Zoe Is Back and Better Than Ever!

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We did it again, friends! One of our favorite retired paper collections, Zoe, has received a modest makeover, getting updated colors, a new 12″ × 12″ coordinating sticker sheet, and a new workshop. The updated Zoe collection is available through the end of May. With its sunny disposition, this collection is sure to brighten anyone’s day and any scrapbook album!

1.  My Acrylix® Zoe Stamp Set

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As if this stamp set isn’t perfect enough for all those sunny moments you wish to hold onto, the shapes outlined in red coordinate with our Cricut® Artistry collection—making it that much easier to create unique, custom cards and layouts! You’ll find sizing instructions for cutting the coordinating shapes on the packaging of the stamp set.

2. Zoe Paper Packet

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Here it is! Featuring our exclusive colors, Canary, Heather, Mint, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, and White Daisy, this 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! Click on the image to take a closer look!

3. Zoe Coordinating Cardstock

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These cardstock colors coordinate perfectly with those in the Zoe Paper Packet. Each Zoe Coordinating Cardstock pack comes with 12 sheets, 2 each of Sweet Leaf, Smoothie, Mint, Canary, Heather, and White Daisy; all 12″ × 12″.

4. Zoe Workshop Kit

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions found below to create four coordinating layouts and six cards!

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(Click on the individual image for a closer look at any of these projects.)

Download workshop instructions, here!

Zoe is only back 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!

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Here Comes the Sun!

When you’re having a gloomy day, a great way to cheer yourself up is to do something nice for someone else—but sometimes it’s hard to know what to do! How about mailing someone a box of sunshine? 🙂

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

Papers from Penelope, Kaleidoscope, and our Fundamentals transform this ordinary box into something really special, as does the gold glitter paper—you can never go wrong with glitter! We’ve filled our sunshine box with all things bright and yellow—including fun accordion-folded strips of Honey cardstock as filler—but you could certainly put any goodies you’d like inside.

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

Thanks to our handy-dandy Cricut® collections, making this box is really easy. Simply follow the recipes below to cut your sentiment, sun, and card!

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

We used our Cricut® Artfully Sent collection to cut this lyrical card. There’s nothing that brightens someone’s day quite like a handmade card with a handwritten message.

J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, said, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” Remember that each time you create something with paper, you are spreading sunshine to others and filling your own life with sunshine—so keep on crafting! 🙂

What do you like to do to brighten someone’s day? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

Sunshine Box
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, Z3125 Paper Fundamentals Adventure, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artbooking
2 ½” Shift+Title <T> (p. 52)
11 ½” Shift+Overlay <T> (p. 52)
¾”<font> “Sending your way”

5 ½” x 4″ Here Comes the Sun Card
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shape*:
Artfully Sent
5 ½” Sentiment <u> (p. 17)

*Real Dial Size

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.

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Back to the Basics

What makes a work of art a work of art? What turns a good scrapbook page into a great scrapbook page? There are many answers to these questions, but one thing that contributes to great scrapbooking and all types of crafting is having a strong design.

There are certain principles that contribute to the strength of a design, which can really elevate the final product. Many well-seasoned crafters probably use these design principles without ever having “learned” them or even realizing they are doing it. However, for those who are new to crafting, these principles can be absolute lifesavers, and they can even give you a great place to start—a springboard for reaching greater heights. And even the most gifted crafters will inevitably find themselves tangled in the details of a complicated project as they struggle to see the big picture. At such times, it’s always good to get back to the basics.

In the artwork below, one of our artists has done just that. Taking four basic design principles as a guide, our artist created this beautiful scrapbook page:

My Sunshine

So, what are the design principles that work together to make this page so wonderful? We’re so glad you asked!

1. Pattern. Now, we’re not talking about incorporating our B&T Duos™ patterned paper here, though that does go a long way to make any project beautiful. 🙂 We’re talking about using repetition. In the page above, you can see a strong pattern of horizontal lines—the horizontal strips of paper above the photograph, the Cricut® banner underneath the title, the kraft paper behind the photo, and even the lines of corrugated metal in the photo itself! The possibilities for creating patterns through repetition are endless: Try repeating colors, shapes, and many other elements to create pattern.

2. Unity. Having all the different elements on a page work together is what makes the page look well thought out. Think of it like an orchestra: There are many different instruments, but they have to work in harmony to play something beautiful. One way to create this harmony is through color. Our artist used many warm tones on the page: Gold shimmer trim, Honey, Canary, and kraft cardstock, a strip of paper from the Brushed paper packet, a Canary stamped image–all these pieces tie in nicely with the color of the boy’s shirt in the photograph to create a sense of unity. Unity can be created a myriad of ways, so get creative! You’ll find it’s much easier than you think!

3. Variety. Though it’s important to create harmony, it’s also important to make each element unique—this is what makes the page have depth. An orchestra wouldn’t be an orchestra with just violinists! Start by determining what you’d like to unify your elements. Like we mentioned above, our artist used warm tones to create unity. Then, for variety, she used several different textures, shapes, sizes, etc. There is also variety in the cool colors used in the bottom half of the page versus the warm colors used in the top half. All of that further plays off the contrasting colors in the photo. Using a variety of products, from embellishments and twine to embossing folders and Cricut® cuts, also makes adding variety even easier!

4. Balance. This design principle is demonstrated in spades in the page above! Our artist decided to use symmetry as her primary means of creating balance, though there are other certainly other ways to create balance. Placing the photograph in the very center of the page, she then embellished all around it in a beautifully balanced way. Notice how the width of the “My Sunshine” title mirrors the width of the Canary, Cricut®-cut strip above the photograph. The symmetry of the page is not strict—those aqua dots are not lined up, people!—but the sense of balance persists in the way the elements offset each other on the page. You have to love how the gold shimmer trim and the Canary stamp in the top left part of the page balance the “July 2015” sentiment and the Glacier Extra Thick Twine bow in the bottom right.

Now that you’ve taken a few steps back to find your center, it’s time to return to your crafting space and tackle that tricky project. You can use these four basic design principles to help you through any crafting project, and before long, they will become second nature to you! Happy crafting!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ My Sunshine Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Basic
D1599 My Acrylix® Geek is Chic, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5764 Pear Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1275 Outdoor Denim Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1851 Scallop Border Punch, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
¾” Border <3> (p. 40)
1 ¼” Shift+Border <Vacation> (p. 67)

 

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