Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You…Giveaway!

A wise person once said, “People will always remember how they felt around you. Build people up.” That thoughtful person was none other than our beloved founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton.

Today happens to be Jeanette’s birthday and to celebrate we are giving away an inspiring stamp from our upcoming Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog! (That’s right, this stamp is not available for purchase until May!)

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We are giving away five Be You stamp sets here on the blog, another five on our Facebook page, and another five on Instagram. Follow us on those other platforms to learn how to increase your chances to win!

To enter the drawing on the blog, it’s an easy two-step entry. First, make sure you are a subscriber! If you are not, simply push the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar. Second, and this is important, leave a comment below with a small birthday message for Jeanette. That’s it! Winners will be selected at noon (MDT) tomorrow.

For those of you who have been fortunate enough to meet Jeanette, or even hear her speak, you know she lives her life just as she encourages. The way she builds up the people around her is memorable, and her example reminds others to spread that same care and compassion. When you’re around this incredible person, you can’t help but feel an instant uplifting connection. We would love to hear some of your experiences below, so please share!

Be brave. Be bold. Be you.

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Magical Consultant Artwork

There are few things we like better than giving away free products, and one of them is looking at amazing artwork created by our Consultants! Today’s our lucky day because we get to do both. 🙂

We challenged our Convention attendees to create a scrapbook layout with Convention photos using our Magical paper packet and then to share their layout on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention—and boy did they deliver!

Here are our five random winners, who will each receive a brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking album of her choice:


If you see your artwork here, that means you’re a winner! Please send an email to with your name, shipping address, and preferred My Legacy™ album (remember, choose a NEW one!) using the subject line “Magical Convention.”

There’s more beautiful artwork where this came from, so be sure to search #magicalconvention on Facebook and Instagram to see even more beautiful layouts!

Congrats to our winners! We hope this makes your day a little more magical. 🙂

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A Day for Remembering

As a day specifically set aside for remembering those who have gone before, Memorial Day reminds us why it’s so important to preserve our memories. As time passes on, we don’t want to forget those who have touched our lives and left a beautiful legacy behind.

In the spirit of memory keeping and thinking about why we do what we do, we asked you to create a scrapbook page explaining what scrapbooking means to you and to share it on social media using the hashtag #ctmhscraphappy for a chance to win a scrapbooking bundle. Today we’re excited to announce our three winners!

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 3.24.17 PMEach of these ladies will get a My Legacy™ album, one value pack of Memory Protectors™, the Georgie paper packet, and the Georgie Complements.

Winners, please send your name, mailing address, album preference, and Memory Protectors value pack preference to to claim your prize.

We invite all of you to search the hashtag #ctmhscraphappy on social media to see other wonderful scrapbook pages made by fellow scrapbooking enthusiasts, and we hope you keep using the hashtag #ctmhscraphappy to share your love of scrapbooking with others.

Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember. As scrapbookers, we make every day memorable by preserving our memories, so they can be cherished for years to come.


Scrap Happy

We hope you’re having an awesome National Scrapbooking Month! In addition to enjoying the awesome specials we have going on—our Happy Times paper packet AND our 25%-off sale on scrapbook albums–we also hope you’re taking time to think about what scrapbooking means to you.

One thing we love about scrapbooking is how it not only helps preserve your memories for years to come, but it also gives you the opportunity to reconnect with yourself, tap into your creativity, and express your individuality.

In honor of this special month, we want to hear what scrapbooking means to you personally—and we want to give away some exciting prizes to help you with your scrapbooking! Here’s what you need to do: Create a scrapbooking page using the Georgie paper packet* that explains what scrapbooking means to you, like this example:

Create a scrapbook page that explains what scrapbooking means to you for a chance to win free products! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhscraphappy #scrapbooking #memorykeepingmatters

Share your page on social media using the hashtag #ctmhscraphappy for a chance to win one of three scrapbooking bundles! These bundles include a My Legacy™ album, one value pack of Memory Protectors™, the Georgie paper packet, and the Georgie Complements. The contest will close on May 27 at 9:00 am (MDT), after which we’ll randomly select three winners. Winners will be announced on the blog on May 30.

We can’t wait to hear how scrapbooking has enriched your lives! Now go get scrap happy! 🙂

*Update: We’d love to see you use the Georgie paper packet, but feel free to use any Close To My Heart products for this contest. 🙂


12″ x 12″ Memories Page
D1686 My Acrylix® Noted, C1646 My Acrylix® Scrapbook Queen, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z3215 Calypso Sequins, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2068 Ranter™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
1″ Icon-1 <k> (p. 28)
1 ¼” Shape<v> (p. 34)

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5 Ways to Use Instalife™ City Limits

Instalife™ is our mini pocket scrapbooking line: From mini albums and Memory Protectors™ to mini cards you slide into place next to your photos, these petite products are just too cute!

Today we’re going to show you five different ways you can use our Instalife™ City Limits cards, which are only available through April 30.

1. Traditional Mini Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

You can see that the cards have fun designs and cutouts, along with spaces for journaling. Simply slide your photos and cards in, and you’re done! The album possibilities are endless: Create one for graduation, one with photos of your family for your kids to take to college, or one with photos of your pet. It’s also a great way to keep all the photos you have on your phone. Just print them out, and create a mini album of your adventures!

2. Mother’s Day Gift

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking


Because the cards are soft blues, greens, and greys, it’s easy to add other colors into the mix! Here we added some Pixie cardstock and ink to make this a feminine album for Mother’s Day. The card sentiments are generic, so they work great for any occasion.

3. Father’s Day Cards

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

Once Mother’s Day is over, use the cards to create unique Father’s Day cards. On the left card, we have two 2″ x 2″ Instalife™ cards stacked on top of each other. On the card on the right, we used a 4″ x 4″ Instalife™ card with a cutout and stamped a sentiment inside of it.

4. Everyday Life™ Album

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

What’s great about the Instalife™ cards is that they’re small enough to use as accents for your My Crush® pages. You can attach them quickly and easily, and they even go really well with the colors of the My Crush® Everyday Life pages.

5. Traditional Scrapbooking

5 ways to use Instalife™ City Limits cards #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhinstalife #minialbum #scrapbooking

The cards also work great on traditional scrapbook pages. These 4″ x 4″ cards act as frames for the photos, and the little 2″ x 2″ card makes a fun embellishment when combined with some ribbon.

Instalife™ cards may be small, but their potential is huge! We hope this artwork inspires you to think outside the box—there are so many possibilities! To learn more about this artwork, watch this video:

Ready to experiment with Instalife™ yourself? Then head on over to our Instagram account for a chance to win FREE Instalife™ products!


Traditional Mini Album
Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Mother’s Day Album
M1137 My Acrylix® A Day for Mother, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3206 Instalife™ Album—Black & White, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3117 Memory Protectors™ Mini 2″ x 2″, Z3116 Memory Protectors™ Mini 4″ x 4″, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment

Father’s Day Cards
C1633 My Acrylix® For Family, Z2192 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

Everyday Life™ Album
Z3208 Everyday Life™ Album—Black, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Traditional Scrapbook Page
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3199 Instalife™ Cards—City Limits, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3208 Treasured Puffies, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
3/4″ <font> “Smile and Be Happy”

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From Jeanette: Thank You!

I want to thank everyone who posted or mailed a birthday card for me. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful artwork and thoughtful messages you shared—you truly made my birthday one to remember. I am grateful for all you do to make Close To My Heart feel like family, lending your time and talents to help lift others up.

I want to share some of the beautiful artwork you created. I know it will inspire our readers, just like it inspired me. Here are just a handful of the beautiful birthday cards:

I wish I could share all of the artwork here! It was so fun to look at your sweet cards. Each one of you is unique, and I can see that through your artwork—it represents you!

As was mentioned on the blog before, we have selected 20 random people who have posted a card. These 20 winners will get the Penelope paper packet and the Penelope Complements. I’m lucky enough to get to announce them today! Here they are:

  1. Jenifer Benner
  2. Tanya Armitage
  3. MaryJo Boyus
  4. Rachel Stribling
  5. Jen Patrick
  6. Jen Burkhart
  7. Sassy’s Creations
  8. Dawn Montagano
  9. Ellen Jarvis
  10. catscrapbooking
  11. Shirley Ross
  12. stampinbuds
  13. kigz55
  14. jrans2
  15. crys_daus
  16. scrapstampshare
  17. joaniestanclift
  18. peachypapercrafts
  19. ballisticdesign
  20. gabbysews

If your name is in the list above, please email your name and mailing address to using the subject line “Birthday giveaway.” We can’t wait to send you your prizes!

I just want to close by telling you again how grateful I am for this act of kindness. Your cards touched my heart. I am so lucky to have each of you as part of our Close To My Heart family. Know that I care about you dearly.



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Yes, We Will Be Your Valentine!

We loved looking at all the beautiful valentines you created using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Your creativity is so inspiring! If you haven’t had a chance yet to look at all the incredible valentines your fellow crafters made, search #lovinLaVie on Instagram.

Out of all the amazing artwork, we have picked 10 of our favorites to feature on the blog today. Here they are!

#lovinlavie #LovinLaVieEnRose #ctmh #closetomyheart #valentine

A photo posted by Kim Wolff (@allfortheloveofstamping) on

Hugs and Kisses #valentine's #lovinlavie #closetomyheart

A photo posted by jen (@jrans2) on

If your artwork is featured in this blog post, we’ve got a special surprise for you! We’re going to send you the My Acrylix® Springtime Wishes stamp set, the coordinating Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts, AND the Treasured Puffies from Seasonal Expressions 1! We figured a floral, whimsical stamp set would be the perfect surprise for a Valentine’s Day giveaway, and hopefully this giveaway will help usher in springtime (We’re freezing out here in Utah!). 🙂

To claim your prize, please send your name and mailing address to Put “Valentines winner” as your subject line.

Thanks to all who participated, and have a great Valentine’s Day! We love you all!

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Bring On the Valentines!

Share your La Vie En Rose valentines on Instagram using #lovinLaVie and you could win a special prize! #creativechallenge #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards #LaVieEnRose

Remember this little beauty? In a week and a half, it will be given as a valentine, but today it’s serving as a reminder of our creative challenge!

Have you started working on your own La Vie En Rose valentine yet? You’ve got until the night of February 11 to create and share your own work of art as part of the challenge. To share your masterpiece, post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie. We’ll pick some of our favorites, and then those cards will be featured right here around Valentine’s Day. Oh, and did we mention that we’ve got A SPECIAL PRIZE for those that we feature here? Yay for giveaways!

For more valentine inspiration, have a second look at the other La Vie En Rose cards we shared. We’re excited to see what you create!

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Show Your Love with La Vie En Rose Valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and we want to help you celebrate! We’ve got some great ideas for making one-of-a-kind cards using the perfect paper packet for Valentines: La Vie En Rose! With its elegant black and white patterns and the exquisite floral print paper, it is the perfect place to start when for creating personalized valentines for everyone—from your significant other to the kids’ teachers.

Ready for some inspiration? Let’s start with this little cutie:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

We meant it when we said “little”—this mini card is ideal for all those little cuties you know! Take advantage of Valentine’s day to tell your children or grandchildren how much they mean to you, or let your kids help create a handful of these simple cards to take to school and give to their friends. Thanks to the Darling Dinos stamp set, even boys can get in the fun without having to be too mushy about it.

For your significant other, we can try something a bit more grown-up:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

Chic and sweet! You don’t have to go all-out with hearts to create a lovely valentine. The two bitty hearts on this card are enough to convey, “I love you!” You might not initially think “black” when making a valentine, but it really works! We especially love the black ampersand that is accented with the help of some 3-D tape. A beautiful card like this one can add even more feeling to the words you write inside it.

All right, we’ve covered kids and significant others, but there are sure to be other people who would love to hear heartfelt words of appreciation on Valentine’s Day. How about your child’s teacher, for instance?

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

In our book, this card gets an A+! The kraft cardstock and Glacier dotted lines take us right back to our grade school days—how fun is that? Plus, that special heart stamp will be the “apple” of the teacher’s eye! 🙂 Teachers can be so influential in a child’s life, and a beautiful card like this is sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work.

We’ve fallen in love with La Vie En Rose, and we know you will too when you start working with this paper packet. That’s why we’re going to issue a creative challenge for the chance to be featured on the blog and to win a prize!

Here are the contest details. First, create your own valentine using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Then post a photo of the card on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie by the night of Thursday, February 11. On Valentine’s Day, we’ll post some of our favorites on the blog for all of you to see! Then we’ll reward our winners with a special surprise. 🙂

We want to see all of your lovable cards, so get excited and start crafting!


3″ x 3″ You’re Dino-mite Card
Originals: Matted Square™
B1486 My Acrylix® Darling Dinos, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, 3174 Blending Pen

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Hugs & Kisses Card
C1621 My Acrylix® Mr. & Mrs., X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

5 ½” x 4 ¼” World’s Greatest Teacher Card
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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