Friday, July 26, 2013

CTMH For Always Photo Tin

Close To My Heart For Always
For Always photo tin

I recently came across this small tin box in my craft supplies.  It is only one half inch deep, but it is large enough in dimension to hold photographs.  As I was thinking about how to use the tin, I thought about a box of black and white photos that I inherited from my grandmother.  These photos are in various sizes from the time period of the mid 1900's.  Many of the photos are of people that I don't recognize and unfortunately, they are not organized in anyway.  

This box of black and white mystery people are one of the reasons that I decided to become a scrapbooker.  I believe that photographs are of historical and emotional significance and that they should be preserved for generations to come.  I just can't bring myself to throw away  these photos of unknown people.  This smiling bride and groom; a young man in front of a new car; a grandmother holding her grandchild.  These are people with stories to tell, but no one to tell them.  This is why I scrapbook.  I have a responsibility to tell my story.

The black and white photographs inspired me to use CTMH's For Always paper packet.  It is a collection of black and white background and texture patterned paper with cardstock in Lagoon, Honey, Slate and Ruby to add a colorful accent to your project.  Because I wanted a softer look, I decided to add floral accents to my tin.

I cut a 12" x 3" strip of Slate cardstock and added the coordinated zip strip from one of the patterned papers as a center "ribbon".  I adhered it together snug enough to stay in place around the tin, but also so it could slide on and off for access to the photographs inside.   I used my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut out flower shapes of various sizes that also coordinated with one of my favorite stamp sets called Hooray Bouquet.  I used the stamps to do some tone on tone stamping of the flowers and stamped the Lagoon cardstock flowers with Lagoon ink and the Honey flower with the Honey ink.  I also cut out a tag shape from the Cricut cartridge and threaded it with a piece of Lagoon Satin Ribbon.  Then I placed the flowers in a cluster, layering them as I glued them on.  I also accented with a few clear buttons as flower centers.

A very easy and pretty project that can be a keepsake for yourself or given as a gift to a loved one. Photographs don't have to be in an album, but they should be preserved and organized in some way.  This project is a simple solution to stacks of loose photos.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Memory Keeping Matters - Preserve your Precious Memories

"When you take a photograph you are documenting a brief moment in time that can be used to continually tell a story to current and future generations of your family. Let me show you how to preserve your treasured memories with paper, inks and embellishments that will delight and bring enjoyment to you and your loved ones for many years to come."

In the above introduction to my blog, I share how important memory keeping is to me and how much I want to share this craft with others.  Close To My Heart believes this, too.  Please watch the video below to see why this amazing company has been around so long and will continue to support people like us who want to keep our family alive to future generations.

Memory Keeping Matters

Close To My Heart gives you:

Stability You Can Trust

With nearly 30 years in the industry, Close To My Heart understands what is important to those of us that preserve our family memories for generations to come.  Our company is debt free and a leader in the field.

Fresh Creative Products You Crave

Close To My Heart is always setting or keeping up with the latest trends.  Our products are fresh and relevant and we show you new and fabulous ways to document and keep your stories alive.

An Unbeatable Opportunity  

Join me to experience the fun and camaraderie of scrapbooking and memory keeping.  If you would like free products, an income source and dream vacations doing what you love, this is the place for you.  


Contact me to learn more about Close to My Heart and join me as a customer or a consultant!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book PREVIEW

Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book from Close To My Heart

It's almost time for the new Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book!  August 1, 2013 is the official date for the unveiling of the new products, fun papers and sparkly embellishments!  I'm so happy!  I have received my books and am ready to start taking pre-orders. 

Take a look below at the brand new paper collections:

Close To My Heart Laughing Lola
Laughing Lola
Featuring strong, dramatic colors the Laughing Lola collection is contemporary and hip.  Black, White Daisy, Laughing Lola Gold and Laughing Lola Purple are the primary colors that pop from this paper. Gypsy and Laughing Lola Blue inks also go great with this collection. The coordinating Complements Dimensional Elements features sayings such as "That was Epic".

Close To My Heart Sarita

Sarita is bright, fun and cheerful.  Lagoon, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White, and Goldrush are strongly featured, while traces of Cotton Candy and Gypsy can be found in the background.  The Sarita Assortment of wooden shapes and embossed metal icons will add detail and dimension to any layout or project.

Close To My Heart ProPlayer

Show off the accomplishments of any guy in your life with the ProPlayer collection.  Slate, Black, Pacifica, Ruby, Outdoor Denim and Whisper are the coordinating ink colors.  The special stamp sets "Maximum Power and "Tech Speak" are perfect a more masculine layout or card.

Close To My Heart Babycakes

Precious and playful, the Babycakes paper packet and Complements Canvas Shapes show off your baby love.  With elephants, giraffes, and alphabets this pretty paper will show off any new arrival.  It features Chocolate, Slate, Buttercup, Sunset and Colonial White.  Accent your project with Chantilly Textiles and the Babycakes Assortment of adhesive backed wood-rimmed badge buttons.

Close To My Heart Huntington

My favorite collection, Huntington uses Barn Red, Cocoa, Champagne, Desert Sand, Autumn Terracotta, Cashmere, Olive, and Slate.  Eight different warm colors that make me want a mug of hot apple cider in the middle of July!  Please allow me a moment of poetic license when I say that I can practically smell the cinnamon when I look at this paper!  

Close To My Heart Frosted
Different from the traditional red and green normally used, this paper packet has Frosted Grey, Frosted Turquoise, Champagne, and Colonial White.  Twilight and Whisper also coordinate perfectly.  This year send handmade holiday cards from the Frosted Cardmaking kit. Show off your winter photos with Sparkles Flourishes and Base & Bling Floral accents.

Receive your free copy of the new Autumn/Winter CTMH Idea Book with a minimum $35.00 order (before shipping and tax) during the PREVIEW period of July 12-31, 2013.  Shop here!