Monday, August 6, 2018

11 CTMH Colors That Are Retiring This Month


Just popping in quickly today to let you know that come Aug. 31, we are saying goodbye to 11 faithful friends, the CTMH colors you see below: Bashful (color of the year), Blossom, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Flaxen, Juniper, Nutmeg, Pacifica, Poppy, Sorbet, and Tangerine.

This means we are also saying hello to NEW colors on Sept. 1 (some really great ones!). But if you need more cardstock, re-inkers, or ink pads in these retiring colors, be sure to snag some before they sell out.

Happy crafting!

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Crafter's DREAM Stamp Set!

Can you even stand how cute the August stamp of the month is?! *SWOON!*

I mean, seriously...these sayings are hilariously perfect for us:





This stamp set is called For the Love of Crafting, and it's only $5 with any $50 order on my CTMH website! Bonus: The "craft today, do housework tomorrow" stamp coordinates with the Cricut You Are Here cartridge!

Here is a beautiful card and scrapbook layout that CTMH created using this amazing crafter's dream stamp set. 

I love the random-stamped background on this scrapbook page. This is such a great way to make your own patterned paper in the perfect colors for your project. You can do this for scrapbook layouts, cards, and many other paper projects, with just about any stamp set you own.

I'll be sharing more of my own artwork soon!! I haven't finished my projects yet but didn't want to wait any longer to share this goodness with you.

P.S. Don't forget you can get this crafty stamp set for only $5 with any $50 purchase on my CTMH website - but only in August 2018!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What's New with Close to my Heart - August Specials

Hello, and happy August!

There are several awesome specials going on right now through Close to my Heart! Here are all the details. (Bear with me, this is long, but it's packed with some good info!)

1. Bring Back My Pack - More Magical Kit!
 Available through Sept. 30, 2018.

The popular Magical Paper Pack is back for a limited time - revamped with current CTMH colors! The More Magical paper packet and coordinating products (including an awesome stamp set!), are suited for all-purpose crafting, including and especially your visits to amusement parks (ahem - Disneyland and Disney World), parties, and other adventures!

Save 25% when you purchase the More Magical Workshop kit, which includes the More Magical paper packet and a selection of other products you can use to create four 2-page scrapbook layouts and eight cards! See details >

More Magical Kit

Dreams stamp set 

2. You've Got Class - K-12 Keepsake Album Kit
Availble through Sept. 30, 2018.

Preserve the best of your child’s school years with the You’ve Got Class collection of products. This unique kit includes patterned papers, coordinating cardstock, stamp sets, die cuts, and a set of True Fit Folios (love these!) to create an album of 14 single page layouts (an entire album!) to preserve photos and memorabilia from a child's K-12 school years. (The True Fit Folios are basically 12x12 size file folders so they fit in the page protector to house your child's special art, schoolwork, etc.)

Whether you have children just starting out on their educational journey (like me!) or a senior on the verge of graduating, this kit will help you preserve the memories! 

You've Got Class exclusive stamp set

School Kids Stamps + Thin Cuts dies

Sample layout on the True Fit Folio!

 Learn more about You've Got Class >

3. Here's to You - Card & Layout Kit!

The Here’s to You special features a workshop kit with 4 exclusive stamp sets designed for celebrating friendships, weddings, anniversaries, and many other occasions. You can purchase the items individually or bundled in a creative kit. The products and workshop guide are designed to create one 12″ × 12″ scrapbook page and seven cards!

The Here's to You workshop uses the Cricut Artistry collection. The necessary Cricut shapes to complete this workshop are available as a project file in Cricut Design Space, Here’s to You Workshop: (Note that you need to own this cartridge to cut the images.) If you do not have this cartridge, it is an awesome one and you can purchase it HERE, or contact me to see about alternative options to create these cards. If you are not using a digital machine, specific Cricut cut information can also be found in the included instructions.

Here's to You Kit

4. Stamp of the Month - For the Love of Crafting
Available through August 31, 2018

Could this stamp set be any cuter or more perfect for us crafters? This is definitely a must-have in August - and it's ONLY available in August. You can get it for only $5 with any $50 purchase on my website (not including Craft With Heart subscription...more on that in a minute). Or you can purchase it at full price for $17.95.

5. Craft With Heart Subscription Pre-Order

Keep your creativity flowing with Close to My Heart’s new Craft with Heart subscription, where you receive regular deliveries of project kits that will keep you connected with your passion.  

The Craft with Heart subscription sends you a Cut Above layout kit for every month. Each kit comes with pre-printed base pages, paper pieces, die-cuts, and stickers to make (2) two-page scrapbook layouts, plus includes three 12" x 12" Memory Protectors! Take a look at the layouts included in the upcoming box. So stinkin' cute, right?! You can see bigger photos and more info HERE.

You have 3 Craft with Heart subscription options depending on how often you want to receive your deliveries. Note that only the 1-year subscription is available for pre-order now. The other options will be available on Sept. 1, with the release of the new Idea Book (eek!!). The 12-month option is definitely the best deal and also includes free 4x6 prints from Persnickety Prints!

Note that the Craft With Heart subscription does not work in conjunction with the stamp of the month or Hostess Rewards. In order to give you these awesome discounts and free shipping, it is its own stand-alone program.

Whew! If you've made it this far, thank you for your time and attention. :) That covers all the August specials. So many awesome options to choose from. I'll be sharing more details and artwork for each one in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hiking Scrapbook Layout With CTMH Fresh Air Paper Pack + Process Video + How I Fixed an Inky OOPS!


One of my favorite things about living in Oregon is all the outdoor adventures there are to be had, especially in the summer! My kids are finally old enough that we can go adventuring without having to worry about strollers and all the "baby" stuff. (Can I get an Amen?!)

Our youngest is a little over 2 years old and loves to run and do things on his own. But while we don't often have to worry about a stroller anymore, we do still have to choose "easy" hikes and adventures that he is able to participate in (and still need to keep a nap in mind!).

So this past spring, when the weather started warming up, my husband and I took the kids on our first family hike without an Ergo or stroller. It was about an hour away at an amazing little spot that a friend told us about, Sweet Creek Falls. It had a little elevation with a rewarding waterfall view at the end, but was mostly flat where the kids could walk and run on their own. It was amazingly beautiful everywhere you turned.


As many of you likely know first-hand, being a mom AND a scrapbooker = why I pay for extra iCloud storage. 😂 I always take a lot of photos...and this adventure was no exception! You'll see in my scrapbook process video below (or HERE) how I was able to fit a ton of photos on my layout using Pocket Plus memory protectors.

I was so inspired by our hike and the photos, combined with the fact that I had just received my Fresh Air paper packet, that I actually created this layout within a week of our hike! (Just got behind on sharing it!) But good thing I did, because now I get to participate in Heart 2 Heart's Fresh Air Fun challenge this week :) I printed the photos at home on my Selphy Photo Printer. (I made a video of how I do this HERE, using these photos as my example!)

Ok, now on to the layout. Here is my process video (or view it on YouTube). Below are lots of still shots as well.

Here is the 2-page layout before adding the Pocket Plus. (BTW, this amazing Fresh Air Paper packet and coordinating products retires at the end of Aug. So if you love it as much as I do, be sure to snag one (or two) now!)

Can you tell that the Complements are copper-foiled?! They are soooo pretty in person, it's hard to capture in the photos!

And now, here's what it looks once you add the Pocket Plus pages...

Here's a closer look at the front and back of the Pocket Plus pages...

I love that the Pocket Plus allows you to get more photos in your layout without having to add extra layouts for the event. Plus they add an interactive element and makes it fun to flip through. The paper inside of the pocket pages is from the paper pack as well - each of CTMH's paper packs comes with a "cut-apart page" with 3x4 and 4x6 cards that you can cut from the 12x12 paper.

I really love pocket scrapbooking and like that the Pocket Plus are like a smaller version of pocket scrapbooking. Designing a pocket page is a bit different from designing a traditional scrapbook page, so it adds a fun twist and keeps my brain thinking in different ways! 😁 I often mix my Picture My Life (Project Life) 12x12 pocket scrapbook pages in with my traditional 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts, so this is just another way of combining the pockets.

Thanks for visiting today! I really appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day!

Let me know if you have any questions at all!

Fresh Air products are available until Aug. 30, 2018!

Fresh Air Paper Pack
Fresh Air Complements
Fresh Air Scrapbooking Kit
See All Fresh Air Coordinating Products
Pocket Plus Memory Protectors
12x12 Memory Protectors
My favorite journaling pen
My favorite photo trimmer
Sponge Dauber
Toffee Ink Pad (I used Saddle, which is retired)

Shop all Close to my Heart products >

Check out Heart 2 Heart's Fresh Air Fun challenge to see more Fresh Air inspiration!

Happy creating!



Monday, July 30, 2018

Add More Photos: Scrapbook Walkthrough Video - Layouts Using Pocket Plus Page Protectors & Flip Flaps - WIN SOME!


Today I am sharing two products that have changed how I scrapbook!

It is no surprise that I love to add lots of photos to my scrapbook layouts. Lately, I have been using Close to my Heart's Pocket Plus Memory Page Protectors in my scrapbook layouts and I. AM. IN. LOVE.

I created the video below to walk you through several layouts that I've made using Pocket Plus, as well as incorporating Flip Flaps - another fun & interactive way to add more photos!

Enjoy below or on YouTube!

I hope this will help you add more photos and journaling spots to your layouts as well! The Pocket Plus and Flip Flaps have become important staples in my scrapbook room, I hope you'll give them a try!

There's nothing like trying them yourself!
Here's how to win:
  1. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel 
  2. COMMENT on this video over on YouTube to let me know that you subscribed!
  3. I'll choose 2 winners on 8/15!
Winners get a sampling of various sizes of flip flaps from me!!

Pocket Plus Memory Protectors
Flip Flaps Memory Protectors



P.S. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel and COMMENT on this video to be entered to WIN a free sampling of flip flaps from me!