Thursday, May 25, 2017

May Card-making Classes! (featuring Little Dreamer)

I'm super excited about these colorful cards I have available
for you to create with me at my May Card-making Classes!!

Cards are just $1.50 each.
You get to choose exactly how many
of each design you want to make.
(make a little or make a lot!)

JOIN US for the creative fun on any
of these dates that work best for you:
Friday, May 26th (6pm-9pm)
Saturday, May 27th (1pm-5pm)
Sunday, May 28th (1pm-5pm)

Scrapbookers who pre-ordered this month's
"Little Dreamer" scrapbooking workshop kit are also
welcome to join us on these dates to work on their
projects as well. I try to always have an extra pre-cut kit 
(or two!) on hand and available for any last-minute 
scrapbookers, so contact me now to reserve any kits I might 
have left (first come, first serve, & while supplies last!)

Remember to bring your adhesive!
and any other favorite basic tools, like micro-tip scissors.
(or plan to purchase some from me at the class).

Please call or message me now to RSVP!
Facebook messaging and text messages 
are always welcome, 760-220-0683.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Join my Monthly Memories Club!!

Did you know that I host frequent creative dates for my friends at my home every month? I've been calling these dates/time slots that I reserve on my calendar for you, my "CREATE DATES" for a while now. Some of my friends attend these dates to learn new crafty techniques as we make beautiful hand-stamped greeting cards together, while others come so I can motivate them and help them to get more of their photos and family stories scrapbooked and saved!!

Those who share my passion for scrapbooking are invited to join my new and improved "Monthly Memories Club!"

First, let me show you the cute pages 
my club members are creating with me this month:
(using the "Litte Dreamer" workshop kit)

Can you imagine your own precious photos and memories
(instead of mine) featured on the pages above?!!
If so, then maybe it's time for you to plan on joining us!

It's easy! Simply let me know you want to try it out!
Members are not "required" to purchase and/or attend every single month, but I do offer some great bonus perks to encourage you to truly commit yourself to join us consistently to get more of your scrapbooking done with me!

First, each monthly kit purchase is just $30
to create 3 - 12x12 layouts (6 pages).
(that price already includes tax and s/h that I've 
discounted a little for club members only, and
I do all of the paper-cutting to save you time too!)

Then, when you complete any of the kit layouts fully 
(with your own photos and a little journaling),
I will reward you with what we call "Done Dollars!"
You earn a $1.00 credit with me
for each layout that is done!
(which is an additional savings of up to $3 more off of the original kit price, a kit price that is already a great deal)! You can spend your "Done Dollars" with me any way that you want to (save up to $3 off of the next monthly kit or use it to purchase an adhesive refill or any product(s) you choose).

Finally, once you've purchased any six kits from me, I get to reward you with your seventh monthly kit FREE! (another $30 saved!!) Unlike some online scrapbooking "clubs," you aren't required to purchase a kit each and every month to qualify for this offer, just purchase as often as you can, especially whenever you like/love the featured monthly kit(s), and each seventh kit is still free! *This offer is available exclusively & only from me!

While local club members have the extra opportunity to join me in my home each month for my help completing pages, as well as, partake of the wealth of ideas, tips/tricks, instruction, and motivation I can offer in person, I do still welcome and encourage long-distance/mail order club members to join us!! I need to charge $5 more per kit/monthly order to help me cover the additional cost of the postage to you, but I do offer you all of the other same perks listed above (done dollars and the 7th kit free!) when you order your kit(s) "to go!" I even do the pre-cutting still if you prefer! Please contact me now by email or through Facebook Messenger to begin ordering long-distance! (paypal and credit/debit cards cards accepted).

Last of all, let me try to entice my local peeps even further (lol!) with an image that shows you what my scrapbooking space looks like. I'd be thrilled to save a seat like this one for you next time! The month's not over yet, so there's still time to reserve your "Little Dreamer" scrapbooking kit, like the one shown above, if you contact me to RSVP this week!! (my next "Create Dates" are always listed here on my blog; scroll up/down and see the column on the right-hand side of this page for a listing all of my upcoming events!)

Monday, May 1, 2017

May SOTM Blog Hop featuring Live, Laugh, Love!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Live, Laugh, Love S1705

If you've just arrived here from
then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

Today I'm sharing this two-pocket card that is folded from a 7.5" paper circle! (cutting dimensions and instructions follow in one of the images below). I make a lot of standard-size cards, so this is something totally new and different for me! The finished size of the card is just a tad smaller than standard-size, so the great news is that this card will fit nicely in any standard-size envelope!

To create my card, I used just one sheet of paper from the 
NEW No Worries paper packet (X7220B). The marker colors I used include Leaf Green, Marine Blue, Peacock Green, and Turquoise Blue. I also used White Daisy and Outdoor Denim (retired) cardstocks, but Sapphire or Lagoon cardstock could have worked just as well as the Outdoor Denim. Enjoy!!

Now you can continue on with the blog hop
and be inspired by more creativity using this stamp set
by visiting ALYSON's BLOG next!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Wonderful Pages (Made By My Customers!!)

I have some of the most amazing and creative customers!
They have quickly become good friends of mine too.

Every month I have the joy of watching them make beautiful scrapbook pages that save their family memories and tell their oh-so-important stories. Nothing thrills me more than seeing their layouts complete with photos and journaling!!

This month I asked a few of them if I could take photos of some of their completed pages, so I could share them on my blog and show the world the fantastic job they are doing. Some of these layouts were made using the "Some Kinda Wonderful" Workshops Your Way kit, which was the featured kit my scrapbooking club members used this month.

Contact me now if you'd like to start joining us monthly (I offer a variety of dates to choose from every month!) and I can help you get beautiful pages like these ones done too!!

Next month, I plan to share a few more photos of a few more of my customer's completed pages. I just thought it would be fun to share these on my blog so others can see and celebrate the great job they've done too. Their scrapbooking success makes me so happy! Kudos to Desiree, Kelly, and Marla!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Card designs for the April Card Class(es)!

I'm offering such a fun variety of new card designs
for you to make with me this month!!
(including two cards that you can make two ways!!)

The remaining CREATE DATES we have left in 
April for you to plan to join me include:

Friday 4/21 (6pm-9pm)
Sunday 4/23 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/24 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/29 (1pm-5pm)

Please RSVP for the date (or dates) that
work best for you and JOIN US at my home
to stamp and assemble as many as you want
from my pre-cut "card buffet"
for just $1.50 each!

(remember to bring your own adhesive or 
plan to purchase some from me if you need).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Celebrate National Scrapbook Month - May 13th!!

Come Celebrate
National Scrapbook Month
with us...
Friends, Food, and up to 7 hours of creative FUN!!
Saturday, May 13th, 2017*
(10am to 5pm)
at Jen's house
in Barstow Heights

*Due to an unexpected family obligation that came up, I needed to move this event from it's originally scheduled date (May 6th) to the 13th! So sorry for any inconvenience this might cause! I hope you can still plan to join us!!
Event Cost: is FREE!
Just bring a potluck side dish/dessert to share!
I will be making crock-pot chicken fajitas (with tortillas)
and providing a variety of ice-cold beverages.

Bring ANY scrapbooking kits/materials you'd like to use,
or choose from a variety of my left-over pre-cut class kits 
(most kits are priced at $30 for 6 to 8-12x12 pages
or $20 for 4-12x12 pages).

On this day I'm also offering TWO very 
special designed-by-me LAYOUT CLASSES 
that are perfect for Beginner's!! 
(so invite all the newbies you know!!)
starting at 11am and 1pm and 3pm!

Class participants will take about an hour (or less) to review the basics of scrapbooking
with me as we create TWO different 12x12 layouts (a pretty feminine page at 11am, and a versatile masculine page at 1pm, plus a late-comers class at 3pm). Each class layout kit is $10 each and you have the option to join us to make just one of the layouts or both layouts (it's your choice!)

The $10 per layout materials fee can be paid ahead of time or at the class, whatever works better for you, I just need your RSVP and commitment for each layout you plan to create

Photos of the layouts are coming soon!!
(but for now, you can see the special paper pack we'll use to create at least one of the layouts...shown here below!)

**Due to limited space, I'm going do something I rarely do, and exclude those who are "card-makers only" from this event. I need to do this to allow enough room in my house for all that I have planned and to be able to really put my time and focus on teaching scrapbooking on this day. I promise those who are card-makers only, that we will still have our regularly scheduled card-making class during the month of May and that we will also have a special event for card-makers only to celebrate and focus on their specialty (creating beautiful cards!), during September 2017, which is also National Stamping Month.**

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cardmaking Workshops Your Way Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Cardmaking WYW Blog Hop!

The Close to my Heart consultant's participating 
in this blog hop today are sharing their artwork 
created using any of the four different stamp sets 
purchased as part of the Cardmaking
Workshops Your Way kits!
(shown on pages 13, 23, 33, and 43 of the 
soon-to-be-retiring Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog).

If you've just arrived here from
then you are on the correct path.

If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

The cards I'm sharing today include a few standard-size cards I created using the Here For You stamp set from the Here For You kit (item #G1124) with the Hello Lovely papers.
Ink colors I used here (below) include Black, Fern, and Sorbet
(with both 2nd generation and a little 1st generation inking).

...and (above) here's another card (that I shared on my blog previously) that you might want to see also, if you haven't already! (you can use this link here to see the full list of ink colors used and tips/instructions how to create it yourself).

Now you can continue on with the hop,
and be inspired by more creativity
using one of our beautiful Cardmaking WYW kits, 
by visiting BRENDA's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Upcoming April Events and Specials!

So, I have quite A LOT to offer you in April of 2017!

It's the fourth and final month of the Seasonal
Expressions (Spring) Catalog, so this is your last chance
to purchase any of the paper collections and stamp sets
that are featured in it only while supplies last!!
See all of our products & shop online here:

My Scrapbooking "CREATE DATES" in April 
will feature your choice of 

or (if you missed or didn't finish the big 3/18 workshop) the 
UPTOWN Fundamentals & Snapshots
scrapbooking kits (or ANY other recent kit 
and/or cards you've missed and want to make-up)!

(at Jen's house)
Sunday 4/9 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/10 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/15 (1pm-5pm)
Friday 4/21 (6-9pm)
Sunday 4/23 (1pm-5pm)
Monday 4/24 (9am-Noon)
Saturday 4/29 (1pm-5pm)

Local customers,
please let me know your kit choice(s) by April 1st 
(IF you want to attend create dates on the 9th, 10th, or 15th!)
please let me know your kit choice(s) by April 15th
(IF you want to attend create dates on the 21st, 23rd, or 24th!)

As a special bonus for local customers this month only,
(an exclusive offer available only from me!!)
purchase BOTH of the scrapbooking kits shown above
and receive your choice of either (6) FREE 12x12 memory
protectors OR any current/recent Stamp of the Month set
that I have in stock, absolutely FREE!

In addition to this great deal for my scrapbookers, CTMH is also offering a great campaign during April (all month long!) that allows us to purchase and try either one or both of the Cut Above (pre-cut) layout kits shown here for half price!! If you haven't tried them yet, you will want to, as these page kits are so much fun, so easy, and fast to put together!

(with a retail value of $14.95 each, these kits are only $7.48 each during April!!)

Watch here now, to see how quickly one 
of these pre-cut layouts goes together:

and finally...
an exciting announcement for all of my

I'm going back to offering one official evening CARD CLASS date each month where our focus will really be on cards and stamping techniques only (for the non-scrapbookers and scrapbookers alike) and I will have all-NEW card designs ready for you each month on this specific card class date. You can still come and create cards with me anytime throughout the month on any of the "create dates" I offer, but I'll introduce the NEWest card designs and techniques just once a month on the official card class date! I'm not yet quite ready to show you the cards we'll be making in April, but I am happy to show you that I'm using these adorable cards as my design inspiration: you can expect that three of our four cards 
this month might look similar to these above
(you know how I like to fancy things up with 
extra techniques and embellishing!)

(featuring NEW card designs!)
Friday 4/21 (6-9pm)

and Lastly...

Saturday, May 12th
(Crop & Potluck!)