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.

As a special gift, I will send you a FREE TAPERUNNER when you order an annual cardmaking or scrapbook subscription. This is my way of saying thank you for ordering your subscription through me.


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

You Are Enough Is Simply Stunning

In May, we celebrate Nation Scrapbooking AND Mental Health Awareness. For me, these two go hand-in-hand. Crafting and memory keeping are great ways to re-live your best memories. They can be cathartic exercises that help you remember the best in yourself and others. When you create artwork with positivity at its core, you not only renew the happy feelings associated with those memories, but you also create new ones as you continue to do what you love. That is just one of the many reasons why I am loving the new You Are Enough Collection!

This gorgeous gemstone-inspired collection is the perfect foundation for inspirational artwork. The You Are Enough suite is full of dazzling patterns, eye-catching foil accents, and uplifting sentiments. It includes a stunning combination of patterned papers, rose gold cardstock, stickers, sequins, pocket cards, stamps, and butterfly thin cuts, and it is perfect for scrapbook layouts, cards, and other personalized artwork.

Along with all the exciting products in the You Are Enough collection, this special also includes two discounted bundles and three workshop options. The discounted bundles are available at up to 30%-off and offer various groupings of You Are Enough products, so you can pick and choose the bundle that works best for you and your crafting vision.

Here is What Your Get in Your Everything Bundle

Of course, the Everything Bundle has the greatest discount, but you also have a few other bundles to choose from. The You Are Enough workshops include a cardmaking, a scrapbooking, and a 6″ x 8″ Everyday Lifeβ„’ album workshopβ€”each of which comes with pre-designed projects and instructions on how to put them together!

Each of these bundles includes the supplies you need to make the projects that will be featured at the You Are Enough Live Workshops in June. You can view each of the projects you are going to make and download the cutting guides using the links below.

You Are Enough Card Kit

Live Event June 21st

You Are Enough Scrapbook

Live Event June 25th

You Are Enough MiniAlbum

Live Event June 23rd


If you love these collections as much as I do, you are going to want to grab them soon because the items in the bundles are only available while supplies last. With all of these different options, the You Are Enough special is a treasure trove of creative possibilities and the perfect way to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!

I have already started creating a few projects using You Are Enough including a Back to School scrapbook page and a few fun fold cards I created for the You Are Enough blog hop. Today, I spent a few minutes on my Facebook page showing how to make those fun fold cards I created for the blog hop. Here is a simple little tutorial for you.


The You Are Enough collection is full of possibilities and options. You can choose to purchase the items from the collection and create whatever you want or purchase the workshop kits and bundles available through this special.

Remember! There are two discounted product bundles available through the You Are Enough special. – the You Are Enough Paper Bundle is available at a 20% discount, and the You Are Enough Product Bundle is available at a 30% discount – BUT they are only available while supplies last. If you are on the fence about this collection, don’t wait too long. It may be gone before you climb down.

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Tuesday Tips: Page Planning for Crops

Recently, I attended my first scrapbooking retreat “for fun”. I made a promise to myself this year that I would attend some events where I wasn’t a vendor or a host. The last time I did this was almost 20 years ago, which meant that I had to figure out a new way to pack to create scrapbook pages without taking my entire craft space. Today, I am going to share with you how I preplanned my page kits for my first crop.


I am overly-organized in my craft space and, to be honest, I get overwhelmed with too much “stuff”. I knew that I would feel the same way if I overpacked for the retreat, so I decided that page kit planning would be the best alternative.

Close to My Heart has some amazing plastic envelopes that work perfectly for page kit planning. They come in two sizes – 12″ and 6″ – and are extremely affordable, reusable, and durable.

In the catalog, these plastic envelopes are labeled as 12″ and 6″ envelopes, but their true measurements are 13″ square and 6-1/2″ square, so there is plenty of room to add memory protectors to your page kits.

Throughout the video, I walk you through my page planning process. I start with the photos and use them to help me chose the pattern papers, cardstock colors, and embellishments for my kit.

Now there is no way that I am going to use all the papers and cardstock pieces I picked for this kit, but it is much easier for me to have a small selection of pieces to choose from than it is to pack my plastic paper organizer bins.

To make the process easier, I took note of the colors on each of the pattern paper zip strips to help me choose the cardstock colors. Every current Close to My Heart paper has a product strip with a list of coordinating colors. I was able to reference these product strips and my Love of Color books to help me choose some colors to match the pattern papers and photos.

After I had chosen my papers and cardstock colors, I choose few embellishments for the kit. I will be bringing my diecut books to the retreat, so I won’t need to sort through those, but I will need to add some 12″ sticker sheets and other themed embellishments.

After everything has been added to the page kit from my craft space, I just need to place it inside the envelope and it’s ready to pack. These envelopes fit perfectly inside our travel case paper insert and our large plastic tub organizers.

These kits are compact, easy to travel with, and simple to create. All you need to do is pull out the kit you want to work on and make your scrapbook page.


For those who would like to see the full scrapbook layout process, I have created a quick Tuesday Tip video for you. I hope that it helps you the next time you pack for a crop or retreat.

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I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Tuesday Tip. Each month, I will be adding a few new Tuesday Tips to help you in your craft space. If there are any specific topics you wish for me to share, feel free to request those in the comments below.

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