Consultant Spotlight: Casey Spinks

Here’s another one of our 2016 incentive trip earners! Casey shares her approach to earning this year’s cruise and her unique perspective on memory keeping.

Casey Spinks, Director
Dacula, Georgia
Time as a Consultant: 12 years
9th incentive trip

Learn more about Casey and her unique perspective on scrapbooking! #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #Consultants #scrapbooking

How did you earn the incentive trip?

I tried to expand my business and do some different things. I often host weekend-long retreats where I have product for cash & carry, and my guests work at their own pace on all kinds of crafting projects. Working toward earning the incentive trip, I decided to offer more instruction-led events. I called them Boot Camps! They featured “intense training” or specific projects that used some of the latest techniques.  Those have worked very well for me.  People really do love the fact that we can show them how to use our products, and that we really are the “Let Me Show You How” company!

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What was your favorite part of the trip?

To pick just one thing is hard, but it was probably the time with my friends because we rarely get to see one another.  Convention is AMAZING, but it’s definitely a jam-packed event, so you see people but you don’t really have time to sit down and talk with them. I’ve certainly enjoyed “treating” my husband to this trip.  To earn an all-expenses-paid vacation for the two of us to cruise on the newest, largest, most amazing ship has been absolutely fabulous!

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One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE “old” photos of my family

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My parents’ 50th wedding anniversary

Why is memory keeping important to you?

I might seem a little bit selfish with my memory keeping, because I am preserving my memories for ME.  People used to ask me ALL of the time, “Since you don’t have children, what do you scrapbook?” Even though I don’t have children, I still have a FABULOUS, FUN-filled life FULL of opportunities to scrapbook.  I’m not as concerned about preserving my memories to pass on to future generations as I am about preserving the many memories I have from my childhood and my precious time with my parents, brother, cousins, and grandparents.  So, that’s what my memory keeping is about!  I enjoy documenting and preserving all of our family milestones, time with my friends, the terrific places I have visited, life with my new husband, and having a large “fur family.”  We have A LOT of fun with our pets!  No matter how you look at it, I have PLENTY of things to scrapbook!  I’m really just preserving my many blessings and having a really great time doing it!

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Hawaii 2015 Incentive Trip: Brian and I were literally on our honeymoon!

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Consultant Spotlight: Jennifer Smith

Another one of our 2016 incentive trip earners shares her experience earning this year’s cruise and her perspective on memory keeping.

Jennifer Smith, Manager
Time as a Consultant: 4 years
1st incentive tripRead Jennifer's thoughts about the incentive trip and memory keeping. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #craft

How did you earn the incentive trip?
I try to do a mix of everything in my business. I hosted multiple events, including retreats, hostess clubs, workshops, and trade shows.Read Jennifer's thoughts about the incentive trip and memory keeping. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #craft

What was your favorite part of the trip?
I had never been on a cruise before, so the whole experience was amazing. Close To My Heart made the experience unforgettable. Being spoiled with cute gifts and royal treatment is a motivator to never miss another trip! Getting to spend time with the other Consultants and put faces to names was awesome as well. We have such a great group of people at Close To My Heart—it really does feel like a family!Read Jennifer's thoughts about the incentive trip and memory keeping. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #craft

Why is memory keeping important to you?
I really enjoy the art aspect of memory keeping. My photos deserve a beautiful page to showcase my great life! I love being able to do my own thing creatively and inspire my customers and friends to make beautiful projects of their own!Read Jennifer's thoughts about the incentive trip and memory keeping. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #craft

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Consultant Spotlight: Megan Elizabeth Gravener

As you know from Monica’s post last week, we recently returned from our Eastern Carribean Cruise incentive trip. On the cruise, we pulled aside four of our awesome earners and asked them a few questions. We want to share these pearls of wisdom with all of you. Up first is Megan!

Megan Elizabeth Gravener, Executive Manager
Time as a Consultant: 2 years
2nd incentive trip

Read Megan's touching story about why memory keeping matters to her. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #cricut

How did you earn this trip?

Well, I’m so thankful and blessed.  I spent the last several years building my blog, which was very Cricut® focused. When Close To My Heart came out with these amazing Cricut® cartridges, those cartridges just captured my heart. Melanie Brown, who is now my Upline, was like, “Megan, come on, you can’t not do this!” So I joined! My big focus in the past two years has been on doing social media and YouTube tutorials and just really working on building relationships online. It’s not easy to connect when you’re not one-on-one with people, but it’s a lot of fun to try to figure out how to do it and watching the trends that are going on, since it is kind of a newer niche within the business. It has been amazing to see people from all over the country say, “Yes, we want to join your Team.” Team building has been one of my biggest strengths. I don’t know any one of my Team members face-to-face, not one.  Read Megan's touching story about why memory keeping matters to her. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #cricut

What’s been your favorite part of this trip?

My favorite part of this trip has just been connecting, I think. I have felt that because I’m so “virtual,” I haven’t put faces with names, so I got to spend time with Krista and Michelle and people in my line, and just giving them a hug face-to-face has been awesome! And Close To My Heart does so much to spoil you, I actually cried! Alex & Ani is such a huge thing, and when I got the Alex & Ani bracelet on my bed, I had tears rolling down my cheeks. So, every part of it I’m just so thankful for. I feel so blessed!Read Megan's touching story about why memory keeping matters to her. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #cricut

Why is memory keeping so important to you?

You know, it actually started for me when I was experiencing post-partum depression. I had several miscarriages and was put on bed rest with my second child, and I thought, “Okay, I need to do something with my time.” I could kind of just lay in bed and start journaling and putting pictures together, and that is where it started. I realized, “Hey, there is this whole other world of scrapbooking.” The Cricut® machine is what really pulled me in because it doesn’t matter if you’re a very beginner who has no crafting abilities whatsoever to, you know, a super expert designer. And that’s why I got really excited about Close To My Heart because they capture every aspect of that and really make it easy to help anybody at any stage and any level, and I think that’s what it’s all about. It’s about the personal journey, the personal story. My tagline is “enjoy the moments” and there’s no better way to enjoy the moments than by capturing them!Read Megan's touching story about why memory keeping matters to her. #ctmh #closetomyheart #memorykeepingmatters #scrapbooking #cricut

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Bringing People into the Spotlight

It’s amazing what a major mood booster it is when we take the time to forget about our own troubles and appreciate the special people that surround us. When we express our gratitude for our lives and the people in it, everything gets a little brighter.

That’s the great thing about expressing gratitude—it not only helps others feel great, but it helps us feel great too. It’s like a boomerang of good vibes! What you give in this life always comes back to you in one way or another, so might as well give out good things, right?

So here’s our idea for a simple gift of gratitude that you can whip up for someone special: put together a mini book filled with positive vibes to send in their direction!

It’s a simple and beautiful way to show your gratitude for someone’s existence, and it will serve as a cherished reminder of your unwavering love and support when they hit the rough spots in life.

First, start with a Designer Creations Short Stack album. This album is equipped with 10 wire-bound 5″ x 7″ kraft pages and a beautifully designed printed hardcover that requires little to no embellishment, so your project can come together quickly without sacrificing style. Next, choose a certain someone in your life that you want to highlight and brainstorm reasons why you think they’re worth celebrating. Once you have a good collection of ideas, record them in the album through handwriting, typed notes, or photographs. Finish by embellishing with all your favorite trimmings, and you’re done! Easy, right?

Here are a few more ideas of things you might want to include:

So, who in your life deserves a little recognition? It’s time to bring them into the spotlight with a gift that will ultimately shed light on the both of you.

P.S. Did you love this album so much that now you want to make one exactly like it? We thought you would. 😉 Here’s the recipe!

Wishing You A Lifetime of Happiness Album
C1589 My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
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