13 in 13 Day 6

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When I first saw this artwork on page 48 of the 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book at Convention last summer, I fell in love!  It wasn’t the paper or the colors, it was truly the design of the wall hangings.  I knew that I had to create that for my home.  I instantly thought about the empty space above the TV and knew it would be perfect there.  In retrospect, it won’t look as cute as the display in this photo, but at least I’ll get to admire it every time I’m watching TV!

Close upLuckily, because I attended Convention, I was able to look at the artwork up close and personal!  That is one of the many perks to being a Close To My Heart Consultant.  We’re allowed to take as many photos as we like which has helped me tremendously as I recreate some of the gorgeous artwork from the Idea Books.  Close To My Heart also provides us with recipes for each Idea Book.  Did you know that you can download the recipes from my website?!

The recipe let me know that I was going to cut out a bunch of hearts from the Art Philosophy Cricut® cartridge and also gave me the cutting sizes!  That part of it could not have been any easier.  At this point, I can’t remember how many hearts I cut out, but it is a LOT.

Now the fun part…scoring, folding, and inking the edges of all those little hearts!  That’s what I did today for a very extended 13-minutes while we watched the Seahawks game.  This is probably the most time consuming  project I’ve ever done.  I didn’t even come close to finishing today, and this project has been sitting on my table for a month!

This is my version using Avonlea!

This is my version using Avonlea!

So, the good news is that I finished up the left side of the layout with my club last month.  The bad news is that the right side still has a bunch of hearts to fold, but everything has been inked.  The depressing news is that the middle section hasn’t been touched…do you see all the hearts on that page?!  The good news is that my club comes back in a week, so I have to finish it by then!  So, guess what I’m spending 13-minutes a day on for the rest of this week?!

13 in 13 Day 5

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UFOsI only spent 13 minutes gathering all my UFOs…unfinished objects!  But I did take a little more time organizing them.  I have them broken down by completed layouts that only need photos and journaling, by layout bases without any embellishments, and by layout kits.  The kits will come with me to crops this year and I’ll spend 13 minutes a day on the other two categories until they are finished!  What that really means is that I need to do a better job of organizing my photos so that I can quickly find what I need to finish these layouts.  I’m going to spend any free moment I have revisiting the Library of Memories and Finding Photo Freedom classes I took from Stacy Julian at Big Picture Classes.

If you aren’t yet a member of BPC, use this link to sign up for your free account.  We will both earn 10% off our next class once you have purchased your first class!  I’m glad I brought this up today, because I have a 10% discount set to expire in a few days.  Hmmm…which class should I take?!  I’ve been looking at Photo Finish with Elisha Snow, so I guess it was meant to be!  I HIGHLY recommend Stacy’s Finding Photo Freedom.  You can register for it now, but the class doesn’t start until 2/7.  Leave a comment below letting me know which class you take.

13 in 13 Day 4

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The weekend approaches…you know what that means?  I’m spending more than 13 minutes a day on my memory keeping activities!  So, my goal tonight is to gather the supplies I need in one spot so I’m ready to go tomorrow.  I’m breaking my list down into the types of projects I plan on creating this year.  I’m primarily a scrapbooker, but you can select what you need based on your form of memory keeping.

Journaling:  OhLife & decorated journal

Inspiration:  Pinterest & Smash book for holding other bits of inspiration

Organization:  CTMH Medium Organizer, Small Organizer, foam inserts, and craft boxes.

Project Life:  CTMH vertical & horizontal photo storage pages, a variety of Flip Flaps, stamps, paper/cardstock, and coordinating embellishments.

Studio J:  This is my online scrapping studio where I will be creating most of my layouts this year.  Be sure to visit my Studio J page to learn more and sign up for a FREE account!

UFOs:  I’m keeping a stack of unfinished objects to work on this year.  In 13 minutes a day, I can add the finishing touches and put these pages into albums!

Cameras:  Cell Phone & DSLR

13 in 13 Day 3

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day3_01“If you clean it, he will sit!”

Absolutely love the fact that my husband hung out with me in my office for a little bit today.  I tell you, 13 minutes of my time cleaning off a spot for him was totally worth it!

I don’t feel good today.  I’m on day 3 of the Master Cleanse and it really did a number on me this evening.  So, I decided to organize my thoughts for 13 minutes instead of my craft room.

I believe the most important part of memory keeping is the journaling. Period. We can take really cute photos and pair them with trendy products, but it won’t mean much to us when we are old if we can’t remember who the people are, what was going on in the photos, or–more important–how it made us feel. So, regardless of the form of memory keeping (scrapbook layout, Facebook/blog post, Project Life, Smash book, diary, video, Etc.), we need to take a few minutes each day to jot down our thoughts and feelings. If we do this consistently, it will become a habit and the pile of unfinished layouts just waiting for journaling will disappear…but maybe that’s just me.  😉

I use a free website called OhLife to record my daily journaling.  They send me an email each day asking “How’d your day go?”  I simply hit reply and type.  When I hit send, it is posted to my private, online journal.  You can tell it what time you want to receive the email.  So, if you like to type your journaling and want to keep it private, this is the site for you.  Others of you may prefer to keep it public and use a blog, Facebook, or Twitter.  Some of you may prefer to write it in a journal/diary by hand.  Whatever your method…just write!

So, set the stopwatch for 13 minutes, sign up for OhLife or pull out your journal, and organize your thoughts.

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!

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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!

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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!

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