National Scrapbooking Month ~ Blue Skies Specials

May is officially National Scrapbooking Month!  Close To My Heart has been celebrating with several free, live digital events AND a new exclusive patterned paper collection and suite of coordinating products. This bright, cheery Blue Skies collection is one of the best collections I have seen.  I can’t wait to share everything with you!! 

Before I share all of the Blue Skies collection,  I wanted to let you know that you can still view all seven instructional segments from the National Scrapbooking Day Celebration.   You can view them under videos on the Close To My Heart Facebook page and each one of the kits shown can still be purchased on my website. 


Are you ready to see all of the Blue Skies Collection?

Like I said, this is one of my favorite collections to date.  It starts with a breathtaking Paper Pack, Sticker Sheet, and UV Coated Cardstock. 

The incredible Blue Skies paper packet features 12 double-sided paper sheets, two each of six double-sided designs with the option to purchase it with or without the Sticker Sheet. That sticker sheet is definitely something you are going to WANT.   It coordinates perfectly with the papers and has glossy UV-coated designs just like the Blue Skies cardstock. 

This cardstock is exclusive to the collection and has a raised pattern design.  I have had so much fun playing with this stuff!  To add to the collection, there are also TWO coordinating stamp sets and a Pinwheel Thin Cut die. (LOVE THIS!)


But it doesn’t stop there my friends…

Close to My Heart is Celebrating BIG this year! For those who love all things paper craft, Close to My Heart has created FOUR kits just for you.  

A Cut Above Layout Kit

Pre-cut and ready to assemble, this kit has everything you need to make two layouts. 

Blue Skies Scrapbook Workshop

Grab the FREE Guide and make yourself some stunning layouts!

Blue Skies Cardmaking Workshop

Close to My Heart did not forget about those cardmakers – we have something for you, too. 

Blue Skies Mini-Album Workshop

…and a little something for our Everyday Life album makers. 


Don’t Forget about the Discounts!!!

Save 20% with the Blue Skies Paper Bundle, which includes the Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, Coordinating Cardstock, and Cut Above® Layout Kit.  For an even bigger discount, choose the Blue Skies Product Bundle that includes ALL of the Blue Skies products at a 30% savings!


Are you as excited as I am about all these sensational products?!  I have already been playing in my craft space with these and I just cannot stop. 

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A Magical Birthday Layout using Everyday Moments Unicorn Key

I was honored, once again, to be asked by Close to My Heart to create design using the Everyday Moments collection.  This time, I was asked to use the Magical Unicorn key, and, to be honest, I was terrified.  Rarely do you see unicorns in our home full of blue, but I was determined to use this design.  In a box of undocumented photos, I found these, of my daughter’s princess party, and decided to make a layout that reflected her personality at that age.  

Not only did I create an adorable layout using that Everyday Moments Unicorn key, I also created a list of supplies used and a process video for you to follow to create a layout of your own. Before we take a look at the video, let me show you a few details on this layout.  


This unicorn is fit for a young princess – all full of flowers and sparkles.  To create all the glitter and shine, I used our Holographic papers on the flowers and top border, White Glitter paper for the horn, and Gold Foil paper to create the crown. 

I did make a few changes to the original flowers in the design. Mine are a little larger and have a few more layers to add to the whimsy of this layout.  The title was layered on top of the Gold Foil crown and cut from Black & Raspberry cardstock.  I love how “Disney-ish” this looks. 

The Magical Unicorn design is intended to be an 8½” x 11″ page.  I am one who scrapbooks 12″ layouts, so I do show you in the video how easy it is to turn this layout into a 12″ x 12″ page.  


Close to My Heart requested that I create both the original design, as shown in the Everyday Moments collection, and a re-imagined design.  What else can someone make with a Unicorn?  Well, you will find out soon enough.  Make sure that you follow me here, on my blog, or on Facebook or Instagram so that you will get a chance to see my re-imagined Magical Unicorn page.

I hope you were inspired to take another look at the Magical Unicorn key in the Everyday Moments Cricut collection.  This collection is not available for purchase through Access or Cricut, it is only available through my affiliate link.  If you wish to purchase this collection to create your own Magical Birthday layout, you can find the link in the supply list below.  

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Here is a List of the Items Show Today

Create a Stencil for Your Swimming Scrapbook Layout

A Creative Design Team Video Collab

Welcome to another Creative Design Team Video Collab! This month, our team was challenged to create something with stencils and you are going to be amazed at the projects we came up with.  When you have finished watching my video tutorial, you can click on the next video in the hop.  A complete list of the Creative Design Team & their creations can be found here on my blog


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I truly enjoyed showing you how I used the stencil I created in Cricut Design Space along with some of our Seas The Day products to create my Swimming Lessons layout.  Even though these memories are from many years ago, I am happy to see them on a page and ready to share in my family albums.

As you saw in the video, I created the wave background using a stencil that I created in Cricut Design Space.  After cutting it out from our Stencil Sheets, I inked the waves in Mint & Glacier Ink. Once the background was assembled, I began embellishing the layout with Seas the Day Stickers. 

To finish the layout, I dug through some of my stash and found some red round paper clips. If you have loved Close to My Heart as long as I have, you probably recognize these.  The clips were used to create a simple whimsical border on the layout.  I love how it turned out! 


I hope you take a few minutes to “hop” through all of our Creative Design Team Designs. Each one of these talented ladies did an amazing job with their projects. You are going to learn SOO MUCH from each one of their tutorials. 

Remember, the entire list of Creative Design Team Designers can be found here on my blog, or in the description of my video.  While you are watching, make sure to take a few minutes to subscribe to each channel and hit that notification button so that you will be notified when we upload a new Creative Design Team video collab. 

I hope you learned something new and were inspired to dust of your Cricut and create something using a stencil today. 

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