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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here is a list of the supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

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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Welcome to the Blossom Blog Hop

Are you ready to be inspired?  Today, we are going to show you a variety of ways to use our Blossom paper, stickers, and stamps.  This collection is a Bring Back My Pack which has been refreshed with a updated color palette and several coordinating products.

What is a blog hop? 139369971_10158132079777686_3401564074364702012_nWell, if you have come here from Kimberly Loewen’s blog, then you are in the right place.  As you travel from blog to blog, you will be inspired by projects created by our talented team.  When you are finished viewing my Beautiful Blossom card, you can click the link at the end to “hop” on over to the next creation.  If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I have to admit, the colors in Blossom are not ones that I usually use. When this paper pack came around the first time, I only made a handful of projects because that bright color palette threw me for a loop. This time, I am so glad that I ordered it.  I love how they updated the color combinations and added the stickers to the collection because they were the perfect addition to this card.

Who knew that orange and blue would make such a lovely creation? I never pictured myself using nectarine as a background, but, on this card, it works so well. I am going to share with you a few things I learned while I was creating with the Bloom collection.


Break the patterns with neutrals

To break up the bright colors, I stitched a piece of white cardstock onto the background. You are more than welcome to place those blues directly onto the nectarine, but, to me, it was a bit overwhelming.

Adding a layer of white onto the card gave my eyes a place to rest and prevented the patterns from competing with each other. To give the card some texture, I embossed the white daisy cardstock with a stitched circle pattern. I chose this embossing pattern to match the circular shape of the flowers.


choose Less Colors

Since there are so many lively colors in Blossom, I knew that I needed to stick to only two or three colors on this card. The diamonds on the nectarine background were a lagoon color, so I chose lagoon paper patterns.

At first, I only used the nectarine and lagoon flowers on the card. After adding them, I decided I needed one more color around the flowers, so I chose the smoothie accents. Now that I am looking at these photos, I realized I used two different leaves – I should have used just the blue.


I hope that these little tips help you the next time you use the Blossom papers and stickers. Now head on over to Wendy Kessler’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  Don’t forget! Blossom is only available until February 28th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the my website to learn how you can save 20% on your Blossom products. 

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