We’re at it again! Last week we shared a fun way to dress up a girl’s room using beautiful large paper flowers, and, as promised, today we’ve got some inspiration on how to use papercrafting to decorate a more boyish space. (It can be done!)
The Urban paper collection is one of our absolute all-time favorites. We love it so much, in fact, that we brought it back for a second time around! Whether you missed it when it made its debut, or you love the designs just as much as we do, now is your chance to stock up!
We paired these classic Urban patterns with a few of our other go-to products and came up with some really fun, trendy, and even purposeful, décor pieces. Take a closer look.
We backed this third frame with some cork board to effortlessly add or move photos, notes, and other mementos around. With a little bit of personal thought and inspiration, you could easily turn one of these framed pieces into a vision board!
If you haven’t gotten down and crafty yet this year, now is the perfect time to start. For our second week celebrating National Papercrafting Month, we created this beautiful, large scale, floral wall décor and are giving you our Cricut Design Space™ file, FREE, to recreate this very same project at home!
(Click on the individual images for a closer look!)
In order to keep things simple, we manipulated shapes from just one of our Cricut® collections, Flower Market, while designing our arrangement. If you don’t own the Cricut® Flower Market Collection, contact your Close To My Heart Consultant (or find one near you, here) to get started.
To give you an idea of the physical size of this project, the center French Vanilla flower is 20″ in diameter, both Peach flowers are 17″, the Lilac flowers are 14″, and the smaller Mint flowers are 13½” each.
When you open the file in Design Space, you will find some hexagon shapes among the petal shapes. These are your bases for each of the flowers. Attach the petals of each flower, layering them from largest to smallest, to these bases. You will also notice that the eyelashes are quite large. They are so large, in fact, that when you attempt to “make it” the program will tell you that you need a 12″ x 24″ mat. We did not use a longer mat to cut these, so there is a way around it! When the prompt comes up, all you need to do is select the image and rotate it to make it fit diagonally in the 12″ x 12″ square.
We’re jumping right into the new year and celebrating National Papercrafting Month with the All Around Creativity special, featuring four gorgeous wreath kits that are only available from Close To My Heart through the end of the month. There are so many different ways to embellish these beautiful wreaths, so we figured we’d have some fun and share with you four simple ways that we’ve added color to the plywood bases.
Adding color to wood doesn’t need to be super messy or take a huge amount of time. It can be quick, easy, and clean. To start off, we’ll take a peek at one of the easiest wood-coloration techniques. This method uses an Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad and will only take you a few minutes from application until it’s completely dry!
Simply select the ink color you’d like to use and gently swipe the stamp pad over the surface of the wood with quick, dabbing motions, going with the grain. Going with the grain helps you to emphasize the natural beauty of the wood, while also protecting your stamp pad from getting scratched up or caught on the wood. As you’ll see in the video below, we left some of the wood grain visible for a more stained look, but you can make it as light or as dark as you’d like.
To achieve a softer, mottled look, try sponging the ink onto the wood.
Cut a Round Sponge into quarters. While gripping the point of one quarter with your fingers, gently load your sponge with ink by pouncing it on your stamp pad. Because the sponge absorbs the ink, it may not look like you have a lot on there, but you’ll have more ink than you think!
Once you’ve got your sponge inked and ready to go, use the same pouncing motion you used on the stamp pad to apply the color to the plywood. The ink will dry lighter than it looks while you apply it. For a darker, richer tone, you will have to apply additional layers of ink.
This next technique uses TriBlend™ markers. When using an alcohol-based marker to color wood, you’ll want to go in the direction of the grain and use a steady hand to achieve even color throughout.
Because you have greater control over color distribution when you use this method, you also have more control over the appearance of the colored wood. For instance, if you want a softer, lighter look, use a light hand and don’t go over the same spot too many times. For darker and richer tones, add more color layers to really get the pigment into the wood.
If you’re going for a darker color, don’t jam the marker tip into the wood, as this may damage your marker. Instead, go over the same area of the wood multiple times for color layering and try using a lighter shade of your TriBlend™ marker.
The last technique we’re showcasing today adds a bit of sparkle to your art. Heat embossing! (We went there, and it’s beautiful!)
First, place your wreath over a piece of scratch paper so you can catch any excess embossing powder. Then, begin by rubbing the surface of the wreath with an anti-static pouch. Apply VersaMark™ ink to the wreath, a few sections at a time, using the same pouncing motion you saw in our first technique. While the ink is still wet, sprinkle embossing powder over it, shake off any excess powder onto your scratch paper, and heat set with a heat tool. (Use your scratch paper to easily funnel your excess embossing powder back into its container for future use.)
We absolutely love these wreaths and National Papercrafting Month, because it really gets us thinking outside the box! We can’t wait to see all the different ways you choose to add color to your wreaths.
Remember, you can only get these gorgeous wreath kits until January 31, and if you buy four or more you even get a discount! Make sure to take full advantage of the All Around Creativity special while you still can. For a few of you who may be on the fence, we are giving away four of these kits to four lucky readers! For a chance to win, you must do two things. First, make sure you are subscribed to this blog. If you are not, find the blue button on the sidebar that says “Subscribe to list” and follow the prompts once you’ve clicked it. Second, leave us a comment below telling us what types of crafts you like to work out, outside of scrapbooking and cardmaking. You have until 12 p.m. (MST) Thursday, January 9, to submit your entries. All winners will be notified by email. Good luck and happy crafting!
Happy National Papercrafting Month, everyone! It’s that time of year where we have the perfect excuse to celebrate all things paper and we absolutely loooove what we’ve got for you and your friends to celebrate right along with us. Crafters of all kinds can join in and start the new year full of creative possibilities with our Frame It Up special!
This special features the beautiful Magnolia Frame Kit, designed to create customizable décor for your home, office, or any other space you’d like to brighten up.
Each kit comes with a 16″ x 16″ chipboard frame and backing, one double sided frame overlay that lets you choose what kind of finish you want for your frame, two decorative words, die-cut flowers, leaves, and rose gold foil accents. Use the included step-by-step instructions to get the basic frame and flowers assembled, and then let your creativity guide you through designing the rest!
There are so many different ways to use this versatile frame that you are sure to want more than one, which is precisely why you get 15% off each kit when you buy two, or 30% off when you buy three or more!
And, because it’s a new year and we think everyone should have at least one of these gorgeous frames, we are giving away FIVE Magnolia Frame Kits right here, on our blog! You have 24 hours, that’s until 4 pm (MST) tomorrow (January 9), to leave us a comment below telling us how or where you would use this frame and become a subscriber, if you aren’t already.
National Papercrafting Day is coming up, fast. Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every January, this year it falls on January 26. Get together with your friends and celebrate by crafting your new Magnolia Frame!
Last week, we introduced the rose gold monogram Love Letter kits and shared some useful tips and tricks to assemble these like a crafting pro. One of the great things about these kits is that they come with more die-cut florals and stickers than you are likely to use on a single letter, which means that once your letter is complete and on display, you’ll have extra pieces to use on other projects—music to every crafter’s ears, right?! Today, we have some ideas on how you can use those leftover pieces on a few other paper crafting creations.
For starters, each kit comes with a 6″ x 6″ sheet of rose gold foil letter stickers. Once you’ve completed your Love Letter, you will surely have a good amount of stickers left over. Whatever you do, don’t throw them away! This gorgeous rose gold sticker alphabet works wonders in creating card sentiments and scrapbook titles!
As for the leftover floral pieces and banners, consider these as yet another tool in your crafting arsenal to use as embellishments and accents for any project.
Check out what we came up with below.
In what other ways are you using your Love Letters leftovers? Share with us in the comments below!
As we welcome a new year, we are also celebrating National Papercrafting Month! And, to help you celebrate with us, we created a beautiful letter kit for you to assemble, customize, and display using your own personal flair. What’s more, WE ARE GIVING AWAY THREE OF THESE LOVE LETTERS KITS in the next 72 hours!
All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Friday, January 5th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.
Now, let us tell you a little more about these Love Letters!
Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.
As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.
2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.
3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)
4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.
These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!
We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!
For even MORE CHANCES TO WIN, visit us on Instagram and Facebook where we are giving even more of these away! (What?!) Make sure to follow us for details on how to enter these separate drawings!!
With the end of the old year and the dawn of the new year, I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of “Year in Review” posts floating through your Facebook newsfeeds. Some people argue that things such as this have replaced scrapbooking layouts and albums. This is the new scrapbooking, they say. We no longer turn pages; we scroll them. So why then do some of us continue to use paper to preserve our memories? Is scrapbooking with paper still important? Well, let me tell you what I think.
The things that pop up in our newsfeeds often become irrelevant within mere hours of being born. Their permanence is as fleeting as dust in the wind. People will click through maybe once or twice, but after that, few will even remember they were there. When we upload pictures to Facebook, it fails to leave us with the same sense of satisfaction that comes from the whiz of a paper cutter or the stickiness of fingers spotted with adhesives. And when we type out our words, we lose the intimacy of handwriting and the beautiful way a personality dances its way through the shapes of the letters.
This is why I love National Papercrafting Month. It’s a wonderful reminder at the beginning of the year of why I fell in love with scrapbooking in the first place. It reminds me why we still spend time preserving memories with paper in a world that is slowly turning into pixels.
Working with paper will ground you in reality and in the beautiful subtleties of our physical world, which is why I think the Year >> Noted kit is so nicely suited to this month. In the rush of a new year and the memory of an old year, it not only keeps me grounded, but also gives me a place to tether my dreams, making my big goals seem so much more in reach!
Life is a continual cycling of beginnings and endings—don’t get lost in the whirlpool. Take the time to write down those things within your heart that will one day become the whispers of your past. Ground yourself in paper. Because when you hold a real, finished project in your hands, the rush and the hurry fades away and the only thing you feel is contentment.
And trust me, when this new year becomes old and the time comes to reflect, you’ll be happy you have something real to hold and to remember. Let this kit become a time capsule filled with little pieces of who you are in this moment. I promise you that when you take the time to remember, your heart will fill with gratitude for not only who you are, but also for who you are becoming.
We know you’ve raved over the spunky B&T paper and the exclusive pastel cardstock pieces of the Year >> Noted paper kit, but have you noticed the kit’s amazing stamp set? As the most expressive part of the kit, it’s worth seeing again and again on your projects.
This set is just the right tool for creating perfect captions, journaling spots, titles, headlines, and dates on your scrapbook pages. Its fun sentiments can become the inspiration for your journaling and even what photos you choose to display. They work seamlessly with the other pieces of the kit–especially the golden foil stickers—to help you note the moments that matter most.
See what we mean:
Take a look at this page, which shows just how nicely the kit works in a pocket scrapbooking format—the “cards” trimmed from the B&T paper fit perfectly into the 4″ x 6″ pockets of these Memory Protectors™. But the stamping is really the star here:
This date stamp is a definite must-have for a scrapbooker. We’ve given it extra glam here with our Ranger™ Princess Gold embossing powder. The look matches the fun golden foil stickers that come with the kit so well you can hardly tell they aren’t the same material.
Stamps and golden foil stickers work hand-in-hand to create this title. Technically, those “Year” letters come from the negative spaces of the golden foil sheet, but we prefer to think of them as positive spaces. (It’s all in the eye of the beholder, right?)
Okay, the arrow looks stamped, but that is just a trick of the eye: it’s actually a piece trimmed from the zip strip. Of course, the set does include a great arrow stamp that matches that zip strip perfectly! (Wait for it…)
On this more traditional scrapbook page, the artist has taken the stamping up a notch with embossing to match it to the shimmer of the golden foil stickers again. Ooooh, shiny!
Check out the versatility of the dotted line stamps in this set. The image stamped across the bottom and middle of the page makes an understated border, while you’ve also got an image ideal for creating journaling lines. Top off your journaling with a few fancy bullet points made from golden foil stickers. Or, if you like a checkbox look, stamp a few the way you see them done on this page.
There’s that true arrow stamp! Told ya it was cute. A classic stamp image works great whether it is in the spotlight or playing a more subtle role as an accent.
The clustering of the B&T trimmed cards makes a great backdrop for your photos, and stamping your favorite sentiments on them ties the whole page together nicely.
Year >> Noted is available for a few weeks yet. Get your cute stamp set (we’ll throw in the paper kit too) before the end of January!
For a chance to win a FREE Year >> Noted paper kit for yourself, share a comment below telling us about a milestone event that occurred in your life in 2014 or an event that you are looking forward to in 2015 that you plan to include in a Year >> Noted mini book or layout. Fifteen random winners will be announced next week!
12″ x 12″ This Year… Page
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater
This year you’re going to reach your goal of documenting more because we’re going to help you do it! Our January promo kicks off today, and with it comes the bright Year >> Noted paper kit. The whole kit is available for a steal of a deal all month long when you place a qualifying order. Get all the details from Monica herself in this video:
Mini book + paper kit = a match made in heaven! Additionally, the kit papers, stickers, and stamps lend themselves to all kinds of other projects. We think you’ll find yourself feeling especially swoony over the coordinated look of the scrapbook pages you can make with this kit.
The designed 12″ x 12″ B&T papers can be trimmed into “cards” to use on your layouts, as you see above, or they can stand as beautiful 12″ x 12″ page bases all on their own. Better yet, try mixing the two for a delightful combination!
The papers aren’t the only gem in the kit; you’ll go crazy over the stamp set, too! Even more than just being absolutely adorable, it’s extremely helpful in documenting memories. We love the journaling lines stamp for its utility—and its perfect coordination with the dot border stamp makes it even better.
The sentiments of the set are perfectly suited to projects that focus on the best kinds of moments in your life. Stamped phrases like “faves,” “snapshots,” “highlights,” “adventures,” “goals,” and “accomplishments” can help kick-start your journaling and guide your photo selections.
To top off the kit, the golden foil stickers come ready to rock and roll—they’re super trendy and complement the B&T beautifully. Try clustering several stickers with some similarly shaped B&T triangles, like you see here.
The golden foil stickers in the kit come in a variety of cute shapes and sizes, and they’re even great for stamping on. That’s right, folks, you can stamp on them!
The Year >> Noted paper kit is popping with addictive colors and patterns—it will have you plugging in memories right and left. Let’s make 2015 your best-documented year yet!
12″ x 12″ Year >> Noted Layout
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
12″ x 12″ This Year’s Goals Page
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z891 Versamark™ Ink Pad, Z555 Craft Heater