Friday, August 15, 2014
The new Shin Han markers that we're offering at Close to my Heart are great.  The blend nicely, have strong, vibrant colours and are lots of fun to play with.

And you have a chance to play with them at my upcoming workshop.  We'll be making this flighty and fabulous layout together, after I teach you some valuable marker techniques.

This workshop will be held on Sunday, September 21 at 1pm.  For $25, you'll learn some great techniques, and even get 2 markers to take home.  We'll learn about the colourless blender, shading with light and dark, and shading with grey.

To RSVP, email me at  Please reserve your space by August 31.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
This month's feature paper pack is "Chalk It Up".  I love it!  It's one of the first papers we got to play with at Convention, and it's one I know I'll be playing with all year long.

The graphics on this paper are fantastic!  Funky and iconic, they are great for school layouts, birthday cards, seaside photos, boys & girls, and so much more.  I really see this paper as being super versatile -- it can be used for SO much!

Here's a layout we created at Convention.  It was perfect for my teenage son's Grade 8 grad photos.

I love the embellishments too.  Aren't they fun?

At Convention, we also made a mini album using Chalk It Up Picture My Life cards.  It turned out great!  Take a look:

Now it's your turn.  What different ways can you see yourself using this amazing paper pack?

Monday, August 11, 2014
I love ribbon.

I love shimmer trim.

And I love, love, love Washi tape.

So one of the first pages I turned to in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book was the embellishments section.  And I wasn't disappointed.

New ribbon in Thistle and Slate, Black and Red.

New shimmer trim in Gold and Pink.

And new washi in fabulous new patterns.

What am I going to use all this for?  So many things!

Adding bling, sparkle and shine to cards.

Taping photos onto my layouts and into my My Crush albums.

Tying knots and bows to add texture and dimension.

Creating my own patterns.

And so much more!

What will you do with your ribbons, trim and washi?

Friday, August 8, 2014
Pocket scrapbooking is a great way to put together an album that looks great, with all the elements of good memory-keeping (like photos and journaling), and complete it in a couple of hours.  And in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book, there are 13 Picture My Life kits that are IDEAL for pocket scrapbooking.  So that's why they're on my TOP 10 products to showcase.

#8  Picture My Life

Because there are 13 great kits, instead of 5 great new designs, here are 13 reasons why you will LOVE Picture my Life.

1. Fast and easy - you can put together a whole album in a couple of hours.
2. All inclusive kit -- just add your photos -- at an affordable price.
3. Coordinates with our papers and cardstock so you can make your own cards and still match!
4. Add embellishments and stamps to take your layouts to the next level.
5. You can still create "layouts" by sorting and categorizing your photos -- pocket pages create a cohesive look.
6. You don't have to be limited by pockets -- crop and use a 4x6 in 2-3x4 pockets, create a mosaic look, etc. OR Crop a picture small and mount it on a 4x6 card.
7. Can mix traditional layouts with PML layouts
8. It's easy to add even more photos with 4x6 and 3x4 Flip Flips -- can NOW get a whole pack of 3x4!!
9. Got extra cards? Use them on other projects like cards, mini albums and home decor.
10. Want even more value? Split and share with a friend. You get multiples of each card (2-4x6 and 3-3x4).
11. Cards are double sided but you get 2 or 3 of each, so you don't have to worry about "wasting" one side of a card if you like both sides.
12. Because cards are double sided, you don't have to double up. Let one image show through on one side and the other side show through on the next page.
13. The kits are flexible. Make your album as big or as small as you want. You can easily add more pocket pages as you need them.

And here's a BONUS reason:  Get a BONUS pack of 10 Memory Protectors for just $3!

Purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $27.50, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3

Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3, you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s).Shipping/
handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($10.95). 
Qualifying Memory Protectors include: Design 1, Design 2, Design 3, Design 4, Design 5, Top Load, 

Side Load, and Variety Pack.

Monday, August 4, 2014
Happy Holiday Monday!  I hope you are enjoying some nice weather, putting your feet up and flipping through your new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book!  Ready for another thing that I love?

#9  Nine new paper packs and five new colours of cardstock!

That's right.  The Annual Inspirations features NINE new fabulous paper collections, including paper packs, Workshops on the Go, Complements embellishments and Assortments.  And I will tell you -- I AM IN LOVE!  With 9 different themes, you'd think there would be one that I don't like.  But the selection in this Idea Book is AWESOME.  I love them all (and I'm not just saying that!)!!

Here's just a sneak peek!  You'll have to see the Idea Book to see them all up close!

So much fun!  So much potential.

Can I let you in on a little secret?  One of my FAVOURITE new papers is called "Chalk it up"!  I've already had some fun with it, which you will see next week.

That's right.  CTMH has updated its Whimsy Colour palette and the new colours are gorgeous!  Rich and warm, these colours have a real vibrancy, even though they are pastels.  Take a look:

OK.  Have I whet your appetite?  Are you as excited as I am to play with these new papers?

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Right now, there's nothing trendier than owls and they can be a real hoot.  And when it comes to this amazing stamp set, the owls are super cute too!

It comes complete with lots of pieces to "build your own" owls for whatever occasion you're celebrating.  Maybe you'll even skip the owls and use the other stamps, like I did below.

Supplies: Seaside B&T, Sunset, Honey and Colonial White cardstock,
Chalk It Up Assortment, White Enamel stars and Shin Han markers.

Supplies: Chalk It Up PML card, Flaxen and Colonial White cardstock,
Chalk It Up Assortment, Teal shimmer trim and Shin Han markers.

Supplies: Confetti Wishes B&T, Outdoor Denim and Colonial White cardstock,
Silver sequins, Thistle, Canary, Crystal Blue, Pacifica and Pear inks.

This month, you can get this stamp set for just $5 with a qualifying order of $50 or more.  Contact me at for details or to place your order.  Or shop online.

Friday, August 1, 2014
It's HERE! This is my favourite time of year because I finally get to share a whole bunch of things I've been keeping secret for the last month.  New products, new artwork, new things to play with!  And I know you're going to love it just as much as I do!

It's the newest Close to my Heart Idea Book, complete with amazing papers, unique stamps, gorgeous artwork and so much more to inspire your creativity!  

This month, I am going to be showcasing my Top 10 favourite things in the new Idea Book.  So join me again and again and let me show you what I love!  

#10  A whole year of inspiration!!

That's right.  This Idea Book good for ONE WHOLE YEAR, from August 1st (TODAY!!) until July 31, 2015.  That means you can plan your crafting according to your schedule, vacations, holidays and special events.  This book includes tons of gorgeous products for different seasons, 12 months of the Stamp of the Month program, and lots of foundational products like albums, tools and embellishments.  

How are we going to keep things fresh throughout the year?  We're also going to have 2 "midi" sized Seasonal Expressions, 32 full-sized pages with ALL NEW products.  The first S.E. will arrive in December (until March) and will feature Spring and Valentines goodies.  The second S.E. (April - July) will have more seasonal fun and ALL NEW product.

Keep coming back for more reasons why YOU should get your own copy of the CTMH Annual Inspirations.  

You can see the Annual Inspirations Idea Book RIGHT NOW online at  

And if you'd like your very own copy, please email me at  We can arrange to meet in person, or I can mail it to you.  However, a shipping fee will apply to all Idea Books mailed.

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