Thursday, November 17, 2022

Capturing your days in a Calendar AND Scrapbook Layouts...


Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks!

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

When we talk about memory keeping, it’s natural to think of documenting the biggest moments or occasions—weddings, graduations, new babies, major milestones—but it’s just as important to chronicle the smaller, everyday moments that happen outside of the spotlight. After all, these moments make up the bulk of our lives, and looking back on them can often have as great an impact as memories of more momentous occasions. Holiday traditions, date nights, days at the park, quiet moments at home, and even just random moments that bring you joy, for any reason—these can be just as meaningful and just as worthy of being kept close to your heart.

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

We love providing crafters with the opportunities and resources to commemorate all their special moments, and a hand-crafted calendar or an album full of thoughtful scrapbook layouts can be just the way to catch the special occasions as well as the everyday happy memories! After all, every joyful moment we capture is a smile that can be saved and cherished later!

On display today as a vehicle for capturing those smiles is artwork featuring our These Are the Days calendar and layout kits, and trust us, there’s a lot to love here! The These Are the Days kits are created with our Cut Above® format, making them an ideal springboard for both beginners and more experienced crafters. All kits designed with this format come with all the pieces and die-cuts pre-cut, and even some pre-printed pieces as well! Having all the cutting and a good portion of the printing already done allows crafters to complete their projects in no time, so it’s possible to create even more in one sitting. (For those of you who are familiar with our Craft with Heart subscription program, the card and scrapbook kits available in each subscription box are all created with the Cut Above® format. Check out our current kits on my Close To My Heart website!)

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping
Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

The Cut Above® pages included in the These Are the Days kits were designed and created with paper patterns from the Four Seasons collections in our 2022–2023 Core Products Catalog. These seasonal papers are available in SpringSummerAutumn, and Winter options. (To see the Autumn collection in the spotlight, check out our blog post from a couple of weeks ago!) The Four Seasons paper collections come with their own individual 6-sheet paper packets, sticker sheets, and coordinating cardstock packs. These mini collections are ideal for all sorts of seasonal creations, and it’s incredible to see how well they all fit together in the These Are the Days layout and calendar kits! By utilizing the Four Seasons collections in the These Are the Days kits, it was easy to design an entire year’s worth of pages, themed specifically for each month or change of season as the year progresses.


Rounding out the These Are the Days kits is an exclusive stamp set to help you tell your stories! This stamp set includes a whopping 35 stamps, all designed for use with a calendar page or a scrapbook page documenting your special occasions! 

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

For those of you who want to create a memory keeping project with a twist, try out the These Are the Days calendar kit! This kit still allows you to create 13 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages , but instead of putting them into an album, you get to incorporate them (along with your favorite photos) into a 12-month calendar, complete with its very own cover! Since the These Are the Days Cut Above® kits come with the materials to create 13 pages, you’re left with one for each month of a calendar year, and one left over to put on your calendar cover! This kit also includes a blank base calendar, so you can further personalize it by adding your own colorful reminders of important occasions or week-to-week happenings. It’s literally a blank canvas, just waiting for you to fill it in!

It takes no time at all to create a full calendar to commemorate all your important dates and capture some smaller, everyday treasures, too! It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the memorable occasions and fun impromptu ones alike, and it’s a project we know that any crafter will love! 

If, however, you are a die-hard scrapbooker and creating albums is your jam, These Are The Days is still the perfect project for you! These Are the Days is unique in the fact that it can be used for a dual crafting purpose! Since these kits are designed as 12" x 12" Cut Above Pages, it's easy to create a calendar, or to reserve the pages for a scrapbook album to document a whole year! Because the These Are the Days layout kit includes 13 STUNNING PAGES, the kit allows crafters to create an entire year's worth of pages in a single crafting session.

To further illustrate the scrapbooking potential of the These Are the Days kits, we've even created two additional pages to show off just how easy it is to create pieces that coordinate with the These Are the Days kits! Since we know the These Are the Days pages are designed using the Four Seasons patterns, we have an easy resource for creating seamlessly coordinating pages by using matching designs! This allows you to turn the These Are the Days kit pages into FULL 2-PAGE LAYOUTS! Take a look at the extra pages we created as inspiration for creating your own!

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

For our springtime layout option, we’ve selected the April page and created this “Keep Blooming” page to coordinate with the “Hello Spring” one from the Cut Above® kit. This beautiful page sports a simple design, using a patterned Four Seasons—Spring paper for the base page. From there, we’ve attached a strategically torn piece of Avocado cardstock in the center of the page, about halfway down, with the torn section facing toward the bottom edge of the base page.

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

Once our torn piece was in place, we took a rectangular piece of White Daisy cardstock, positioned it over the Avocado piece, and added three Ballerina cardstock photo mats on top of that. From there, it was easy to select and attach our photos! 

To finish this page off, we selected a few stickers from the Four Seasons—Spring sticker sheet to add our title, a small pennant line across the upper left-hand corner, and a small layered feature at the top right corner of our White Daisy piece. We love how quickly and easily this combination of simple elements  completes a gorgeous coordinating page to complement the These Are the Days Cut Above® “Hello Spring” page!

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

Our second coordinating page on display today was created to pair with our December “Joy” page. Like our “Keep Blooming” page, this “Most Wonderful Time…” page is simple enough to replicate in a just few steps.

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

This page starts off with a matching base page from the Four Seasons—Winter paper collection, and incorporates a few ½” zip strips from this paper packet, attached horizontally across the middle of the page to match the Cut Above® page. From there, we layered a piece of Toffee cardstock, and a slightly smaller piece of the Four Seasons—Winter wood grain paper centered over it. From here, we mounted two 3″ x 4″ photos and one 4″ x 6″ photo on Pine photo mats and attached them to the base page, as you can see below. 

For our title piece, we took a piece of Toffee cardstock, attached a Four Seasons—Winter border sticker, and dovetailed the ends. Our “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” title sticker was centered in the middle of this accent, and the whole thing was centered and attached to our base page.

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

To embellish this page, we’ve created a couple of layered sticker clusters to create additional interest around the photos and title section. As with the patterned papers and title sticker, these accents all came from the Four Seasons—Winter Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and are a quick and easy way to add polished embellishments.

Capturing YOUR Days in Calendars AND Scrapbooks! #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #calendar #love #memories #specialoccasion #everydaymoment #family #friends #cutabove #scrapbooking #fourseasons #yearround #seasonal #smilessavedforlater #weddings #graduations #milestones #holidays #datenight #craftwithheart #stamping

It’s incredible to see how simple it can be to design and create your own coordinating scrapbook pages to go with the These Are the Days Cut Above® options, and it’s a beautiful way not only to preserve your memories, but to look forward to making new ones! 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at the possibilities available through the These Are the Days calendar and scrapbook layout kits, and we wish you a happy year to come as we approach the start of 2023 in just a few short weeks! What’s your favorite memory of a small, everyday moment you’ve preserved? What’s a more momentous occasion that you’ll never forget? How would you use the These Are the Days kit to document these memories? Tell us your stories and how you’d preserve them in the comments below!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

SEAS & GREETINGS - Christmas at the Beach...

Do you live in an area that just DOESN'T GET SNOW (consider my hand raised) or do you choose to be somewhere sunny during Christmas vacation...well this Kit is for YOU!

Make Christmas crafts that match your memories with the Seas & Greetings collection, featuring designs for both warm and cold weather celebrations! The double-sided paper packet and accompanying sticker sheet feature both beach and winter designs, giving you creative control over the look you want for your projects. Get even more creative options by choosing stamp sets, Thin Cuts, and accessories that fit your holiday festivities. Save 20% when you buy the Seas & Greetings Product Bundle, which includes the complete collection of adorable crafting items! a special treat, anyone who signs up to become a Maker in November or December will be eligible to get the Seas & Greetings Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and Seas & Greetings Coordinating Cardstock FREE! Learn more about becoming a Maker. If you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to ask!

Saturday, October 29, 2022

READY, SET, GO - Scrapbooking with Katy & Chris...

If you haven't heard already, Stacy Julian has come up with a NEW Product for her Story by Stacy collaboration with CTMH and this one is FUN!!!

READY, SET, is a look at the NEW STORY DECK! You will draw from each card category and use the prompts on these cards to help tell your story!

Ready card invites you to document a specific story or topic.

Set card invites you to use a particular approach with your memories, designs, photos, or words.

Go card directs you to use something specific, like a technique, product, or color.

Finally, a Bonus card will challenge you to strengthen skills or try something new!


A fellow Maker-Friend and I have decided to create a mini-series where we draw our cards then create LIVE (don't worry, they'll be recorded as well) using the prompts we drew.

Here is the video where we drew the prompts and explained the process...


Here is our first Episode where we created layouts based on those cards we drew LIVE...

Friday, October 28, 2022

30 Days of Sketches - Days 23, 24, and 26...

Let's play some catch-up on the 30 Days of Sketches YT Collab.

I took a break from the 30 Days of Sketches to teach over 300 men and women different Christmas Card designs and techniques...we have been doing an EXCLUSIVE VIDEO each day of October and it's been GLORIOUS!!! Don't worry...if you didn't sign up before the deadline, we will be reopening registration for the replay option shortly. 

Anywho...I LOVE the 30 Days of Sketches Challenge each series because I get a LOT of memory-keeping done so rather than just give in, I decided to finish the month by coupling sketches I missed with current ones to make 2-page layouts.

Here are the three that I did this week...I hope you'll take the time to head on over to YT and watch them, be inspired, and create your own!

Are you playing along? Have you joined the #30DSCBL FB Group to be further inspired.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

30 Days of Sketches - Series 10...

It's that time again...where I join other creatives and we bring you our takes on 30 Sketches (well, this year, it's actually THIRTY-ONE but we don't want to mess with the flow). 

I started out strong and was 2 for 2 then my creative juices were funneled to the CDT 31 Days of Christmas Cards Event. After my EXCLUSIVE Class for them on the 5th, I'll be back at it.

Here are the first two sketches and what I did with them. DON'T FORGET to watch the processes over on my YT can see so much more detail irl (is that what the cool kids say...hehehehe)

This first one was made using the NEW Freshly Baked Collection which is geared toward Holiday Banking...well, you can see here that this photo/layout has NOTHING to do with Baking nor the Holidays...

This second layout is using the NEW Cherish Collection and the current Mix-Ins...I AM IN LOVE with the softness that the Cherish Cardmaking Stencils added to this layout. This one is a MUST-SEE on my YT Channel or my IG...don't forget to follow and subscribe on those outlets while you're there 💓

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to check back often as I share the rest of the 30 Days of Sketches (I even designed the one for Day EXCITED to share that one with you!)

Monday, October 3, 2022

Picture This Christmas Card Kit...

HAPPY MONDAY!!! I don't like to be the messenger of obvious (but maybe not-so-welcome news) BUT Christmas is LESS THAN 12 WEEKS AWAY which means if you send Christmas Cards, you might want to start thinking about what you're going to do.

Well, CTMH has a BRAND NEW Card Kit that is perfect for anyone!!! Let me introduce you to Picture This...

Featuring Cut Above®-style card kits, the Picture This Christmas special makes it easier than ever to assemble and personalize your own picture Christmas cards. Make your cards even more special with the shaker window options that will help you create truly unforgettable keepsakes!

Here's what the kit comes with: 

The Picture This Christmas card kit includes card bases, envelopes, stickers, and die-cuts, giving you the materials for creating 10 cards. Add an even more personal touch to your cards and save 20% when you get the card kit that also includes the exclusive Picture This Christmas stamp set and the 5″ × 7″ Envelope Flap Thin Cuts. For maximum creativity—and a 25% discount—choose the shaker card kits, which include all of these great items, plus confetti and acetate sheets!

I hope to have some samples in the next couple of weeks to show you but if I were you, I'd go ahead and add these to your cart so you won't forget (I'll probably remind you though...hehehehehe).

Monday, September 26, 2022


If you are a subscriber to Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, you might have seen some GORGEOUS Crisp Air on one of the pages towards the back. Hopefully you recognized my name by that little layout featuring leaves, fall colors, and hexagons!

I created the one-page layout way back in the Summer and submitted it for publication. I eagerly awaited the reply email and within days, I was OVER THE MOON EXCITED to be chosen!

I hope you'll go check out the magazine and ALL THE INSPIRATION you get from front to back. Then if you stumble upon page 68, look towards the bottom and see my layout :0)

Remember...the Crisp Air Collection retires at the end of September IF IT DOESN'T SELL OUT before then!

I can't show any details about my layout until mid-October but at that time I will be walking you through ALL the details you can't really see in the magazine. Make sure you're a subscriber on YT as that's where my video will be!

Thanks for stopping by and DON'T FORGET to go check out the Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall Issue. Reach out to me on social media once you find me and let me know what you think 💓 

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Crisp Air - ALMOST GONE...

As per my recent post, the Crisp Air Collection retires at the end of September and I don't want you guys to miss out on this GORGEOUS Collection!

This layout is a two-page layout combining Crisp Air with the Four Seasons - Autumn Collection again for a STUNNING layout of our oldest son and his girlfriend at the time (she is NOW his FIANCE and we are SO HAPPY to have in our family "officially")...

Here are some closeups of the stickers clusters using a variety of stickers from both collections and the Crisp Air Dots as well as the Orange & Yellow Dots. Those tiny little stamped leaves are from the August SOTM - Enjoy These Moments...
How CUTE is that little yellow heart from the Orange & Yellow Dots...
These stickers from the Crisp Air Collection make everything look "crisp" and "crunchy"...don't you think? I LOVE how the Four Seasons - Autumn Collection Stickers go so well with the Crisp Air too...
Another Crisp Air & Four Seasons sticker combo...

Don't forget...the CRISP AIR will retire at the end of this month IF it doesn't SELL OUT first.

You can check out the video for this one {{{HERE}}}