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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop celebrating National Stamping Month with artwork featuring an exclusive new stamp set called #30yearsofhappy. This special stamp set has been designed as part of the on-going celebration of the 30-year anniversary of CTMH’s founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton in the the scrapbooking and stamping industry.

This is an exciting year for Close To My Heart as they celebrate 30 years of creative inspiration and the #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set is full of creative possibilities. With 30 different mini images and sentiments the #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set is perfect for oodles of stamping fun.

If you have come here from Margi Gilbertson’s Blog  you are on the right path to enjoy some creative inspiration and fabulous project ideas as we celebrate National Stamping Month. The blog hop is one big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the fantastic project ideas. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us – just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Enjoy.

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I chose to make a mini-album for a collection of our “selfies” from some of my adventures with my daughter. With cell phone cameras making it so easy to snap quick photos anywhere and everywhere, it has become the day of the “selfies.” My daughter and I take lots of these pictures when we travel or are jut out-and-about. I love them. Sometimes they are silly and quite candid, but I love the way they capture an instant and preserve whatever fun thing we are doing.The #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set was perfect for embellishing a quick album with fun icon and message accents.

For the base of the album I used the Close To My Heart Hip Pics Album. It has a sturdy kraft chipboard cover with 16 spiral-bound pocket pages. The album comes ready to decorate and slip photos into the pockets for simple storytelling. It’s so quick and easy. I used 18 different designs stamp images from the #30daysofhappy Stamp Set in this album. Below are pictures of some of the pages so you can get a feel for how it all came together.


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You can see where I have sponged Dimensional Elements in Honey, Cranberry, and Lagoon to have bright colored accent pieces. Then I stamped black images from the #30daysofhappy Stamp Set on top of those accessories for a really crisp contrast. On some of the pages I stamped images directly to the pages, alternating images stamped in the bright ink colors and images stamped in black. I used Topiary Striped Washi Tape for borders and another splash of quick color. A simple outline frames the picture window and is made with the same Black Journaling Pen that I used to add notes about the pictures. I printed my photos in black and white to give some continuity to the pages.

These little albums are terrific for special little keepsakes, teacher gifts, birthday party activities, and so many other treasures. I keep them simple, no pressure, casual journaling, and picture highlights of memory making moments. (They even fit in your purse or backpack so they are terrific little brag books for Grandma’s, too.)


Here is a list of supplies that I used to make the album.





You can join in our celebration during

National Stamping Month.

Get the #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set FREE

when you order $30 of current retail-priced

Close To My Heart stamps in September.


Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to see the wide variety of CTMH stamps sets available and place an order today so you can get your #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set FREE. If you do not have a CTMH Consultant, you can visit my website to view all current CTMH stamps and order at your convenience. Just click here to visit my website and shop online.


Are you ready for more creative projects to expand the possibilities for this great stamp set? Hop on over to Melissa Laverty’s Blog and enjoy the delightful artwork she has created to share with you. The sky’s the limit for this stamp set so be sure you continue hopping through the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop and visit all of the Consultant blogs for lots of project inspiration.


Thank you for visiting my blog and have a fabulous National Stamping Month.

Michelle Snyder




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  • Wow. Great use of the stamps. Such a cute album (and cute girls!) Love it.

  • Blythe Shupe says:

    Love it Michelle,. What a great idea for selfies!

  • OOOO….EMMMM…GOSH!!! Love, love, love this little Hip-Pic Album with these cute little stamps!

  • Lisa Stenz says:

    Your album is darling as are the photos! I love how you used the stamps on the DEs. Super clever and super cute! *Ü*

  • Krista :) says:

    Amazing Michelle! What a work of art! 🙂 I love how you used these stamp sets for your hip-pic album….and the use of D.E….fabulous! 🙂

  • Lynn Como says:

    We are on the same page Michele! Love what you did with this and your memory lane photos from New Zealand. 🙂

  • Always top notch artwork Michelle! Love it! #30yearsofhappy work perfectly with the Hip Pics Album!

  • you amaze me. I love this book. I want one

  • Linda Johnson says:

    Love the book! Really Cute idea!

  • Dana says:

    WOW!! Absolutely need to make one of these books – love the black and white photos with the colored embellishments and stamps! Fabulous!

  • Diana Veenendaal says:

    Love the adorable album and especially the pictures of you and your daughter!

  • Terry Morrow says:

    I love mini albums and this one is just great. I have 3 of these books just sitting on my desk. thanks for the inspiration. Love it.

  • It doesn’t get any better than this…the project OR the memories. What a perfect way to commemorate some seriously stupendous selfies!

  • Love love love this Michelle. So cute. so clever. Just like you! 🙂

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