Welcome to My Blog!

Welcome to the first post of my blog, Growing Meadows, created and dedicated solely to my exploits as a consultant for Close To My Heart (herein and forever after known as “CTMH”). For those of you unfamiliar with the company, CTMH is a scrapbooking company in a vein similar to that of Creative Memories (prior to their becoming Ahni & Zoe). They offer a wide variety of paper scrapbooking products, kits, stamps, and tools; they also offer an online scrapbooking program called Studio J. I have yet to embrace digital scrapbooking (though with three kids and a crazy busy life, you’d think I’d be the perfect candidate, right? But I refuse!) so I honestly don’t know anything about how Studio J works but if you are interested, well, then so am I! You can check out CTMH through my personal consultant webpage, www.growingmeadows.ctmh.com.  Their catalog is entitled “Annual Inspirations,” and, while you can view it online, I will admit that it is a rather large document and somewhat confusing. I love CTMH and their products but their catalog sometimes leaves something to be desired in terms of clarity.

Speaking of their catalog, the latest and greatest Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations will be live to customers on August 1st! Consultants have already received a copy and let me tell you, there are some great things being offered! There are a bevy of new papers and kits; an entirely new line of markers; and, as always, a large array of stamps. I’m really excited to share the new catalog with you, and will post links and pics once they become available.

On a personal note, I am huge fan of the Workshop On The Go kits, which bundle everything you need to complete approximately four pages of layouts (sometimes more) into one package:  paper, cardstock, stamps, embellishments, and instructions. It’s kind of the “no-brainer” of scrapbooking, but what I love is that you can look at the instructions and say, Well, I sort of like that, but I’m going to do it this way instead. You can add your own twist and customize the layouts to your style and memories. There are a plethora of new kits being offered this year, ranging from Halloween and Christmas kits to vacation and school memories kits. As I mentioned above, I will be posting images and links once the new catalog is live, but start thinking about the fall and what you’d like to scrap (Thanksgiving pics? Halloween pics?) or make (yes, they even offer cardmaking kits for you amazingly well-organized people who send out holiday cards every year!). Think about what you are behind on and need to finish (umm, everything?!).

If you’re interested in hosting your own crop/workshop, email me at tripleamommy25@yahoo.com! Hostesses earn various rewards based on the gathering’s total sales that can then be used to purchase select products from the catalog (usually everything excluding tools, pens, and embellishments in the back of the catalog). Having a gathering is an easy, fun, and casual way to hang out with friends and get some of your much needed pages completed. It’s also a good excuse to eat chocolate.

Well, that wraps up my first blog post. Exciting, right? Thank you for supporting me on this adventure. I can’t wait to help you scrap and share all of your memories!