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 β€” 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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*Rewards must be used within 20 days after they are earned from purchasing the bundle on my website and can only be used on full-price items. You are responsible for the balance due, tax, and shipping. Items are mailed directly to your home. For US Residents only.

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)

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