Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Why is Now The Perfect Time to Join CTMH?

If you've been thinking of joining the Close to my Heart family, now is the time! The new and expanded Holiday Expressions Idea Book launches on Sept. 1, but you can join now and have early access to all of the new goodies that will be available to Consultants on Aug. 1! 

Close to my Heart has become such an important part of my life over the last 10 years in so many ways...so I can't help but share the opportunity with you so that you might be able to find the same joy I have!

Here's a peek at what the Idea Book looks like!
Let me tell you, it is packed with so many awesome new products. Including the next Story By Stacy product (from Stacy Julian herself!). We received a new Story By Stacy kit at Convention and I'm having so much fun with it!

The CTMH kit is fully customizable!

The New Consultant kit comes with business essentials such as catalogs, stamps, cardstock, micro-tip scissors, ink, paper samples, and more. Christmas in July, anyone?

Plus you get $50 in CTMH Cash to choose what else you want! 
That's like paying only $25 for all the goodies you see below PLUS you get access to automatic 22% discount on all of your CTMH supplies. That includes what you buy with your $50 in CTMH cash...you get your discount on top of receiving the product credit, so it's an even higher value. WHAAAAAT? I wish I could buy the kit again!

Is this the time for you? 

I recently went to CTMH's Annual Convention in Las Vegas and was blown away by all that the Home Office is doing to set us Consultants up for success. They are helping us in so many ways...coming out with on-trend, awesome new products is just one of them! They are also giving us more tools to host workshops or classes without spending a lot of time prepping and planning, which is a huge perk for me.

I'd love to share all of the new information with you if you join my team

Why Join My Paper Divas Team?

I LOVE my team and am so grateful to be a Director and be able to share my love of CTMH and the knowledge I've learned in my 10 years with the company. We have a private Facebook group where I share tips, artwork, workshop ideas, incentive gifts, and other inside info with them! (And everyone else is encouraged to share, too!) It's a fabulous, interactive, uplifting group I would love for you to be a part of our family, too. 

I was humbled to be recognized onstage at Convention as a new Director. I am truly blessed to be a part of this company and grateful for my amazing team! *mwah!*

Read all about joining my team HERE. I look forward to welcoming you to the Paper Divas!

Please feel free to email me or message me on Facebook if you have any questions at all. 

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I hope you have a blessed day!

P.S. Learn more about joining CTMH here >

P.P.S. Ready to join?  Head here >

Friday, June 22, 2018

50% Off Cricut Collections + More Crafting Discounts!

Oh. My. Gosh.

I can't contain my excitement for today/tomorrow's FLASH SALE!!

CTMH's Cricut collections are 50% off! (With the physical cartridge - good news for those of you with Expressions AND Explore machines!)

But the sale ends tomorrow: Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 PST (5:00 EST).
Shop now or read on...

What's In CTMH's Cricut Collections?

I'm glad you asked! The Cricut collections are regularly $99, and even that is a really great value. You get so much...
  • The Cricut cartridge, which has hundreds of cuts on it (like 700!), including an exclusive font, shapes, and titles.
  • 3 clear acrylic stamp sets which coordinate with cuts on the cartridge! If you are not familiar with CTMH's stamp sets, they are what made me fall in love with this company. They are super high quality.
  • 24 sheets of high-quality cardstock in 12 different colors.
To learn more about each of the Cricut collections in the sale, you can view the page on my blog for each one of them (linked below) or I've also linked to them on my website if you're ready to buy at 50% off! (If it's after 6/23 at 2pm PST the links will still work, but the sale price will sadly be gone.)

Cricut Artbooking: Learn More | Shop

Cricut Artfully Sent: Learn More (YouTube Videos) | Shop

Cricut Artistry: Learn More | Shop

Learn More | Shop

Jewelry Organizer?

This accessory roll-up is pretty cool for your crafting accessories. But it also makes a perfect travel organizer for your jewelry! Each side of the zipper has several small compartments that zip closed, perfect for safe-keeping of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and other small jewels you want to keep untangled and safe! Better yet, it's 50% off!

Here's a glimpse at some of the other items on sale. Shop now >

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to Print Various Photo Sizes with Canon Selphy Printer for Scrapbooking & Pocket Scrapbooking


Today I'm sharing some tips with you on how I print my photos for use on scrapbook and pocket page layouts (like Project Life or CTMH's Picture my Life). Scroll down for my video tutorial, which will walk you through everything, but I wanted to give some written explanations as well.

Printing Photos On Demand

I like to print my photos on demand because that way I can print them specifically for the layout I'm working on. I like the flexibility because I never know ahead of time which way my design will go! But if you are more of a planner, you can also use these tips for ordering 4x6 prints from a photo site such as FreePrints (they have a great app for ordering right from your phone), Persnickety PrintsCostco, etc. I occasionally use all of these sites for ordering photos.

I use the PicFrame collage app on my iPhone to create 3x4 photos and other sizes such as 2x3 & 4x4, all within a 4x6 collage. In my video, I'll show you how to save the collage as a 4x6 photo to then print to a Selphy photo printer or send to a photo service. It prints via wifi so you can print right from your phone to the printer. It's so handy!

What is the Cost to Print on a Selphy?

Most of the time I use my Canon Selphy to print my photos. It's so handy! I’ve calculated it’s approx 32 cents per 4x6 for ink/paper (based on Amazon's price). I have the Selphy CP910 but there are newer models. Even though it’s more expensive per-photo to print on the Selphy, I end up saving in the long run because I print only what I need in the sizes I need for the project I use them on.

Are the Selphy Prints Archival?

Canon guarantees that the Selphy prints will last for 100 years (and may last longer). The photos also come out of the printer instantly dry, thanks to the clear top coat, so you don't need to worry about smudging ink. This coating also makes it water resistant. My kids have gotten water on some of my prints before using them and I simply wiped them off!

Does the Selphy Print True 4"x6"? What About 5"x7"?

One downside of using the Selphy is that you lose about 1/8” in length, so the final photo is approx. 4” x 5-7/8”. It doesn’t bother me enough to not use it but something to keep in mind. Convenience > 6"! In my video I give some tips on how to avoid any unwanted cropping. There is not a 5x7 printing option, but when I need a 5x7 or larger (not often), I usually order it from a photo site or in a pinch, print on my larger home printer (a Canon PIXMA photo-quality printer).

On to The Video Tutorial/Review!

Here's my video tutorial/review of the Selphy on how to use the PicFrame app, how to save the collage photo, and print on the Selphy. Plus there are also lots of little tips in between from my experience with this process.

(Watch below or in HD on YouTube. If you like this video, please be sure to subscribe to my channel!)


PicFrame App

*I am not being compensated for my thoughts or links to products/services except for products offered through Close to my Heart. I am a Close to my Heart Consultant and if you purchase the photo trimmer or other scrapbooking supplies through me I will earn a commission at no additional cost to you.*

Thursday, May 24, 2018

3 Ways to Add More Photos to Your Scrapbook Layouts | Process Video Using CTMH Postcard Perfect


Today I have another process video to share with you. This covers the last layout I created using the Postcard Perfect Cut Above scrapbook kit. This kit makes me so happy. I love the bright colors and happy, tropical theme. (But as you'll see below, my photos are not super tropically - so it's pretty versatile!) Plus it makes scrapbooking SO easy, anyone can do it, and it is still fun and challenging for those who are seasoned scrapbookers!

In this video, I'll show you 3 ways to add even more photos than the kit called for (these ways can be used on any layout, not just this one). I used my not-so-secret weapon from yesterday's scrapbook process video (Pocket Plus Page Protectors) and combined it with another not-so-secret weapon: Flip Flaps! These products are a match made in heaven for scrappers like me (and probably you, too?) who like to add more photos to our layouts!

Be sure to watch my process video below or over on YouTube to see how I added more photos in 3 ways! Also be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel

In this second process video using CTMH's Postcard Perfect Cut Above Layout Kit, I assembled Layout #2 (find Layouts #1 & #3 here). I added more photos in these 3 ways:
  • Incorporated more photos on the 12x12 layout by printing them smaller and rearranging them slightly.
  • Added a Pocket Plus Page Protector to include in between my layout in my album without obstructing the design or needing to create more layouts for this event.
  • Added a Flip Flap to the Pocket Plus Page protector to add 2 more photos 
(Note: You can also add Flip Flaps onto 12x12 Pocket Pages or 12x12 scrapbook layouts. Be sure to add it to the outside of the page protector.

Isn't this layout adorable? Again, I can't take all the credit...they were pre-designed by CTMH. I added more photos by changing the layout slightly and adding Pocket Plus Page Protectors, but I kept the integrity of the design which kept the embellishing easy! 

I love that this Cut Above layout kit comes with everything pre-cut and pre-designed, INCLUDING page protectors, so all you have to do is assemble and add photos. Easy peasy!

This kit and collection of amazing tropical-themed coordinating products are ONLY available in May 2018 for National Scrapbook Month (NSM). Grab yours >

Here's a look at each 12x12 page individually (without the Pocket Plus).

Want to see everything in this collection close-up? Check out my VIDEO WALKTHROUGH of everything available in the Postcard Perfect Collection.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Easy Scrapbooking - How to Add More Photos to Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit Layouts 1 & 3 | Process Video


Today I have a process video to share with you. But not just any process video. I'm using a scrapbook kit that makes scrapbooking SO easy, anyone can do it, yet still fun for those who are seasoned scrapbookers! PLUS, I'll show you how I was able to add way more photos than the kit called for.

How cute are these layouts? I can't take all the credit...they were pre-designed for me. I altered them just a tad to fit more photos, but still kept the integrity of the design. 

But wait...there are more photos not even shown here! Watch my process video below to see how I added more.
Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit - Layout #1
(3 extra photos shown, plus watch my video to see how I added even MORE photos!)

Postcard Perfect Cut Above Kit - Layout #2
(Added 5 extra photos!)

In this first video, I assembled two of the layouts (#1 & #3) from CTMH's Postcard Perfect Cut Above Layout Kit. There is one more layout that I'll share in another video this week. This kit and collection of amazing tropical-themed coordinating products are only available in May 2018 for National Scrapbook Month (NSM).

Watch the video below or over on YouTube. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel!

I love that this Cut Above layout kit comes with everything pre-cut and pre-designed, INCLUDING page protectors, so all you have to do is assemble and add photos. Easy peasy! I changed it up a little, while still keeping most of the design and embellishments as intended, but was able to add many more photos on the layout and using my not-so-secret weapon: Pocket Plus Page Protectors.

Want to see more of this luscious collection? Check out my VIDEO WALKTHROUGH of everything available in the Postcard Perfect Collection.

Thanks for visiting today!


Journal Pen (my new fave!)
View all Cut Above Layout Kits (some are on clearance!)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

National Scrapbooking Month Specials + Video Close-Up of Postcard Perfect Products!

It’s finally May, which means it’s officially National Scrapbooking Month! I have had a hard time keeping all of the great products available this month to myself. But now's the time to share!

Not only do we have a BRAND NEW Seasonal Expressions catalog as of today, but to celebrate NSM, Close to my Heart created a special paper packet, coordinating cardstock packet, a stamp set, and a Cut Above® layout kit called Postcard Perfect! You can even get the whole bundle at a significant savings.

I will be sharing the artwork I created with this suite of paper products and other new products from the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book/Catalog all month long on all of my social media sites. Be sure to follow here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest for continuous inspiration!

To kick things off, let's take a closer look at all of the Postcard Perfect suite of products that are available this month. Here's a video I put together showing the exclusive stamp set, paper pack, cardstock pack, and Cut Above layout kit. You can view it below or on YouTube.

Learn more about all of the Postcard Perfect products.

These items are only available during the month of May, while supplies last, so don’t miss out and get it while you can! Shop now >

If you want to get the Cut Above Layout kit FREE, become a Close To My Heart Consultant or host a qualifying party any time this month.

Happy national scrapbooking month to you, all of my scrapbooking (and cardmaking) friends! I'll be back soon with more fun things to share!

Friday, April 20, 2018


Happy Fri-YAY! Yay is right...there's a big 24-hour sale on my Close to my Heart website right now! Check it out!

I have a Mystery Hostess Party open on my website - if you join that party and place an order of $25 or more, I will be drawing a winner for all the Hostess Rewards on May 20. It could be you!!!

The SALE is only for 24 hours (11am Friday til 11am Saturday Pacific Time). 

There's LOTS to choose from! Here's just a sampling...

P.S. Don't forget to join the "Mystery Hostess" party for a chance to reap ALL of the Hostess Rewards! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Baby Boy or Baby Girl Scrapbook Layout Kit - 10 Layouts/20 Pages!

I am LOVING Close to my Heart's Cut Above layout kits lately. I just finished the 3-layout tropical-themed kit that is part of the May 2018 National Scrapbooking Month special (more to come on that soon!) I love it so much...it was so quick and easy and FUN to put together that I just bought this Baby Boy kit. I haven't put it together yet, but I'll share once I do. I couldn't wait to show it to you.

Scroll down for Process Video on how to assemble the kit.

The kit comes with enough materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, and instructions. Also includes 11 top-load Memory Protectors. (And let me tell you, CTMH's memory protectors are all I'll use - they are such high quality.)
Here are a few of the layouts that you will make in the kit. You can see photos of all of the layouts here. You can see the Baby Girl kit here.

SO CUTE, RIGHT?! (See all the layout here.)

Here's a process video that Close to my Heart created to show you how to put the layouts together. This one is for Baby Girl, but they are done the same way! Watch below or in HD on YouTube. Enjoy!

Additional Coordinating Products

If you have more photos than will fit on these pages, don't worry! There are also coordinating Picture My Life™ cards that perfectly match this kit. (The Story Begins Baby Boy) I love mixing pocket scrapbooking with my 12" x 12" scrapbooking. You can slide your photos and the Picture My Life cards into Pocket Memory Protectors and add them to your album for even more pages. Here are all of the Memory Protector options.

You may also be interested in the Baby Girl Cut Above Layout Kit and Baby Girl Picture My Life Cards.

Save 30% On An Album

When you purchase this kit, you can save 30% on a My Legacy™ album of your choice! (IMPORTANT: Add your discounted album by clicking the Album Add-on special In the shopping cart page after adding your layout kit to make sure it's the sale price.) Check out album options >

April Stamp of the Month for $5

In April only, you can get this adorable D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5 with a purchase of $50 or more on my website. Here's some beautiful artwork inspiration from CTMH:

April Stamp of the Month, Color Your Life

Friday, April 13, 2018

Make Two Cards from One 4"x6" Pocket Card + Scraps from Make Waves Paper Packet

I have two cards and a quick process video for you today. I love the colors and patterns that are in the Make Waves paper pack. It looks at first like a mermaid theme (to much delight from my daughter!), but it's so versatile. If mermaids aren't your thing, you can use the patterns on the opposite side and you have some beautiful, soothing colors and patterns to work with. There's also a coordinating cardstock pack available, but I didn't even need any cardstock for these cards!

I love that CTMH's paper packs come with a cut-apart page for pocket cards. Sometimes I use them for my pocket scrapbooking/Project Life, but they also work well on cards!
These cards use the February stamp of the month from Close to my Heart, which is no longer available, but you could easily use any sentiment stamp such as Many Congratulations, Happily Ever After or Flourishes that are currently available.
I stamped the sentiments in Archival Black ink. I like to use archival because it gives a bolder/darker impression. It does stain your clear acrylic stamps a bit, but I'm ok with that.

I kept this card very simple; just added some black shimmer trim (it's like tape - I'm addicted), clear sparkles, and Make Waves sequins (which are now out of stock).

Here's my process video. You can watch it below or over on YouTube.

I'd love if you subscribe to my channel!

If you like this Make Waves paper, be sure to snag it soon. It will retire, along with the rest of the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, on April 30! Shop now >

You can also get the Make Waves paper in a Scrapbooking Kit and select patterns in a Cardmaking Kit.

Make Waves Paper Pack

April Stamp of the Month
Only $5 with a $50 purchase!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

What Would Your Choose With $50 in CTMH Cash?

I have something very important to share with you. Because crafty friends make sure other crafty friends know about the best crafty deals, right? Well, this is one of those deals.

Did you know that it's only $75 to join Close to my Heart?

And normally in your New Consultant Kit you get over $200 in NEW goodies...

Including $50 in CTMH Cash to buy almost ANYTHING you want right away...

  • Stamps
  • Inks
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Packs
  • Card or Scrapbook Kits
  • Complements
  • Acrylic stamp blocks
  • And more

You can even get NEW products that are not available to the public until May 1.

PLUS, here's the BONUS in April...

You get an extra FOUR free stamp sets in your New Consultant Kit this month that are not even available yet!!!

That's an extra $71.80 bonus value in your kit - FREE! That means...

$75 = $284 in April!

How adorable are these stamps?
FREE Stamp of the Month sets in New Consultant Kits in April!
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These freebies are the May-August stamp of the month sets so you'll get them ahead of time before they are even available.

What else do I get as a Consultant?

I'm glad you asked :) When you join my Paper Divas team, you can start enjoying these rewards:
  • 22% base commission on product purchases and sales, with the potential to earn even more!
  • Opportunity to make money doing what you love: crafting.
  • Flexibility to earn extra income while working your own hours.
  • New Consultant Kit full of product valued over $200! 
  • $50 in CTMH Cash immediately upon sign-up.
  • Free Consultant website so your friends can shop with you online!
  • Opportunities for other exciting incentives, like trips, crafting products, and more!
  • My support as a Director with 10 years with Close to my Heart!
  • Any of my workshop files for FREE!
  • Access to our Paper Divas private Facebook team page for support, friendship, incentives, and fun.

Ready to join? Sign up >

If you have ANY questions whatsoever, feel free to email me at jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com or leave a note on my Facebook page. I'm here to help you!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Cricut Flower Market Card and Matching Gift Container + Video Tutorial: Pretty In Pink Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Blog Hops With Heart Blog Hop! This month our theme is "Pretty in Pink" to go along with Close to my Heart's Pretty In Pink special for the month. (But our projects don't necessarily coincide with the items on sale.) I always say this, but I'll say it again: this is a truly talented group of ladies that I get to hop with each month - be sure to check out all of their projects! They will wow you! You may have come from Lalia, but if not, keep going and you'll make your way around in a circle!

I am sharing a card and gift container that I made using a Gerbera Daisy cut on CTMH's Flower Market cartridge. Can you guess what I upcycled to use as the gift container? Watch my video tutorial to find out!

You can watch my video tutorial below (or on YouTube - be sure to subscribe!). Keep scrolling to see more still shots of the card and gift container and to continue the hop.

I used a retired CTMH paper pack for the black-and-white polka dot paper and the vellum. But our Basic Fundamentals paper pack or Silver and Gold paper pack with our vellum would be lovely for this design! (Our vellum comes 12x12 which is nice for us scrapbookers. A lot of what you can find on the market is 8x5x11.)
I love the dark, crisp image that CTMH's Archival Black ink provides. It will stain your stamps a bit, but the end result is well worth it in my opinion!

This Gerbera Daisy makes me swoon. It's such a statement piece and is so easy to cut with your Cricut! All of the layers are part of one "cut" from the Flower Market cartridge, so you size the largest piece how you want and the rest will remain proportionate. There are a lot of cuts on this cartridge that are great as stand-alone statement elements or you can combine them to create fun wreaths, bouquets, and more.
I spray-painted the lid to the container - was super easy, dried quickly, and give a nice finished result.

Now hop on over to Becca's blog to see what lovely pink project she's crafted up! (Spoiler alert - I saw a peek and it's STUNNING!) Thanks for hopping along with us!

P.S. There's a FLASH SALE on my CTMH website right now for only 24 hours! It goes until 2:00 pm Pacific Time tomorrow (Saturday 2/24). Shop the sale >

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