Cute as a Bug Scrapbook Page | Video Collab

I am so excited to share with you another video collab from our Creative Design Team. This group of ladies has been such a blessing to me and it all started because sweet Jayma Malme had the idea to get all of us together to create some projects each month – JUST FOR YOU. This month, we are showing you some Creative Ways to use Tags and you are NOT going to be disappointed.

I decided to create a Sweet as a Bug layout with an”extended tag” background for these adorable photos of my nephew.  Isn’t he the sweetest??  He happens to be almost 21 right now, so I am sure he is going to roll his eyes when he sees this layout.   

For those of you who prefer to head right on over to the video collab, you can click on the video below and it will take you to the list of tutorials on YouTube.  For those of you wish to see a few more details about this layout, you can keep on reading. 

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This layout was created using a variety of scraps from the Stitched Together & Mixed-in Papers.  I chose to use our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts to create the illusion of an elongated tag behind the photos. All I did was cut two of each tag from Stitched Together and Mix-Ins paper AND a PML Card from the Stitched Together pack. 

I love having PML (Picture My Life) cards on hand for projects.  They are designed for pocket scrapbooking, but I have found that they are great to use as photo mats, journalling boxes, and for little accents like that tag when you don’t have a paper to match. 

In fact, I used quite a few of those PML cards on this project. One as a journaling box, one as a sentiment accent, one for the tags, and one for that adorable large ladybug. Yep, I cut that little gem out by hand and I am glad I did.  It is the perfect accent for this page. 

I also added a few Ladybugs from the sticker sheet and some delightful wooden buttons onto the page.  At the time, I wasn’t quite sure if I would use “Cute as a Button” or “Cute as a Bug” for the title, so I decided to add both elements on this layout. 

To create movement, I added thread trails with White Twine to help those buttons to feel “grounded” and create the illusion of flying ladybugs.  When making a thread trail, simply draw loops onto your page with a pencil then trace the lines with a fine tip glue pen. (I like Art Glitter Glue & Tombow glue pens because they dry clear.) The twine is laid down onto the glue trails and topped with a few wooden buttons. Really simple to do and it makes a fun addition to any project. 

My last minute addition to the page was the title.  Like I said earlier, I was struggling with this and wanted something to fill that empty corner of the page.  

I started out trying to created something on my Cricut, then realized that I hadn’t use stamps for a title in a long while, so I dug out that big, bold Chronicle Type alphabet and went to work.  I used a stamping platform to avoid making any stamping mistakes, added a few tiny hearts, and label-maker label to complete the title.   


All in all this layout turned out super cute and I can’t wait to add it to my scrapbooks.  I hope that you enjoyed this video collab project and that you learned a few new ways to creatively use tags.  You can view the full list of Creative Design Team creations HERE on my blog or in the description of my video

For those of you who wish to recreate this layout, you can find a complete list of supplies I used below.  Please tag @misscarriescreations when you post your creation so that I can see what you made. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Used on My Project

My Sweet Boy ~ A Layout for the H2H Mother Angel Challenge

As a Design Team, we were each asked to create something with a “Mother Angel” theme for the Heart2Heart blog, and, to be honest, I struggled.  As I was working on a project, my sweet twenty-one year old son came into my craft space to ask me what I was working on.  I told him how I was struggling with this layout – photos of him as a child.  

He asked me what I thought was wrong with it. “Well”, I said, “I am not fond of all the different types of butterflies, but they are all I have in my stash.”

His response: “I like how you put the kid-like butterflies next to the kid pictures and the pretty butterflies next to the mom. It works.” 

That’s when I knew that this would be the layout I would use as inspiration for the Heart2Heart challenge. This twenty-one year old kid still has the sweetest heart just like he did when he was gently holding a moth in these photos. 

The design for this layout came from the weekend SG Scrap Squad inspiration challenge.  I loved the mix of papers Allison Davis used on her 3″ x 4″ grid layout, and chose to mimic it with some four-inch Mix-Ins and Aurora papers along with a few Aurora PML cards.   

This is one of the first layouts I have created with SO MUCH white space and, as much as I love the look, I fought it the whole time.  I did add a little splatter onto the left side with a Lagoon Shimmer Brush to reduce the white space some, but it still has quite a bit of white background showing.  


One of my goals this year is to use up my stash, so you might recognize a few older CTMH items mixed-in with some new ones.  On the left page, I have a butterfly from the Sweet Girl collection and an old Canvas Banner mixed with our current Stitched Together stickers.  On the right page I have mixed a few really old, recent, and new items. 

The title holds an old Canvas Tag and some much older polka-dot butterflies, mixed with a trimmed down Aurora PML card and Stitched Together heart sticker.  Not only did I use a trimmed PML card for the title, I used two from the recent Yesterday & Today collection on this layout also – one behind a photo and one for the sentiment below the photo of the two of us. (The chevron pattern was a portion of the trimmed Aurora PML that I just couldn’t throw away.)

The Wood Round is a sticker from our current Aurora collection that I used to hide a portion of the photo that wasn’t very flattering to the layout and the pretty butterflies (as my son put it) are from the Stitched Up collection.  All a mix-match of items from my stash to record a memory of my son’s sweet heart.  


The gentleness my son shows in these photos really tugs at my mom-heart strings.  This kid has always crashed through life right and left, yet he has the gentlest heart for all creatures. 

I hope that this layout has inspired you to create something for the Angel Mom Heart2Heart Challenge. You have through May 31st to link your photo to the challenge. While you are visiting the blog for more inspiration, make sure to check out a few of the other challenges we have for you this month. 

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National Scrapbooking Month ~ Blue Skies Specials

May is officially National Scrapbooking Month!  Close To My Heart has been celebrating with several free, live digital events AND a new exclusive patterned paper collection and suite of coordinating products. This bright, cheery Blue Skies collection is one of the best collections I have seen.  I can’t wait to share everything with you!! 

Before I share all of the Blue Skies collection,  I wanted to let you know that you can still view all seven instructional segments from the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration.   You can view them under videos on the Close To My Heart Facebook page and each one of the kits shown can still be purchased on my website. 


Are you ready to see all of the Blue Skies Collection?

Like I said, this is one of my favorite collections to date.  It starts with a breathtaking Paper Pack, Sticker Sheet, and UV Coated Cardstock. 

The incredible Blue Skies paper packet features 12 double-sided paper sheets, two each of six double-sided designs with the option to purchase it with or without the Sticker Sheet. That sticker sheet is definitely something you are going to WANT.   It coordinates perfectly with the papers and has glossy UV-coated designs just like the Blue Skies cardstock. 

This cardstock is exclusive to the collection and has a raised pattern design.  I have had so much fun playing with this stuff!  To add to the collection, there are also TWO coordinating stamp sets and a Pinwheel Thin Cut die. (LOVE THIS!)


But it doesn’t stop there my friends…

Close to My Heart is Celebrating BIG this year! For those who love all things paper craft, Close to My Heart has created FOUR kits just for you.  

A Cut Above Layout Kit

Pre-cut and ready to assemble, this kit has everything you need to make two layouts. 

Blue Skies Scrapbook Workshop

Grab the FREE Guide and make yourself some stunning layouts!

Blue Skies Cardmaking Workshop

Close to My Heart did not forget about those cardmakers – we have something for you, too. 

Blue Skies Mini-Album Workshop

…and a little something for our Everyday Life album makers. 


Don’t Forget about the Discounts!!!

Save 20% with the Blue Skies Paper Bundle, which includes the Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Coordinating Cardstock, and Cut Above® Layout Kit.  For an even bigger discount, choose the Blue Skies Product Bundle that includes ALL of the Blue Skies products at a 30% savings!


Are you as excited as I am about all these sensational products?!  I have already been playing in my craft space with these and I just cannot stop. 

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An Album Kit for the Memories You Cherish Most

One of my goals is to help you preserve the moments that matter. With our These Are My People 6″ x 8″ Cut Above® Kit, you can easily commemorate your most treasured memories with the people that matter most.  

The smaller 6″ x 8″ Cut Above® format of this Mini-Album Kit is a great way to dive into the scrapbooking process and an excellent place to start for those of you who may be new to scrapbooking.  With all the elements pre-cut, you are going to love how easy it is to create striking layouts featuring your most precious memories. 

Here is What is Included in Your Mini-Album Kit

  • Coordinating Pre-printed Base Pages
  • Laser Cut Die-Cuts
  • Beautifully Designed Stickers
  • Pre-cut Paper Pieces

Designed to create two single pages & eight layouts

Order Your These Are My People Mini-Album Kit


Your Cut Above® Kit  provides you with all the pre-cut pieces you need to make assembling your album quick and easy.  All you need is adhesive and a journaling pen to write down all your precious memories.  Take a look at these beautiful pages!

To help you customize the front of your album, the kit also includes an exclusive SVG file with two designs to choose from. How awesome is that?!  Now you can personalize your Everyday Life mini-album to match your photos inside. 

Create even more heartwarming projects using our other These Are My People products, including a paper packet, a coordinating cardstock pack, a stamp set, and an exclusive workshop kit!  Unfortunately, these exclusive items are only available while supplies last, through April 30th, so get yours before they’re gone!

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Record Your Christmas Memories in A Beautifully Designed Album

Memorialize your holiday memories every day in December with this year’s Days of December Album Kit. This popular special has been revamped from last year with new paper, cardstock, and embellishments, so you can create an all-new Everyday Life™ album with one page for each magical day in December.

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Create a unique Everyday Life™ album for each magical day

This year’s album project features brand new paper from the Holly Jolly collection, plus cardstock and embellishments to match – all designed to create a simple, easy to assemble, holiday album.  Choose between two different workshop kit options: one that includes the Holly Jolly— Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, and one that doesn’t.

Here is What is Included in the Workshop Kit

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(6) Sheets Cardstock (2 Green Apple, 4 White Daisy)
(3) Kraft paper sheets
(1) Holly Jolly Picture My Life™ Cards 
(5) 6″ × 8″ Memory Protectors™
(5) 6″ × 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 1
(5) 6″ × 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2
(1) Memories & Moments Digital Art

Holly Jolly Stamp + Thin Cuts (optional)
Download the instruction guide

Order This Kit

Are you ready to have some fun this Christmas season as you document your most treasured holiday moments each and every day in December?🎄 Each of these pages has been beautifully designed to record your holiday memories and can be easily altered to fit your personal family traditions.

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In case you need a little help getting started on this beautiful Days of December album, below you’ll find a list of 31 photo prompts and ideas created just for you by Close to My Heart.  You can use these prompts as is, change them up, or pick and choose your favorites. The important thing is to enjoy the moments, capture the memories as you make them, and then preserve them to treasure for years to come.

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The Days of December Album Kit  is available, while supplies last, through November 30th.  Recording those special holiday memories is what you, the storyteller, does, and this album is a simple way to have all your precious memories in one beautiful album.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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