A Free Christmas Scrapbook Pattern!

A free Christmas scrapbook pattern! #ctmh #closetomyheart #christmasscrapbook #scrapbookpattern #pattern #scrapbooking

We take pride in being the “let me show you how” memory-keeping company, and in providing the most comprehensive patterns for scrapbook layouts. When you download this pattern, it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it even easier to create these pages!

These patterns lend themselves to any memories that are special enough for you to preserve. Just choose your favorite papers and follow the guide for beautiful scrapbook pages, like these:

A free Christmas scrapbook pattern! #ctmh #closetomyheart #christmasscrapbook #scrapbookpattern #pattern #scrapbooking

Notice that you don’t have to follow the pattern strictly—we’ve moved our title so we could use our “Most wonderful time of the year” stamp, and we moved our journaling, too, to mirror our square title. The patterns give you all the structure you need to set up your page, but then you get complete freedom in how your page turns out!

Download this free scrapbooking pattern, and let us show you just how easy scrapbooking can be!

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For even more timeless patterns, check out our collection of affordable how-to pattern books. We know you’ll love them! 




Z4008 Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts Bundle, X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Packet, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7213D City Sidewalks Complements, Z4013 City Sidewalks Washi Tape, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems

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Skylark Pattern

Today’s your lucky day because we’ve got another scrapbook pattern for you from our archives! Hooray for free scrapbook patterns!

A free scrapbook pattern with cutting guides and photos! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingpatterns #scrapbookinginspiration #scrapbooking #paper

We’ve taken this pattern, which originally debuted with our Skylark Workshops on the Go®, and made new artwork with it using the Swan Lake paper packet and some cardstock.

A free scrapbook pattern with cutting guides and photos! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingpatterns #scrapbookinginspiration #scrapbooking #paper

The stamping you see is all done with our My Acrylix® With You stamp set, which we specifically designed to work with Swan Lake for scrapbooking. To finish it off, we added some accents from our coordinating Swan Lake Complements and grey enamel gems.

As always, feel free to take your own spin on this pattern. You’ll see that we switched out pieces C and I for our black shimmer ribbon, and we also dovetailed the title and journaling pieces.

Add your own personal touches to the Skylark pattern, and then show us what you create by sharing your layout on social media with the hashtag #ctmhpatterns. Also, be sure to look into our line of How-To books for even more patterns.

Now treat yourself to some nice warm tea and a little crafting time. 🙂

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12″ x 12″ Little Moments Layout
Skylark Pattern
D1705 My Acyrlix® With You Stamp Set, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X7212C Swan Lake Complements, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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A How-To Pattern from Our Archives

As the “Let Me Show You How” company, we pride ourselves in our how-to patterns. We’ve been digging through the archives and found some timeless scrapbooking patterns that we want to share with you right here on this blog!

Here is today’s featured pattern:

Use the Huntington pattern to make your own beautiful scrapbook layout! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpatterns #scrapbookpatterns #scrapbooking

We’ve taken this pattern, which originally debuted with our Huntington Workshops on the Go®, and made some new artwork with it, using the Florence paper packet and some cardstock.

Use the Huntington pattern to make your own beautiful scrapbook layout! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpatterns #scrapbookpatterns #scrapbooking

That beautiful gold glitter title was made using our brand new Cricut® Flower Market collection. We gave the title a shadow using the Florence paper, which really makes it pop. Also notice the Picture My Life™ tabbed journaling card we used for easy journaling, and the adorable embellishment clusters we made using a mixture of images from our brand new Baby Girl, Baby Boy, and School 7–12 Complements.

Try out the Huntington pattern by downloading it right now, and then creating your own layout using your own choice of papers and embellishments. Show us what you create by sharing your layout on social media with the hashtag #ctmhpatterns. Be sure to look into our line of How-To books for even more patterns.

Happy crafting!

Download Huntington Pattern


12″ x 12″ Summer Sunshine Layout
Huntington Pattern
D1691 My Acrylix® Beach Life, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z3266 School 7–12 Complements, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2″ Shift+Title <&> (p. 7)
2″ Title <d> (p. 23)
1 ¾” <Daisy> (p. 46)
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Tips for Mixing Patterned Paper

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, we’re sharing some exclusive scrapbooking tips from our Art Studio right here on the blog! Last week we shared tips for balancing the colors on your scrapbook pages.

Today we’re going to share some tips with you for mixing patterned papers together using, of course, our Happy Times paper packet, which is available for this month only.

Here are the two pages we’ll be comparing—a sort of before and after, if you will:

Learn how to mix patterned scrapbook papers like the experts! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #nsm #scrapbookingtips

First, let’s start with the page on the left that looks a bit like an overrun garden:

Learn how to mix patterned scrapbook papers like the experts! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #nsm #scrapbookingtips

In the spirit of this floral fiasco, here are some whoopsie daisies (get it, daisies? 😀 ) that make this page a little bit chaotic:

Whoopsie Daisy #1: Using all of your favorite patterns at once.

Yes, these papers are beautiful, but when you use them all together on one page, your eyes don’t know where to look! You want to set a beautiful backdrop for your photos, but in this example, the photo gets lost amid a bunch of theatrics.

Whoopsie Daisy #2: Choosing only patterned papers that perfectly match.

Don’t be afraid to mix it up a little! Remember, your color scheme doesn’t have to perfectly coordinate—the individual components just have to go together.

Okay, now let’s step away from the floral fiasco and look at a more calm, harmonious, page:

Learn how to mix patterned scrapbook papers like the experts! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #nsm #scrapbookingtips

You can really see and feel the difference, huh? Isn’t it amazing how we respond to patterns? This page has definitely transformed into something more sophisticated and balanced, so let’s talk about how it’s blossomed:

Blossom #1: Choosing one pattern to be the hero.

On this page, the floral pattern is the hero. Every other paper supports this one pattern. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Choose one bold pattern, one or two medium patterns that support the bold pattern (pretty mellow patterns), and then choose papers with very subtle patterns or solid cardstock to round off your page. Here, the wooden pattern is our medium pattern and the mint paper is our very subtle pattern.

Blossom #2: Choosing patterns that aren’t too matchy matchy.

Remember, your papers don’t have to match perfectly, they just have to go! The mint color is perfect because it still goes with the hero paper, but it’s not the main color in the hero paper so it adds variety.

We hope you found these tips to be helpful. Stay tuned for more scrapbooking tips this month on the blog!


12″ x 12″ Happy Times Page (good example)
Reflections: Quartet—Border Cutout™
CC1064 My Acrylix® Happy Times, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Thread, Pen

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Back to the Basics

What makes a work of art a work of art? What turns a good scrapbook page into a great scrapbook page? There are many answers to these questions, but one thing that contributes to great scrapbooking and all types of crafting is having a strong design.

There are certain principles that contribute to the strength of a design, which can really elevate the final product. Many well-seasoned crafters probably use these design principles without ever having “learned” them or even realizing they are doing it. However, for those who are new to crafting, these principles can be absolute lifesavers, and they can even give you a great place to start—a springboard for reaching greater heights. And even the most gifted crafters will inevitably find themselves tangled in the details of a complicated project as they struggle to see the big picture. At such times, it’s always good to get back to the basics.

In the artwork below, one of our artists has done just that. Taking four basic design principles as a guide, our artist created this beautiful scrapbook page:

My Sunshine

So, what are the design principles that work together to make this page so wonderful? We’re so glad you asked!

1. Pattern. Now, we’re not talking about incorporating our B&T Duos™ patterned paper here, though that does go a long way to make any project beautiful. 🙂 We’re talking about using repetition. In the page above, you can see a strong pattern of horizontal lines—the horizontal strips of paper above the photograph, the Cricut® banner underneath the title, the kraft paper behind the photo, and even the lines of corrugated metal in the photo itself! The possibilities for creating patterns through repetition are endless: Try repeating colors, shapes, and many other elements to create pattern.

2. Unity. Having all the different elements on a page work together is what makes the page look well thought out. Think of it like an orchestra: There are many different instruments, but they have to work in harmony to play something beautiful. One way to create this harmony is through color. Our artist used many warm tones on the page: Gold shimmer trim, Honey, Canary, and kraft cardstock, a strip of paper from the Brushed paper packet, a Canary stamped image–all these pieces tie in nicely with the color of the boy’s shirt in the photograph to create a sense of unity. Unity can be created a myriad of ways, so get creative! You’ll find it’s much easier than you think!

3. Variety. Though it’s important to create harmony, it’s also important to make each element unique—this is what makes the page have depth. An orchestra wouldn’t be an orchestra with just violinists! Start by determining what you’d like to unify your elements. Like we mentioned above, our artist used warm tones to create unity. Then, for variety, she used several different textures, shapes, sizes, etc. There is also variety in the cool colors used in the bottom half of the page versus the warm colors used in the top half. All of that further plays off the contrasting colors in the photo. Using a variety of products, from embellishments and twine to embossing folders and Cricut® cuts, also makes adding variety even easier!

4. Balance. This design principle is demonstrated in spades in the page above! Our artist decided to use symmetry as her primary means of creating balance, though there are other certainly other ways to create balance. Placing the photograph in the very center of the page, she then embellished all around it in a beautifully balanced way. Notice how the width of the “My Sunshine” title mirrors the width of the Canary, Cricut®-cut strip above the photograph. The symmetry of the page is not strict—those aqua dots are not lined up, people!—but the sense of balance persists in the way the elements offset each other on the page. You have to love how the gold shimmer trim and the Canary stamp in the top left part of the page balance the “July 2015” sentiment and the Glacier Extra Thick Twine bow in the bottom right.

Now that you’ve taken a few steps back to find your center, it’s time to return to your crafting space and tackle that tricky project. You can use these four basic design principles to help you through any crafting project, and before long, they will become second nature to you! Happy crafting!


12″ x 12″ My Sunshine Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Basic
D1599 My Acrylix® Geek is Chic, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5764 Pear Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1275 Outdoor Denim Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1851 Scallop Border Punch, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
¾” Border <3> (p. 40)
1 ¼” Shift+Border <Vacation> (p. 67)


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