Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

With the end of 2016 drawing near, we thought it would be fun to do a round-up of our 5 most popular blog posts of the year. Enjoy!

1. 5 Reasons Scrapbooking Is Good for Your Health

5 reasons scrapbooking is good for your health! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #scraphappy #paperaddict

Or better known as “5 Excuses to Buy More Crafting Supplies”! 😉

2. 19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp

How many did you know?

3. 3 Reasons Why You Should Become a Consultant Right Now!

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

Getting to buy new products before anyone else can even see them? Earning commission? Saving on products with a Consultant discount? Yes, please!

4. I’m 22, and This Is Why I Scrapbook

I'm 22, and this is why I scrapbook #ctmh #closetomyheart #consultant #business #scrapbooking #inspiration

The fabulous Mandy Petty has us convinced—EVERYONE should scrapbook! After all, who doesn’t want to preserve their memories?

5. 5 Movies Where Scrapbooking Saves the Day

Our favorite superhero of all time—the scrapbook!

What else do you want to see on the blog? Tell us in the form below, and we’ll try to make it happen next year! 🙂

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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The Many Emotions of Convention

As some of you know, this year’s Close To My Heart Convention will play off of the Disney movie Inside Out, which tells the story of an 11-year-old girl moving to San Francisco through her emotions: characters named Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.

In the spirit of Inside Out, we thought it’d be fun to talk about the many emotions YOU’LL get to experience at Convention!

Ready to board this emotional rollercoaster? 🙂

1. Anticipation

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You’re probably already well acquainted with this emotion. After all, you’ve been waiting ALL YEAR for this event and now it’s ALMOST HERE!

The many emotions of Close To My Heart Convention! #closetomyheart #ctmh #makeitfromyourheart #insideout #ctmhconv2016

Once you get to Convention, the anticipation will continue! For one thing, you’re going to find a Sticky Boy. It just has to happen. You NEED him! Just try not to feel too much anger or envy if someone else snatches him before you! 😉

2. Wonder

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Just a head’s up—this is one emotion that you’re going to be experiencing A LOT. From getting your own copy of the brand new Annual Inspirations idea book…

The many emotions of Close To My Heart Convention! #closetomyheart #ctmh #makeitfromyourheart #insideout #ctmhconv2016

…to seeing new products in person—and don’t even get us started on how wonderful it will be to create artwork with these new products!

3. Fear

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That momentary feeling you’ll get after seeing all the new products you want to buy, and then thinking about your husband’s response…or your bank account. But don’t worry, this feeling doesn’t stick around too long! 😉

4. Joy

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You’ll feel this emotion for all sorts of reasons. Maybe because you get to see dear friends you haven’t seen since last Convention, or maybe because you get to experience the magic of Convention with your best friends in the world.

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Then there’s the fact that Convention is basically a three-day party.

5. Pride

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One of our favorite parts of Convention is getting to reward our Consultants for their hard work, diligence, character, and loyalty.

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If you get called onstage, prepare for the waterworks—and enjoy the pride you feel in yourself. You deserve this!

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You’ll also feel pride in your team…

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…and because you’re part of a company that helps women around the world run their own businesses.

6. Sadness

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When it’s time to pack your suitcase and kiss your friends goodbye, you’ll feel a little bit of this emotion.

7. Gratitude

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But mostly, you’ll feel overwhelming gratitude. Gratitude for the friends you’ve made, gratitude for the opportunity to attend Convention, and gratitude for being able to turn your passion into a means of providing for yourself and your family.

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We feel all these emotions at Convention, too. 🙂 And we’re so looking forward to sharing Convention with our fabulous Consultants. If you can’t make it this year, be sure to follow us on Facebook, and search the hashtags #makeitfromyourheart and #ctmhconv2016 on social medial to see even more posts. We can’t wait!

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Getting Started with Your Everyday Life™ Planner

The New Year has arrived! That means you can finally start using your planner and the rest of your Everyday Life items you’ve been so excited about! Since these products are new to everyone, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to use them.Get started using your Everyday Life™ Planner! #ctmh #closetomyheart #everydaylife #planner #2016

It’s a beautiful week, thanks to the stickers that come with your planner pages! We designed them for organization optimization!

First you have the round ones with helpful little icons to place next to tasks on your to-do list—don’t you just love that little gold present? These are great for helping you see at a glance what type of event you are looking at while simultaneously adding a splash of color!

Then there are the rectangular stickers, which you can stamp with the Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp to further color-code your pages. For instance, you’ll notice here that we stamped “PAY DAY!” on a green label so it coordinates with the green dollar sticker.

But maybe you’d prefer to arrange your colors a little differently. Well, thanks to our roller stamp, you can! You can stamp any of its twelve words, phrases, and images onto any stickers you’d like to create your very own personalized system. Here are some tips for stamping onto the stickers:

  • Practice stamping on a scratch piece of paper beforehand so you get a feel for the roller stamp.
  • Start with the stamp leaning slightly toward you. Roll slightly away from you to make sure the whole image gets stamped onto the sticker.
  • It’s okay to go slowly, but be careful not to slide the stamp since that can smear your image.
  • Use the metal guides on the edges of the roller stamp to help with placement of the stamp image.

Click on the Instagram video below to see the techniques in action!

Get started using your Everyday Life™ Planner! #ctmh #closetomyheart #everydaylife #planner #2016

Last but not least are the fun little flag stickers that complete the sticker set. We really love these because they can be used horizontally or vertically, as you can see on this calendar. That’s what’s great about the entire Everyday Life line—you can use the products in whichever way makes the most sense to you for your everyday life!

Ready to organize your year? Then enjoy getting to know the Everyday Life planner system, and let it work wonders for your life! If you haven’t jumped on the chance to get your own set of Everyday life 2016 planner pages yet, then we’ve got great news for you: Starting today, they are now available at 50% of the original price!

Next week we’ll be sharing a post about how you can pair the planner with Picture My Life for even more fun!

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Everyday Life™ Planner
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3208 Everyday Life™ Album—Black, Z3209 Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages, Z3212 Everyday Life™ Perfect Plan Roller Stamp, 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 Everyday Life™ Line Has Arrived!

IT’S HERE! 😀

The moment you’ve all been waiting for since our Australasia Convention announcement and the Plan Ahead blog post has come at last: You can now place your order for our planner system!Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized

Isn’t it beautiful? We love the vibrant colors of this planner, and all that space to write down those oh-so-important lists and reminders. And because we just can’t help ourselves, we’re also going to give you a deal on an exclusive planner bundle! From now until December 31, you can order a special planner bundle that gives you everything you need to create a planner at a 15% discount! You’ll get the Everyday Life™ black album with trendy gold foil designs, the Everyday Life™ 2016 planner pages, including stickers for color coordinating your planner, and the Everyday Life™ Perfect Plan roller stamp, which works hand-in-hand with the stickers.

But that’s not all.

For anyone who hasn’t seen our Planners Gonna Plan video yet, we have an extra surprise: There are more items in the Everyday Life™ line, and they’re ALL available as of today! Let us show you the whole system!Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized

First up, we’ve created two new Memory Protectors™ that are sized especially for the Everyday Life™ album—one with four 4″ x 3″ side-loading pockets and one with two 4″ x 6″ side-loading pockets. You can create a mini Picture My Life™ album, like you see here, or you can add some photos and Picture My Life™ cards to your planner. What better way to add a smile to your day than to turn to your to-do list and see pictures of those you love?Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized

Next, we’ve got something really exciting—our My Crush® Everyday Life pages. These loose, 3-ring hole punched pages come in a variety of playful patterns, and some have sayings that will lift your spirits and encourage you to seize the day! Did you notice the washi tape used to hold these precious photos and memorabilia in place? That’s our Everyday Life™ washi tape, which coordinates with the colors of the planner pages and the My Crush pages. We’re all about preserving the little moments in life, and these My Crush® pages and washi tape make memory keeping on-the-go easy, cute, and fun!Create a beautiful planner with our Everyday Life™ line! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmheverdaylife #planner #organized

Here our artist combined the planner pages with the Memory Protectors, the My Crush® pages, and the washi tape. Now you can see just how many amazing possibilities there are with our Everyday Life products. You’ll be able to preserve your favorite moments in the same place that you plan them!  We’re excited to help you enjoy your memories the same way you live your life: one day at a time. 🙂

Ready to place your order? To purchase the Everyday Life planner bundle*, which includes the album, planner pages, and roller stamp, head on over to your Consultant’s OBA, and select “Special Promotions” on the left-hand side of the page. To order additional Everyday Life™ items, like the My Crush® pages, select “Everyday Life” on your Consultant’s OBA.

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.

*To receive the 15% discount, you must purchase the planner bundle found under “Special Promotions.” Adding the items separately will not trigger the discount. You must use the campaign item number provided for the bundle. 

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