13 in 13 Day 2

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day2_01Welcome to day 2 of the 13 in 13 Challenge.  My focus for the week is organization.  My husband finds the lack of a clean surface for him to sit rather annoying.  I really do want him to visit me in my craft room, so my task for today is to clean off the futon.  One would think that would be easy enough to accomplish…one would be wrong.

day2_02I did set my timer for 13 minutes and gave it my best effort.  Here is the crux of this messy issue…I have too much stuff!  The reason it is covering every surface I have in my office is that I don’t have a spot for it to live.  Hence my need for this challenge…I need to do a little crafting every day so that I can move the old product out and clean up my work space! day2_03

So, by the end of my 13 minutes, I had cleaned off 1/2 of the futon and found a home for most of the junk I moved.  I did displace a small pile of documents to be filed.  At least my husband has a place to sit now, so I made some progress!

We can do this!

Join 13 in 13!

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Have you ever told yourself that you don’t have time to scrapbook?  I’m constantly telling myself that I don’t have time for this or that, but the reality is that I have poor time management skills.   There.  I said it!  Yet, in October, I managed to scrapbook a layout every day…and not just a single page, all but two were double page spreads.  Add to my poor time management skills the fact that I’m the world’s slowest scrapbooker, and this is some kind of miracle (not really…it was Studio J!).  So, I’m not making a New Year’s Resolution, because we all know how that goes.  Instead, I’m issuing a challenge for myself and for you.

In 2013, I will spend 13 minutes a day on memory keeping activities.  You heard me!  I am simply committing to 13 minutes a day.  That is 13 fewer minutes on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or in front of the TV.  I’ve got this!  So, the question is, are you going to join me?  I really hope you will.  We can build a community of memory keepers determined to do a little every day to tell the stories of our lives and preserve the memories that matter the most.

So, where to begin?  Organization!  My craft area is a mess after my marathon handmade Christmas.  Unfortunately, the mess has spread to the dining room table and the kitchen counter.  So, the 13 minutes I spent today barely made a dent in my mess.  I have a feeling that I’m going to need to spend more than 13 minutes tomorrow, so it is a good thing I’m still on vacation.  The good news is that we did put away the Christmas tree today, so that was a major start to my quest for organization.

If you plan on joining me, please leave a comment on this post.  My goal is to start a 13 in 13 mailing list and podcast so that I can give you daily prompts.  I look forward to spending 13 minutes a day with you in 2013!

Join My Team

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For only $49, this essentials kit provides everything to meet your crafting and career needs.

For only $49, this essentials kit provides everything to meet your crafting and career needs.

In one month, the new Idea Book goes live for customers.  You can see a sneak peek of it and some of the new products that will be available in February in this photo of the new consultant kit.  One of the many benefits of being a consultant is that we get to preview the product one month in advance.  So, in addition to getting a tremendous discount on my crafting supplies, I get to play with new product as soon as my order arrives!

Did you know that the Essentials New Consultant Kit is only $49 for nearly $155 in retail value?  Even better than that, the Master New Consultant Kit is only $99 and includes 5 Studio J layouts plus nearly $335 in retail value!  Either way, you are getting a fantastic deal.

Close To My Heart provides all consultants a free, online Training Academy!  These classes include everything from business and art to personal growth and development.

There is so much more that I love about being a consultant, so, if you are interested, please contact me right away.  If you are ready right now, sign up today!


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January 2013 Stamp Of The Month

I’m definitely smitten by the January 2013 Stamp of the Month.  This set is perfect for cards and layouts devoted to Valentine’s Day, but I can also see these images on my spring and summer projects.  I can’t wait to break out my new markers or the watercolor pencils and waterbrush to recreate some of the artwork posted by CTMH.



Beautiful card created by the CTMH art department.


This set makes it easy to share your love!

Special Offer

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ValentineKitIn celebration of National Papercrafting Month, we’re offering a new product, available through January — our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit! This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product. The kit includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit! Perfect for gifts and classroom projects, the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit will make Valentine’s Day a cinch!

Qualify and buy the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit today for only $10!

Earn a FREE Monogram Stamp Today

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Secret Santa Sale & Operation Smile

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Close To My Heart is donning the Santa hat and offering you some significant savings on all your paper crafting needs this holiday season.  Starting at midnight on December 1st, when you place an order on my website, you will have access to some GENEROUS sales in the “While Supplies Last” section.  These items are DEEPLY discounted and will go fast, so place your order right away.  I’m closing the party on December 12th in the hope that you will receive your items before Christmas.  Imagine the fun stocking stuffers you will be able to get for all your crafty friends!  But Santa doesn’t stop there…if you purchase $50 or more, you will receive a FREE Bonding Memories Glue pen as a thank you gift.  And, as this is the season of giving, I hope you will give back a little by making a donation to Operation Smile when you place your order! It only takes $240 to give a needy child the gift of a smile.  Together, we can brighten the lives of children this holiday season! No purchase necessary to donate!

In addition to receiving the FREE Bonding Memories Glue pen which is a $4.50 value, you will also be eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5!  This stamp set is perfect for card making, scrapbooking all year long, and creating calendars.  I’ll post more information about my upcoming Event Calendar Workshop in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!

Count Your Blessings

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I have so much for which to be thankful and I really do count my blessings every day.  This month is another opportunity for us to show gratitude.  One of the things that I’m thankful for is Jeanette Lynton and Close To My Heart.  This is a company that truly believes in giving back to the community.  Jeanette announced today that CTMH is donating $1 of every special sold this month to the Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

To participate in the November Capture the Date, Capture the Savings promotion, you simply need to place a $50 order to purchase the stamp of the month for $5.  You will then be able to purchase another stamp set (A, B, C, D, E or M-size) for 50% off!  From November 1 through 30, CTMH will donate $1 from every SOTM sale to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

I hope you will use this great stamp set to count your blessings this month and throughout the year.  Please feel free to share this special with all your crafty friends.

LOAD #31

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I did it!  I created 31 layouts this month, and most of them were double-page spreads thanks to Studio J and the Express Collections!  I’m so proud of myself and excited to get my printed layouts.  Many of them are destined for additional bling!  Can’t wait to put on the finishing touches and then to store these fantastic memories in my albums.

LOAD #30

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Layout 30 is done!  One more day and I will have completed a layout a day for the entire month…woo hoo!

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