Tuesday Tips: Page Planning for Crops

Recently, I attended my first scrapbooking retreat “for fun”. I made a promise to myself this year that I would attend some events where I wasn’t a vendor or a host. The last time I did this was almost 20 years ago, which meant that I had to figure out a new way to pack to create scrapbook pages without taking my entire craft space. Today, I am going to share with you how I preplanned my page kits for my first crop.


I am overly-organized in my craft space and, to be honest, I get overwhelmed with too much “stuff”. I knew that I would feel the same way if I overpacked for the retreat, so I decided that page kit planning would be the best alternative.

Close to My Heart has some amazing plastic envelopes that work perfectly for page kit planning. They come in two sizes – 12″ and 6″ – and are extremely affordable, reusable, and durable.

In the catalog, these plastic envelopes are labeled as 12″ and 6″ envelopes, but their true measurements are 13″ square and 6-1/2″ square, so there is plenty of room to add memory protectors to your page kits.

Throughout the video, I walk you through my page planning process. I start with the photos and use them to help me chose the pattern papers, cardstock colors, and embellishments for my kit.

Now there is no way that I am going to use all the papers and cardstock pieces I picked for this kit, but it is much easier for me to have a small selection of pieces to choose from than it is to pack my plastic paper organizer bins.

To make the process easier, I took note of the colors on each of the pattern paper zip strips to help me choose the cardstock colors. Every current Close to My Heart paper has a product strip with a list of coordinating colors. I was able to reference these product strips and my Love of Color books to help me choose some colors to match the pattern papers and photos.

After I had chosen my papers and cardstock colors, I choose few embellishments for the kit. I will be bringing my diecut books to the retreat, so I won’t need to sort through those, but I will need to add some 12″ sticker sheets and other themed embellishments.

After everything has been added to the page kit from my craft space, I just need to place it inside the envelope and it’s ready to pack. These envelopes fit perfectly inside our travel case paper insert and our large plastic tub organizers.

These kits are compact, easy to travel with, and simple to create. All you need to do is pull out the kit you want to work on and make your scrapbook page.


For those who would like to see the full scrapbook layout process, I have created a quick Tuesday Tip video for you. I hope that it helps you the next time you pack for a crop or retreat.

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Week Four: Wild Card Wood Tags with HTV

Have you been enjoying this month’s Love Your Stash challenge? Our Creative Design Team has been using up items in our craft room stash and there have been some amazing ideas so far. So far we have tackled paper, pocket cards, embellishments, & kits. We even added a few Guest Designers to the challenges. This week, our theme is Wild Card which meant that there were no rules to follow (like I would have followed them anyway).


A Wild Card challenge meant that I could dig into every area of my craft space. My first visit was the drawer full of unfinished holiday home décor where I found some little wooden Christmas tags. I know I am not the only one who does this – I have grand plans to make holiday pieces in November, then the holidays come (or a virus hits), and you end up shoving the project in a black hole of UFOs.

Well, this girl decided that she wasn’t going to wait until Christmas to use up those little tags. I snatched them out of the drawer, warmed up my Cricut, dug out the old paint and beads, and ended up with a fun little spring décor project.

As I said, this project began with some wooden tags I purchased last year with grand plans to make some holiday gifts. I wish we carried these all year long so that I could make a few more, but I am betting that quite a few of you also grabbed some last year and have some in your UnFinished Objects bin. 

I was inspired by the tags and tag garlands I have seen featured in home décor this past year. Wooden Tiered Trays have been so popular and you often see these tags draping from those trays or hanging from hooks or curtains.  Before I share more of the little details on these tags with you, take a few minutes to watch the video tutorial I created showing you how to use your wooden tags, a Cricut machine, and some items from your stash to make yourself some spring decorations.

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In the tutorial, I share how I decorated each one of these tags using paint, reinkers, paper, HTV iron-on, and embellishments from my stash. The video also shows you how to Upload SVGs into Cricut Design Space so that you can cut out the images of those tags from paper.

On this little Peeps Tag, I also used an SVG images from our Bunny Banner that was available last spring. Those bunny images were the perfect “peep” shape. My original plan was to cut them from pastels, but my home is not conducive to pale colors, so I chose to cut them from a grey patterned iron-on instead.

The rest of the tag was decorated very simply. I added some polka-dot cork shapes to the faces, an iron-on sentiment, some white wooden beads, and a tassel. (Make sure you watch the video to see my tip for painting beads.)

The second bunny tag is just too cute with its wood grain background, pink plaid bunny, and little tag collar. I used the Tag SVG to cut out the perfect tag shape from our white wood grain paper, then added an iron-on sentiment and a three-dimensional bunny cut from our valentine paper.

To make the bunny three-dimensional, I cut the image from cardstock multiple times and adhered all the layers together. When you are creating home décor pieces, this method looks much better than using foam tape and it holds up to being moved around each season.

This third tag is my favorite and matches my home décor perfectly. The embellishments are a bit unconventional – like a photo tab for a collar – but they are the perfect additions to that adorable iron-on bunny image. I am guessing you probably have a few of those metal tabs in your stash, too, and now you are looking at them in a whole new way.

The fourth and final tag in the video is a surprise addition, and to be honest, it was not a favorite of mine. I didn’t even take the time to snap a photo of it because I just keep trying to “fix it”. I know that sounds silly, but sometimes the project doesn’t feel finished, and that little blue flower tag needs a few finishing touches.


I hope that this inspired you to Love Your Stash and dig through your bin of unfinished home décor items to create something for spring. Make sure to visit all of the Creative Design Team’s channels so that you can get some more ideas for using up your craft stash during the month of February.

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Tuesday Tip: Thin Cut Die Organization

Welcome to my first Tuesday Tip! Creating Tuesday Tip videos has been on my heart for over a year, but I worried it wouldn’t be something you would enjoy. After receiving encouragement from a friend, I decided to start adding a few videos each month to help you in your craft space.

Today, I am going to share how I organize my Thin Cut dies. There are quite a few options for metal die storage. (you may have searched the rabbit hole of pinterest for them) Instead of giving you multiple options, I am just going to share what works for me in my craft space.

I choose to utilize the space that I have and create storage systems that travel well. Unpacking and repacking supplies when I go to crops needs to be simple and easy, which is why I chose to use binders for storing my metal dies.

These albums are three-ring Everyday Life albums with pocket memory protectors. The pockets are sized at 3″ x 4″, 4″ x 6″, and 8″ x 6″ – which fit most of my thin cut dies. All I need to do is slide the magnetic sheets into the pockets.

In my Tuesday Tip video, I share with you how I label these binders and store the dies in each of the pockets.

Some dies come with magnetic sheets that do not fit in the memory protector pockets, and some of my dies did not come with magnetic sheets. I have found magnetic vent covers that work perfectly for this occasion. I just cut the magnetic sheet down to the size of my pocket and add my dies to the sheet.


I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip inspired you to organize your craft space. As I plan future videos, I would love to know what you would like to learn. Feel free to comment below with your requests.

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