From Jeanette: Celebrate With Me

As I’m turning one year older today, the importance of memory keeping is readily on my mind. Time really does fly by (and it seems to accelerate with each passing year!), which is why it’s so important to tell our stories and preserve them in albums so they live forever.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that memory keeping is at the heart of everything I do. I feel like it’s my mission in life to help others realize the importance of preserving memories—and to show them how to do it in a fun and fulfilling way! From sharing this company’s message about memory keeping with our “Life Is Worth” video and telling the story of how I started this company in my basement, to talking about the importance of documenting the little things that make us unique (like my love of “I Love Lucy”) and inviting you to submit your scrapbook stories through Stories from the Heart, this blog is such a wonderful place to get inspired and connect with others who share your passion. It’s where I can share with you my thoughts and feelings about memory keeping, and it’s where you can see beautiful artwork and learn techniques and strategies to make memory keeping a reality in your life.

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To celebrate my birthday and the importance of memory keeping, I want to give away some of the exclusive mini stamps we give to Consultants who ask a question during the Q&A session at Convention. On the blog, I’m going to give away 25 of the Make It from Your Heart stamp you see here. To enter to win, please leave a comment below explaining why memory keeping is important to you and subscribe to this blog to receive inspiration and tutorials straight to your inbox. To subscribe, click on the blue button that says “Subscribe to list” on the right-hand side of this page.

At 11 am (MDT) tomorrow, I’ll select 25 random commenters (who must also be subscribed to the blog) to receive this fun stamp. And for a chance to win the other two exclusive Jeanette stamp sets you see below, head on over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts—I’m giving away a grand total of 75 stamps!

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I just want to finish by saying how much each of you mean to me. I am so grateful for all the years of friendship and for the years of friendship to come. You have truly made my life a beautiful one, and I’m so grateful to have you in my story.

Sending you all my love,

Jeanette

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Stories from the Heart: Amy McGrew

A few weeks ago, Jeanette invited you, our blog readers, to share your scrapbook stories with us as part our new “Stories from the Heart” blog series. We are delighted to share a story that was sent to us by Amy McGrew, one of our Close To My Heart Consultants from South Carolina:

The theme of this layout is “MUSIC,” specifically, my favorite music. I love many music genres, but there are three specific songs that I hold very close to my heart because they are tied to three very special men in my life.

The right page of this layout shows two photos of my father and I dancing at my wedding to “Wind Beneath My Wings.” My father is the most important man in my life. I cannot express enough the love and admiration I have for this man. He truly is my hero. He gave me wings and let me soar in everything I ever got involved in. His heart is HUGE! Growing up I was always the “one with all the glory” and he was “the one with all the strength.”

As soon as the father-daughter dance ended, I remember my dad leaving the dance floor and walking out to the screened-in patio that was right off the reception area. He didn’t cry while we were dancing (I certainly did!) but, as I looked out at him past our guests, he got out to that quiet spot and the tears started coming down. That mental picture is forever embedded in my memory. “I will always be your little girl,” I told him. He wasn’t losing a daughter that day, he was gaining a son. To this day, my relationship with my father is strong. He is very much a part of my husband’s life and mine, as well as our children’s. I am grateful that despite the 800 miles separating us, we still manage to see each other at least two to four times a year.

The next important man in my life is my husband, Stan. “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” is our song. It’s the perfect song because I really do fall more and more in love with him each and every day! The pictures on the left page of this layout show us dancing to this beautiful song at our wedding. I knew Stan was the man I would marry when, on our second date, he was giving me directions and then said, “repeat them back to me.” When Stan said those five words, he reminded me so much of my father. As soon as he said them I knew he was my future husband!

Stan and my dad are best friends. He treats me the way my dad treats my mom, always putting my needs first and supporting me in all of my crazy endeavors. As a father, Stan is top-notch. Our three children are so blessed to have such an awesome dad! He is my rock, my soul mate, and my best friend.

My son, Tucker James, is my “Piano Man” and the third important man in my life. The photos of him on this layout were taken when he was in 8th grade at a piano recital in New York City. At the time, he was attending a middle school designated for the arts that required an audition in order to get in and, even though he plays several other instruments, he was accepted for his piano abilities. That spring, his daily piano class traveled by bus to New York City and visited for three days. They were able to sight see, attend an off Broadway musical and perform in a recital at a church in the Bronx. My husband Stan, our daughters, and I were fortunate enough to travel to New York and attend the recital. My parents also attended. It was exciting for all of us to see Tucker perform in this recital setting.

The “Piano Man” is most definitely the song I associate with my Tucker, especially ever since he learned to play it and played it for me one Mother’s Day several years ago. He simply is my piano man. Now that he is a freshman in college (majoring in music of course!), we can’t wait for him to come home and visit. Within minutes upon his arrival, Tucker will sit at the piano and start playing. Our family will gather around and just listen. I tend to lose myself in thought and happy tears.

So many memories! Music most certainly brings my family closer together. We enjoy each other in the moment and also reminisce together about the moments and memories that are brought back by each familiar song. It is quality time at its finest!

If you would like a chance to share your story on our blog, like Amy, here’s what to do:

  • Find one scrapbook page or layout (please just one!) that you’d like to share.
  • Tell us the story behind the photo. What was happening? Who is in the photo? Is there something funny that happened before or after the photo was taken? Why is this photo meaningful to you?
  • Take a high-resolution photo of yourself (you can even be holding the pages or your entire scrapbook!).
  • Take a high-resolution photo of the layout or page on a flat surface (use natural lighting to improve the quality, and take the pages out of the protectors so they don’t reflect in the flash).
  • Email the photos and story to us at ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with the subject “Stories from the Heart.” If we decide to share your story on the blog, we will contact you!

We can’t wait to read your stories!

 

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Why Convention Will Boost Your Business

Why Convention Will Boost Your Business #ctmh #closetomyheart #consultant #scrapbooking #crafting #cardmaking #workathome #stayathomejobs #workfromhome #dreamjobConvention is the biggest party Close To My Heart hosts every year. We get tons of Consultants together in one location to do what we love to do most—crafting and talking about it! But, really, there is so much more to Convention than that. Underneath all of that paper and trim, the purpose of Convention is to help you grow as an individual and business owner. We want you to be successful!

Convention is a three-day event packed with incredible business classes and speakers, creative sessions, new product demonstrations, trainings, and so much more! You will leave with tons of great ideas, inspiration, and motivation to take your business to new levels.

Why Convention Will Boost Your Business #ctmh #closetomyheart #consultant #scrapbooking #crafting #cardmaking #workathome #stayathomejobs #workfromhome #dreamjobAt Convention, all attendees get a first look at upcoming products and idea books. Not only is it exciting to get a sneak peak at what’s new, but it also helps you to prepare your money-making sales strategies and events for the upcoming months and year. And, at Convention, we help you formulate those strategies and teach you how to put together those events!

Seasoned sales veterans will also demonstrate the new products and coach you on the best ways to use them, as well as speak and share their insights into how to promote and market your business and become a leader in this industry.

A natural consequence of getting so many of our people together is that you get to network with some of our top Consultants! You can get advice on how to improve your sales, add to your Team, and expand your customer base!

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Get creative inspiration at Convention as you gather with hundreds of your craft sisters to learn and work together in creative classes. You will pick up tons of ideas and beautiful support materials for business success in the process.

The great thing about Convention is that you do all of this work, but it doesn’t feel like work at all because you have a blast doing it! You’ll strengthen your existing relationships and build new ones, boost your Team spirit, reinvigorate your passion for the art of memory keeping, and learn how to make money while doing it all—it’s a win-win-win!

Why Convention Will Boost Your Business #ctmh #closetomyheart #consultant #scrapbooking #crafting #cardmaking #workathome #stayathomejobs #workfromhome #dreamjobOur annual Convention is just a few short months away. If you have yet to sign up, register today while you still can! For those who haven’t attended one of our Conventions before, this year is a great time to start—your business will thank you!

For those of you who have attended Convention before, tell us in the comments below how it helped your business. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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13 Tips for Finding Time to Preserve Your Memories

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It’s one thing to understand the importance of memory keeping…and it’s another thing entirely to find time to make it happen. Here are some tips to help you out. 🙂

1. Write It in Your Planner

Just writing down a reminder will increase your chances of making it happen.

2. Do It with A Friend

You know how people talk about having a workout buddy to hold yourself accountable? Why not have a scrappin’ buddy? You can keep each other accountable and have fun along the way!

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3. Attend a Monthly Crop, Workshop, or Club

Or…you can have a BUNCH of scrappin’ buddies! By committing to a regular crop, workshop, or club, you hold yourself accountable to make memory keeping happen. Plus, it’s nice to get out of the house and away from any distractions. 😉

4. Divide Up Tasks

Sometimes it’s hard to work on preserving your memories because it seems like such an overwhelming task, especially if you’re new to the game. Breaking it into manageable steps will make it much more approachable: For example, organize a box of photos today, start working on some layouts tomorrow, and attach the photos to your layouts next week. Baby steps are just fine, folks!

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5. Commit to a Specific Amount of Time Each Day

Committing to 10, 20, or 30 minutes of memory keeping each day might be better suited for your lifestyle, so try it out! And remember, spending time sorting photos or cutting paper totally counts if that’s what step you need to do next—you don’t have to finish anything.

6. Scrap Early in the Morning or Late at Night

If your kiddos or spouse keep interrupting you whenever you sit down to start working, try working early in the morning or late at night for maximum productivity.13 tips for finding time to preserve your memories #memorykeepingmatters #memories #stories #scrapbooking #photobook #journaling #ctmh #closetomyheart

7. Make It a Habit

Whatever actions you’ve taken to implement other habits into your life, apply those same actions to memory keeping. Once it’s a habit, you’ll save time and energy just by having a rhythm. You won’t even have to think about it anymore.

8. Simplify Your Schedule

Sometimes making room for something in your life simply means cutting something else out. See if there’s anything of less value you can cut from your schedule to make way for memory keeping.

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9. Look Into Quicker Options

The great thing about memory keeping nowadays is that there are a million different options for how to do it. Some of our favorite time-savers include pocket scrapbooking, our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ for adding more photos between your layouts, and our Cut Above™ layout kits, which come with pre-cut pieces for easy assembly. Even if you’re a die-hard decorative scrapbooker who loves those intricate frills—maybe even just on some layouts—there are lots of great products that make getting that fancy look take less time.

10. Set Goals

Setting goals is always a good idea when you need to motivate yourself to make time for something. Maybe you want to get that Christmas album done by the end of summer vacation, or maybe you want to finish organizing your 1995 photos by the end of the month—just having a specific goal in mind will make you more likely to take steps to reach that goal.

13 tips for finding time to preserve your memories #memorykeepingmatters #memories #stories #scrapbooking #photobook #journaling #ctmh #closetomyheart11. Replace Social Media Time

If we were to actually keep track of how much time we spend on Facebook, Pinterest (and Farmville and Candy Crush, etc., etc.), we’d probably be very surprised. Try replacing your social media time (or at least part of it) with memory keeping…we know you won’t regret it!

12. Scrap Whenever You Watch TV

Another great way to get something done is to pair it with an activity you enjoy. Make a commitment to work on preserving your memories anytime you sit down to watch TV.

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13. Dedicate a Space to Memory Keeping

Productivity can often be improved just by dedicating a space for a certain task. Dedicate a space to memory keeping (ideally a place where you can leave projects you’re in the middle of), and decorate it with things that inspire you, like a vision board.

How do you find time for memory keeping? Tell us in the comments below.

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5 Reasons Why Having Convention in Salt Lake City Is Going to Be AWESOME!

This year our annual Close To My Heart Convention is at the heart of where Close To My Heart really got rolling—right here in Utah! Here are some reasons why having Convention in Salt Lake City this year is going to be awesome!

1. You Get to Return to Where It All Began

5 Reasons Why Having Convention in Salt Lake City Is Going to Be AWESOME!

This is where Close To My Heart really got its foundation—and it’s Jeanette Lynton’s home! Coming to Salt Lake means you’ll get to return to the place where Close To My Heart planted its roots. For us it feels like having the family all home again!

2. You’ll Get to Tour the Home Office

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This year’s lucky Convention attendees will get to tour the Close To My Heart Home Office where all the magic happens! It’s sure to be an extra special moment you will remember forever!

3. You’ll Get to See Some Pretty Amazing Mountains

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In addition to seeing some of the world’s most beautiful mountains right from your hotel room, you can also take some time and visit our mountains! They are incredible! Hike (or walk, really, because they’re super easy “hikes”) to Silver Lake or Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The drive into the canyon alone is absolutely gorgeous, too. Though it may feel like you’re worlds away amid the scenic beauty, you’ll only be minutes from your downtown hotel room.

 4. Park City Is Nearby!

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Feeling a little more adventurous? Then schedule a trip to Park City before or after Convention! They have mountain biking, zip lines, hot air balloons—basically the possibilities for outdoor fun are limitless! You can also visit the Utah Olympic Park where the 2002 Winter Games were hosted. If you’re more of the “relax and chill” type, attend one of the free weekly outdoor concerts, or enjoy the exciting nightlife with your Team!

5. There’s Lots to Explore Downtown

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If you don’t want to drive, stay downtown and visit Liberty Park. There’s an aviary, several restaurants, ponds, and lots of greenery. You can also visit City Creek Center: an indoor mall with a ceiling that retracts when the weather is nice! Whether you’re there to shop or not, it’s an enjoyable place to walk around with its many fountains and a creek running through it.

Temple Square is another huge attraction that you cannot miss! Located right in the middle of downtown, it features breathtaking historic buildings and meticulously-kept grounds. Make sure to also visit the LDS Conference Center, where you can receive a tour and go to the beautifully-landscaped rooftop. There are several free visitor centers and museums scattered throughout Temple Square—including the Family History Library with the largest genealogical collection in the world where you can learn more about some of the city’s heritage—or about your own!

There are many more adventures to be had in Salt Lake City, so come experience it all for yourself! Whether you’ve recently joined our Close To My Heart family or have been with us for years, register for Convention so you can come home and see us! We’re waiting for you with open arms.

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19 Signs You’re a True Crafter

1. You don’t particularly like to tell your husband how much you spend on crafting supplies.

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2. You always keep the door to your crafting room shut because . . .

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3. You believe embellishments are a girl’s best friend.

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4. You subscribe to crafting and homemaking magazines . . . and may even scrapbook your favorite magazine pages.

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5. You believe there’s no such thing as too much glitter. Because it’s the truth.

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6. At any given time, you’re working on 10+ projects simultaneously, but you WILL finish them all…one day.

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7. When someone asks, “Where did you get that?” and you get to say, “I made it,” it’s basically the best.

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8. You don’t throw away ANY scrap paper. Honestly, who would do that?

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9. Your heart melts when you stumble across family members randomly looking through your scrapbooks.

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10. You lose track of time (and reality) when you’re crafting.

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11. You don’t understand anyone who thinks that storing their photos on their computer or on social media is “good enough.”

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12. Martha is your Queen Bee.

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13. Trying to clean your crafting room is basically impossible.

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14. You frequently see things at the store and think, “Sheesh, I could make that myself for half the price!”

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15. If you spot something cute for a project “you might one day do,” your willpower goes right out the door.

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16. Using your favorite crafting materials to create a gift for a friend is like giving them a little piece of your soul.

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17. The problem is always the size of your crafting room, never the size of your stash. ALWAYS.

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18. And speaking of your stash…no one needs to know just how much stuff you have.

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19. You will make all the things forever and ever.

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If this describes you, then welcome! You have found your people! We’re a company that loves crafting so much we make it possible for people to earn a living by crafting in their own homes!

Becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is easy and super affordable. It only costs $75 (USD) to join, and when you do, you get a box full of supplies PLUS $50 (USD) in Select Product Credit to buy even more stuff! And this month only, you can join for even less if you were a former Consultant. We want you back, friends! 🙂

As an Independent Consultant, you’ll not only get to work your own hours from home doing what you love, but you’ll also get an AMAZING Consultant discount on our exclusive products! And anyone who joins this month gets three stamp sets for FREE, a retail value of over $50 (USD)!

We want you to succeed (and to wake up each day loving your job), so we have tons of online resources and training courses to help make this dream job a reality. There’s nothing to fear!

To learn more about the perks of becoming a Consultant, and the exclusive deals we’re offering to those who join this month, visit our website.

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From Jeanette: Stories from the Heart

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Preserving memories is my life’s work. It’s at the heart of everything I do, from my own personal scrapbooking to the vision I have for this company. The milestones, the every day routines, the light in a child’s eye as they discover the world—these are the moments, stories, and images I seek to capture. And when I do, I carefully place them in scrapbook albums for safekeeping. Though they may just look like pretty paper and photos to someone else, they are my most prized possessions. The stories they tell are my personal history and the history of my family.

It is because of my passion for memory keeping that I’m excited to launch a new series of blog posts called “Stories from the Heart.” I want you, my readers and dear friends, to look through your old scrapbooks, find a page or layout with a story you want to tell, and then share that story with the world through our blog.

Stories from the Heart is a celebration of memory keeping, a reminder of why we do what we do, an opportunity to share the beautiful stories that fill our scrapbooks.

To launch this series, I want to share the story behind one of my favorite scrapbook layouts. 🙂

Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton explains why the stories behind our scrapbook pages are so important. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #jeanettelyntonWe were doing a photos shoot for the 1998 September & October edition of I Love Remembering, a magazine subscription we published back in the day.

Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton explains why the stories behind our scrapbook pages are so important. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #jeanettelyntonThe photo shoot was in western Utah (basically in the middle of the desert!), and we were taking pictures of my daughters, Aubrey and Rachel, in an abandoned pioneer schoolhouse. They had on these adorable matching outfits, including hand-stamped sweaters and backpacks, which were back-to-school crafting projects we’d be featuring in the magazine article.

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The two photos on the right page of my scrapbook layout are some additional photos taken from this photo shoot. I loved all the pictures we took that day, and I wanted to preserve some of them in my own scrapbook.

The photo of the girls hugging absolutely melts my heart. It perfectly captures the love these sisters have for each other to this day. No matter how different they may be, they always have each other’s back.

In contrast to these professionally staged photos, the big photo on the left page was completely unplanned! It was a scorching hot day, and after wearing those hand-stamped sweaters, Aubrey and Rachel were melting like popsicles! They went to find some shade in the schoolhouse, and when they came back out, they had taken off their little sweaters, and this beautiful scene appeared: The rustic blue door, the sunflowers Rachel was still holding from the shoot, the sweet, tired looks on their faces—it was such a perfect moment, so I had to take a picture.

I think part of the reason I loved this shot was because it captured their cute little personalities. Rachael is staring at the camera head-on with confidence, holding the bouquet of flowers like a professional model. My sweet Aubrey is more shy and subdued, and you can see that in this photo by the way she is holding herself, legs turned in, arms tucked behind her back. She is my gentle, darling girl.

It’s still amazing to me how grown up they look in this photo. I remember being there and thinking, “I can already picture what they will look like as young women…my goodness.”

Those are the stories behind these scrapbook photos, and I hope you enjoyed hearing them. I know I loved going down memory lane as I remembered the stories of how these photos came to be.

I want to hear your stories now. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and I want to hear your thousand words! Your stories are beautiful and deserve to be shared. Help me celebrate memory keeping—and help others realize the full value of this art—by submitting your stories to us. Read the bottom of this post to find out how.

Before I sign off, I just want to take a moment to thank you all for your friendship. One of the beautiful things about memory keeping is that it brings people together, and I’m so grateful for all the wonderful stories and memories I have with you.

Wishing you my love as you tell your stories,

Jeanette


If you would like a chance to share your story on our blog, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Find one scrapbook page or layout (please just one!) that you’d like to share.
  • Tell us the story behind the photo. What was happening? Who is in the photo? Is there something funny that happened before or after the photo was taken? Why is this photo meaningful to you?
  • Take a high-resolution photo of yourself (you can even be holding the pages or your entire scrapbook!).
  • Take a high-resolution photo of the layout or page on a flat surface (use natural lighting to improve the quality, and take the pages out of the protectors so they don’t reflect in the flash).
  • Email the photos and story to us at ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with the subject “Stories from the Heart.” If we decide to share your story on the blog, we will contact you!

We can’t wait to start reading all your stories! 🙂

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To the Person Who Says She Isn’t “Crafty”…

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We get it. It’s easy to write yourself off as “not crafty” when it seems like others turn anything they touch into crafting magic. We’re talking about the mom in your kid’s class who somehow turned packaged brownies into reindeer, and even came up with a pun to tie the whole ensemble together; the neighbor who has 20 scrapbooks for each kid, grandkid, and pet; the Facebook friend who spontaneously refinished her kitchen table and chairs over the weekend. We all know the type. 🙂

Whether you see these “crafting queens” and envy them for their talents or just think to yourself, “ain’t nobody got time for that,” we want to help you see crafting in a new light…because it’s really so much more than what you see (and it really doesn’t have to be that hard!).

We’ve come up with 11 reasons you should give crafting a second chance in 2017.

1. You don’t have to go all out. Forget the Joneses, and do your own thing!

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Lots of us get our crafting ideas from Pinterest, but it can be pretty intimidating to try to replicate those picture-perfect projects. Just remember your project doesn’t have to be perfect—or even that fancy! Crafting is all about making something your own and finding out what works for you!

2. You don’t have to be the jack of all trades.

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Even though Suzy Scrapbooker is also Suzy Sews-A-Lot, it doesn’t mean YOU have to do it all, too. Just take that leap of faith and try ONE type of crafting you might like. If you fall head over heels, don’t forget crafting monogamy is perfectly fine. 😉

3. It’s more about the purpose behind the craft than the actual craft.

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Crafting is about so much more than just, well, crafting. It’s about tapping into your creativity, preserving and making memories, showing someone you care—and taking care of yourself! It’s a great way to lower your stress levels, along with a bunch of other health benefits. That’s why it doesn’t really matter if what you make is perfect or not—perfection is not the point!

4. You might discover more about yourself.

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Trying a new hobby, like crafting, is a great way to learn more about yourself. As you think critically about how you want to approach a project and research ideas online, you learn more about what you like and don’t like—and you may even discover your own niche!

5. You can strengthen your relationships, old and new!

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The great thing about crafting is that you can do it with people. If you’re always looking to meet new people, try attending a local workshop, crop, or class. You could also create your own crafting support group by inviting family members, friends, and neighbors to join you—whether that is your mom, sister, the widow next door, or your high school bestie that you’ve been meaning to spend more time with lately. Crafting can become more enjoyable and meaningful when you do it with those you love.

6. You can save money.

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Now don’t get us wrong, you can certainly spend lots of money on crafting if it’s your passion (though your husband certainly doesn’t need to know that 😉 ). But you can also save a lot of money by making things yourself! From home décor to handmade cards, you can make something your own AND save some moolah in the process.

7. It can help you slow down.

To the person who thinks she's not "crafty"...#ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #paper #diy #crafts #beginner #fathersday #gift #homemadeIs it just us, or is life just getting busier and busier? With the fast-paced nature of our lives, it’s nice to take some time to unplug and make something with your hands. It forces you to slow down and think about something else besides your never-ending to-do list.

8. It’s a great way to “treat yo self.”

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Is there a project you’ve seen on Pinterest that seems really cool? Give it a go! You deserve a little “me” time. 😉 And again, just because you do one type of crafting doesn’t mean you have to instantly become “the crafty mom.” Keep your kids’ school projects and parties simple if that’s your style, but maybe try making something for yourself or home instead.

9. There is more help than you think.

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From YouTube to blogs, there is basically an online tutorial for anything you want to learn! However, if you prefer learning in-person, there are lots of companies, including ours, with Consultants who can give you the one-on-one help you like. Also, don’t forget how helpful how-to books, pre-made kits, and coordinating products can be!

10. You can carry on family traditions, or start your own!

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Be it quilting, stamping, or baking, there’s probably a crafting tradition your mother carried on from her mother, and so on. Why not try it out (with your own spin, of course) and continue the family tradition? If you prefer to be the trailblazer, start a new crafting tradition with your own family!

11. It’s a great way to preserve (and create) memories!

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We already know that memory keeping is one of our favorite crafting activities because we love the process of telling stories and making them beautiful, too. But we realize that at the same time we are preserving memories, we are making new ones, and that is true of ALL crafts. You never know when the project you undertake on a whim will become a family treasure ten, twenty, or thirty years down the road.


So go ahead and get started! No matter which creative project is calling your name, there is no better way to explore your creative side than by diving right in and trying something new.

You’ve got this! 🙂

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From Jeanette: Merry Christmas

jeanette-lynton

This Christmas season, my heart has been filled with overwhelming gratitude for each and every one of you.

I love this company more than words can describe, and I love what you have helped me create: a warm, compassionate community where anyone who wants to preserve their memories and discover their creativity can find friendship, confidence, and inspiration.

I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to God for the opportunity to start this company and connect with amazing people around the world. You inspire me, and I treasure every moment I get to spend in your company.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday alongside family and friends as you celebrate He who makes it all possible. Know that you are loved.

Merry Christmas,

Jeanette

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