Category Archives: CTMH Scrapbook Layouts

Through the Year Calendar Kit

CTMH December Special

Tomorrow is the last day to grab Close To My Heart’s Through the Year Calendar Kit.  You have 2 options when purchasing this Kit–1.) you can purchase the kit without the stamp set OR 2.) you can purchase the kit including the stamp set.

Through the Year November Stamp of the Year

The stamp set is last month’s Stamp of the Month–Through the Year.  It allows you to stamp the name of each month in your calendar as well as add some fun coordinating images.  So really, if you aren’t into stamping or you already own a set of month names, you just need the basic kit.

Through the Year Calendar Kit Contents

This kit is all designed for you.  It comes with all the supplies including photo mats (which if you already have photos to add, you can just ignore!) Just follow the cutting guides and the layout images to put it together.

Layouts for CTMH's Through the Year Calendar Kit

My plan is to purposefully take photos during each month of 2018 to add to my already made up calendars and then give to the grandparents for Christmas next year.  Now that’s planning ahead, right?  Really I just couldn’t pull it together to get it done for this year!  Choosing photos takes me forever!  So with all the other obligations this holiday season, it just wasn’t in the cards.  But that’s okay because I know these are going to make amazing gifts next year.  And you could do the same!  Purchase your kit(s) now and prepare them at your leisure to be used in 2019.

Visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE to get your kit(s) before the end of tomorrow.

A Halloween Treat

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Happy Halloween!  Today I have a Halloween treat for you…a FREE scrapbook layout pattern.  You could use this pattern to scrapbook your Halloween photos from today.  OR you could also get ahead of the game and use some traditional holiday colors and have some holiday layouts ready!  These layout designs are timeless and will work for any occasion.

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Treat yourself today, and download the pattern and cutting diagrams below!

Download Pattern

And for more great scrapbook layouts complete with patterns and cutting diagrams, check out CTMH’s other How-To Books.

Vacation Scrapbooking with Cricut

Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Flower Market Collection has an amazing assortment of images.  Today, we’re going to explore one of the keys in this collection that is perfect for creating tropical vacation scrapbook layouts or even fun mini albums to document those vacations.

FREE Pattern for Scrapbook Layout

May 2017 CTMH Scrapbook Pattern

What better way to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month than with a free pattern for a scrapbook layout?!?

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

Close To My Heart has several books containing amazing layouts just like this one.  The sad news though is that these are retiring come July 31!  There are four different ones to choose from.

CTMH Reflections Scrapbook Layouts

Reflections (1-page layouts with guidance on accompanying layouts to create a 2-page layout)  This book contains 100 patterns!  Wow!

CTMH's Cherish Scrapbook Patterns

Cherish (2-page layouts; 50 total)

CTMH's Imagine Scrapbook Patterns

Imagine (2-page layouts; 50 new layouts)

CTMH's Magic Interactive Scrapbook Patterns

and Magic (2-page interactive layouts; 35 layouts to create traditional layouts or add in interactive elements for more fun!)

Not a scrapbooker?  Don’t worry!  Close To My Heart has also created 2 of these amazing books specifically for cardmakers.

CTMH's Wishes Cardmaking Patterns

You can choose from Wishes which has 100 patterns for card designs.  Or choose their original cardmaking book, Originals, which has 100 different patterns for cards.  That’s a lot of ideas, right?!?

CTMH's Originals Cardmaking Patterns

While it’s the last 2 days of National Scrapbooking Month, there’s still time to grab additional inspiration for the other 11 months of the year.

If you’d like to see how CTMH used this FREE scrapbook pattern to create a gorgeous layout be sure to check out their blog post about it.

Have a Magical Day Card

Magical Day Unicorn Card

In the latest Close To My Heart catalog–the Seasonal Expressions 2–you’ll see the first *NEW* collection is the Little Dreamer.  It’s soft, pastel colors and darling prints like unicorns, hearts and polka dots are so appealing for Spring.

CTMH Sponging Technique to Create Background

It’s also the perfect collection to try some fun sponge stencil techniques with!  In fact, yesterday Close To My Heart did a blog post on just this.

This first layout, they did a fun title using a Cricut cutout and sponging.  You can also use our Thin Cuts dies, too!

First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

CTMH Background Sponging Technique

They then did a favorite stencil technique to create a beautiful background; one I love the effect of, but always forget to utilize!  Look at how beautiful those clouds are.  And the depth that is created through a simple technique–amazing!

This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

CTMH Border Sponging Technique

Their final layout creates a stunning rainbow border. It’s breathtaking.

You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!

We hope this post has inspired you to try stenciling on your artwork. It really is such a fun way to get in touch with your inner artist!

The supplies I used for my Unicorn Card are:

  • Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies (Z3335)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Thistle Stamp Pad (Z2840)
  • Glacier Stamp Pad (Z2841)
  • Pixie Stamp Pad (Z2844)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • White Daisy Value Pack Cards & Envelopes (X254)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black & White Dots (Z3314)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

And for a listing of the products and Cricut sizes used in CTMH’s beautiful scrapbook layouts, check out their blog post.

Celebrate Mom with CTMH’s Cricut Flower Market

Mother’s Day is this coming weekend and CTMH has a beautiful layout and coordinating card you can create for your mom using their exclusive Cricut Flower Market Collection.  Watch this short 3-minute video and be inspired!

Save 50% on CTMH Scrapbook Kits

April 2017 CTMH Special

For the month of April, you can save 50% on Close To My Heart’s Cut Above Layout Kits.

For only $7.48 you will get:

  • 12″ × 12″ printed base pages
  • Die-cut paper pieces
  • Title and embellishment stickers
  • 12 coordinating pocket cards
  • Two 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™
  • Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™

Want to see how quick these really go together?  Watch this short video to see.

These kits are while supplies last, so don’t delay!  To order your own Cut Above Layout Kit visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Do You Like Sneak Peeks?

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 Sneak Peek

Do you love being the first to find out about something?  Love getting a sneak peek of new products?

That’s actually one of the really fun benefits of being a Close To My Heart Consultant!  You get the opportunity to see, order and play with new  product ahead of anyone else.

CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 Sneak Peek 2

This past weekend I went to a launch event for the upcoming Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog (it’ll debut May 1st–mark your calendars now!)  We got a chance to see the new catalog, get a selection of new products and create 6 AMAZING projects.  It was a blast.

2017 Seasonal Expressions 1 CTMH Consultant Kit

But guess what?  You can get in on the fun, too!  Starting on April 1st, when you sign up to become a CTMH Consultant, you’ll get a brand new Consultant Kit with *NEW* product–a month early!  This is NOT an April Fools joke =) Plus, you’ll be able to order any of the other *NEW* products you want a month early, too.  Awesome, right?! (note: this picture is of the current kit; your kit would have all the *NEW* papers in place of these papers pictured.)

So you officially have 3 days to prepare yourself–review my FAQs about being a CTMH Consultant and then ask any remaining questions you have.  Then Saturday morning, April 1st, you can sign up and get your Consultant Kit on its way to you.  And, don’t forget to strategize on what items from the new catalog you will use the $50 Select Product Credit you receive as part of your kit on.  So fun!!

Oh, and as part of your research process, you should definitely check out this information and these videos about becoming a CTMH Consultant.  Finally, I’m always available to answer any questions you have about the process, the requirements or any other questions that pop up for you.  Simply EMAIL ME and I’ll get back to with the info you need.  And if you’re ready…

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