Monday, December 4, 2017

Get ready for 2018 with the Through The Year Calendar Kit

With this kit, you can make a custom 12-month photo wall calendar! The exclusive Through the Year calendar is a great way to "scrap" your year as you live it.

At the end of the year, simply cut off the binding and you will have twelve beautiful 12" x 12" scrapbook pages ready to go in your album. Make one for yourself and another for a gift. If your friend is crafty, you can give them the kit, otherwise assemble the calendar so all they have to do is add pictures as the year goes by.

Through the Year Calendar Kit

The Through the Year Calendar Kit includes a My Creations Wall Calendar, 9 sheets of cardstock, 12 sheets of Basic Fundamental paper, Happy Moments Complements, Gold Glitter Gems, Custom Gold Glitter die-cuts and a full-color direction brochure.

The kit even includes photo place holders. If you are adding photos as the year progresses, your pages will look finished even as you are waiting to have the right pictures to put on the pages. This also is a great feature if you are giving it as a gift.

The retail value of the contents of this kit is over $50, but it is discounted 20% for this special and you can order yours for just $38.95.

Through the Year Kit with Stamp Set

Typically, our Stamps of the Month are not available after the month ends. However, the November stamp, Through the Year, coordinates with this kit perfectly. For that reason, we have extended the life of this stamp set and you have the option of ordering a kit that includes this fun stamp set.

As you can see in this blow up of a completed calendar, the month names and coordinating images on this stamp set are the perfect size to fit in the space allowed on the calendar. Additional images on the stamp set will help you mark birthdays and other special days.

Additional Items to complete your Calendar

When you order your kit, be sure to add a numerical stamp set so you can fill in the dates. The sample calendar above uses Jennifer's Hand (B1484).

To recreate the soft grey stamping in the sample, you will also want the Heather Ink Pad.
To complete your kit, you will also need a paper trimmer, scissors and adhesives. In addition to a tape runner, I used a Bonding Memories glue pen to adhere the more intricate die-cuts. You may also want to pop some elements up with 3D foam tape for dimension. 

Finally, if your order is $50, you can add the December Stamp of the Month, A Bit of Pun for just $5!

Calendar Shopping List with Links
- Through the Year Calendar Kit CC1344
- Through the Year Calendar Kit (with stamp included) CC1344S
Jennifer's Hand My Acrylix Stamp Set (B1484)
- Heather Ink Pad
- A Bit of Pun Stamp Set (S1712)

The Through the Year Calendar Kits are only through December and are while supplies last. Be sure to order your kit early in case they run out.

Happy Creating,

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The December stamp set is so "COOL"! Please excuse my puns. :)

Do you have a BLAST making and sending cards to break the ICE  and WARM someone's heart? You can just CHILLAX because the December stamp set includes a BLIZZARD of punny images and phrase combinations that will keep you groaning until January!

This stamp set is regularly priced at $17.95, but you don't have a MELTdown. You can get it for the  $5 when you add it to a $50 order! So don't be FLAKY. Instead, be a WINTER with this stamp set! SKATE on over to my website and order yours now!

If you like this stamp set, be sure to also check out Punny Pals (D1751)

This stamp set has even more puns, plus some really cute "pals". Big bonus: for each Punny Pals stamp set sold, Close To My Heart makes a $7 donation to Operation Smile

Like pun jokes? Comment your favorite!

I've discovered Adobe Spark! Watch out my new recruiting video I made with Spark!

This afternoon, I followed a link to a fun tool called Adobe Spark and I think it's a game changer. The tag line for this app is "Transform your ideas into stunning visuals" and I've been doing just that.

Spark allows you to create images, video or pages using templates or from scratch. After a little trial and error, I was able to pick up the intuitive interface and create a few images for my social media platforms.

Then I started playing with the video creator. This fun video builder doesn't require you to upload any video footage (although you can). You can drop text and images  to create slide show type of videos.

Here's my new recruiting video I created today in Spark with just a few images --- some that I uploaded and some from the handy embedded search.

Maybe I'm a nerd, but playing around with new applications is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Do you agree? What is your favorite new app?