Mini Album Hacks: Part Two

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #craftingEarlier this week, we gave you hacks for embracing our mini Everyday Life™ albums: Just like traditional scrapbooking, you can customize them any way you’d like!

Today we’re really putting the “mini” in “mini albums” with our adorable, baby-sized Instalife™ albums. With bitty pockets for photos, matching pocket cards, and photo overlays with foil designs, these albums come together in a flash but have the same beautiful details as traditional scrapbooking.

Again, we want to address some of the common concerns about scrappin’ on a smaller scale. These mini albums are so much fun, and we know you’ll fall in love with them as soon as you try them out!

Oh, and did we mention our Instalife™ mini album bundles are 30% this month? All the more reason to try something you’ve never tried before!

Okay, let’s talk Instalife!

I’m not sure what I would use this small of an album for…

  • Brag Books: Grandparents love to show off pictures of their grandkids to friends and new acquaintances—it’s just what they do! Give them one of these mini albums, which fit in purses and briefcases, and they can easily slide pictures of their grandkids into the cute mini-sized pockets—no cutting required! You could even get them one of each bundle so they can put all the granddaughters in the pink album and all the grandsons in the blue!
  • Senior Pictures Album: After your graduate gets their senior pictures taken and their invitations are sent out, put the leftover photos in one of these mini albums!
  • Teacher Gift: Create a mini album for the teachers in your life. From karate and swim to school and violin, these teachers will love a personalized album with pictures of their students.
  • Children’s Book: Make a simple children’s book!

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

You can even preserve your children’s memories at the same time by adding photos of important things in their lives to their book: their favorite stuffed animal, the house they were born in, the family dog, etc.

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

I don’t know how to get pictures this tiny!

Persnickety Prints is here to help!

What kind of photos work best for an album this small? If I put our family photos in there, we’ll look like ants! 

Think close-ups: Headshots work great, as well as close-ups of hands, toes, etc.

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

How do I journal on these cards? I write a lot!

We know you want to write down important details about your photos, so we purposely design some of the cards to be for journaling.

If you want to get really creative, you can try printing your journaling onto paper or vellum and attaching it to your cards, or even printing directly onto the cards, like we did here!

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

One last tip for working with this collection: Be sure you remove the protective film from your overlays. They come with this film to protect them from getting scratches, but it’s meant to be peeled off before you use it. Use our piercing tool to get under the film and then peel it off—you’ll be amazed to see how clear the overlay is! One and done!

Have more questions about our Instalife™ bundles? Tell us in the comments below! Our Art Studio is sure to be able to answer all your questions! 🙂

Recipe

Instalife™ Mini Album
CC1197 Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle, CC1198 Blush Mini Album Bundle

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Embossing with Two Powders

A fun embossing powder trick to try! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhembossing #embossingpowder #cardmaking #stamping #Christmas #howto

If you’re a big fan of embossing, we’ve got a fun idea to share with you today: using TWO different embossing powders on the same stamped image!

We decided to use this technique on our My Acrylix® Yuletide Joy stamp set because it has so many intricate designs—and maybe we wanted an excuse to start making Christmas cards. 🙂

So let’s dive in to the technique. The star and stocking cards above both use the same basic technique. We simply stamped the image with VersaMark™ ink, added the two embossing powders, and then set the images. This was easy enough because of where we wanted to put the powder and the look we were going for, but the present card required a little more precision, so we decided to use masking!

A fun embossing powder trick to try! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhembossing #embossingpowder #cardmaking #stamping #Christmas #howto

We taped off everything but the ribbon, inked the image, removed the tape, stamped, added silver embossing powder, and then heat set the powder. We repeated this same technique for the gold wrapping and ended up with a wowie finished product.

What fun embossing ideas do YOU have? Tell us in the comments below! And be sure to share your artwork using the hashtag #ctmhembossing.

Recipes

4 ½” x 4 ½” Star Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Noel Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Stocking Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater
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Display Tray Two Ways

Looking for a good crafting project to help you escape the summer heat? We’ve got just the thing to keep you busy in your air conditioned craft space for a quiet summer afternoon!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasMeet our display tray! The openings on the tray are just the right size for 3″ × 4″ Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards and photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To create a unique focal point, we cut a 4″ × 6″ photo in half and displayed it in two squares right in the center of the tray. It’s a great way to draw attention to one of your favorite photos.

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideasFor this display tray, we filled the center row with just pictures, which is a nice way of drawing the eye right to that row. We also added a couple of smaller square photos, too, adding to the balance of the whole project—plus they are just super cute!

Easy DIY display tray project for a quiet summer afternoon #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #summercraft #giftideas

To add a little extra charm to our pocket scrapbooking cards, we added accents from our Glacier Fundamental assortment, like this wooden arrow and the glittery triangle stickers.

This type of project comes together very quickly—you could easily have yours done in an afternoon. As an added bonus, you can recreate either one of the ideas we’ve shown with the products that are now available at a discount in the Display Tray Project Bundle (CC1131), which is part of the Flash Sale we have going on right now! This bundle has everything you need to recreate one of these projects. Want to recreate them both? Just get two! 🙂

Make sure to snatch this bundle before it’s gone—3:00 pm (MDT) on Monday, or while supplies last! Then pour yourself a nice cold glass of lemonade, grab your calendar, and carve out a special day to treat yourself with this fun home décor project.

Recipes

CC1131 Display Tray Project Bundle, 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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Two Ideas for Making Your Vacation Memories Last!

What would make your summer vacations even better? How about coming home and having a crafting staycation to make those memories last?

We’ve got a couple of ideas to help make this dream a reality!

First up is this fun chalkboard:

Ideas for displaying your vacation memories in your home—and in your scrapbooks! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #chalkboardideas #shadowbox

Arranging your photos on a magnetic chalkboard is such a quick and easy way for you and your family to remember all the good memories from your trip, and you can easily change out the pictures all year long. We used the Cricut® Artbooking collection to cut out the “family” and “vacation” sentiments—and just think, you can easily transfer the pictures and accents from this chalkboard onto a scrapbook page when you’re ready for something new.

Ideas for displaying your vacation memories in your home—and in your scrapbooks! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #chalkboardideas #shadowbox

One cute idea we want to point out is that you can decorate magnets with embellishments. Here, we attached gold embellishments to magnets for a customized look.

If you want to create an actual scrapbook page about your vacation, you can still put it up for display using our Colonial White shadow box.

Ideas for displaying your vacation memories in your home—and in your scrapbooks! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #chalkboardideas #shadowbox

Simply open up the back of the shadow box (and we MEAN simply—it has a magnetic closure!), and slide in your scrapbook page. Then, when you want to display a different page, it’s a cinch to take it out and add it to your scrapbook.

Ideas for displaying your vacation memories in your home—and in your scrapbooks! #ctmh #closetomyheart #diyhomedecor #chalkboardideas #shadowbox

And since no project is complete without a little stamping, we put our fun roller stamps to work on this artwork, too.

Ready to prep for your crafting staycation? Well it gets even better because during the month of June, we’ll be having flash sales EVERY weekend! Simply go to your Consultant’s online business address (aka OBA) each Friday at 3:00 pm (MDT), and check out the discounted bundles of Close To My Heart product under the Flash Sale menu.

Today’s samples were made using a few Flash Sale bundles that are available right now—check these bundles out to save on the products we featured:

CC1137 Chalkboard & Gold Embellishments Bundle
CC1133 Colonial White Shadow Box Bundle (2-pack)
CC1119 Roller Stamp Bundle (2-pack)

You’ll need to snatch these bundles up quick because they’re only available through 3:00 pm (MDT) on Monday, while supplies last!

Recipes
 
Vacation Chalkboard
CC1137 Chalkboard & Gold Embellishments Bundle, CC1119 Roller Stamp Bundle (2-pack), 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Magnets

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artbooking
1 ¾” <Family> (p. 67)
1 ½” <Vacation> (p. 67)

Colonial White Shadow Box
CC1133 Colonial White Shadow Box Bundle (2-pack), CC1119 Roller Stamp Bundle (2-pack), 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collections

Cricut® Shape*:
Artbooking
1 ¼” <Vacation> (p. 67)

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.

*Real Dial Size
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