School’s Out for Summer! Now What?

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

School bells across America are ringing, marking the end of another school year and the beginning of one of the most eagerly anticipated times in a child’s life…summer break! You’ve likely been putting those smart phones to good use and taking lots of pictures of your kiddos, watching in awe as they grew and developed this past academic year.

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

From first day of kindergarten photos to senior portraits, all of these pictures and memories need a place to live and thrive, as you revisit them from time-to-time, whether to reminisce on “how little they were” or to show off their accomplishments to other family members and friends (it’s okay, momma! You deserve a good pat on the back for these achievements, too! 😉).

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

Or, perhaps, depending on where you live in the world, your school year hasn’t quite wrapped up yet and you’re looking for just the right card to express your gratitude to those amazing people who continue to teach and watch over your children for hours every day, as if they were their own.

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Whatever your crafting needs are, we’re making it easy to look like a “Smarty Pants” (in the best way…) when it comes to preserving stories and sharing moments.

In our Core Products Catalog, you will find the Smarty Pants paper collection, complete with patterned papers, a sticker sheet, pocket cards, and stamp and Thin Cuts sets, all designed to memorialize these formative school years.

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And just last week we launched TWO brand-new workshops using this collection! The Smarty Pants scrapbooking workshop is designed to make three two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts and one single-page 12″ x 12″ layout, while the Smarty Pants cardmaking workshop makes 16 standard size cards (four each of four designs).

Download the free guides below!

Smarty Pants Scrapbooking Workshop (US/CA)
Smarty Pants Scrapbooking Workshop (AU/NZ)

Smarty Pants Cardmaking Workshop (US/CA)
Smarty Pants Cardmaking Workshop (AU/NZ)

The kits that we’ve assembled for these workshops are made up of products from the Smarty Pants line as well as a few additional items, including exclusive embellishments. (Smarty Pants scrapbooking workshop kit/Smarty Pants cardmaking workshop kit.) Additionally, these workshop kits are available at 20% off their retail value if you purchase the options with the stamp and Thin Cuts! (Because some of you may already own the stamp sets or dies used in these workshops, we also have kits available that don’t include these items. 😉)

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

Just like all of our other cardmaking workshops, the Smarty Pants workshop also features an artwork technique to help you flex those creative muscles! In this cardmaking workshop we sponge ink on backgrounds to help create focal points with color and also “ground” pieces that are layered on top (so they won’t look like they’re just “floating” there).

You might also notice that we used a journaling pen to create different borders and edges along some of the pieces of each of the cards, adding to the school days theme.

There are so many great techniques used throughout the artwork in both the Smarty Pants scrapbooking and cardmaking workshops! Take a look and let us know what you think! If you have any questions or want to know more, leave us a comment below!

Whether you’re counting down the last days of the school year (or counting down the days until the next one starts), let those teachers know just how much you appreciate them and take some time to document those school days stories to make the memories last! ❤️

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

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A Look Inside the New Annual Core Products Catalog!

There are so many reasons to love fall, and one of our favorites is the release of our new annual Core Products Catalog! From day one of this beautiful catalog, hundreds of new Close To My Heart items and fresh ideas have been readily available and within your grasps!

We are as committed as ever to our promise of being there to “show you how,” including providing the right tools and products, whatever your crafting goals may be. So—let’s take a closer look at a few new things happening in our Core Products Catalog!


We have SEVEN new pattern paper collections themed and designed for year-round use!

As You Grow: Refresh your creative spirit with this bundle of joy! The soft, nostalgic colors and designs of the As You Grow collection are enough to bring back fond memories of simpler times.

Smarty Pants: Featuring patterns and designs most all of us recognize, the Smarty Pants collection captures the essence of school days past, present, and future.

Love Story: The elegant designs and romantic colors of the Love Story collection will help tell your story in the colors you wish to share it. Available in Toffee, Mink, and Black, these pattern papers and stickers are perfect for your special occasion!

(The As You Grow, Smarty Pants, and Love Story collections include an optional coordinating sticker sheet, a coordinating cardstock pack, Picture My Life™ pocket cards, and stamp sets with coordinating Thin Cuts!)

Textures: Add the textures of everyday items to your crafting palette with this collection of patterned papers!

Wood Grain: We can’t get enough of the natural look these realistic Wood Grain patterns have to offer!

Noteworthy: Make a permanent record with these noteworthy pattern papers! Each sheet features the pattern on a white background on one side and on an aged looking background on the other.

Rose Gold Foil Patterns: Add rich accents to any artwork using these beautiful rose gold foil pattern papers.


If die-cutting is your thing, then you will be pleasantly surprised by what we’ve got in store in the Core Products Catalog! We’ve got fun shaped cards, slimline card front designs, tabs, tags, dimensional flowers, and tons more!

(Backpack Card, Layered Flowers, Square Windows Slimline, Buildable Tags, Circle Windows Slimline, Purse Card, Cupcake Card)


We’ve expanded our Besties’ friends circle and are happy to introduce the Buddies Stamp + Thin Cuts! Meet Joey, Isaac, Ian, and Ezra!


No crafting project is complete without a few finishing touches, like shimmer trims, ribbons, loose gems, and acrylic shapes (to list a few 😉). Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find in our Core Products Catalog:

(Capri Shimmer Trim, Rose Gold Shimmer Trim, Wild Berry Stitched Ribbon, Candy Apple Loose Gems, Mulberry Loose Gems, Clear Loose Gems, Grape Loose Gems, Lagoon Loose Gems, White Acrylic Stars, Wood Flowers, Wood Arrows, White Acrylic Hearts, Wood Brackets, Black Acrylic Alphabet, White Acrylic Numbers, Primary Sprinkles, Pastel Mini Circles, Pink Mini Hearts, Wild Berry Dots, Wild Berry Flower Sequins, Wild Berry Glitter Gems)


LePen™: Journal and sketch your way through your memories with the vivid colors of these smooth journaling pens. (Available in Red, Pink, Coral Pink, Olive Green, Jade Green, Teal, Blue, Navy, Fluorescent Violet, and Sepia.)


We’ve got so many new stencils for you to try! Above is just a small sampling of what you can create with a few of the designs, if you rotate the stencil or flip it over. And, for the first time, we now have stencils especially designed to fit the front of standard size card!


We’ve added 16 new digital, downloadable SVG files, to our digital art library! View all fo these new digital designs, here.


Pickup Tool: Picking up small embellishments is now easier than ever with these handy, paper-covered wax sticks! Simply sharpen the ends to a point and use to pick up small accents of all sorts!

Quickie Glue™ Pen: Is it a pen? Is it glue? Why not both?! This literal glue pen is ideal for securely attaching all of those smaller pieces to your artwork.

Adhesive Tape: Use this double sided permanent tape to mount photos, documents, and all sorts of things to your projects. The red backing makes it easy to see on the paper, and get’s removed when you are ready to expose the adhesive on that side of the tape.

Adhesive Sheets: We carry 12″ x 12″, double-sided, adhesive sheets! There are so many uses for these sheets, one of which is to make die-cut stickers. Watch the video below to see how!


We’ve added several new colors to our exclusive color palette this month! Our favorite, and Color of the Year, is this beautiful berry hue, Wild Berry! Keep a sharp eye out for it throughout the coming year, and you’ll find hints of Wild Berry in a wide variety of our new products. (To see what other new colors we have in store, talk to your Close To My Heart Maker or take a look at our exclusive color palette in our Core Products Catalog.)


It’s officially fall, and that means that there’s a new Craft with Heart™ cardmaking kit available, now and through the end of December!

Each kit includes materials to make a set of 24 beautiful, handmade cards, that come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with a stamping block and mini ink pad, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them. Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription!

Friends, this is just a small sampling of our many, many new products. Make sure to visit with your Close To My Heart Maker to see all that we have in store for you this coming year, or explore our Core Products Catalog online, here.

Happy crafting! 😘

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