Scrapbook Your Summer Memories

If you are like me, your summer gets super busy and you have very little time to scrapbook.  You try to cram as much as you can into your summer vacation, take lots of amazing photos, and never take the time to scrapbook the memories.  My summers are blessed, but I don’t always have the time to get all my photos onto a page. This is why, I adore our Workshop Your Way Kits and I am especially enjoying the Fresh Air Scrapbooking Kit for my summer photos.  If you have never taken the time to test out these kits, here are a few reasons to give them a try.



I enjoy shopping as much as any paper hoarder, but when life gets busy I don’t have as much time to search for papers, matching cardstock, stickers, or ribbon.  Close to My Heart has done all the work for you.  Each kit has beautifully designed color-coordinating, paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and embellishments created with you in mind.


We all have an artist in us that can create wonderfully designed layouts, but some days I just don’t have the time or energy – especially in the summer.  With each of these kits, you get three stunning layouts, multiple card designs, and you don’t have to do any planning, designing, or use many brain cells. Close to My Heart even includes an easy-to-follow cutting and assembly guide.


How many photos did you take of this year’s camping trip? Honestly, I don’t know that I have the time to create that many pages, so I love that these kits have the option to add Pocket Plus pages to each layout. These Memory Protectors fit perfectly between your pages and allow you to add additional photos and journalling without compromising the design of your layout.


Yes, you read that correctly.  Even if you choose to create the card designs shown in the assembly guide, you will still have paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and enough embellishments leftover to create more projects.



This summer, I encourage you to spend more time enjoying the sunshine and that lounging area in your backyard, and less time scrapbooking all of the memories you are making by purchasing a few of our Workshop Your Way Kits. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Not a scrapbooker?  We have some adorable kits for card-makers, as well. Check them out on my website!


July Kit of the Month

Long, lazy afternoons, picnics at the park, a glass of sweet tea, and very little crafting time – that’s how most of our summer days are spent.   We take lots of pictures, but have minuscule amount of time to create a way to record those memories.  When my kids were younger, I often turned to scrapbook kits as a way to save time (and conserve energy) because most of my days were spent keeping seven or more children from causing mayhem in the neighborhood.  That is why I now create these kits for each of you.  I want you to be able to have a simple way to record your story with uncomplicated, painless, ready-to-assemble kits that are easily modifiable to the photos you have.


My July Kit of the Month was created to record your memories of those summer days spent picnicking at the park. This layout allows room for three 3″x 4″ photos and three 4″ x 4″ photos, but can easily be modified to hold 4″ x 6″ photos instead.  I have designed this layout to hold even more photos by using our 4″ x 12″ Memory Protector. This “half-page” insert holds four additional photos and fits directly between the two pages, aligning perfectly with the background.

You can order this July Summer Picnic Kit of the Month or the Workshop Guide in my online store.  The Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, full-color photos and a Cricut Design Space File™ with custom designed images using our Close to My Heart Cricut® collections.

If you enjoy my kits, why not subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have one of my kits delivered directly to your door each month. Yearly subscribers pay only $10.00* per kit and receive additional perks each month. This month, they will have the option to add one of the 4″ x 12″ Memory Protectors to their kit.

Well, my friends, I pray your sweet tea is always ice cold, your porch is always welcoming, and your days are full of memories.  I can’t wait to see what you create this summer.


Time is Running Out

There are only a few days left to take advantage of our AMAZING May specials.  If you are like me, you have a few things sitting in your online cart waiting for check-out, but May has been so busy, you haven’t had a moment to finish your purchase. Often times, those items end up selling out on the last week of the month and I would hate for you to miss out and be disappointed. Make sure you take advantage of the Postcard Perfect, Classic Summer Bash, and the chance to get a Cut About Layout Kit® FREE before May 31st.


Do you have some Postcard Perfect memories that need scrapbooked?  Maybe you have some pictures of your kids by the pool or the beach or some cheesy Hawaian shirt photos.   Now is the time to take advantage of some awesome savings when you purchase the Postcard Perfect Collection. If you are like me and love it all, you can 20% when you buy the Postcard Perfect Product Bundle, which includes one of every item in the full collection!  Order before May 31st, and I will send you a FREE Layout guide using these amazing products.



Mason jars are everywhere lately and I’m sure you have seen and used quite a few mason jar stamps. Our exclusive Classic Summer Bash stamp set has the perfect sized jar to “fill” with flowers, fruit, candy, or simple sayings. There are so many wonderful ideas out there on Pinterest. The possibilities with this stamp set are endless. You can get this stamp set for only $5.00 with any qualifying purchase on my website, or purchase it by itself for $17.95, but you only have until May 31st to order.


Take the time to visit my website to view all of the amazing products from our Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. You will not be disappointed. Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves this season.  You can get a copy of this catalog FREE with any online order this month.  You will love all of the papers, stamps, scrapbook kits, card kits, embellishments, and ideas using these products.

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful weather and staying safe this Memorial Day weekend.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Dad is Rad Special

Do you have a “Rad Dad” in your life? We all know and love someone who has made a difference in our lives or the lives of our kids.  I am personally blessed with a wonderful husband who is an amazing father to our kids and many other children who have been “adopted” into our family. Close to My Heart wishes to honor all of those who hold a special place in our hearts, so we are celebrating the dad’s in our lives with our exclusive Dad is Rad workshop bundle.

Dad Is Rad

This Dad is Rad Workshop Kit features the limited Rad Dad Stamp Set and discounted Dad Is Rad Product Bundle with enough supplies to create one 12″ × 12″ layout, one 12″ × 12″ page, and four cards that can be used for Father’s Day or to share with all the “rad” people you love!  This Dad is Rad product normally sells for  $41.67, but you can get it for a limited time for only $29.95 while supplies last.*(plus tax & shipping)

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I would enjoy spending an evening with you and your friends as we create these  wonderfully designed cards or scrapbook layouts.  Don’t worry about cleaning house, just gather some friends, contact me, and we can schedule a night to create as we honor those amazing men in our lives. You could even earn a FREE stamp set just for hosting this event.

The Dad is Rad Workshop Kit and Stamp set are only available until June 30th or while supplies last. Visit my website to learn more about this kit and download the FREE Workshop Guide.  I can’t wait to see what you create for your “Rad Dad”.


* Available May 15 – June 30 while supplies last. Shipping assessed on retail value of all items.



Fresh Air Scrapbooking Workshop

Do you have a great deal of summer adventures planned?  I know that I will have an abundance photos at the end of the summer, so I am planning ahead with these fun, funky, outdoorsy scrapbook layouts. FreshAirCC_ScrapbookLayoutsSTORE&SMOn June 23rd, you will have a chance to use our rustic Fresh Air products to create six scrapbook layouts that you can use to display your family memories at my Fresh Air Scrapbook Workshop.

At this workshop, you will have multiple options for kits to fit your needs. Each kit will include the supplies needed for you to create six scrapbook layouts for recording those amazing family photos and memories. You will also have the option to purchase individual kits if you desire.

You can view each one of the individual scrapbook layouts that you will be able to create by clicking on the photos below.

The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. 

To sign-up for this workshop, just send me an email  and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits through my online store. For my long-distance friends, I  have workshop guides available that include a cutting guide, assembly instructions and a Cricut Design Space™ file.  You can purchase the layout guides individually, all together, or purchase just the Design Space™ file separately for each layout.

If you are truly enjoying these Fresh Air products, you can also purchase the Fresh Air Workshop You Way Kit and create three additional layouts and have an entire album lined up a ready for all those summer adventure photos.


I hope to see you at my upcoming workshops and I can’t wait to see what you create with our Fresh Air products and these fun, fresh, outdoorsy layouts!





Postcard Perfect Memories

I bet every vacation you have ever taken was Postcard Perfect.  (Well, most of them.)  Some of our postcards probably had pictures of exhausted parents, crying children, and the phrase “glad that’s over”,  BUT every single one of them is FULL of memories.  This month, we are celebrating those memories with our Postcard Perfect collection.

There was so much pleasure to be had while creating with the Postcard Perfect Paper Pack, Coordinating Cardstock, and Stamp Set .  I personally enjoyed using them so much that I created THREE layouts – each with enough photos for you to show-off your summer adventure memories.


On this first layout, I took advantage of the awesome images that are included in the Postcard Perfect paper packet.  The cut-apart page is full of summery, vacation worthy images that you can use on your layouts. I love how many photos I was able to incorporate into this layout. Can’t you just picture a breathtaking tropical get-away?


On this second layout, I planned on adding some colorful layouts of my kids in the pool, so I kept the background pretty simple. Most poolside photos contain lots of color, and I wanted to make sure they stood out on this layout. Once again, I took advantage of the cut-apart images as well as the spectacular patterned vellum that is included in the paper packet.


This final layout is one that you have already seen in a recent blog hop. I wanted to take advantage of the incredible images on the Postcard Perfect stamp set.  I was able to create a fun title, some accents, embellishments, and a place for journalling.  I love how this layout could be used for just about any type of family vacation.

I have enjoyed this collection so much that I am giving away a FREE Workshop Guide for these three layouts to anyone who purchases any of the Postcard Perfect products from my website or attends my workshops AND I will be holding a drawing for one Free Workshop Guide for anyone who comments on this post on my Facebook or Instagram page. (You will receive one entry per comment.)

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Remember, the Postcard Perfect Collection is only available until May 31st while supplies last! Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get some amazing Postcard Perfect Products at a 20% discount.  I can’t wait to see what you create to display your Postcard Perfect memories!





June Kit of the Month

As you can tell, I am starting to get ready for our summer adventures, and this kit will be perfect for displaying those family photos and memories.  Each month, I create a ready-to-assemble scrapbook kit that you can purchase and have delivered directly to your home.  For the month of June, I have constructed this Outdoor Adventure Kit featuring our New Fresh Air papers just for you to use to record your family’s summer adventure memories.


The June Kit of the Month is a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our rustic Fresh Air designer papers.  You can have this kit mailed directly to you and have everything you need to complete the layout for your family photos. Sign-up for my annual subscription, and you can save $2.00 a month, and receive a simple, ready-to-assemble kit sent to you each an every month.

My Outdoor Adventure kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Fresh Air papers, a 4″ x 4″ Flip-Flap, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

If you have never used our Flip-Flaps, now is your chance to try one out.  Your June kit will include one Flip-Flap for you to add more photos to your layout. As you can see, on the front of the layout’s Flip-Flap, you have a place to record your adventures and underneath, as you lift the Flip-Flap, you have room for two more photos.  How awesome is that! You are welcome to add more 4″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ Flip-Flaps to your kit for an additional cost. Please let me know which ones you wish to purchase when ordering your kit.

Are your ready to plan some outdoor adventures with your family? I know I am!  You are welcome to visit my online store and order this kit for $12.00* or subscribe to my Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout plus receive an additional layout guide** and a Seasonal Expressions catalog each quarter FREE with your kit. Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

I also have workshop cutting guides available for each of my Kit of the Month layouts.  These guides are available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.  I can’t wait see what you create with this Outdoor Adventure layout kit!


*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

Classic Summer Layout

Have you ever tried using a PageMaps sketch as inspiration for your layouts? This year, to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day,  Scrapbook & Cards Today challenged it’s readers to create a layout using this NSD PageMaps Sketch.  As you know, I always love a challenge.

I also like to inspire you to use stamped images to enhance your scrapbook pages, so for this “Fresh Summer Lemonade” layout I chose to use both the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets.  This layout reminded me of the days when my children would set up a lemonade stand for the neighborhood.  I am not sure if the lemonade was very tasty, but everyone was always a good sport and supported their efforts.


You can find the complete list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post. 

Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Bashful Cardstock, 12″ x 12″ Dotted Vellum (Postcard Perfect), 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (Beautiful Friendship)

Techniques Used on This Layout:
1. To create the stitching around the page, I used a Ruler with our Piercing & Embossing Tool to create the holes, then used Pink thread for the border.
2. The “Jute Twine” was created by pulling apart the White Burlap Ribbon into individual threads.  Three of the threads were wrapped around the B&T paper. The three remaining threads were used to create the bow.
3. The Lemon & Flower border was created with images from the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets. After cutting out the images, they were placed onto the page using Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots.
4. The “Tags” were stamped using Smoothie Ink.  I added the paper strip from a piece of the “True Story” PML card, punched a hole, and added threads of White Burlap Ribbon.
5. The “Straw” was stamped using Pixie ink, then I re-stamped the rim of the “Jar” along the top, and added the “Straw” to the “Jar”.
These exclusive, summer-themed stamp sets and the Postcard Perfect products that I used on my layout are only available during the month of May.  You can purchase each of these by visiting the Promotions Tab on my website, but they are only available while supplies last so make sure you grab them before they are gone. I would love to see what you create using this sketch or these exclusive stamp sets.  Feel free to post your work on my Facebook page for all to see.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Classic Summer Bash Stamp Set

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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Postcard Perfect Cardstock

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Postcard Perfect Paper Packet

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Postcard Perfect Stamp Set

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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White Burlap Ribbon

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Corner Rounder

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Piercing & Embossing Tool

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Thin 3D Foam Dots
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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
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3D Foam Dots


Don’t Forget to RSVP

This month, I have some amazing workshops planned for you as well as a Crafternoon of Fun.  You only have a few days left, though, to reserve your spot and kits for each of these May Workshops. I know that your lives get busy, so here is a quick reminder of what I have planned for you in the next few weeks.

BeautifulFriendshipCC-LayoutsSTOREAt my Beautiful Friendship Workshop on May 19th, you can come and create six amazing pages using our adorable Beautiful Friendship collection.  If you cannot attend, you can order a kit from me and I will ship it to you at an additional cost.  Workshop guides are also available for purchase or FREE with a $30 order from my website. 

You will also have the opportunity to create this splendid little Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and card.  Each kit is ready-to-assemble and includes everything you need to make these projects.  I will be providing you with the inks and stamps needed, and you will have the option to purchase additional Tea-riffic Teabag Holders using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection.

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, I am also offering a Postcard Perfect Album Workshop on May 26th, where you can come and create albums to preserve those “Postcard Perfect” memories.


For all of my card making friends, I am offering a  Postcard Perfect Card Making Workshop where you can come create ten adorable cards using the Postcard Perfect collection of products.

You will need to reserve your place at these workshops BEFORE May 12th.  All you need to do is send me an email to and let me know that you wish to attend the Beautiful Friendship Workshop, the Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop , and/or the Postcard Perfect WorkshopsSpace and kits are limited. 

While you are at it, make sure to take some time for yourself and catch-up on some of your crafting projects at my CTMH Crafternoon on May 19th. You will have plenty of room to work, access to FREE WiFi at the library, plenty of outlets for your electronics, and receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions Two catalog.  You are welcome to bring snacks and covered drinks to this event.  There is room for 15 people, so please feel free to bring a friend or two to this event.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops!  I can’t wait to see what you create! 


Postcard Perfect Blog Hop

Welcome to the Postcard Perfect Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our spectacular Postcard Perfect collection.  FB_IMG_1525655935232These exclusive products are available during the month of May to celebrate sunshine, tropical getaways, and family vacations.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using products from the Postcard Perfect collection. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Over the past few months, I have had quite a bit of fun playing with the Postcard Perfect Paper Pack, Coordinating Cardstock, and Stamp Set . I enjoyed using them so much that I created multiple layouts that I will be showing you throughout the month, but for today, I am giving you a peek at the possibilities.


This layout, takes advantage of the incredible images on the Postcard Perfect stamp set.  I was able to create a fun title, some accents, embellishments, and a place for journalling.  I love how this layout could be used for just about any type of family vacation.



You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over sixteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our Postcard Perfect Products and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs. I will be creating more projects throughout the month using the Postcard Perfect products, so make sure to visit often.  product image

Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Postcard Perfect Collection is only available until May 31st while supplies last! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get some amazing Postcard Perfect Products at a 20% discount.  I can’t wait to see what you create!