Monday, January 23, 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:

Enjoy scrapbooking your memories this year!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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 Letter
  • Spring/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 (W1103, qty. 5)
  • Studio J® 5-Pack Cards (W1104, qty. 5)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W470)
  • Spring/Summer 2012 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1113, 48 – 6" Square Samples)
  • Cello Bags (W1152, qty. 25)
  • My Acrylix® Sweet Thanks Petite Perks™ Stamp Set (W2022, qty. 5)
  • My Acrylix® Wonderful You Incentive Stamp Set (W332)
  • Double Scrubber (Z1163)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories® Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)
  • Dark Chocolate My Legacy® Faux Leather Album (Z1342)
  • My Creations® Collage Cubes (Z1737)
  • Workshops on the Go™ Stella Kit (G1032)
  • Stella Complements Canvas Shapes (X7147C)
  • Colonial White Die-Cut Cards (Z1738)
  • Clear Sparkles (Z1104)
  • Olive Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2137)
  • Cocoa Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2114)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2195)
  • My Acrylix® Urban Alphabet Stamp Set (D1507)
  • My Acrylix® Just for You Stamp Set (B1398)
  • 1" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1002)
  • 3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)

You can also purchase additional add-on's for $40 each. Those choices are:

Florentine Add-On $95 retail value
Pemberley Retail Value $94

Includes a 3-month Studio J membership and five Studio J layouts (must redeem within 3 months)

When you join my team you receive incredible support from a team of ladies all over the U.S., one-on-one support from me, newsletter assistant, workshop assistant and the chance to earn free stamp sets.

Please e-mail me at if you are interested in becoming a consultant or have additional questions. 


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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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.
  • Log into, no software to load your computer, no constantly updating and can use your account from any computer!
  • Upload your photos.
  • Pick a paper kit from a choice of over 80 choices of current and retired Close to My Heart paper.
  • Choose a sketch from over 20 choices (or over 30 choices for Studio J members)
  • Pick choices of paper used with corresponding sketch
  • Drop photos into sketch
  • Embellish as desired with title, journaling, brads, buttons, stitches, inking, distressing, tags and more
  • Finalize layout and order
  • Within a week you will receive in your mail (free shipping) the layouts complete with page protectors and ready to add to your album.
Studio J is very affordable, two page layouts are $13 (plus shipping). However, the best prices are available to Studio J members.
Save an amazing 50% off retail price by becoming a Studio J® member. Only members receive free JPG files of their layouts with each purchased custom-printed layout and also have the option to purchase JPG files separately. JPG files come in both high resolution and thumbnail sizes to print, share, or archive. Membership comes with other perks like exclusive patterns, kits, and free Memory Protectors®. On top of all that, members also get free shipping on one order per month that has a total of 4 to 20 layouts in the continental US.

12-Month membership
3-Month membership
Per two-page, custom-printed layout
Per two-page JPG file


A 5-pack includes 5 two-page, custom-printed layouts, 5 Memory Protectors, and free shipping. Ideal  for gift giving, or as an affordable way to try Studio J for the first time.

As an additional service, order Studio J through me and receive an additional 1 hour personal tutorial and continued help when you run into issues or have questions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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.

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 the perfect time to see all they have to offer. A wide selection of high quality scrapbook paper; dozens of acrylic stamp sets, perfect for all crafting projects; numerous embellishments including bling, brads, bakers twine, rub-ons and alphabets; fabulous crafting bases including books, banners, boxes and cartons are just a few of the great items.
Raffle prizes:
  • $25 free CTMH product
  • Embellishment Packs
  • Card Pack
  • Tote filled with CTMH goodies
Raffle Ticket Opportunities:
  • Attending Crop/Open House (1 ticket)
  • Bringing a Friend (1 ticket)
  • $25 product purchase (1 ticket for each $25 purchase)
  • Purchase of Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (2 tickets on top of product purchase tickets)
If you plan on attending the Open House, please RSVP so I can have enough make and take supplies ready.

Monday, January 9, 2012

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 create these 10 great cards.  I have everything cut and prepared for you. All you have to do is stamp, ink and put them together!

The cost to make these 10 cards (which come with envelopes) is either $15 and you provide adhesive or $18 and I provide adhesive for you.

RSVP by Friday January 13th or Friday January 20th to

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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 Album
    • Close to My Heart Dreamin' Paper Pack
    • Outoodor Denim Ink
    • Misc. buttons

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