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.)
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!
What better way is there to kick off the summer months than with a beautiful patriotic wreath? Display it on your porch or mantel, hang it on a wall, or place it on a shelf to be admired. It will become that conversation piece in your space that you can proudly say, “Yep, I made that!”
Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, follow these easy steps and begin assembling your wreath.
Step 1—Cut your paper into the following shapes and sizes:
46 – 4″ x 4″ Sapphire cardstock squares 16 – 3½” x 3½” Candy Apple cardstock squares 12 – 3″ x 3″ White Daisy cardstock squares
3 – 9½” cardstock circles, any color*
1 – 2¼”, 2½”, 2¾”, 3″, 4¼”, 4½”, 4¾”, 5″ White Daisy sunburst*
1 – 5¾” cardstock circle, any color (optional template)* 8 –1¼” gold foil stars (optional embellishment)** 2 – 1½” and 2″ gold foil stars (optional embellishment)** 4 – 1¾” gold foil stars (optional embellishment)**
*These shapes can be cut using this Cricut Design Space™ file. If you own a Cricut® machine but do not have access to Design Space, see the recipe at the end of this post for additional cutting information.
Stack and attach all three 9½” cardstock circles on top of one another to create your base. Use the optional smaller 5¾” cardstock circle and, with a pencil, trace a guideline onto your base. If you did not cut this piece, draw a guideline by hand approximately 2″ from the edge.
Step 3—Form your petals.
Once your paper is all cut, roll each square piece like a cone, leaving it open on the top and closed at the bottom; seal the seam with Liquid Glass or hot glue. Roll up each petal keeping the same color intensity of our two-toned cardstock on the outside of each.
Step 4—Assemble the Outer Wreath.
Using the penciled circle as your guide, start building your wreath starting with the outside layer. Attach your largest petals onto the base, seam down, leaving about a finger width between each. (Tip: pinch the bottom tip of the cone flat when adding adhesive).
When building your second row, place the petals in the spaces created in the first layer, and so on.
Use the large Sapphire petals for the first two layers, then create one layer using the medium-sized Candy Apple petals, and complete the final third layer using the small White Daisy petals.
(Depending on how tightly you roll your petals and how close you attach them, you may end up using a different number than you originally cut.)
Step 5—Build the Center Wreath. Gather your remaining pieces.
First, gently bend the “rays” of each sunburst paper piece up with your fingers. Stack and attach all of these pieces together from largest to smallest, with the largest piece on the bottom. Next, glue the paper baking cup, open end down, to the center of the wreath. The baking cup will act as a stand for the sunburst flower you just created so it won’t get buried in the middle of all the wreath’s petals. Glue the bottom of the sunburst flower to the baking cup.
Finally, embellish the center of your wreath with the optional gold foil stars and sequins. For our center, we sandwiched two stars of the same size around a toothpick and then attached the toothpick to the white center by wrapping the bottom of it with a glue dot.
Step 6—Display your completed wreath with pride!
What are some ways you’re using papercrafts to decorate your space this next season? Share with us in the comments below. We love hearing from you!
It’s that time of year again, when we are getting all of the feels as we prepare to part ways with our Annual Inspirations catalog on September 1 and make way for a new Holiday Expressions idea book. We are so excited for the launch of the brand new catalog, filled to the brim with amazing new tools and products, and at the same time, we’re getting a little misty-eyed over having to say goodbye to others.
Luckily, we still have a little over two weeks left before our Annual Inspirations, and so many of the products featured inside it, retire. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite goodies for you below. Make sure you and your friends snatch these up before they’re gone for good!
Basic Banners Thin Cuts
Several of the Thin Cuts metal dies in Annual Inspirations are retiring, including the Basic Banners Thin Cuts! This set includes four sizes of the same banner shape, ideal for creating timeless accents for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.
Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards
We love these trendy grid journaling cards! Use them to add journaling to any of your scrapbooking projects.
Small Organizer and Coordinating Foam Inserts
This organizer has served us well over the years, but it is time to bid him farewell! The small organizer and foam inserts that nestle inside are great for organizing various tools and small accessories. Be sure to snatch up a few before they’re gone!
Girls just wanna have sun…at least this girl does! The Summer Fun Paper Doll stamp set is only available bundled with it’s coordinating Thin Cuts so you can be sure that each dress and accessory will fit just right!
Get your fill of this soft pink hue while you still can!
Our Punny Pals have been on a mission this year—to create as many smiles as possible! With every purchase of a My Acrylix® Punny Pals stamp set, $7 (USD) of the proceeds are donated to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft left lips and palates in children around the world.
These little guys’ mission isn’t over yet! With just a couple of weeks left, let’s make sure we don’t forget about them and give them a proper send off!
These products (and so many others!) are only available through the end of August, while supplies last, so hurry and grab your favorites before they are all gone!
Which products are you going to miss most from Annual Inspirations? Tell us in the comments below!
These first two pages are the title and subject introduction of this album, where we get invited into a little girl’s “marvelous summer” adventures. In the pages that follow, we recount 10 of Ali’s favorite summer memories doing all of our stamping using only the number and alphabet Solos. Can you spot your favorite?
Can you believe summer is already coming to a close? Oh how time flies when you’re having fun! Though it may be hard to wave farewell to days lounging by the pool, visiting family, and traveling to beautiful destinations, you can keep those summertime memories alive and well by creating a mini album. Summertime doesn’t have to end!
We created this camping-themed album with two of our exclusive Cricut® collections: Artbooking and You Are Here.
The Artbooking collection includes a variety of tabbed, hole-punched pages designed especially for creating mini albums like this one! To decorate those pages, we turned to the You Are Here collection, which is our newest Cricut® collection. This collection includes designs to help you document your adventures both near and far away from home. Combine these two collections together, and you’ve got everything you need to create any number of mini summertime adventure albums!
You’ll see lots of the Jack paper packet in our mini album. With its tree, woodgrain, and flannel-inspired plaid patterns, these papers are perfect for documenting your outdoor adventures. Just remember, it’s only available until the end of the month while supplies last, so grab yours while you can!
If these pages inspire you to make an album of your own, feel free to refer to the recipe at the bottom of this post to see which products we used, as well as more details about the Cricut® cuts.
What are your favorite memories from this summer? Tell us in the comments below!
Whether you’ve already gone on your summer vacay or you’re still counting down the days, we want to share with you some inspiration for creating a cohesive vacation scrapbook album with our No Worries paper collection.
All of the layouts below use patterns from our Cherish™ how-to book, which is super handy because the book even shows you how to cut your paper! Use the images below as inspiration for making your own layouts, or, if you want to replicate the layouts exactly, check out our supply list at the end of this post. You’ll only need a handful of products, including one of each of the items in our No Worries suite: one paper packet and coordinating cardstock, Complements, sequins, and ribbon.
Cherish: Unified Whole™ (p. 68)
Cherish: Echoes™ (p. 41, cut both I pieces as 5″ x 6 ½”)
Cherish: Balanced Blocks™ (p. 105)
Cherish: Puzzle Junkie™ (p. 113)
Cherish: Color Celebration™ (p. 30)
You’ll notice that we made a few slight alterations to some of the accent pieces, but with the patterns as an anchor, it’s easy to make a few modifications to fit your own aesthetic. That’s the joy of scrapbook patterns—you have a place to start, but you can modify anything as you go along!
We hope this artwork has inspired you to document your vacation memories. If you’re not planning on making these layouts soon, make sure to get your Cherish™ how-to book pronto because it’s only available until the end of July, while supplies last! And while you’re at it, be sure to pick up a scrapbook album, too! Remember that during June you can buy one My Legacy™ album and get a second one half off! It’s a great time to snag an album that you know you’ll fill with vacation photos!
So tell us—where are your vacay plans taking you this summer? Share in the comments below!
The great thing about our Thin Cuts is that they save you so much time—no more fussy-cutting! They also make it SO much easier to cut duplicates of the same shape.
Here is some artwork to show you what we mean.
Adorable, right? We absolutely love our My Acrylix® School Kids stamp set, and with the new coordinating Thin Cuts, you can make lots of these cute little kiddos in no time. Don’t they just make the most adorable student name cards?
If you’re a teacher, these Thin Cuts could give you a fast way to decorate name cards, cubbies, and more. You can color in your students’ miniature look-alikes—or get your students in on the fun!
Creating duplicates of the same shapes also comes in handy when you want to really deck out a scrapbooking page. Here we used the Swirly Seashells Thin Cuts to make all these little seashells. Since we didn’t need to spend nearly as much time trimming out the seashells, we had more time to add beautiful watercolor details to them instead.
We’ve shown you artwork made using two of the four new Thin Cuts sets, and given you just a small taste of the possibilities! Check out our promotions page to learn more about this limited-time offer!
You’ve probably tried your hand at pocket scrapbooking before, but have you ever tried using pocket cards on your traditional scrapbook layouts? Just like with pocket scrapbooking, these cards can help you put together a beautiful layout in a flash.
Each of our paper packets comes with two 12″ x 12″ sheets of pocket cards that you can cut apart and use in a variety of ways. We used a bunch of these cards from the Magical paper packet to make this adorable layout. Can you spot them all?
First up, there’s the “Love This” card. Our cut-apart pocket cards always include a title card that you can use as your main sentiment.
Next, we have the journaling card. Here, we used one of the decorative cards for our journaling by adding a few lines with a ruler and pen, but you’ll also find cards with pre-printed lines in our cut-apart cards, too. Either way, pocket cards make adding journaling to your pages a piece of cake!
Then we have the Honey photo mat on the right page—it’s a pocket card, too! Because our pocket cards come in both 4″ x 6″ and 3″ x 4″ sizes, they make great photo mats.
If you’re looking for a fresh scrapbook pattern, try cutting apart some pocket cards and arranging them on your layouts in different patterns until something strikes your fancy. On this layout, we simply layered three pocket cards in a sort of fan pattern. By adding a stamped tag from our July Stamp of the Month and some Magical Complements, we ended up with a look we love. 🙂
This layout shows what happens when you get creative with your pocket cards! Rather than cutting into a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper to create paper accents, you can use pocket cards, which offer additional patterns not found in your larger papers. Take a look at the “Love today” title, for example. The circles come from the “Love This” card, and the word “today” was stamped on a trimmed down piece of another pocket card.
Whether you’re looking to put together a layout quickly or you’re just looking for some fresh ideas, pocket cards have your back. Try them out for yourself—they will change the way you scrapbook!
p.s. Remember our Magical Convention contest? Now is the perfect time to try using the Magical pocket cards to create a layout with your Convention photos! Share your layout on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention for a chance to win one of our brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking albums! Be sure to post your picture by July 25, because on July 28, we’ll randomly select five winners and announce them on the blog.
12″ x 12″ Love This Layout
S1607 My Acrylix® From the Notebook, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7209C Magical Complements
12″ x 12″ Love Today Layout
S1607 My Acrylix® From the Notebook, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2862 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine
Looking for a quick dessert for your summertime parties? We’ve got you covered with this fun s’mores bar!
Nothing beats the smell of roasting marshmallows on a warm summer night, and if you don’t have a fire pit in your backyard, this is the perfect solution!
Simply purchase some Sternos (what you put under buffet food to keep it warm), and place them in a metal tin with some pebbles. Then your guests can roast their own marshmallows with wooden skewers.
There are a few great things about a s’mores bar:
You don’t have to actually make a dessert
You can customize your bar however you want with different marshmallows and chocolates
Your guests can eat dessert however and whenever they want!
It’s a win-win for everyone!
And of course we’ve got great ideas for dressing up your treat table, too! Create some cute cards to label your chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Here, we used some stickers from the Magical Complements to give the cards a little something extra.
And no party décor is complete without a banner. This one is strung up in a picture frame to let guests know they can help themselves to seconds (and thirds!).
No matter what type of event you’ve got going on, adding a s’mores bar is a great way to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Now we want to hear your ideas! How would you customize your s’mores bar? Tell us in the comments below.
Have S’more Banner
X7209B Magical Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3171 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
Room for S’more Frame
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1385 White Daisy, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Frame
*Created in Cricut Design Space™. Use Real Dial Size setting if not using Design Space.
All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.