Category Archives: Layout

Through the Year Stamp of the Month

Through the Year November Stamp of the Year

It’s November!  It seems like it was just Halloween but here we are already at November 6th.  Time is really flying by!  With a new month comes a *NEW* Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  This month’s Through the Year Stamp Set is so perfect for creating calendars for holiday gifts.

My Creations Calendar

Put this stamp set together with one of our My Creations Calendars and you have a wonderful gift from the heart to give to someone special.


Through the Year Scrapbook Layout

Remember, if you spend $50 you can get the Stamp of the Month for only $5.  That’s a savings of $12.95 (wow!)

Learn more about the Through the Year Stamp Set HERE.

Another FREE Scrapbook Layout

Oh Deer Scrapbook Layout

With less than a week until Christmas, it seemed like the right time for another FREE Scrapbook Layout/Pattern courtesy of Close To My Heart!

Close To My Heart has amazing How-To Books that take all the guess work out of creating handmade cards and scrapbook layouts.  Plus, they offer kits called Workshops on the Go (“WOTG”) that offer additional templates not found in these books.

Surf's Up Layout Design using Oh Deer!

Recently, they’ve begun sharing some of these exclusive templates found in past WOTG kits–exciting, right?  This particular one is from our Surf’s Up Collection.  The beauty of these templates is all you do is change up the paper/theme and you have an entirely new look without any of the hard work!

If you missed the last one, you can find it HERE.

And to get the full details/instructions for this layout, you can DOWNLOAD THE SCRAPBOOK TEMPLATE and use it to create beautiful layouts (whether it’s for this Christmas’s photos or for an everyday moment you’ve been waiting to scrapbook.)  Enjoy!

FREE Scrapbook Layout Pattern

Sample Scholastic Pattern Layout

It’s Thanksgiving Eve and I’m thinking about all the things I’m thankful for–one of which is all the wonderful people who support me in my CTMH business.  So I thought, what better time than now to share a FREE scrapbook layout pattern for you to use for your upcoming Christmas memories!

Reflections Scrapbook Layout Templates

Close To My Heart offers amazing books full of patterns/templates for both cards and scrapbook layouts.  If you’ve never used them before, you’re in for a real treat!  It definitely takes the guesswork out of the process–especially when you are feeling creatively challenged!

Originals Card Making Templates

And like I said, there are books for both scrapbookers and card makers alike!

Scholastic Layout Pattern Template

These guide books give you a template like pictured here.  Also included are cutting dimensions for the various pieces you’ll need along with step-by-step instructions and full color photos.

Click HERE to make your own scrapbook layout using this layout–whether in a Christmas holiday theme or in another, it’s guaranteed to turn out amazing.


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

How To Begin Organizing Your Christmas Photos For The Scrapbook!

For a limited time, CTMH has a *NEW* Express Collection in Studio J called Yuletide Carol.  From now through February 28th, you can utilize this paper kit to quickly load all your Christmas photos and then create layouts in no time at all.

These pre-designed layouts are perfect for quick layouts that still look stunning. You get amazing results with all the embellishments–you just drag and drop your photos into the photo wells , add in your journaling and you’re done.

To get started, click HERE.

Studio J: June Love Your Layout

In this month’s installment of Love Your Layout, you’ll see how you can use Studio J to create a beautiful digital layout in just minutes.  You’ll use text boxes in creative ways to add unique touches to your artwork.  Watch the video and then click HERE to give Studio J a try yourself!


Happy Summer!

Happy 1st day of Summer!

Best Day Studio J Layout

While it’s quite obvious that this isn’t a layout of a summer day (check out the date!)…it was a gorgeous day and aside from the long sleeves and pants, it makes me think of summer.

Best Day Studio J Layout Left Page

Best Day Studio J Layout Right Page

Being a transplant to California from North Dakota, I am constantly amazed and thankful for the beautiful weather we have!  I still remember our first year here…it was January and we were outside in shorts playing tennis (no way that’s happening in North Dakota!)

If you’re pretty familiar with CTMH products…would you be surprised to find out that the paper I used for this layout is from our Lucky Collection?  It’s true!  I simply changed colors using the same patterns.  I also…

  • added a photo mat using a journaling box
  • used letters as embellishments
  • added “tabs” of cardstock with journaling boxes
  • created a title using several journaling boxes
  • used My Stickease to make a border

There are many “tricks” you can incorporate into your layouts using Studio J.  If you haven’t given it a try, remember it’s FREE to use!  To give it a try, click HERE.

Finally, a very special thanks to my brother-in-law, Matthew Hinton, for taking such AMAZING pictures of my kids!  I absolutely love and treasure them.


My Acrylix Stamps: Part IV

One of the newer and very popular benefits of Close To My Heart’s My Acrylix stamps is the fact that many of them coordinate with Cricut Art Philosophy shapes giving you lots of creative possibilities!  Cut the shape on your Cricut machine, stamp the image on the shape, and attach to your project.  In CTMH’s Idea Book, the images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut Art Philosophy shapes…so keep a lookout as you browse the book!

My Acrylix stamps are super easy to maintain, store and transport.