Week Three: Reinventing a Scrapbook Kit

Our Creative Design Team is chipping away at our stash this month. So far, we have tackled paper, pocket cards, embellishments, and, this week, we are using up some kits in our collection. I have so many kits stashed away that need using, so I was happy to pull one out and use it to create a Fall Fun scrapbook layout. If you would like to join the Love Your Stash challenge, you can share your creations with us by using the hashtag below.


A few years back, I chose to return to scrapbooking. I started in 1996 but had to take a 15-year break after a death in the family. I was facing unresolved grief making it too difficult to look at photos. A year ago, I started recording family memories again. Now I am REALLY behind (says every scrapbooker ever). I decided to treat myself to a Craft with Heart subscription to help me get ahead, but, unfortunately, I have spent more time packing away the kits than I have using them.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the kits – they are beautifully designed and easy to put together.  I just haven’t taken any time for myself to scrapbook. When our design team decided to take on the Love Your Stash challenge, I was excited to see kits on the list.  It “forced” me to go through my stash and make a scrapbook page of my kids

If you also subscribe to Craft with Heart, you are probably wondering where I got this kit. I believe this kit is from October 2020, but it does not look a thing like the original.  Recently someone told me that they dislike subscription kits because they can’t make any changes. They are stuck with photo configuration, background papers, and layout themes they will never use.  Well…hold on to your hat because you CAN MAKE CHANGES. There are no rules when it comes to creating.

Before I show you the changes I made to the original layout, take a look at how it all came together.

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If you watched the video, you saw what the original layout looked like. I was able to use items from the kit and pair them with items from my stash to fit my photos. The photo orientation, sizes of the photos, and the theme of the photos were nothing like the original design. Just because the design showed horizontal photos, flags, and a different title did not mean that the kit was unusable.

There are no kit rules – You don’t have to follow the instructions – No stones will fall from the sky

If you want to understand where I am coming from, let’s take a look at my thought process as I created the layout.  Here is a side-by-side of the original kit design and my completed pages. 

My creating process always begins with the photos – which ones will I use, what theme I am going for, and how will I tell the story. I never use all my photos. This day I took about twenty photos – all were great but having too many photos on a layout can be overbearing and some are best kept for another story.

Whether I choose a kit or pattern paper, I work with the background I have before me. This pattern paper had a preprinted circles and journaling lines. I wanted both to show on my layout, so I arranged the photos to take advantage of these features.

To fit the theme and the story I was telling, I added some additional elements – pattern paper, embellishments, and preprinted sentiments. These were all items that matched components from the kit.

I also added a Cricut cut title. The kit was chosen because of the word “fun” and the child-like elements. I added to that title by creating a new title “Fall Fun” and picked embellishments that pair well with the childish icons. I truly enjoyed using this kit and finding treasures from my stash to add to it. I feel like all the stickers, die cuts, and patterns play well together and convey a story of children playing outside on a warm September day.

So….for those of you struggling with kits, feeling like you have to play by the rules – it’s time to grab a kit from your stash and see it in a different light. You have the bones of the page laying before you. All you need to do is dress it up and make it your own.


I hope that this inspired you to Love Your Stash and that you learned a few new tips you can use on your next scrapbook page. 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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Week Two: Tackling the Embellishments

Did you have fun viewing all of the Love Your Stash ideas last week? Our Creative Design Team is challenging you to use your stash throughout February. Each week, we have a new element in our craft stash that we are using in our videos, and we are asking you to join the challenge.


This week, our goal was to use up some of our bits and bobbles we have collected in our embellishment stash.  I had fun rummaging through my collection to find elements for this page.  How many of them do you recognize?

I was amazed at how many little treasures I found in my craft space even after de-stashing last October. I swear some of these items multiply overnight.

As you can see, I was able to gather up some adorable little pieces for this page to match the personalities in the photos. I especially love that little banner below the photos. I was inspired by Andrea Sherman’s video last week and wanted to make one for this page.

I have only made banners for my home décor pieces and have not attempted one for a scrapbook page. This is fun to make and it like how it helps to frame the photos in a whimsical way.

Most of the banner pieces and background papers are Mix-Ins. These patterns are my favorite to use and I tend to hoard them each season. I adore the subtle patterns and colors. This page also has few leftover pieces from Stitched Together and Brushed. All of the colors played so well together.

To break up the patterns and bring focus to the photos, I used a black cardstock background and a few black pattern papers. Whenever I have black and white photos, I like to use black frames, matting, or stitching to draw your eye to the image on the page.

Once the papers had been selected, I started digging through the embellishments. WOW! I did not realize how many flowers I had collected. In my process video, you will be able to see how I layered all the elements together and get a peek into how I organize my embellishments.


As I create a page, I often take a step back or walkaway to allow my mind to clear so I can see what might be needed. While I was making this page, I had to refocus a few times. I don’t usually add this many elements and I worried that it wouldn’t all come together.

Each time I came back to the project, I remembered what I have been learning in my classes and all the little tricks I have learned through the years. I reminded myself to stick to specific colors, added texture and checked for a visual triangle.

One of my favorite additions was the wood leaves and title. It was those elements that pulled everything together. By adding some natural elements to the page, I was able to soften the bright colors and ground a few of the elements.

This page turned out so much better than I had hoped – I honestly surprised myself. All of these little embellishments worked together perfectly and reflected the personality of the girls in the photos.


Make sure to check out all of the Creative Design Team creations this week and learn a few new was to Love Your Stash. If you choose to join the challenge, make sure to use the #cdtloveyourstash so that we can see what you created.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Valentine Treats in my Cricut Classroom

This past month, the students in my Cricut Classroom have been busy with valentine creations. They were instructed on how to make a pop-up valentine card, a quick & easy valentine shirt, and these adorable valentine treat jars.

How cute are these?? I am getting ready to fill mine and send them off to a few of my children for Valentine’s day.

During the lesson, we talked about print-then-cut and each student learned how to use that Cricut feature to create these amazing little tags. A few of them had never tried that feature before and they were so excited to learn something new that they could do with their Cricut.

That little tag turned out so cute atop a rosette decorated with a little wooden button. The print-then-cut feature allowed us to print out our sentiment then cut out the tag shape around the images.

I chose to decorate my jars in two different ways – one for my daughter and one for a son. The pink jar is adorned with papers from the Perfect Match collection along with a few Mix-Ins and 6×6 Stacks.

The other jar has a more masculine feel with deep reds and black. These are all from the random assortment of papers in my scrap bin.

Both jars have a simple label on the front with the word “hugs” cut from cardstock. I attached it to the jar with foam tape so that I could place the paper hearts behind it.

I also added a few of those charming mini hearts to this project. Those little plastic hearts are so much fun to decorate with.

If you would like to learn how to make a valentine jar, or how to use the print-then-cut feature, then I would love for you to join me in my Cricut Classroom. Each week, I host a live class showing how to create a project in Design Space and post a few tips, tricks, and tidbits videos for you to enjoy. 

Each month’s content will be designed for beginners and experienced Cricut students.   If you missed a previous lesson or class, you can refer to it in the videos section of the group. All videos from the past year will be available during your active membership for you to refer to as needed. (Printable notes for each tutorial are only available to active Cricut Classroom subscribers.)


If you wish to join as a Maker on my team or join as a VIP, you get a discount on the Cricut Classroom membership fee!

Makers on my team the membership pay ONLY $5.00 a month (billed annually)
VIPs receive a 10% discount on their subscription


I hope that you join us in the Cricut Classroom. I have had so much fun getting to know each of the members. It brings me great joy to see them dust off their Cricut machines to make something new.

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