Why I Choose Close To My Heart…

Disclaimer – this is a bit of a long one. Sorry. The first section tells you a bit about me. If you want to skip that scroll down to the where the photos start for simplified reasons…

I’ve always had an understanding of the joys and flexibility of running your own business from home. My parents still have the dairy farm that I grew up on. And I watched my parents work the business and be in control of their own success and also how they picked themselves up in the bad times. And at times my mum, a trained teacher, would go out and teach to supplement the income from the farm when times required it.

So I wasn’t adverse to running my own business. As a trained photographer I tried to run my own business photographing weddings, family portraits etc. Yet I didn’t (as a 21 year old) have the required skills to market and manage that.

So when I was asked if I’d consider being a Princess House consultant I decided to jump at the chance. Princess House was a company selling products made form crystal – ornaments, glasses, cook wear etc. I loved that they helped provide the marketing and resources and all I had to do was drive round to peoples houses and demonstrate the products. Over the years I’ve sold, by party plan, make up, jewellery, Tupperware (the later introduced me to the true potential of Direct Sales). These direct sales were a supplement to my day jobs.

As I began my family I knew that I didn’t want to do something that I didn’t LOVE and felt that it was hard work. Thus enter my life as a Papercrafting Consultant. I had a small customer base, mainly my friends that I liked to craft with. So we’d go to retreats, workshops, etc and have a great time and predominantly scrapbook the photos of our families.

In 2013 Close To My Heart came to Australia officially offering the chance to become an Independent Consultant. I feel in love with the products. Stamping, Bling, Paper and Glitter – what more could a crafty girl want? The beauty of CTMH is that they encourage you to make the business opportunity what you wish. They support you at every level – hobbiest, consultant, manager.

Reason 1 – the Product!

I absolutely love the product. I love the quality (I regularly describe it as the “Tupperware” of the paper craft world). I love the price point – I feel that for the quality you get it is reasonably priced.

Reason 2 – the Discount!

Who doesn’t love product at a discount? Not me. As a consultant I get a 22% discount on all my orders. This % goes up the more you sell each month. And for those that aren’t business minded you can still get a 10% discount as a Preferred Member. As an added bonus – as a consultant I get sneak previews of the products!

The discount was one of the main reasons I joined. But I’ve stayed for so many more.

Reason 3 – the Community!

From my beautiful customers (and most of these have become my good friends), fellow consultants, right up to the President of the Company. Everyone is so friendly and totally cares about you as a person. People are will to help you out with creative inspiration, plus extra besides (coffee dates, ears to listen to you when you need it etc). My crafty peeps are my TRIBE!! I feel loved and valued by them all.

Reason 4 – Training & Support

CTMH provides consultants with a FREE website that we don’t need to maintain in anyway. They provide lots of Promotional images that I can use on my social media, in newsletters, blog posts etc. So if life gets in the way I don’t need to be stressed about having to take create my own images.

Training opportunities – everything from Online training, including videos, and face to face training on all aspects of the business – creative and business focuses.

The creative training is my favourite. To match all the paper collections CTMH provide us with creative project instructions that we can use with our customers/classes. So you don’t need to create your own projects to use the product. That is a huge plus for me.

Reason 5 – the Rewards

CTMH love to reward us for the things that we do in our business. From little rewards – FREE products, product credits (to let me choose my own products), to more formal rewards (trophys etc), through to incentive trips. The later are my favourite. Last year I ticked off Rome from my bucket list. I earned a Mediterranean Cruise that was leaving from Rome. So I was able to extend our trip and explore the parts of Rome that I had studied at school (especially the Art). This year I am taking my mother in law with me to Argentina on CTMH. Next year I’m going to be taking hubby to Fiji. This is all for just working my business.

I certainly say that CTMH makes us feel appreciated.

If you’d like more info about starting your own CTMH journey you can go here or contact me.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle



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April Specials and Catalogue Ending

Note: I’ve added an extra special to this post that has literally been release today 15th April.

At Close To My Heart they often love to surprise us with new special limited edition product offerings mid month or even quick short sales. With 2019 being the 35th Anniversary of CTMH these Sales are popping up more often. If you haven’t already subscribed to the official CTMH email updates you can do so here. You just need to create an account and click the subscribe to newsletter box.

April is no different and I wanted to share some of the promotions with you.

The newest is the “Made With Love” collection. This comprises of a mini album workshop kit. This would be perfect for Mum, Nanna, Grandma or any important person in your life. The best bit is that the components are available separately. So the wooden album cover, stamp set, or papers can all be purchased individually.

Note the Kit comes with downloadable instructions – these include reference to Cricut Cuts. But note you can still make the album pages without a Cricut.

The next thing that has been released in a revamp of an old favourite – the Zoe Paper Collection in the CTMH Bring Back My Pack promotion. This pack has 6 sheets of paper and a 12×12 sheet of matching sticker compliments. It has been revamped to use our new co-ordinated colour range. And like the previous promotion there is a Workshop Kit option. This Kit includes instructions to make four double page layouts and six cards. There is also a matching stamp set and again all the parts can be purchased separately.

For those of you that like a fun Home Decor Project then the “Home Chipboard Monogram Project” just might be for you.

Our Monthly Specials wouldn’t be complete without the April Stamp Of The Month. Each month when you spend $82.50 on the products of your choice you are then eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month for $8.25 (retail value $29.50, so saving $21.25). This featured stamp set changes each month.

Added – 15th April, to this specials selection is the new “Wild About Papercrafting” mini book kit. This is available until the 30th April. Great for Grandparent brag books and gifts for other people too. Love it. It uses the Something Fierce Paper Pocket Cards and Compliments.

Every quarter (4 months) Close To My Heart release a new catalogue, which means that one retires. But there is still time. Take a look here at the full catalogue/ideas book. This catalogue and the majority of the stamps, die cuts and papers will retire at the end of April.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting.

Danielle


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Pocket Scrapbooking Cards – extra versatile…

Lots of my Scrapbooking friends often turn their noses up at Pocket Scrapbooking Cards (in CTMH terms we call them Picture My Life Cards or PML Cards), as they think that they aren’t for them and their traditional 12×12″ pages.

But it simply isn’t so. This little pack of gold contains 24 double sided printed cards in a variety of 3×4″ and 4×6″ (caries from pack to pack). Some are landscape orientation, some portrait. Some have patterns and pictures, others have words/quotes/sayings. There are even some that are printed acetate and others that are water colour paper so that you can paint them to suit your project or photos. They come in a variety of themes and all our paper collections have a set of PML cards to match.

These PML cards make fabulous additions to all sizes of Scrapbooking pages – journalling boxes, embellishments, or even photo mats. I love to add them into layouts and use our Pocket Plus Pages to add a few extra photos.

Another use of PML cards is to turn them into cards. I did this recently with the Feels Like Home PML Cards. From one pack of PML cards, the matching compliments, some twine, gems and card bases, I was able to make 13 cards. Just like any cardmaking some are more simple – with the PML cards adhered onto a card front with a few embellishments, others I cut up and pieced together again. I’m really happy with the results. I hope you like them too.

If you’d like to make these yourself you are welcome too. I’ve included the instructions as a FREE download from my store. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Danielle


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So Much Happy

I love love love this paper pack. It’s bright colours and ease of use with a variety of themed photographs is awesome. So I just have to share this with you. It’s the So Much Happy Workshop You Way Scrapbooking Kit from CTMH.

These are the three layouts from the kit instructions, populated with photos of my beautiful children (taken in February – doing well almost up to date with my 2019 scrapbooking…. hehehe).

This kit uses a lot more of the paper pack than I first thought and thus I wasn’t able to create as many extra layouts as I thought. But I still got an extra three double layouts with some extra cardstock.

If you’d like to create these layouts you can purchase the So Much Happy WYW Kit here. I will then email you my extra instructions FREE. The instructions include all a list of the extra cardstock required, tools used, cutting instructions and copies of the photos of my layouts.

For my fellow CTMH consultants you are welcome to order the instructions file to create with your own supplies and use it to grow your own business. These can be used in a Workshop setting. Australian consultants you have the option to purchase the instructions for $10 or place an order of $30 on my WEBSITE and get the file for FREE.

Consultants outside of Australia can purchase the instructions for $10 AUD.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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I Heart Us Workshop

I have another Workshop Your Way extension for you all to see. So I’ve taken the original “I Heart Us” WYW, slightly altered backing papers to save lots of the lovely pattern for extra layouts and then created extra layouts of my own.

These first three are made using the original designs from the WYW Kit.

And these are the extras that I created using the left overs and some extra cardstock.

If you’d like to create these layouts you can purchase the “I Heart Us” WYW Kit here. I will then email you my extra instructions FREE. The instructions include all a list of the extra cardstock required, tools used, cutting instructions and copies of the photos of my layouts.

For my fellow CTMH consultants you are welcome to order the instructions file to create with your own supplies and use it to grow your own business. These can be used in a Workshop setting. Australian consultants you have the option to purchase the instructions for $10 or place an order of $30 on my WEBSITE and get the file for FREE.

Consultants outside of Australia can purchase the instructs for $10 AUD.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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How to do it all….

I get asked a lot about how do I do it all? Be mum, work part time as a teacher and still run my Close To My Heart business. The honest answer is at times I don’t know.

Take today for example – it is my one day at home with no children. Mr 3 is at Kinder for 5 hours. Happy dance. But I really have to be on top of my game in this time and not let myself get distracted. So I try to schedule my time and stop letting distractions creep in.

This was my day today – after two crazy weeks of craft expos and the CTMH Convention my craft room/office looked liked a bomb exploded. So to not let myself get distracted by the desire to clean up the mess I moved out to the dinning table and got to stare at baskets of folded washing (that my wonderful husband had folded this morning before going to work) that are awaiting my children to put them away after school tonight.

Now advance my day by about 6 hours…. I’ve done all the mum stuff and now I’m pretending to be paying attention to TV shows that hubby and I like to watch together whilst I type the remainder of this blog post. But my morning was productive. I set a timer for 20 minute blocks. It seems to make me work more focused and I work my way through my to do list. Sometimes things are perhaps being done later than I’d hope in a month. But done is better than not done! And I’ve had to train myself that I can’t always get things done as perfect as I’d really like.

I also try and batch tasks together that are similar and thus save myself time and effort (it prevents that chopping and changing of tasks that can slow you down because you have to stop and change focus – which can be really hard). I find it easy to do for example all my computer based stuff on one day, creative stuff on another day, kit prep and different day etc. It doesn’t always end up that way. But it’s a plan and something to aim for. Above all else a to do list is essential to my day and I try to write it the night before so that I’m focused for the next day.

One of the tasks I set for myself today was to unpack my convention goodies and photograph them because I want to share them all with you.

Our CTMH Convention is open to all consultants regardless of their level in the business and it’s a great chance to share ideas, participate in business and personal training and of course creative training. It’s a chance to see consultants from Australia and New Zealand and swap ideas. The team that I am in did some designated them card front swaps. With the aim of these being that we can bring them home and use them during April in our businesses. Then on top of that I had a stash of cards to swap with other consultants that I met over the weekend. I’ve labeled these random.

The other big part of Convention is the recognition. We have a big Gala Dinner on the last night and awards are given out for things like Sales, Recruiting, Leadership etc. I was presented with a beautiful trophy for being 5th in Australia for Recruiting. I’d have to say it’s one of the favourite bits of my business – sharing the love of memory keeping and teaching others how they can get a discount and/or build their own business. And I was very excited when one of my downline was award Top of Sales for a First Year Consultant. Congrats Laurie.

The biggest answer I can say to those that ask… I do it all because I love it. I am a very passionate memory keeper and I love sharing with others my passion. We always find time to do what we love. Second to my family, CTMH to me is a life I love.

If you’d like to find out more about join the CTMH family you can check it out here, or send me a personal email.

Thanks for reading if you’ve made it to the end. Sorry it was such a long one.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Happy Times…


In the last week I’ve been blessed with some wonderful experiences.

Firstly, our stand at the Paper Crafting Expo on the weekend went well. Adults and children alike loved out ‘make n take’ – so it was worth the effort to prepare all the Paper Pal people. Below is my fellow consultant Chris Lothian in action teaching the Paper Pals and some of the creations that some of the kids who participated made. We even had a group of sister decide to spend their pocket money on buying some of our Paper Pal packs so that they can make them at home later. So I think I’m onto a winner with my Paper Pal birthday party idea (see last weeks blog post for more details).

Meeting new people at events like this is something I love. Over the years I’ve meet some wonderful people that have started as customers and become friends or even part of my crafty family. It’s been amazing to craft with these people and help them preserve their precious memories and celebrate life events.

Secondly I got to indulge my passion for creativity and teaching in one go. As a Consultant we are offered a very unique training opportunities – these are all generally hands on and involve lots of creativity and fun projects. This month (yesterday in fact) it was my turn to lead one of these training day and share with with crafty mates some project ideas for next months featured paper pack “Feels Like Home“. This is a beautiful monotone paper pack that you can then add your own accent colour in to the mix.

So I wanted to give you all a sneak peak of this day and the projects that we created.

These cards are an adaption of the Workshop Your Way Love At First Sight Carmaking Kit. It uses the materials and some extra stamp sets and thin cuts. I’m now making these instructions available to you to purchase. You can either purchase the full WYW kit from my website or just the instructions below.

If you’re a local customer we will be making some of these in my card classes in April. Check out my events for further information.

Until next time

Happy Crafting

Danielle

Note: Some of the links go through to my CTMH website and I do get a small commission from any purchases. I thank you in advance for this as it helps me to purchase more supplies with which to create and share projects with you.

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Kids Party Activity… Paper Pals

So I’ve spent the last few days stamping and cutting out these really cute paper dolls with our CTMH Paper Pals sets, in preparation for a “make n take” that we are doing at the Bendigo From Picture to Page and Beyond Expo next weekend. Using up my scraps of pattern papers I had heaps of fun making the clothing for the dolls.

My girls watched my avidly whilst I made these kits up for “my ladies” (as my girls call my customers). Then Siena had the great idea that she wanted her friends to make the dolls at her birthday party (not until October mind you….). And she even wants to send them home in the party goody bags.

Not to be out done Olivia wants to make them at her party too in June… looks like I will be making these for a while to come… but it got me thinking that other people might like to be making them too – for their own projects, or even for kids parties too. After all they are pretty cute…

So you have options – you can purchase you own set (the pieces are also available separately too. Check out the options here. Another alternative is that I will be selling bundles – 6 bodies, 6 sets of clothes, 6 hair dos. If you can’t make it to the expo next weekend you are welcome to order some too. Follow the link below. The price includes postage.

I see a lot of these in my future.

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Workshop Your Way Love….

I don’t know about you all, but as a busy mum of young kids I’m always time poor and looking for ways to scrapbook our memories quickly. The CTMH Workshop Your Way Kits have been my life saver. These are designed by the amazing art team at the CTMH home office. But I always find that I’m then not using my left overs. My customers are often the same.

So this year I have been creating extra layouts with the instructions to share with them. And I thought I’d share some with you guys too.

These first three layouts are following the WYW instructions, with a few minor additions of some White Daisy Cardstock for bases to save some of the fun patterned paper that would have been hidden behind other pieces.

Then working with the left overs and some extra cardstock I created…

I was very happy with the results and had very little of the WYW pack left. I shared this with my WYW Class group in January. I’d love to hear what you think of these pages, my kids aren’t the best judge… they love anything that has photos of them on it.

If you’d like to create these layouts you can purchase the Something Fierce WYW Kit here. I will then email you my extra instructions FREE. The instructions include all a list of the extra cardstock required, tools used, cutting instructions and copies of the photos of my layouts.

For my fellow CTMH consultants you are welcome to order the instructions file to create with your own supplies and use it to grow your own business. These can be used in a Workshop setting. Australian consultants you have the option to purchase the instructions for $15 or place an order of $30 on my WEBSITE and get the file for FREE.

Consultants outside of Australia can purchase the instructs for $15 AUD.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Re-launch

I am very excited to be at my computer and blogging for you today…. since my earlier attempts life has got crazy. I’m now a mum of 3 beautiful children. Two are now at school and one in 3yr old Kindergarten. I’m still working my day job as a Art/Photography teacher at a school and madly running around with my CTMH business. This photo shows my family in August last year.

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But all this hasn’t stopped me creating. And I still love to share all of that. So thus the re-vist to my blog. I want to share my creations with you and give you a chance to make them your own too.

So over the coming weeks this blog site will develop more and you’ll be able to book into my classes through here, purchase copies of workshop instructions and more. It’s a big watch this space.

I hope you’ll join me for the journey. The intention is to also share little anecdotes about being a crafty parent too.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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