Why I Became a Close to My Heart Consultant Blog Hop


Today, I am sharing with you the April special which is especially for New Consultants.  I can still remember opening up my New Consultant Kit 8 years ago.  I began my journey with Close to My Heart because I was in love with the wonderful products.  I liked everything and was impressed with the quality. I am so happy to be a part of this great company.  They pay close attention and listen to both consultants and customers.  They have held that high level of quality and continue to produce product that I love.

I started out simply for a discount on my scrapbooking supplies and worked to stay an active consultant.  Next I started a monthly club and my goal was to earn enough to pay for what I was purchasing, basically to support my habit ;-).  It is so much fun sharing my passion for scrapbooking and crafting with customers and teaching new techniques.  Now I am at a point in my life where I am ready to invest more time and my current goal is to grow a team.


The layout I created today truly shows why I became a CTMH Consultant.  These pictures of my youngest daughter just make my heart full.  They show her character and free spirit.  Scrapbooking allows me to feel this over and over, while I am creating my layout and when I go back and look through my scrapbooks.  Scrapbooking gives me a creative outlet and adult “play” time.  I have also chosen some of my favorite CTMH products to showcase.  I love the quality of the My Acrylic Stamps and the Page Protectors.  Flip Flaps have the same quality as the Page Protectors and are a great way to expand my pages when I have more photos to share.  And I chose my favorite paper, Kaleidoscope.Be Yourself Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used: Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Diamonds Are Forever Stamp Set, Inks (Gypsy, Cotton Candy, Pear ), Cardstock (Gypsy, Pear, Crystal Blue), Artbooking Cricut Collection, Pink Enamel Gems, Bitty Sparkles, 3D Foam Tape, and 4×6 Flip Flaps.  I also used a couple of my must-have, use-all-the-time, can’t-scrap-without tools when creating this layout: Versamat, Tweezers, and Ruler.

Flip Flaps in action:

Flip Flaps example layout by Wendy Kessler


If you have ever thought about joining Close to My Heart, this month is a great time to do so!  There are so many great benefits for you from the low-priced New Consultant Kit with $50 in Select Product Credit to a FREE Cricut Collection or an additional $100 in Select Product Credit and then there are Straight to the Top Rewards on top of that!  Whether you want to join as a hobbyist or make this a business, I can help you with whichever is right for you.  Join today!

If you are following the hop, you should be coming from Michelle Battitori and Wendy Coffman is your next stop!

A full list of participants can be found HERE.

Mother’s Day Stamp Sets

5½” x 4¼” Out of All the Moms Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 30
B1509 My Acrylix® My Mother
X7205B Charlotte Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
X5929 Whisper Cardstock
Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3188 Paintbrush Set


Happy Mother’s Day Takeout Box
M1137 My Acrylix® A Day for Mother
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5779 Poppy Cardstock
Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z3161 Base & Bling Rhinestones—Faux Silver
Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection
Cricut® Shape: Artiste 2″ Shift+3D Object <$> (cut 2, p. 34)


Teacher Appreciation


3″ x 3″ Teachers Have Heart Card
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1386 Black Cardstock
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems

4″ x 4″ World’s Greatest Teacher Takeout Box
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5928 Saddle Cardstock
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Pad
Z2446 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Black Marker
Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker
Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine
Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
4″ <Tag4> (p. 60)
.6″ <Circle1> (p. 21, created in Cricut® Design Space)


How to Take Better Photos for Your Scrapbooks

Wendy Whitacre from Blue Lily photography shares tips for taking better photos for your scrapbooks.

Georgie Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit

On May 13, we will be creating the Georgie Scrapbooking Workshop.  If you are in Club, this is the time to order.  You need to order by April 8 by contacting me or joining the correct gathering on my website to receive it by the scheduled workshop date.

The Georgie Workshop on the Go Kit includes:
1 – My Reflections Georgie Paper Packet
1 – My Acrylix Georgie Workshop Stamp Set
3 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Peacock, 1 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Georgie Assortment
1 – Grey Enamel Gems
1 – Instructional Brochure

Basic Workshop on the Go supplies: All Workshops On the Go Kits use some or all basic supply items which I recommend you bring with you.  These items include a paper trimmerscissorsspongepiercing and embossing tool kitMy Acrylix blocks for stamping, and adhesives of your choice (which may include Liquid GlassGlue Dots3-D Foam, etc.)


Additional Supplies required to complete:
Canary Exclusive Inks Pad, Juniper Exclusive Inks Pad, Whisper Exclusive Inks Pad

Coordinating products:
Georgie Complements
Aqua Shimmer Trim
C1620 Baby Zoo Stamp Set
B1505 Baby & Friends Stamp Set
B1506 Little Presents Stamp Set

Coordinating colors for cardstock and inks): Canary, Champagne, Juniper, Slate, Whisper, White Daisy

When you place an order of $50 or more, you get the Stamp of the Month set for only $5.
The Stamp of the Month is:
April – Life in Pictures

The current Constant Campaign is:
April – Baby I’m Worth It! (Sign up as a Consultant in April and earn amazing rewards!)

Additional Layout: (directions on my website)