Friday, January 12, 2018

February 17th Triple Treat Workshop - RSVP Now!

Well, it took me several weeks, but I'm finally ready 
to share the layouts I've designed for our next
"Triple Treat Workshop" coming up on 2/17!

First, let me share more information about the big event,
followed by the layouts and cards we'll be making this time.
This will be the fourth time we've hosted this event now and
I'm thrilled that it just keeps growing bigger and better!
I hope you can join us for all the fun too!

For our scrapbooking guests, there will be a little bit
of stamping, coloring, and cutting required this time,
(but only just this "little bit" on layout #1).
Most of these stamped elements are cut out using our
thin cuts (dies). I'm also excited about teaching you
some marker coloring techniques and giving you the
opportunity to experiment with that.

Lastly, I thought it might be fun to show the scrapbookers
how many of the stickers, die cuts, zip strips, and PML cards
I used up. I used all of the PML cards (from one sheet) on our
pages and only 1 sticker and 5 die cuts remain! If you're one
that doesn't like to have lots of "left-overs," then you're going
to love how much of our materials we use up this time!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January projects featuring Make Waves!

It's a new year and I'm excited about all of the
scrapbooking pages and cards we're creating this
month using the "Make Waves" paper collection!

If you're considering joining my monthly scrapbooking
club, we'd love to have you join us now! Here's how...

It's really quite simple. Just plan to purchase and use
the featured scrapbooking kit from me each month,
and by the end of the year, you can have as many as
96 pages done (that's enough to fill TWO full albums!)

Each monthly kit is $32, pre-cut for you (by me) and ready
for you to use to assemble 4-12x12 layouts (that's 8 pages!)
every month. As an extra incentive from me, I also offer what
I call "DONE DOLLARS!" For every two-page layout you
complete (with photos and journaling!) by the end of the following
month, I will give you a credit of $1.00.* If you complete all
layouts from the monthly kit, then you will have earned
a $4 credit to spend with me however you'd like.* In addition
to this, I also reward you for your consistent participation!
Buy any 6 of our monthly scrapbooking workshop kits
and your 7th kit is FREE!* (*these deals are only
available when purchasing from me directly in-person).

Let's take a look at this month's pages!
I'm sharing a photo of each layout designed by CTMH first,
followed by a photo of MY pages because I frequently like
to "change up" the pages to include more space for larger
(mostly 4x6) photos, just because that's my preference. All of
our workshop pages are more versatile than you might think,
and I can show you how to make them work for you, even if
the photos you have to use on them are not the exact sizes
and orientations. Also, if you don't "love" the mermaid
patterned paper shown here on layout #2, we can simply flip
it over and use the floral pattern on the other side, because all
of our papers are two-sided, giving you more creative options
to love! You can create your pages exactly as shown here
below, or feel welcome to use your own creativity
to change them up however you want!

Layout #1

Layout #2

Layout #3

Layout #4 (below) is one that I designed
using "Make It From Your Heart, Volume III"
as my inspiration (pattern #1 on page 6).

Each scrapbooking kit does need to be pre-ordered at least
one week in advance, so please RSVP no later than 1/13
if you plan to join us for this month's workshop and potluck
"CREATE DATE" on Saturday 1/20 (10am-4pm). If that date
doesn't work for you, I am also hosting "create dates" in my
home every Monday morning (9am-1pm) and you also have
the option to pick up your kit to use at home whenever it is
convenient for you (or to use at my house another month).

Now, let's talk about Card-making!!
This month's card-making "create date" will be Friday 
1/19 (6pm-9pm) and/or you can also plan to join us for the
Saturday workshop and potluck "create date," on Saturday
1/20 (10am-4pm) and/or any Monday morning
this month (9am-1pm), as well.

All cards are $2 each (bring and use your own adhesives).
You get to choose how many of each you want to make
from my "card buffet," whether it be just a few or a lot.
Customers who have purchased the monthly scrapbooking
workshop kit and anyone making a $30 or more purchase,
qualify for the discounted "club member" price 
of any 4 cards for $5!*

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Merry (belated) Christmas!!

to all of my creative friends!

Once again, the holiday season has been lovely, fun, interesting, and even challenging at times, to say the least! Ugh, that flu bug that's been going around is no joke! lol.

Now that my oldest two children are adults and in college, I'm especially grateful to have had them here at home with us. I LOVE having a "full house!!" (sometimes! lol).

It may have meant having a lot less "creative time" for me in my scrapbook room in recent weeks, but it also means more photos were taken and there are now more memories to save and share and add to my always growing collection!

I hope you and yours were able to enjoy making some new memories also! Whether you took just a few photos this season or a lot of photos, I encourage you to take a few minutes alone to reflect on the past few weeks and write down some of the good (and even not-so-good) things that made this holiday season memorable for you and your loved ones. If you enjoy writing, then write as much as you can. If you don't really care to write, then just jot out a quick list of things you appreciate and want to remember always.
These "notes" will become very helpful when you do 
finally get a chance to sit down and scrapbook these memories!

As the year 2017 winds down to a close, I wanted to
express my gratitude to the many amazing friends and customers who have been an important part of my life this year and for many years. My Close to my Heart business is so much more than just a business to me. It has provided me with the opportunity to connect with those who share a similar passion for creativity and making the world a more loving and beautiful place, one card and/or one scrapbook page at a time!

YOU are the heart of my business and the biggest reason why I love creating with and sharing Close to my Heart. THANK YOU for your friendship, for creating alongside me, and for supporting me with your purchases and interest in my many kits, classes, and events! I'm excited and looking forward to all of the creative time together 
that we have ahead of us in 2018!

Please mark your calendars now and plan to 
JOIN US at any or all of my Spring 2018 events!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Through the Year Scrapbooking Workshop!!

I'm excited to be offering an incredible new workshop
that will give you a HUGE head-start towards completing
your first 24 beautiful 12x12 pages in the coming new year!
I'm trying something new that I've never done before, and
that is... I've purchased workshop instructions from another
consultant, the very talented, Susan Williams
#1). because I just think her designs are fantastic,
and #2). to enable my local customers to complete
ALL of these fun and amazing pages with me!!

This is such a BIG workshop/project, that if you tried to sit down and complete all 24 of these pages at one time, you'd likely feel overwhelmed and get tired quickly, so my plan is to help you break it down into smaller "bite size" increments to help you enjoy the creative process, while still accomplishing a lot in less time! I'm encouraging everyone to "work at your own pace," with this kit, but if you want to get it done quickly (within a month or two), you do have that option also.

The total price for all of the materials required to complete these pages is $90 (that price does already include the tax and shipping). This may seem like a lot, but really, when you break it down, it's only $7.50 per two-page 12x12 embellished layout (or $3.75 per page). You can pay in full and receive all of your materials up front, or you can make payments in smaller increments, if you prefer to "pay as you go."

A $45 deposit for each participant is required and
then you will join me to create the first 3 layouts
(6 pages) that are intended to make pages suitable for
any of your January, February, and March photos.

Then, just pay $5 for each additional layout (9 more total!)
You can spread these payments out over the next 9 months
and create one layout per month for just $5 each month,
or complete the rest of your pages a few layouts at a time
each month, as your time and your funds allow.

As an added bonus, this workshop also includes a blank monthly wall calendar that you can customize and add your completed page (singles) to, then display them hanging on your wall throughout the year, before adding them into an album! There are even monthly page toppers that coordinate with the layouts that you can add to the top of each calendar page (shown in the first image below!) ...OR you can also just skip the calendar part if you want to's completely flexible and all up to you!

Please contact me now to get started in
December or January 2018!!
(wouldn't this make a great Christmas
gift to you this year?!!)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Featured Paper Blog Hop - Beary Christmas!

So, I was supposed to be participating in
this awesome blog hop this morning,
but due to technical difficulties, my post
didn't go live when it was supposed to!
I'm sorry, and I hope it's okay that I still link
on to the last hopper and then direct you to the
beginning of the hop also so you can see
more beautiful "Beary Christmas" creations!

Welcome to our "Featured Paper Blog Hop"!
Today we are showcasing artwork that uses our
paper pack, and features a variety of projects
created by talented Close to my Heart consultants.

If you are visiting from RAMONA's BLOG,
then you are on the right track.

So these are all of my creations using the
Workshops Your Way kit (item #G1137).
My goal was to try and stretch this kit to
make as many items as possible!

So I created the three workshop layouts,
as well as, the 8 cards (4 each of 2 designs,
but only the 2 designs are pictured here).
Then I used the left-over Picture My Life
cards to create 4 more pocket-style pages
and lastly, three more cards (using left-over
PML cards and stickers only, no stamping).

That's a lot of creativity from just one kit!!
Crazy, right?!!


I did add just a very little bit of colored cardstock
(black, fern, and pewter to add an extra pop of color
to some of my cards), some retired green ribbon
I had, 11 card bases and envelopes, and 4 pocket-style
memory protectors, that are not included in the kit.
I hope you are now inspired to try utilizing every
scrap of paper, every left-over sticker, and every single
embellishment included in your workshop kit(s)...
it's a fun challenge that I truly enjoyed!

Now you can start the blog hop from the
beginning by visiting CAROL's BLOG next!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Share a Smile in October!

Team up with the Punny Pals stamp set to make a difference!

With the purchase of every Punny Pals (D1751) stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $7.00 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, an organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

To bring these stamp images to life, we’re offering a
coordinating set of Thin Cuts dies and an exclusive card kit! THIS MONTH ONLY!
The card kit includes the dies, card bases, envelopes, paper, and step-by-step instructions for creating 32 cards, and it is available at a discounted price! Create these delightful cards and use them to share smiles all around!

The Share a Smile card kit can also be yours for FREE when you become a Consultant in October or when you host a qualifying party. Contact me by phone/text message
760-220-06 or in-person this month to get yours!

Here's the link you can also use to order yours online now:

Lastly, mine just arrived, so I'm excited to share with you another image of what I just received (check out the full-color step-by-step instructions that are included with this kit)! YES!! I can't wait to start creating with this!