How do I know which adhesive to use?


This is a common question from people when they are viewing the Close To My Heart range.  We have LOTS to choose from!  This post will help you learn a little about our best selling adhesives.  The information in this post is not a finite list of everything you can use our adhesives for but it shows you how I use them for page making.

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Now, ‘”Adhesives and how to use them” is a pretty dry subject so I’ve decided to show you with photos of the stages of production for this layout.  It is based on the design shown on page 29 of the CTMH Magic  How To book (9040).


The title was cut from Red Glitter Paper (Z3075)using the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge (Z3168).  I like to use E-Z Dots Tape Runner (Z3022) for small decorative pieces.  When you run the tape over the back of the piece, it shrinks away from the spaces so you don’t have to tidy any of the edges up before sticking it to your page.

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Any residual adhesive left on your Versamat can be cleaned off with the Rub & Remove Eraser (Z1207) (You can see mine is well loved)

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Next up I wanted to add some dimension to the stamped map of Australia.  This little stamp set is super cute.  (Check out the full range of Australiana stamps by clicking here. ) Thin Foam Tape (Z2060) is perfect for this job.  It’s not so high that your page is too bulky but it gives subtle dimension to your embellishments.  The beauty of having it on a roll and in 2 widths is that you can tailor it to suit any size embellishment.

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When it comes to sticking down papers, Duck Tape Runner (Z3033) is ideal.  It’s stronger than E-Z Dots so is perfect for anything that will have extra layers added.  It is also fab for your photos.  They won’t pop off the page as it is turned.

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The gorgeous Glitter Red overlay on the LH page was cut from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  It was fairly large so the most economical and ‘speedy to apply’ adhesive was the Jumbo Glue Pen (1512).  It is perfect for covering all parts of a large element.  If you place the element and burnish it (rub) while the glue is wet it creates a permanent bond.  If you let the glue dry completely it becomes tacky and the element is repositionable.  It’s blue when wet and clear when dry.

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Next up, I wanted to add a piece of our newest ribbon – it has a gold stripe down the middle and comes in Black and White.  This ribbon is really soft and so fun to use.   A very fine line of Liquid Glass (Z679) makes it easy to firmly attach ribbon.  Using the CTMH Ruler as a guide keeps everything lined up nicely.

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Once you’ve cut the ribbon you can seal the ends with Liquid Glass too!

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Bearing in mind this is a page layout, the knot for the ribbon needs to be as flat as possible.  Tie a loose single knot in a small length of ribbon and attach using a Glue Dot (Z341).  Glue dots are also fab if you need to add an embellishment to the top of Glitter Paper or Shimmer Trim.  The trick to applying Glue Dots is to lay the embellishment on top of the dot while it is still on the roll.  It stays in shape and flat and just peels off the backing paper already stuck to your embellishment.

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And that leads us to the most important element on the page (apart from the photos) – the story!  The journaling for this layout was written on thin strips of paper.  The narrow Glue Pen (Z553) is ideal for this job.  Quick and efficient!

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There you have it – an adhesive to match each element of your layout.  I always keep a spare of each adhesive because running out and having to use something that isn’t perfect for the job is so annoying.  Order yours here.

Happy Scrappin’






La Vie En Rose Australasian Blog Hop


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Welcome to the Australasian La Vie En Rose Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Mez’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the La Vie En Rose Collection from Close To My Heart

La Vie En Rose Sampler

My layout today features my favourite scrapbook product – Flip Flaps!  The design is adapted from one shared on Pinterest which featured a birthday cake.  I don’t know the name of the original creator.  I loved that layout but it was a bit of a fiddle.  I’ve streamlined the process so it can adapt to any theme.

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The flower pot design comes straight from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  You make it up on a piece of 10″ x 6″ paper and when everything is stuck down you cut it in to sections ready for the Flip Flaps.  This idea can be changed up to suit any theme.

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I shared this layout at a class on the weekend and my customers came up with some fabulous variations.

Click this link  to download a copy of the instructions.  My Bunch Flip Flap Layout

The La Vie En Rose WOTG, papers, assortment and complements suit any photo theme. If you use only the black and white patterns you can team it with any solid colour for a real wow page.   Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Wendy’s Blog , Expressions of the Heart, to see what she has designed for you.

Happy Scrappin’


Beloved Bouquet Carborder


Today I’m sharing our Make and Take project from yesterday’s Paper Picnic.  It was really popular and everyone fell in love with this month’s Stamp of the Month after using it. I was inspired by a card shared by Margaret Maroney on our team Facebook page.


Here is the card version

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And here it is as a border on a page layout

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The single bloom is a sweet focal point.  It is stamped in Poppy ink.  For the base, ink the stamp, stamp once onto scrap paper and then stamp onto your cardstock without re-inking.  This is called second generation stamping and gives a lovely subtle shade.  It’s a great technique to use when you only have a few ink pad colours as it doubles your range!

Bitty Sparkles  (Z1263) amongst the Baby’s Breath image add a subtle bit of shine to the design.  La Vie En Rose papers add interesting texture to the layout without  overwhelming it and the Gold Foil (Z3149) helps frame the whole thing.

Beloved Bouquet (S0116) is only available during January, 2016.  Purchase your set for $27.00AU or just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order.  You can place an online order here.

Happy Scrappin’



Australasian Live Your Day PML Blog Hop


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Welcome to the Australasian Blog Hop featuring Live Your Day PML cards. We have a variety of projects to share with you which highlight the versatility of Picture My Life (PML) cards. This is a circular hop. If you have come from Denise’s Blog, Scrap Stamp Share, you are in the right place. Just click on the link at the end of each post to move on to a new idea. Keep clicking and you will end up back here!
I’ve been using these cards in a PML album and loving them but today I decided to use them on a scrapbook page.

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The title card was my inspiration. I went to high school with these gals and 40 years after meeting we are still great friends. Whenever we are together we are happy!
The layout is very simple: 4 large PML cards and 2 small lined cards are used on a base of Black Cardstock. Cut the heart PML diagonally to create a mat for the title card. The floral card was jazzed up with the addition of a piece of Pixie thick twine (Z3035) and a gem in the centre of each large flower. Aqua Dots (Z1853), Flamingo Dots (Z1934) and Grey Enamel Gems (Z3089) match the colours of the Live Your Day PML cards perfectly. The fourth large card was used as a photo mount. Before adding the photo, cut the flowers out to use as decorations around the journal box.

Live the day detail
Live Your Day PML cards are only available during January 2016. Be sure to order yours from your Close To My Heart Consultant.
Thanks for stopping to read my post, now you can hop over to Mez’s Craft Room blog to see the delicious idea she is sharing.
Happy Scrapping,

Australasian January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop – Beloved Bouquet S1601


Blog BadgeWelcome to the January Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop.  This is a circular hop.  If you arrived from Maz’s Blog you are in the right place. Simply read through this post and click on the link to the next blog at the end of it.  Keep reading and ‘hopping’ until you find yourself back where you started from.  Each blog will showcase a project featuring the Beloved Bouquet (S1601) stamp set which is January’s Stamp of the Month.

S1601Base and shade stamps are fun to use.  Stamp the base first and then the shaded line drawing.  Many variations in looks are possible.  My layout today lets one bloom be the focal point.

I used Pomegranate ink for my base and Eggplant for the shading on the flower.  I kept the leaf as just an outline. The wavy lines are stamped using New England Ivy and Jumping Geometrics (D1637) .  The papers come from La Vie En Rose.


The design can be used for a card too.  Simple and elegant.

Beloved Bouquet (S1601) is only available during January, 2016.  Full retail price is $27 but you can have this gorgeous set for just $7.50 when accompanied by a $75 order. Place your order with your CTMH Consultant.

Did you like this layout? I’d love you to leave a comment for me before you click on the underlined link and move on to Denise’s Blog, Scrap Stamp Share, to see what she has designed for you.

If you get lost along the way, come back here and click on the link you need.

1. Lauren Moore, CTMH Craftings

2. Creating with Kara Davies

3. Maz Wood: Inky Fingers

4. Shaunna Richards, Passionate About Pages – You are here

5. Denise’s Blog, Scrap Stamp Share

6. Wendy Hopper, Expressions of the Heart

7. Jenny Gilbert The Creative Heart

8. Doris Taylor, Creative Inspirations

9. Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom

10. Meryl Cheetham – Mez’s Craft Room

Happy Scrappin’