10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST!

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbookingWhat’s great about the world of crafting is that it brings unique, talented women together. Whether you regularly attend scrapbooking crops or just have some friends who like to craft together every so often, having a crafting squad is basically the BEST—just read the reasons below!

1. They give you an excuse to slip out for some much needed “me” time.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mama or a working woman, every gal needs a little “me” time to recharge her batteries—and going over to a friend’s house for a craft night is just the thing!

2. They understand the obsession.

They don’t think it’s crazy to stay up until midnight on your computer waiting for the launch of new crafting products—in fact, they’ll be up all night with you as you place your order and chat about your favorite new items!

3. They don’t mind when you go down memory lane because that’s what they’re all about—preserving and creating memories!

They totally get it if, while you’re scrapbooking, you somehow end up telling a 20-minute-long story about your cousin’s daughter’s dog: They value storytelling and memories, and they want to learn more about your family because they truly care about you.

4. They let you use their fun gadgets and gizmos.

What’s the next best thing to owning the latest and greatest crafting products? Knowing somebody that does! 😉 When you have a crafting squad, it’s like your crafting stash multiplies! They let you borrow their tools, and you let them do the same because that’s just what crafting buddies do! #squadgoals

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5. They get your creative juices going.

When you hang out with your squad, you get to see the amazing artwork they create, which is always sure to inspire new ideas for you!

6. They teach you cool techniques and tricks.

On a similar note, you get to learn new techniques and tricks from your squad. When you have a problem you’re trying to overcome, two heads (or three, or four, or five…) are better than one!

7. They help you when you’re in a pickle.

Need last-minute décor for a forgotten birthday party? Did your Cricut® machine give up the ghost right before your crop? Do you need glitter paper for the school project due tomorrow that your kid just told you about? Crafting squad to the rescue! They’ll always have your back.

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8. They make you feel like you belong to something bigger than yourself.

 It’s not just about crafting. It’s about having a second family, a sisterhood, who understands you and accepts you for who you are.

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9. They give you confidence and encourage you to be yourself.

They boost your self-esteem and make you feel validated when they admire your artwork. They make you feel capable of doing more than you thought you could, which translates into all aspect of your life.

10. They help you reach your goals and dreams.

Whether you’re trying to catch up on scrapbooking your family photos, creating handmade invitations for an upcoming event, or working toward earning an all-inclusive trip by being a Close To My Heart Consultant, they help you get closer to reaching your goals and dreams. It’s the best support group a girl could ask for. 🙂

Are there more reasons you love your crafting squad? Tell us in the comments below! Let’s share the love! 🙂


Looking for a crafting squad to join? We can help!

To find a Consultant in your area who can introduce you to other women who also love to craft, visit our website. You can also volunteer to have a Consultant throw a crafting party at your house and earn free products! Learn more here.

You can even become a Consultant and start building your team! Not only will you build your own crafting squad, but you can also make money and earn free products at the same time. Learn more here.

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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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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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Join Us in Thailand!

Earn an all-inclusive trip for two to Thailand, courtesy of Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #workfromhome #scrapbooking #crafting #thailandAs many of you know, Monica and Tiffany from the Home Office recently traveled to Thailand to make sure everything will be absolutely perfect for the 2018 Close To My Heart incentive trip for North America. They loved this beautiful country and can’t wait to share it with you!

Close To My Heart incentive trips are unlike any other incentive trips. We know our Consultants go above and beyond to serve their customers and communities, so we go above and beyond to provide them with trips they will remember for a lifetime.

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For example, many companies give you an all-inclusive trip for one—but we know that you want to share such an incredible experience with a loved one! We’re all about creating and preserving memories AND celebrating relationships, so it just makes sense. 🙂

Earn an all-inclusive trip for two to Thailand, courtesy of Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #workfromhome #scrapbooking #crafting #thailand

Here’s everything the 2018 Thailand trip includes:

—Round trip airfare for two from a major airport to Bangkok, Thailand

—Accommodations for three nights at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa in Bangkok

—Accommodations for three nights at the five-star JW Marriott Resort in Phuket

—Airfare for two from Bangkok to Phuket

—Transfers between airports and hotels, including meet & greet services

Thailand is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime! You’ll get to immerse yourself in an entirely different culture, see beautiful historic landscapes, eat authentic cuisine, all while staying in the finest resorts and spas!

Whether you’re a Consultant or someone considering becoming a Consultant, this trip is within your reach! There are still 327 days to earn this trip, and with thoughtful planning, goal-setting, and fully investing yourself into what you love, you can really reap the rewards!

We’ll be in Thailand in 2018, and we really hope you join us. After all, once-in-a-lifetime experiences are the best when shared with friends. ❤️

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Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, now is a great time to take that leap of faith and sign up! Why? Well, during the month of October, you can get a deep discount on your New Consultant Kit—or even get it for free! Your New Consultant Kit includes several key business-building supplies as well as credit for purchasing additional supplies that you need to start your business off strong.

But signing up is more than just getting a kit: We know you’ll love being a Consultant. Just think—you’ll get to be your own boss, set your own schedule, make new friends, all while earning extra income to help your family (or to buy more crafting supplies! 🙂 ). And then there are the opportunities to earn even bigger rewards like free, all-inclusive trips for two to places like Mexico, Hawaii, and even Thailand!

We could talk all day about why being a Consultant is awesome, but you don’t have to take our word for it! We’ve asked two new Consultants to share their thoughts on the blog today.

Who are these two ladies? None other than our two newest Rising Star award recipients: Terry Holland and Brittany Rask! These two women have demonstrated incredible dedication and skill in their short time as Consultants, and we can’t wait to share their thoughts with you today. Take it away, ladies!

Terry Holland, Manager from College Station, Texas

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What did you accomplish in your first year as a Consultant?
I have accomplished so much more than I ever imagined. I originally signed up to get a discount on my products, and now I have a monthly cropping group, a monthly card buffet, 1–2 Gatherings a month, but most importantly, I have met many wonderful new friends because of this fun, creative, giving company that I love being a part of.

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How has your success as a new Consultant impacted your life? What has it meant to you?
I am reaching levels that I never thought possible. I am blessed and grateful for the opportunities and gifts.

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What advice would you give to new Consultants?
Be yourself, have fun, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of all the information shared by corporate and fellow Consultants.

Brittany Rask, Consultant from Rochester, Minnesota

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What did you accomplish in your first year as a Consultant?
When I joined Close To My Heart, I’ll be honest, I was a “kit-naper.” As a perk for signing up as a Consultant, I received several product lines that caught my eye. With more access to the materials, I learned more about the company. The products and atmosphere made me want to be a part of it. Previously, I had taught and sold at a scrapbook store, which I loved. I felt like this was a great opportunity to rekindle that passion and Close To My Heart would be the right fit.

In my first year, I hosted several crops and classes. In order to inspire business, I hosted a free monthly class at the local library. These classes included adults and children, first timers and frequent papercrafters. Another successful approach was vending at numerous events like craft fairs. Staying connected was a top priority. I followed up with Upline leads, established a Facebook business page, started a craft blog, and also sent out a monthly newsletter. Some of my favorite events included teaching a Valentine’s Day treat class to children and making Halloween bags with a group of disabled adults. My teammates also helped me literally reach new heights and overcome my fears this year by getting me on Tower of Terror during Convention.

I’m not sure how I fit it all in on top of a full-time job, part-time job, and planning a wedding, but I guess where there’s a will there’s a way.

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How has your success as a new Consultant impacted your life? What has it meant to you?
Friends and family would joke about my obsession for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  But after winning Rising Star, individuals started to see my name in the community. They are intrigued with what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. It means so much having my hard work be recognized.

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What advice would you give to new Consultants?
Try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Unfortunately not every event is going to be a success, but take it as an opportunity to learn what you can do differently. Follow your Upline’s lead. They’ve been there, done that. They can help teach you about their successes and heartache so you don’t make the same mistakes. Sometimes you will find that the simplest things can create success, such as making a gift or card for another individual.

Aren’t these ladies incredible? They are proof of how life-changing it can be to become a Consultant. Thank you so much, Terry and Brittany, for sharing your thoughts. We are so grateful for you and your examples!

Talk to your Consultant today to learn more about saving big on your New Consultant Kit. We know it’s a conversation you won’t regret! 

Looking for more reasons to become a Close To My Heart Consultant? Then take a look at these 10 reasons why Close To My Heart Consultants live the dream.

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I’m 22, and This Is Why I Scrapbook

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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.

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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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