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 some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Create a Fall Fest Layout using the March Craft with Heart Kit

Each month, I have been posting a layout I created using the materials from the Craft with Heart Kits along with a process video showing you how to alter these kits to fit your photos. If you have not had a chance to take a look at these monthly subscription kits, now is the perfect time to do so.  Each one is mailed directly to you, is ready-to-assemble, and you only need adhesive to put the kits together.

Let me show you how I used the March Yesterday & Today kit.

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Most of the materials I used to complete this scrapbook layout are included in the March Craft with Heart kit.  When I looked at the photos I had of my children after Fall Fest, I was inspired by the brown tones, fall wheat, and the “Hold Tight” title. Since I am recording my memories twenty years after the photos were taken, that phrase made me want to record a few additional memories of how I feel today.

Here is what the original layouts are designed to look like. 


To create my Fall Fest layout, I used the pre-printed background sheets and a few elements from the first layout, along with some Yesterday and Today papers & stickers.  Each one of these subscription kits are designed to match our current paper packs, so you can add more elements to your pages or add additional matching pages to your album using the current patterns. 

I also snagged a few elements from the second kit. The photo frame, script photo mat, and “list” were added to my page. These elements matched my design and enhanced my photos.  Do you see any other changes I made to my layout?

My favorite element is that little pocket. I created it by using a portion of Yesterday & Today paper that looked just like a postcard.  After stitching it down to the page, I filled it will little embellishments and my journaling card. 

I hope that you were inspired to try something new and take a look at our Craft with Heart Scrapbook Kits.  As you can see, each one is full of possibility and they are conveniently mailed to your home. If you happen to have a little extra crafting time, which most of us do right now, then these kits are a great way to catch up on some of your scrapbook albums.  Take a look at how inexpensive they are. 

Yes, you read that right! With the yearly subscription, you are paying less than $7.20 a kit! You even get FREE SHIPPING.  As an added bonus – anyone who signs up for the yearly subscription this month, will receive a FREE Journaling pen in the mail from me as a special thank you gift. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Use on My Project

My Hawthorn Scrapbook Workshop

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It is the beginning of a new school year, the start of many sports our children competed in, and the time to see the world fill with color.  This is just one of the many reasons I am so excited to share my Hawthorn Workshop with you. I love how each one of the pages turned out.

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At this workshop you will be learning all about sponging techniques. You will learn how adding just a little bit of ink to your Cricut™ images and wooden shapes will create a rustic, distressed look to your page.  These layouts have been created by me and are only available to those who attend my workshop. These will NOT be available online or for purchase at any upcoming crops or as kits individually.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR MY OCTOBER 26th CLASS

You will have the choice of THREE different kits at my workshop – each one is available at a different price point to meet your needs and available with Post or Strap Memory Protectors.  When you register for the local class, make sure you order the correct kit.  You can even add Close to My Heart’s Hawthorn Scrapbooking Workshop Kit to your order at a 10% discount. 

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If you live long-distance, you can order this kit from my online store and have it delivered to your door for a small shipping fee.  You also have the option to purchase the Workshop Guide and create the layouts using your own supplies.

The basic $30 kit includes:

  • Hawthorn Paper Packet (now comes pre-cut for ease of creating)
  • Hawthorn Sticker Sheet
  • Cricut™ Die Cuts
  • Eleven Sheets of Cardstock (pre-cut)
  • Four Memory Protectors (you choose Post or Strap)
  • Full Color Instructions & Layout Grid

For only $10 more you can order the Better Kit and add the Sponge Daubers & Wooden Arrows to your kit. You will need some basic supplies to assemble the kit. If you wish to sponge the images, as shown, you will also need Charcoal & Goldrush Exclusive Inks. 

Kits ordered online will be shipped on October 25th. 

I hope to see you at my upcoming workshop. Make sure you register online before October 9th.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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