Saving memories one photograph at a time

Monday, November 28, 2011

There is still two days left to order the fantastic November Stamp of the Month - Cherish the Day. This is a versatile stamp that can be used for calendars, cards, or layouts.

I love Subway art and used this set to create my own piece of Subway art.

I stamped a 4"x6" piece of black cardstock with White Daisy ink (to dry your ink quicker use your heat gun), put it in a black frame and finished it off with sparkles on the top of the glass. Simple and easy! My kind of project.

This inventive card was made by my fellow consultant Kimberly Deines. I love the squares on the side. I definitely gravitate to fall colors.


This is a Kris Keys creation. She is one of the most talented consultants I know. I am so lucky to get one of her cards. This card is staying with me, I don't think I can part with it.

To get one of your own stamp sets call, email, or even shop in your p.j.'s on my website


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Studio J

Did you know Close to My Heart has an online Scrapbooking program called Studio J. Or did you know already and you thought about trying it but it sounded too overwhelming, too expensive, too time consuming, or you just don't want to buy all the add-ons. Well you are in luck (which is a very lucky thing to be)! Let's break it down; sounds like a lyric to a song I can't remember, oh well, let me get back on track.

Did you know that you can create a layout with Studio J in a matter of minutes, or even do a whole album with 20 layouts in a matter of a few hours. How do I know this you ask, well (drum roll please) I have done it (I know hard to believe), yes me! I had a very dear Aunt pass away and wanted to share her amazing pictures memories with the small family I have left. I created an album that documented her life growing up; including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, nieces and nephews. In a sense, a history of the Allen family and a tribute to my smart, gracious, and incredibly loving Aunt Dona. After I had designed the album I printed one for everyone left in my family. I didn't have to even leave my house and it was all done in my jammies with a box of Kleenex by my side.

The hardest part of the entire process was scanning in old family photographs. And now everyone has an album to treasure and also a cd with all of the photographs.

Here are some Studio J facts:
  • There is no software to purchase and install other than an Internet-connected computer.; instead, simply log in to and click on Studio J and start designing your layouts. You can create and immediately purchase your layouts, or you can save them for later completion and purchase.
  • Studio layouts can be created quickly for the time-challenged and have many flexible options for artists who want a custom look. Plus, Studio J makes it easy and affordable to print multiple copies of the same layout, perfect for giving to friends and family.
  • Studio J lets you choose from many of your favorite current and retired classic kits as well as kits exclusive to Studio J. However, in contrast to classic papers, studio papers give you the option to change the color of the monochromatic sides of the paper to any color in our 60-color palette. The software allows you to add distressing and embellishments as well as edit your photos, allowing you to adjust the photo’s brightness and contrast, saturation, sharpness, etc. Studio J even has tools to brighten teeth, erase wrinkles, soften blemishes, remove red eye, and more.
  • You’ll find all of the latest pricing and shipping information, including shipping options, at 
  • Becoming a Studio J member is the perfect way to get our best pricing of 50% off retail—that works out to be approximately $3.25 per page!
I am sorry for so much information at one time, I was just so darn exited to share this exciting program with you. I promise over the coming weeks and month to go into more detail so it doesn't seem so overwhelming and in the mean time please email me at or call me with any questions.

The following video will walk you through creating a layout from start to finish in Studio J. ENJOY!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April Specials

MY REFLECTIONS LEVEL 1 SCRAPBOOKING KITS are great for beginners to seasoned pros. The preprinted pages make preserving your fondest memories a breeze. Get a FREE Level 1 kit of your choice when you order $100 or more on my website April 1–30, 2011 (limit of one free
kit per qualifying order). Now’s the time to let everyone know you’re Lovin’ Level 1!

(Click on the Studio J picture on the right side of my blog for more information)

Members save more, do more,
get more!

• Exclusive patterns
• 50% off layouts
• Free JPG files
• Free monthly shipment
• Members-only promotions like this one!

ADD DELIGHTFUL DETAILS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL STUDIO J LAYOUTS. Self-adhesive clear Sparkles and Opaques Pearl adhesive gems make it easy to get your shine on, and now you can get these adorable accessories FREE!

Throughout April, Studio J members get one free package each of clear Sparkles and Opaques Pearl gems, a retail value of $5.90, for every 10 custom-printed layouts purchased in a single order. It's another way CTMH makes scrapbooking faster, simpler, easier—and more sparkly! Go to my website and click on Studio J online scrapbooking  to start creating!

OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE AND tsunami in Japan, and like so many of you, we’re eager to help. And helping has never been easier!
Give a little hope to Japan by purchasing an exclusive stamp set for just $5

During April, purchase the exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set for the special price of only $5 (retail value $7.95) and Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan. This beautifully designed stamp set reminds us of how our hearts are hopeful for those who are in need.

Contact me today to get involved in this heart-worthy cause.

Monday, April 4, 2011

My take on the Sophia Card Workshop

I love this paper, but I am absolutely addicted to the stamp set that comes with the Sophia Workshop Kit. I love anything birds. As long as I can remember I have loved birds. My true love affair began with my first bird, a beautiful, sassy parakeet. How I loved that bird. Now I share my life with two incredible, funny, silly, and sometimes just crazy birds.
This is our bird Sam
and this is Tweety (she is just a baby)

Even if you don't have your own crazy bird, you can join the bird craze by getting this stamp set available only in the Sophia Workshop Kit (G1019). Call or email me to get your kit, or better yet shop anytime from my website

Friday, March 18, 2011

Magnifique Layout #2

Here is another layout using the beautiful Magnifique level 2 paper. I love how the blue perfectly compliments Taylor's eyes. What makes this paper Magnifique is the versatile colors and patterns. I have three ways to get the products shown; call or email me, or better yet shop in your jammies on my website

Supply List
Magnifique Level 2 paper pack - X7127B
Magnifique Stickease - X7127C
Basic Assortment Brads - Z1365
Miracle Irresistibles (chipboard that has a resist pattern that shows through when covered with ink, chalk, markers, or watercolors) - Z1354
*Beautiful daughter not included

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Discounted Products

Remember to check my website;
to find discounted and retired products at phenomenal prices. Check back often to take advantage of these products that are offered while supplies last!

Right now prices are up to 90% off and items are going quickly. Don't miss out!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January Stamp of the Month

Did you know purchasing your workshop packet for February can help you in January? WHAT? you say. Well, let me tell you, Close to My Heart is celebrating National Paper Crafting Month this month by giving us huge discounts on great products. When you buy the Wings Workshops on the Go kit and mix and match the new products found throughout the pages of the Inspirations brochure you can earn the January Stamp of the Month (Find Your Style) set at a discount or even for FREE!

Ok, as if that wasn't exciting enough you can even buy the stamp sets featured in the Inspirations Brochure at a deep discount. I have my eye on the Bohemian Alphabet set (on page 11 of the Inspirations Brochure). Instead of paying $34.95 it is only $25.00 when you buy the Wings Workshop Kit.

This is an example of the Wings Paper. Too see the whole Inspirations Brochure click on the picture on the right column.
Don't miss out on these great savings. Contact me by January 31st to be included in on all the great deals.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

YAY! It's workshop time again!

JANUARY 29, 2011

I can hardly wait, how about you. The smell of new paper, ink stained hands, the laughter of your friends. That feeling of accomplishment that only a finished layout brings. Ummmm, wonderful! You can choose to make a layout, a set of cards, both, or any combination you can think of. On my layout I added snowflakes which will be totally optional. If you choose to use them I will provide them free of charge for coming. Who couldn't use some extra bling - especially if it is free! Thanks to my wonderful upline Karen Pedersen for the layout inspiration!

New Year, lots of new reasons to have new cards on hand.
Come and make 1,3 or 9, as many as you would like.

Workshop will start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m.. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, I can guarantee you will have a fantastic time and may even learn something NEW in the process. Let me know by phone or email by January 20th if you would like to join us.