Mini Album Post 2: Heartstrings

DSC_0040If you missed yesterday’s post, you can find it HERE on the Kraft Family Album.  Today, I’m sharing the Black Mini Album using Heartstring papers and Picture My Life Cards.  In order to create this beautiful album, I added some patterns from the Heartstring Paper Pack (this paper retires in a few days, March 31st!).  I used it to create the front and back of the album as well as some photo mats in the book.

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Below is the Heartstring Picture My Life sampling.  I took the other 1/2 of cards that I did not use when I created the Heartstring 7 page Kit of the Month and used them for this book!  I love making the most out of my purchases and being creative in ways to change the look of a card.

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Now, let’s get into a sampling of what I was able to accomplish.


First off, please let me share the fact that I used our STUDIO J Digital program to develop all the photos in exactly the sizes I wanted (either 3×4 or 4×6).  I was able to change some to black and white with a click of a button. Here’s a sample of the Studio J layout that was delivered to me once I uploaded my photos.  All I had to do was cut them apart to use in the book.

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I just adore the colors and mixing and matching black and white photos along with color. If you would like more information, please click HERE for Studio J previous blog posts. Now, back to the mini album …


“Nothing Warms the Heart Like a Good Friend” was on a 4×6 card and I cut the wording apart to create this above.  I also used the 3×4 flip flap to add even more photos.


Did you note the Flip Flap Tab/lifter?  I used the My Crush In the  Pink tabs; a silver sequin and bling.  Use mini glue dots under the ‘tip’ and the ‘tongue’ of this ‘clip’ and attach to create a tab/lifter.


On the above page, I cut out the Just Be You balloon/heart from another 4×6 card and placed it on this 3×4 card.  On the right, I used the Zip Strips from the papers to add “You & Me” and “Sweetheart.”  Love the silver sequins and bling!


Now, it looks like it’s three pages, but I used a 4×6 flip flap and attached it to the church scene on the left.  I enjoyed using Daria and Nick’s photo as if they are looking at each other into the 3×4 photo area.  They were actually looking at the priest.DSC_0068

“So Dear” is a 4×6 card that I added sequins and bling to.  The tab/lifter is on the other side, top corner.


The last photo detail I want to share is the last page of the book is actually on the inside of the back cover.  I had this one photo I wanted to add and decided to mat it, corner round it (like I did all the other photos/mats) and I slipped it into the 4×6 flip flap.  I then adhered it to the back cover just by adding more adhesive to the flip flap to hold it in place.

I hope you enjoyed the little tips and these few samples of this book. You can view the complete slideshow of Artwork HERE.  There are no instructions because you need to use the cards that ‘speak’ to you and your photos as you place them in the book.  There is no right or wrong. The slideshow will give you a detailed idea of what cards I used.

  • I have put a few kits together which includes the chevron ribbon, 1/2 pack Heartstring Paper pack; 1/2 pack of silver sequins;1/2 pack of Heartstring Picture My Life cards; a 2″ white glitter scallop punch (I used on the front of the book)  … all of this for only $27.50 (My Crush tabs and flip flaps not included … many of you already own them).  You can email me directly for the KIT @

If you would prefer to purchase your items A La Carte, here are the links to the items I used:

Other Picture My Life Cards (found HERE) that I think work well with the Black Mini Album would be: For Always (wedding); Laughing Lola (everyday life); Chalk It Up (school); Later Sk8r (boys/sports); Chantilly (girls) and Wanderful (travel).

The items above can be found HERE on my WEBSITE.

Mini Albums … a Perfect Keepsake!

DSC_0039If you have seen me at a crop the past two months, then you may have noticed these Mini Albums and kits I created.  I LOVE them!  They are the perfect fit and work so well with our Picture My Life Cards.  They have 10 protectors that alternate each page with a 4×6 and (2) 3×4 protectors.  The Mini Albums can be purchased in either Black or Kraft and are sold for only $9.95 each.  I had some fun playing around with our Picture My Life Cards. Today, I’m only going to share the Kraft Family Album.  On Thursday, I’ll share the Black Heartstring Album.

avonlea pmlFor the Kraft album, I used Avonlea Picture My Life cards (this pack has 122 cards so you can easily use it for 2 albums and another project with the left over cards).

I really enjoyed cutting out some butterflies or titles; cutting cards apart to use ‘pieces’ and even keeping them as is to use for journaling.  You’ll be amazed at what you can do when you start to play.  Once you get started, you’ll even see more possibilities.

In this photo below, I added a butterfly and the little “take flight” title on the top left to the Love is …  Loud 4×6 Card.


When you turn the page, you’ll see that I added a 3×4 flip flap and flip tab.  I love being able to add these for even more photos!


Below the Happy, Happy, Happy card was a 4×6 that I cut down to a 3×4.  You can do so many things with these cards!  You have to play and enjoy the simple things.

DSC_0012The above photos are just a sampling of this book. You can view the complete slideshow of Artwork HERE.  There are no instructions because you need to use the cards that ‘speak’ to you and your photos as you place them in the book.  There is no right or wrong. The slideshow will give you a detailed idea of what cards I used.

  • I have put a few kits together which includes the ribbon, some epoxy bubbles, one sheet of olive cardstock, and one set of Avonlea 4×6 and 3×4 cards … for only $23.00 (flip flaps not included … many of you already own them).  You can email me directly for the KIT @

If you would prefer to purchase your items A La Carte, here are the links to the items I used:

Other Picture My Life Cards (found HERE) that I think work well with the Kraft Mini Album would be: Babycakes (baby); Surfs Up & Seaside (beach); Skylark & Hopscotch (everyday life); Pear & Partridge (Christmas) and Balloon Ride (travel and life).

The items above can be found HERE on my WEBSITE.

Check out this VIDEO on our *new* Canvas Post Bound Albums

As you most likely know, I’m a BIG FAN of our Post Bound albums because as a traditionalIMGP0819 scrapbooker, I love how my layouts fit in these books.  I know you’ve been wondering about the SIZE of the album … for instance, how many pages will a book hold?

Well, with a 1 1/2″ post that gives you plenty of room (that’s so easy to open/twist/close), I believe 25 to 30 page protectors will fit nicely in these books (that’s 50 to 60 pages). However, it all depends on YOU!  Are you a “flat scrapper” or a ” 3-D Scrapper” (adding chipboard, buttons, flip flaps that add weight to your layouts)?  The more depth you add per page, the more space it takes up in our books.  (I know most of you want to fit as many pages in a book as you possible can.)

However, there may be a time when you need less pages for a particular book/theme. Have you wondered about a solution to “fill up those gaps?”  SPINE EXPANDERS to the rescue! You’ve seen me use them to add space in the spine area so my books like flat when put together (I don’t want the alligator syndrome … where the spine is too tight and the book is open mouthed).  But if you have LESS pages and need to ‘fix it,’ check out this excellent video below from our COO, Brian Holman (YES!  Brian does scrapbook!). He does a bang up job showing you what to do; how to put a book together with Spine Expanders; how the new books work for closure and the *new* magnetic flaps.  Love it!

Thank you Brian for such a great video and sharing this important message.  I am thrilled you did it for me!  LOL!

If you are inspired and realize you would like to make a purchase, please visit my website HERE.

Fun to Celebrate with CONFETTI WISHES

Our March Kit of the Month, Confetti Wishes will be the perfect collection to host a variety of celebratory or birthday photos!  Plus adding 4 x 12 and 8 x 12 flip flaps, gives you a total of 8 pages out of this fantastic kit!

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The above layout is fun and fanciful with added BONUS 4 x 12 layout attached to the TOP of the page protector on the right side page.  Love the colors of pacifica blue, canary yellow and thistle.  The gold shimmer trim really POPS and adds a little extra glitz!


The above layout is another great way to add those celebration photos.  You could easily add a 4 x 12 flip flap to the TOP of the right side (if you want too).  Love the yellow checkered paper in this kit.


Lastly, who can resist purple and yellow color combo?  The right side page holds an 8 x 12 flip flap that gives you so many more photo options.  You can view the complete photos of artwork in the slideshow linked below.

Please NOTE:  The end of March brings the retirement of two kits that had only 4 months to shine!  I love both of them and it’s one of your last chances to order this product line.

If you love having the product line coordinated for you and use it all to create 6 to 8 pages, you should consider JOINING the Monthly Rewards Club (details found HERE).  Some perks at a glance:

  • Everyone takes a turn at being the hostess and receives the benefits of FREE and 1/2 price items!
  • You won’t have to clean your house and host a party in your home.  Everything is done online.
  • New clubs will be starting April and  will run through August (only a 5 month commitment).

You can email me @ to sign up now.

 Ask a buddy to join with you and create it together!

Why I chose Close To My Heart 19 years ago …

When I first started with CTMH, my boys were 3 and 6 and I was a “stay-at-home” mom. My husband worked in NYC and enjoyed his time off golfing and fishing.  I wanted to find time for ME and a reason to get out of the house, and this craft business was just the start! Not only did it help me socially, but I was able to get my “favorite items” at a discount or free!  So, I signed up in 1995 and the start up kit was $250 back then (with wood and rubber stamps of cats, dogs, lenny the lamb, geese … not anything that I felt I would use). I’m SO GLAD things have changed! And I’m SO HAPPY to have made so many wonderful friends in the process! It has been the BEST decision and I’ll be celebrating 20 years in August!


I invite YOU to JOIN in the FUN!  For only a $99 investment, you would receive over $375 in products (no cats/dogs/geese… I promise!)  and a FREE Shoulder Tote.


You could earn this great Rolling Tote for FREE (value of $150) with a little bit of effort!

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And for your $99 investment, receive close to $600 in product and commissions.

There is SO MUCH MORE and if you really, really want too .. you have the potential to EARN for FREE over $1,000 in products and rewards!   I created this chart and would LOVE to do the MATH for you:

New Recruits pays/achieves

Recruits Receives

Recruit Earns for FREE

$99 up front Cost $353+ Brand NEW, never showcased before products/materials $26.95 Shoulder Tote FREE
Value over $375 for a $99 investment  
Step1: Have $300 sales in 40 days: $66 commission on Sales* $149.95 Rolling Tote FREE
Value over $590 for a $99 investment  
Step 2: Have $1200 sales in 90 days: $198 commission (includes above)* $99 REFUND (Consultant Kit is now FREE)
WOW!  $823.90 in FREE Products and Earnings!
Step 3:  And we didn’t even mention the HOSTESS REWARD PROGRAM! YOU can have as a consultant and be a hostess! Freebies & ½ price items ($25-$200+ in free product as well as 1-4 items of your choice)!! 

New RecruitThis fabulous promotion ends on March 31st and I invite you to JOIN IN:

  1. Next Wed., March 18th @ 9:00 pm, I will be hosting a FREE Conference Call and Screen Sharing where we go over all the details.
  2. Be on your phone and dial in to phone #559-546-1200
  3. When prompted, enter Meeting ID #880-853-395
  4. Next, go on your computer and type in or click on this link:
  5. Once you are on the website, in the box all the way to the right that says “join a meeting”, enter your Meeting ID #880-853-395. (if you have never used the program before, you will first have to create an account)**
  6. $25 in *new* free products will be given away to a lucky attendee!

**It would be extremely helpful if you could try to log in to the screen share and phone conference about 5 minutes early so if you have any technical difficulties we can get them straightened out prior to the meeting starting**

Spring 2015 Idea Book CoverYou can VIEW the Scrapbooking Kit ($350+ value) and the Cardmaking Kit ($360+ value) HERE on my WEBSITE.  If you like what you see, you can sign up today!

Another great resource is the FAQ’s on Becoming a Consultant.  You can VIEW it HERE. I would love to have you join one of the TOP 25 TEAMS in the Company for Sales: Coastal Stars!


Important ALBUM Retirement Update

As you know, I have been sharing all news regarding our Faux Leather and *new* Coated Canvas albums.  I just learned TWO important details from Close to My Heart regarding album inventory:

Faux Leather albums

1.  The Faux Leather Dark Chocolate album inventory is diminishing and is WHILE while supplies lastSUPPLIES LAST (50 or less are left). These albums will no longer be available to order when they are sold out.  They are $29.95 and can be found HERE on my website.  The Outdoor Denim Faux Leather albums are still in supply and should carry us through July and perhaps August.

2.  As we move out of this inventory, we are moving IN two new colors in the *new* Coated Canvas material in both D Ring and Post Bound:  

Damask and Circle albums

These ALBUMS will be orderable on April 1st when we release a new Seasonal Expressions (cover shown below) that has a POP of new product and accessories for a 4 month time span.

Spring 2015 Idea Book Cover

The Cocoa Damask and Slate Circles are stunning!  I’ve seen the Damask up close and I have to say, I am impressed with the style and color.  Even though the name says cocoa, I felt it looked more taupe/green than cocoa.  I can’t wait to get my own book to see it again. 

So, starting on April 1st, these beautiful new albums will be added to our line.  The D Ring in Lagoon Chevron and Post Bound Black Canvas albums are currently out of stock due to the popularity of the February Album Campaign.

If you would like to make a purchase NOW for the Faux Leather Chocolate, you can Click on this LINK to go Shopping.  You can purchase 2 books for only $4.95 shipping!  It’s an inexpensive shipping fee as they cost me much more to send via the Post Office.

Better late than never …

Do you have your ‘list of creations’ you want to make and can’t find enough time to HIT the LIST and DO IT?  Well, that was me as I finally got around to sit and play and CREATE! I’ve been dying to crack open a combo pack of our Paper Fundamentals and PLAY!  I think “A Happy Hello” stamp set (February stamp of the month) was a great stamp set to coordinate with a package, so here you go:


Fun right?!  You can definitely cut some cricut circles if you want to make some POP UP, but it’s not necessary.  You can easily just stamp the images inside each other on the front side of your card too.  Or keep it sweet and simple where less is more:


And working with these papers was FUN!  It let me step out of the box without a KIT and have fun with color and combos!  Love this color combination.  The inks I used mostly were Sunset, Honey, Pear & Cotton Candy.  I did add Cranberry, Topiary (darker green) and Lagoon (card on the left).

Adventure paper fundamentalsThe pack of paper comes with 20 sheets of paper and there are 4 seasons to choose from.  Click on each link below to view them:

To view a complete slideshow of the card ideas with A Happy Hello and Adventure Paper Fundamentals, click HERE.

If you would like to place an order for this paper pack, Go SHOPPING HERE.

FREE Shoulder Tote & Rolling Tote in March!

What?!  Just read on for the details and Let Me Do The Math for YOU!

You can have this beautifully designed Shoulder Tote for FREE when you sign up to become a Close To My Heart Demonstrator in March!  It’s a $26.95 value!


You can EARN this awesome Rolling Tote for FREE, a $149.95 value when you have sales of $300 in your first 40 days.  I HAVE THE SECRET and can SHOW YOU HOW!

Rolling tote

You can CHOOSE either one of these two KITS (scrapbooking or cardmaking) which is filled to the brim with $370 in products! Just check all the *new* products that has never been seen before and you can have it in your hands NOW.

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What’s the hitch?  None!  JUST a FANTASTIC DEAL:  Sign up HERE on my website for only $99!      You have the potential to earn it all for FREE:

  • Free Shoulder Tote $26.95 value
  • $370 in *NEW* products in your kit which is a great exclusive to share and sell to your friends and family!  Which helps YOU …
  • Sell $300 in 40 days, get the Rolling Tote $149.95 value for FREE
  • Plus earn a minimum $66 in commissionable sales
  • Plus be your own Hostess and receive FREE products and earn 1/2 price products! (the sky is the limit!)
  • Plus earn a $99 refund check from CTMH when you hit Straight To The Top Rewards Program
  • That’s a minimum of $800 in FREE REWARDS, CASH & PRODUCT!
  • I have the SECRET on can show YOU HOW!

Sign UP HERE on my WEBSITE today!

Be on a Winning Team, Coastal Stars (across the US)!

  • Top 25 in TEAM SALES in the Company!
  • 4 consultants earned the Hawaiian Trip in 2014!  A free vacation for TWO!
  • Be with a Sales LEADER:  #1, #2, #3 in sales since 2006!

This chart will be helpful to you!  


 Sign UP HERE on my WEBSITE today!

Last Day to save 50% off our New Canvas Albums

Saturday, February 28th is the last opportunity to take advantage of BOGO:  Buy ONE and get ONE @ 1/2 off!  Our *new* coated Canvas albums come in Post Bound or D Ring!  They are $34.95 and when you buy TWO, the 2nd album is only $17.50!  

Album Allure

You can Place Your ORDER TODAY here on my WEBSITE!

         Did you miss this post:  What you may want to know about our albums.                  If so, it’s worth reading!  You can view it HERE.

HOPSCOTCH … February Kit of the Month

I really, really love the colors and papers in HOPSCOTCH Kit of the Month.  You can use it for a variety of photos: family, everyday, celebrations, outdoors, spring, summer, tropics, beach, etc. Here’s a photo of the paper pack and sticker complements. Sometimes, when we see patterns and colors, we get turned off. BUT … I want you to scroll down to see some artwork as you’ll be amazed at what you CAN CREATE when you play:

Hopscotch stickers and PP

I definitely stepped out of my own comfort zone when I created pages 1 and 2.  I used our *new* Shin Han Markers (barely beige, turqouise and tender pink) and the CHISEL end to create the brushed stroke look shown below.  I love the ease and use of these markers.









It’s trendy & definitely changed the look of the paper! It was fun and so easy to do just by stroking back and forth across the paper. Make sure you have scrap underneath as it may bleed through. You may also enjoy using the DOODLE Designs Stamp set for so many projects.  It’s only $6.95 and a really fun set for a little pizzazz.



Pages 3 and 4 above are colorful and a joy to create.  I liked the angled look for a change. I added the Hopscotch button assortment; gold sequins and flaxen twine to complete the layout.  Since I’m not using the “mustache sticker” as such, I cut it in 1/2 and used it as leaves with a gem shown left (think of other ways to use something up that you wouldn’t normally use and re-invent it).

These playful pages below are one of my favorites!  I love the cluster of stickers, buttons, sequins and sunburst cricut cuts.



You can find the Hopscotch Shopping List HERE on this LINK.  I like to include everything I use because I don’t know what you own, have on hand or what you may need.

You can find the complete SLIDESHOW of closeups and Artwork of Hopscotch HERE on this LINK.

When you place a $30 plus order HERE on my WEBSITE, I will send you the cutting guide/directions for this artwork.

All my Monthly Rewards Club members enjoy these perks as well as free, discounted and/or 1/2 price products!  Read all about it here as a new groups will be starting in March.