Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Product Review: Lagoon Chevron Coated Canvas Album- post bound version CTMH



I am happy to offer this review of the new Coated Albums from Close To My Heart, as well as a BOGO offer good until Saturday February 28th 2015. I could not wait to see these in person as I had only been able to see photos of them in the online catalog. I tried to take some detailed photos for you so that you can feel as if you have held it in your hands, that's the best way to know if this BOGO deal is meant for you or not!


This product review is of the My Legacy Lagoon Chevron Post Bound Coated Canvas Album! This album retails in the USA for $34.95. This album is both cheerful in color but also sturdy and practical in function. In the above picture you can see the canvas texture. It is a thick scrim fabric feel, with a thin coating to make it durable against scratches or snags. The color and pattern is white and lagoon alternating chevrons.


In addition to the post bound chevron, there is also a solid black or red floral option. Each of those three colors can be selected in post bound or D-ring style.


Ideal for showcasing classic (or printed) 12x12 layouts side by side with Memory Protectors deaturing the lay-flat seam. Sturdy binding is ideal for supporting thicker layouts. Memory protector capacity varies depending on the thickness and weight of layouts. My style of scrapbooking appears to be able to house about 50 protectors in this album with the use of spine expanders for spacing.


I have found the easiest way to slide in your albums spine cover is to rest it on its front and back cover opening facing down to the table. Just gently rock it back and forth as you slide it in.


There is about a half inch gap at the end of the album cover. (Using Close To My Heart page protectors). This is ideal for finger grip for cover flipping, but also would allow you to add decorative section tabs to your pages if the ocassion called for it!


Let's talk about the all NEW 1 1/2" binding! Thick posts fit snug in the three holes set in your album covers binding crease.


The NEW post tops are very user friendly! Now I won't have to keep track of a screwdriver when putting an album together or re-arranging a few pages. (One less thing to keep track of works for me! how about you?) There is a tiny ring shaped handle that can flip up to give you grabable leverage when tightening your post tops. The ring then snaps down flat to be closed inside your binding crease fold.


During the month of February, when you purchase one of the Close To My Heart's NEW alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a 2nd album of your choice at half price! That is a savings of over $17 USD!


My review of this album after seeing it in person is a big thumbs up! Will you BOGO?

Happy Crafting!

HeatherJane

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chalk it Up Card and Mojo Monday 385


It was time sit down and create a card with my Chalk It Up papers and I needed a place to get started. Sketch challenges always get my mojo going. Mojo Monday sketch challenge #385 to the rescue!


Isn't it a cute sketch? I don't often think of diagonals on my own!


This is my take on the sketch using Chalk It Up papers from Close To My Heart. I love the school and chalk board vibe to this paper set!


If you are attending my March workshop I will show you how I stamped the pencil! Hope you can join us!

Happy Crafting

HeatherJane

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rolling Tote for FREE! Ask me how?


Is NOW the right time for you to consider becoming a Consultant with Close To My Heart? March is an amazing time to join and earn our most expensive item for FREE! Do you LOVE the new Rolling Tote from Close To My Heart? Would your heart skip a beat if I told you it could be yours for FREE?! (I know, right!?) That's not all, the matching shoulder tote TOO! I'm NOT kidding!

Here are the details:

Thinking about joining Close To My Heart? March is the month to join my team! During the month of March, new Consultants who enroll will receive a FREE shoulder tote (a retail value of over $26 USD / $29 CAD) in their New Consultant Kit. Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 USD / $109 CAD and includes nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies. Including your FREE shoulder tote, that is a savings of over $290 USD / $320 CAD! Additionally, new Consultants who remit $300 worth of commissionable sales in their first 40 days after their New Consultant Kit ships will receive the rolling tote (a retail value of $149.95 USD / $164.95 CAD) as a FREE bonus (not including shipping/handling- I checked, the shipping is about $15)! These organization pieces are designed to help you get your business rolling, but they are only available while supplies last, so plan to sign up March 1st!
Dates: Offer valid March 1, 2015–March 31, 2015.


Shoulder tote bag (Z3031) retails for $26.95. During March will come FREE with your Consultant Sign Up Kit! Snap closure. Comfortably fits our 12" × 12" paper organizers. Perfect for carrying projects in progress, idea books, papers, small tools, and embellishments. I am planning to get one for errand running, it looks like the perfect size to have some scrapbook papers with me for when I'm waiting at doctor's appointments! 


Rolling Tote (Z3032) retails for $149.95. During March will be earned FREE when you make $300 in sales in your first 40 days after becoming a Consultant! Durable rolling bag designed to hold organizers in various sizes. Top zips all the way down for easy loading. Front pocket sized to fit 12" × 12" paper, plus two additional side pockets to store more! Finished size 25½" × 16" ×17½". Some assembly required. I don't have the shoulder tote yet, but I JUST got my Rolling Tote and it is AWESOME! I am in love with it! The clear organizing boxes fit inside it perfectly in any order you like. I can pack it up with all the things I need for my gatherings or monthly classes and leave it there to use each time. No unpacking and repacking. Plus, I can't wait to pack it up and take it with me to a scrapbooking retreat in May!



Want to know more about what comes in your New Consultant kit along with your FREE shoulder tote? Follow this link (New Consultants Kits) to see an itemized list of the value in your kit. Keep in mind you can choose a Scrapbookers Kit or Card Maker's kit, depending on which you are most passionate about. Your sign up kit
is only $99 which is only a fraction of the retail value!

March is here! Contact me today! I would love to work with you and have you join my team.

HeatherJane

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chalk It Up! Scrapbook Layout #1 and Let's Scrap Sketch Challenge



I've cut into my "Chalk It Up" Workshop On The Go Kit from Close To My Heart! Let the fun begin!


I worked with a sketch challenge from "Let's Scrap Sketches" blog! They do a weekly sketch challenge that you can play along with too. It's a lot of fun!


"School Days" journaling accent, ribbon ruffle, and chipboard pieces.


Chipboard embellishments and puffy stickers!


"Picture Day" vertical ribbon ruffle anchor with more puffy stickers.


"Think Grow Learn" Title feature cricut accent.

I still need to add more photos, but I am LOVING it so far! Do you scrapbook about school?

Happy Scrapping!

HeatherJane

Friday, February 6, 2015

Retiring Item Notice: Do you need to organize your ink pads?

Do you need to organize your ink pads? Get the Exclusive Inks™ Organizers while supplies last!

Close To My Heart is retiring our Exclusive Inks™ Organizer (Z4131) . ($69.95) Keep your Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads and markers (Please note, the NEW markers do not fit. I use mine for colored pencils, journaling pens, and other markers) all together, safe, and secure in this handy storage organizer. The swivel tower design gives you maximum desktop space and allows you to easily read the labels. (Stores 60 pads and 76 markers, includes swivel base and carrying handle; 9 1/4" x 7 1/2" x 12 1/2" tall.)

Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad Tower (Z4132). ($11.95) This stamp pad tower holds 15 Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads and sits comfortably on your desk top or can be attached to a wall. (3 1/2” x 3 5/16” x 11 5/16”)

Both items are now only available while supplies last.

After they are gone it will be recommended to our hard case organizers which are ideally suited to the task. The medium organizer (Z4139) ($19.95) in particular is an ideal size. The internal dividers that come with the medium organizer divide it up into perfectly sized sections for stacking your ink pads. Also works great for keeping markers on their sides (the best way to store them) AND for 4x6 photos!

Happy Crafty Organizing!

HeatherJane

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snowhaven Scrapbook Layout winter colors and die cuts!

Snowhaven paper meets Color Dare #125 and Stuck On U Sketches Challenge.



This layout design was inspired by page 83 of the Annual Inspirations Catalog. This is my take on it with a few changes.


The current Color Dare challenge, #125, is Cranberry, Glacier, White Daisy, Black, and Whisper. These are exactly the colors we work with in the Snowhaven Paper Pack from Close To My Heart! In the above photo you see a few chipboard elements I used from the coordinating Complements pack.


I love this sentiment from the "Frosty Fun" stamp set! "Fun, Frost, and Family". I don't have them printed out yet, but I am going to be adding some pictures of an impromtu family sledding day we enjoyed last year. Great memories were made! I will update this post when I have my photos in place.




My Cricut Cartridges came to the rescue when it was time to create the title piece and snowflake die cuts. I love the crispness of the white snowflake against the black dot patterned paper! I'm excited to enter this layout in the die cut challenge at Stuck On U Sketches!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Celebrate Winter with Snowflakes and "Snowhaven"!

The snow is falling and it's time to celebrate the unique opportunities we have when it is Winter! Enter "Snowhaven" paper from Close To My Heart! I've had so much fun creating winter themed scrapbook pages and cards with it. I can't wait to show you!


 
This is one of the 2 page scrapbook layouts that I created! The title for this one could be considered "Snow Ball". Grey snowflakes are falling on the background in first and 2nd generation ink stamping technique. Beautiful snowflake patterned papers.


The "ball" of the title has a stamped image of children playing with snowballs. I created a couple accents using my new markers! I love how quick and easy it was to add the red stripes with the skinny tip end of the marker!



I added some chipboard mittens from the Complements pack and some black adhesive swirls!


I'm going to play along at the Friday Mashup Challenge #FM191! I hope they like my entry! I'm going to ask if I can enter again because I have a few more snowhaven creations I would like to share!

What winter things are you up to?

HeatherJane