Hello Spring!

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Even though we knew it was coming, as it does every year, spring is sneaking up on us fast! Technically it won’t be spring for another couple weeks, so there’s still time to pull out and sort through all of those brightly colored decorations. (Phew!)

And because spring is all about new beginnings, we have a few fun things in store for you to add to your stash! Just keep reading! 😉

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First, we want to show you how to dress up a wreath you may already have with a fun pennant banner made using our Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies (which are 25% off through the end of the month as part of our Die-namite! sale).

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If you look closely, you’ll see that we layered each of our letters with silver foil. Using our Thin Cuts, we cut our sentiment out twice, once out of White Daisy cardstock and then again out of silver foil paper. The silver foil letters were cut in half and then attached to the White Daisy using an adhesive runner. Then, we attached the letters with thin 3-D foam tape onto individual pennants that would later form our banner. To make the pennants, we simply cut 1½” x 3¾” rectangles and dovetailed one of the ends.

Attach the pennants to white twine using a hot glue gun to spell out your words—one word per strand of twine. Make sure to leave enough twine on the ends to tie the banners to the wreath.

You can make a banner like this one for pretty much any occasion just by changing the sentiment. From welcoming a new season, to holidays, or birthdays—the Block Alphabet Thin Cuts give you the tools for spelling out whatever it is you want to celebrate in style!

And since we are talking seasonal décor, we have a special treat for those of you who’ve made it this far: two FREE printables for the upcoming Easter season.

 

Download your 8″ x 10″ printable here:

He is Risen
My Redeemer Lives

As we celebrate this season of new beginnings, we thank you for reading and sharing this blog. Our hope is that the inspirational artwork ideas and tips we present here help crafters of all types to discover their creativity and to exercise their creative muscles in new, exciting ways. Happy Easter!


Recipe:

Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z3216 White Twine, Z3372 Adhesive Runner, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ Wreath, Hot Glue Gun

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Staying Ahead of Memories with Pocket Scrapbooking

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The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. Between the shopping, the parties, and the baking, it can feel impossible to find time for memory keeping! Pocket scrapbooking is a convenient solution for staying ahead during the season while still creating beautiful pages for your holiday album.

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With pocket scrapbooking, you can use Picture My Life™ cards and simple embellishments to quickly create your layouts. On the layout above, we added a little gold shimmer trim and a few gold glitter gems to give it some extra sparkle. A good rule of thumb with pocket scrapbooking is to try to have an equal number of photos and cards on your layout. This helps each page look balanced and complete.

Because of the way pocket scrapbooking works, you can make some of your Christmas layouts ahead of time, before your photos are even taken! We know, it might sound crazy, but with pocket scrapbooking it makes perfect sense! Line up your cards the way you like them and leave the photo pockets empty—or, if it helps to see where to put your photos as you create, use cardstock as a photo placeholder.

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If you really like the idea of planning ahead, take it to the next level! Instead of just leaving blanks for the photos you will take, use sticky notes to add short reminders about what kind of photos you want to take to add to the layouts. That way you can have a plan for your scrapbook, have the pages ready to go, but then wait to print your photos after the holiday season when life is a little less hectic. Then, all you have to do is slip those printed photos into your Memory Protectors™.

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Take the same approach with your journaling. You’ll notice that none of these layouts have the journaling yet. If you’re crunched for time, jot down some of the important parts on a sticky note. What do you like about your holiday traditions? What food did you eat? What is special about that moment? You don’t have to write down the entire story, just highlights to jog your memory. That will make it easier to add words to a journaling pocket card when you have time to come back to it.

The best part of this is that if you make your pocket scrapbook layouts ahead of time and then your photos don’t fit on your pages, you can easily adjust your design! That’s one of the things we love about this scrapbooking format: It’s easy to mix, match, and move photos and pocket cards to fit your story, even as it happens!

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And, if you need some extra room for all of those photos you will be taking, simply add Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™. With Pocket Plus you get that extra space for photos and journaling without having to add an entire layout. It also adds a fun, interactive element to your pages.

As you celebrate this season, use the ideas we shared today to stay ahead of holiday memories, and don’t forget to keep these pocket scrapbooking tips in mind for any time life gets busy. Memory-making never stops. Preserve those memories as they happen with pocket scrapbooking.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Merry Everything Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Z4050 Picture My Life™ Cards—Beary Christmas, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1950 Memory Protectors™ Design 3, Z1952 Memory Protectors™ Design 5, Z3243 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3245 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 4

12″ x 12″ Reindeer Xing Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Z4050 Picture My Life™ Cards—Beary Christmas, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, 4113 Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z1951 Memory Protectors™ Design 4, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1, Z3244 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 3

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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!

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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.

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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. 🙂

Download Skylark Pattern

Recipe

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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Paper for All Seasons

Our brand new Holiday Expressions idea book has now been live for almost two weeks, and we’re thrilled you finally get to see all the beautiful seasonal papers we’ve worked so hard on getting just right. 🙂 Part of making sure our papers are absolutely perfect includes balancing themed patterns with non-themed patterns so you have as much versatility as possible when you sit down to create.

Take this artwork, for example. It uses our Jeepers Creepers paper packet, which is Halloween themed, but you would never guess that it came from a Halloween paper packet, right?

Looking to save money on scrapbooking paper? Then choose Close To My Heart! Our patterns are so versatile that you can use them year round, meaning no paper will ever go to waste! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhjeeperscreepers #halloweenscrapbooking

The fun lightening bolts are just the pattern for pairing with this spunky little girl. They’d also be adorable with pictures of a little boy.

Now how about this one? Does it remind you of Halloween?

Looking to save money on scrapbooking paper? Then choose Close To My Heart! Our patterns are so versatile that you can use them year round, meaning no paper will ever go to waste! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhjeeperscreepers #halloweenscrapbooking

Who would have thought that this paper packet could be paired with spring photos? And yet it totally works! We paired some ribbon from our Whimsy ribbon pack with the purple Jeepers Creepers paper to give it a feminine touch.

Switching seasons, Jeepers Creepers also has colors that are perfect for your fall photos, like these family pictures:

Looking to save money on scrapbooking paper? Then choose Close To My Heart! Our patterns are so versatile that you can use them year round, meaning no paper will ever go to waste! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhjeeperscreepers #halloweenscrapbooking

Whenever you pull out our papers to create something, you can count on beautiful themed patterns and also patterns that will work year-round. When it comes to preserving your memories, we want you to get papers with the best value that will also allow you to get as creative as you’d like!

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ So Sweet Layout
E1034 My Acrylix® Marker Alphabet, X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

12″ x 12″ Love This Layout
E1034 My Acrylix® Marker Alphabet, X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy CardstockX5770 Glacier Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

12″ x 12″ Here & Now Layout
E1034 My Acrylix® Marker Alphabet, X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3287 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set
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Message from Jeanette: A Season for Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Next to the Fourth of July, this is truly one of my favorite holidays. I am excited to share with you today my gratitude for blessings I’ve received in both the past and the present.

At this season I am reminiscent of the way my family celebrated Thanksgiving when I was just a girl. I loved the fact that this holiday was so centered around food, and, boy, was this one meal that I could really look forward to: turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy! As a child I thought the excitement of the holiday lay in the delicious dishes placed before me, but as I grew older I came to realize that the real excitement was in the blessing of being with family.

Young Jeanette

I especially remember the good times that surrounded my wonderful Aunt Lola, who was always the life of the party. Her sense of humor had the rest of us rolling in our seats every Thanksgiving. She would tell story after story, making us laugh and laugh until our sides ached. At those Thanksgiving tables, surrounded by my mother and father, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins, I knew true happiness.

Those family-centered Thanksgivings are some of my fondest memories, and it’s now my privilege to be the one planning those parties for my own children and grandchildren. I have always loved to keep things simple, so I long ago established the tradition of having our Thanksgiving Day feast at a beautiful mountain resort instead of at home. With a fantastic menu from which we can eat all we want, plus the bonus of made-to-order goodies, the restaurant becomes the mouth-watering daydream of one and all during the days leading up to the holiday. My grandkids talk about it for weeks beforehand, repeatedly reviewing their anticipated menu choices. It’s a tradition we all cherish together!

This year I’ll be instigating another tradition for this special day. Using the gorgeous Picture My Life™ Avonlea cards, I’ll have each family member record what they’re thankful for. I’m going to compile their responses into our very own family gratitude mini album. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

On my own card I’ll be sure to add the names of each precious member of my family. I am so grateful to each one for their encouragement and love for me. They, more than anyone else, have been my ever-present strength. I cannot even hope to fully express how grateful I am for them.

I am also grateful today for those that have become my family—my Close To My Heart family! I extend a special thanks to my dear friends, Brian and Monica, who just also happen to be my Executive Team members. I am thankful to them for the support they are to me in every business venture we undertake.

Brian, Jeanette, and Monica

This year I have had many opportunities to mingle with the Consultants of this company, and for that I am extremely grateful. How I have loved being in your presence, hearing your stories, seeing your smiles, and feeling of your excitement. My relationship with you is what brings me the most joy in this business!

Consultants at Convention 2014

I express gratitude for the wonderful employees of Close To My Heart that work so hard to accomplish our company mission. Thank you for all your efforts this year.

Employees

I am mindful today, also, of the land I live in. I cherish the foundations that this land was built upon, and I am grateful for sacrifices made long ago by unselfish men and women. My own father was an Army man and I happily support those who continue to give everything to this country. I am grateful for people in every land who cherish the freedom of the human soul and give their lives to protect it.

I am grateful that I can worship as I please. I believe in a God in Heaven who watches down on all of us. I am grateful that He showers me with His love. I know He cares by the way He sends me loved ones—or even complete strangers—to reach out to me in my hours of need.

Year after year, I watch blessings being added to my trove, and today I thank you for what you have personally added to it. May you have a very happy Thanksgiving, and may it be an exciting beginning to a season devoted to looking outward to others.

Jeanette

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