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!

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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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5 Ways to Use Instalife™ City Limits

Instalife™ is our mini pocket scrapbooking line: From mini albums and Memory Protectors™ to mini cards you slide into place next to your photos, these petite products are just too cute!

Today we’re going to show you five different ways you can use our Instalife™ City Limits cards, which are only available through April 30.

1. Traditional Mini Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

You can see that the cards have fun designs and cutouts, along with spaces for journaling. Simply slide your photos and cards in, and you’re done! The album possibilities are endless: Create one for graduation, one with photos of your family for your kids to take to college, or one with photos of your pet. It’s also a great way to keep all the photos you have on your phone. Just print them out, and create a mini album of your adventures!

2. Mother’s Day Gift

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

 

Because the cards are soft blues, greens, and greys, it’s easy to add other colors into the mix! Here we added some Pixie cardstock and ink to make this a feminine album for Mother’s Day. The card sentiments are generic, so they work great for any occasion.

3. Father’s Day Cards

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

Once Mother’s Day is over, use the cards to create unique Father’s Day cards. On the left card, we have two 2″ x 2″ Instalife™ cards stacked on top of each other. On the card on the right, we used a 4″ x 4″ Instalife™ card with a cutout and stamped a sentiment inside of it.

4. Everyday Life™ Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

What’s great about the Instalife™ cards is that they’re small enough to use as accents for your My Crush® pages. You can attach them quickly and easily, and they even go really well with the colors of the My Crush® Everyday Life pages.

5. Traditional Scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

The cards also work great on traditional scrapbook pages. These 4″ x 4″ cards act as frames for the photos, and the little 2″ x 2″ card makes a fun embellishment when combined with some ribbon.

Instalife™ cards may be small, but their potential is huge! We hope this artwork inspires you to think outside the box—there are so many possibilities! To learn more about this artwork, watch this video:

Ready to experiment with Instalife™ yourself? Then head on over to our Instagram account for a chance to win FREE Instalife™ products!

Recipes

Traditional Mini Album
Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Mother’s Day Album
M1137 My Acrylix® A Day for Mother, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment

Father’s Day Cards
C1633 My Acrylix® For Family, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

Everyday Life™ Album
Z3208 Everyday Life™ Album—Black, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Traditional Scrapbook Page
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3208 Treasured Puffies, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3/4″ <font> “Smile and Be Happy”

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13 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

What do you want to remember about this year’s holiday season? Probably not how stressed you feel about all there is to do and buy. We want to help keep your spirits up so you can focus on what matters most: family, friends, and the memories you create together. That’s why we’re sharing some tips on lowering your stress levels and keeping your holiday memories purely joyous!

1. Go for a walk in the sunshine. The rhythm of walking calms the brain and improves sleep. Who knew? Daytime strolls are particularly effective because the sun relieves symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. If the sun is rare where you live in the wintertime, take advantage of every day it does show its face. Sounds like it’s time to go outside!Ditch stress this holiday season! #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #Holidays #stress

2. Make a soothing spot. Find a place—your bedroom, your deck, or even a corner of your desk—and dedicate it to calm. Keep any stress-inducing items far away! Instead, hang up beautiful artwork you’ve made, pictures of those you love, or even paint the wall your favorite color. Cool colors like blue and green are especially good at telling your brain to relax.

3. Use a planner! There are many benefits to organizing your time, which is one of the many reasons we created our Everyday Life™ planner system. Writing down reminders like grocery lists saves your brain the work of remembering the information. Creating a schedule also helps you feel in control of your life, which reduces your anxiety. Be proactive by ordering our planner system for next year. You’ll experience peace of mind knowing you’re all ready for 2016 to begin!Ditch stress this holiday season! #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #Holidays #stress

4. Ditch technology for a while. While it’s true that laptops and iPhones can make life easier, it’s also a good idea to occasionally take breaks from them. Why? So your adrenaline can stop racing from all the noises and alerts of your electronic devices. Lower adrenaline equals lower stress. Besides, it’s always amazing how much more time you have to complete your to-do list when you turn off the television and step away from the computer.

5. Combine holiday preparations with socializing. If you’ve gotta do something, why not do it with people you love? Social people are less likely to catch colds and more likely to catch good sleep. Have your friends over to wrap presents, make cards and decorations, and (of course) scrapbook your holiday memories!Ditch stress this holiday season! #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #Holidays #stress

6. Laugh! You always hear that laughter is the best medicine, but do you know why? There are actually physiological reasons why laughter is so great for your health. In some studies, laughter appeared to reduce stress hormones, pain, and blood sugar levels. So go ahead: Pull out your scrapbook album with last Halloween’s funny pictures, take funny photos with your kids or grandkids, or make a silly card. You deserve a good giggle!

7. Hold hands with a loved one. The emotional benefits of being close to someone you care about are reason enough. Plus, traditional Chinese medicine teaches us that applying pressure to the fleshy place between your thumb and index finger can release tension in your upper body. Cool, huh?Ditch stress this holiday season! #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #Holidays #stress

8. Reward yourself! In all your holiday shopping, don’t forget to get yourself something every now and then. It’ll boost your mood and get you motivated to conquer your next task. After a long day on your feet, go ahead and get yourself a little something special—doctor’s orders! 😉

9. Have a snack. Try to eat something every two to three hours. Snacks high in carbs and low in fat—pretzels, tortilla chips, and unbuttered popcorn, for instance—are especially helpful because they have been shown to increase your levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps you feel calm.Ditch stress this holiday season! #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #Holidays #stress

10. Express gratitude. People who list what they’re thankful for are more optimistic and report fewer health problems than those who don’t. But why keep the gratitude to yourself? Spread the joy around by making your loved ones thank you cards expressing your gratitude.

11. Cash in on holiday scents. Science suggests that certain smells are therapeutic. For instance, pine can decrease hostility and depression levels, citrus can boost your mood, and peppermint can increase motivation, energy, and confidence. And there’s a bonus: Smell is the sense most connected to memory, so a whiff of gingerbread can bring back the good ol’ days of baking with Grandma!Ditch stress this holiday season! #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #Holidays #stress

12. Crank up the tunes! When “Frosty the Snowman” comes on the radio, belt along, because singing can reduce your stress hormone levels. Not a singer? Luckily for you, even listening to your favorite music increases blood flow to your brain (which helps you think straight).

13. Take time for your hobbies. You didn’t think we’d forget this one, did you? 😉 Concentrating too long on tasks may lower your productivity. Spending even a few minutes on an activity you enjoy (like scrapbooking) gives your mind a break, so pull out your artwork and work on it for 10 minutes. When you return to your original task, your brain will be more focused and ready to work.Ditch stress this holiday season! #ctmh #CloseToMyHeart #Holidays #stress

Don’t send stress an invitation to your next holiday party. Instead, take a deep breath and try these tips. Let this special season be the best one you’ve ever had and make some merry memories!

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