Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dotty for You–While Supplies Last!

Supplies are very limited on the amazing Dotty for You paper packet! NOW is the time to get your order in to get your hands on this exclusive 24 packet of gorgeous papers only available through Close To My Heart!

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I’m crazy about the fabulous artwork you can create with the Dotty for You paper packet during National Scrapbooking Month! Each promotional paper packet includes an insert with a picture of the artwork, a recipe, and a unique technique, to inspire you.


Check out these extra technique ideas, not included on paper packet insert but using the same artwork

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article for two new projects and tips not included on the artwork insert.

Sisterly Love Page

Polaroid Snapshot Technique

Create a Polaroid snapshot look by first cutting out a rounded-corner rectangle the size of your focal point. Then, cut a larger rectangle around the negative space, creating the look of a Polaroid. For example, if your subject is 3" × 2", cut a rounded 3" rectangle using the Cricut® machine then discard the rectangle and keep the negative space, cutting that piece at 4" × 2½". Add journaling to the empty white space at the bottom and attach it to the layout at an angle using 3-D foam tape. You’ll now be able to create the Polaroid look for any kind of picture without needing a Polaroid camera!

Kiss Page

Pin Flags Technique

Make a darling accent from your paper scraps by trimming a complementary banner and wrapping it around a pin from the Bling assortment (Z1466) to form a small pin flag.

Surf Page

Stitch a Frame

Use dark thread and stitch around your layout’s focal elements to ground your page.

Sweet Life Page

Making Embellishments Stand Out

Add a bit of white, solid space behind decorative elements, such as this baker’s twine bow, to help them stand out on busy B&T Duos® papers, like this chevron pattern.

R Card

Helping Adjacent Patterns Pop

To help two adjacent patterns stand out individually, separate them with a solid color in between.

Simple Pleasures Card

Creating a Bohemian Look

Combine several paper patterns and colors to create a trendy bohemian chic look.

Jen Box

Creating Visual Transitions

Carry the neutral foundation color, in this case Grey Wool, onto the other elements of your art piece to help the eye easily transition between elements, like the colorful chevron box top and the sides of the box.


Good Luck Card

Neutral Inks for a Clean Look

To create a card with a clean, crisp look, use the dominant neutral color to stamp your sentiment.

Yo-yo Accent

Create a trendy yo-yo element by accordion-folding a long strip of cardstock every 1/4", adhering the two ends together to make a circle, stitching the center with thread all the way around, and pulling the ends of the thread taut to create a yo-yo. Secure the center with a button to keep your yo-yo flat.

Kylie Banner

Paper Ribbons

Create your own ribbon from your favorite B&T paper. Cut a strip of paper a little less than three times the length you want your ribbon to be. Mark or score your strip in segments as follows: 1/2", 1", 1/2", 1", 1/2", etc. Starting at a 1/2" scored end, make two folds going away from you, then two folds coming toward you, then repeat until your ribbon is complete.

Ribbon Accents

Thread a long ribbon through the banner holes and then add some flair by tying small bows or knots to the ribbon in between each pennant using baker’s twine or Waxy Flax.

With all of the techniques featured in these beautiful art pieces, I know you will enjoy participating in a Dotty for You crafting session in celebration of one of our favorite months of the year—National Scrapbooking Month in May!


Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



  1. Thanks for all the inspiration. Would you mind checking the measurements on that polaroid-style frame? i have been using the George cartridge (as there is no rounded rectangle on the AP cart) and have spoiled quite a few sheets of White Daisy trying to size my opening to fit a 4x6 photo. Any help you can give would be appreciated!

    1. Okispice, I played around a bit with my AP cartridge and found I could cut the polaroid-style frame this way...6" Layer (p.50). You will discard the decorative frame and then cut around the negative space leaving .25" space around two long side and one short side & .75" around one short side. Hope that helps!

    2. Hmmm...that should read 6" < Tag3 > Layer (p.50).

  2. Thanks Pamela, I will give that a try! Theresa


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