The Magical Pocket Card

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?

Ideas for how to use pocket scrapbooking cards on your traditional layouts. #ctmh #closetomyheart #pocketscrapbooking #picturemylife #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

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.

Ideas for how to use pocket scrapbooking cards on your traditional layouts. #ctmh #closetomyheart #pocketscrapbooking #picturemylife #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

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. 🙂

Ideas for how to use pocket scrapbooking cards on your traditional layouts. #ctmh #closetomyheart #pocketscrapbooking #picturemylife #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

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.

Recipes

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

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The Triangle Rule

Remember how your math teacher said you’d use math every day for the rest of your life? Well, as a scrapbooker, you definitely do! You measure, you count, and if you try out today’s tip, you’ll apply your math skills even more!

It’s time to take a trip back to geometry class, because we’re going to talk about what we call the triangle rule. In a nutshell, here it is: After you finish a pattern and you’re ready to add some accents, arrange them so they form a triangle.

If you follow our Instagram account, you may remember how we showed the triangle rule on a single scrapbook page.

When creating a layout, you do the exact same thing, but rather than creating a triangle on each single page, you create a triangle across the two pages.

Here’s a layout featuring our Magical paper packet. Can you spot the triangle? 🙂

Use the triangle rule to make your scrapbook layouts balanced! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingtips #scrapbookinghacks #scrapbooking

Here it is!

Use the triangle rule to make your scrapbook layouts balanced! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingtips #scrapbookinghacks #scrapbooking

See how the deer, oars, and punched circles create a triangle? The little flags above the three circles also help form that corner of the triangle.

The triangle rule is great because it helps you balance your pages by giving you guidance for where to place your embellishment clusters, while also leaving you lots of different options to play with. If all of your layouts were perfectly symmetrical, they’d look nice, but there wouldn’t be much room for creativity. By creating triangles, which can be all sorts of different sizes and dimensions, you are still creating a layout that’s pleasing to the eye, but you get a lot more variety!

We hope this makes adding accents to your scrapbook pages a little bit easier. Try the triangle rule out for yourself, and tell us what you think in the comments below!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Camping Layout

C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2818 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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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The 10/30/60 Rule

During National Scrapbooking Month, we’ve shared tips with you for mixing patterned papers and balancing the colors on your pages. Today we’re going to build on these tips, as well as share a few more—because you can never have too many ideas when it comes to scrapbooking!

First, let’s review what we’ve learned so far:

  • When you want to highlight a specific color, start with a neutral background, limit your chosen color so it really pops, and add a complementing color for contrast.
  • Choose one pattern to be the hero. Choose one bold pattern, one or two medium patterns that support the bold pattern, and then choose papers with very subtle patterns or solid cardstock to round off your page. And don’t worry about being too matchy matchy—contrast is good!

Today we’re sharing another way to remember these two principles—the 10/30/60 rule! For optimal pattern and color balance, make sure your pages have the follow percentages:

  • 10% of your pop of color, 30% of a connector color (goes with the pop, but is a different color family) and 60% of a neutral color
  • 10% hero pattern, 30% mellow patterns, and 60% paper with subtle patterns or solid cardstock

Let’s dive into some artwork examples so we can see this rule in action!

The 10/30/60 Rule is the key to balanced scrapbook pages. Learn more on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhhappytimes #scrapbooking #scrapbookingtips

Forget the 10/30/60 rule—this page is more like 100/100/100! It’s a wee bit noisy. 🙂 The individual elements are beautiful, but they’re just not working in harmony together like they could.

The predominant color here is pink, but with such a dynamic background and pink elements all over the page, it doesn’t really take the spotlight. It’s definitely showing up in more than 10% of the page.

We also have several papers fighting to be the hero. The eye doesn’t know where to look! It’s like when several of your kids are all fighting for your attention at the same time. 🙂

The 10/30/60 Rule is the key to balanced scrapbook pages. Learn more on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhhappytimes #scrapbooking #scrapbookingtips

This page is getting warmer. As far as patterns go, we are much more on track, but colorwise, our base page is a bit too bold for the 60% neutral we’re looking for. It would work better as a connector color, which should be kept closer to 30%. Let’s look at another page that follows our rule more closely:

The 10/30/60 Rule is the key to balanced scrapbook pages. Learn more on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhhappytimes #scrapbooking #scrapbookingtips

Ah, can you feel that 10/30/60 balance? It’s scrapbook nirvana. 🙂 We’ve reduced our hero paper slightly so it’s closer to 10% of the page. Also, do you notice how placing it horizontally lends more balance to the page? To tie in the pink colors of our hero paper, we have a pink paper working nicely as a connector behind the photo, along with a few other hints of pink here and there, giving us roughly 30% of the page. The base polka-dot paper has enough white in it to give us the 60% neutral foundation that we are looking for.

As you can see, following the 10/30/60 rule can really help in creating beautiful pages without taking away from your creativity. Here are a few additional tips from our Art Studio to keep in mind as you create:

  • Keep the focus on your photos!
  • Use your embellishments strategically to direct the eye to focal points
  • Make sure your title and journaling are legible
  • Don’t place journaling or stamping on your hero paper—they will get lost!

We’ve loved sharing tips about how you can enhance your scrapbook pages on the blog this month—and we want to keep sharing ideas like this with you!

Tell us in the comments below what scrapbooking tips you’d like to hear!

Also, remember that our Scrap Happy contest is going on right now. Create a scrapbook page using Close To My Heart products that explains why you love scrapbooking. We will randomly select three winners to get a ton of scrapbooking products for free. Learn more here!

Now go balance those pages like the scrapbook master you are!

Recipe
 
12″ x 12″ Endless Summer Page (most balanced)
CC1064 My Acrylix® Happy Times, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3115 Instalife™ Roller Stamp Day-to-Day, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
1 ½” Title <Family> (p. 67)

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Happy Times All Month Long!

It’s May, and that means it’s one of our very favorite times of the year—National Scrapbooking Month! To celebrate, we’ve created a very special paper packet and coordinating stamp set called Happy Times. We’ve got all sorts of beautiful artwork lined up for you featuring these wonderful papers, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube all month long!

In honor of this very special month, we’ll be sharing tips and tricks from our Art Studio about how to create amazing scrapbook pages. Today we’ll start with how to achieve good color balance.

This first page shows an example of color overload:

Learn the principle of color balance to improve your scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #scraphappy #paperaddict #scrapbookingtips

This can happen so easily when we want to focus on a given color—pink in this instance. With a pink page base, pink flowers galore, pink gold foil floral paper, a pink title, pink photo mats, and pink stamping, we have officially ended up with too much of a good thing! 🙂 Besides that, by going with so many patterned papers, the page also looks super busy, so that the details of the page get lost.

Take a look at what happens on a more balanced page:

Learn the principle of color balance to improve your scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #scraphappy #paperaddict #scrapbookingtips

Your initial impression might be that there is no pink at all, but then a handful of pink features pop right out at you, don’t they? This is because the color pink is now in contrast with the background of the page, which is a super neutral woodgrain and a duo of minty papers, all from the Happy Times paper packet. Thanks to this contrast, you can even see the beautiful pink flowers the little girl is holding in the photo, which were almost completely lost in the previous example. You can also see the stamped flowers much better. Here are the two pages side by side so you can really see the difference:

Learn the principle of color balance to improve your scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #scraphappy #paperaddict #scrapbookingtips

The page on the right really lets the photos take the spotlight, which is what this scrapbook page is really all about.

So here’s today’s tip in a nutshell: When you want to highlight a specific color, start with a neutral background, limit your favorite color so it really pops, and add a complementing color for contrast. As the artwork above shows, the Happy Times paper packet includes a wide variety of colors and patterns so you have everything you need to create balanced scrapbook pages right at your fingertips.

Tell us your favorite color in the comments below, and then stay tuned for more inspirational artwork as well as more scrapbooking tips and tricks throughout the month!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Hello World Page (more balanced)
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 14
CC1064 My Acrylix® Happy Times, CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5760 Cotton Candy Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
2 ½” <HeloWrld> (p. 84)

 

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Getting to Know Lynn Como

Get the inside scoop from one of our top Consultants! #ctmh #closetomyheart #lynncomo #Consultants #scrapbooking #papercraftingWe’ve got an extra special treat for you today—we’ve interviewed Senior Director Lynn Como, who is a top performing Consultant and a truly wonderful person. We’re really excited to help you get to know her better and learn some tricks of the trade. 🙂

Q. What are your five favorite products?

A. Because I’m a dedicated scrapbooker, these quality products are my favorite:

  1. Post-bound albums
  2. Memory Protectors™—They are a fantastic weight and the extra 1/2 “ helps them lay flat in our books. Love that!
  3. Flip Flaps™—absolutely a scrapper’s solution to photo overload! My two-page spreads hold a lot more photos in the same amount of space. Yeah!
  4. My Reflections™ Papers—No matter what they are, I can always use the designs, embellishments, and coordination for my layouts. They are perfect!
  5. How-To Books—I use them all the time as my starting point in creating layouts. They help me scrap faster, and the designs are timeless.

Get the inside scoop from one of our top Consultants! #ctmh #closetomyheart #lynncomo #Consultants #scrapbooking #papercraftingQ. Do you consider yourself a decorative scrapbooker, fundamental scrapbooker, pocket scrapbooker, cardmaker, or papercrafter?

A. In 1998 when Jeanette Lynton unveiled her “Close To My Heart” scrapbooking line, I had never scrapbooked before. I decided it was a good time to start since I was a Consultant. It was the best decision ever because from day 1, I’ve always used our products to scrap! I love to use a variety of My Acrylix® stamps for icons, titles and backgrounds, as they add so much more detail to a layout. Embellishing with chipboard, ribbon, bling and doo-dads kicks it up another notch. My photos are the focus of my pages, but the decorative details create an artfully designed page so they work well together.

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Q. If you could give one piece of advice to those just starting their Close To My Heart business, what would you say?

A. What are you passionate about? Making cards, scrapbooking, or 3-D projects? Once you know what you love to do, that’s the avenue for you to share with your circle of influence. . You will attract people to you that enjoy your art form. When you are passionate about it, it shines through and people will want to do what you do! And always ask your circle, “Who do you know that would love to join you?” This helps you grow your circles faster, and you have to keep repeating this question to everyone you meet.

Next, you have to be consistent and dedicated. Create what you love and share it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly through social media and email. People love to SEE (and are such visual learners), so photos of artwork is KEY. It’s like being a kid in the candy shop—you “ooh” and “aah” over the selection, but you can’t make a decision because you want it ALL! So, the more you show visually, the higher your return on your time invested. It just looks so good!

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Q. Why do you love crafting?

A. I look at crafting as a challenge, and I love challenges! I want to craft something unique, different, classy, and stylish that doesn’t look like anything I’ve created before. So each month I craft a new Kit of the Month, which incorporates My Reflections™ paper packets, embellishments, stamps, and ink into 6-8 scrapbook pages (and sometimes even cards). I try to think outside the box, creating ideas that are useful, classic in style, clean without clutter, and will still host 7 or more photos (thank you, Flip Flaps™!). I don’t want my projects to look the same, and I get excited when I’ve pulled off another unique look. That’s the challenge: to continually push my creativity while also enjoying the crafting aspect of what I do. It’s so rewarding!

Q. What do you do to get inspired?

A. I find inspiration by looking at other Consultants’ artwork, browsing Pinterest for ideas, or reviewing my own scrapbooks (I have 15+ albums). I may use bits and pieces and tweak them to get my own design, or I may wake up in the middle of the night with an idea. Here’s a layout where it kind of hit me to create 3″ x 3″ swatches of paper and use a 6″ x 12″ Flip Flaps™ in the middle. I love the colors and the distressed look of these pages. The photos really POP:

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What keeps me inspired though? I have the best customers who compliment my artwork and tell me how much they enjoy what I create. Their enthusiasm and approval is what inspires me each month to try to artistically design fantastic layouts they will want to duplicate! It is so rewarding to hear or read someone’s “stamp of approval” when they comment on a creation. It totally makes my day and validates my creative process. The art I create doesn’t happen in one day—it takes time to design. So when I get acknowledged for my effort, it keeps me motivated and inspired to continue.

Q. Can you share with us one of your favorite pieces of artwork you’ve created?

A. Here are some photos of my Kit of the Month for Regatta. I love the variety of layouts you can create with this paper packet: It’s great for pictures of the beach, vacations, adventures, the 4th of July, boating, cruising—the possibilities are endless!

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Q. What is something most people don’t know about you?

A. I was a jock! During elementary and high school years, I competed and was captain for our basketball and tennis teams. I also participated on the cheerleading squad. When I worked in NYC, I joined the women’s softball team, and we played our games in Brooklyn. I learned how to ski when I was 20 and enjoy being outdoors, hiking, and occasionally kayaking (I love being closer to the mountains in New Hampshire). Life is good!

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Q. What’s the most exciting thing that your Close To My Heart business has paid for?

A. Vacations that are FREE! Because of the fantastic support of loyal customers and a company that rewards hard work, Rick and I have enjoyed 12 incentive trips. When possible, we try to piggy-back and add on a few extra days to lengthen our time away. We’ve visited Hawaii (twice), Alaska, New Zealand, Mexico and many tropical islands while cruising. One of our favorite incentive trips though was the Mediterranean Cruise, which let us enjoy Malta, Italy (Rome, Positano, Florence, and the Cinque Terre) and Nice, France. Each trip is so memorable!

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Ask Jeanette!

Want to ask Jeanette a question? Head on over to the blog to find out how! #closetomyheart #ctmh #craftingtips #craftinginspiration

Each year at Convention, we hold a Q&A with our Close To My Heart Founder & CEO, Jeanette Lynton. It’s always a highlight of the event, which is why we had the idea of sharing this great experience with everyone who visits this blog!

Here’s how our blog Q&A will work: In the comments below, please ask Jeanette a question. It can be about crafting, business, life—anything! We’ll choose our 10 favorite questions to ask Jeanette, and then we’ll post her responses on the blog later this month.

Make sure you leave a question in the comments below before Thursday, April 14. Then stay tuned to read her answers.

Ready, set, GO! 😀

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Mixing & Matching Magic

Each Close To My Heart paper packet has its own theme, feel, and color scheme, which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze! But at its heart, each packet is made up of beautiful, individual patterned papers that can be used together in all kinds of combinations.

Today we’re going to expand your horizon, invite you to try something new, get you out of your comfort zone, and all that jazz—because we’re going to share you with you three different approaches to mixing our paper packets together!

Tips for mixing scrapbook papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #papercrafting #cards #memorykeeping

This card is wearing Zoe, Kaleidoscope, and Georgie 🙂

Approach #1: Invent your own color scheme and choose papers that fit. For this card, we chose pastel colors. Light pinks, blues, greens, and yellows from several different paper packets all work together in this cheery card.

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This page is wearing Zoe, Urban, Georgie, and Kaleidoscope. 🙂

Approach #2: Choose papers that are different tones of the same color and then add one or two accent colors. Here, we have all sorts of blues—Glacier, Juniper, and Peacock—accented by Pear and Gypsy papers.

Tips for mixing scrapbook papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #papercrafting #cards #memorykeeping

This layout is wearing Georgie, Kaleidoscope, and Zoe. 🙂

Approach #3: Pair up different papers based on a shared color tone. In this example, we started with a paper we really liked—this Juniper one from the Georgie paper packet. The little Canary dots on our Georgie paper inspired us to pair it with the bright Canary paper from the Kaleidoscope paper packet. They make a beautiful duo, don’t they?

What are your favorite paper packets to combine? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Birthday Cheer Card
Wishes: Simplicity™ (rotated)
B1506 My Acrylix® Little Presents, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
¾” Shape <v> (p. 34)
2″ and 2 ¼” Shape <Christms> (p. 48)

12″ x 12″ Hugs & Kisses Page
Reflections: Main Frame—Backdrop
E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7204B Urban Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, X7197C Zoe Complements, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

12″ x 12″ Family Layout
D1644 My Acrylix® The Authentic Life, B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7179 Zoe Paper Packet, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z3165 Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack, X7203C Georgie Complements

* Real Dial Size

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Finishing Touches for Your Layouts

You’ve picked the perfect pictures and chosen beautiful papers to pair them with. You’ve laid out your page and added your journaling, but there’s something missing . . . of course—embellishments! Putting those finishing touches on your layout is one of the best parts of the whole process, where you get to have fun playing with all kinds of different items to get just the right look.

If you’ve ever been stumped on the best way to embellish your pages, we’ve got some great ideas to share with you today, illustrated by amazing artwork—as always!Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellishYou’ve got to love the way the flowery Complements in the lower left corner of this page tie into the rosy paper strip, making you feel like you are standing in a fragrant flower garden. We planned it that way! What you see here is the perfect harmony between our La Vie En Rose papers, Complements, and assortments; it makes embellishing easy! Let’s take a closer look:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

One key to getting a great embellishment cluster is variety. This cluster shows off a variety of materials and looks, between the photo-realistic badge buttons, and the printed die-cut shapes, and even a 1″ circle punched out of La Vie En Rose B&T paper. They go together like peas in a pod, but are different enough from one another to keep things interesting—such a beautiful bouquet!

Our 1″ circle punch came in handy for our next layout, too:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

“Oh Darling” is right! You can see we put our circle punch to good use in creating the adorable polka-dot pattern on this page, but the real fun comes in our embellishment clusters. This cluster illustrates the same trick of putting embellishments of several different shapes and colors together:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

Just like on our first page, we’re using the La Vie En Rose Complements and assortment, but we’ve also added the eye-catching Treasured Puffies and gold sequins. The touches of gold fit right in with the gold glitter paper bordering the page, and they just add that much more contrast to the cluster.

We’ve got one last layout to look at:Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

We’ve seen how well the La Vie En Rose Complements work with the coordinating paper packet, but in this example they’re teaming up with our Paper Fundamentals for a completely different effect.Embellish to your heart's content with La Vie En Rose! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #LaVieEnRose #embellish

Here, we’ve taken two similarly shaped Complements and stacked them one over the other. This time they are joined by a bow from our black Fundamental assortment, which is topped off by a precious heart sticker, which actually comes from the Penelope Complements. And we can’t forget the bitty sparkles! This layout is proof that embellishments from four different collections can coordinate amazingly well, so feel free to mix and match at will!

All this talk about embellishments has got you dying to pull out the stickers and die-cuts and get to work on your own pages, huh? 😉 Well, be our guest! Get creative with your embellishments and see what new dimensions you can add to your pages!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Sweetest Smile Page
X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements, Z3078 La Vie En Rose Assortment, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
¾” Shift <Font> “SWEETEST SMILE”

12″ x 12″ Oh Darling Layout
X7201B  La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment

12″ x 12″ You Are My World Layout
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3125 Paper Fundamentals Adventure, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, X7207C Penelope Complements, X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements, Z3104 Fundamental Assortment—Black, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints

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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5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals This Year

It’s time to make New Year’s resolutions again! Are you making goals to spend more quality time crafting or to try new techniques? Maybe you’re already great at accomplishing the goals you set, but for those of us who could use a little extra help, here are five tips for goal-setting success:

1. Choose goals you can get excited about!

Accomplish your goals this year with our five tips! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmh #closetomyheart #newyears #goals #tips

Choose goals you’ll enjoy, like dancing instead of running.

It’s hard to commit to something that doesn’t inspire your passion, so make goals to do things you love! Even goals about things you know you should do can be fun. For instance, if you want to exercise more but hate running, join a dance class or go walking with your friends instead. You’re much more likely to stick to a goal that you enjoy!

2.Tell someone else about your goals.

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Share your goals with a friend who can help you succeed!

Whether it’s a spouse, parent, or friend, make sure someone else knows about the goals you’ve set. This will help you be accountable—you’ll want to be able to tell them how well you’re doing! Plus, your loved ones can also encourage you or even pitch in to help when the going gets tough. It’s also great to have someone who can congratulate you on your successes. That’s what friends and family are for!

3. Record your goals.

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Create a mini book to record your goals!

You’ve heard it said that a goal not written is only a wish. So create a beautiful spot to record your New Year’s resolutions that you’ll want to look at again and again! For example, our next post will give you some ideas for creative ways to write down your goals in an adorable mini goal book you can keep with you and reference throughout the day or week. Stay tuned for that post!

4. Track your progress.

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Use the Everyday Life™ planner system to track your progress!

It’s important to record your goals, but it’s also important to remind yourself each day to work toward them. That’s one reason we’ve created our planner system: to give you a place to track your goals and activities day by day! You’ll be able to use tools like our water goal stamp and bright stickers to see your progress. This will keep you focused and encourage you to stay hard at work!

5. Reward yourself for goal milestones!

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When you reach a goal milestone, give yourself a reward like the January Stamp of the Month!

When you’re busy or discouraged, the spa trip you promised yourself for achieving your goal will feel very far away. Instead of planning one big reward for completing your entire goal, set up several smaller rewards—like a new stamp set or an extra hour of crafting—for hitting milestones along the way. They’ll keep you motivated all along your journey!

Worthwhile goals are the path to self-improvement, and these tips will help you become your very best self. What do you hope to achieve in 2016? Share your goals in the comments so we can cheer for one another!

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