2020 Virtual Spring Fling!

2020 Virtual Spring Fling Event

We’ve been holding our Spring Fling Event for years now–always in person.  But with the new Shelter-in-Place and social distancing, it’s making that a little tough!  But never fear–we are making it happen!  That means no matter where you live (well, anywhere in the United States), you can participate with us. Be inspired (we’ll have … Read more 2020 Virtual Spring Fling!

Social Distancing Make It Monday 5th Edition

CTMH Happy Days Layout

CTMH Happy Days Layout

This week’s Make It Monday features another FREE scrapbook layout pattern.  This Sweet Symphony Pattern is from our now retired Imagine Layout Pattern Book.  This wonderful design is perfect for getting a lot of photos on your pages.

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Prepare for Mother’s Day

CTMH Love For Mother Special

CTMH Love For Mother Special

Now is a great time to prepare for Mother’s Day and Close To My Heart has you covered!  You can create personalized, hand-made artwork to show Mom just how much she means to you using these three *NEW* exclusive stamp sets designed specifically with Mother’s Day in mind.

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Simple Techniques to Try Today!

CTMH Watercolor Paints

CTMH April Cardstock Carnival Special

Last week, I shared information about Close To My Heart’s April Special–Cardstock Carnival.  Today, I wanted to share this 15-minute video that showcases the artwork shown above and walks you through creating the cheerful yellow card.  You’ll learn some quick & easy techniques that I know you’ll want to try out on your own projects.

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Virtual Scrapbooking Retreat!

CTMH Virtual Scrapbooking Retreat

CTMH Virtual Scrapbooking Retreat

Okay, exciting news for you today.  If the news of Close To My Heart hosting an all-day event for National Scrapbooking Day was exciting for you, you’re going to be ecstatic for this next piece of news.  CTMH is going to host a 2-day (yep, 2 days!) virtual scrapbooking retreat where you’ll complete an entire album on May 15 & 16 all as part of their celebration of National Scrapbooking Month!

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Social Distancing Make It Monday 4th Edition

CTMH All We Need Is Each Other Card

CTMH All We Need Is Each Other Card

This week’s Make It Monday features another FREE card pattern.  This CityScapes Pattern is from our now retired Wishes Card Pattern Book.  This is a great card design with the stacked look to it, but also because you can create 4 cards from just 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock!

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National Scrapbooking Day with Close To My Heart

CTMH National Scrapbooking Day Event

CTMH National Scrapbooking Day Event

Two days ago I shared Close To My Heart’s announcement that they were going to host an all-day FREE Virtual Craft Day to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day.  Since 1994, National Scrapbooking Day has always been the first Saturday in May–making it May 2nd this year.  For many, going to a traditional all-day crop or other crafting event is out of the question.  From basic social distancing to Shelter-in-Place Orders this just isn’t possible.

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Social Distancing Make It Monday 3rd Edition

CTMH Everything Whale Be Okay Card

CTMH Everything Whale Be Okay Card

This week’s Make It Monday features another FREE card pattern!  This “Pretty Simple” Pattern is from our now retired Originals Card Program.  It’s a great pattern that, like it’s name says, is pretty simple!  But even though it is simple, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a bit.

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Create Handmade Happiness This Weekend!

CTMH Let's Stay Home Card

CTMH Let's Stay Home Card

This weekend I challenge you to create some handmade happiness!  (I’ve been creating cards using Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Let’s Stay Home Stamp Set.) Then Monday morning mail what you’ve created to those you haven’t been able to see in person due to social distancing.  The joy you feel when you find a handmade card in the mail can’t be beat.  Really.

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Just Keep Swimming Card

Close-up CTMH O-fish-ally Awesome Polaroid Card

CTMMH O-fish-ally Awesome April Stamp of the Month

As soon as I saw the April Stamp of the Month, O-fish-ally Awesome, when the Close To My Heart March-April Catalog was released, I was super excited for it!  And now it’s April–time to use this amazing stamp set.  So many wonderful possibilities with it!

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Telling the Story of Life Right Now

CTMH Storyteller Sample

CTMH Story Starter

Life can change quickly, as evidenced by the events of the last couple of weeks! Moments like this, where routines are disrupted and the pace of life changes, tend to bring life into greater focus and help us see the things that are truly important.

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Social Distancing Make It Monday 2nd Edition

CTMH Let's Stay Home Layout

CTMH Let's Stay Home Layout

Today I have a versatile scrapbook pattern to share with you!  This particular design would make a great introductory layout for your “Let’s Stay Home” story.

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DIY Easter Projects for You & Your Kids!

Celebrate Easter Basket

Angle View My Peeps Easter Treat Holder

Today’s inspiration is all about preparing for Easter.  This morning my daughter asked me if we would be doing anything for Easter since we didn’t really do much for St. Patrick’s Day.  (I generally try to decorate our home, even if it’s only a tiny amount, as well as to do or make something a little extra special for that particular holiday to make it more memorable.)  Well, with all that is going on around the world with COVID-19, I admit our St. Patrick’s Day didn’t quite live up to past ones.

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