Year-round Crafting with Four Seasons!

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No matter what time of year you dive into the creative process, there are always plenty of memories to be captured, friendships to be celebrated, and art to be crafted. Embracing your creative side year-round can be quick and easy when you’re working with seasonal papers and stickers. Today, we’re going to give you a peek into the crafting potential offered by our Workshop Wow: Four Seasons workshop kits and showing off just how easy it is to create stunning artwork on theme! 

All the pages and cards on display today were designed using the Four Seasons paper collections in our 2022–2023 Core Products catalog. (To view these collections and all the other amazing products available in this catalog, click here!) Now, let’s get started! 

First up is our springtime cardmaking workshop, bursting with floral features and bright colors. These cards favor a variety of sentiments, from birthday wishes, to greetings, to “just because” options. One standout feature of these cards is the use of White Acrylic Hearts across all of the card designs. While the cards also share a commonality in paper patterns and sticker usage, the inclusion of the White Acrylic Hearts as a common element across all our springtime cards serves as a simple but effective way to tie them all together, working to further preserve a cohesive theme. 

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For additional cohesion, these cards all pull their sentiments and stamped accents from the Seasonal Haul Stamp + Thin Cuts set and the My Acrylix® Spring Greetings stamp set. These elements, while allowing for differences from card to card, also serve to uphold the springy feel throughout the entire assortment!

This springtime theme continues with our Four Seasons—Spring scrapbooking workshop. This workshop kit includes a garden of floral patterns across the seven pages available through this kit design. Fun fact: All of our Four Seasons scrapbooking workshop kits follow a similar design pattern, making it easy to create each page from each seasonal theme! Even with the design similarities, though, the papers, stickers, and color palette used in each seasonal page set the individual pieces apart. One standout element of the spring pages is the use of Woodgrain Die-cut Flowers. Additional floral elements were added to these pages from the Smell the Flowers Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

These stamps and Thin Cuts dies are particularly prevalent in this 12” x 12” “Love You” single page.  Flowers and leaves from this set were both stamped directly on the base page and stamped on die-cuts and attached to the base page with 3-D Foam Tape, leaving a gorgeous multi-dimensional effect!

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Moving on through the year, we get to our sunny summer layouts and cards! The gorgeous pieces in our summer selection feature a more vibrant color palette, making the scrapbook pages stand out in any album, and giving the cards an unforgettable foundation! 

Our scrapbook pages take on even more floral accents, courtesy of the Chasing Sunshine Stamp + Thin Cuts set.

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Our 12” x 12” “Go with the Flow” layout offers a great example of how these dies can be used to create custom embellishment clusters, perfectly tailored to the Four Seasons—Summer paper patterns and stickers!

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The trick to making these embellishment clusters blend in so seamlessly with the paper and sticker designs is  stamping them in complementary ink colors. 

As with the scrapbook pages, each seasonal set of cards is designed following a similar pattern. Similarities can be seen from season to season, but each set has its own unique flair. Our summer cards sport the same bright hues as the scrapbooking pages, and are embellished with a handful of White Acrylic Flowers

One theme that is seen throughout all of our Four Seasons cards is the usage of the truck die-cut from the Seasonal Haul Stamp + Thin Cuts. To get twice the cardmaking power, the Four Seasons—Summer cardmaking workshop kit includes two design options, both featuring the truck die-cut.

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The summer truck cards have a relatively simple design, but are the perfect addition to the set, with truck beds full of acrylic flowers and an uplifting sentiment sticker! No matter which version of this card you choose to make, it’s sure to be a delight for any friend or family member you give it to! 

Another great two-for-one card design can be found in the “Live a Little” and “Go With the Flow” cards. This dual design principle can be seen in various forms throughout the Four Seasons cards, and is a great way to create multiple cards quickly.

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Next up are our selection of Autumnal cards and scrapbook pages. These leafy layouts and crisp cards are perfect for all kinds of festive occasions and the preservation of all kinds of memories. One of our favorite layouts from this set is the 12” x 12” “Crisp Air, Warm Hearts” layout, which includes a fun, striped panel section along the bottom of the pages. This layout really puts the power of the Four Seasons—Autumn paper on display, along with a handful of stickers.

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The paper patterns can also be seen in the array of dovetailed pennants and paper layers in the upper half of the left page. By relying on the usage of patterned paper for the majority of these pages’ decoration, it makes the creative process quicker and easier to follow! With that being said, though, this page also benefits from the inclusion of Autumn Air Stamp + Thin Cuts set, as its stamps and dies have come together throughout the page to create embellishment clusters around the title pieces and photos.

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Another beautiful piece that stands out in this collection is the 12” x 12” “Autumn Leaves & Pumpkins Please” layout! This photo-packed layout includes many of the elements seen in the “Crisp Air, Warm Hearts” layout, but this example embraces a more simple, white background toward the center, giving it a classic design. By going this route, we are left with optimal focus on the photos while at the same time, elegantly preserving the autumnal theme!

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Last but not least are our winter cards and scrapbook pages, and each piece is packed with frosty wintery goodness! One of our absolute favorites in this selection is the “Thinking of You This Season” card. This card makes beautiful use of the Four Seasons—Winter woodgrain paper option for a secondary base, and a total of six other patterns that have been cut into strips of varying width and arranged side by side to form a stunning background.

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To finish it off, we trimmed two pieces of paper—Scarlet and Mink, respectively—dovetailed and layered them, and stamped our festive sentiment and a handful of snowflakes in Pine ink. This, along with the aforementioned patterned paper strips, and a small constellation of White Acrylic Stars, make this card a real holiday treasure! 

The final piece we’ll be looking at today is our “Winter Wishes” card, which shows off a simple but effective fold-over technique. A great feature of Close To My Heart patterned paper packs is that each page is double-sided, giving you twice the crafting capability with a single page. In this card, the base has been built out with a piece of Espresso cardstock, a white woodgrain piece on top of that, and a wintery foliage piece for the top layer. However, instead of leaving the top layer piece as-is, the top right corner has been folded down to reveal the woodgrain piece beneath it. This also shows off the plaid pattern on the back of the foliage piece, allowing both the patterns on this double-sided paper to work together at once!

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This card has been finished off with stamps from both the My Acrylix® Winter Wishes stamp set and a stamp and die-cut from the Seasonal Haul Stamp + Thin Cuts set, with the title piece popped up off the base with 3-D foam tape.

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This beautiful card is perfect for friends, neighbors, and family members alike, and is a delight to receive, and to make! 

We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s brief look at what’s in store with the Workshop Wow: Four Seasons special! We’ve only showed off a small portion of what’s available through these incredible seasonal workshop kits, and we can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things you’ll do with your Four Seasons artwork! What memories will you capture with the scrapbooking kits? Who’s on your card-giving list this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Create Gilded Accents with a Variety of Gloss Spray Techniques!

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We’re at it again with one of our favorite media, the gloss spray! This time, we’re giving Rumpelstiltskin a run for his gold-making skills by creating our very own gilded accents, using a variety of techniques paired with Gilt gloss spray!

Our Christmas Story scrapbooking workshop features many of these types of techniques. So let’s start by looking at that artwork!

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Can you spot the golden elements in this layout? You’ll notice that there are several gold accents on these pages, from the title sticker to the faux ribbons made from glitter paper. If you look closely, you’ll also see a few of these pennant-like tags.

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While photos can’t capture the golden effect in all its glory, trust us when we say that these tags have a beautiful golden luster that compares to illuminated, gold painted manuscripts!

The ornate little tags on this layout started off a French Vanilla color and were transformed with just a little bit of gloss spray and a sponge.

Did you know you could paint with gloss spray? Give the bottle a nice shake, make sure you hear that little ball inside hit against the sides mixing the paint up, and then spray a small puddle onto an all-purpose mat. Cut a wedge out of your trusty round sponge and use it to apply the paint to your project. It’s that simple! This technique makes it easier to get a uniform application of gloss spray rather than the random splatters that you get when spraying.

In this next layout from the Christmas Story scrapbooking workshop, we used the gloss spray in two ways. One is more obvious than the other.

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Do you see it?

The more obvious use of the gloss spray here is where we sprayed it along the top of the left page and the bottom of the right page, creating a gorgeous golden glare-like effect.

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If you inspect these pages a bit further, past the obvious sprayed areas, you will find that we also used the Gilt gloss spray to accent some of the paper embellishments, using another painting technique.

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In the case of this layout, we used the tip of a stylus tool to lift the paint from our puddle and paint small dots in the center of bows, inside scallops, and in a floral shape.

In this last layout from the Christmas Story scrapbooking workshop, both the sponge- and dot-painting techniques were used.

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The paperclip-like accent along the top photo on the left page was transformed from its original French Vanilla color to the stunning gilt by sponging it with the gloss spray.

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And like in the second layout, we added a couple of gilt dots to the right page with the help of a stylus tool.

Gloss sprays are truly one of our current favorites! There are countless ways to use this game changing medium, and as we continue to discover them, we will continue to share them with you!

In the video below, Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi shares even more ways to use the beautiful Gilt gloss spray to create your very own gilded accents. She even recreates some of the effects from the Christmas Story scrapbooking workshop using different techniques than what we’ve shown you so far. Follow along and see for yourself!

Download your free Christmas Story scrapbooking workshop guide, here!

Christmas Story Scrapbooking Workshop Guide (US/CA)
Christmas Story Scrapbooking Workshop Guide (AU/NZ)


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Christmas Story Scrapbooking Workshop Layouts
G1265 Christmas Story Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, Z5009 Gilt Gloss Spray, Z4575 Black LePen™, Z697 Round Sponge, Z3505 Dual-tip Stylus Embossing Tool, Z2045 All-purpose Mat, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Adhesive, Ruler

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Making a Splash with Gloss Spray Techniques!

Make a Splash with Gloss Spray Techniques! #beachparty #summer #gloss #shine #spray #water #beach #sand #ocean #vacation #ctmh #closetomyheart #sparkle #shimmer #shine

Gloss sprays are one of the newest players to the papercrafting game. Their unique qualities make them especially useful for creating elaborate art in minutes, which is a big reason that we have loved adding them to our bag of crafting tricks! One place where we had lots of fun playing with these sprays is the Beach Party scrapbooking workshop—let’s take a look!

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On this “Sun and Fun” layout, we couldn’t resist embellishing the base pages with a few splatters of white gloss spray. This creates a distressed, faded effect that fits our beach-themed pages perfectly! See how well the white splatters behind the surfboards and sandcastle create a sandy effect? Just a few small speckles of the spray add a big effect!

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Did you spot the gloss spray on this layout? Here we’ve added it to the blue wave die-cuts near the bottom of the page, adding a lifelike foam look! Since the spray is acrylic, it dries glossy, which adds impressive sparkle to these papercrafted waves.

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In order to achieve a speckled look with gloss sprays, we sprayed the pieces from approximately eight inches away while they rested on an all-purpose mat. These powerful little bottles are packed with opaque acrylic paint, not too different from spray paint. To ensure the best quality spraying experience, always shake the bottle well before each use. There’s a little ball inside that will mix up the contents of the bottle for the best color and consistency of the paint. Gloss sprays can stain, so be sure to protect your work surfaces and use them in an area you don’t mind getting messy.

Follow along in the video below as our friend Jill Broadbent from the Home Office shares a few additional techniques and tips for using these dynamic sprays.

As we consider the gloss sprays’ qualities, you can see there are so many possibilities for art! Download the free guides for the Beach Party scrapbooking workshop below, and learn how easily today’s featured pages come together, including the white gloss spray accents!

Beach Party Scrapbooking Workshop Guide (US/CA)
Beach Party Scrapbooking Workshop Guide (AU/NZ)


Recipe:
12″ x 12″ Sun and Fun Layout, 12″ x 12″ Vacay Mode Layout
G1257 Beach Party Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, Z5010 White Gloss Spray, Z3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

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Generational Stamping Technique on Cards!

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Did you know that all of our cardmaking workshops  include at least one papercrafting technique? Before committing to purchasing any of our workshop kits, you can see what the featured technique in the workshop is right on our website, in the product’s description:

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All of our workshop guides are also downloadable, from that very same product page, no purchase necessary!

At the top of each cardmaking workshop guide, you will find the technique featured in the workshop’s artwork. For example, the In Full Bloom cardmaking workshop features second- and third-generation stamping.

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As you dive into the guides a bit further, you will find that the featured techniques are spelled out in clear and simple terms to make the crafting experience as user friendly as possible, for even the newest of crafters!

Today, we’re pulling the technique right out of the In Full Bloom cardmaking workshop guide and sharing it, here!

So, what is “generational stamping?” For starters, it is a simple technique to master, and one that can easily elevate your artwork when you use it creatively. (Yay! 😄)

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A first-generation image is achieved with basic stamping. You ink the stamp and then stamp it on your project. A second-generation image is what you get when you stamp that same image again, using the same stamp but without re-inking it in between uses. A third-generation image, as you have probably figured out, is the resulting image of when you stamp a third time with that same stamp, without re-inking. Every generational image is a lighter version of the previous version because you are stamping with less ink each time.

If you want to use a second or third generation image on a project but not a first, then simply stamp the first image on a scratch piece of paper and then stamp on your project.

The butterfly in the card above was stamped using this generational stamping technique and then colored in with a marker, using a little less color with every later generation.

If you want to recreate this card and others like it, make sure to check out our In Full Bloom cardmaking workshop kit that includes the beautiful exclusive stamp set shown above and a coordinating set of Thin Cuts (not shown). This kit has sold out before and will likely do so again, so do not hesitate to get it while supplies last!

Note: If the In Full Bloom cardmaking workshop kit does sell out before you get a chance to recreate this card, you have other options! Visit our website to see other beautiful butterfly stamp sets in our collection, as well as additional cardmaking workshops that we have available, along with their featured techniques!

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A New Year of Creativity with Craft with Heart™!

Start off the new year with a brand-new selection of layouts and cards from our Craft with Heart™ subscription program! These gorgeous scrapbook pages and cards are a perfect way to kickstart your creativity and get your artistic wheels turning in 2022!

Every scrapbook element and card piece in a Craft with Heart™ subscription kit comes pre-cut or in convenient punch-out die cut sheets, making it quick and easy to create all of the projects included in each subscription box. Some of the papers even come pre-printed for even more crafting ease!

The newest Craft with Heart™ subscription kits will be available in just a few days, on January 1, and we can’t wait to share the awesome cards and scrapbook pages available in this upcoming Craft with Heart cycle!

As always, this round of Craft with Heart™ scrapbooking pages includes two layout options per month. Craft with Heart subscriptions are available in 4-month incremental subscriptions or in a 12-month option. Crafters can choose the option that best suits their specific needs, all with the convenience of having crafting materials delivered directly to their door!

Along with the memory keeping aspects of Craft with Heart™, this popular subscription program also includes a cardmaking subscription option! These cardmaking kits are also available in 4- or 12-month subscription options and come with all the materials you’ll need to create 24 cards—2 each of 12 exclusive designs. Each cardmaking kit also comes with mini stamp set, stamp pad, and stamp block. All you need to complete these beautiful cards is some of your favorite adhesive and a journaling pen to write your heartfelt thoughts inside!

Craft with Heart™ subscriptions are the perfect gift for yourself or any other crafter in your life this holiday season! Whether you’re giving a subscription to someone else or treating yourself, Craft with Heart is a great way to keep creativity strong as we move into the new year. Talk to your Close To My Heart Maker about starting a Craft with Heart subscription today!

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Papercrafting Treats for Halloween!

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Happy first day of fall! Between the changing leaves, crisp evenings, and all the other great things about fall, one of our favorite things about this wonderful season is the Halloween celebrations and the great crafts that come with them!

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This year, we’ve got some very special Halloween-themed products in store, starting with the Boo Crew collection! This spook-tacular suite includes an imaginative color scheme, bringing together the classic tones of orange and black, along with bright pink accents to tie it all together.

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The Boo Crew collection features a selection of fun patterns in a paper packet, sticker sheet, stamp set, and Thin Cuts. With all kinds of cute and spooky sentiments, icons, and images, these stamps and stickers are the perfect complement to your favorite Halloween memories!

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Rounding out this too-cute collection are the Boo Crew coordinating cardstock, made up of 3 sheets of Ballerina, Black, Nectarine, and Wild Berry 12″ x 12″ cardstock sheets, and the Boo Crew Sequins. These little holographic ghost sequins are a treat to include in any craft, and they’re sure to bring a little sparkle to the spooky moments you love most!

For an even sweeter treat, you can get all the Boo Crew products together in the discounted Boo Crew Product Bundle, for 20%-off!

In addition to the Boo Crew collection, we’re also very excited about our new Halloween Besties and Halloween Buddies stamp sets and Thin Cuts dies! Our Besties and Buddies, Zoey, Kelsie, Lucy, Olivia, Ezra, Isaac, Ian, and Joey are back with a hauntingly fun twist to their original Besties and Buddies debut!

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These festive Halloween sets are all available now, through our September–October catalog, and make a bewitching addition to our Halloween products for the 2021 spooky season!

To ensure we capture as much of the Halloween spirit we can this year, we’ve also put together a workshop that creates three coordinating 12″ x 12″ two-page scrapbook layouts and six treat containers using the products from the Boo Crew collection.

Join us for a Facebook Live, on October 12, at 2 p.m., MST, to create all three scrapbook layouts together. Then, keep watching for the second half of our Boo Crew workshop, where we will have Close To My Heart President Monica Wihongi’s daughter, Maya, demonstrating how to create the Boo Crew treat containers!

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We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween season, and we can’t wait to see all the incredible things you create with the Boo Crew collection and the Halloween Besties and Buddies!


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Spooktacular Layout
Z3997 Halloween Buddies—Ezra Stamp + Thin Cuts, Z3988 Halloween Buddies—Joey Stamp + Thin Cuts, X6047 Black Cardstock, X5947 Mink Cardstock, X6033 Paprika Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, X6056 Wild Berry Cardstock, X6032 Wisteria Cardstock, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3837 Pumice Stone Distress Oxide™ Ink Pad, Z5021 Wild Berry Loose Sequins, Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2517 Burnt Orange TriBlend™ Marker, Z2515 Earth Brown Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2476 Fair Skin TriBlend™ Marker, Z2516 Gold Brown Shades TriBlend™ Marker, Z2513 Red Brown TriBlend™ Marker, Z2477 Tan TriBlend™ Marker, Z697 Round Sponge, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Sewing Machine

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Scrapbooking Workshops for ALL Experience Levels!

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One of the most satisfying feelings for a memory keeper is to see beautiful scrapbook pages come together. These pages not only provide a fulfilling creative outlet, but also serve as backdrops for some of our most cherished life moments. For an easy, elevated scrapbooking experience, Close To My Heart provides exclusive gorgeous products in convenient workshop kits, ensuring you can have a worthy place to tell and share your stories!

Our scrapbooking workshop kits come with materials to create three breathtaking coordinating 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts, including easy-to-follow instructions embedded with artistic tips and techniques to help you along the way! Grab your photos, trimming tools, and a journaling pen, along with a few optional additional supplies, and you’ll have everything you need to preserve your memories on beautiful, detailed scrapbook pages!

Scrapbooking Workshop Kits #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #workshop #memorykeeping #diy #storytelling #ctmhisabella
Scrapbooking Workshop Kits #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #workshop #memorykeeping #diy #storytelling #ctmhisabella
Scrapbooking Workshop Kits #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #workshop #memorykeeping #diy #storytelling #ctmhisabella

All of our scrapbooking workshop kits include patterned papers and stickers, a few sheets of coordinating cardstock, exclusive die-cuts designed especially for the workshop, and an additional accessory.

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Our Isabella scrapbooking workshop kit, for example, comes with adorable die-cuts designed for a mediterranean, summertime feel. With these too-cute citrus, title, and background pieces, the layouts in the Isabella scrapbooking workshop are an absolute joy to create!

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Because many of the pieces included in our workshop kits come in easy, punch-out die-cut sheets, there is minimal cutting required to complete the workshop’s layouts. This makes our scrapbooking kits ideal for all scrappers, and hopeful scrappers, who don’t have the luxury of time to create beautiful pages for their photos.

Along with die-cuts, you will love the included accessory that is often an exclusive product for our workshop kits! If we continue with the Isabella scrapbooking workshop kit as our example, you will see that this exclusive accessory comes in the form of acrylic shapes. These shapes include a few of the designs from the Isabella paper collection, itself, and a few additional designs that aren’t available anywhere else.

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Additionally, every one of our scrapbooking workshops features a specific crafting technique to help you maximize your creativity and add a little flair to your artwork! For instance, the Isabella scrapbooking workshop kit guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to implement ink pad sponging for a little extra pop of color, as you can see here.

With so much crafting potential all in one place, it’s no wonder that crafters and memory keepers everywhere love our scrapbooking kits! If you have any memories you’d love to document with this or any of our other workshop kits, let us know in the comments below! Happy scrapping!

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Stories I Love

As memory keepers, we love telling our favorite stories and expressing all the feeling behind the happy smiles in our most beloved photos. When it comes to storytelling through scrapbooking, it’s important to be able to capture all the layers of your story, delving deeper than the basic “where,” “when,” and “what” descriptions of your photos.

With the Story by Stacy™ program, memory keepers of all experience levels can practice the art of storytelling. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the Stacy’s Stories I Love program, showing just how easy it can be to record a meaningful and in-depth account of your favorite memories!

The workshop kit built around this program comes with its very own album, story and photo pages, title and closing pages, stickers, and a Stories I Love workbook. The Stories I Love workshop is available in two different kit options, the original Story by Stacy™ Stories I Love kit, and the Story by Stacy™ Holiday Stories I Love kit! (You can even get these kits at a 15% discount when you purchase them together in the Holiday Stories Bundle, available only through August 31!)

With a Stories I Love workshop kit, you start out by gathering between 5 and 10 of your favorite photos (preferably 4″ x 6″) to work with. These photos do not have to follow a specific theme; one of the key points of this storytelling exercise is to learn how to tell individual, stand-alone stories and get into the meaningful details of those memories. The closing page of your finished Stories I Love album spells it out beautifully,“These pictures belong together only because I love them.”

Your next step is to select or take a current photo of yourself. Identifying yourself as the storyteller can be very empowering, especially if you find that you don’t always make an appearance in the photos and memories you choose to scrapbook. This photo will be added to the closing page of your finished album.

As you continue on with the Stories I Love process, you’ll turn to your workbook to help you identify and uncover the various layers of the stories you want to capture. Select one photo to start your album, and then turn to your Stories I Love workbook to see an example of how you can delve deeply into your story and tell it in a way that really brings it to life.

Once you’ve had a chance to look at the provided example and familiarize yourself with the process, you’ll be able to follow it with your own photos and stories. We recommend writing out the entire story at least once before recording it on your Stories I Love story pages, although you may want to do this multiple times as you progress through the editing process. If you’re crafting with other people, consider reading your story aloud to them, or just to yourself if you’re creating your album alone. Good writing is also good reading, so reading your story aloud can be an invaluable step as you continue to craft your story!

After you’ve finished drafting your first story, it’s time to assemble your first story and photo pages! For the story pages, you’ll want to select either a grid-lined or blank side of the provided story pages. While using your personal penmanship to record your stories can add a nice touch to your album, there’s nothing wrong with typing and printing it out, especially for longer recollections.

Each of your photo pages should feature as single photo and can be embellished with the selection of stickers included in the Stories I Love workshop kit. Your kit also includes nine 5½” x 6″ White Daisy cardstock pieces to provide a layered background for your photos. Your Stories I Love workshop gives examples of various patterns you can follow as you assemble your photo pages, although you’re free to come up with your own patterns as well! If you find that your stories require more than a single photo, one fun idea is to incorporate Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ to add more pictures and additional context to your story.

The last step of a Stories I Love workshop is to assemble your entire album, putting together your story and photo pages in the provided Memory Protectors and assembling your closing page. Once you’ve completed your album, it’s time to share your stories!

A Stories I Love album is a great start for new memory keepers who are just starting to discover scrapbooking, or for more experienced veterans who want a storytelling refresher. No matter what your experience with scrapbooking and memory keeping is, the Stories I Love workshop kit as an excellent exercise to help you find your inner storyteller!

As a special treat, we will be hosting a virtual Story by Stacy™ Stories I Love crafting event on August 17 at 2:00 pm (MDT)! The event will be taught by none other than the renowned storyteller who developed this wonderful program, Stacy Julian, herself!

For even more crafting fun, we’re giving away three Story by Stacy™ Holiday Stories I Love kits to three lucky readers! To qualify as a potential winner, you must be subscribed to this blog and leave a comment below telling us about a story you’d love to document with Stories I Love by no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, August 5 (MDT) . (Winners will be contacted via email, so make sure your email address is up to date!)

We can’t wait to see all the amazing stories you have to share!

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Cutting Diagrams and Patterns for a Father’s Day Mini Album!

Can you believe we’re already in June?! It’s that time of year where we shift our focus to the dads in our lives and remind them of just how much we appreciate them! To help us do exactly that, not only have we designed three sweet and fun No Ordinary Dad stamp sets for you to make your own meaningful creations, but we also designed a 4″ x 4″ mini album using these very stamp sets, highlighting what makes fathers so special!

No Ordinary Dad

Best Dad Ever

My Dad Rocks

Mini Album:

(click on the individual images to enlarge)

To make this mini album, exactly as you see here, you will need the following materials:

My Acrylix® No Ordinary Dad Stamp Set
My Acrylix® Best Dad Ever Stamp Set
My Acrylix® My Dad Rocks Stamp Set
Blue Belle 4″ x 4″ Album
Stars & Sparklers Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
Stars & Sparklers Coordinating Cardstock
            (or 1 Bluebird, 1 Carolina, 1 Sapphire, 1 Scarlet, 1 Toffee, and 2 White Daisy sheets)
Blue Belle Cardstock (1 sheet)
Bluebird Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Scarlet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Silver Shimmer Trim
Black Journaling Pen (.01)

Download the free cutting diagrams and patterns, below, for additional guidance to make this super cute and meaningful little keepsake!

No Ordinary Dad Mini Album guide (AU/NZ)

Make Father’s Day a little extra special this year with meaningful, personalized handmade gifts from the heart. ❤️

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