Category Archives: CTMH Scrapbook Layouts

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…

SIGN UP!

Scrapbook Layouts Quick & Easy

Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Kit

These days we are all short on time, right?  Even with the best of intentions, it can be hard to find time to scrapbook our memories.

Left Some Kinda Wonderful Layout

This is why I love Close To My Heart’s Workshops Your Way Kits.  Each kit contains enough supplies to create three 2-page layouts–which are all beautifully designed and complete with embellishments.

Right Some Kinda Wonderful Layout

There’s nothing better than being able to create beautiful scrapbook layouts in a short amount of time because all the groundwork has been done for you!  Simply follow the cutting diagrams, adhere together as shown in the color photo and embellish as desired with the included embellishments.  It doesn’t get much easier!

I love these photos so much.  These were taken last spring at Stanford. Our school not only does the traditional school photos at the start of the year, but also some in the spring–which are optional.  I decided instead of paying a lot of money for 2 kids to get 1 shot/1 pose, I’d pay about the same amount of money and get many shots at a location of our choosing!

Since my husband went to Stanford and my kids were both born there, it holds a pretty special place for us (not to mention it’s just a really gorgeous campus!)  Well, as I’m sure anyone who has had professional pictures taken with kids can attest to, it’s hard to keep their silliness in check.  I love that our photographer captured, as well as shared, some of their more candid, silly moments that really let their personalities shine through.  They make for great photo choices in the bright, cheerful Some Kinda Wonderful Kit.

If you haven’t tried out these great kits, you are missing out!  Plus, with a few extra supplies, you can even create some amazing handmade cards, too.

With 4 different paper themes and 10 different kit options, there’s definitely one perfect for you.  To see the kit options Close To My Heart offers, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Free Scrapbook Template from CTMH

Florence Layout using Huntington Pattern

Do you ever find yourself in a creative rut?  Whether you’re a scrapbooker or cardmaker, Close To My Heart has the answer!  CTMH has compiled amazing “how-to” books that are full of ideas.  Each idea comes with a diagram, a cutting guide, step-by-step instructions and a color photo of a completed project using that template. It’s really quite awesome. Continue reading