Showing posts from January, 2012

Working with Sketches While Scrapbooking

At my last monthly scrapbook club we used this great sketch from Page Maps (August 2009) to create our 2 page Christmas layout:

 And this was our layout using the Close to My Heart Believe paper along with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and corresponding stamps, and Thickers:

Sketches are great for scrapbooking because you can pick and choose which elements you use, you can rotate the entire sketch or just rotate the pictures.

Aside from the Close to My Heart books Cherish, Imagine, Magic, and Reflections  I use the following sketch websites for inspiration in creating my scrapbook layouts:

Page Maps52 Sketches-52 WeeksScrapbook ChallengesScrapbook, Etc. Enjoy scrapbooking your memories this year!

Reach Your Goals with Close to My Heart in 2012

Are you looking for a way to earn some extra money, share your passion for crafting or just pay for your hobby? If you answer yes to any of these questions than becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant in 2012 is for you.

Get started for $99 (retail value of kit $288) and immediately begin earning commission on selling a product you love to use. The Close to My Heart Consultant Kit includes all of these great products:

This kit contains the following fabulous scrapbooking, stamping and business products:
Your Consultant Kit Will Contain the Following: Read Me First LetterSpring/Summer 2012 Idea Books (qty. 10)Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Books (qty. 5, while supplies last) "You Are Welcome Here" Recruiting Brochures (W1151, qty. 25)"The Rewards Come Now" Hostess Brochures (W1150, qty. 25) Studio J® Brochures (W111, qty. 5)Hostess Order Forms (W122, qty. 25)Customer Order Forms (W101, qty. 25)Studio J® Customer Order Forms (W1102, qty. 25)Studio J® Membership Cards (W…

Cupcakes and Cards Workshop

What could be better than cupcakes and birthday cards? Nothing! I hope you can join me Sunday January 29th from 1-4 as we make 20 different and unique birthday cards. You will learn numerous new techniques to use in your own card making or scrapbooking. You will learn how to sugar coat  your brads, sand, ink, distress, die cut, emboss and more.

Here are some of the cards we will be creating:

I will provide cupcakes and drinks to complete the fun birthday atmosphere afternoon!

The cost is $30 (provide own adhesive), $35 (I provide adhesive). Want to reduce your cost? Bring a friend and receive $3 off! RSVP to by Friday January 27th so I can have all materials cut and prepared for you.

Digital Scrapbooking with Studio J by Close to My Heart

Deep down I am a traditional paper scrapbooker. However, with less time, more to do each day and getting further behind in scrapbooking I have started to mix my albums with traditional paper scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking.

For the past couple of years I have been purchasing on-line scrapbook kits and working with Photoshop on creating layouts. However, it would take me hours to do one layout by the time I found a sketch, the paper I wanted and create the layout with embellishments, techniques, etc.

Then I found Studio J from Close to My Heart. I was hesitant at first because I thought it would take away some of the creativity away, but I am quick to admit how wrong I was. I choose the pictures, paper, sketch and get to personalize each layout in a number of ways, but now in the matter of a few hours I can create a handful of two-page layouts.

Here are the layouts I have created the past month:

Creating with Studio J is simply, fun and fast.
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Scrapbook Crop and Winter Open House

Join me Saturday February 4, 2012 9:00am-5:00pm for a day of scrapbooking, card making or crafting. This is the perfect time to get caught up on your preserving your pictures from the last few years, making cards to use in the months to come or getting some of those pintrest projects completed.

You will have use of my Cricuts, cartridges, Big Shot with embossing folders, Cuttlebug with embossing folders, stamps, inks, plenty of books and magazines to use for inspiration and raffle prizes. Snacks, drinks and lunch will also be provided. Cost $20/$15 for Club Members or free with $50 purchase. RSVP today.

OPEN HOUSE Join me from 1:00-4:00 the same day, Saturday February 4th, to see all the fabulous new products and ideas in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book. I will have product samples, make and take projects, a cash and carry table (including large selection of new and used retired stamps) and raffle prizes. 

If you have never checked out Close to My Heart products this is t…

January Card Workshop

Last time I was at the grocery store I swung through the Greeting Card aisle to check out the price of a birthday card. I could not beleive that aside from the totally cheesy $1 cards, birthday cards were almost $5! Holy cow, based on our immediate family alone, if I spent $5 on each birthday card I would spend $95 at a minimum this year on birthday cards. That does not include needing an occasional sympathy, congratulations or thank you card.

I however, that I have not purchased a greeting card in over 2 years. There is so much more I want to buy for $95 than a greeting card that get's thrown away within a week. I also know many of my customers/students have not purchased many greeting cards in the past few months as they have made 10 beautiful cards each month for a mere $15.

If you would like to save money and give someone a thoughtful, handmade greeting card consider joining me on either Tuesday January 17th from 6:30pm-8:30pm or Monday January 23rd from 9:30am-11:15am to cr…

Scrapbooking 101/Mini-Album Workshop

Scrapbooking 101/Mini Album
Thursday January 19-6:30-9:00pm. Learn all about the basics of scrapbooking while creating a beautiful 7” mini-album. Choose any current paper pack to create this beautiful album. This would be perfect for preserving Christmas pictures, family pictures, vacation or a gift for a grandparent.Cost $20 (bring basic scrapbook supplies). Min. 3 people.RSVP by Tuesday January 10th.
Supplies used:
Close to My Heart My Creations All-Sorts Mini AlbumClose to My Heart Dreamin' Paper PackOutoodor Denim InkMisc. buttons

I will have my Cricut, cartridges, inks and stamps for you to use to help embellish your albums.