School’s Out for Summer! Now What?

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

School bells across America are ringing, marking the end of another school year and the beginning of one of the most eagerly anticipated times in a child’s life…summer break! You’ve likely been putting those smart phones to good use and taking lots of pictures of your kiddos, watching in awe as they grew and developed this past academic year.

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

From first day of kindergarten photos to senior portraits, all of these pictures and memories need a place to live and thrive, as you revisit them from time-to-time, whether to reminisce on “how little they were” or to show off their accomplishments to other family members and friends (it’s okay, momma! You deserve a good pat on the back for these achievements, too! 😉).

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

Or, perhaps, depending on where you live in the world, your school year hasn’t quite wrapped up yet and you’re looking for just the right card to express your gratitude to those amazing people who continue to teach and watch over your children for hours every day, as if they were their own.

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

Whatever your crafting needs are, we’re making it easy to look like a “Smarty Pants” (in the best way…) when it comes to preserving stories and sharing moments.

In our Core Products Catalog, you will find the Smarty Pants paper collection, complete with patterned papers, a sticker sheet, pocket cards, and stamp and Thin Cuts sets, all designed to memorialize these formative school years.

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

And just last week we launched TWO brand-new workshops using this collection! The Smarty Pants scrapbooking workshop is designed to make three two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts and one single-page 12″ x 12″ layout, while the Smarty Pants cardmaking workshop makes 16 standard size cards (four each of four designs).

Download the free guides below!

Smarty Pants Scrapbooking Workshop (US/CA)
Smarty Pants Scrapbooking Workshop (AU/NZ)

Smarty Pants Cardmaking Workshop (US/CA)
Smarty Pants Cardmaking Workshop (AU/NZ)

The kits that we’ve assembled for these workshops are made up of products from the Smarty Pants line as well as a few additional items, including exclusive embellishments. (Smarty Pants scrapbooking workshop kit/Smarty Pants cardmaking workshop kit.) Additionally, these workshop kits are available at 20% off their retail value if you purchase the options with the stamp and Thin Cuts! (Because some of you may already own the stamp sets or dies used in these workshops, we also have kits available that don’t include these items. 😉)

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

Just like all of our other cardmaking workshops, the Smarty Pants workshop also features an artwork technique to help you flex those creative muscles! In this cardmaking workshop we sponge ink on backgrounds to help create focal points with color and also “ground” pieces that are layered on top (so they won’t look like they’re just “floating” there).

You might also notice that we used a journaling pen to create different borders and edges along some of the pieces of each of the cards, adding to the school days theme.

There are so many great techniques used throughout the artwork in both the Smarty Pants scrapbooking and cardmaking workshops! Take a look and let us know what you think! If you have any questions or want to know more, leave us a comment below!

Whether you’re counting down the last days of the school year (or counting down the days until the next one starts), let those teachers know just how much you appreciate them and take some time to document those school days stories to make the memories last! ❤️

School's out for summer! Now what? #school #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #teacher #teacherappreciation #schooldays #scholastic #summer #learning #ctmh #closetomyheart #smartypants #workshopwow #cards #cardmaking #crafting

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One-stop Workshops for All Your Crafting Needs!

One-stop Workshops #scrapbooking #cardmaking #cards #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #lovestory #ctmhworkshopwow #workshops #crafting #diy

Whether you’re crafting for fun or you’re creating a special project for a friend or family member, having a sense of direction makes the whole process go much smoother from start to finish. At Close To My Heart, we pride ourselves not only on providing top-of-the-line crafting products, but also on offering in-depth, easy-to-follow workshops for each of our exclusive paper collections and many of our limited-time special offers.

All of our workshops come with cutting guides and step-by-step instructions on how to create gorgeous scrapbook pages and cards while also maximizing paper usage, allowing you to create even more amazing artwork.  

Our workshops also include options to learn new techniques that can be applied to projects far beyond those included in the workshop.

Another standout element of our workshops is the level of versatility they offer when it comes to incorporating various paper collections and color palettes. A prime example of this principle in action can be found in our Workshop Wow: Love Story special. The workshops in this special are all designed with the papers, stickers, and stamps our Love Story collection, which is available in three different color combinations—Black, Mink, and Toffee.

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The Love Story workshops are designed to facilitate easy creation with any one of these three color options! While the embellishments and paper designs vary between the three color options, the instructions provide artwork examples that demonstrate how to use each collection effectively, helping your artwork shine.

With a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can even apply the workshop designs and patterns to different paper collections entirely, giving your artwork a completely different look with more ease in its creation. This opens the door for you to infuse your creations with your own personality so you can leave your own mark on your artwork!

When you use the scrapbooking and cardmaking workshops we design for each of our paper collections and many of our specials, it’s easy to create beautiful pages and cards, regardless of whether you’re an experienced crafter or you’re just starting out on your crafting journey. With so many accessible options, there’s truly something for everyone! Leave a comment below and tell us what you love about Close To My Heart workshops!

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