Monday, August 17, 2015

Putting the "FUN" in Paper Crafting with Paper FUNdamentals!

This project was inspired by our "Paper Fundamentals" on Between The Folds, which is a new Close To My Heart Weekly Challenge Blog!  Every Tuesday we will be offering themed challenges that will challenge your creativity!  We hope you play along!

This week our challenge was Paper Fundamentals!  What exactly is that you ask??  It is a 12 x 12 sheet of paper with the same design on both sides, but one side is glossy!  These fun papers are sure to add a little "FUN" to any paper crafting project!

I chose to create a layout using this Senior Photo of my daughter because I just love the colors, not to mention her smile!  I spent a lot of time concentrating on her pink shirt until I looked past her shirt and concentrated on the beautiful natural colors of the background!  It didn't take long to realize I wanted to use Canary (yellow) from the Whimsy color palette to draw the eye to the ray of sunshine and the adorable little yellow flower.  I added a piece of Black Paper Fundamentals from the Basic color palette and accented with Topiary from the Adventure color palette.   I love how the flowers turned out... even the solid green flower has texture due to the glossy side of the paper.  I matted it all on Black cardstock!  Make sure you click on the photo for a closer look!

I didn't want to waste any of this awesome paper, so I cut the middle out, leaving the frame and simply cut the middle Canary piece down an 1/8" creating the black border and turned it over to the glossy side.  The "you are my sunshine" was added using a piece of Canary cardstock!

The pretty flowers were made using the new Artistry Cricut Collection.  So simple, yet so elegant!

These popular papers have earned their own spot in our new Idea Book, which goes live on September 1, 2015!  Each current collection is retiring, however they are just being replaced with new fun patterns!  Make sure you visit my website on or after September 1st to see the newest designs in all 4 collections: Adventure, Basic, Enchanted & Whimsy!

If you can't wait and want to get your hands on some of this paper before it retires at the end of August 2015... here are the links to take you directly to your purchase:

Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment

Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment

Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment

Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment

Now head on over to the new CTMH Between The Folds Blog to see more inspiration by our design team and join in the weekly challenges.  I challenge you to play along and link your projects for this week's challenge!  


  1. Beautiful layout! What a gorgeous photo and you showcased it so well with this fabulous layout. The green flowers are a great touch.

  2. I love so many things about this layout! Great job, Deb!

  3. Great layout. Your daughter is beautiful!

  4. Great layout. Your daughter is beautiful!

  5. Great layout. Your daughter is beautiful!