A Father’s Day Fancy Fold Card

I truly enjoy teaching new techniques and showing crafters, like you, how to use supplies you have in your craft room. This past month, I began a new series on Facebook called Fun Fold Friday, and this Father’s Day card is just one of the projects I created in May. If you didn’t have a chance to join me, you can view the video at the bottom of this post.

This simple version of a double flap card was easy to make using a standard A2 size card base. After removing half of the front panel, I added some blue belle and black pattern papers from a variety of paper collections.

The flap on the right side of the card was created using some additional cardstock, pattern paper, and tags cut from our new Mix-In pack. One of the pattern sheets in that pack is full of wonderful banners and tags which I also used on my Daddy’s Boy layout. Those layers of tags and banners add such a fun element to the design.

On one of the tags, I added a tassel of black embroidery thread to mimic a fishing fly. I thought it would add to the theme of the card which includes some images from the My Dad Rocks stamp set.

The images themselves were stamped using Espresso ink then shaded with a little watercolor paint. Since these inks are water-based, they did fade a little when the paint was added, but I like the way it turned out.

If you like this Father’s Day stamp and need a few more ideas, click here to see another card I created.

Along with this Father’s Day card, I also shared how to make a similar card using our Lovely collection. This double flap card design looks so beautiful, yet it is so simple to make once you learn a few little tricks.

For those of you who missed Fun Fold Friday, here is a link to the video from my Facebook page that you can view.

If you wish to see more Fun Fold Friday tutorials, you can visit my Facebook page and follow me online. I will be posting the schedule of upcoming tutorials in my Events so that you know when the next Fun Fold Friday will take place.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for my first live events. I hope you enjoyed these projects and were encouraged to try something new.

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

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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