Celebrate Scrapbook Day with Me!!

This year, for National Scrapbooking Day 2021, CTMH is putting on one of the biggest celebrations and I would love for you to join me as we create FIVE amazingly creative projects. There is so much planned that the celebration will need to be spread over two days! You’re invited to order yourself a few of these exclusive kits and join the fun online April 30 – May 1, 2021, on the Close To My Heart Facebook page. 


We will get to spend two days creating five amazing creative projects and learn some great papercrafting tips & techniques AND join in on some product giveaways.  Below, you will see all of the projects we will be making along with their FREE cutting guides so that you can you have everything prepped and ready for the event.

You can craft right along with me as we make a variety of scrapbook layouts, cards. I will be joining the event, too, just like you on the Close to My Heart Facebook Page. We will also get to make a 4″ x 4″ mini-album. How cute is that?! 


Each of the five crafting projects that we will be making during the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration has its own exclusive workshop bundle, complete with an exclusive stamp set. 

When you purchase these bundles, you get the stamp sets, a new paper packet, die-cuts, and a sneak peek of the You Are Enough Coordinating Cardstock pack. You can’t get these anywhere else on my website. They are only available with the kits.  


On April 30th & May 1st, we will be celebrating National Scrapbooking Day during this event, but there are also some great possibilities for cardmakers, as we will be featuring two cardmaking workshops along with the scrapbooking workshops.

There will be two cardmaking workshops during the celebration – Sending You Hugs and Cheerful Humor. Both workshop kits include an exclusive stamp set that can only be purchased with the kit. I am JUST loving those snarky comments!


Each of the workshop kits are available individually at full retail price, but you can get all five together in a bundle at a 30% discount. VIPS also get 15% back in rewards with each purchase!

Here is What Comes in Your NSD Bundle

  • Party Girl D-size Stamp Set
  • More Than You’ll Ever Know D-size Stamp Set
  • Send You Hugs D-size Stamp Set
  • Cheerful Humor E-size stamp set
  • These Little Piggies D-size Stamp Set
  • Mix-in Paper Packet (May–Jun)
  • Lovely Paper Packet
  • Exclusive Patterned Paper NSD Pack
  • You Are Enough Coordinating Cardstock
  • 17 – White Daisy cardstock sheets
  • 16 – cardstock sheets (Black, Blue Belle, Peach, Smoothie, Ballerina, Candy Apple, Clover, Flamingo, Lagoon, Lemonade, Mint, Wisteria)
  • Exclusive black glitter die-cut sheet; 6″ × 12″
  • Exclusive die-cut overlays
  • Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Exclusive stencil; 6″ × 6″
  • Blue Belle Pearls
  • Julep Loose Sequins
  • Wisteria Ribbon
  • So Much Happy Puffy Stickers
  • Springtime Flower Sequins (Z3874)
  • White 4″ × 4″ Album (Z4285)
  • 20 – white card bases & envelopes (36 standard, 4 slimline)
  • 8 – Top-load 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™

This one-of-a-kind National Scrapbooking Day celebration will take place April 30 and May 1 and will be jam-packed with creative fun. The online event is FREE to attend and will be open for anyone, but in order fully participate and make all these amazing projects, you will need to purchase the bundles from my website.

I plan on attending this amazing event and I can’t wait to see what the beautifully talented ladies at Close to My Heart have in store for us. Here is the final scrapbook kit that is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to learn hwo to make these pages!


I can’t wait to join you as we celebrate National Scrapbooking Day together and create these incredible workshops! Our National Scrapbooking Day Celebration event is sure to be something crafters everywhere won’t want to miss. Make sure to tell your friends!

This is going to be a wonderful weekend of celebrating what we love by connecting and crafting with other memory keepers!

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Join the Virtual Album Retreat

How would you like to create a beautiful scrapbook album from the comfort of your own home and learn some new techniques you can use on your future pages? Sounds like fun, right!? Plus, as a special bonus, I am offering some free products to those who purchase the retreat bundle from my website. Before I tell you more about your gifts, let’s talk about the retreat, the pages you will make, and how to earn even more free products as a VIP.


What is an Album Retreat? This is a virtual online event where you join a group of scrapbooking friends and learn some new papercrafting techniques as you create stunning pages. At each Album Retreat, you get to join the wonderfully talented ladies at Close to My Heart and go step-by-step through the process of creating an entire album’s worth of breathtaking scrapbook pages bursting with unique artwork techniques.

The next album retreat will take place on May 14–15. At this event, you will create ELEVEN two-page 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layouts, for a total of 22 pages. Take a look at these stunning layouts.

To participate in this event, simply purchase the album bundle from my website — there is no separate registration fee! The bundle includes the supplies you need to create all the album pages shown above and some exclusive products only available to retreat attendees. You will need a few additional supplies, which will be listed in your retreat email in the coming weeks.

For those who purchase the bundle from my website, I have a special Thank You gift just for you. After you have purchased the bundle, you will be gifted with an additional $25 in free products of your choice and two half-price coupons*. You can use this to purchase the additional supplies needed for the album retreat.

If you are a VIP, you also get an additional 15% back in rewards – that is about $40 in product credits that you can use to purchase more crafty goodies on my website. Make sure you sign up and join as a VIP before you purchase the bundle to earn those additional VIP credits.

Learn more about becoming a VIP!

Once you have purchased the bundle, you will need to watch your email for an invite to the Album Retreat private Facebook group where the event will be held. You will also receive a list of additional supplies you will need to complete the pages like adhesive, inks colors, etc.

There are a limited number of openings at this virtual retreat and the bundles will sell out quickly. The last day to order the bundle is April 19. Stop by my website today to order your bundle and watch for the email, from me, with instructions on how to order your gifts.

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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)