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.

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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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Create a Farm Day Layout Using Your Stash

Are you ready to use up a few items in your craft stash? This month, I am using up some long-retired items that have been collecting dust in my craft space and I’m going to show you how I created a Farm Fieldtrip layout for the Love Your Stash Challenge. Our Creative Design Team has been creating some projects all year long using items from our stash and we are encouraging you to play along.

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Some of you might recognize a few of the elements I used on my Farm Games layout. These collections have been retired for a few years now – before my time as a Maker – but I was a habitual collector of CTMH items at that time and happened to get my hands on a few fun items.

The papers, icons, and die cuts I used on this layout come from the Jubilee and Dakota collections. If you have a few of these items in your stash, now is the time to dust them off and make something new.

This layout is a combination of photos from two field trips. Our son switched schools partway through his first-grade year. At the first school, they visited a farm in the fall and, after we moved, he had the opportunity to visit the same farm in the spring with his new classmates.

Many of the photos on this layout were taken by him. When our children were younger, we would send them with a disposable camera. It was always quite the adventure picking up the film from the developer and finding out what they took photos of.

On this layout, I cut out quite a few images from one of the pattern papers in the Jubilee collection. The paper was a bit too busy for my taste, but it was full of some amazing images and icons, so I chose to cut out the items individually and use them on the layout.

I often do this with busier paper patterns. You may have a few papers in your collection with flowers, borders, or even flags that you can cut out and use on a page. We often avoid using them because of their loud patterns. I suggest that you take another look at them, because, as you can see, this design is full of flags and images that I cut from the pattern papers.

To add some texture to the pages and match the chicken-wire design on the images, I used a hexagon stencil to add some distressed ink designs. I simply sponged some Espresso ink through the stencil and allowed it to fade off the page.

In my process video, you are going to be able to see these pages come together. While I am creating, you might begin to wonder why it looks backward. My creative brain does works differently.

When I make a two-page spread, I regularly put them together opposite of how they will end up in the album. It invariably works and it usually balances out, but I will never be able to figure out why my brain does this.

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I hope that this layout inspired you to grab a few farm elements from your craft stash and create something new. I have felt a great sense of accomplishment using up items in my craft space this year and it prevents me from feeling too guilty when I shop for some of the new items that just arrived on my website.

If you choose to join our Love Your Stash challenge, make sure to use the hashtag #cdtloveyourstash. I would love to see how you are using up some of the items in your craft space.

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Use Cricut Contour to Create a Sunburst Layout

This past week, I shared my Fourth of July sunburst layout with you for the Here Comes the Sun blog bop. This red, white, and blue layout looked like a firework exploding on the Fourth of July. Did you happen to wonder how I created that background? Well, today you are being blessed, because I am going to show you how to make a sunburst background of your own in Cricut Design Space.

To make this background, I used an image from the Artbooking collection and altered it with the Cricut Contour Tool. The Contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image by removing any unwanted cut lines or contours. In Windows or Mac, the Contour Tool is located on the right side of the Canvas below the Layers Panel. In the Android and iOS app, you can find Contour under Actions.

Before you start to Contour an image, you will need to select it. For my project, I duplicated the image twice. One image will create the Kraft background and the other two images are going to be used to create the red and blue sunburst rays.

To create the first set of sunburst rays, I selected one of the images and clicked on the Contour Tool. When the tool is selected, a Hide Contour window opens with a close-up view of the contours, or cuts, on the image. You will see the contours in the image photo and as a list on the right side of the window.

When you click on the cut line you wish to hide or select the contour to be hidden from the menu at the right of the window, the hidden contour will change to a lighter shade. This indicates that the portion of the image chosen will no longer show as part of the image and will not cut.

On my project, I removed the background image and selected every other sunburst to create the red striped rays. I repeated this process with the second image to create the blue star pattern rays.

Once all the contours had been hidden, I could cut out my project from the pattern papers in the Stars & Sparklers collection. The rays fit perfectly into the background design and could easily be added to my project.

After assembling the Sunburst background, I added my photo, some stickers and Cricut cut stars, and a few star-shaped wooden images.

If you would like to learn more about using the Contour Tool and watch this layout come together, I have created a simple tutorial and process video for you.

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For those who missed out on my original post showing the layout, here are a few photos of the embellishment clusters. You can learn more about how it all came together, here on my blog, and check out some other artwork showing you how to use sunbursts.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and taught you a few new tricks in Cricut Design Space. If you are wanting to learn how to use your Cricut machine and would like to create some projects in Cricut Design Space, I invite you to join my Cricut Classroom.

Each week, I teach an hour-long Live class which is recorded and uploaded to a classroom website. You are also provided with free project links and downloadable notes for your Cricut Classroom Notebook.

Make sure to check out a few of my other Cricut tutorials, here on my blog and my YouTube channel. My hope is that you dust off that Cricut machine and create something new.

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