Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Announcing Boxing Week Sales - December 26 - 31

End 2018 with a bang through the Close To My Heart Boxing Week Sale! As with previous Boxing Week sales, this sale will feature discounted pricing on a different set of items each day from December 26 through December 31! Each day’s sale will feature a variety of items, with discounts up to 50% off! Make sure you shop each day to take advantages of a 6 full days of sensational savings!

Start shopping now>>

Friday, December 21, 2018

New for 2019: Monthly Day Crop!

I'm very excited to announce that in 2019, I'll be partnering with First Baptist Church in Arnold for their monthly Day Crops and I hope you'll join me there!

The crops run from 9 am – 5 pm and include a  delicious catered breakfast and lunch. The cropping area is spacious, and you’ll get your own 8-foot table! If you need a break during the day, you can take advantage of the church's no membership needed gym and walk the indoor track.

Each month, I plan to share a little extra Close To My Heart goodies with attendees. In January, registration includes the cute Ice Cream card and Dinosaur page above! Don't need a dino page? No problem, I can show you ways to modify it to fit other occasions. (Of course everyone can use an ice cream card -- right?)

Registration for the event is through the church and the first date is January 12.
Sign up now>>
See full 2019 schedule>>

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tis the Season Double Quad Fold Album Directions

At my Idea Book launch in September, we created a Tis The Season Double Quad Fold Album. I posted a picture and have had several requests for directions. Here's a video showing how it all comes together.

Design Space 

The greenery, bows and poinsettia (on belly band) were cut on my Cricut using images from the Seasons of Joy Collection. Click here to open the file in Design Space.


Here are the measurements to create the album just in case you missed them in the video. The base of the album is made with 6 pieces of cardstock (I used black).
- 12" x 6" (2)
- 6" x 6" (2)
- 4" x 6" (1)

Score both 6" x 12" pieces at 2", 4" 8" and 10".

Then cut 1.5" from each of the long sides starting at the 2" score mark and ending at 10".

The top and bottom 1.5" sections are folded at all four of the score marks alternating "mountain" and "valley" folds.  These two sections are folded the same. The center section is only folded at 4" and 8" and these will be the opposite direction as the outer pieces.

Turn one of these pieces 180 degrees and lay them end to end -- touching but not overlapping. Here's a sample made with White Cardstock so it is easier to see.

Cover the center section with the 4" x 6" piece of cardstock. 

Score and fold both of the 6" x 6" pieces of cardstock 2" from one edge. Attach one of these to each end of the album, overlapping the 2" sections.

This completes the whole album base. 

Decorate with pieces of coordinating paper and photos. Cut rectangles 1/4" smaller than each of the sections, so that base album creates a 1/8" mat.

Order before 12/31!

Note that the Tis the Season papers and the Seasons of Joy Cricut collection both retire on December 31. In fact almost everything in our current Holiday Expressions Idea Book will not be available starting January 1. Be sure to get your order in now if you have missed any of these favorites! Shop now>>

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you make a Double Quad Display Album, snap a picture and share a link in the comments below.

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

You're invited to a Crafty Girls Night Out: BUNCO!

You're invited to a special crafty girl's night out! The New Product Bunco party on January 10 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 2019 Seasonal Expressions Idea Book that goes live in January!

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This new catalog is a celebration of Close To My Heart founder, Jeanette Lynton as she celebrates her 35th anniversary in the scrapbooking business. It includes four brand new paper collections, tons of beautiful stamp sets and much, much more. I can't wait to share it with you!

At this party, you will not only get to see the new stuff, but you'll get to create with it and take what you make home!

I can't show you the new projects yet, but I promise they will be as fabulous as the ones we made in September at the Holiday Expressions reveal party:

Date: Thursday, January 10
Time: 6:30 - 9 pm
Place: My house in Arnold MO

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Registration includes:
  • A copy of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book
  • Goody bag with new product samples
  • Yummy snacks
  • Bunco fun, with a few fun twists
  • Chance to win new product on each round
  • Three projects to make and take home!
This is a HANDS ON event! Through out the evening, you will be creating three great projects: a card, layout and a surprise! Think of this as a workshop with a few games thrown in for fun.

Register Now>>

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Connect with me on Facebook

Would you like to be part of an exclusive group of crafty people who love Close To My Heart products? Being in the "Rebecca's Creative Friends" Facebook group is like having a VIP pass to product information, project ideas, exclusive specials and more.

If you like to get creative --- whether you love to scrapbook, make cards or dream of Pinterest successes --- this group is for you. I love hanging out with this group of friends! To join this creative circle, click on the link below.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Schools out for me --- time for some Year-End Scrapbooking!

Happy Holidays! I just finished grading my last final and reporting the semester grades. So the Christmas Break is here for me! I'm excited to have a couple weeks to enjoy time with family, friends and my scrapbooking supplies ;)

What kinds of things do you think of scrapbooking around this time? I think of special Christmas cards, photos of my family opening gifts, the Christmas tree, family gatherings, and the kids playing in the snow.

The month of the December also has me thinking of all kinds of keepsake cards and gifts I can make for my family and friends. I love both making and receiving home-made gift. What is so great about December’s Stamp of the Month collection is it can be used to make customized scrapbook pages or Christmas cards. The festive letters are fun to spell out names, phrases, and lot’s of Happy Holiday wishes.

Don't you love how professional and amazing these projects are? These were created by the artists at Close To My Heart, but I can help you "scraplift" them using this month's Stamp of the Month! Or you could easily modify them to fit your needs. 

If you’re wondering if you can squeeze another purchase into your holiday budget, you definitely can with the special deal we’re offering on this stamp set. You can get the full December Stamp of the Month, Candy Cane Alphabet,  or either the regular price of $18.95 OR you can get it for just $5 with any $50 purchase!

I’m sure you will have so many photos by the end of this month. Scrapbooking is the ultimate way to preserve these precious moments so that you can look back on them as the years go by. 2018 is coming to an end, so get those memories safely kept before the start of the new year! 

Happy Holidays to you all!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday Flash Sale is here!

Save up to 50% on Selected Items!

We’re offering exceptional discounts on a selection of new and retired products. Take a look at the offerings below and be sure to snatch up these savings before time is up!
Sales run until 1 am. Quantities are limited and we expect some things to run out. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Jump for Joy + BFCM Virtual stess Bonus!

Ready for some free stuff? In November, you'll earn an extra $20 in free hostess rewards when your party totals $350 or more. In addition, you'll get a SECOND half price item! 

PLUS I've set a personal goal of holding THREE virtual parties over the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend and have a special incentive to offer my hostesses.

Be one of the first three people schedule your Black Friday/Cyber Monday virtual gathering and I'll add an ADDITIONAL $20 in product credit for qualifying parties! 

This is in addition to the November hostess special. In other words, over this busy shopping weekend, my virtual hostesses will earn $100 in free product for a Level 3 party!!!!  Email me to get started and rake it in girl!

A weekend party is just what a busy girl like you needs. This time of year, it's so hard to get together with friends. A virtual party, allows you to spend some time together without having to clear your calendar. Your guests participate at the times that are convenient for them.
A virtual party has many of the same elements as a live party including:

  • Fun & friendship: Can't have a party without some fun! Your guests will participate with you in games and other silliness. 
  • Prizes: Just like a live party, I'll give away a few door prizes to reward your guests for participating.
  • Product showcase: Using video and still images, I'll tell your guests about all of our exclusive products.
  • Create & Take: We are a CREATIVE company, so it wouldn't be right to have a gathering without making something. I'll mail a ready to finish card to everyone who participates in your party.
  • Shopping: Your guests will be able to shop for themselves or people on their Chrisstmas list from the comfort of their home. 

Here's how it will work:

WEEK BEFORE: I'll set up your Facebook party and you invite your friends. I'll go ahead and post some introductory information and build momentum for the weekend

WEEKEND: Starting on Black Friday (11/23), I'll post information about specific products, gift giving guides & current specials. We'll play a few games over the weekend giving your guests chances to earn a door prize. I'll also present the project and mail out kits to your guests. Your guests can shop catch up and order through Cyber Monday. 

TUESDAY AFTER: I'll send you the party total so you can pick out your free hostess rewards and half price items!

The last few years, Close To My Heart has had Flash Sales on both Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Although these are never announced ahead of time, it is very likely that we will see some really good deals that weekend. Your guests will get to shop these --- earning you even more rewards!

It's easy and fun! Email me to get started and be one of the and earn the bonus $20 in hostess rewards from me!

Fund your Fun in November

If you are like me, you love a good deal! This month's joining special is a great deal --- join my team for $75, get everything in the picture above --- PLUS get $75 credit on a future purchase of creative supplies. Choose your favorite papers, stamps or workshops! This is only available in November, so join today!

You can use your credit to choose from currently available paper packets, complements, cardstock packs, Workshop Your Way kits, ShinHan markers, Cut Above kits, Picture My Life cards, Ink pads, stamp sets, or blocks. So many choices!

I've already had a couple people jump on this special. It's time to join! --- not just because of the free product (although that's a great reason!) but you will also be part of the "Class of November 2018", an exclusive group of consultants who are starting this adventure together. It's going to be FUN!

Got questions? Click here to learn more or shoot me an email to start the conversation!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Thanks & Giving and other things I love about Fall

Even a summer girl like me love certain things about fall: the crispness of the fall air, the stores filling up with holiday inspiration and family gathering together to name a few. Fall is a also great time to whip out those scrapbooks and share them with loved ones. I’m excited to share this month’s stamp of the month collection because October is such a special month. 

October’s stamp of the month represents everything I love about fall! Packed with heartwarming style, you’ll find little houses with smoke emerging the chimney, fall leaves, hearts, and cozy calligraphy with phrases such as “thanks & giving” “gather” and “home sweet home” just to name a few. 

Imagine scrapbooking your photos from the fall season: family gatherings, fall decor around your home, the foliage in your yard, cooking comfort food in the kitchen. All of these photos will mesh perfectly with these stamps. You could create so many love filled pages to remember. 

The stamp set also works well for fall and thank you cards. Check out these projects from the talented artists at Close To My Heart for some inspiration to help get you started!

If you’re ready to make your purchase- remember that right now you can get this exclusive October Stamp of the Month collection for the discounted price of only $5 with any $50 order. Or you can always order just the stamp of the month for the standard price of $18.95. No need to rush around to different stores to find what you need- you’ll have everything you need to create such fun and memorable keepsakes- delivered right to your door.

Please let me know if you have any questions or wish to share any ideas. This is such a beautiful and inspiring month. I truly hope you enjoy using these stamps in your creative endeavors. Have a fantastic fall everyone! :)


Monday, October 22, 2018

Fall Events: Come get creative with me!

The are is turning cooler and soon the leaves will change color. What does that mean for a crafter? Time to slip into something warm and comfy and start on a new project! If you are in the Arnold/St. Louis area, I have several events scheduled scheduled to help you carve out some fun creative time.

See a complete list of events with times, prices and other details>>


In November, I'll be having my regular "Finish It Friday" 5 hour crop plus a Saturday Day Crop back to back. This means you can start your projects on Friday and leave everything set up so when you arrive on Saturday morning everything is ready to pick back up! On Saturday I'll be serving lunch plus have drinks and snacks on hand.


Want to sent handmade cards this year? Come to one or both of my All You Can Make Card Buffet (Christmas Edition) for a productive night of card-making. On the buffet, you will find a variety of card kits. The papers are pre-cut and accessories are gathered so you can stamp and assemble your cards relatively quickly. Make a variety or multiples of the same one. It's up to you!


Our BINGO night in September was so much fun, I've decided to host another Girl's Night out in January. I'm still working on the details, but know that it will be a night filled with fun using brand new 2019 Seasonal Expression 1 products.

You'll get a copy of the new Idea Book, a goody bag with product samples and 3 projects to create! At the event, you can enjoy a yummy snack, play games and win prizes. In addition, you'll get exclusive (attendee only) specials and all orders will go toward a Mystery Hostess Gathering. You don't want to miss this fun night!

You can sign up for all of these events at See you there!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

NEW Holiday Expressions Idea Book is Filled with Sparkly New Products!

If you are like me, just a look at the front cover of our new Holiday Expressions Idea Book will make you start drooling!

There is so much to love about this  catalog! Here's my top 10 --- be sure to click the links to get all the details.

Friday, September 7, 2018

What I scrapped this week...#scrap20

Each Friday in August, I posted about what personal scrapbook pages I had completed. I enjoyed that series and it definitely helped me focus on getting things done. I finished over 20 pages in August which is about 20 more than any prior month. So I'm considering continuing to post weekly about my personal projects. I hope it motivates you to make time for yours as well.

Here's what I finished this week:

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

10 Reasons Why Scrapbooking Is Important

Have you ever tried scrapbooking? If not, have you ever known anyone who did? Or maybe you just think to yourself I don’t have time for that or I don’t get what all the fuss is about. Well, you’re in the right place. I’m going to show you what all the fuss is about by sharing with you the top 10 reasons why scrapbooking is so important AND why the Craft withHeart subscription box is the perfect solution to getting you started! So, let’s dive in! :)

1)     Memories fade & change over time. By preserving your memories now within a scrapbook, later in life you’ll be able to share with others and remember yourself exactly what those memories looked like. No tainted or foggy memories changing the story. Just real moments captured and preserved like it was just yesterday.
2)     Create stories. What’s even better than a single picture (a shot in time or a brief memory) is an actual story. With a scrapbook, you can make pages dedicated to a story. You can record all the details to tell it exactly the way it happened. Being able to look back on these stories and read the details of them exactly how they happened is something so invaluable in life.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

#scrap20 Week 5 Check in: And Still More Thailand Pages

UPDATE: Auto post failed on Friday, so I'm a couple days late. Just a couple days left to report your August pages to be entered to win a new product bundle!

It's time for the week 5 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!

Get ready for Fall and Winter projects! Just Treats Stamp Set

It’s time for the September Stamp of the Month! September is such an exciting time of the year in general, as we are all winding down from summer and gearing up for the holiday season. In terms of scrapbooking, it’s also the perfect time to begin gearing up!

The holidays are just around the corner and will be here before we know it. Thinking about that makes me think of all the photos I’m going to take for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Heck, you may even be like me and have plenty of photos from last holiday season yet to be scrapbooked. The fall foliage will be a beautiful sight, as will the snowy winter wonderland. I can’t wait to bust out my camera and make some awesome scrapbooks to preserve all the memories. What about you?

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

Ombre Ink Techniques (Puerto Vallarta Part 2)

In today's post, I thought I'd show you a couple ombre techniques from the Puerto Vallarta layouts. The first is the sun rays on this beach layout. 

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.