Back to School with a Cut File & Pocket Cards

It’s time to be inspired by the Creative Design Team! This month, we are showing you a variety of projects with a Back to School theme. We are so excited to share all the designs with you, and teach a few new techniques you can use on your own creations.


At this stage of my life, I do not have many Back to School themed projects. My kids are grown and almost all gone, so this month’s video collab project was a challenge.

Thank goodness I have a daughter who enjoys posting photos of her milestones. I loved this photo of her and am so proud of all her accomplishments these past five years.

My inspiration for this page came from a PageMaps Sketch and a Cut File design on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. When I saw that adorable little backpack created by Paige Evans, I knew that I needed to use it on this page.

I love how Erica Thompson used the backpack image with patterned paper and chose to dig through my scrap stash of mix-ins and seasonal patterns.

To create the backpack, I uploaded the cut file into Cricut Design Space and used the Contour Tool to create the various patterned images. At the end of my video, I have a quick tutorial showing you how to use Contour on your SVG images.

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The pattern papers I chose for the backpack match the designs in the As You Grow collection. The papers and pocket cards in this collection appear to be baby-themed, but they matched my photo, well, so I chose to use them.

I really liked how versatile this collection is. All the patterns, florals, and images can be used for so many projects that are not baby-related. On my page, the background gingham paper, the charcoal woodgrain, and the plaid paper are all from that As You Grow paper pack.

I also added a few pocket cards to the page to create the look of patterned paper. Pocket cards are great for photo mats and allow you to expand your product collection when you are on a budget. I use them for card fronts, photo mats, scrapbook page strips, journaling, and so much more.

All of the elements on this page came together beautifully. The flowers, the die cuts, and the charming backpack complement the photo so well and allowed me to share the story of our daughter’s first day of school.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you enjoy all the projects in this month’s Creative Design Team video collab.

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Stamping Tips for a Fishing Scrapbook Layout

Welcome to another Creative Design Team video collab! This month, we are sharing tips, tricks, and techniques you can use when stamping on your scrapbook layouts. Make sure you set aside time to watch all of the videos in the series. You are going to be inspired!

Stamping on layouts is something I don’t do as often I should, so this month’s assignment challenged me. I think it’s the perfectionist in me. I worry about making a mistake if I stamp on the layout, or that the stamped images will look like child’s drawings, or that I won’t be able to pull it all together into a cohesive layout.

If you have struggled with the same fears, then you are going to enjoy this month’s video collaboration. Not only did I stretch myself and fight a few fears, I have also learned so much from my friends. With some stamps in hand, the Wander collection, and a how-to book at my side, this is the layout I came up with.

The fishing photos are from a reservoir in Colorado where the rocks and beaches are a beautiful earthy deep red. Those peacock and paprika colors in the background paper from the Wander collection matched the photos so well.

The paper I chose had rolling hills at the base, but they didn’t quite match up. I assume that most people wouldn’t use two of these Wander papers side-by-side, but I wanted the illusion of hills rolling across my pages, so I made it work. The hills make the perfect backdrop for my title.

The page was inspired by a design in the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 book. My crafting brain hasn’t been working this year, so I’ve been using idea books as a jumping-off point when creating scrapbook layouts.

Not only was I inspired by the bold title, but I also wanted to replicate a stamped border along the left side of the page. This is a simple way to use stamped images on a layout without worry. If I stamped a square incorrectly, I just needed to stamp another square.

I used White Pigment ink to stamp the images giving them a chalk-like look. Pigment ink takes time to dry, so make sure you are careful to not to smear the images and set them aside for a few hours before assembling the border.

On the border, I stamped images from the Take a Hike and Wander Scrapbooking stamp sets. I also used icons from these two collections to create some matching die cuts for my page. To see how I made and re-made the border, you can view the process in my video.

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Using stamps to create personalized die cuts is a great way to make sure they match the elements on your page. You can’t always find the perfect sticker or die-cut in your collection, but you can shade a stamped image in any color you want to match your layout.

I used Peacock, Toffee, and Espresso ink pads to watercolor the backpack, I stamped the Boot Print in Espresso, and the Compass was stamped with layers of Toffee, Espresso, Peacock, and Black. All of these colors match other elements on the layout, and I was able to use my inks to personalize them to fit my design. Pairing them with stickers and other elements in a collection, gives your layout an overall cohesive look.

I also used stamps on my title. The Topographical Map image was used to create a pattern on the letters of the “Flatiron” title. This is another simple way to use your stamps on a layout. You can stamp images onto die-cut letters, foam letters, or sticker letters to give them a whole new look.

Adding stamped images to your layouts doesn’t have to be daunting or unnerving. Just do what I did and start a little at a time. Use a few images as die-cuts, create some patterns on your letters, or make a unique border. I hope that today’s project inspired you to use stamps on your next layout. If you have any questions about today’s project, feel free to comment below.

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Reinventing a Fall Kit for Bridal Dress Photos

Throughout the year, our Creative Design Team has been sharing ways that you can use up a few items in your crafting collection with our Love Your Stash challenge. This month, I am digging out a few of my Craft With Heart kits and using them before my new package arrives.

If you are a Craft with Heart subscriber, you know how easy these kits are to put together. Everything is cut out for you, ready-to-assemble, and beautifully designed. Sometimes, though, you might have a beautiful layout, but it doesn’t quite match the photos you have. When that happens, you get to reinvent your kit.

That is exactly what I did with this Fall 2020 scrapbooking kit. I used a few items in my craft stash and reinvented the two pages to match my photos.

These photos were taken by Mile High Captures featuring Averill Marie’s gowns for Rocky Mountain Bride. My daughter had the opportunity to model for the company and was able to keep the photos afterward. I wanted to make the layout as special as the memories, so I reworked the kit to create an elegant fall design.

Here is a look at how the kit was originally designed. I used almost all the die cuts and stickers that came with the kit, then added a little more. I created my design by covering the printed photo mats and journaling lines on the background pages with paper scraps and leaves.

If I were to change anything about these kits, it would be the preprinted photo mats and journal lines. Those are often placed in an unwanted area of the page, and I have to find a way to work around them. It’s doable and requires a little bit of imagination.

You might have also noticed that I flipped the page upside down. An easy way to change a scrapbook kit is by rotating or switching the pages.

Another simple way to reinvent a kit is to add pattern paper scraps, die cuts, or larger photo mats from your stash. We all have a collection of leftovers that need to be used and this is the perfect time to use them up.

You can also dress up the items that come with the kit with ink, thread, twine, or stamps. On this kit, I added some stitches at the top and on the leaf die cuts. This added some texture and elegance to the pages. Take a look at how it all came together.

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Did that video give you a few new ideas for your kits? These Craft with Heart kits are so versatile, easy to put together, and simple to change.

I am so excited for my new kits to arrive next month with my FREE stamp set! Yes, you read that right. All Craft with Heart subscribers will be getting a free stamp set with their annual subscription and renewal.

Not only do you get the eight kits shown here in your first package AND the free stamp set, VIPs get 15% back in rewards. How cool is that!!



If you are a cardmaker, I highly recommend the cardmaking kit. Take a look at that adorable stamp set you get free with your annual renewal or subscription.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you to reinvent a kit and use up some of the items in your crafting stash. If you have any questions about the kits or the products I used, please feel free to comment below.

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