Card Storage Ideas

Happy Saturday!

I’m switching gears today and want to show you how I organize and store my greeting cards. 

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This box was once home to store- bought Christmas cards I’d bought from Wally before I began making my own greeting cards. I’m not quite sure why I hung on to the box, other than liking how sturdy the box is.

Over the years, it’s housed a number of various scrappy goodies, including chipboard and ribbon. After I took on the challenge of purging and reorganizing my haven, it once again sat empty.

Then I went on my regular scrapbooking retreat (back in March).

I decided that I would make an all- new batch of cards that weekend- I was tired of having a mishmash of cards I wasn’t sure I’d ever use. Up until that point, I was finding that for every occasion that came up, I’d make a new card.

Do you do that?

I was annoyed, so I fixed it!

I’m sure you noticed the dividers separating each card theme.

I didn’t have my cricut with me at my retreat, so after coming home and unpacking, I sat down and cut a bunch of tabbed dividers from heavy duty cardstock. After they were cut, I raided my stamp stash and stamped what occasion each divider was for.

I would eventually like to find a slightly larger card box, or I may upgrade to CTMH’s My Acrylix storage boxes (sturdy plastic boxes with a lid and snap lock to secure it) to store my cards.

Something like this:

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These are available for purchase on my website. Just click the link to go there! Once on my website, click Shop then Organization to find all the organizational storage boxes CTMH carries! Purchase these directly from my website or contact me to purchase your order for you. It’ll be shipped directly to you!

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll drop in again with more crafting inspiration real soon!

Monthly Promo Mondays

Happy August 1st, everyone!
There’s lots of fabulous CTMH goodies to share with you today- I can’t wait to share it all with you!
To start, as you all know, a new month begins today. Why not celebrate with a new stamp set?! CTMH’s SOTM is perfect for adding tags to cards or gifts AND adding journaling spots to your layouts! Layer them up, color them in or leave them one dimensional- there’s lots of options with this set!  It’s just $5 when you place a qualifying order during the month of August. My website is a great place to start your order!

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In addition to our SOTM, there’s also a really great promotion happening this month- Get Organized! CTMH carries wonderful and durable storage devices- from containers to corral your stamps to devices to organize your sponge daubers and stamping blocks, to folders for storing your miscellaneous papers- there’s lots to choose from!
This month, you get to choose between an accessory roll up case (when you pay full retail price- $22.75 CAD)…

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And receive two Base & Bling style sheets FREE! The best part of this deal- it’s available to you one month early!
OR purchase (at full retail price, $21.25), the marker roll up case. When you do, you’ll receive Balloon Wishes FREE with your purchase! The marker roll up case holds up to 25 Shin Han alcohol markers, and how much fun would the Balloon Wishes stamp set be to color in?!

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So, what are you waiting for? There’s a lot of fabulous goodies to choose from this month, not to mention all the rest of the great products CTMH carries. While you’re picking up your August goodies, have a look through our retiring products list- this month is your last chance to snap up these goodies for good. I’d hate for you to miss out!
Want to know a little secret? A new WOTG has also been released this month, along with the coordinating paper packet and accessories. It’s called ZOE and your first sneak peek is here!

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Again, you can visit my website (link above) to start your order, or add to my monthly group order. You’ll save on shipping to order with your friends!
Stay tuned, in the next few weeks for a few minor changes to my blogging dynamics. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the changes! You’ve already witnessed the first change- sharing more news and tidbits related to CTMH. It’ll become a weekly installment, where I share a bit more about our promotions this month and the beautiful artwork that’s created with it. Just a note- the artwork I share may not necessarily be mine. It will be solely CTMH and CTMH products. I’m calling this installment Monthly Promotions Monday. (Yes, today isn’t Monday, but I had to start somewhere). A new month doesn’t always fall on Mondays! 😉
And, now that I’ve written a thorough novel, thanks for kindly hanging in there until the end! I’ll refresh your memories on Monday, so stay tuned!

Jump on it July

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I’m FINALLY caught up! The first image is the last layout in my first special request album. I’ve actually got two additional pages to add to this album- I need to complete them by next Friday, so they can be added to this album (they’re wedding pictures, if you’re wondering. The recipient wasn’t married at the time this album was completed).
The next image is a scraplift of a layout I’d seen on Paper Issues Facebook feed- in the comments on a particular post a few weeks ago.
Stay tuned for images from my second special request album in the very near future!
There’s only one day left in July, and that means this is your last chance to take advantage of CTMH’s Jump on it Promo. Purchase $25 worth of any current stamp set and receive the July SOTM for FREE! You can also purchase the Hostess Rewards stamp sets for just $5 each- when you purchase $25 worth of any of our current stamp sets.
Maybe August’s promo will interest you. If you’re looking for paper crafting storage options, stay tuned! I’ll reveal more details tomorrow!

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!

Pinterest Hacks

If you’re anything like me, even just looking at Pinterest makes me fat. I don’t have to just eat food to achieve that. There are so many great recipes for food, home renos, DIY, art,  photography, clothing, crafting, and the list goes on and on. I thought I’d share a few craft storage ideas with you- that were either free or inexpensive– that I’ve implemented into my own haven and crafting space. We all like things to be easy and cheap or free, right? It’s ok,  your secret is safe with me. I know I like looking for bargains too. We’re all the same, really, except for a few subtle differences here and there. ..
All the ideas I’m about to share with you, I found on Pinterest first. You can find me on Pinterest Here.

Note: in each picture I’m about to share, what inspired me is in the left photo of the collage, and my hack is on the right. This does not include the Close to My Heart options at the end of this post.

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I have way too many stamps to store in an adorable fruit stand like this (and I’ve also got another way to store my stamps!!), so instead, I use my fruit stand for storing all of my washi tape. Right now, it only fills the top basket, but one day it might fill the whole thing. In the mean time, I’m trying to figure out what to store in the other two baskets. Any suggestions? Currently, the little bit of twine that I own occupies the second basket. The bottom one is empty. (I know. An empty anything in a crafters’ room?! Traitor!) The fruit stand cost me zippo. It was a Christmas gift from my MIL back in 2011. There’s no place to put it in my kitchen, so after it lived in the inlaws suite for a while, doing nothing other than wasting space and collecting dust, I moved it into my haven to be useful. And, it hasn’t let me down. Except when my rolls of washi fall through the cracks. I really need to remedy that!

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Can anyone make me an adorable little fabric box like this?! (The left picture). I love my current system, but it isn’t pretty enough. This current system (hanging file folder system from Walmart. It cost me $10) works great, but is slightly flawed. The small pieces of scrap paper (any sort of irregularly shaped scraps and anything that’s smaller than 8×8 gets lost. Very easily. I’d love to find a system that groups like sizes together and doesn’t take up too much room. It also must be easy to see what’s inside. And, of course, it needs to be affordable. 
I have my scraps sorted by color, and it follows the rainbow spectrum of colors (starting with pink and ending with grey/black). I have a second hanging file system paired with this one for my most favorite manufacturers (it includes embellishments and papers). Once I thin out (read use up) the stuff I’m not really crazy about, I’ll move my favorite stuff to where the rest of my paper is located.
(Truth be told, I just want my scraps to look as neat and pretty as the picture on the left!!)

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Ok, so seriously,  this is my most favorite Pinterest hack yet. Find tackle boxes at Walmart (for a minimal price), and throw all your miscellaneous alphas in it! It takes up only one drawer in my sterilite storage towers (I have two- both in one drawer; they fit like a glove. Like it was meant to be!) and it can hold a lot of alphas in it!! It’s really a huge bang for your buck.

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I forgot to take a picture of it, but I do have a blister pack (which can be found at any pharmacy) that’s filled with brads. I forgot to take a picture of it because I rarely use brads in my projects. I also don’t have my blister pack labelled all pretty like the one in the picture. It does work really well to corral those small items, though! You’re looking at about $5-$10 (or more) depending on the size of blister pack you purchase.
Instead, I’m sharing a storage option for all those buttons you may have kicking around. For the longest time, I had my buttons stored in jam jars, but I didn’t like the varying sizes they were all in (my OCD is kicking in here). I wasn’t about to shell out the money for anything to store them in, so I left them as is. And then, my husband asked me if I’d have any use for the glass jars that you see in the right photo above. His buddy got these jars for his body shop business, but they weren’t the right size. I sure could find a use for them! Now, all my buttons are in the same size jars and they’re color coded, like my papers! (Cost to me: free!!)

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Lastly, did you know that Close to My Heart has some fabulous storage items, too? They do! You’ll find storage boxes in varying sizes for paper, stamps, sponge daubers, or whatever else you can think of! They’re made from durable plastic and have a simple flip tab to keep the contents safely secured inside. Also, their stamps are strictly acrylic,  and always come in those handy sleeves, keeping your stamps altogether. They fit beautifully inside the storage boxes. (This one is one of the smallest and can store up to 15 stamps inside. Depending on size, they’ll cost you $16.50 to $27.50).

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Looking for a practical and economical way to store your ink? Try CTMH’s Exclusive Inks Organizer (pictured above $76.95), or Exclusive Inks Stamp Tower (not pictured; $13.25). It’s perfect for storing my CTMH Exclusive Inks and journalling pens. It’s worthwhile to note that Stampin’ Up inks do not fit inside the organizer (and likely the tower. I have some SU inks, and they are too thick. This item is made specifically to store your CTMH inks).
There’s more {great!} storage items at Close to My Heart than just this! Visit me here, then click home > shop online > organization to see more!
What are some of your favorite Pinterest hacks? Please share-I’d love to see! Here’s one that was shared to my business page on Facebook:

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I think this is fabulous! Ribbon scraps would work beautifully in these, as would beads, glitter, flocking or other powders. What else could you use in here?
Share your hacks in the comments! We could always use some inspiration!

Laugh. CREATE. Smile.

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In the same vein as yesterday’s post, here’s another layout highlighting my kids’ learning and creativity. The chalkboard in the picture is one I played with as a girl- and now my kids get to play with it!
Since we’re playing with an “was once old, but is new again” theme, I browsed my scraps again and layered them to form somewhat of a visual triangle. I also mixed some “new” 6×6 sheets of patterned paper in there, too. And, by “new”, I mean fresh from the paper pad, uncut and waiting to be used.
The laugh, create, smile stamp has been in my stash for quite some time; I’m pretty sure it came from the dollar bins at Michaels. The poinsettia and leaves are “new” goodies, while the original rub-on has been in my stash for quite some time. All the stamping and sequins- yeah, they’re all new-to-me goodies.
How would you mix new and old?
Join me on Monday for a bit of a change of pace. I’ve been thinking about adding more storage to my haven, so turned to my Pinterest boards to “pick” the next installment of storage apparatuses. As I was browsing, I realized I’ve already implemented a few of the ideas found on my boards- with my own twist. Join me for a “their version-my version” blog post of some neat craft storage ideas!

Rolling Totes from CTMH

For more information about December Daily and the challenge I’m hosting, please head to this post.

We have another big day here today. We’ve got our Christmas concert tonight! My picture for today’s photo prompt will be taken tonight at the girls’ concert. I’m pretty excited- I think they are too!
Also, Close to My Heart has new rolling totes and shoulder totes in stock. They are roomy and look great, to boot! Order yours fast- they won’t stay around for long! (They’ve been sold out once already, and we only learned about them yesterday! There is currently more in stock). To learn more, visit me here.
I’ll be back later on with more shenanigans from Snowflake and my DD submission! In case you’re wondering, today’s prompt is MUSIC! To see the full list, please visit this post.
What’s your favourite Christmas song or album?