Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Today I have been a Close To My Heart consultant for 8 years! It is so hard to believe that it's been that long already! As the saying goes, time flies when you're having fun and it's so very true in my case. I have had a ton of fun being a part of this awesome company and can't imagine my life without it. I have met so many wonderful people through my association with CTMH that I never would have met otherwise. Everyone involved in this company is so supportive and helpful and I am so very thankful for them as well as all the customers who have supported me through the past 8 years. Thanks much to you all! Here's to at least another 8 years with Close To My Heart!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Just Two More Days

....to take advantage of the Picture Perfection special at Close to my Heart. For every one of 13 different Picture My Life kits you purchase at $24.95, you get to choose one pack of 10 page protectors - design of your choice - for just $3.00. Awesome deal that will be gone after tomorrow. To take advantage of this great deal, click here to place your order. Contact me if you have any questions!


Well, I did it again.....

....I signed up for another awesome online class over at Big Picture Classes! Yep, call me crazy but I couldn't resist this one! QUIZAPALOOZA! Love the name and the whole concept behind it. As if I don't already have enough going on, although things are starting to slow down a bit with the garden now, I added another exciting class to my schedule.

Quizapalooza is a Q&A challenge in a list format and you all know how much I love 'listing', right? So this challenge was a no-brainer for me! As soon as I heard about it, I signed up right away! Fortunately, it doesn't start till September 18th so I do have some time yet to finish up several other projects before it begins.

Here's the album I plan to use for this class. Not having taken a class like this before, I really have no idea if this album will work great for it or not so it's quite possible I could end up using another format. I'll have to wait & see but in the meantime, this is what I plan to use. I created this album awhile back with some leftover papers from various Close to my Heart paper packs then just binded it all together with my Bind-It-All machine - which I do not use often enough.

I took some time yesterday to just have fun decorating the front cover with whatever popped into my head and I love the result. How about you? Do you ever do that? Sometimes just going ahead with no specific plan or vision in your head and it works out the best? I think I'll try that more often!

So, I am ready for this class! It's not too late for you to jump on board as well. Just head on over to Big Picture Classes and sign up! And if you haven't been there recently, you will be pleasantly surprised to see they have a whole new makeover and it's awesome!

Speaking of listing.......30 Days of Lists starts in just 2 days! Yippee! Here's the mini album I am using for this challenge. I will be using 4 x 6 journaling cards on the inside for the lists and will keep it a bit simpler this time around because as I stated earlier, I already have many projects in progress and don't want to spend a lot of time on each one so as to accomplish more! Whew! I'm getting excited!

Here is the album I used for the last two 'listing' challenges I participated in - September 2013 & March 2014 - both fit in this journal but it only has a couple blank pages left so I have to use something different this time around and decided to go with a cheap dollar store photo album for the upcoming September lists. The best part about this album is....it only cost a dollar! ;)

And here's the way I made the very first list from the March 2014 challenge. Although it was tons of fun playing with stamps and inks each day of this challenge, I will not be doing the same this time around. 


If you'd like to participate in this challenge, head over to 30daysoflists.com and sign up! It's not too late!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Be safe!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Friday, August 15, 2014

September 30 Days of Lists is Coming!

September will be here before you know it, although unfortunately and sadly that means the summer is about over but as some of you may know, I have participated in the 30 Days of Lists challenge in the past - twice maybe? - and have become quite excited about 'listing'. Simple, I know but it's something I enjoy and you just may enjoy it, too, if you've never tried it. For more details about this listing challenge and to register for it, click here.

For this 'listing' I have decided to use a cheapy dollar store 4x6 photo album which incidentally was just $1.00 ;) and is the perfect size for the lists. I removed the front insert and put in a piece of textured white cardstock and a 4x6 Project Life card that I decorated with some stamps from Close to my Heart. Each page on the inside will hold one 4x6 card for writing my lists on according to the day's prompts. I will be using some Project Life cards as well as some Picture My Life cards.

There's still time to register for this fun challenge so head on over to 30 Days of Lists  before you forget and get started on creating your own little mini album or whatever you want to hold your lists. You'll be glad you did! It's fun!


Have a great day and happy listing!

~Carol

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Picture Perfection from Close to my Heart!

Hey everyone, I'm here to tell you about the Close to my Heart special for August! If you've ever wanted to try the new Picture My Life scrapbooking kits, now is the time to do it! Read on for more exciting details.


During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD/$27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3 (USD & CAD)!

Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD/$10.95 CAD). Qualifying Memory Protectors include: Design 1, Design 2, Design 3, Design 4, Design 5, Top Load, Side Load, and Variety Pack.

If you're not quite sure how this scrapbooking program will fit into your lifestyle, contact me for more details. I'd love to show you how you can incorporate this program into your memory keeping.

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol

Friday, August 1, 2014

I'm so excited.....

and I just can't hide it! It's August 1st and time for the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book from Close to my Heart. Yay! I think you're going to love this book as much as I do! There are so many awesome new products - at least 250 - that it's going to be difficult choosing what to buy & play with first. I'm in trouble!


There are 9 new fabulous paper packs, 5 new Picture My Life kits, 4 new card kits which are just perfect for those who are scissor-challenged, many new home decor items as well as lots of beautiful stamp sets, embellishments, tools and even 5 gorgeous new colors added to the exclusive color palette. Like I said, I think you are going to love this new book! 

Below is a card I created with one of the new paper packs called Seaside. The border on the left was created with the new Chevron Border Punch then I threaded it with a strip of the pattern paper. I love those new gold sequins and plan to use them on many projects going forward.


There is a new Cricut cartridge - Artfully Sent - that sounds to be really fun for cardmaking as well as scrapbooking but we heard today that it will not be available right away, maybe not until September. I was so looking forward to that but I don't think I'll have a problem finding something else to take up my time while I wait for it.

Ok, off I go to peruse the new catalog again and add more exciting new products to my wish list. If you'd like to see what's new, go to my website and click on the SHOP link to see all the fabulous products. Contact me if you have any questions. I'm here to help!

Happy scrampin'!

~Carol



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