Love Your Stash: Reinvent a Scrapbook Kit

The Creative Design Team had many requests asking us to extend the Love Your Stash series, so we decided to continue challenging ourselves to use our craft stash all year long. Our Love Your Stash challenge began with a weekly video collab in February. Each challenge required us to use a specific item in our craft space. We have enjoyed this challenge just as much as you have and will be continuing to add to the playlist at the beginning of each month. Make sure that you subscribe to our channels so that you don’t miss each month’s mini-series.


Not only has my goal been to use up some of my craft stash, but I am also trying to use up some of the many Craft With Heart kits I have tucked away in my closet. Two years ago, I started receiving my Craft with Heart kits in the mail and, at first, I struggled with the designs. I want my pages to be original and match the theme of my photos, but I felt like the kits were too structured and wouldn’t work for my designs.

Instead of canceling the subscription, I decided to take another look at the components in the kits. I realized that I don’t have to follow the instruction sheet, I can add to the kit, and I can rearrange the pages to match my photos. That is exactly what I did for my Dam Tower Layout.

Before I share my process video with you, I want to show you a few of the changes I made to this scrapbook kit.

In the kit, I received a preprinted background sheet, some photo mats, stickers, and die cuts. The original July 2020 layout was designed to look like this.

A few of the components that came with the kit worked perfectly for my design – the title, the blue stripes and tags, and the paprika-colored elements. This kit also contained some bright green elements and spaces for horizontal and smaller photos. My photos are vertical and I didn’t want to trim them down to the smaller size plus bright green didn’t seem to fit the mountain theme.

My first step was to cover up the smaller blue photo mat on the pre-printed background. I chose an outdoor-themed pattern paper from my stash and added a strip of it to the page. I have to admit, the photo mats on the backgrounds are something I wish were left off the kits. They don’t always match the size or orientation of my photos.

To match the pattern paper, I matted my photos in Toffee cardstock and added them to the page. I did trim down one of the photos to match the vertical strip of photos on the original design. Under one of the photos, I used the little flag and banner stickers that came with the kit.

I also used the blue tag that came with the kit because it matched the beautiful blue sky in the background. The round tag was created using one of the kit’s photo mats. I liked the look of the round tag on the original design, but it was that bright green color, so I chose to replicate it using some tag thin cuts.

The photo mats that came in the kit were designed for those 3×4 photos, which I didn’t have, so I used the pattern paper mats to create that round tag and to replicate the flag on the left page.

On the flag, I added some pine tree stickers from my stash. These photos were taken in the mountains and I wanted to create an outdoor feel on the pages. The addition of the pine trees, “wonder” tag, and wood shapes give you a feeling of being outdoors on a little road trip.

The title on this layout was perfect for my design, so I kept it. I simply moved it over a little and added some little additions from my stash above it. I also used up some acrylic shapes and some brads from my stash. Brads are one thing I have SO MANY OF, and it felt good to use up a few on these pages.

If you wish to recreate this layout or see a few tips and tricks for reinventing a scrapbook kit, you can view my process video. In the video description, I have added links to all the other Creative Design Team channels so that you can view their May Love Your Stash videos.

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I hope that you enjoyed this month’s Love Your Stash video and that you were inspired to take another look at your Craft With Heart kits.

If you would like to learn more about these monthly scrapbook kits, you can learn how to subscribe on my website. You can also view the current kits available so that you can see what you will be receiving in the mail. It is easy to do and you have multiple subscription options. Each kit comes with everything you need to make two full-size layouts plus memory protectors. All you need is adhesive and a journaling pen.

Thank you again for view our Love Your Stash challenge and for all the kind comments to continue the series. I hope that you are enjoying all of the inspiration each month.

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You Are Enough Is Simply Stunning

In May, we celebrate Nation Scrapbooking AND Mental Health Awareness. For me, these two go hand-in-hand. Crafting and memory keeping are great ways to re-live your best memories. They can be cathartic exercises that help you remember the best in yourself and others. When you create artwork with positivity at its core, you not only renew the happy feelings associated with those memories, but you also create new ones as you continue to do what you love. That is just one of the many reasons why I am loving the new You Are Enough Collection!

This gorgeous gemstone-inspired collection is the perfect foundation for inspirational artwork. The You Are Enough suite is full of dazzling patterns, eye-catching foil accents, and uplifting sentiments. It includes a stunning combination of patterned papers, rose gold cardstock, stickers, sequins, pocket cards, stamps, and butterfly thin cuts, and it is perfect for scrapbook layouts, cards, and other personalized artwork.

Along with all the exciting products in the You Are Enough collection, this special also includes two discounted bundles and three workshop options. The discounted bundles are available at up to 30%-off and offer various groupings of You Are Enough products, so you can pick and choose the bundle that works best for you and your crafting vision.

Here is What Your Get in Your Everything Bundle

Of course, the Everything Bundle has the greatest discount, but you also have a few other bundles to choose from. The You Are Enough workshops include a cardmaking, a scrapbooking, and a 6″ x 8″ Everyday Lifeβ„’ album workshopβ€”each of which comes with pre-designed projects and instructions on how to put them together!

Each of these bundles includes the supplies you need to make the projects that will be featured at the You Are Enough Live Workshops in June. You can view each of the projects you are going to make and download the cutting guides using the links below.

You Are Enough Card Kit

Live Event June 21st

You Are Enough Scrapbook

Live Event June 25th

You Are Enough MiniAlbum

Live Event June 23rd


If you love these collections as much as I do, you are going to want to grab them soon because the items in the bundles are only available while supplies last. With all of these different options, the You Are Enough special is a treasure trove of creative possibilities and the perfect way to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!

I have already started creating a few projects using You Are Enough including a Back to School scrapbook page and a few fun fold cards I created for the You Are Enough blog hop. Today, I spent a few minutes on my Facebook page showing how to make those fun fold cards I created for the blog hop. Here is a simple little tutorial for you.


The You Are Enough collection is full of possibilities and options. You can choose to purchase the items from the collection and create whatever you want or purchase the workshop kits and bundles available through this special.

Remember! There are two discounted product bundles available through the You Are Enough special. – the You Are Enough Paper Bundle is available at a 20% discount, and the You Are Enough Product Bundle is available at a 30% discount – BUT they are only available while supplies last. If you are on the fence about this collection, don’t wait too long. It may be gone before you climb down.

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Creating with New Cricut Collections

Did you know that Close to My Heart has designed Cricut Collections to match our paper packs? I love that they do this because it allows me to create even more projects in Design Space using our amazing papers.

This month, I have been teaching others how to use these collections in my Cricut classes. I created two layouts using images from the Daisy Meadows Collection and Eat, Play, Love collection in conjunction with a few other CTMH Cricut collections.

Many of our Close to My Heart Cricut Collections are exclusive and can only be purchased using my affiliate link. The images are not available in Design space or with Access, so you cannot find them through a search. To own the images, you need to use my link to purchase the digital collection.

Each of these collections is designed to match our paper packs perfectly. Check out the images from Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love. Aren’t they an excellent match for the stickers and papers?

You might be wondering why I mentioned that special affiliate link. Whenever I use one of these exclusive collections on a project I have people commenting and asking why they can’t find the images in Design Space.

Our CTMH Paper Match Collections are much like specialty licensed images. They are not free through Access and they cannot be located through a search for purchase.

The only way you can get ahold of the Paper Match Collections is by purchasing the Digital Image Set through a Maker’s link. You can find this link at the bottom of my shopping website and under “Cricut Collections” in the “SHOP” drop-down menu above.

Once you have purchased the collection, you will see the images in your image library. If you don’t know how to find those images, here is a little tutorial for you to show you how to locate your Image Sets in Design Space. Go to 00:09:37 Searching for Image Sets (Cartridges) to learn how to find your collections.


I have truly enjoyed creating with the Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love collections and I am looking forward to the new collections arriving in May. I have already seen the animals, flowers, and fireworks and I can’t wait to share them with you.

If you would like to learn more about Cricut Design Space and join my weekly classes, you can check out my Cricut Classroom membership. I teach a variety of techniques LIVE each week AND share video links and printable notes on the classroom website. We would love for you to join us!

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