Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking

There’s no better feeling than finishing a layout . . . unless it’s finishing an album. At Close To My Heart, we love helping you find that joy and satisfaction as often as possible. That’s why we throw parties like Album Retreat . . . and cook up monthly specials like this one! Are you ready? Here it is: When you purchase our My Legacy™ album bundle, you’ll qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE!

What is in this My Legacy™ album bundle, you ask? Oh, it’s got the goods. First off, you get an album of your choice—and there are a lot of choices! We’ve got five different designs that each come in both the D-ring or Post-bound styles. After you pick your album, hold out your arms for the rest: the Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, a Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, a Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock, plus those Memory Protectors we talked about. Don’t drop it all!

But this awesome collection of products is just the beginning. We wanted to do more to help you turn those products into finished layouts! That’s where the Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop comes in! Take a look at these five impressive layouts:

Don’t you love them? The straightforward designs and well-placed details let the photos take center stage. And the layouts are a breeze to make, especially with the step-by-step instructions included in the workshop.

This album bundle and workshop would make the perfect gift for someone brand new to scrapbooking, but they would be an equally great option for an experienced scrapbooker who wants the thrill of getting several layouts or even an album finished quickly.

This offer is only available during the month of November. So don’t wait! Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant and get a hold of the My Legacy album bundle and Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop today! Getting started—or finished—never looked so good. 🙂

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A Little Bit of Love

This month’s Summer Crush campaign has everyone feeling a little enamored and we can see why! When you purchase any of the My Crush® books offered in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book and their accompanying assortments, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Summer Crush campaign

There are so many ways to fall madly in love with these crush-worthy books, but we wanted to share just a peek at another way to love them—a peek inside the books, that is. When you open any one of the wonderful books offered, you will soon see that the papers contained inside the covers are so beautifully designed, they may just jump right out of the covers and onto your scrapbook pages.

The page below features an entire page ripped from the My Crush® Modville book that was then sewn directly onto the page base for a trendy edge. Try it out for yourself! Add some stamping from the free My Acrylix® Reel Life stamp set, some journaling squares, additional stitching, and some Aqua Dots and you’ve got the ingredients for success!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

For a more streamlined look, try trimming blocks of paper from the pages you adore from your My Crush® Bluebird book and attaching them to your page base. Then pull a title and other shapes—like the banners and flower—from the assortment. Add some Oceanside sequins and stamping from the My Acrylix® Love This stamp set, like the pretty little butterfly, and you’re set with some swoon-worthy springtime art!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

The list of possibilities contained within the covers of each My Crush book is practically endless, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to become infatuated with these spectacular product pairings. This offer is only good through the end of June, and once these My Crush books are gone they are gone for good. So fall in love today by choosing your favorite My Crush pairing, adding your FREE stamp set, and getting your order in as fast as possible! Because who doesn’t need a little extra love in their life?

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Life Page
Reflections: Quartet—Border Cutout™
B1431 My Acrylix® Reel Life, Z1855 My Crush® Modville Book, Z1886 My Crush® Besties Assortment, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Currently Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Main Idea™
B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, Z1856 My Crush® Bluebird Book, Z1889 My Crush® Favorites Assortment, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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Love Is in the Air

Now that it’s officially June, something’s in the air. Can you feel it? That’s what we call love, people! L-O-V-E. And it’s all because of this month’s deal on My Crush® books.

Prepare yourself for the twitterpation: For the whole month of June, when you purchase any My Crush book and its accompanying assortment pictured in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Just admit it, you’re totally crushing on this deal.

Okay, so maybe you haven’t struck up a romance with a My Crush book before. (Gasp!) Take a look at these heartthrobs and consider the possibilities they could bring to your summer.

First, this blushing beauty: the My Crush In the Pink book. The designed pages are prime real estate for your photos and notes, and the coordinating assortments open your creative options even wider. You start with this:

My Crush™ Book

And end up with this:

My Crush™ Book

Feeling a little more adventurous than that? Try the Wildwood book and all its trimmings.

My Crush™ Book

Now, don’t be getting all swoony on us just yet; there’s still more to go. Dare we mention there are even more options beyond those we have pictured here? Because there are: five books, seven assortments, and four truly terrific stamp sets. Stamps that you can get for FREE. Oh, the love we feel for FREE—it’s inexpressible.

It’s time to stop dreaming of what could be and show the world how you really feel. Get your family reunions, summer vacations, and birthday parties into a My Crush book right away. It’s not too late to fall in love!

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Feeling Cornered by Chronology?

Do you suffer from acute chronological scrapbook syndrome? You’re not alone.

Thousands like you have been printing photos and storing them away in shoeboxes for decades, assuring themselves that one day they’ll feel more motivated to scrapbook everything in the perfect order.

Full of good intentions, but dreading the task of organizing every photo, victims of this syndrome often find their passion tainted by a nagging voice that tells them they must start at the beginning (wherever that is) or not start at all.

It’s time to silence that voice and get back to doing what we love!

It may seem revolutionary, but scrapbooks don’t have to be done in chronological order. Remember that these memories are your stories, so you get to tell them however you wish. The only way you’re doing it “wrong” is if the method you’ve chosen feels like a task rather than a delight.

Free yourself and your creativity by trying these organizational methods of scrapbooking instead:

Life Milestones
Milestones happen at every stage of life. Create an album that showcases a variety of milestones from the lives of each family member. Pick a certain milestone and focus on that, or gather a bunch onto one layout. You can include things like graduations, church ceremonies, losing teeth, getting married, the first day of a new job, or learning to walk. This is a fun way to show your family’s progress over time.

Love is You layout in album

Classic Family Memories
Have a favorite memory that everyone in the family loves to talk about? Get it on paper. When your family comes over for Sunday dinner and starts to reminisce, write down the extra details they add to your story. Better yet, ask them to write their own version of the family memory. Include everyone’s version of the story as journaling on your layout. Even if you have no idea where the photos of that specific memory are, just start taking the first steps. You’ll find the photos in that notorious shoebox soon enough.

Someone You Love
Pick a person who’s important to you and create an album that’s all about them. The photos can come from any time or event. The important part is simply that they get remembered. This album will become something they will cherish for always.

Color Schemes
This artsy method is more wild and crazy, but definitely a lot of fun—and excellent for a creative boost! Choose photos and papers based on the similarity of their color schemes and then put them all on one page. Find out how fun it can be to see a collection of unrelated memories on one layout!

Random Reminiscing
Reach into that pile of photos and pull out a few. Scrapbook them any way you wish, whether that’s together on one page or each on their own layout. As you finish each layout, simply place them in your album in any order at all. This method is a lot of fun to look through afterward because you’ll always be surprised by which memory pops up next.

Purposeful Prompts
Type a list of prompts (e.g. your favorite words, themes, questions you think your posterity will ask about you), trim them into strips, and place them in a jar. Draw a new one every time you sit down to scrapbook. Whatever kind of information that prompt inspires you to document, do it!

It’s the Little Things
In addition to the big events of life, be sure to also emphasize the daily things that make you and your family who you are. Stepping outside of big events will paint a more realistic picture of your life as well as add some variety to your albums.

Likes and Dislikes
Focus on a person’s likes or dislikes, not worrying about their age or location at the time you took the photos. An overarching theme like this really helps to reveal who a person is in just a layout or two.

Favorite Activities
What activity does your family love to do? Find pictures of yourselves doing that activity across any number of years and group them together. Say you like to vacation together; make a layout just for vacations. They don’t even have to be from the same trip—just get the theme put into one place.

Travel layout in album

How do you feel now? Empowered? Liberated? Excited? The only thing to make this moment sweeter would be for us to remind you that the albums you’ll need to keep your long-awaited layouts safe in are available at a great deal this month. Take advantage of the February deal on albums to get your gorgeous, non-chronological layouts archived and on display. You only have a few days left to take advantage of this promotion. Your memories have waited a long time for this; now let them shine!

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