Stepping into the New Year with Places to Go and Memories to Keep!

As we step into the new year with renewed hope and conviction, we look forward to the places we’ll visit, the sites we’ll see, the things we’ll do, and the people we will share it all with.

The newest Close To My Heart catalog was just released on the first and, from cover to cover, it is full of exciting new products and ideas to preserve the memories you’ve made in the past year and are planning for in the year to come.

One of our newest paper collections, featured on the cover artwork of the January–March 2023 catalog, is called “Are We There Yet?

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This gorgeous collection is inspired by all of those travel memories that we wandering humans can’t help but make! From big trips abroad or across state lines to smaller staycations or girls only weekends, most of us enjoy getting away from life’s repetitive beat from time to time.

The Are We There Yet? products are not only great tools to get those past travel memories preserved but also to inspire us to keep going. Exploring and wandering is about discovering different perspectives and seeing new things. If you plan things right, life will deliver new sights and unfold unseen horizons every step of the way. This collection asks the question, have we arrived? Even though we may arrive at specific travel destinations for a particular trip, with luck we’ll continue to go, to see, and to do, and never truly “arrive.”

We hope that this new year will bring many opportunities for travel and growth. Whatever adventures come our way, let’s not forget to document and preserve them! After all, sometimes to know where to go next, we need to remember where we’ve been. Scrapbooking is a beautiful way to journal these experiences, and it’s also a wonderful way to look back on them and share them with others.

For more inspiration on how to use the Are We There Yet? paper collection, take yourself on a journey through the new January–March 2023 catalog. Our Close To My Heart Makers are also sharing their ideas online, using the hashtag #ctmharewethereyet. Make sure to look up that hashtag from time to time to see what’s new and where this great collection is taking our fellow crafters!

Happy New Year and happy wandering! ❤️


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Having a Great Time Page
Z4677 Are We There Yet?—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, D2145 My Acrylix® Lovin’ Right Now Stamp Set, X7288S Are We There Yet? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6063 Papaya Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6534 Papaya Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z4634 Black & White Dots, Z2515 Earth Brown Shades TriBlend Marker, Z4575 Black LePen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, White Twine, Stapler

12″ x 12″ Our Getaway Page
Z4677 Are We There Yet?—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, C1966 My Acrylix® Are We There Yet—Borders Stamp Set, X7288S Are We There Yet? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6066 Honey Butter Cardstock, X6063 Papaya Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6534 Papaya Exclusive Inks Stamp pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, X7288E Are We There Yet? Rubber Shapes, Z3726 Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Mircro Dots, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Cricut® Basic Shapes

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4¼” x 5½” What a Trip Card (Vertical)
Z4680 Are We There Yet?—Borders Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7288S Are We There yet? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6063 Papaya Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6534 Papaya Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6521 Sundance Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1513 White Gel Pens, Z3943 Circles Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

12″ x 12″ Our Getaway Page
Z4677 Are We There Yet?—Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7288S Are We There Yet? Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7288C Are We There Yet? Coordinating Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6536 Honey Butter Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6534 Papaya Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2848 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2828 Toffee Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2515 Earth Brown Sahdes TriBlend Marker, Z1507 Navy LePen, X7288E Are We There Yet? Rubber Shapes, Z4634 Black & White Dots, Z3726 Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, White Twine

12″ x 12″ Are We There Yet? Scrapbooking Workshop Layouts
G1269 Are We There Yet? Scrapbooking Workshop Kit, Z6508 Bluebird Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6536 Honey Butter Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6534 Papaya Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z697 Round Sponge, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Win a FREE Album Retreat Bundle!!

Win a FREE Album Retreat Bundle! #albumretreat #travel #vacation #getaway #journey #roadtrip #love #family #crafting #friends #scrapbooking #album #layouts #ticket #map #atlas #memorykeeping #document #love #staycation #epic #car #train #airplane #boat #cruise #safari #tour #tourist #beach #mountain #nationalpark #hotel #b&b #destination #passport #goingplaces #albumretreat

One of our most popular events is coming up! We’re talking about none other than the February Album Retreat, of course! We love Album Retreat for so many reasons, but mainly because we get to spend time creating with all of you! Join us for three days of instructional fun with some of our favorite Home Office personalities and create a 12″ x 12″ album in the process!

Album Retreats are events unique to Close To My Heart where we get together to make the pages of a 12″ x 12″ album. We offer a bundle of materials you will need to create 11 beautiful 12″ x 12″ two-page layouts over the course of three days of instruction. For February’s Album Retreat we will be creating a travel themed album featuring a variety of interactive elements—flaps, sliders, pockets, and MORE!

To join this February, simply purchase the February 2023 Album Retreat Bundle, which includes the papers, stickers, an exclusive stamp set, and embellishments needed to create the album. There is no separate registration fee! As we get closer to the event, we will invite everyone who has purchased the bundle to join a private Facebook group where the retreat will be hosted virtually.

The retreat will be held February 1–3, from 2:00 pm to approximately 8:30 pm (MST) each day. (That’s’ 2–4 February, 6:00 am–12:30 pm AEDT for our friends in Australia and New Zealand.) The last day to order your bundle is January 10, so mark your calendars if you haven’t ordered yours already!

Hosting a retreat virtually has its perks. Not only do we get to have as many of you attend as would like to, because there is not limited seating, but once the feed is no longer live, Facebook saves the videos so you can return to watch them over and over again at your own convenience!

We want everyone to have a chance to join us, so we are doing something extra special today and giving away one FREE Album Retreat product bundle! That means that the lucky winner will not only get a bundle of select and exclusive products but will also have access to the private virtual retreat hosted on Facebook in February!!

For an entry into this contest, there are two requirements: First, you must be subscribed to this blog (Yes, we will check!). Second, share this post on Facebook with the hashtag #ctmhgoingplaces. That’s it! You have from now until 3 pm (MST) on December 30 (7 am (AEST) on 31 December). The winner will be notified via email on January 3.

If you’re reading this and have already purchased a bundle, try to win the retreat for a friend! These types of events are a great way to invite others to learn about and fall in love with the art of scrapbooking!

This Album Retreat is sure to captivate you with interactive elements on every single layout! Get a glimpse of each pull, tuck, turn, and more in this stunning travel album!

See you in February!!

UPDATE: Our lucky giveaway winner is Cathie McKenzie! Congratulations, Cathie!

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9 Photo-Worthy Places to Visit During Convention

With our Annual Convention drawing closer, we thought it’d be fun to share with you some amazing places to visit while you’re in Salt Lake City with us (you’ll want to take lots of photos!).

1. Family History Library

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The incredible collection of records at the Salt Lake City Family History Library include over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. These records span the globe, coming from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. If you want to learn more about your family heritage or if you’re already an avid heritage scrapbooker, this is a great place to visit!

2. Temple Square & Visitors’ Center

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If you choose to visit the beautiful gardens and incredible architecture at Temple Square, take some time to check out the Visitors’ Center. It’s a great place to learn more about the area’s history and see beautiful original paintings. Plus, Temple Square is just about a block away from the Salt Palace where Convention will be taking place!

3. The McCune Mansion

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Completed by the renowned architect S. C. Dallas, the McCune Mansion was finished in 1901 at the price of $1,000,000. It features beautiful furnishings and materials from around the world, and some even say it features a few ghosts! If you want to take a look inside the world of the elite in the early 1900s, make sure to schedule a tour to see inside this amazing mansion.

4. The Beehive House

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Brigham Young was a Mormon prophet and leading founder of Salt Lake City, and the Beehive House is the older of his two Salt Lake City residences—and it is just two blocks away from the Salt Palace Convention center. Built in 1854, it stands today as a museum and offers tours of what life was like for the Young family back in 1855. If you’re all about free, you’ll love the free tours of this historic home, which take place Monday–Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning every 10 minutes.

5. The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the Art Works Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s also located right next door to the Salt Palace!

6. The Roof Restaurant

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If you’re looking to experience some of the finest dining in Salt Lake, then The Roof Restaurant is the place for you! It’s located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, which means you get to enjoy breathtaking views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City while dining.

7. The Olympic Cauldron

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This is the torch that burned bright during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. It’s located at the south end of Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you drive past it, you’ll definitely want to snap a picture of this 72 ft. tall work of art. You can even head to nearby Park City to experience some fun rides in the Olympic Park.

8. Red Butte Garden

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Red Butte Garden, located on 100 acres in the foothills on the eastern edge of the University of Utah, is an official arboretum of the state of Utah. The garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West with over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive natural area. You’ll be taking tons of photos if you visit here!

9. Eagle Gate

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You might pass right under this monument on your way to Convention! It was built in 1859 and commemorates the entrance to Brigham Young’s property at the mouth of City Creek Canyon. It was originally topped by a wooden eagle, which was eventually replaced by the current 4,000-pound, bronze eagle, with a wingspan of 20 feet. Carved by Ralph Ramsay, the original wooden eagle is on display at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum located at 300 North Main Street.


If you haven’t registered yet for Convention, you still have time! Registration has been extended until May 15th, but sign up sooner to guarantee your spot!

Which place makes the top of your list? Utah locals, what photo-worthy places did we miss in Salt Lake City? Tell us in the comments below!

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