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Welcome to the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. There are so many exciting things about to come your way as Close To My Heart unveils their brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It’s amazing and today you can see a few of the new products that will be available on August 1, 2014. If you have come here from Bren Yule’s Blog you are on the right path to enjoy the New Product Showcase. The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the creative projects. 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!


The new product I would like to share with you today is the Designer Creations Short Stack Album. This new mini album has a printed kraft hardcover with 10 wire-bound kraft pages inside. The pages are 5″ x 7″ so they are perfect for adding quick photos and journaling.


Designer Creations Short Stack Album


You can personalize the albums by decorating the front cover and the inside pages. The cover design can be something just for fun or it can be created to coordinate with themed parties, special events, or holidays. These fabulous little albums are also terrific as guest books, party highlight albums, teacher gifts, recipe books, and so much more. For even more photo and journaling options you can add Flips Flaps to the pages to create custom treasures everyone will enjoy. You will love their versatility.

In the photograph below you will see an album I designed to coordinate with a “Mom-To-Bee” Baby Shower. The album can be an instant keepsake from the celebration by adding a photograph and personalize note from each guest.


Bee Happy Album Cover


As I was designing the front cover of this album I could not resist using a couple of other new products, too. The new CTMH Honeycomb Embossing Folder is really fun. If you have tried Embossing Folders you will definitely want to add this texture to your creative resources. I’ll be sharing more ideas with this tool later, but for now, here’s how I added a little more color contrast to the honeycomb texture on the cover of my album.

First, use the Honeycomb Embossing Folder to add the texture on a piece of Honey Cardstock. Then, swipe Honey Ink over the top of the raised honeycomb texture, holding the ink pad flat and gently going over the top of the cardstock. The ink will highlight the embossed image creating a two-toned pattern.


Honeycomb Collage


Of course, all of the little details make a difference, and in the New Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book you are going to enjoy so many wonderful new accessories. Here I have used Gold Bling Gems, Gold Sequins, and Chevron Printed Cork Circles. The white daisies and title words are die-cut shapes from the Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridges.


Bee Happy Accents Collage


As you can see there are many, many exciting things in store for you in the New CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book. It’s bursting with fabulous artwork, products, and resources for all of your scrapbooking, paper crafting, stamping, and home decor projects.


Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to get a copy of Annual Inspirations for yourself. If you do not have a CTMH Consultant, you can visit my website to order a copy of Annual Inspirations, see more project ideas, and shop online. Click here to shop  anytime, 24/7 and have boxes of wonderful new things arrive on your doorstep. The New Annual Inspirations book and products will be available beginning August 1.


Now it’s time for you to enjoy more of the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop by visiting Beckie Lehman’s Blog  to see the fantastic creative ideas she has prepared to share with you. You are in for a treat as you continue hopping through the New Product Showcase. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs to see lots of new products and artwork.

Michelle Snyder




  • I was lucky enough to see this gem in person. It is AMAZING!

  • I can’t wait to copy this sweet little book! The daises make me happy!! So you!

  • Lynn Como says:

    Michele … your creativity blows my mind. Love the suggested ideas on what to use this for and your creation is beautiful. Lovely keepsake!

  • Lisa Stenz says:

    How cute is that!!!!! I love the album and the “Mom to Bee” theme is adorable! Super, super cute!!! *Ü*

  • Blythe Shupe says:

    So cute! I never expect anything less but cuteness from you!

  • Brenda says:

    Oh my, is this ever filled with CUTE!

  • Dana says:

    I am head over heels for your entire “Mom to Bee” Baby Shower! Everything about it just makes me happy! Love this album and the embossing ROCKS!

  • LOVE this!!! The colors are FAB, the embossing is the PERFECT touch and, you’re right, all the details are what make it OVER-THE-TOP gorgeous!!!

  • Aaron says:

    You ladies are so awesome. I look forward to this every month! So Stunning!

  • Melissa Robinson says:

    LOVED seeing this in person at convention! It’s so beautiful, Michelle!

  • Nancy Ball says:

    Your “Mom to Bee” set was FANTASTIC! It was amazing to behold in person!

  • Krista :) says:

    What a Beautiful album Michelle!! Your embellishing is perfect & the project is amazing! 🙂

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