card
Originals: Center Accent™ (with alterations)
CC1041 My Acrylix® Hello, Life!—Cardmaking, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold

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Vision Boards: Organizing Your Creative Dreams

For even more vision board ideas, check out our recent Vision Boards 3 Ways blog post!

Typically when we decide it’s time to organize our lives, we think about things like paper stashes, overflowing closets, garages, or the plastic containers stacked precariously in the kitchen. But are all of these things really life? Sure, they play roles in our life, but they’re hopefully not what drives us to get up in the morning.

In the spirit of this month’s call to organization, we decided to tackle a project that’s a little more elusive than cupboards and drawers: organizing your creative intentions through a vision board!

So, what’s a vision board? It’s a place to display images, words, or objects that represent what you want to be and do with your life in one beautiful, central location. Our hope is that this fun project will help you design your vision for your art and your life, all while keeping your thoughts and actions organized enough to accomplish it.

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Your vision board can become your light at the end of the tunnel during creative blocks. It will keep you motivated to continue heading toward your personal creative oasis!

Now let’s dive into what you’ll need to do to create your vision board! As with all art projects on this blog, we encourage you to use this example as a jumping off point to inspire you in your own creative pursuits. With this project in particular it is especially important for you to take your own, individual spin.

  • Start by spending some time seriously considering what you want this vision board to accomplish. What do you need to remember most in your life? Find a few words or phrases that speak to where you are in life right now. Once you’ve decided what these are, use stamps, Cricut® cuts, Picture My Life™ cards, or simply your own handwriting to express them.
  • Include lists of your creative dreams and goals. Whether that includes a list of techniques you want to learn, albums you want to finish, places you want to visit, or dreams you have for your family, writing it down and reading it every day will help you make the choices necessary to bring it from your imagination into reality.
  • Always stay on the lookout for bits and pieces of your life to add to your vision board. Surrounding yourself with bits and pieces of what you love in this world will be your sunlight on cloudy days. One simple way to do this is through your regular crafting routine. Keep your eyes open for scraps of embellishments such as ribbon, washi tape, or Complements. Cut a little more Shimmer Trim than you ended up needing for your layout? Save it and recycle it for your vision board!
  • Remember that this board is an organization tool. When your to-do list looks as cute as this, you won’t be able to resist taking care of everything on it. Even weekly schedules take on a new light when you dress them up. It’s also a great place to include other items you need to attend to, such as invitations to weddings that you’re planning on making cards or gifts for.
  • Make sure the things you include on your vision board are what you’re naturally drawn to, not what you think you should be drawn to. Remember this process needs to be fun! Let your creativity get playful and choose things out of the ordinary. Dare to do things like stamp and emboss a photo or include random scraps of doodling. The most important thing is not to overthink it; just follow your creative heart!

There you have it: the beginner’s guide to streamlining your creative life. Although our craft rooms may never stay organized, at least our creative visions can stay on track. 😉

We’d love to see how your vision boards turn out! Share your photos of your new creations, or even of boards you’ve created already, on the Close To My Heart Facebook page.

Now go create your vision!

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