Keepsake to Last Through the Years

Photo calendars make great Christmas presents!!!!

Through the Year #ctmh #closetomyheart #throughtheyear #stamp #November #stampofthemonth #sotm #calendar #kit
This Through the Year customizable photo calendar comes wrapped together in a kit containing everything you need to make one of your very own!

Easy-to-follow instructions included in the kit will guide you in creating each of the 12 beautiful calendar pages you see below.

Calendars make great gifts, so in addition to making one for yourself, consider making a second one to give as a gift, or even giving the kit to someone you know who will love the chance to be crafty! Whatever you choose to do with this kit, you will not be disappointed with the result!

Take a closer look at some of the beautiful details you’ll add to your pages using the custom gold glitter die-cuts, glitter gems, Complements, and papers included in this unique kit.

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #throughtheyear #diy #calendar #kit #photocalendar #goldglitter #diecuts die-cuts #butterflies #butterfly #picture #perfect #spring

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #photocalendar #calendar #kit #season #spring #fall #autumn #gold #glitter #diecut #die-cut #happy #day #leaf #leafs #leaves #gems

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #diy #photocalendar #calendar #kit #throughtheyear #die-cuts #diecuts #gold #glitter #Christmas #tree #pine #star

Our November Stamp of the Month, Through the Year, makes the perfect companion for this project, too.

Through the Year Calendar Kit #ctmh #closetomyheart #throughtheyear #calendar #kit #stamp #numbers #dates #birthday #valentinesday #stars

If you didn’t get this limited-time stamp set last month, you can still get it by choosing the calendar kit that includes it! And, in case you did get the November Stamp of the Month, we also have this kit available without the stamp set.

What makes the Through the Year calendar extra special is that the pages are designed to be cut at the spiral binding and then put into Memory Protectors™ inside an album. This way, when you’re through with the calendar, the beautiful pages you’ve relied on through the year will last through the years to come!
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What a beautiful way to put some of your most favorite memories on display and later preserve them! Make one of these Through the Year calendars for yourself or as a gift this Christmas!


Through the Year Calendar and Album
CC1344 Through the Year Calendar Kit, S1711 My Acrylix® Through the Year Stamp Set (comes included in CC1344S), Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5202 My Legacy™ D-ring Album—Brown, 4110 Memory Protectors™ Top Load 


Stampaganza is HERE!


There are so many stamp sets to choose from!

Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any current stamp set, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza!

When you add three sets to your order, we will automatically make the least expensive set FREE in your shopping cart. Check your cart at any time to see how many free sets you have!

Want to skip over the details and view the stamps?  CLICK HERE!

The WORD PUZZLE above is from 2008 and these are GREAT!  I still have my stamp sets because they offer variety, versatility and are an excellent value! Perfect for each month, capturing the icons and holidays on ONE stamp set! Each one is $17.95 but you could earn a set for FREE or buy the bundle at a discount!

  • Yes, you can purchase the Word Puzzles per month separately @ $17.95 each and when you buy 3, one is FREE!
  • You could buy the BUNDLE of WORD PUZZLES HERE for $143.60 and save over $70!
  • You could host a club or party in July that reaches a minimum of $450 in sales, you’ll receive a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets FREE — that’s a $215.40 value!
  • You might prefer to sign up as a New Consultant for $75 in July. Then submit $300 in commissionable sales before August 31, 2017 and you’ll earn a set of 12 classic D-size stamp sets FREE — that’s a $215.40 value!

Back in 2008, I had created a Calendar Club.  Here’s a few ideas on how I had used these to create toppers to our 12 x 12 calendar as well as the perpetual (we don’t sell this one anymore).  Just remember I had to dig to find these photos and it’s an idea … but can be used for random stamping, cards, details on scrapbook pages and so much more.  I love these and will never part with these sets.

Look at the 4th of July one.  I love stamping images individually in a variety of colors vertically and/or hozisontally.  The one for February was in one color (chocolate) stamped randomly on patterned paper.  You could also arrange your stamps on a large block and stamp them again and again to create your own background paper.  So much fun!

Below is a photo of the variety of stamp categories for you to look at HERE on my WEBSITE.

For those that like all the details, below are links to the PDF flyers:

Happy Times in May!

Happy times can be yours during the month of May because it’s National Scrapbooking Month, and we’re offering an exciting promotion to celebrate! With a qualifying purchase of $60, you can get the exclusive Happy Times paper packet for FREE! This fun paper packet, which is available for one month only, features floral designs, gold foil details, and more! You can also purchase this exclusive paper packet at full retail for $14.95 with no purchase requirement. Additionally, we’ve designed a coordinating D-size stamp set, My Acrylix® Happy Times, to go with the paper packet, which you can purchase for $17.95. There’s never been a better time to treat yourself to some beautiful new paper!




I love the warm rich colors and the gold foil accents!  I’ve created three sets of layouts shown below:



If you love these papers as much as I do, be sure to place your order before the end of May and I’ll send you a free cutting guide to make the three layouts shown above.



Happy Scrapping!

Jump On It July!

While you are waiting for the new Annual Inspirations book from CTMH, with all the new goodies, don’t forget to check out the “Retiring” and “While Supplies Last” items that are disappearing fast, as well as the FREE stamp set available only in July!


List of Retiring Items…

As you know, we always need to RETIRE some of our favorite products in order to make room for NEW items!  There are a lot of items on the list and a few are already sold out.  The list is good until the end of August, but it will be while supplies last. You can easily VIEW the RETIRING PRODUCT LINE here on my site.  Some items that are no longer available are the Chocolate and Outdoor Denim Faux Leather albums, Snowhaven Complements … and 1″ posts. However, the 1/2″ posts are still available for expanding our faux leather albums which can be found on this LINK.  Additionally, Brushed & Wanderful Workshops on the Go are SOLD OUT but the paper pack and complements can be purchased while supplies last.

I know many of you LOVE our color palette and will want to know what colors are retiring.

  • Outdoor Denim
  • Autumn Terracotta (great for fall)
  • Olive (green)
  • Indian Corn Blue (such a pretty hue)
  • Smokey Plum (victorian and lovely)
  • Ponderosa Pine (blue/green)
  • Barn Red (burnt red)

So, these are the products you would want to purchase NOW:

  • If a color is on your WISH LIST, purchase the INK PADS HERE.
  • If you have an INK PAD, you should juice it up and purchase the REINKERS HERE.
  • If you love the CARDSTOCK, purchase a PACK HERE.

Discounted products on Sale!

In addition, if you are looking for a some deals and savings, you may want to visit While Supplies Last section on my website HERE.  The list has recently been updated with new items to view and there are some great deals to be had there.

July’s $5 Hostess Stamp Set or Free SOTM Stamp set!

When you SHOP HERE for STAMP SETS (grab retiring ones before they are gone!), and purchase $25 worth, you’ll have the option of adding a Hostess stamp set (that were only available to Hostesses) to your cart:

Jump on Julyor grab the July Stamp of the Month for free!

Happy shopping!  I will have artwork to share soon using the July Stamp of the Month and Wanderful papers.  It’s an excellent stamp set for scrapbooking!

Lucky 5!

Never tried Studio J?

Well, here’s a great chance to start and see what you’ve been missing!


November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!


What’s Studio J, you ask?  It’s CTMH’s on-line scrapbooking program.  Now you can try it out on my website FREE!   You will need to set up a customer account, but don’t worry, that doesn’t obligate you to anything!  Just click here to see.   So here’s the deal!

1.  First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are only $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!
2.  Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3. If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders. This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory ProtectorsTM.

4.  For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

5.  And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

To make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart. With so many ways to win,
five may be new your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given
to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts.

Still Free to Be Me!!

There are only 10 days left to take advantage of the National Scrapbooking Month Special – Free To Be Me!

I’m still having fun creating with this fantastic paper pack.  Today’s creation is a flip stand photo album, just in time for Father’s Day:
Flip stand 7 Flip stand 6 Flip stand 5 Flip stand 4 Flip stand 3 Flip stand 2 flip stand 1 Flip stand
Of course I’ll add photos of our five children first!
Here’s the scoop if you haven’t seen it yet:
Filled with bold colors, embossed cardstock, and trendy vellum, this paper packet is perfect for your summer paper crafting needs!
  With the purchase of the paper packet, I will e-mail you the workshop guide to create two 2-page layouts and 3 cards.  Yippee!!  You will have so much fun with this…
Head on over to my website to order your Free To Be Me paper by clicking HERE!


Free to Be Me and You’ve Got a Friend

I just love CTMH’s Free to Be Me papers with May’s Stamp of the Month, “You’ve Got a Friend”! I challenged myself to create a card with each of the five images in the stamp set:


May SOTM cards


The vellum with gold embossed circles was so much fun for the “Love you to the Moon and Back!” sentiment, along with the rocket cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I really like the vellum over red CS. It was packaged that way when I got the paper pack and I was immediately drawn to the muted dark pinkish resulting background….


The multicolored triangle pattern paper is faintly “harlequin-ish” (is that even a word?) and matched the trendy mustache image for the “Merci Beaucoup” card…


The gold circle washi tape is a perfect complement to the gold embossed vellum on the apple card above. Love the paper pieced apple with the red patterned paper for the apple as well….


The words on the zip strip, including “awesome” go great as an arrow pointing to my favorite Randy Newman lyrics, “You’ve got a friend in me!”


Finally, the “You’re the Best” ribbon card looks great with the arrows paper and was cased from fellow consultant, Blythe Shupe.



The Free to Be Me paper pack and the May Stamp of the Month, “You’ve Got A Friend” are an awesome set!!  They are both lots of fun to play with and are available for only $5 each this month (with a qualifying order). You can get them on my CTMH website    along with directions for 6 more cards you can make. 

I just wanna’ be… Free to Be Me!!

National Scrapbooking Month Special – Free To Be Me!

Happy National Scrapbooking Month! 
It’s a month to celebrate our passion for paper and memories!!
And, of course, Close To My Heart jumped right in to create a fabulous special for you!
Filled with bold colors, embossed cardstock, and trendy vellum, this paper packet is perfect for your summer paper crafting needs!
I’ve got a lot of projects I’ll be showing you this month because I am SERIOUSLY IN LOVE with this paper!  I’ll start out today by showing you two layouts from the workshop guide that come with the kit, along with another layout and a half, and two cards:
Free to be me cards Free to be me 4 Free to be me 3 Free to be me 2 Free to be me 1
  With the purchase of the paper packet, I will e-mail you the workshop guide to create two 2-page layouts and 3 cards.  Yippee!!  You will have so much fun with this!!
Head on over to my website to order your Free To Be Me paper by clicking HERE!
I guarantee that working with this paper will make you happy!


Get Your Cricut On!

If you’ve been thinking about joining Close To My Heart, now is the time!
SIgn up Kit April Special copy


The New Consultant Kit has what you need to start your business right, including a huge supply of Close To My Heart products, all for only $99.

Whether you love creativity, community, business, or all three, you are welcome here! Join us and discover all the wonderful rewards of being a

Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. This kit can be free* through the Straight To The Top program. Ask me how!


During the month of April, join Close To My Heart for $99 and choose a FREE Cricut Collection!
Let me tell you, if I could join all over again, I would!  This is an amazing special!!
With a value of over $400, this kit is just plain over-the-top incredible!!
You can choose any Cricut Collection that you’d like – Art Philosophy, Artiste, or Artbooking.  Each collection has 700 images, three coordinating stamp sets, and three coordinating sheets of Dimensional Elements.  It truly can’t get any better than this!
You can join my team by clicking HERE
I’d love to answer any questions you might have.  You can post here, e-mail me at, or call me at (571)276-5405.  I would love to help you in any way that I can!

* New Consultants must sell $1,200 in qualifying product in their first 90 days; measurement period begins five days after kit shipment date. Price for the kit is then refunded in accordance with existing

Close To My Heart commission processing schedules. Refund includes only the price paid for the kit at the time of enrollment (after any discount or promotional pricing); shipping costs are nonrefundable.


Go Digital in March – Try it, You’ll Like it!



No kidding!  During March, Close To My Heart’s Studio J 2-page 12″ x 12″ layouts are only $5.  That’s a steal.





Did you know that statistics show that most scrapboookers spend about $9-$10 per 2-page traditional layout they create? That includes paper, embellishments, photo developing, etc.  So, at $5 per 2-page digital layout you are saving some serious dinero! That’s almost a $2 savings per layout from our regular price.


PLUS, you don’t even have to be a scrapbooker to use Studio J.  You just have to be someone with photos who wants to preserve them beautifully for their family.  It’s THAT EASY!  In fact, if you just want to order large or odd size prints of your photos, Studio J is the easiest and most economical way to do it.  You can get an 8×10, two 5×7’s, a 6×7, a 5×6, two 4×5’s, and four 2×3’s, to use on your conventional layouts, all for $5!   All Studio J layouts are top quality prints on photographic paper.


To try out Studio J, just head to the Studio J Page on my website. It’s absolutely FREE to play and build layouts…and it’s SO SIMLE AND USER FRIENDLY. Play around with your layouts, try out different color combinations and embellishments until you’ve got just the look you want and then use your digital image to create your layouts in conventional scrapbooking. You don’t pay a single penny unless you choose to purchase a print of your layout. If you do,  then be sure to purchase in March to to get that $5 price.  On April 1, it’s back to $6.95.

What do you get for $5 per layout?

  • Your 2-page 12″ x 12″ layout
  • 1 high resolution .jpg file of each page. This way you can print more at a later date if you want to. This is emailed to you after you place your order
  • 1 lower resolution .jpg file of the 2 pages together (like you see here in this post). This is great for posting online for friends and family members to see. This is also emailed to you after you order.


If you have questions or would like a FREE Studio J 30 minute training session with me, I’m at your beck and call (, 571-276-5405).  I’ve shared 2 of my Studio J layouts here today (one above and one below). Enjoy!


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