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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I’m 22, and This Is Why I Scrapbook

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

Howdy! My name is Mandy Petty. I am 22 years old, and I love to scrapbook!

I have been scrapbooking with my mom since I was 10 and have been in love with crafting since before I can remember! My reasons for scrapbooking have evolved over the years, but one thing remains constant…I love to craft.

In the beginning, it was just something fun to do. My mom and I would go to our local scrapbook store for the day to create, shop, and, of course, enjoy the company of our friends. As I have grown older, I have reached out to my peers, sharing my passion with them. It started out as friends coming over to make mini albums in our basement workshop and has evolved into crops, craft shows, and scrapbook conventions. Nowadays I share my love for crafting with anyone and everyone who will listen, which sometimes even results in new friendships!

While I was in grade school, I would create holiday gifts by hand rather than go out and purchase them at the store. I remember one of my favorite gifts was making a five-page mini album out of chipboard and Flip Flaps. Surprisingly it was by far one of the most impactful gifts I had given! I remember giving it to my teachers and friends and watching their faces light up. It was such a simple gesture, but their smiles showed they knew how much I appreciated and cared for them, all because I took the time to create their gift.

On top of this, I would create my own birthday invitations each year. It was always fun designing them, especially since it was cheaper than buying them at the store and they were personalized! Recently, I was delighted to learn that my best friend Chloe saved all of the birthday invitations I’d sent her over the years because she loved the artwork! It’s amazing how you never really know how your creations will affect people.

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Another reason I enjoy scrapbooking is the amazing community. Over the years I have met many wonderful people, some of which are now among my best friends and “framily”! In fact, this year for my 22nd birthday I chose to go to a scrapbooking retreat rather than have a party. Just like anyone else, I wanted to do what I love most for my birthday, so I chose to spend it scrapbooking with some of my closest friends.

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Overall, I love being artsy, and scrapbooking provides me with a creative outlet that will last! I can paint, color, design, and create knowing it will be preserved along with my memories. Scrapbooking allows my crafting to become part of my story in a format that will last a lifetime.

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All of our memories are treasures; unfortunately, they don’t always last. Years ago my band director told us, “A dull pencil is better than a sharp mind.” One day you may not remember all the little moments, but you’ll have your photos and journals to remind you of your accomplishments, challenges, goofiness, family, and friends. These moments are precious but fleeting, which inspires me to scrapbook and document them so I can treasure them for years to come!

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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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Getting to Know Lynn Como

Get the inside scoop from one of our top Consultants! #ctmh #closetomyheart #lynncomo #Consultants #scrapbooking #papercraftingWe’ve got an extra special treat for you today—we’ve interviewed Senior Director Lynn Como, who is a top performing Consultant and a truly wonderful person. We’re really excited to help you get to know her better and learn some tricks of the trade. 🙂

Q. What are your five favorite products?

A. Because I’m a dedicated scrapbooker, these quality products are my favorite:

  1. Post-bound albums
  2. Memory Protectors™—They are a fantastic weight and the extra 1/2 “ helps them lay flat in our books. Love that!
  3. Flip Flaps™—absolutely a scrapper’s solution to photo overload! My two-page spreads hold a lot more photos in the same amount of space. Yeah!
  4. My Reflections™ Papers—No matter what they are, I can always use the designs, embellishments, and coordination for my layouts. They are perfect!
  5. How-To Books—I use them all the time as my starting point in creating layouts. They help me scrap faster, and the designs are timeless.

Get the inside scoop from one of our top Consultants! #ctmh #closetomyheart #lynncomo #Consultants #scrapbooking #papercraftingQ. Do you consider yourself a decorative scrapbooker, fundamental scrapbooker, pocket scrapbooker, cardmaker, or papercrafter?

A. In 1998 when Jeanette Lynton unveiled her “Close To My Heart” scrapbooking line, I had never scrapbooked before. I decided it was a good time to start since I was a Consultant. It was the best decision ever because from day 1, I’ve always used our products to scrap! I love to use a variety of My Acrylix® stamps for icons, titles and backgrounds, as they add so much more detail to a layout. Embellishing with chipboard, ribbon, bling and doo-dads kicks it up another notch. My photos are the focus of my pages, but the decorative details create an artfully designed page so they work well together.

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Q. If you could give one piece of advice to those just starting their Close To My Heart business, what would you say?

A. What are you passionate about? Making cards, scrapbooking, or 3-D projects? Once you know what you love to do, that’s the avenue for you to share with your circle of influence. . You will attract people to you that enjoy your art form. When you are passionate about it, it shines through and people will want to do what you do! And always ask your circle, “Who do you know that would love to join you?” This helps you grow your circles faster, and you have to keep repeating this question to everyone you meet.

Next, you have to be consistent and dedicated. Create what you love and share it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly through social media and email. People love to SEE (and are such visual learners), so photos of artwork is KEY. It’s like being a kid in the candy shop—you “ooh” and “aah” over the selection, but you can’t make a decision because you want it ALL! So, the more you show visually, the higher your return on your time invested. It just looks so good!

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Q. Why do you love crafting?

A. I look at crafting as a challenge, and I love challenges! I want to craft something unique, different, classy, and stylish that doesn’t look like anything I’ve created before. So each month I craft a new Kit of the Month, which incorporates My Reflections™ paper packets, embellishments, stamps, and ink into 6-8 scrapbook pages (and sometimes even cards). I try to think outside the box, creating ideas that are useful, classic in style, clean without clutter, and will still host 7 or more photos (thank you, Flip Flaps™!). I don’t want my projects to look the same, and I get excited when I’ve pulled off another unique look. That’s the challenge: to continually push my creativity while also enjoying the crafting aspect of what I do. It’s so rewarding!

Q. What do you do to get inspired?

A. I find inspiration by looking at other Consultants’ artwork, browsing Pinterest for ideas, or reviewing my own scrapbooks (I have 15+ albums). I may use bits and pieces and tweak them to get my own design, or I may wake up in the middle of the night with an idea. Here’s a layout where it kind of hit me to create 3″ x 3″ swatches of paper and use a 6″ x 12″ Flip Flaps™ in the middle. I love the colors and the distressed look of these pages. The photos really POP:

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What keeps me inspired though? I have the best customers who compliment my artwork and tell me how much they enjoy what I create. Their enthusiasm and approval is what inspires me each month to try to artistically design fantastic layouts they will want to duplicate! It is so rewarding to hear or read someone’s “stamp of approval” when they comment on a creation. It totally makes my day and validates my creative process. The art I create doesn’t happen in one day—it takes time to design. So when I get acknowledged for my effort, it keeps me motivated and inspired to continue.

Q. Can you share with us one of your favorite pieces of artwork you’ve created?

A. Here are some photos of my Kit of the Month for Regatta. I love the variety of layouts you can create with this paper packet: It’s great for pictures of the beach, vacations, adventures, the 4th of July, boating, cruising—the possibilities are endless!

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Q. What is something most people don’t know about you?

A. I was a jock! During elementary and high school years, I competed and was captain for our basketball and tennis teams. I also participated on the cheerleading squad. When I worked in NYC, I joined the women’s softball team, and we played our games in Brooklyn. I learned how to ski when I was 20 and enjoy being outdoors, hiking, and occasionally kayaking (I love being closer to the mountains in New Hampshire). Life is good!

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Q. What’s the most exciting thing that your Close To My Heart business has paid for?

A. Vacations that are FREE! Because of the fantastic support of loyal customers and a company that rewards hard work, Rick and I have enjoyed 12 incentive trips. When possible, we try to piggy-back and add on a few extra days to lengthen our time away. We’ve visited Hawaii (twice), Alaska, New Zealand, Mexico and many tropical islands while cruising. One of our favorite incentive trips though was the Mediterranean Cruise, which let us enjoy Malta, Italy (Rome, Positano, Florence, and the Cinque Terre) and Nice, France. Each trip is so memorable!

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Consultant Spotlight: Tonya Sheridan

Here’s the last 2016 incentive trip earner we interviewed! Tonya shares her approach to earning this year’s cruise and her thoughts on memory keeping.

Tonya Sheridan, Executive Manager
Time as a Consultant: 10 years
6th incentive tripTonya Sheridan shares her thoughts about memory keeping and running a successful business on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #Consultant

How did you earn the incentive trip?

I do a lot of different things.  My business is focused not on a single avenue, but many avenues that make it well-rounded.  I assist my Upline, and several of my sister sidelines, with their expos.  I hope to have my own in the future, which makes this not only a great learning experience for myself, but helps them achieve their goals and dreams.  Additionally, I am a vendor at some larger crops of typically 100+ people along the East Coast. I have traveled with these groups and established myself with them. I also run my own crops. I have three weekend-long crops per year and then a monthly crop at my church or a local hotel. I also do fundraisers for different organizations, one Workshops Your Way™ event once per month, and sometimes specialty classes for flair, depending on what’s new or what I’m excited about!

Outside of these scrapbooking events, I also teach a card club once a month (two during the fall) that keeps me grounded. I love all of my events. They are each very unique, but this card one brings me “home” every month—most of the ladies are retired and have become like grandmothers to me. Such a blessing!!! Online, I do online sales, offer kits by mail, and maintain a blog. I blog, not as often as I’d like to, but I do try to keep it semi inspirational and keep a balance of talking about work, event, specials, and also some of my personal life. I’m not really shy about posting pictures of my children—I think they’re pretty cute and many of my customers have developed relationships with my children so they love to see what’s new with them. Tonya Sheridan shares her thoughts about memory keeping and running a successful business on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #Consultant

My business is indeed a family effort—they play a large role in my successes. My daughter is the best Bingo caller ever and can do the little twist-twist-tap-tap-tap dance to teach stamping skills better than any adult. My boys help my croppers load, and unload their vehicles and love to help make up kits. My mom and husband help whenever needed, and my dad babysits during my events. Having their help and support has become a true blessing. Tonya Sheridan shares her thoughts about memory keeping and running a successful business on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #Consultant

What was your favorite part of the trip?

I think it’s just getting to see friends and acquaintances. A lot of us follow each other on Facebook but haven’t been able to sit down and have a full conversation; here I can sit down at breakfast and ask Brandy how her child is doing in school because I have established a relationship with her on Facebook. And I have found that most people are really open about sharing ideas and sharing business, so we kind mix both together in conversation.Tonya Sheridan shares her thoughts about memory keeping and running a successful business on the blog! #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #Consultant

Why is memory keeping so important to you?

Well, for me it’s the journey; it’s not just keeping the particular memories. I enjoy scrapbooking with my kids. They get to journal along with me. My scrapbooks are not ones that stay on the shelf. We go through them all the time because it’s important to us. If I leave our photos on a digital card, then that’s where they’re going to stay. Our family has unfortunately had a flood and we lost lots and lots of pictures—that in itself made the memory keeping all the more important to me. I also see memory keeping as a healing tool. We have many family members and friends who have dementia, and our scrapbooks have been an invaluable tool to revisit memories with them.

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Chris Hill: Why I’m a Close To My Heart Consultant

Thanks to our friend Chris Hill for answering our questions for today’s post!

Who first introduced you to Close To My Heart?
About 24 years ago, my neighbor invited me to a Close To My Heart party and I fell in love! I loved the designs, the concept—I loved it all!Unknown-1
Why did you decide to become a Consultant?
I wanted it all! I had joined other companies to get the product at a discount, and that was my original intention with Close To My Heart, but something was different this time. Close To My Heart was not like other companies. It was fun and exciting, so I joined and never looked back or regretted it for one minute.Unknown-17
What are the perks of being a Close To My Heart Consultant?
There are so many perks! Product discounts, friendships, sisterhood, customers, my Team, and relationships with the corporate team, who are the people that run the best company ever.
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What’s your favorite memory from Convention?
I have attended every Convention since I signed up (except the first one, which was only weeks after I signed up). I would never miss one! I jokingly told my children to plan babies and such around Convention because I didn’t want to miss one. My favorite memory is the year I was surprised beyond words when I was given the Spirit of Close To My Heart award. My husband and daughter were flown out to surprise me, and a fun video had been made about my family and years with Close To My Heart. What an honor! THAT was my favorite memory from Convention.Unknown-19
What’s the best part about going on an incentive trip?
We have earned 15 incentive trips! They are fabulous. The best part of these trips is spending time with my best friend, my husband. We have been to places we would NEVER have been able to go otherwise. These incentive trips are so fun because we travel with the great leaders from Close To My Heart, along with the other earners and their families. We have had such great times with our Close To My Heart friends on these trips!
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Which product is your favorite?
I could not even begin to name a favorite product. I use Close To My Heart products exclusively because I love the paper, the embellishments, the stamps, Studio J®, the albums—I just love it all!

Why do you love the Close To My Heart community?
Being part of the Close To My Heart community is fabulous. I have made so many friends over the years. The people at Close To My Heart are by far the most genuine people I have ever met. My customers, my Team, and other Consultants have become my dearest friends. I treasure being part of the Close To My Heart community. Through sad times and happy times, Consultants are always there for each other.
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How have you changed through your involvement with Close To My Heart?
I was never very outgoing before joining Close To My Heart. But being a Close To My Heart Consultant has helped me learn to talk to people and share what I love. I had always wanted to add a little income to our family budget, but also wanted to be a “stay-at-home mom.” This fabulous business helped me do just that. Over the years, I have learned how to streamline my business, and still be a mom and grandma right along side of it!
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What would you tell someone about Close To My Heart if you could only say one thing?
JOIN US!!! You will never regret it! This company is by far the best company out there in so many ways. Everything they do is done with the Consultants in mind. They have the best products and a generous commission plan. You will LOVE being part of this company!Unknown-4
Any last thoughts?
My family has truly been blessed by being part of the Close To My Heart family! I LOVE Close To My Heart!

Thank you, Chris! We love having you with us.

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