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Welcome to the CTMH Simply Inspired Blog Hop where we are celebrating National Scrapbook Month with a special look at the limited edition new paper packet from Close To My Heart called, “Free To Be Me. “ Are you ready to see lots of ideas on turning a delightful new paper collection into beautiful new projects? Then you have come to the right place.

If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog you are headed in the right direction. If this is your first stop, enjoy, and then click the link at the bottom to visit the next blog for more creative inspiration. The blog hop is a big circle, so you can work your way around through all of the fabulous artwork for lots of ideas on how you can use the “Free To Be Me” paper pack for some crafting and scrapbooking fun. If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating Close To My Heart Consultants by clicking here.


The “Free To Be Me” collection features exclusive Background & Texture papers, coordinating printed cardstocks, and fantastic vellum papers, all in a brand new color palette. There is even a vellum paper in the pack with gold foil polka-dots printed on it. It’s a super cool collection that made it a lot of fun to go from paper pack to completed scrapbook pages. Here’s the paper as it comes in the pack…and…here’s the scrapbook page I made from it. Let’s take a closer look.


paper to pages Collage

I chose to scrapbook some photographs from a visit to Disneyland with Close To My Heart friends several years ago. The photos I chose for this layout were from a  very magical Disney day with friends that had gathered from all over the country for a Close To My Heart Regional Celebration that was being help at the Disneyland Resort. Of course, while we were there we took a day to play, too. When I saw the “Free To Be Me” paper pack I immediately thought of pictures from “It’s A Small World” at Disneyland. I had to pull out pictures of our super fun Disney day and get creating. Here’s how the layout started out.


NSD Black No Prot pm


I wanted to keep the composition very simple, however, I had a lot of pictures I wanted to include in the story of that day. The easy solution, of course, is Close To My Heart Flip Flaps. They come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for adding story expansion areas on a layout. I love being able to tell more of our story and still keep the layout uncluttered.

I added Flip Flaps to the front of the Memory Protector for each of the photo spots on the left page of the layout. The Flip Flap goes over the photo placements that are actually on the scrapbook page so visually you only see one photo in each spot. I do this with the pages inside the Memory Protector, however I have pulled the page out here so you can see how the Flip Flaps are attached to the front of the Memory Protector.


Mem Pro Flip Flap Collage


Once I slip the actual scrapbook page back inside the Memory Protector it looks like this. You can see how the Flip Flaps fold out to hold more photographs or even to create additional journaling spaces. To make the longer fold out section I attached two 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps together so that they fold out for even more storytelling options.


Flip Flap Page Collage


When both pages are inside the Memory Protectors and the Flip Flaps are closed, it looks like this. The layout stays simple yet has interactive pieces that open up to share even more memory keeping highlights. If you have not tried Flip Flaps I would highly recommend them. Just choose the size that works best for your pages, peel off the adhesive strip, and stick them into place. So, so easy.


NSD with prot pm


I am looking forward to creating more pages and more projects with the “Free To Be Me” paper pack. It is a fabulously fun and versatile collection that lends itself to many different types of projects and themes. You can get this Close To My Heart exclusive for only $5 with a $50 purchase. The thing to remember is that you can only get the “Free To Be Me” paper pack in May, so contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to order your exclusive paper pack today. If you do not have a CTMH Consultant, you click here to shop online.


Now it’s time  should head over Blythe Shupe’s Blog for more creative inspiration and a completely different project. You will love what she has designed to share with you, so hop on over and enjoy. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the CTMH Simply Inspired Blog Hop to learn more tips and techniques for creating with the “Free To Be Me” paper pack.

Happy National Scrapbook Month. Have a wonderful time making and keeping memories this month.

Michelle Snyder


  • Blythe Shupe says:

    Love it Michelle!

  • Lynn Como says:

    How fun is that! Great ideas!

  • Lisa Stenz says:

    Great layout!!! I love everything about it. The Flips Flaps are perfect on this layout! *Ü*

  • Beckie Lehman says:

    Wow the flip flaps are just amazing and make a very beautiful layout just stunning!

  • Love the backdrop to the title. Stunning layout, as always!!!

  • You never disappoint. I always know when I stop by your blog I will be in awe of the artwork and the special touches and details that are always part of your work.

  • A. MAZE. ING. LOVE….You always knock it out of the park…..Wow.

  • I always love your layouts Michelle!

  • Jody Peck says:

    Oh my goodness!!!! I love this layout! It’s magical!!!! Just like that trip… Definitely one of my favorite memories… Good times with wonderful friends! I love you!!! Let’s do it again in about 48 days!!!!

  • Dana Kessler says:

    Stunning!! Flip-flap-tastic!!!

  • Krista :) says:

    What PERFECT pictures to go with this fun, happy paper pack! I love what you did with the flip flaps…a GREAT tutorial showing us how it all fits together! Beautiful work Michelle! 🙂

  • Haley D. says:

    Cute and clever!

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