More Magical

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Once upon a time, in the not-so-faraway kingdom of Close To My Heart, there were some talented fairies diligently working on paper and stamp designs sure to enchant anyone who set eyes on them. Like a fairy tale come to life, they brought back a beautiful paper packet once beloved by all. With a few color updates, the results were a More Magical paper packet, the My Acrylix® Dream stamp set, and a workshop kit to help preserve all of your magical adventures!

The More Magical Workshop kit includes the More Magical paper packet and a selection of other products, which you can use to create four coordinating two-page scrapbook layouts and eight cards! (Download instructions to turn these crafting products into beautiful artwork right on your Consultant’s website!)

But just like your fairy godmother’s best efforts, this magic won’t last forever. Get all of your More Magical products, suited for all-purpose crafting, before the spell ends on September 30! May your memories live happily ever after with this charming collection! 😀

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Fun with Ribbon

It’s a new month and with it we have a spectrum of colorful goodies at our crafting disposal! Just for the month of June, we’ve put together custom color coordinated cardstock bundles, are offering individual spools of ribbon from our Fundamentals collections, discounted select accessories, and even created a brand new stamp set, the My Acrylix® Be a Rainbow. For complete details, visit our Create the Rainbow page here.

There are so many different ways to use ribbon in crafting. We put together a few fun samples of projects featuring several of the ribbons included in our Create the Rainbow special to get those creative wheels turning, if they aren’t already 🙂 . Take a look and then share with us, in the comments below, how you are using ribbon in your crafts.

Ribbons make perfect little pennant banners

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These little banners are easy, cute, and can dress up all sorts of celebrations. Simply double up the ribbon around a piece of twine, adhere with a glue dot, and dovetail the ends!

Embellish other embellishments

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Add ribbons to clips and other embellishments. This can be a great way to tie metallic embellishments into the color palette of your projects! (These cute clips, and others, are part of our Create the Rainbow sale, so get them while they’re hot!)

Use your imagination!

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How fun are these fishies? To create them, we wove two different colors of shimmery ribbon around a square of cardstock—even their eyes are fashioned from our adhesive Black & White Dots (also part of our Create the Rainbow sale) !

If you’re getting crafty with ribbon, tell us all about it below! We’d love to hear where your creativity is taking you!


Recipes

Cake Banner
CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, CC61813 Pansy Shimmer Ribbon, Z3216 White Twine, 8″ Skewers

4¼” x 5½” Many Beautiful Reasons Card
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, Z3216 White Twine, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

12″ x 12″ Happy Place Layout
D1780 My Acrylix® Aloha Spirit Stamp Set, D1774 My Acrylix® Build-a-Picnic Stamp Set, D1784 My Acrylix® Colorful Texture Stamp Set, D1772 My Acrylix® Documented—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, D1725 My Acrylix® For All Seasons Stamp Set, D1786 My Acrylix® Quotable Words Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61811 Juniper TwineZ3189White & Gold Ribbon, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z3379 Gold Arrow Clips, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Wonders Page
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, CC61826 Gold Shimmer Ribbon, CC61816 Lagoon Shimmer Ribbon, CC61813 Pansy Shimmer Ribbon, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3290 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1½”, 2″, 2½” Shift + Background <Succelnt> (p. 40, #MD71FB0)

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Looking for a Great Scrapbook Album? We’ve Got You Covered!

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Here at Close To My Heart, we’re serious about helping you preserve your memories with style. That’s why, throughout the month of June, you can buy one My Legacy™ album and get a second one at 50% off! For those of you who are new to Close To My Heart or who would just like to learn a little bit more about our unique scrapbook albums, this is the post for you! We’re going to cover all our bases today and tell you everything about our albums—and some of the awesome products we have to go with them!

We have two different styles of My Legacy™ albums. The photos above show our post-bound style. This style minimizes the gap in between your pages, so your scrapbook album looks professionally bound. The ends of the posts are hidden by the binding, and they feature easy-to-use handles for twisting open the posts and adding pages.

Here’s our other style: D-ring! These albums are a great fit for those who want to be able to add pages quickly and easily. Some people like to use D-ring albums for storing their pages until they finish an album’s worth, and then they move all the pages into a post-bound album for permanent storage—and with our buy-one-get-one-half-off sale, it’s a great time to try this approach!

Above are all the colors that are currently available in the post-bound style.

And here are all the colors that are currently available in the D-ring style.

Now the best part of any scrapbook album is what you keep inside, of course. 🙂 And since we know the memories you want to preserve are precious, we offer high-quality top-load and side-load Memory Protectors™ to keep them safe. We also have some specialty Memory Protectors that can add a lot of variety to your layouts.

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Up first are our divided Memory Protectors for pocket scrapbooking. We have five different styles to choose from—you can check them all out here. These make great additions to your layouts, like you can see above, or you can create an entire pocket scrapbooking album. We recommend using our D-ring album style with these Memory Protectors.

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While we’re on the topic of divided Memory Protectors, we have to mention our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors. These only cover part of a page, so they are great for adding a few additional photos to your layouts. You can see how they really enhance a traditional layout in the before and after pictures above. For more information about these protectors and for tips on how to design you layouts to incorporate them, check out this blog post.

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We also have Flip Flaps™, which are little individual pockets that come with an adhesive strip. You can attach them to both your pocket or traditional scrapbooking layouts. These come in a variety of sizes and create fun, interactive elements on your pages. For more information about these protectors and for tips on how to use them, check out this blog post.

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A few other noteworthy accessories….These are our spine expanders. When you have layouts with lots of dimension in a post-bound album, you can get an album that looks like this: <. That’s because the part of your protector that holds your page onto the post is thinner than your dimensional page. Placing spine expanders between the pages of your album helps to even out the space so that your album will look more like this: =. It’s a quick fix that makes a world of a difference!

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For post-bound albums with fewer pages, we recommend these 1″ posts. These posts will slim down the spine and allow your pages to be held more snugly between the covers of your album.

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Finally, add an identifier to the spine of your album with one of our label holders. These fit both album styles and are a great way to distinguish your albums from one another—especially if you have a lot together on a shelf!

Do you see what we mean about taking memory keeping seriously? 🙂 We want to give you lots of options for preserving your memories! If you have any more questions about our albums, please leave a comment below. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have!


GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Want to win a bunch of products to fill your albums with? Then listen up! We are giving 3 lucky winners the following:

  • 1 Fundamentals paper packet of your choice
  • 1 Fundamentals Complements pack of your choice
  • 1 Fundamentals ribbon pack of your choice
  • 1 value pack of Memory Protectors of your choice (top-load or side-load!)

How do you enter to win this awesome prize? Simply subscribe to our blog! To do so, click on the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the right-hand side of the page. That’s it! If you are already subscribed to our blog, you’re already entered to win!

The contest will run for 48 hours, and we will contact the winners via email.

Good luck! 🙂
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Easy, Unique Mother’s Day Gift

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, today we’re sharing the perfect gift idea for all the mothers and mother figures in your life—one of our Live Beautifully album bundles!

These bundles come with an album, journaling pen, adhesive, and our new, limited-time Cut Above® Live Beautifully layout kit, which has everything you need to make five layouts, including base pages, pre-cut pieces, stickers, and photo placeholders. There’s no cutting or stamping required—all you do is follow the photos and instructions to attach the pieces and stickers to your pages!

Each of the layouts can be assembled in 15 minutes or less, meaning you could easily use the kit to make a personalized gift. You could either preserve some photos that are special to your mother, or make the album a tribute to her as a mother. The Live Beautifully kit is all about celebrating those who inspire and uplift us, so you could write down your thoughts about her, and even have your siblings pitch in!

Here are some layouts to show you how this approach could work:

Here’s another idea: If your mother loves scrapbooking, you could give her the bundle so she can enjoy a fun, easy scrapbooking project. You could even give her a “scrapbooking night” where you can assemble the layouts together while chatting and snacking on sweets—any mom would love that quality time, especially while revisiting old photos and happy memories.

Whether she creates the layouts herself or receives them in a completed album, your mother will love receiving this bundle. And because you save 20% by buying the kit in a bundle, you are also getting a great discount on the perfect gift! It’s a win-win!

Order your bundle today, and show your mother how much you appreciate her!

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