National Scrapbooking Month is almost here! If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we do a lot to celebrate our love for preserving memories, and this coming May is no exception! In fact, May is so full of creative opportunities that we are spilling over into June with our fabulous virtual May Album Retreat!
Album Retreats are events unique to Close To My Heart, where we get together to make the pages of a 12″ x 12″ album. We offer a bundle of materials you will need to create 11 beautiful 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts over the course of three days of instruction. At May’s Album Retreat, we will be creating a “Core Memories” themed album, where each layout is intended to frame and preserve major moments from our lives that help shape who we are.
Get an up-close look at the pages of the album with our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pederson:
We love Album Retreat for many reasons. For starters, the albums we make are full of techniques and free instruction! From shading with alcohol markers to distressing embossed paper details, every page in May’s album features a technique that we will teach live, during the event. We pride ourselves in being the “Let Me Show You How” company, and this is a wonderful opportunity to do just that.
Album Retreat also provides an opportunity to share new and exclusive products. In the product bundle for this May’s retreat you will find two exclusive stamp sets, including a reusable versatile alphabet stamp set, exclusive acrylic shapes and die-cuts, a coordinating embossing folder, Thin Cuts die, and stencil set, and a sneak of patterned papers that will not be available for months!
The main reason we enjoy our Album Retreats so much, however, is because we get to spend time creating with all of you! We host the retreat live on Facebook and read every one of your comments and questions. Oftentimes, we’ll read and answer questions on camera for the benefit of everyone participating.
To join us this May, simply purchase the May 2023 Album Retreat Bundle. There is no separate registration fee! As we get closer to the event date, we will invite everyone who has purchased the bundle to join a private Facebook group where the retreat will be hosted virtually.
The retreat will be held May 31–June 2, from 2:00 pm to approximately 8:30 pm (MT) each day. (That’s 1–3 June, 6:00 am–12:30 pm (AEST) for our friends in Australia and New Zealand.) The last day to order your bundle is May 9, and that’s only if we don’t run out of them before then, so mark your calendars if you haven’t ordered yours already!
Hosting a retreat like this virtually has its perks. Not only do we get to have as many of you attend as would like to, because there is no limited seating, but once the feed is no longer live, Facebook saves the videos so you can return to watch them repeatedly at your own convenience!
And, just like last time, we want everyone to have a chance to join us, so we are giving away a FREE Album Retreat product bundle, here on the blog! That means that one lucky reader will not only get a bundle of select and exclusive products, but they will also have access to the private virtual retreat we are hosting on Facebook in May!!
For an entry into this contest, there are two requirements: First, you must be subscribed to this blog. (It’s an easy step that often gets overlooked, so make sure that you are actually subscribed because we do check!) Second, share this blog post on Facebook with the hashtag #ctmhcorememories. That’s it! You have from now until 3 pm (MT) on April 24 (7 am (AEST) on 25 April). The winner will be notified via email later next week! [This contest is now closed.]
Get a quick glimpse at some of the interactive elements from May’s gorgeous album, below!
See you in May!
This album looks fabulous love the colors.
I would love to win this beautiful workshop. There are endless possibilities that I can use this to scrapbook memories of the adventures that my granddaughter and I have. When she and I scrapbook together, we have the opportunity to share our favorite memories of trips and adventures that we have together. I love CTMH products.
I love the colour combinations and what looks like lots of different techniques.
Love this album!
This looks fantastic! Love the colours!
I love the album retreats. So much fun…
I have never done an album retreat, but LOVE CTMH products!
Beautiful would love to win this. Financially I can’t afford for this bundle would make my heart happy to win.
I haven’t done an album retreat before, but would love to win one!!!!
I already signed up for it, but I hope I win. Love the album retreats. Thanks,
Thank you for the chance. I’d love to take part in this event but financially I am unable to at the moment. I purchased too many sets from stamptacular!
Hope I get picked. Love the pages and love that the core catalog is being used!! All the best success!
Would love to win this package but cannot financially afford it at the moment. My son has to go into hospital
Would LOVE a second album to share with my bestie!
This would be amazing. I’ve never done an album retreat
Love the colors and pattern paper to this album retreat ..beautiful 💕
Beautiful album lovely colours and pages.
What stunning colors and patterns.
It looks like so much fun! I love the layouts and color combinations.
So much fun with the Album Retreat and love all the different layouts 🥰💜❤️🤞🏻🤞🏻
Thankyou for the opportunity to win this beautiful prize , I can see so many gorgeous pages I could do if I was to win.
Awesome giveaway, shared!
The album retreat scrapbook looks beautiful and can capture wonderful events in our lives. It would be an honor to receive one as it would be my first time.
Wow! Fabulous collection…..love the colors!
Shared, posted and subscribed! Thanks for the opportunity!
Would love to win the bundle. Money is very tight so don’t have any extra to buy one.
Fantastic layouts which I saved onto Pinterest!! I am going to have to try to make these myself! Thank you for the Giveaway
I don’t ever win things like this. I love everything about CTMH. Winning a bundle would be really a great experience for me as retirement puts you in a limited income to where you have to make hard choices.
This would be an AWESOME prize to win!
would love to win this
I have just started scrapbooking & I really love it. This prize would be wonderful to win. It would be a wonderful experience to really get to know scrapbooking at its best. Regards Gail
I have been scrapbooking and paper crafting for over 20 years. I am a true scrapbooker, paper crafter and collector. Ive saved beautiful papers for years until the perfect project comes along. In her retirement, i have been teaching and sharing my supplies with my best friend. Winning a big bundle of matching things will probably not overwhelm her as much as looking through my collection. Then we can really get her photos and crafts a helthy start. As well as a leg up to mine. 😄
Would love to win this awesome prize. I was going to order it but other expenses popped up. Thanks for the opportunity to win it for free!
Pick me! Pick me! I love the colors!
What a generous prize package for one lucky winner! Thank you this opportunity at a chance to win.🥰✂️🤞🏻
Would love the opportunity to learn new techniques and create “outside the square” with all that is of offer in this lovely bundle.
Love all these beautiful layouts. Would love this retreat to come to little old New Zealand.
Karen did a fantastic job of explaining The Album Retreat that is coming in May. Sounds like fun, fun, fun.
What a wonderful idea that will suit everybody. I would love to attend the Album Retreat.
I really hope I win this!! I’ve never done an album retreat!!
Beautiful pages! The retreat sounds awesome!
This album retreat looks amazing! Very useable for a huge range of photos.
Close to My Heart knocked it out of the park again with these pages. So beautiful. Don’t know what an album retreat is, but if it involves Close to My Heart, it has to be great !
If I win this will be my third retreat attended. I have loved learning new techniques and instructors make it fun and easy!!
This album looks fantastic!! I would love to be the winner. Thanks for the opportunity.
This looks wonderful! I would love to win and be able to join in the fun
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Love the colour combination. Would compliment my wedding photos nicely 🙂
I love this combination of colors and thank you for the opportunity!
Love all the layouts, hope I win. Haven’t done an ablum retreat before. Thanks