Bask in the Fun of Masks!

You already love creating artwork to preserve memories, but what about using artwork to make memories? We’ll show you one of our favorite ways to do just that: handcrafted masks!

Costume party? Make your own mask! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweencrafts #diymask #childrenscostumes

Kids will love donning these masks for costume parties, impromptu plays, and games of dress-up. And why should they be the only ones? The masks make us want to waltz to the orchestra music at a masquerade ball, too! They’d be perfect for a last-second costume, as you can choose papers that coordinate with your favorite outfit to craft a mask that will unify the whole ensemble! Whether for special occasions or everyday moments, these masks will add some flair to your fun!

Ready to find out how to replicate these masks? You can create a mask of any color with your favorite paper or cardstock. Then make it unique—pull out your stash of accessories and decorate to your heart’s desire. The possibilities are infinite! If you’d like, you can start by replicating one of the masks pictured above. Let’s take a closer look at the cat mask first:

Costume party? Make your own mask! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweencrafts #diymask #childrenscostumes

Are you wondering how our artist got the white designs to show up, even on the Black cardstock? The answer: our chalk marker! It may take a few coats, but this ink will decorate even your darkest papers. What a cool tool, eh? Just “chalk” it up to our passion for exciting products!

And did you notice the darling curls at the end of the cat’s whiskers and the butterfly’s antennae? You can thank the wonderful quilling tool for that! For those less familiar with the technique, the quilling tool is a stylus with a small slot at the top. Slip a strip of paper into the slot and the tool will grip it as you twist the paper around the quilling tool. Twirl it as tightly as you like, and enjoy the resulting curls!

Costume party? Make your own mask! #ctmh #closetomyheart #halloweencrafts #diymask #childrenscostumes

Doesn’t the butterfly mask look like it’s ready to take flight? The credit for that goes to the three-dimensional effect our artist used on this mask. To create this look, she first cut two identical shapes from the Pomegranate ombre B&T Duos™ paper featured in Sangria. Next, she decorated the top layer with the chalk marker and bitty sparkles. (That was the fun part!) She finished by attaching the embellished layer to the bottom one with some 3-D foam tape. Beautifully simple, right?

So bring back the make-believe days filled with princesses and pirates, and give those days to the next generation of dreamers by creating paper masks like these for your children and grandchildren. And don’t forget to take pictures—you’ll want to scrapbook those later! 🙂


Cat Mask
X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3095 Whisper Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1795 Quilling Tool

Butterfly Mask
X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3040, Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1767 Chalk Marker, Z1795 Quilling Tool, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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Paper Inspiration

A good piece of patterned paper does a lot to add color and interest to your scrapbook layouts, but its contributions don’t have to end there! You can actually draw on the patterns from the papers themselves to inspire your entire project. To help you see what we’re talking about, take a look at this layout inspired by the Sangria paper packet:

Have YOU tried this scrapbooking trick? #ctmh #closetomyheart #fallscrapbooking #Sangria #craftingtips

The beautiful tree scattering its leaves across the pages is undoubtedly the first thing you see when you look at this layout, but the idea for those beautiful Sunset leaves started with a pattern from the Sangria paper packet. Do you see them on that strip of Pomegranate paper across the middle of the page? It’s a simple thing, but it sparked a fun idea that became a central element of the page’s design.

Even beyond the leaves, another patterned paper suggested the organizing principle of the page. The bottom strip of Poppy patterned paper with its horizontal rows of leaves gave our artist the idea to use multiple horizontal stripes as a basic design element, which is also repeated as watercolor stripes on the journaling, too. Taking just a few simple cues from the patterned papers, our artist created a beautifully unified layout.

We simply love the Sangria paper packet for fall-themed layouts. The color palette is rich and festive. And the designs are beautiful! From warm ombres to swirls of Sunset leaves, the Sangria paper packet is sure to give you tons of ideas for creating memorable fall layouts.

Next time you’re looking for artwork inspiration, try drawing it from the patterned papers you are working with. They are sure to help you realize your creative potential on any crafting project.


12″ x 12″ Dancing Leaves Layout
D1662 My Acrylix® Harvest Wreath Holiday, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z3128 Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7199C Sangria Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints

Cricut® Shapes
Art Philosophy
7″ Layer+Shift <Tree3> (p. 53)
¾” Shift <Font> “DANCING LEAVES”

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Stamp a Smile on a Child’s Face

We’ve shown you how to preserve children’s artwork in your scrapbooking layouts, and we’ve shown you how to create cute Halloween packages for giving away goodies you make with your children and grandchildren. Well, today we’re going to show you how to create a simple children’s book using a very special stamp set and the Designer Creations short stack album!

We’ve personalized the cover of our album by printing the title on watercolor paper, adding stripes of color with our watercolor paints, and then backing it with a piece of Sangria paper. Thanks to the beautiful pattern printed directly on the cover, that’s all it takes for a fully-embellished look!

Create a children's picture book with stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamps #watercolors #diypicturebook #giftsforchildren

Adorable, right? Now take a peek inside!

Create a children's picture book with stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamps #watercolors #diypicturebook #giftsforchildren

This darling little gator shows you just how easy this project is. Using our My Acrylix® Animal Greetings stamp set, simply stamp an animal onto a circle of watercolor paper with the Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Color your stamped image with watercolor paints, and attach the circle to the page of your album. Next, print the critter’s name on watercolor paper, add a splash of watercolor paint, and attach below the circle. Then add some patterned paper near the spine of the book if you’d like, and you’re done! It’s that simple!

We know you’re eager to look through the entire book, so go ahead! Peruse these adorable pages by looking at this gallery:

This picture book is designed for young children who tend to get a bad case of the wiggles when you try to read them stories, but you could use this same idea to create all sorts of books for children of all ages! For more elaborate plots, try combining multiple stamp sets to fashion entire scenes. Then use our watercolor paints to bring these stories to life!

If you choose to try your hand at making this picture book, you will not only make a child in your life smile, but you will also be doing the same for another child somewhere else in the world. How? Well, when you purchase the My Acrylix® Animal Greetings stamp set, we donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that repairs cleft lips and palates for children all around the world. What a great way to touch the lives of many children at once!

So go ahead! Try your hand at making this picture book today. Not only will you help Operation Smile touch the lives of children, but you will also touch the lives of those children who read your handmade book. And who knows? You might just discover your inner writer!


Animal Picture Book
D1679 My Acrylix® Animal Greetings, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
2″ <Circle1> (cut 15, p. 21)
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“Mom, I made this for you!”

Isn’t it amazing what a child’s imagination can do, especially with a crayon in hand? From inventing new products and designing flying devices to fashioning outfits and painting magical landscapes, their little minds run at such wild speeds! And somehow, they innately know it’s important to tell stories through pictures and that these pictures are important because they give them to you for safe-keeping. Maybe kids understand our picture-taking, scrapbook-making minds more than we realize!

Rather than hanging children’s artwork on the fridge for a few months before throwing it away or storing it in that Rubbermaid—you know, the one that takes 10 minutes to get to in your storage closet that hosts report cards, old photos, etc.—why not preserve their artwork between the safe, clean pages of your scrapbook album? Take a look at this layout to see what we’re talking about:

How to incorporate children's artwork into scrapbooking CTMH

Our artist got it right—“Earth” without “art” really is just “eh!” Evie’s artwork really adds so much life to this layout. It’s art on top of art, which is amazing! To create this page, our artist scanned Evie’s artwork onto a computer, shrunk it to the size she wanted, and printed it. Then she matted the artwork just like she would a photograph—which makes perfect sense. A child’s artwork is just as revealing about their personality as a photograph!

To complement the rainbow on the left page, our artist decided to create a rainbow with cardstock for the background. There’s Sangria paper in the mix to give the pages some texture. The watercolor splatters at the ends of the cardstock play on the idea that the layout features artwork, and aren’t splatters characteristic of children? 🙂 These colorful elements mirror the colorful artwork and personality of sweet Evie.

How to incorporate children's artwork into scrapbooking CTMH

Try your hand out at scrapbooking children’s artwork. Just think how wonderful it will be when your children and grandchildren look through your scrapbooks and not only see pictures of themselves when they were young but also artwork they created and gave to you. They will love to see their creations, and they will appreciate you for valuing their artwork enough to give it the special treatment.

So grab the crayons, markers, paints, and get your children and grandchildren to start creating their masterpieces. When they’re done, you’ll know exactly how to preserve their ingenuity for years to come!


12″ x 12″ The Earth Without Art is Just Eh Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 4
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, D1555 My Acrylix® All the Details, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, X5668 Honey Cardstock, X5764 Pear Cardstock, X5779 Poppy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3123 Enamel & Glitter Duos Green Triangles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set
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We’ve Fall-en for Sangria!

A new month means a new featured paper collection, and for October, Sangria is the belle of the ball! We love this vibrant paper collection, especially for creating fall layouts. The rich, warm tones capture the colors of the landscape preparing for winter.

Today, we’re going to talk about three perfect companions for the Sangria paper collection that will help you take your fall artwork to a whole new level. To begin, take a look at this back to school fall layout:

Sangria Fall Layout CTMH

It has so much warmth! The quilt pattern on the right page even makes you what to wrap yourself up in a giant quilt and sip some warm cocoa from your favorite mug. This layout uses all three elements to enhance Sangria and produce fantastic fall artwork. Let’s dive in!

1. Gold. And more gold!

Anything gold pairs wonderfully with Sangria. Try your hand at some Picture My Life™ gold overlays. Our artist used them to liven up squares of cardstock in the quilt pattern. See the polka dots and the “life is GOOD” sentiment? You’ve got it—overlays! The “ADVENTURE” sticker with gold lettering is from our Fundamentals stickers Basics pack, and, of course, we’ve got some gold sequins in the mix, too. All these gold bits add warmth to this fall layout.

2. Anything Saffron, Peacock, and Fern

These exclusive colors work hand in hand with the Sangria color palette. On this layout, you can see how well these cardstocks pair with the Poppy and Pomegranate colored B&T Duos™. You can also see Saffron and Fern ink in the leaf stamps.

3. Rock N’ Roll Stamping

When you think of fall, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is leaves: multi-colored, fading from green to amber and amber to crimson. Well, what better way to replicate that look than with the rock n’ roll stamping technique! Take a look at this stamping technique in action:

Rock n' roll leaves

Ready to rock n’ roll at home? First, stamp the leaf image in the lighter color. Then clean your stamp, and place the edge of the stamp on the darker stamp pad. Roll the stamp around so ink only gets on the outer edge of the stamp. Then stamp over the first image, and there you have it! For a visual how-to, check out our rock n’ roll Instagram video!

As you may have noticed, not all of the leaves have the darker ink all the way around the perimeter. You can certainly ink just one edge of the stamp—get creative! It’s a lot of fun, and there are a lot of looks you can discover!

Now you have three great tips for creating warm, fall-themed artwork using our Sangria paper collection. Show us what YOU can do with Sangria by typing #ctmhsangria in your post when you share your artwork on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We want to see your creativity at work!


12″ x 12″ Back 2 School Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 5
D1677 My Acrylix® Friend Tree, E1032 My Acrylix® Typography, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3144 Picture My Life™ Overlay Gold & Silver, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3166 Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints
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