Sunday, June 3, 2018

June Scrapbooking and Cardmaking...with Fresh Air!

June is here and these are the
the scrapbook pages and cards we're
making this month using the
"Fresh Air" paper collection!

First, let's talk about the "create dates"
I'm offering this month! As many of you
know, my oldest daughter is getting married
on June 15th. In addition to all the wedding
preparations and family we'll have staying with us,
I'm also busy preparing to be a creative presenter
at the Close to my Heart Convention (for consultants)
in Las Vegas from June 28-30. I'm so thrilled about
this opportunity and have A LOT of artwork to 
design/create using "top-secret" NEW
not-yet-released products that I need to keep
under wraps until the next catalogs are revealed
in August and September.

It's all a tad overwhelming, so I've decided
that I very much need to cut back on the
number of "create dates" I'm able to offer to my
customers in my home (this month only). If you
are also busy and/or vacationing this month and 
are unable to attend the following dates in June,
please know that you can still pre-order and
plan to make these projects with me during
July and/or August also!

The June "Create Dates" will be:
Friday, June 8th (6pm-10pm)
Saturday, June 9th (9am-1pm)
Monday, June 25th (9am-1pm)

Let's take a look at this month's pages!
If you compare my layouts to the originals designed by CTMH, you might notice some differences. This is because I frequently like to "change up" the pages to include more space for larger (mostly 4x6) photos, because that's usually my preference. Our workshop kits/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 shown. You are welcome to create your pages exactly like these ones below, or you can use your own creativity to change them up however you want!




These last two pages (above) are ones that I designed
using "Make It From Your Heart, Volume III"
as my inspiration (pattern #14 on page 32).
Layout #4 is a free BONUS layout, that I like to
design and add-on to your kit for you every month!

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 I offer 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 (when purchased in-person),
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 monthI 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 extra motivation to 
complete your layouts, I also reward you for your
consistent participation! When you buy any 6 of our
scrapbooking workshop kits, your 7th kit is FREE!
*There are additional shipping costs for customers who wish
to order online, and non-local customers will need to cut
their own paper (all kits include a detailed cutting guide to
make it easy!), but I do like to reward my online 
customers also with these extra perks from me.

Now, let's talk about Card-making!!
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.
Any customer who has purchased a scrapbooking
workshop kit or who makes a $30 or more purchase,
qualifies for the discounted "club member" price 
of just $1 per card!

The cards this month are quite simple,
but FUN none-the-less!!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last chance to get Postcard Perfect!

So, our National Scrapbook Month 2018
is coming to a close and you have just
three days left to purchase any of our
Postcard Perfect products that are
available exclusively during May 2018 only!

If you attended any of my events during
the past month or two, then you may have
already seen these layouts that I designed
using the Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit,
plus a few sheets from the coordinating
Postcard Perfect paper packet.

FIVE fun tropical layouts, all for just $40.
(that's only $8 per layout!)
There are still a few days left to please
LET ME KNOW NOW
if you want me to order and prepare
one (or more) of these kits for you!
This is your last chance!!

You also have the option to purchase the
coordinating stamp set, paper packet,
and coordinating cardstocks from me
online now using this link:

 Layout #1 - Cut Above Layout Kit

 Layout #2 - Cut Above Layout Kit

  Layout #3 - Cut Above Layout Kit

 Layout #4 (designed by me, inspired by
MIFYH Vol. 3, Pattern 33, p. 72)

 Layout #5 (designed by me, inspired by
MIFYH Vol. 3, Pattern 22, p. 48)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The May Cards featuring Beautiful Friendship!



Join us in my home to create these hand-stamped greeting cards! Stamp and assemble as many as you want from my pre-cut "card buffet!"

All cards are just $2 each! (payable at the class).
First come, first serve, while my supply lasts!

This month's featured techniques include:
Watercoloring 
(on the teapot and teacup cards)
Coloring with markers 
(on the baby cards)
Stamping on vellum 
(mason jar card)
Bow and knot-tying 
(I can show/teach you how!)

Please remember to BRING YOUR OWN ADHESIVE
(or be prepared to purchase some from me...
Tombow tape refills are $2 each...or with the
dispenser included they are $4 each.

To save yourself a little time waiting to share tools,
please BRING the following items (only IF you have them):

Micro-tip Scissors (Z534)
3D Foam tape
Glue Dots
Waterbrush-Small Round (Z3224)
Watercolor Paints (Z3132)
Black Journaling Pen (Z1979)
or a fine-tip sharpie
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers:
Warm Grey 4
Warm Grey 7
Tender Pink
Marine Blue
Leaf Green
Ink Pads:
Archival Black (Z3271) 
Canary, Sapphire, Smoothie

Customers who have purchased the monthly scrapbooking workshop kit
or anyone making a $30 or more purchase will qualify for the discounted 
club member price of just $1 per card during the month
the purchase is made.

*Space in my home is always
limited to the first TEN guests,
so PLEASE RSVP ASAP to
guarantee your spot for each
date you plan to attend!
 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Summer Event Schedule...please mark your calendars now!

I'm excited to share my MONTHLY EVENT SCHEDULE
for this upcoming Summer! May and June are so jam-packed
for me, that I've had to re-arrange some of the dates I had
previously advertised (so, I'm sorry about needing
to make those changes)!

What you see below are the correct dates and times!
I'm also including images of each of the scrapbooking kits
we'll be working with each month (below). Remember,
local customers receive an additional 4th layout (designed
by me), so you get to make 8 pages total with your kit
for just $32. All cards are optional and cost extra.
The 4-5 card designs I'm offering during each month
($2 each) will also feature the same paper collection
(with coordinating stamps) and I am usually able to share
photos of the cards we'll be making about a week or two
before I offer them each month (so keep an eye out for my
Facebook posts and reminders). I hope you will plan to
discover and grow your creativity with us this Summer
and join us for the fun very soon!



Beautiful Friendship - May 2018

Fresh Air - June 2018

 Central Park - July 2018

Documented - August 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Classic Summer Bash Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Classic Summer Bash S1805


If you've just arrived here from
KATHY's BLOG 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.


First, I'm sharing this standard-size card I created using
the stamp of the month, plus papers from TWO different
paper collections - Beautiful Friendship X7233B and
Postcard Perfect CC5181 (available this month only, while
supplies last)! The patterned papers I used from the Postcard
Perfect paper collection include the polka-dotted vellum and
wood-grain papers you see here. All other papers are from
the Beautiful Friendship paper packet. The ink colors I used
include: Black Archival, Canary, Sapphire, Smoothie, and a
Leaf Green marker to color in the leaves. I did also use this
cute little sentiment stamp...Celebrate (M1188).
Finally, here's a quick tip to use when adhering your
vellum paper...use tiny dots of glue on the back side of
each of the printed polka-dots and then your glue is less
likely to show and be seen through the vellum.

Next, here's a look at all of the images
included in this FUN Summertime stamp set:

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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Picture My Life Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Blog Hop featuring Picture My Life
(PML) products from Close to My Heart!



If you've just arrived here from
STEFANI's BLOG
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.

First, let me show you the two sets of PML cards 
I've chosen to utilize for the greeting cards I've created
and am ready to share with you today!



Product Description
24 - 4" x 6" double-sided pocket cards ($4.95 per pack)
Coordinates with the Cut Above The Story Begins Baby Boy layout kit (Z3382).
Use these cards for a variety of projects, including pocket scrapbooking,
mini albums, cards, etc...

...and here are the two cards I designed with them!

I also used stamp set B1558 Baby Animals and the
following Shin Han Touch Twin markers:
Tender Pink, Marine Blue, Warm Greys 4 and 7.

My cards were inspired by Make It From Your Heart,
Volume 4, pattern 15 (on page 34). Here is an image (below)
 that shows you which PML cards I used (from the Baby Girl
pack) and how I cut the paper I used to make my card.
If you cut two of each piece as shown, then you will have
enough pieces to create two of the baby girl cards.
Then make similar cuts using the baby boy PML
cards also to create two more of the baby boy cards.
The best thing is...I only used 4 PML cards from
each pack and still have scraps and tons of 4x6 PML 
cards left to use for pocket scrapbooking and/or 
to make any additional cards I might want to.

Now you can continue on with the blog hop
and be inspired by more creativity using
PML cards by visiting HALEY's BLOG next!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Card-making with Gimme Some Sugar!


This month's card-making "Create Dates"
being held in my home will be:
Friday 4/13 (6pm-9pm)
Saturday 4/14 (Noon-4pm)
Monday 4/16 (9am-1pm)
Monday 4/23 (9am-1pm)
Monday 4/30 (9am-1pm)

All cards are $2 each (bring and use your own adhesives).
You get to choose how many of each card you want to make
from my "card buffet," whether it be just a few or a lot.
The cards are all "first come, first serve" and I may sell out 
of some designs sooner than others, so I do suggest you 
join us as soon as you can for the best selection!

I will also have these and a much larger selection
of pre-cut, pre-stamped, and ready to color and 
assemble cards available to make at THIS BIG EVENT:
We hope you can attend with us!
(There's still time to RSVP now!)



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Scrapbooking Kit for April is... Gimme Some Sugar!

Happy April! I'm really excited to show you 
the fresh new scrapbooking pages and 
cards we're making this month using the
"Gimme Some Sugar" paper collection!
(what's even better is that my layout samples
are complete with my photos on them this time...
yeaay me!!)

Let's take a look at this month's pages!




If you compare my layouts to the originals designed by CTMH, you might notice some differences. This is because I frequently like to "change up" the pages to include more space for larger (mostly 4x6) photos. Our workshop kits 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 shown. You are welcome to create your pages exactly like my samples above, or you can use your own creativity to
change them up however you want to!

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 I offer 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 (when purchased in-person),
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, offer what
I call "DONE DOLLARS!" For every two-page layout you
complete (with photos and journaling!) by the end of the
following monthI 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 extra motivation to actually 
finish your layouts, I also reward you for your
consistent purchases! When you buy any 6 of our
scrapbooking workshop kits, then your 7th kit is FREE!
*There are additional shipping costs for customers who
order online, and online customers will need to cut
their own paper (all kits include a detailed cutting guide
to make it easy!), but I do still reward my online 
customers with the "done dollars" incentive
and the "7th kit is free" perk also!

For those planning to create with me in-person,
each scrapbooking kit does need to be pre-ordered
at least one week in advance, so
please RSVP early for any of these
scheduled "create dates" in April:

Monday 4/9 (9am-1pm)
Friday 4/13 (6pm-9pm)
Saturday 4/14 (Noon-4pm)
Monday 4/16 (9am-1pm)
Monday 4/23 (9am-1pm)
Monday 4/30 (9am-1pm)

OR
I can also have a kit ready for you
to use at/during THIS big event:
(We hope you can attend with us!)



Saturday, March 3, 2018

March projects featuring Stargazer!

It's a new month and I can't wait to show you
the scrapbooking pages and cards we're making
during March using the
"Stargazer" 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 I offer 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 (when purchased in-person),
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 monthI 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 extra motivation to 
complete your layouts, I also reward you for your
consistent participation! When you buy any 6 of our
scrapbooking workshop kits, your 7th kit is FREE!
*There are additional shipping costs for customers who wish
to order online, and non-local customers will need to cut
their own paper (all kits include a detailed cutting guide to
make it easy!), but I do like to reward my online 
customers also with these extra perks from me.

Let's take a look at this month's pages!
If you compare my layouts to the originals designed by CTMH, you might notice some differences. This is because I frequently like to "change up" the pages to include more space for larger (mostly 4x6) photos, because that's usually my preference. Our workshop kits/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 shown. You are welcome to create your pages exactly like these ones below, or you can use your own creativity to change them up however you want!

Layout #1

Layout #2

Layout #3

Layout #4
These last two pages (above) are ones that I designed
using "Make It From Your Heart, Volume III"
as my inspiration (pattern #28 on page 60).
Layout #4 is a free BONUS layout, that I like to
design and add-on to your kit for you every month!

Each scrapbooking kit does need to be pre-ordered at least
one week in advance, so please RSVP no later than 3/10
if you plan to join us for this month's 
workshop and potluck "CREATE DATE" on
Saturday 3/17 (10am-4pm).
If that date doesn't work for you, I am also hosting
"create dates" in my home on Friday 3/16 (6-9pm) and
every Monday morning (9am-1pm). You also have the
option to order and pick up your kit to use at home
whenever it's most convenient for you.

Now, let's talk about Card-making!!
This month's card-making "create date" will be
Friday 3/16 (6pm-9pm)
and/or you can also plan to join us for the
Saturday workshop and potluck "create date,"
on Saturday 3/17 (10am-4pm) and/or any 
Monday morning (9am-1pm), also or instead.

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.
Any customer who has purchased a scrapbooking
workshop kit or who makes a $30 or more purchase,
qualifies for the discounted "club member" price 
of any 4 cards for $5!

The cards this month are so bright and bold and fun!!
(and I've really been needing more cards to give/use
for kids birthdays, especially cards for little boys,
so the timing is just right!)