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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Love Your Stash Day Three | Pocket Cards & Paper

Are you ready to Love Your Stash and start using some of your ever-growing papercraft collection? Throughout February, the Creative Design Team will be showing you unique ways to use your stash, and we are asking you to join us in this challenge. As you complete each weekly challenge, use #cdtloveyourstash when you post your creation. 


This week, our Creative Design Team is tackling paper and pocket cards that we have “collected” through the years. I will admit, it was very freeing to grab whatever I wanted to use from my craft space – It allowed me to pull a variety of elements together from both current and past collections to create a page for my daughter.

I began pulling out some Mix-In papers that were collecting dust and paired them with some Wood Grain paper. Mix-Ins are some of my favorite patterns to use, but I often overbuy them because I enjoy them so much. 

After creating the background, I reached for some pocket cards that would complement the photo. Lately, my brain has had a difficult time concentrating, and I become easily overwhelmed. As I was trying to figure out PML placement, I became frustrated with my lack of brainpower. Thank goodness I have such a wonderful husband who helped me narrow down the elements for this page. 

I chose a few pocket cards from the Bloom with Grace collection along with some black and white cards from an older collection. I honestly have no idea when these are from, but I know that they are from Close to My Heart. 

I also added a few stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection to match the theme of the layout. The other elements on this page are from recent and retired die cuts that are stored in my die cut binders. (I talk about these in my video.) 

Once all the elements were on the page, I went back the next day to see what needed fixing. I am sure that I am not the only one who does this. Sometimes, I need to walk away from a project and come back to process what changes are needed.

You can view the creation of this layout as you watch my process video.  I show you how I used pocket card as photo mats, titles, and journaling cards. 


The Creative Design Team would love for you to join us in our Love Your Stash challenge. If you need a little inspiration, you can view all of our weekly creations on our YouTube channels.  Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when we add new videos. 

If you choose to accept the challenge, make sure to use the #CDTloveyourstash hashtag in you posts so that we can see what you have made. 

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Valentine Cards using Inked Embossing Folders

Our Creative Design Team is at is again with another wonderful video collab for all of you. This month, we are sharing some Sweet Ideas for Valentines through eight amazing video tutorials.  Each of these wonderful ladies created something unique that you will love.  I chose to keep my project simple this time, and show you how to use your embossing folders with some ink to create two Fancy Floral Valentine cards. 

Each of these cards uses the same technique taking advantage of both sides of the embossing folder – the emboss side and the deboss side.  In my video, I show you the difference between the two. 

On the Funky Flower Valentine, I added ink to the embossed side of the Spring Blossoms embossing folder.  I swiped black ink lightly onto the folder to create the appearance of woodgrain. 

You can get a completely different look on your background when you pounce or sponge the ink onto the folder.  I have used this inked embossing folder technique on a few of my creations.  On my Loved Card, I pressed the ink to give it a more solid background. On my Tree Trimming card, I used a pigment ink to give it an airy appearance. 

All of these cards use an inked embossing folder technique, but each one has a different appearance because of the way the ink was applied. 


Before I continue to show you more details, I want to share with you how I created these Fancy Floral Valentine cards. This video tutorial will walk you through how to create each one of the cards and show you the ins-and-outs of an embossing folder.  

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One of the lessons I learned when adding ink to an embossing folder was to use a very light touch. You don’t want to add any ink to parts of the folder that need to stay white (or uninked).  

Here you can see what happens when you apply too much ink to an embossing folder. It’s not horrible – I’ll probably find a way to use it – but it is not the result I hoped for.  I was using pigment ink pad which has a spongy texture and made it a harder to apply. 

Each one of the cards was uniquely embellished using die cuts I cut out from some thin cuts I had in my stash.  I wanted one of the cards to have a more classic feel so I chose to use a scarlet red glitter bow with a small flower sequin in the center. 

The second card had a little bit more flair with a three-dimensional flower cut from cardstock & striped acetate, a little wood button, and some tangles of thread.  The acetate was leftover from a creativity in motion project and I hated for that little piece to go to waste. I think it makes the perfect flower. 

Both cards we adorned with a lace border – one black, one white.  I created these using the Fancy Border thin cuts which are designed to cut a continuous border. This lace die can be cut as long as you like and have a header above it as wide as your machine and paper will allow (love that).

The sentiments on these cards came from a same stamp set called So Happy Together. These stamps are so versatile and can be used for just about any occasion – including Valentine’s Day.  


Here is just another look at each one of these cards which you can easily recreate for any occasion using the inked embossing folder technique.  By simply changing the colors, the sentiment, or the die cuts, you would have the perfect card to send. 


To see more Sweet Ideas for Valentines, stop by all of the Creative Design Team channels tosee all the what these talented ladies created.  Each video tutorial will walk you through how to create an adorable DIY Valentine and show you a few new techniques along the way. 

Make sure that you are subscribed to each of our channels so that you don’t miss out on any future video collabs. We have a fun one planned for February and we would love for you to join our challenge. 

I hope that you were inspired by these Fancy Floral Valentine cards and that you were able to learn something new. 

On your next project, I challenge you go through your stash of embossing folders and give this technique a try – maybe a card with a bright embossing background, an inked embossed die cut, or create an inked embossed border for your page. 

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