Create a Farm Day Layout Using Your Stash

Are you ready to use up a few items in your craft stash? This month, I am using up some long-retired items that have been collecting dust in my craft space and I’m going to show you how I created a Farm Fieldtrip layout for the Love Your Stash Challenge. Our Creative Design Team has been creating some projects all year long using items from our stash and we are encouraging you to play along.

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Some of you might recognize a few of the elements I used on my Farm Games layout. These collections have been retired for a few years now – before my time as a Maker – but I was a habitual collector of CTMH items at that time and happened to get my hands on a few fun items.

The papers, icons, and die cuts I used on this layout come from the Jubilee and Dakota collections. If you have a few of these items in your stash, now is the time to dust them off and make something new.

This layout is a combination of photos from two field trips. Our son switched schools partway through his first-grade year. At the first school, they visited a farm in the fall and, after we moved, he had the opportunity to visit the same farm in the spring with his new classmates.

Many of the photos on this layout were taken by him. When our children were younger, we would send them with a disposable camera. It was always quite the adventure picking up the film from the developer and finding out what they took photos of.

On this layout, I cut out quite a few images from one of the pattern papers in the Jubilee collection. The paper was a bit too busy for my taste, but it was full of some amazing images and icons, so I chose to cut out the items individually and use them on the layout.

I often do this with busier paper patterns. You may have a few papers in your collection with flowers, borders, or even flags that you can cut out and use on a page. We often avoid using them because of their loud patterns. I suggest that you take another look at them, because, as you can see, this design is full of flags and images that I cut from the pattern papers.

To add some texture to the pages and match the chicken-wire design on the images, I used a hexagon stencil to add some distressed ink designs. I simply sponged some Espresso ink through the stencil and allowed it to fade off the page.

In my process video, you are going to be able to see these pages come together. While I am creating, you might begin to wonder why it looks backward. My creative brain does works differently.

When I make a two-page spread, I regularly put them together opposite of how they will end up in the album. It invariably works and it usually balances out, but I will never be able to figure out why my brain does this.

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I hope that this layout inspired you to grab a few farm elements from your craft stash and create something new. I have felt a great sense of accomplishment using up items in my craft space this year and it prevents me from feeling too guilty when I shop for some of the new items that just arrived on my website.

If you choose to join our Love Your Stash challenge, make sure to use the hashtag #cdtloveyourstash. I would love to see how you are using up some of the items in your craft space.

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Daddy’s Boy Layout | Five Simple Embellishing Tips

Do you struggle with embellishment placement on your projects? If so, then you are going to love this month’s Creative Design Team video collab. This week, we are sharing ways to easily add embellishments to your projects. If you have not had a chance to meet our Creative Design Team, you can learn more about them here.

Our theme this month is Embellishing Made Easy with a focus on creating balanced clusters on your paper crafting projects. In my video, I am going to share five simple tips that I use when I am adding elements to my pages.


With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to inspire you with a masculine layout you could recreate using some of our new Mix-In papers. I just love these photos of my son and husband working on a late-night project together and I wanted to be able to record all the memories using a variety of embellishments that would showcase the emotions shared on this page.

Before I share my process video with you, let’s talk about embellishments – those collections of stickers, die cuts, ephemera, and more laying in various spots of your craft room. How do you use them all and make your page not look like a pre-schooler adding stickers to a coloring page?

When adding elements, to a project there are five things that I consider when I am creating – Repetition, Size, Balance, Number, and Cohesiveness. I talk about each of these in the video, but I want to go over them in a little more detail.

Let’s start with Repetition of Color, Shape, and Pattern. Repetitiveness brings rhythm. Think about your favorite song. Is there a drumbeat that plays over and over again? That repetitiveness is the flow through the melody that brings a smile to your face and you can feel it when it’s off, right?

Creating rhythm or flow through a scrapbook page also requires some repetition. On my Daddy’s Boy layout, you are going to see the repetition of the color, shapes, and patterns found in the Mix-In papers and tags that I used. Bluebelle, Toffee, and Black are duplicated multiple times on the page.

You might also notice multiple hearts on this layout and plaid patterns. The heart shapes in the tags, papers, and embellishment complement the theme and by repeating this shape throughout the layout, it brought cohesiveness and balance. The plaid pattern is also duplicated multiple times on the papers, a tab at the top of the page, and a die-cut heart above the focal photo.

Not only are the hearts duplicated on this layout, but they also differ in size. When adding embellishments to your pages, vary the size of the objects and be aware of how much weight they add to the page.

The asymmetrical design of this layout requires that I have some weight around my focal photo which is why I placed the flag banner at the base of the page. Since the banner carried so much weight, I needed to add smaller objects to the rest of the layout to balance the design.

You might also notice that I added white elements to the page in a triangle pattern and divided up my page into thirds.

Creating a visual triangle is key to achieving Balance. In my video I explain the Visual Triangle, but, for those who do not know, it is an invisible triangle created with elements to help your eyes take in all the aspects of the page. Designers use the idea of a visual triangle to create balance in an advertisement or home arrangement.

When you are adding Balance to the page, odd numbers work best. I always count the number of items I add to my clusters. Whether I am adding die cuts, stickers, little gems, or a combination of items – I use an odd number of objects to achieve balance.

The last little tip I have for you involves Cohesiveness or Unity. Both of these can be accomplished through repetition and varying size, but they are best achieved by adding layers that are touching other elements on the page.

In other words, don’t just have something floating out there on the side. On my page, almost all the elements are layered atop another element or are touching another object on the page. This creates a flow throughout the page and adds unity to the embellishments I chose.

Now that you have read about the little tips and tricks I use to add embellishments to my projects, take a look at how it all came together.

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How easy was that? Adding embellishments to your page does not have to be complicated. You just need to remember a few simple little tricks to help you achieve balance.

Make sure that you check out all of the Creative Design Team videos this week. These ladies have some amazing Embellishing Made Easy ideas for you. At the end of my video, I had added a link to the playlist just in case you want to sit and watch all eight videos in one sitting. You will learn so many wonderful ways to add embellishments to your projects.

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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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