Thursday, September 6, 2018

Look Through The New Close to my Heart Idea Book & Catalog

Have you had a chance to look through the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book yet? 


You'll want to be sure to set some "me" time aside ASAP and turn the pages of this brand-new idea book! Not only is the artwork phenomenal and inspiring...the new products are amazing!

Here is some of the artwork featuring some of my favorite products. But don't just take my word for it...check it out yourself. View the idea book or go straight to the new products.

What are some of your favorite new products?

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Quick Tip Video: How to Open Your CTMH Shimmer Brush + WIN ONE!


My name is Jayma and I am obsessed with Close to my Heart's Shimmer Brushes. So much so, that I want to give you one. Find out how to enter below.

Shimmer brushes add the perfect amount of sparkle and shine to just about any project. There's little to no drying time and it won't rub off on you or make a mess!

These brushes can be a little tricky to start the flow of shimmer goodness, but once you know how, it's super quick and easy!

Watch my quick tip video below (or on YouTube HERE) to see how!

Shimmer brushes come in several color choices, and due to their popularity, more colors were just released in the new catalog! YAY!

Here's how:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel 
  2. COMMENT on this video over on YouTube to let me know that you subscribed!
  3. I'll choose a winner on 9/15 - winner gets to choose which color of Shimmer Brush you want!

Check out all the Shimmer Brush colors >

P.S. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel and COMMENT on this video to be entered to WIN a free shimmer brush in your choice of color!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunburst and Cricut-Cut Card | CTMH You Are The Sunshine In My Pocket

I was going through some artwork and realized I never shared this card here! There are some soon-to-retire and some retired products here.

You could use so many different stamps with this design! I used the Feb. 2018 stamp of the month, Sunny Thoughts, which is now retired, but I am sure you can find something that you already have that would work!

I used a few fun techniques and mixed a lot of different paper kits and products. Here is a breakdown...

  • To make the rays I cut 1-1/4” x 6” strips and then cut at a diagonal.
  • Embellishments are gold glitter gems and gold shimmer brush on rays (although you can’t tell in photo, it’s such a pretty, perfect shimmer in real life)! 
  • The blue paper is Pacifica from the Adventure Fundamentals paper pack. (Central Park also has a great Pacifica pattern. (Side note: Pacifica is retiring on Aug. 31 so if you love it like I do, be sure to snag the inks!
  • Yellow papers are from Whimsy fundamentals and Stargazer (retired). There's a great yellow sunburst pattern in the Central Park paper packet that would work well for this design!
  • Clouds are from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. It’s now retired, but Artistry has a few cloud cuts.
  • I inked the yellow edges with canary ink and blue with Broken China Distress Oxide ink (it was a closer match to the lighter shade of Pacifica). 
Central Park Paper Pack
(retires Aug. 31)

Adventure Fundamentals Paper Pack
(retires Aug. 31)

Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack(retires Aug. 31)

All of the colors below will retire on Aug. 31 - just a few days away!! If you love any of them, be sure to stock up on inks & cardstock

You can see EVERYTHING that is "GOING SOON" in one convenient spot HERE.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tribute to my Fur-Baby in Doggy Heaven: Story by Stacy + CTMH Short Story Memory Album

Happy weekend!

This past week marked one year since my fur-baby, Oslo, went to doggy heaven. 🌈

My husband and I shed quite a few tears as we reminisced our sweet boy. Isn't it amazing how much a part of the family our fur-babies are?! 🐾

To commemorate, I finally finished his memory album and created this walkthrough video to share with you. I added some still shots below.

I love that his memory will live on and we can look back on these memories anytime. The journaling throughout will not only help us to never forget the important details, but our kids and generations to come can pick up this book in the future and see how special this crazy dog was to us!

I am in LOVE with the new Short Story kit! I love the concept - it really did make this come together quick and easy. I had wanted to do an album for Oslo for months but was overwhelmed and undecided on how to go about it. This was the perfect platform.

I shed quite a few tears as I looked through my photos, journaled, and put this album together. But making and then especially finishing the memory album was therapeutic! It's amazing how this sort of accomplishment helps bring peace and closure.

I added extra pages and a few extra supplies - the coordinating Simply Said alpha stamps, four 6x6 page protectors, 2 sheets of White Daisy cardstock, red gems, silver glitter gems (swoon!), a 3x4 flip flap, and some Central Park alpha stickers. Enjoy the photos! 😊

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Here is a close-up of the journaling if you'd like to read it. My husband and I each wrote our own perspective of our story. I used a 3" x 4" flip flap (and small text!) to be able to fit it all on the page.

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This really was a fun mini album to put together! Kudos to Stacy Julian and CTMH for introducing such an amazing product!

If you are a scrapbooker:
You will love how easy and approachable this kit makes putting your "Short Story" together.

If you are NOT a scrapbooker:
You will love how easy and approachable this kit makes putting your "Short Story" together!!!

Who is this kit for?
This kit is designed for ANYONE to tell the story of a special person, place, or event in your life, and feel creatively confident! It was perfect for me to tell the story of my one-of-a-kind special dog. But you could tell the story about a loved one who has passed away OR is still alive. A family vacation or multiple trips over the years to the same special location. An event such as a family reunion, wedding, graduation, or baby's first year. You could even document a series of smaller events, like accomplishing bucket list items or a child's birthday over the years. The options are endless.

The concept is designed to get your photos off of your phone/computer and into a book. It's not about making it perfect or having the photos in the perfect order (something that always hangs me up). It helps you to stop THINKING about getting your story down and actually DOING IT!

It is not your typical scrapbook - there is actually a method to doing it - and doing it quickly and more simplified. It is suggested that you start with 25-35 photos (or more - I started with 75 but ended up with fewer than that!). Then you crop your photos, adhere them to your pages in an unconventional way, and embellish!

I am hooked and can't wait to do my next one!

How Do I Get This Kit That Makes Memory-Keeping EASY?!
Beginning Sept. 1, you will be able to purchase this kit for yourself and tell your own "Short Story" through photos, journaling, and a unique method to assembling that makes it approachable for anyone!

Story by Stacy Short Story Kit
(Coming Sept. 1)
The kit includes a workbook that provides step-by-step instructions to create an album, plus the following materials:

  • 10 –6" x 6" Memory Protectors™ (extras available separately)
  • 12 –patterned paper sheets (6" x 6")
  • 20 –White Daisy cardstock sheets (6" x 6")
  • 4–sticker and die-cut sheets (6" x 6")
  • 1 –Black & White Dots1 –white twine (1 yd.)
  • 1 –black & white gingham ribbon (3 yds.)

You'll also need a photo trimmer, journaling pen, and adhesive. This workshop includes trimming 4"x 6" photos into a variety of smaller sizes. I highly recommend our small guillotine-style photo trimmer - it's my favorite tool right now. Seriously, where has it been all my life?! And our journaling pen is also a favorite of mine. I love that it isn't a really harsh black - it's a soft black, almost charcoal color so it still stands out but doesn't take away from your artistry :)


Stay tuned for online class opportunities.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Short on Time + Beautiful Scrapbooks = Possible!

 If you are like me and any of these ring true...

  • You have lots of memories waiting to be documented
  • You love to play with paper and want to preserve those memories in a scrapbook
  • You often think, "if only there were more hours in the day..."
  • You long to play with your craft supplies and stay up-to-date on your family's scrapbooks!
  • It would be ever-so-helpful to be able to create an extra 48 layouts per year in a FLASH 💥

Then, my friends, Close to My Heart’s new Craft with Heart subscription may just be for you! You will receive regular deliveries of project kits that will help you get those memories into scrapbooks!!! 🙌 

The Craft with Heart 💓 subscription sends you a pre-cut layout kit for every month. Each kit comes with all you need to make (2) two-page scrapbook layouts:
  • Pre-printed base pages
  • Pre-cut paper pieces
  • Die-cuts
  • Stickers
  • Three 12" x 12" Memory Protectors! 

Take a look at the layouts included in the upcoming months. So stinkin' cute, right?! You can see more info or subscribe HERE.

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You have 3 Craft with Heart subscription options depending on how often you want to receive your deliveries. The 12-month option is definitely the best deal and also includes free 4x6 prints from Persnickety Prints! (The 12-Month option is the only option right now - the monthly and 4-month options will be available beginning Sept. 1.)

Note that the Craft With Heart subscription does not work in conjunction with the stamp of the month or Hostess Rewards. In order to give you these awesome discounts and free shipping, it is its own stand-alone program. But instead, you get discounted pricing and free shipping with the 12-month subscription!