Monday, August 27, 2018

You've Got Class -- FREE workshop guide download

Continuing on the school picture theme from yesterday's post about my friend Laurel's green screen fiasco --- let's talk about what to do with those pictures so that these great memories are not lost. 


Sunday, August 26, 2018

What not to wear: school picture edition

Occasionally on this blog, I like to give you some photography tips. Today, let's talk about what not to wear for school pictures. Planning for these pictures can bring some anxiety --- not just for the students but for moms as well. But sometimes the best pictures happen when things don't go as planned. When my friend Laurel saw that pictures would be on the very first day of school and made sure that her boys were ready. (Personally, I'm very impressed that with all the craziness that comes with back to school, she was on top of this!)

After discussing the options, Carter, her seventh grader, settled on a favorite green shirt. She agreed with the choice because last year the background had been grey and the bright color would pop nicely. She also reminded him to check his hair before the pictures and gave him some tips to get the perfect smile.  What could go wrong?

Friday, August 24, 2018

#scrap20 Week 4 Check in: More Thailand Pages

It's time for the week 4 of the  #scrap20 Page Challenge check in. Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!



Saturday, August 18, 2018

New Product BINGO Party:ultimate crafty girls' night out!

You're invited to a special crafty girl's night out! The New Product BINGO party on September 4 will include games, projects, snacks and a whole lot of fun! All of the activities will feature new products in the Close To My Heart 2018 Holiday Expressions Idea Book.


Friday, August 17, 2018

More Magical: FREE Project Guide and Workshop Options

I'm so excited that we brought back the popular Magical paper collection. As an avid Disney lover, this was one of my favorite collections and since it retired, I've taken a couple trips to the parks so I'm glad to have it back to scrap those pictures. Since we have updated the colors, this paper collection is called "More Magical" and it is available through September 30 (or while supplies last).

#scrap20 Week 3 Check In: Thailand Page 1

Week 3 of the  #scrap20 Page Challenge is in the books --- scrapbooks that is! Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!




Thursday, August 16, 2018

I'm Cruising with Close To My Heart!

It's official! I'm so excited to share with you that I've earned my third incentive trip and will be cruising the Western Carribean with my Close To My Heart in February 2019! Who would have thought when I joined this company so I could get some beautiful scrapbook paper at a discount, that I'd be traveling around the world with some of my best friends that I met through this amazing company.

Before earning my first trip two years ago, I heard other consultants talk about how they were spoiled on the trip. But I had no idea until I experienced it for myself. There are lots of perks to traveling with Close To My Heart. Based on last year's incentive trip to Thailand, here are a few of the ways that traveling this is different than regular traveling.

Friday, August 10, 2018

#scrap20 Week 2 Check In (Puerto Vallarta Part 3)

Welcome to week 2 of the  #scrap20 Page Challenge. Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!

This week I finished my layouts from our 2017 trip to Puerto Vallarta with Close To My Heart. These were part of my stack of 90% done layouts. I just had a few decisions about pictures to make and needed to add journaling. But the point of this challenge is to get it done, so they count! I'm so excited to finally have these pages 100% done!

I have a few more layouts from this trip that I have not shown you, so here they are now:


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

For the Love of Crafting Project Recipes

This month's stamp of the month, For the Love of Crafting (S1808) has been on most of my customers' wish lists since it was issued in May. It is finally here!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Using Watercolors on Scrapbook Pages (Puerto Vallarta Part 1)

About a year and a half ago, Eric and I had the privilege of traveling to Puerto Vallarta with Close To My Heart. This was my first incentive trip and I was surprised to learn that in addition to an amazing trip, we each received materials to make 22 scrapbook pages! Our kits included pre-cut papers, stickers, stamp sets, thin cuts and embellishments.


Friday, August 3, 2018

NEW! Craft with Heart Scrapbooking Subscription

Thursday in my August summary post, I shared with you the basics of our new Scrapbooking Subscription Program, Craft with Heart. Today I'd like to share more of the details and show you the layouts for the first four months of the program, September through December.


#scrap20 Week 1 Check Point

Last week, I announced the August #scrap20 Page Challenge. Through this challenge you can get some pages done, share artwork and earn a chance to win a PRIZE!


To participate, simply return to this website each Friday in August to report your progress toward completing 20 scrapbook pages. You'll be entered in the drawing to win a prize bundle from the yet-to-be-released Holiday Expressions Idea Book!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

It's August! There is a lot to talk about...

August is a month of change for my family with my only daughter headed off to college. She's excited that in less than two weeks she'll officially be a Missouri S&T Minor. I'm excited for her, but also know that I'll miss her a lot!

Photo by Ashleigh Murphy of Anew Market Creations
August also a lot happening at Close To My Heart. We have more specials this month than we ever had. You'll want to take advantage of all of this. Keep reading for more information about each of these fun specials.