Magical Consultant Artwork

There are few things we like better than giving away free products, and one of them is looking at amazing artwork created by our Consultants! Today’s our lucky day because we get to do both.:)

We challenged our Convention attendees to create a scrapbook layout with Convention photos using our Magical paper packet and then to share their layout on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention—and boy did they deliver!

Here are our five random winners, who will each receive a brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking album of her choice:

 

If you see your artwork here, that means you’re a winner! Please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with your name, shipping address, and preferred My Legacy™ album (remember, choose a NEW one!) using the subject line “Magical Convention.”

There’s more beautiful artwork where this came from, so be sure to search #magicalconvention on Facebook and Instagram to see even more beautiful layouts!

Congrats to our winners! We hope this makes your day a little more magical.:)

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The Magical Pocket Card

You’ve probably tried your hand at pocket scrapbooking before, but have you ever tried using pocket cards on your traditional scrapbook layouts? Just like with pocket scrapbooking, these cards can help you put together a beautiful layout in a flash.

Each of our paper packets comes with two 12″ x 12″ sheets of pocket cards that you can cut apart and use in a variety of ways. We used a bunch of these cards from the Magical paper packet to make this adorable layout. Can you spot them all?

Ideas for how to use pocket scrapbooking cards on your traditional layouts. #ctmh #closetomyheart #pocketscrapbooking #picturemylife #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

First up, there’s the “Love This” card. Our cut-apart pocket cards always include a title card that you can use as your main sentiment.

Next, we have the journaling card. Here, we used one of the decorative cards for our journaling by adding a few lines with a ruler and pen, but you’ll also find cards with pre-printed lines in our cut-apart cards, too. Either way, pocket cards make adding journaling to your pages a piece of cake!

Then we have the Honey photo mat on the right page—it’s a pocket card, too! Because our pocket cards come in both 4″ x 6″ and 3″ x 4″ sizes, they make great photo mats.

Ideas for how to use pocket scrapbooking cards on your traditional layouts. #ctmh #closetomyheart #pocketscrapbooking #picturemylife #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

If you’re looking for a fresh scrapbook pattern, try cutting apart some pocket cards and arranging them on your layouts in different patterns until something strikes your fancy. On this layout, we simply layered three pocket cards in a sort of fan pattern. By adding a stamped tag from our July Stamp of the Month and some Magical Complements, we ended up with a look we love.:)

Ideas for how to use pocket scrapbooking cards on your traditional layouts. #ctmh #closetomyheart #pocketscrapbooking #picturemylife #scrapbookingideas #scrapbooking

This layout shows what happens when you get creative with your pocket cards! Rather than cutting into a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper to create paper accents, you can use pocket cards, which offer additional patterns not found in your larger papers. Take a look at the “Love today” title, for example. The circles come from the “Love This” card, and the word “today” was stamped on a trimmed down piece of another pocket card.

Whether you’re looking to put together a layout quickly or you’re just looking for some fresh ideas, pocket cards have your back. Try them out for yourself—they will change the way you scrapbook!

p.s. Remember our Magical Convention contest? Now is the perfect time to try using the Magical pocket cards to create a layout with your Convention photos! Share your layout on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention for a chance to win one of our brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking albums! Be sure to post your picture by July 25, because on July 28, we’ll randomly select five winners and announce them on the blog.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Love This Layout
S1607 My Acrylix® From the Notebook, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7209C Magical Complements

12″ x 12″ Love Today Layout
S1607 My Acrylix® From the Notebook, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2862 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine

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S’more Party Ideas

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

Looking for a quick dessert for your summertime parties? We’ve got you covered with this fun s’mores bar!

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

Nothing beats the smell of roasting marshmallows on a warm summer night, and if you don’t have a fire pit in your backyard, this is the perfect solution!

Simply purchase some Sternos (what you put under buffet food to keep it warm), and place them in a metal tin with some pebbles. Then your guests can roast their own marshmallows with wooden skewers.

There are a few great things about a s’mores bar:

  • You don’t have to actually make a dessert
  • You can customize your bar however you want with different marshmallows and chocolates
  • Your guests can eat dessert however and whenever they want!

It’s a win-win for everyone!

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

And of course we’ve got great ideas for dressing up your treat table, too! Create some cute cards to label your chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Here, we used some stickers from the Magical Complements to give the cards a little something extra.

Create a s'mores bar for your next party! #ctmh #closetomyheart #partyideas #dessertideas #easypartyideas #s'mores

And no party décor is complete without a banner. This one is strung up in a picture frame to let guests know they can help themselves to seconds (and thirds!).

No matter what type of event you’ve got going on, adding a s’mores bar is a great way to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Now we want to hear your ideas! How would you customize your s’mores bar? Tell us in the comments below.

Recipes

Have S’more Banner
X7209B Magical Paper Packet, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3171 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artiste
1 ½” Shift <font> “HAVE S’MORE”

Artbooking
2 ½” Decorative Layer <Banner4> (p. 49)

Cards
1386 Black Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
1″ Shift <font> “CHOCOLATE, MALLOWS, GRAHAMS” (use Slice feature in Cricut® Design Space™)

Room for S’more Frame
E1033 My Acrylix® Inked Alphabet, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1385 White Daisy, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Frame

*Created in Cricut Design Space™. Use Real Dial Size setting if not using Design Space.

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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The Triangle Rule

Remember how your math teacher said you’d use math every day for the rest of your life? Well, as a scrapbooker, you definitely do! You measure, you count, and if you try out today’s tip, you’ll apply your math skills even more!

It’s time to take a trip back to geometry class, because we’re going to talk about what we call the triangle rule. In a nutshell, here it is: After you finish a pattern and you’re ready to add some accents, arrange them so they form a triangle.

If you follow our Instagram account, you may remember how we showed the triangle rule on a single scrapbook page.

When creating a layout, you do the exact same thing, but rather than creating a triangle on each single page, you create a triangle across the two pages.

Here’s a layout featuring our Magical paper packet. Can you spot the triangle?:)

Use the triangle rule to make your scrapbook layouts balanced! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingtips #scrapbookinghacks #scrapbooking

Here it is!

Use the triangle rule to make your scrapbook layouts balanced! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingtips #scrapbookinghacks #scrapbooking

See how the deer, oars, and punched circles create a triangle? The little flags above the three circles also help form that corner of the triangle.

The triangle rule is great because it helps you balance your pages by giving you guidance for where to place your embellishment clusters, while also leaving you lots of different options to play with. If all of your layouts were perfectly symmetrical, they’d look nice, but there wouldn’t be much room for creativity. By creating triangles, which can be all sorts of different sizes and dimensions, you are still creating a layout that’s pleasing to the eye, but you get a lot more variety!

We hope this makes adding accents to your scrapbook pages a little bit easier. Try the triangle rule out for yourself, and tell us what you think in the comments below!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Camping Layout

C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2818 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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The Ultimate Scrapbooking Playlist

The Ultimate Scrapbooking Playlist! Listen to these songs about family and memories while you scrapbook. #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingplaylist #scrapbooking #craftingmusic

Music and scrapbooking go together like stamps and ink, paper and photos, Sticky Boy and Sticky Girl!

There’s nothing quite like turning up the tunes and diving into a scrapbooking project—the music helps you relax, think outside the box, and get creative.

We’ve put together a list of songs that celebrate memories and relationships, which is exactly what scrapbooking’s all about. The next time you want to slip away for an hour and create some pages, give these tunes a try:

  1. Remember When—Alan Jackson
  2. What Would I Do Without You—Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
  3. We Are Family—Sister Sledge
  4. Remembering—Ashley Campbell
  5. This Is the Time—Billy Joel
  6. Yesterday Once More—The Carpenters
  7. Through the Years—Kenny Rogers
  8. Memories—Elvis
  9. You’ll Be in My Heart—Phil Collins
  10. Memories Are Made of This—Dean Martin
  11. I Love You Will Still Sound the Same—Oh Honey
  12. Pretty Paper—Roy Orbison
  13. It Was a Very Good Year—Frank Sinatra
  14. 100 Years—Five for Fighting
  15. Try to Remember—Josh Groban
  16. Then They Do—Trace Adkins
  17. Because You Loved Me—Celine Dion
  18. Photograph—Ed Sheeran
  19. The Best Day—Taylor Swift
  20. Summer of ‘69—Bryan Adams
  21. Do You Remember—Jack Johnson
  22. This Is Us—Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
  23. In My Life—The Beatles
  24. 7 Years—Lukas Graham
  25. Unforgettable—Nat King Cole
  26. There Goes My Life—Kenny Chesney

Now we want to know what YOUR favorite scrapping songs are. Tell us in the comments below!

The Ultimate Scrapbooking Playlist! Listen to these songs about family and memories while you scrapbook. #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingplaylist #scrapbooking #craftingmusic

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Easy As Pie

Creating a cute treat container is as easy as pie!

Today is Chocolate Day, so why not treat yourself to, say, a triple chocolate cream pie?😀

The only thing sweeter than indulging in some decadent chocolate is sharing it with someone you care about, and thanks to our Cricut® Artiste collection, you can do it in style! With some simple assembly, you can make an adorable container like this one that’s perfect for transporting a delicious piece of pie!

Creating a cute treat container is as easy as pie!

Just like chocolate, crafting makes everything better, so why not combine the two? Grab yourself a delicious chocolate pie (cake will do the trick, too!), try your hand at making this cute container by following the recipe below, and then share some chocolatey and papercrafty goodness with a friend.

If that’s not a recipe for a perfect day, we don’t know what is!

Recipe

Pie Container
D1647 My Acylix® Document Moments, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3216 White Twine, Z3090 Red Faceted Gems, Z3130 Silver Foil Tape, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
8″ 3-D Object <HppyBday> (p. 70)
8″ Shift + 3-D Object <YearOld> (p. 70)

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.
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3 Reasons Why You Should Become a Consultant Right Now!

Being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant has a lot of perks: You get to make money doing what you love, plan your work schedule however you’d like, meet women with similar interests, and save big on products with your Consultant discount, just to name a few. But during the month of July, there are three MORE reasons to become a Consultant: Adventure, Whimsy, and Enchantment!

What are we talking about? Our brand new Fundamentals paper collections, which feature 24 double-sided sheets of beautiful patterned paper. And we’ve also created Complements (stickers and die-cuts) that coordinate with each Fundamentals collection that have three themes—everyday moments, baby, and school.

If you join as a Consultant in July, not only will you get to preview these products before everyone else (they’re not available to the public until August 1!), and not only will you get to order them before anyone else, but you will get one paper collection and its coordinating Complements for FREE! You can choose any of these three collections you want!

Did we mention that it only costs $75 USD to join, and you get $50 in Select Product Credit, which means you basically join for $25? Yeah, it’s a great deal and super low risk!

Because seeing is sometimes believing, we want to give you an exclusive look at the beautiful layouts you can create with these new Fundamentals collections and their coordinating Complements. Ready to be amazed?

3 reasons you should become a Close To My Heart Consultant right now! #ctmh #closetomyheart #beyourownboss #startyourownbusiness #scrapbooking #crafting

First up is our Adventure Fundamentals and Good Life Complements. There’s no stamping on this layout—all the embellishments you see—including those flashy gold die-cuts—come with the Good Life Complements, which are designed for everyday scrapbooking.

3 reasons you should become a Close To My Heart Consultant right now! #ctmh #closetomyheart #beyourownboss #startyourownbusiness #scrapbooking #crafting

Here are our Whimsy Fundamentals and the Baby Girl Complements. If you choose to go with the Whimsy papers, you could also choose Baby Boy Complements instead, which feature silver foil instead of gold. And don’t worry, the papers can just as easily be used to create a layout featuring pale blues and greens instead of pinks!

3 reasons you should become a Close To My Heart Consultant right now! #ctmh #closetomyheart #beyourownboss #startyourownbusiness #scrapbooking #crafting

Last up is our Enchantment Fundamentals and School 7–12 Complements. And no surprise here, you can also choose the School K–6 Complements if you want those instead. Either way, you’re sure to have the supplies you need to create an A+ scrapbook.

Here’s a re-cap on why now is the best time to join Close To My Heart: If you become a Consultant during the month of July, not only can you order all of these new collections and see all of our other new products before anyone else, but you’ll also get one Fundamentals paper collection and its coordinating Complements for FREE.

If you’re ready to become your own boss and make crafting your living, talk to your Consultant today or visit closetomyheart.com to find one in your area.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Layout
Z3253 Adventure Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3264 Good Life Complements

12″ x 12″ Baby Girl Layout
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements

12″ x 12″ So Proud Layout
Z3254 Enchantment Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, Z3266 School 7–12 Complements

 
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An Inside Look at Convention 2016

We don’t know about you, but thinking back to Convention last week gives us all the feels! From the happiness of seeing dear friends and the excitement of revealing new products, to the amazement of seeing our Consultants’ generosity toward Operation Smile and the pride of watching our award recipients come on stage—Convention 2016 is sure to be a core memory we’ll revisit again and again!

In fact, let’s revisit it right now! Join us as we take a train of thought to Convention Island!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

We got an inside look at how Jeanette’s creative mind works—well, sort of! General Session on Thursday morning took us inside the mind of Founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton. Inspired by the Disney movie Inside Out, characters named Adventure, Whimsy, Enchantment, and Basics, who run the control panel inside Jeanette’s head, helped her invent our brand new Fundamentals line! Additionally, on Saturday Consultants got to attend a Q&A with Jeanette, which, as always, made us laugh and cry. We sure love Jeanette!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

The Directors Dinner proved truly magical. Directors enjoyed a delicious meal together, which included a great photo op with Mickey and Minnie, after which they boarded boats to take in the spectacular Disney firework show. We love spoiling our Directors—they work so hard and deserve some pampering!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Our 25-year longevity Consultants got up close and personal with Jeanette. Consultants who have been with us for 25 years got a personal meeting with Jeanette. It was a beautiful moment, as they reminisced about the past and looked forward to the future.

Sticky Boy found his love! If you’ve been following Sticky Boy’s Facebook account, it probably won’t surprise you that he met up with his one, his only, Sticky Girl! Lucky Consultants found her hanging out at Convention on the walls, tables, and other surfaces.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Our Consultants raised A TON of money for Operation Smile. Consultants donated over $28,500 for Operation Smile in connection with Convention!!!!!! Can you believe it? It was a treat to hear from Dr. Ruben Ayala, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Operation Smile, share more about the vision and purpose of this great organization.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

The highest selling bundle in our Operation Smile auction, created by the talented Michelle Synder, went for $1,500! We are so proud to be associated with such generous, selfless women.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Did somebody say new products? We sure did! We gave all of our attendees a copy of both our new Annual Inspirations idea book AND our Holiday Expressions idea book. We also gave away heaps of brand new products, including brand new scrapbooking albums! But for now, these new items are Consultant-only—they’ll be available to everyone starting in August, and we can hardly wait for you to see what we’ve been working on for the past year!

As we wrap up this trip down memory lane, we want to thank everyone who attended Convention, whether in person or virtually. And thank you to all of our Consultants—you inspire all we do, and we feel privileged to work with each of you. We hope to see you all at Convention 2017 in Salt Lake City next year!

***GIVEAWAY***

We want to see the Convention scrapbook layouts you create using our Magical paper packet. Share a picture of your Magical layout with Convention pictures on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention for a chance to win one of our brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking albums! Be sure to post your picture by July 25, because on July 28, we’ll randomly select five winners and announce them on the blog!

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Fourth of July

Here at the Home Office, we love the Fourth of July. It’s a holiday dedicated to spending time with family, creating lasting memories, and most of all, remembering the men and women who have served this country.

Since this holiday is only a week away, we wanted to share with you a beautiful Fourth of July shadow box you can create for your home. We hope that as you make this page, you take a moment to feel gratitude for all those who have fought for our freedoms.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these adorable scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fourthofjuly #scrapbooking #diyfourthofjulydecor

For this page, we took inspiration from none other than Old Glory herself. Strips of fringed paper form the stripes, and some 3-D stars in the top left corner allude to the 50 states.

Quick tip—To create each star, simply cut four identical star shapes. Then fold them in half and attached the halves together to create a sort of accordion.

In addition to this shadow box, we want to share with you some classic Fourth of July layouts.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these adorable scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fourthofjuly #scrapbooking #diyfourthofjulydecor

Creating a faded watercolor title, which looks distressed, is perfect for a holiday all about tradition and history. We also made sure some fireworks found their way onto the page, compliments of the My Acrylix® Fireworks Fun stamp set—again, it’s all about the tradition!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these adorable scrapbook pages! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fourthofjuly #scrapbooking #diyfourthofjulydecor

If there was ever a perfect paper packet for the Fourth of July, it’s the Magical paper packet. The colors, the star and stripe designs—they’re just the thing for evoking feelings of July and preserving these warm summer memories.

Any of these layout pages would look wonderful in one of our shadow boxes too, and now is the perfect time to get your hands on some shadow boxes because you can purchase a 2-pack and save through our Flash Sale. The sale has been extended through June 30, so make sure to get in on the action before it’s over!

We want to hear about your Fourth of July traditions. Share your plans with us in the comments below!

Recipes

12″ × 12″ Celebrate Shadow Box
X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock,Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
1 ¼”, 1 ¾”, ¾” <NewYears> (p. 50)
1 ½” Title <k> (p. 65)

12″ × 12″ Liberty Layout
D1689 My Acrylix® Firework Fun, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artbooking
2 ½” Title <j> (p. 64)
2″, 2 ¼” Shift+Border <J> (p. 64)

Artistry
1″ <font> “July 4” 

12″ × 12″ Liberty Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 3 (with alterations)
X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z1829 Black & Grey Glitter Paper, Z3075 Red Glitter Paper, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3214 Magical Sequins, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artbooking
1 ¼” <font> Happy th of July”
1 ½” <font> “4”

*Real Dial Size

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.
 

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