Vision Boards for Intentional Living

We have the perfect project to help inspire and motivate us this new year as we strive to live intentionally—vision boards!

Our Maker community recently created 12″ × 12″ vision boards using our custom wood frames and we’re loving how each turned out so uniquely beautiful!

A vision board helps you clarify and stay focused on what truly matters to you. What inspires us most about this concept is that everyone chooses different images, photos, ephemera, etc., to help represent their goals. When you mix in beautiful patterned papers, stamps that provide inspiration, and photos you can print in any size, you have no limits to the creative expression of your vision.

Here are a few examples of what our team created. Each person was given the same collection of basic supplies, yet their boards are all so different, just like their creators.

This 12″ × 12″ framed vision was created using half of one of our scrapbook patterns (Make It from Your Heart Vol. 1, pattern 4) with a mix of stamping, handwriting, and, of course, bling—achieving that perfect blend of clean images and personal touches! The outer frame was stained using a stamp pad and sponge, adding color while still showing the wood grain.

This layout uses SVG cut files mixed with stamping and stickers to create a large title. Tags and polaroid-like frames help bring emphasis to the elements on the page. Remember, if you don’t have a photo of your aspirations, the internet is your friend! You can find any image and print them just as you would a photo to help you document your vision. This frame was covered with a light color of Distress Oxide™ ink to give a more solid coverage to the wood.

This board uses the awesome collage template found at Persnickety Prints. Paired with our Multi Circle Windows Thin Cuts, you can create a template of your photos and frame it with this versatile die-cut shape. Use the negative space circles from the die to create a banner for added detail. This concept lets you put small images as one focal point in your frame and create a reference list to support it. We colored the wood frame and a few wood embellishments with Gloss Spray, which added intense color as well as a little shimmer.

This next idea makes the pattern paper really shine! We love using the retro polaroid style to make photos pop off the page. This was done with an SVG file, but you can easily print from Pernsickety’s 3″ × 4″ retro prints for the perfect uniform display of your photos and goals. Mix in some stamped sentiments for inspiration, and make things happen!

This last idea uses four 12″ x 12″ frames to create one large wall display. This multi-frame approach allows you to focus each quadrant on a different subject. Here, we’ve set goals for family history, creativity, home, travel and fitness. Look at all the ways the various photo print sizes can be used to help you visualize your goals. These frames were painted with black acrylic paint.

We hope these creative displays we shared for our 2021 visions will inspire you to create one for yourself. Manifesting your vision through photos paired with written words truly help realize what is possible. Putting a beautiful collection together will undoubtedly inspire you to create the life you desire for the new year!

Check out our very own Jill Broadbent talking about these beautiful boards with out friends in Studio 5!

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A Free Scrapbook Pattern for the New Year!

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For our last post of the year, as we wrap up 2020, we are sharing a free downloadable scrapbook pattern, complete with cutting diagrams and all!

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Making its original debut with our Unforgettable collection a few years ago, we paired this timeless 12″ x 12″ pattern with another blast from the past, our revamped Blossom collection!

The Bring Back My Pack—Blossom collection features the Blossom paper packet, sporting the same classic paper designs that made it popular the first time around, with a refreshed color palette and several coordinating products—including a brand new sticker sheet and stamp set, Cherished Blossoms! We also brought back a popular stamp set that originally debuted with the Blossom collection, Shower Flowers.

Blossom Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet:

12″ x 12″ sheets, 2 each of 3 double sided designs, and one coordinating sticker sheet.

Blossom Coordinating Cardstock:

12″ x 12″ sheets, 2 each of White Daisy, Lagoon, Smoothie, Glacier, Green Apple, and Nectarine.

My Acrylix® Shower Flowers stamp set:

NEW! My Acrylix® Cherished Blossoms stamp set:

Outlined images coordinate with Thin Cuts metal dies (Cherished Blossoms Stamp + Thin Cuts).

We pride ourselves in being the “let me show you how®” memory-keeping company, and in providing the most comprehensive scrapbooking and cardmaking patterns. When you download the Unforgettable scrapbooking pattern, you will find that it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it even easier to create these pages from any of your favorite papers and embellishments, not just what we are showing you here. All of our patterns lend themselves to any memories that are special enough to preserve.

Download this free scrapbook pattern below and let us show you how easy scrapbooking can be!

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For further inspiration, take a look at how we adapted elements from this 12″ x 12″ pattern and used them to create a 6″ x 8″ layout.

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Happy New Year!

For even more scrapbook patterns, check out our Make It from Your Heart™ pattern book series. If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by all the patterns offered in our beautiful how-to books!

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Merry Christmas from Jeanette

What a year it has been! This has been a year of change. But through all that has happened, it has become clearer than ever just how vital this company is. I am so grateful to see Close To My Heart continue to make a difference in the lives of crafters all around the world.

How grateful I am, too, for my treasured family, for precious friends, and for my Savior, Jesus Christ. Together with this company, these are the greatest blessings and joys of my life. These are the things I am celebrating this holiday season.

I wish you a holiday filled with happiness and love. May it be a time filled with joyful connections and heart-warming traditions as we bring this year to a close and move into a new one.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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An Inside Look into Our New 2020 Catalog!

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Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! It is officially the last day of the year, can you believe it? Tomorrow not only brings with it renewed aspirations and hope in new beginnings but, also, a brand new Close To My Heart catalog filled from cover to cover with new pattern papers, stamp sets, embellishments, new and original ideas, and much, much more!

Since the products in the new January–February 2020 catalog will be available for viewing and purchasing immediately after midnight tonight, we just had to ring in the new year a little early and share! Celebrate with us and take a sneak peek into just a few of our new favorites that have us excited for what’s to come!

Holographic Paper

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This new eye-catching holographic paper is a must have! We’ve got two reflective colors to choose from, Oasis (on the left) and Dreamy (on the right). Take a close look at this new product and some additional artwork examples with our Art Studio Director, Karen, in the short video below.

Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts

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The Card Front Spinner Thin Cuts is a set of 3 metal dies that allows you to create an interactive spinning card front. As you spin the wheel on the side, part of a hidden message is revealed in the cutout window.

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Both stamp sets shown here, My Acrylix® Rainbow Wishes and My Acrylix® I Chews You, coordinate seamlessly to add a fun, interactive spinner element to your cards.

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Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts

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The Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts are an easy way to mat photos, journaling, and anything else you may want to highlight in your art. This set is just one of MANY Thin Cuts sets available in this upcoming catalog.

Two New Shimmer Brushes

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We are adding two new colors to our line of shimmer brushes, Lagoon and Raspberry! We just love adding some colorful shimmer to artwork!

All Around Creativity

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Our National Papercrafting Month special is so sensational that we’ve included it in our January–February catalog just to show it off in as many places as we can! This special features exclusive wooden wreath kits. Each kit comes with a 16″ plywood base of your choice ready to embellish with paper flowers, leaves, patterned background papers, and even a paper bow!

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Oh My Heart

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Can you feel the love coming from this workshop made especially for Valentine’s Day? The Oh My Heart Workshop will not only guide you through creating a single-page and a two-page layout, but also in easily making 40 unique 3″ x 4″ cards! Make the cards even more special by having that special kiddo in your life participate in the assembly process. (They really do come together that easily!)

Stamp Sets

Our new catalog is brimming with great new stamp designs—here is just a small sampling:

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Life in Boots Stamp + Thin CutsNew Year Catalog #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting #ctmhohmyheart #ctmhallaroundcreativity #nsm #nationalscrapbookingmonth #lifeinboots

My Acrylix® Floral Borders Stamp SetNew Year Catalog #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting #ctmhohmyheart #ctmhallaroundcreativity #nsm #nationalscrapbookingmonth #floralborders

Country Animals BundleNew Year Catalog #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting #ctmhohmyheart #ctmhallaroundcreativity #nsm #nationalscrapbookingmonth #countryanimals

For the first time ever, we have M-size stamp sets with coordinating Thin Cuts! Each of the country animal stamps seen here are available alone, with their coordinating die, or all together in the Country Animals Bundle!

Happy Birthday Shaker Window Thin Cuts

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Making a birthday shaker card just got easier! This set of dies cuts a window overlay with a happy birthday banner, as seen here, and triangle confetti shapes to mix in with your sequins or use alone. To create the window, be sure to pair these dies with the Shaker Window Foam & Acetate. Don’t stop there. If cardmaking or shaker windows aren’t your thing, use the happy birthday overlay in your scrapbook pages to frame a picture of a birthday boy or girl.

Craft with Heart™—Subscription with Heart!

Be ready to preserve memories as you make them with new kits from the Craft with Heart™ scrapbooking subscription! As a subscriber, you’ll receive regular deliveries of Cut Above® layout kits, each kit featuring two beautifully designed two-page layouts. Your layouts come together in minutes thanks to pre-printed base pages, with complementary die-cuts and stickers to help you preserve your memories in style.

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And don’t forget!!! There’s a new Cut Above® cardmaking kit coming out in January, too!

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Each delivery includes materials to create a set of beautiful, handmade cards, that will come together in a snap thanks to pre-printed card bases, die-cut shapes, and more. Each delivery also includes an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set, complete with stamping block and mini ink pads, so you’ll have the tools you need to create your cards just the way you want them. Keep up with all the occasions in your life with a Craft with Heart™ cardmaking subscription!

There are many, many more products worth taking a look at in our new January–February 2020 catalog. Make sure to contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to see what else 2020 holds in store!

May you have a safe and happy New Year! <3

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From Jeanette: Never Stop Dreaming!

Merry Christmas! As is natural at the end of a year, I have been reflecting lately on what the year has brought to me and to this company. This has been a wonderful year of celebration for me as we have commemorated my 35 years in business milestone. I have truly enjoyed celebrating throughout the year, and especially at our Conventions in Brisbane, Australia, and in Provo, Utah! I express my appreciation to everyone who has shared in the celebrations with me this year.

In addition to the 35-year celebrations, I have also seen the realization of two dreams that I have had for a very long time. One dream that I have had since almost the very beginning of this business has been opening in Japan. I have so much love for the culture and the people there, that it has always been a goal of mine. This year, with the help of some very dedicated individuals, we finally made it happen: we have officially opened in Japan and have our very first Consultants there! This has been a dream come true not only for me, but for many people in Japan who have just been waiting for this day to come!

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The second dream that I have seen become reality this year is the opening of our very own event space right in the Home Office building! We built this building over twenty years ago, and I have always thought it would be wonderful to have a space set aside that we could share with Consultants. Just last month we held our inaugural Home Office Album Retreat to officially open the space and we had Consultants from all over in attendance. We have another retreat coming up in January, with more planned for future months as well. I am so excited to be welcoming Consultants and their friends to join us for fun creative time right here at the Home Office.

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As you can tell, it has been a wonderful year—another one of many wonderful years that I have had as the leader of this company. I am deeply grateful to everyone who plays a part in making Close To My Heart what it is. We have another exciting year ahead of us, and I can hardly wait to see what new dreams and successes it will bring!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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New and Exciting Products for the New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone! To start things off in true Close To My Heart style, we’re ringing in 2019 with some flare of our own—a new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog, filled with exceptional products, contemporary designs, and innovative ideas for all of your scrapbooking and cardmaking creative needs! We’ve rounded up just 10 of our favorite products below to give you a small sampling of the excitement we’ve got in store for the upcoming year as we celebrate 35 years of creativity in the papercrafting business. If you like what you see here, make sure to talk with your Consultant (or visit our site here) to feast on the contents of this commemorative catalog from cover to cover. We promise, you will not be disappointed! 😉

Cut-apart Sheets

Included in every one of our new suite paper packets will be two cut-apart sheets. One side will have a customary 12″x 12″ design while the other side will feature a variety of shapes and sentiments that coordinate with the specific paper collection it belongs to. As the name implies, you cut these shapes and sentiments apart with scissors and use them as titles and accent pieces for your pages and cards.

Kit Coordinated Picture My Life™ Cards

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Also new to each paper collection is a coordinating set of Picture My Life™ cards. In the past, a new catalog came with two sets of Picture My Life™ cards whose color schemes would match two of the catalog’s paper suites. This time around, we are doing things a little bit differently. Instead of offering two sets of pocket cards in our new catalog, there are FOUR sets of Picture My Life™ cards. Each set corresponding to one of the paper collections not just in color but in theme as well. Including additional photos to your layouts and albums with our pocket Memory Protectors™ just got easier!

Embossing Folders

They’re baaack! We just can’t help playing with paper, and what a fun and easy way to do so with an embossing folder! Embossing folders make adding depth and texture to any of our papers a cinch! For your crafting arsenal, we have two new embossing folders, the Playful Scallops and Swiss Dot. Create some lasting impressions, as you get crafty with these new patterns!

Paper Pals

se1-stamps-paper-palsThere are a few new kids (and pets) in town and they’re all made out of paper! Say hello to the Paper Pal stamp and Thin Cuts! These are available as individual stamp sets: Paper Pal Base, Paper Pal Girl, Paper Pal Boy, and Paper Pal Pets, and also with coordinating Thin Cuts dies: Paper Pal Base Stamp + Thin Cuts, Paper Pal Girl Stamp + Thin Cuts, Paper Pal Boy Stamp + Thin Cuts, and Paper Pal Pets Stamp + Thin Cuts. And, better yet, if you like them all, get the Paper Pal Bundle, including all four stamp + Thin Cuts sets, and save over 10%!

Stitched Frames and Quilt Shapes

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The Stitched Square Frames and Stitched Rectangle Frames Thin Cuts are an easy way to mat photos, journaling, and anything else you want to highlight in your art. Each of the dies included in the sets cuts two shapes: one stitched frame piece and a ½” smaller inside shape with stitching around its border. The Stitched Quilt Shapes Thin Cuts were designed to add stitched patterns and cut solid shapes that nestle perfectly inside the frames for effortless paper quilting!

Watercolor Die-cuts

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The Feels Like Home watercolor die-cuts are floral designs that come printed on two 6″ x 6″ watercolor papers. Add color using your favorite watercolor paints or pencils and then punch them out to embellish your artwork. These die-cuts coordinate with the Feels Like Home collection but, as you can see, they are customizable to other color schemes and your liking!

Story by Stacy™ Stories I Love

The Stories I Love workshop kit provides a place to gather the photos that mean the most to you and document the stories that go along with them! The included instructional workbook explains how to explore the memories behind the photos you treasure and then write a detailed story to capture all of the elements of that moment!

My Acrylix® Word Search Highlights

We can’t wrap this list up without showcasing at least a couple standalone stamp sets. The My Acrylix® Word Search Highlights stamp set is one of the many in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog that will brighten someone’s day. With a fun word search hiding sentiments for all sorts of occasions, you can quickly and easily create a fun and meaningful card.

My Acrylix® Love in Bloom

Another stamp set that is sure to catch your eye is the My Acrylix® Love in Bloom stamp set. The six stamps in the set are designed to layer on top of each other and form a single, beautiful image.

Designer Travel Shoulder Tote

Take all of your crafting supplies on the go with the newest member of our Designer Travel line, the stylish and durable Shoulder Tote! It features a zippered main compartment, one small interior pocket, and one large exterior zipper pocket.

Like we said at the very beginning of this post, these are just a few of the many products worth taking a look at in our new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. Make sure to contact your Consultant, or visit us here, to see what else 2019 holds in store!

May you have a wonderful and happy New Year!

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Dear Future Self . . .

How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? If you could use some motivation now or think you might before the year is up, one thing to try is writing a letter to your future self, talking about the things that you hope to have done by the date of the letter! Have a look at this one:Get inspired to accomplish your goals by writing a letter to yourself! #closetomyheart #ctmh #everydaylife #mycrush

Our My Crush® Everyday Life pages are perfect for this job. Along with encouraging phrases and bold illustrations, the pages also include subtle patterns and colors, making them easy to write on and decorate!

So how exactly do you go about writing a letter to yourself? We have a few ideas. Start by jotting down a few lists about yourself—strengths, weaknesses, worries, past successes. Think about your past year and some challenges you’re likely to face this year. Then write your current self a note as if you were a kind and wise mentor trying to encourage a friend. As the year progresses and the hard times hit, you’ll be able to look back and get the help you need from you!

Once you’ve finished writing out your letter, feel free to dress it up with a few embellishments—may we recommend the Everyday Life™ Perfect Plan roller stamp and washi tape? They pair wonderfully with the My Crush pages. Then add the page to the front of your planner so you can reference it whenever you need a boost.

Your goals are worth working for, and you’re most likely to accomplish them if you have faith in yourself. Preserve that faith with a letter to yourself and shoot for the stars!

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My Crush® Letter To Self
44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3208 Everyday Life™ Album—Black, Z3210 My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, Z3212 Everyday Life™ Perfect Plan Roller Stamp, Z3211 Everyday Life™ Washi Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker

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5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals This Year

It’s time to make New Year’s resolutions again! Are you making goals to spend more quality time crafting or to try new techniques? Maybe you’re already great at accomplishing the goals you set, but for those of us who could use a little extra help, here are five tips for goal-setting success:

1. Choose goals you can get excited about!

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Choose goals you’ll enjoy, like dancing instead of running.

It’s hard to commit to something that doesn’t inspire your passion, so make goals to do things you love! Even goals about things you know you should do can be fun. For instance, if you want to exercise more but hate running, join a dance class or go walking with your friends instead. You’re much more likely to stick to a goal that you enjoy!

2.Tell someone else about your goals.

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Share your goals with a friend who can help you succeed!

Whether it’s a spouse, parent, or friend, make sure someone else knows about the goals you’ve set. This will help you be accountable—you’ll want to be able to tell them how well you’re doing! Plus, your loved ones can also encourage you or even pitch in to help when the going gets tough. It’s also great to have someone who can congratulate you on your successes. That’s what friends and family are for!

3. Record your goals.

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Create a mini book to record your goals!

You’ve heard it said that a goal not written is only a wish. So create a beautiful spot to record your New Year’s resolutions that you’ll want to look at again and again! For example, our next post will give you some ideas for creative ways to write down your goals in an adorable mini goal book you can keep with you and reference throughout the day or week. Stay tuned for that post!

4. Track your progress.

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Use the Everyday Life™ planner system to track your progress!

It’s important to record your goals, but it’s also important to remind yourself each day to work toward them. That’s one reason we’ve created our planner system: to give you a place to track your goals and activities day by day! You’ll be able to use tools like our water goal stamp and bright stickers to see your progress. This will keep you focused and encourage you to stay hard at work!

5. Reward yourself for goal milestones!

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When you reach a goal milestone, give yourself a reward like the January Stamp of the Month!

When you’re busy or discouraged, the spa trip you promised yourself for achieving your goal will feel very far away. Instead of planning one big reward for completing your entire goal, set up several smaller rewards—like a new stamp set or an extra hour of crafting—for hitting milestones along the way. They’ll keep you motivated all along your journey!

Worthwhile goals are the path to self-improvement, and these tips will help you become your very best self. What do you hope to achieve in 2016? Share your goals in the comments so we can cheer for one another!

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A Year of Great Products!

Happy (almost) New Year from Close To My Heart! 2015 has been amazing, and we know 2016 will be just as good! At this time of looking back and looking forward, we thought we would show you some of our favorite products that debuted in 2015 and some products we think will top 2016’s charts from the brand new Seasonal Expressions 1, which goes live January 1!

Let’s start with five of our favorites from 2015: 

1. InstalifeIt isn’t any surprise that this adorable line was a top-seller last year. Instalife makes creating a fun-sized, trendy album of mini memories quick and easy.

2. Fundamentals. Whether it’s filled with papers, stickers, or assortments, a Fundamentals package is always a lifesaver. Because these staples come in our exclusive colors, you’ll always have the materials to match your latest layout or card. They’re helpful and adorable!

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof20153. Paper Packets. Our paper packets are well loved for their cute and coordinating designs that can liven up any project! Several of our paper packets were top-selling items this year, with Zoe being number one.

4. Cut Above. We love Cut Above because it helps you create charming, handmade cards in a flash. For instance, our friend, Dapper Giraffe, and his card kit will get you ten party-themed cards faster than you can say “Happy Birthday!”

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof20155. Stamp of the Month Sets. A lot of you are taking advantage of our Stamp of the Month sets—proof that you know a good deal when you see one! You can always get the current Stamp of the Month for a really great price with a qualifying purchase. Like you, we love a good deal. 🙂

2015 was a pretty great year, wasn’t it? And 2016 is going to be just as great! Here are five of our favorites from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 that we think really set the tone for an exciting new year:

1. Everyday Life™. Our planner system has already been a huge hit, and we know everyone is going to love using it all year long! We also know you’ll love the My Crush® Everyday Life pages and the Everyday Life washi tape, which, when paired with the planner pages, help you organize your life and preserve your memories at the same time! Also, have you heard about January’s special? We’ll be offering an exclusive Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program that will complement your planner perfectly!

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof2015

2. Workshops Your Way. We are so excited about this new program! Our new Workshops Your Wayscrapbooking kits come with materials and instructions for creating three scrapbook layouts and a Picture My Life layout! And since we know you love using up every last bit, we’ve also designed adorable cards you can make using the remaining workshop materials and a few extra items.Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof2015

3. Thin Cuts. These little beauties look like cookie cutters and let you cut shapes that coordinate perfectly with certain stamp sets. Just put them through your die cutting machine with a piece of paper, and then stamp the matching image onto the shape. 

4. Base & Bling Necklace Cards. Do you love using Base & Bling to create personalized gifts? Wait ‘til you see these! Using the My Acrylix® Friendly Wishes stamp set, you can stamp a special message onto the necklace card, add a splash of watercolor, and attach the necklace. Slide it all into the sealable bag, and you’re ready to give someone a dazzling gift!

Check out our best products of 2015 and our favorites coming in 2016! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #NewYear #bestof20156. Picture My Life White Overlays. You’ve loved them in gold, you’ve loved them in black—and now you’re going to love them in white! Picture My Life overlays are clear cards with foil designs that you can slip over your photos or cards in your pocket scrapbooking for an extra bit of flair.

Doesn’t this list get you excited for 2016? With products like these, creating beautiful artwork to preserve your memories or discover your inner artist will be an exciting adventure! Tell us below which products you’re most excited about from Seasonal Expressions 1!

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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