Creating Memories by the Seaside

Just in time for all of those sun-bleached memories you’re creating, our beloved Seaside collection is back now and through the end of August! With updated colors—including brand new French Vanilla—, a new 12″ x 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, and a new workshop, our timeless Seaside patterns have just the right amount of beachy bliss to capture the feeling of cool ocean breezes and all that this radiant season has to offer!

1.  My Acrylix® Seaside Greetings
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This stunning stamp set, with its realistic line designs and versatile sentiments, is not just beautiful but also very easy to use in both scrapbooking and cardmaking. (We’ll show you how we’ve paired it together with the rest of the Seaside collection to make scrapbook pages and cards in the available workshop, below.)

2.  Seaside Paper Packet

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Here it is! Featuring our exclusive colors, French Vanilla (new!!), Glacier, Lagoon, Raspberry, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, and Toffee, this dreamy 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 (and super cute)! Click on the individual thumbnail images to take a closer look!

(You can get a FREE Seaside paper packet by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant or hosting a qualifying party in July!)

3.  Seaside Coordinating Cardstock

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These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Seaside paper packet. Each coordinating cardstock pack comes with 12 sheets, three each of French Vanilla, Lagoon, Smoothie, and Toffee; all 12″ x 12″.

4.  Seaside Workshop Kit

Paired with this downloadable workshop guide, the materials in this kit come together to create the gorgeous scrapbook layout, pages, and cards you see here:

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12″ x 12″ pages:
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4¼” x 5½” cards:

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3″ x 3″ cards:

We love this collection so much that we want everyone to have one of these kits to create this artwork. To help with that effort, we’re giving three of the dreamy Seaside Workshop kits away to three lucky winners! To qualify for an entry to win, first make sure you are subscribed to this blog. Then, leave us a comment below telling us what you love so much about this collection or, if you’ve been with us for a while, let us know what other retired collection you love that you would like to see make its way back. You have until 3 p.m. (MST) tomorrow (Wednesday, July 10) to get your entries in. All winners will be notified via email shortly after that—so keep an eye out, it really can be you who wins!

AND REMEMBER…Seaside is only available 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! GOOD LUCK!

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50 Things to Do This Summer

The excitement of summer is in the air and we want you to enjoy every bit of it! To get started, if you haven’t already, check out this fun list of 50 Things to Do This Summer we’ve compiled with no one else but you in mind.  (Take this list on the go by downloading the printer friendly version, here.)

Summer Activities #ctmh #closetomyheart #thingstodothissummer #summer #vacation #holiday #bucketlist #todo #summeractivities #summerfun

Do you have any more fun ideas to add to our list? Tell us how you’re planning on spending your summer in the comments below!

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An Elegant Way to Put Your Memories On Display

As the end of July draws near, some of you have probably started to place your summertime memories in albums. But have you ever thought about hanging them on the wall? Our Designed Décor products are perfect for preserving memories while still leaving all the creativity to you! What’s really fun about this line is that the products allow you to showcase your photos while using even more of your favorite paper packets, stamps, and embellishments at once. Of course, the Designed Décor line can also be used with minimal or no embellishments, and the products will still add simple elegance to any photos. That’s what’s great about Designed Décor—YOU get to determine how many details you want to add and the overall effect you want to create. We decided to try our hand at creating a very embellished Designed Décor item, just for fun. 🙂 Our artist started with our display tray, let her creative gears run wild, and produced stunning results!

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Isn’t that a gorgeous memento to hang on your wall? Right off the bat you can see that our display tray can be a great way to use up leftover scraps and embellishments you have lying around. Our artist cut the “Life” letters from the My Crush® For Her Book and used 3-D foam tape to make them pop. How creative is that? We also love the way the artist cut photos in half to share between two windows. And the journaling on the Picture My Life™ Jackson Scrapbooking Program card. And the landscape scenes created using the Seaside paper packet and fence stamp. Sorry, we’ll try to contain our excitement. This display tray’s just got us reeling!

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Like an intricate scrapbook page, the small details really make this display tray special. Embossed letters using the My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase stamp set provide a gritty texture similar to sand, and what better pictures to use with the Oceanside sequins than actual pictures of the ocean? The sequins tie the cool colors of the display board together wonderfully.

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Just look at all the details in this corner of the display tray. The Cricut®-cut wave, the layered seashells shaded with watercolor pencils, the perfectly placed sequins, the metal Seaside Assortment pieces. And what an inventive way to use Glacier thick twine! The net and starfish add such a unique, dimensional element to this piece.

Not only is our Designed Décor line perfect for creating seasonal décor with family memories, but it’s also great for showcasing everyday pictures—and in a way that will catch the eye of all your guests. Even if you don’t use as many embellishments as the piece above, Designed Décor provides a great medium for beautifully displaying photos and memories. So go ahead! Take a look at our Designed Décor line, and choose the perfect piece to add to your home. Then sit back, relax, and let the compliments roll in. 🙂

Recipe

Life Is Better in the Summer Display Tray
C1594 My Acrylix® Treasured Friendship, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, D1609 My Acrylix® Seaside Greetings, B1416 My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, Z3068 Picture My Life™ Jackson Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1142 Brown StazOn™ Ink Pad, Z3081 My Crush® For Her Book, Z1750 Display Tray, Z3014 Seaside Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Thick Twine, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Pen, Hot Glue Gun

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
1 ¼” Border <y> (p. 53)

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Come Sail Away: Using Thoughtful Details to Drift Back to Cherished Memories

Examining the intricate patterns on a seashell, feeling wet sand seep between your toes, hearing the laughter of family members as someone slips into the surf—these small, simple moments are what create lifetime memories. They are the sunshine that gives us hope amid life’s hurricanes.

The small and simple details are also what help a scrapbook page capture these small, simple moments from family escapades. Details help us slow down, examine the heartfelt artwork, and reminisce about cherished days past.

The page shown below is a wonderful example of this. It was created using our vintage Seaside paper packet, which serves as a foundation for the addition of many meaningful details.

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Notice the intricate chevron stitching on the Colonial White cardstock portion of the page. The pattern switches direction in the middle of the page and again at the bottom. The stitching gives texture to the page, and switching the direction of the pattern helps capture the eye even more.

Now, if you look closely, you’ll also notice the streaked finish on the “Beach Bum” and “Good Day Sunshine” stamps, which adds to the weathered feel of the Seaside paper packet. You can replicate this effect in your own artwork by sliding your stamp in a downward direction across an ink pad to create a streaked look. Then simply stamp the image as normal.

Embossing is another thoughtful detail you can add to your page. The gold embossing on the title pairs well with the golden tones in the Seaside paper packet and enhances the nautical theme by creating what looks like glittery sand.

You can see this same beautiful embossing on the card below made from the Seaside paper packet:

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The card really catches your eye with that gold embossing, doesn’t it? The gold sequins bring out the shimmer of the embossing even more, as does the lovely anchor charm from our Base & Bling line.

The use of Glacier thick twine adds an additional nautical feel to the card, creating the impression that this was the very rope that pulled the anchor up from sea.

The subtle seashell pattern on the Glacier cardstock ties everything together, making for a memorable card that will surely add sunshine to anyone’s day.

As you work on your crafts this summer, remember this—in life (and in crafting), it’s the small and simple things that matter most. So don’t forget to incorporate small and simple details into your artwork! After all, these are the details that will end up meaning the most when others look through your albums and receive your cards. Why? Because these are the details that really matter.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Ocean Bliss Page
Reflections: Half & Half—Tags
E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
½”, ¼”, and ⅛” <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)
½” and ⅛” Shift+Layer <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)

Artbooking
3 ½” Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (cut 3, p. 83)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Summer Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 27
C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, C1594 My Acrylix® Treasured Friendship, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2014 Base & Bling Journey Charms, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Thread

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