CTMH Feel So Blessed Card Using Wax Paper

I wanted to craft using vellum, but I don’t have any. I’m not even sure where to find any, unless its included in your kits if you subscribe to a kit club. (Which I don’t, by the way. Hosting my own card club is as close as I’ve gotten to this avenue of creating.) So, what’s a girl to do?

While I was mulling over my creative options, I began to wonder if your regular old wax paper- the roll you’d find in your kitchen for your various baking endeavors- would create the same effect as vellum.

Happily, it does! Did you know that? Even better, its probably even cheaper than purchasing a sheet, or pack, of vellum! Score! The only downside to using wax paper, is that it’s more fragile than vellum is. But, as long as you treat it with love, your project will turn out beautiful!

Here’s an example:

Much like vellum, the wax paper softens whatever it is placed over- in this instance, it would be an ink sponged background. The next technique I’d honestly like to try is stamping directly on the wax paper or even trying to dry emboss it. Think it’ll work? I used Staz- On ink to stamp the ‘for you’ part of this card, but its faint. I think the next time, I’ll stamp directly in the background and then cover it with the wax paper. I suspect that my ink might just wipe off if I try stamping on it, but maybe I’ll be surprised. I won’t know until I try it. Experimenting is strangely gratifying and lots of fun!

This card is one that we will be making at my card club this September. You won’t just get to make one of these- we’ll be making three of them! I like this so much, I’m tempted to make five, just for myself. Additionally, the stamp set I used to create this card will be available for purchase in September, so you’re getting a sneak peek right now! How lucky! If your order reaches $50, this stamp set could be yours for $6. Its regularly $23. I will have it on hand at our card club, but you’re more than welcome to purchase it yourself, too. If you decide after card club that you’d really like this stamp set (or more of the supplies we used), just make another order! At the end of September, this stamp set will no longer be available for purchase.

Unfortunately,  I’ll share the rest of the cards we’re making in tomorrow’s post because the pictures didn’t want to load! So, please come back tomorrow to see more. I hope this inspires you to come check out my card clubs happening in September- one on the 16th in Whitecourt, and another on the 30th in Edmonton.

How does card club work? There is a fee involved- this club is $26.50. It covers the supplies you’ll need to make all of our cards. If you don’t use up all the supplies that you purchase, that’s fine. They’re yours to keep! We’ll be making 16 cards in total! Not a bad deal for $26, if you ask me. For this particular event, I’ll also be supplying the paper you need. Regularly, I would just cover the ink, stamps, stamping blocks and any other miscellaneous tools we’ll need to use.

Every month, each person in our club gets to play hostess, which enables her to receive products for free based on everyone’s orders. I would need 4 individuals to commit in order for this to work. The more participants we have, the more free products the hostess will get! Its initially going to run until November, upon which we’ll take a break for Christmas, and resume again in the new year. Our last card club will be held in June, before summer holidays begin. The fee will never be more than $30 CAD. A cutting guide will be included (free of charge if you’re part of my card club) so that you’ll be able to complete your cards after you get home. If that happens. If not, you’ve still got a cutting guide to use in the future!

The cutting guide is available to everyone to purchase, whether you live in Canada or not- even if you’re not part of card club! I still need to explore a price on that, but ballpark figure I think it’ll be $10. (But, I’m still working on smoothing out the kinks. Stay tuned!)

Reserve your spot early. Supplies should be ordered by the first of September if you’re coming to the September 16th event, and no later than the 15th if you’re coming to the September 30 event. Ideally, I’d like all attendees confirmed by RSVP’ing to one of the events I’ve posted to Facebook. I’ll share them below so you’re not scouring the net looking for them!

Whitecourt Event

Edmonton Event

Lastly, don’t forget about the Mid-Summer Fiesta CTMH Online Crop I’m hosting in a couple of weeks! I’d love to see you there! I have a few challenges and prizes lined up. Its going to be fun and relaxing!

Crafty Event

Good morning crafty friends! Welcome to a brand new week! Let’s make it a great one!

I just thought I’d throw this out there for my Canadian friends- especially those that might live near me (Whitecourt)- I am hosting a craft night coming up on May 7 at 7 pm. If you’ve been looking for a way to indulge in some personal time, then this might be the event for you!

If you craft- no matter what you craft- you’re welcome to join. I have space for a number of people, including a nice little electric fireplace, TV for a movie or music and comfy couches and a table to sit at. For those that scrap and like getting messy, I have a kitchen sink with your name on it!

If you’ve been a frequent flyer here at my blog, you’ll know that I am a Close to My Heart consultant. This event is purely for entertainment and social purposes- my goal isn’t to surprise you and trick you into purchasing or ordering from me.

While (realistically), workshop participants and potential clients might hopefully- eventually- become an option, I’m starting this out as a way to network, connect and, most importantly, just find a group of friends that have the same likes I do.

Crafting.

A few years back, when we were living in another province, and I was still pregnant, my peers and social group of friends, met weekly to scrapbook. They’re some of my fondest memories while living there, and I miss it.

A lot.

I want to recreate the same here.

Won’t you join me?

I have the event posted to Facebook. You can rsvp there. If you’re a blogger with Canadian connections, reposting this would be fantastic! If not, word of mouth works just as well!

Here’s the event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1594496527530025/

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a fantastic week!

Genuine Call to Action

I’m not one to get in your face and be pushy.  I like to think I’m fairly laid back and happy-go-lucky-and-go-with-the-flow type of girl.
As I lay in bed thinking about things, and saving my business, I decided that to keep what I want, I need to FIGHT for it. It’s time I take action, and ignore the voice of uncertainty nagging at the back of my mind, and be assertive. I can’t- I won’t- wave my white flag before I honestly and legitimately fight and hopefully surpass this obstacle. If it doesn’t work out, even though I gave it my all, I can honestly say I gave it a fair, fighting chance.
There is a solution to prevent my business from going under. It’s a simple solution, too. I started selling Close to my Heart because 1) I’m passionate about scrapbooking. (Shocker, I know). It’s been a natural progression since that day in Camrose that I decided I was going to get serious about this hobby. My boyfriend (now husband) and I had “gone steady”, and I wanted to capture our life and memories and preserve them. I’ve consistently scrapbooked since then. My love for it has grown exponentially since then, too. It’s completely safe to say I live my hobby. It’s become so much a part of me, it’s like the hair on my head or the white on my skin.  2) Since creating handmade items for sale didn’t work out, selling supplies to those that love this hobby (and umbrella concept crafting) as much as me was the next best thing. The only local scrapbook store we had in our area closed their doors a couple years ago. Even having a store here told me there is a market here for crafters and paper crafters. In addition, there is only one other CTMH rep in this area. There should be lots of opportunity! Where is everyone?! 3) The product is beautiful,  good quality and really nice to work with. I love the diversity in products offered, richness and vibrance of the colors and patterns in the inks and papers, and incentives available to all consultants. We are very much treated like family. I feel, much like our founder, Jeanette Lynton, that this hobby and this company- like its name states- has become 4) Close to my Heart.
My solution is to pull people out of the woodwork and encourage them to visit my website and start placing orders. It can be as little or as much as you want. Every little bit counts. I’m forcing myself to be assertive and ask people to help me out and buy! Meeting my monthly requirements is actually relatively low. If four people ordered $25 worth of product every month, I’d remain active! Do you feel you can afford that? There’s also home gathering (aka party) options available, too. You can earn free product in hostess rewards if you host a party. A ‘party’ could also look like a workshop. Get 5 or 6 girlfriends together and commit to 5 or 6 monthly workshops. Each month, there’ll be a new hostess. There’s lots of options available!
What I’m trying to say is help me out by getting your shop on! You can make a $10 order or a $150 order. There are incentives if you spend a certain amount of money, such as the Stamp of the Month when an order of $50 or more is placed. Take a look at your budget, and determine what you can spend per month, if anything. That’s not to say I won’t order at all, or never. I will place orders as I can and as I need and when i can afford to. I’m asking people to share the cost with me. That’s not too much to ask, I hope! Is it fair? I think so!
Visit my website here to start shopping and visit my Facebook page to see what stock I have on hand. Please, please help me out, and please spread the word! We have something for everyone!

Jackson PML Workshop

Hi! We’re back to our regular school routines today- are you as relieved as I am? It feels really good to get back into our regular routine.
I just want to share a sneak peek at some of the projects we’ll be making at my upcoming workshop. If you’re interested in attending, please email me at theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com. You must live in the Whitecourt, Alberta vicinity and must have reliable transportation to the workshop location (my house)!

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Enjoy the rest of this beautiful afternoon!

Cards Galore!

Hello! Just dropping in quickly to share what I’ve been up to lately! Other than hanging out with my husband and kids- and unexpectedly buying some new living room furniture- I held my first Close to My Heart workshop of the year and made a few cards for some good friends.

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I found both of these cards- the designs, at least- on Pinterest. You’ll find the originals here.

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These last three cards were made with the Heartstrings card Workshop on the Go. There are 15 of these cards in total- 5 of each design. They are also available for purchase!
If you’d like to purchase these cards, please comment on this post.  They measure 4.25×5.5 inches and retail for $3 CAD each. (5 cards retail for $10).
I’m also planning my next workshop, which is taking place on May 2. Join me to learn more about pocket scrapbooking by playing with the Jackson Picture My Life system!

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Jackson PML

Hello friends! Another busy weekend is upon us- the last two weeks since my husband had his last weekend off flew by incredibly fast! Where does time go?!

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I am so incredibly excited over my next workshop- were going to play with CTMH’s Jackson PML Kit.
I’m actively looking for people to join my workshop, so if you live in my neck of the woods, please come and check it out! You can find the event pinned to the top of my Facebook page. It starts on May 2nd, and please be aware that registration is based solely on pre ordering your kit. The fee is $20 (covers the cost of your kit and registration). Find out more on my page!

Poll Time!

If you were interested in learning to scrapbook, would you rather learn on your own or join an instructional class/workshop? http://www.wpls.co/999826

I’m trying to guage who would be interested in joining a scrapbook workshop geared towards beginner scrapbookers. Anyone can participate, but I’m hoping to use the results of this poll to create a Close to My Heart workshop for scrapbooks that are new, interested in learning more or are returning to it after a lengthy break. Please help me out!!

CTMH in January

Close to My Heart has some great deals on this month, and you really shouldn’t miss out!
First and foremost, when you host a gathering, and your total sales reaches $350 or more, you qualify for up to 50% more hostess rewards, making your total free product $90, instead of $60!

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To host your own gathering, all you need to do is contact me!
Secondly, when you make a qualifying order of $50 or more, you become eligible to purchase CTMH’s Year>> Noted paper packet for the low, low price of $5. Alternatively, add the mini album to the paper packet for an extra $5.

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Lastly, in addition to making your $50 qualifying order, you can also purchase this months’ stamp of the Month- This Moment. I personally love this stamp set- I’ve used it already on a few projects. It’s just $5 with your qualifying order (regularly $19.95–all funds CAD). That’s incredible savings!

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I can help you make your CTMH orders too. Just shoot me a comment or message to theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com.

Also, don’t forget about the scrapbook class I’m hoping to offer starting January 15. We’re going to make a Christmas mini album using the My Crush Holiday Happenings kit from Close to My Heart. The fee is $35, and it’ll cover all the materials you need, excluding adhesive and your pictures!

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I’m also hosting an online challenge- recording what we’re thankful for in 2015. One item per day. When I’ve completed a few other pre-scheduled projects, I’ll dive into creating a mini album for this beautiful idea! To learn more, visit me here.

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New in 2015!

Ever use the excuse that you’ve got no time for scrapbooking- or crafting, period- after all your work, chores, kid wrangling, meal cooking, errand running, not-enough-hours-in-the-day whirlwind of a day, week, month, or year typically happens?
I have, too. I think about doing it- quite frequently, honestly. When my kids are home, there’s no ever-loving way I would even THINK about scrapbooking when they’re around. We inevitably end up doing a craft for THEM. Not me. And, scrapbooking has become more than preserving my memories. It’s become a way to preserve ME. I’m a mom, too, and kiddo and mommy responsibilities severely cuts in to my personal time. Often,  when I do get time to play, I don’t feel like it anymore. The reasons why are numerous- it’s too late in the day, I’m too tired, stressed out, the list could go on.
And, you’re thinking, “yeah, right. This is a scrapbook blog. Of course you’ve got time, and can MAKE time to scrapbook”. Granted. But, have you seen any scrapbook layouts or projects that I’ve made recently- as in the last month?
Gotcha!
What if we could change that?  What if we scheduled time for ourselves, and time for crafting? The only catch is that you have to WANT to make time for yourself. Make yourself a priority. One evening per month, for most of the calendar year) to sip on wine, munch on good food, chit chat with other ladies- ADULTS!!!- and do what you love, all at the same time, is the first of two requirements. Scratch that. Three requirements.
Secondly, there’ll be a mandatory, minimal related fee.
Lastly, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!
Here’s how it would work:

As I mentioned above, a fee is required. Starting in January, I’ll be hosting a SCRAPBOOK CLUB. With a few breaks throughout the year to allow for holidays and summer vacation, this class will run for the remainder of the calendar year. The fee will cover the materials you’ll need to complete an entire scrapbook album. Assuming that the participants have previous experience scrapbooking, you’ll only be required to purchase whichever Close To My Heart kit we settle on (I’ve currently got two possibilities in mind). I’ll purchase any supporting stamps and tools, etc. required to complete our album. We’ll create one double page layout per class (unless we’re feeling ambitious and think we can complete two per class).
If you’re unfamiliar with scrapbooking, but want to learn more, you’re welcome to join us too! I can help you make the necessary purchases you need, or an experienced friend can help, instead!
Of course, you’re more than welcome to order more Close To My Heart product as you’re able to, as well.
I’m unsure, at the moment, if I’ll require additional orders throughout the month. I’d love to offer hostess rewards to my club members (each month there’ll be a new hostess).
At the end of the year (likely November) we’ll have a completed scrapbook album!

So…we have two possibilities before us and a decision needs to be made:  create a Christmas album OR start with a valentines themed half album.

What do I mean half album?

Rather than one entire album that’s dedicated to the Valentines holiday, we’ll create one double page spread for valentines, then make a second order to scrapbook with a more “general” kit until the next holiday (Easter or Thanksgiving). Any subsequent holidays may require additional CTMH orders. 
What are your thoughts? I’m leaning towards doing a Christmas album- or mini album. Since I’m already going to be ordering the Holiday Happenings kit,  you should join me!

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What do you need?

1. Yourself!
2. CTMH Holiday Happenings kit {for example}; OR scrapbook album (should we decide against the mini album)
3. CTMH kit
4. Paper trimmer
5. Adhesive
6. Pictures

I’ll supply the rest.

Now it’s your turn. Do you want to join and which direction would you like to take? Sign up here. Or via a comment on this blog post. Our class will start mid January. Don’t miss out!