Stamp a Smile on a Child’s Face

We’ve shown you how to preserve children’s artwork in your scrapbooking layouts, and we’ve shown you how to create cute Halloween packages for giving away goodies you make with your children and grandchildren. Well, today we’re going to show you how to create a simple children’s book using a very special stamp set and the Designer Creations short stack album!

We’ve personalized the cover of our album by printing the title on watercolor paper, adding stripes of color with our watercolor paints, and then backing it with a piece of Sangria paper. Thanks to the beautiful pattern printed directly on the cover, that’s all it takes for a fully-embellished look!

Create a children's picture book with stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamps #watercolors #diypicturebook #giftsforchildren

Adorable, right? Now take a peek inside!

Create a children's picture book with stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamps #watercolors #diypicturebook #giftsforchildren

This darling little gator shows you just how easy this project is. Using our My Acrylix® Animal Greetings stamp set, simply stamp an animal onto a circle of watercolor paper with the Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Color your stamped image with watercolor paints, and attach the circle to the page of your album. Next, print the critter’s name on watercolor paper, add a splash of watercolor paint, and attach below the circle. Then add some patterned paper near the spine of the book if you’d like, and you’re done! It’s that simple!

We know you’re eager to look through the entire book, so go ahead! Peruse these adorable pages by looking at this gallery:

This picture book is designed for young children who tend to get a bad case of the wiggles when you try to read them stories, but you could use this same idea to create all sorts of books for children of all ages! For more elaborate plots, try combining multiple stamp sets to fashion entire scenes. Then use our watercolor paints to bring these stories to life!

If you choose to try your hand at making this picture book, you will not only make a child in your life smile, but you will also be doing the same for another child somewhere else in the world. How? Well, when you purchase the My Acrylix® Animal Greetings stamp set, we donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that repairs cleft lips and palates for children all around the world. What a great way to touch the lives of many children at once!

So go ahead! Try your hand at making this picture book today. Not only will you help Operation Smile touch the lives of children, but you will also touch the lives of those children who read your handmade book. And who knows? You might just discover your inner writer!

Recipe

Animal Picture Book
D1679 My Acrylix® Animal Greetings, X7199B Sangria Paper Packet, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album, Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
2″ <Circle1> (cut 15, p. 21)
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11 Must-Have Crafting Supplies for your Wishlist

CTMH Picture My Life™ Overlays

It’s finally September 1, and you know what that means—our brand new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions idea books are now available to the public!

Holiday Expressions and Annual InspirationsWe’re elated to finally be able to brag about all the gems featured in these beauties! 🙂 Even though it was VERY difficult for us to narrow this down, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to create a list of 11 love-it, gotta-have-it crafting supplies from our new idea books. Here we go!

1. Instalife™

CTMH Instalife™

This brand new product line is perfect for preserving your favorite social media memories or really any miniature keepsakes. We find the petite size of this line adorable! Add Instalife cards to the Memory Protectors™ for an extra pop of color next to your photos, or stamp on cute dates and messages using our Instalife roller stamps. This line is extremely versatile, letting you create an album that’s just right for you!

2. Watercolor Paints

Add a splash of color to any project with our brand new watercolor paints! From creating showstopper backgrounds to embellishing with a little splatter of paint, these watercolor paints are one of our most multipurpose tools

3. Fundamental Stickers Packs and Assortments

Every crafter knows how nice it is to have items that color coordinate. Our Paper Fundamentals match our exclusive colors perfectly to make paper pairing a cinch. Along with updated colors and patterns, this line now also includes Fundamental Stickers Packs and Assortments! You’ll find color-coordinated tags, icons, and titles, as well as letter stickers you can use for putting things into your own words! Embellishing and accessorizing has never been so easy!

4. Picture My Life™ Overlays

Our Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking line makes catching up on scrapbooking quick and easy. In our new Annual Inspirations book, we now have beautiful overlays to add a touch of foil or else an eye-catching pattern to your photos without having to stamp directly onto the photos.

5. My Legacy™ Albums…and new posts!

Creating beautiful layouts for your favorite memories is important, but so is choosing a beautiful album to store those layouts! We love our high quality My Legacy™ albums because they protect our memories in style! Since each album tells a different story, we provide both 1 ½” D-ring albums and 1 ½” post-bound albums in a variety of patterns. For slightly shorter stories, use our brand new My Legacy™ 1″ Album Posts to keep your layouts perfectly nestled between the protective album covers.

6. My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp SetUnknown-1 copyYou can never go wrong with a monogram, which is why we’ve created the My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet stamp set. It’s the perfect size for adding a monogram to our Base & Bling pendants. Create several monogrammed pendants for an easy go-to gift— because honestly, who wouldn’t want to wear an adorable monogramed bit of bling?

7. Cricut® Artistry Collection

This fella is the newest addition to our set of exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut® collections. Featuring over 700 images ranging from banners and borders to shapes and layers, it’s sure to make your crafting even more awe-worthy. Oh, and did we mention that now ALL of our Cricut® collections include THREE My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets AND a cardstock combo pack? Let the cheers commence! 😉

8. Cut Above™

Don’t you hate it when you remember an occasion last-second and you desperately need a card? Our new Cut Above™ card kits are perfect for these exact situations. Taking only moments to put together, these card kits are absolute lifesavers, as well as easy on your wallet!

9. Marker and Accessory Roll-Ups

We know that crafters tend to collect quite a few items (it’s okay, we do, too 🙂 ). Keep the clutter at bay with our brand new marker and accessory roll-ups! The marker roll-up is designed to hold our ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to make transportation and horizontal storage easy, and our accessory roll-up can organize anything from Base & Bling items to embellishments and accessories.

10. My Reflection™ Paper Packets & Hashtags

As always, new idea books mean new paper packets! And we’ve got 8! This year, we will also be spotlighting one or two paper packets each month on social media. Zoe and Nevermore have already claimed the month of September. 🙂 Use our featured paper packet hashtags to share your artwork during the featured month, and look at other crafters’ artwork by entering these hashtags in the search bar of any social media website or app—especially Facebook and Instagram. All of our featured paper packet hashtags are #ctmh followed by the name of the paper packet: #ctmhzoe #ctmhnevermore.

11. New Consultant Kit*

New Consultant Kit

When someone decides to join our family by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, they receive a New Consultant Kit full of goodies to start off their business. Well, this is the NEW New Consultant Kit, and isn’t she a beauty? We want you to inspire you from day one, so we’ve revamped this kit to make it as handsome as it is helpful.

And there you have it, folks! That’s the list! Now come’s the tricky part—figuring out which one of these 11 products you’ll purchase FIRST! Good luck!

To begin shopping, visit your Consultant’s OBA or find a Consultant in your area by visiting our website and clicking on the “What We Do” tab at the top of the page.

*contents may vary

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