May is National Scrapbook Month and that means my annual Scrapbook Fiesta is just around the corner. Scrapbook Fiesta is a special event with lots of music, color, food, prizes, exclusive scrapbook layouts, prizes, give-aways, and six hours of open crop time to work on your own memory keeping projects. It is so much fun to get together with friends and enjoy some festive scrapbook time.

If you live in the Boise, Idaho area and would like to get in on a super fun crop day, this is the one. This year there are two options for Scrapbook Fiesta, so you can choose the time that works best for you – Friday night, Saturday daytime, or both. (There is a price break if you would like to attend both days and have lots of scrapbook time.) What a great time to get photos on pages and stories complete to put into your albums. Here are all the details…


Fiesta Info Collage


Your Scrapbook Fiesta registration includes:

  • Six hours of open crop time
  • Exclusive scrapbook pages designed just for Fiesta
  • Cardstock available by the piece in 42 colors
  • A NEW Picture My Life Buffet (details below)
  • Access to CTMH Cricut cartridges and machines
  • Access to CTMH Embossing Folders and machines
  • Use of CTMH alphabet stamps and inks
  • Free Wi-Fi for Studio J online scrapbooking
  • Dinner on Friday night / Lunch on Saturday
  • Door prizes and give-aways throughout the day


These are the four pages that I designed for Scrapbook Fiesta this year. Workshop Kits are included in your registration fee with everything pre-cut and ready to put together. You can bring photos along to complete the pages if you’d like, too.


Fiesta Layout 1

Fiesta Layout 2


These accent pieces are all cut from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and will all be pre-cut and included in your Workshop Kit for you.


Fiesta Collage



Special Fiesta Bonus Workshop Kit = ONLY $6.00

I have been having so much fun preparing for our Scrapbook Fiesta. I really enjoy color and I was so inspired by the bright colors in one of my Mexican blankets, that I had to create a bonus layout. The fabulous colors in the blanket pattern seemed like the perfect background for pictures of you and your friends enjoying Scrapbook Fiesta together, or even for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations you may have coming up soon, too. I think you will enjoy putting these quick, festive pages together. You can add one of these Fiesta Bonus Workshop Kits to your registration for only $6.00. Everything will be pre-cut and ready to put together.


Fiesta Blanket Layout




the Picture My Life Buffet


Picture My Life is a quick and colorful solution for scrapbooking a lot of photos in a little bit of time. You simply pair pre-printed cards with your photos and slide them into pocket Memory Protectors to tell your special story with ease. At Scrapbook Fiesta you can see what Picture My Life is all about. The Picture My Life Buffet lets you choose a sampling of individual cards and Memory Protectors as you like, or you can a opt for a Value Meal and select a group of pieces that you want to work with. It’s a great way to try it out and add a twist to your layouts.


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You can use the Picture My Life materials as a story extension to what you are already working on, or add a card as a photo mat, journaling spot, or title card to your classic scrapbook pages, or even add them to card fronts. There are eight different themed collections to choose from, making them quite flexible and adaptable to so many creative projects.


Register TODAY to come and celebrate with us a this year’s Scrapbook Fiesta.

We are going to have a great time of scrapbooking, celebrating, completing projects, and hanging out with friends. Plan to bring your photos and scrapbook supplies and crop to your heart’s content. If you need any other supplies to create with at Scrapbook Fiesta, you can click here to order on my website or email me and I’ll bring the supplies with me to Scrapbook Fiesta for you.


Seating is limited, so choose your date and contact me to reserve a table for you. Have a friend register to come with you and save 10% off of your registration fee. It’s always fun to enjoy some crop time with your friends, so invite guests to join you in this fun celebration.


To register, contact me, Michelle Snyder, at  – or -  (208)713-2940.





Do you enjoy scrapbooking, paper crafting, or crafting?

How about having themed birthdays, a get together with friends, or hosting special occasions?

Or, are you are looking for a fun, creative outlet with friends?


If you said, “Yes,” to any of those questions, Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges and Collections can give you more creative possibilities while helping you make & keep memories, Faster. Simpler. Easier.


                     AND… in April you can get one of these collections free. (That’s $99 savings.)



When you become a CTMH Consultant during the month of April you can get a
CTMH Cricut Collection of your choice with your kit absolutely free. It’s an incredible opportunity.



Cricut Special

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Art Philosophy Cricut Collection                 Artiste Cricut Collection               Artbooking Cricut Collection



  1. It’s a super sweet deal! Over $400 in fabulous CTMH products for only $99.
    • A New Consultant Kit is $99. It comes with about $309 in new CTMH products in it. Right now you get to add a free Cricut Collection which gives you over $400 in fabulous products.
  2. You can get it ALL FREE!
    • That’s right. CTMH has put together an opportunity for you to get it all free. When you have $1200 in sales in your first three months you get the cost of your kit back. That means you end up getting the $400 in products free with you get that $99 kit cost back. It’s easy to hit that $1200 goal and I’m here to help you along the way.
  3. You get to be part of my team!
    • I am the team leader for the Creative Hearts Team, a fabulous team of Consultants from all around the country. We have a very supportive team that shares creative and business ideas to help each other be successful and have fun. In fact, we just completed a CTMH challenge, making us one of only about 20 teams in the company to complete the goal. It’s super awesome. I love being part of the Creative Hearts Team.
  4. CTMH is amazing!
    • CTMH has fantastic training, support materials, and remains an innovative leader in the scrapbooking and papercrafting industeries.  As a Consultant you receive a discount on all of your personal purchases. You are also provided with a free website to use with your business and provide online shopping to your customers. CTMH is celebrating 30 years of being in business, they are completely debt free, and able to move forward as a very healthy business.
    • Becoming a CTMH Consultant is one of the best choices I have ever made. I have so much fun creating, learning new things, and sharing it with other people. I have the flexibility to set my own schedule around the other things that are important to me, instead of fitting family and life around my work. I have been able to travel and do so many other things thanks to all of the possibilities I have with my CTMH business.



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If you have any questions, please contact me at or (208)713-2940.



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Happy Spring and welcome to the Simply Inspired Blog Hop.  This month’s blog hop features the beautiful Close To My Heart Skylark Paper Packet and Collection which includes a variety of fantastic products designed to coordinate together. You’re going to love it. Get ready to enjoy some fantastic artwork and fresh new project ideas.

If you have come here from Brenda Rose’s Blog  you are headed in the right direction. The blog hop is a big circle, so if this is your first stop you can start here and work your way around to see all of the inspiring artwork. If you get lost along the way, you can find the compete list of participating Close To My Heart Consultants by clicking here.


The project I would like to share with you today uses the Skylark Paper Packet along with a gift card die-cut from the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection. It seems you can get gift cards to just about everywhere these days, and they are often a convenient way to give a gift that’s easy to mail. Having a personalized card to put the gift card in makes it a little more special to give and to receive.

Making your own gift card holders is simple with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. Combine this terrific die-cut shape with the fantastic colors and patterns in the Skylark paper makes creating personalized gift card holders a snap for the many special occasions coming up this spring. Whether you need a little something for an Easter Basket, Mother’s Day, Graduation, birthdays, an appreciation gift for a co-worker, or even a little thank you for your child’s teacher at school, this project will help you share special occasions with a very personal touch.

Here’s the front of the card I made. It looks like a standard card from the outside, but when you open it up…it has a super surprise inside.


Gift Card Closed PM

Gift Card Inside


With the gift card holder popping up there in the middle it looks like I’ve done something tricky, but no. Look how easy it is to make your own personalized gift card holder.


Gift Card Step 1 & 2 Collage

Step 1: Using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridege, cut out the gift card at 5.25″

Step 2: Fold on the score lines indicated by small cuts made in the card base while being cut on the Cricut.

Blog Hop Step 3 & 4 Collage

Step 3: Run a small line of adhesive along the outside edges of the center gift card slot making a pocket for the card.

Step 4: Decorate the front cover to use on it’s own, or glue the gift card holder into a standard sized card base for a full-size card. (The finished card shown in the first photograph, has the gift card holder cut from Kraft Cardstock that comes in the Skylark Paper Packet. Then I glued that inside a regular card base and decorate the outside of the larger card.)

Super simple, isn’t it?


Something else to note is that even decorating the inside and outside of the card was no problem thanks to the coordinating stamps that come with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Collection. Every CTMH Cricut Collection comes with three stamp sets and three sets of Dimensional Elements that all coordinate. (See picture below.)

That means I can cut the project pieces from the Artiste cartridge, then stamp on top of them with one of the stamp sets, and if I want to even layer that on a matching chipboard shape. Everything is sized, scaled, and comes together to make creating even faster.



So far, I have combined the Skylark Collection and CTMH Cricut Collections for creating scrapbook layouts, gift bags, cards, party favors, and of course, gift card holders. It’s a limitless combination. You can get all of these collections as part of an incredibly great special during the month of April, too. Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant for information. This is one special you don’t want to miss…seriously, it’s AMAZING!


Skylark Five Collage


Now off to more delightful artwork and creative inspiration at Debbi Fournier’s Blog. You will love what she has designed to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired Blog Hop to learn more about project possibilities with the Skylark Paper Packet and Collection. There are beautiful things ahead.

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy some creative moments.

Michelle Snyder


Spring is definitely beginning to show up here in Boise, Idaho. The grass is getting greener and there are tulips, daffodils, and fabulous spring colors popping up everywhere. It’s wonderful. With all that color about I just had to do some creating with the fresh, spring colors in the “Lollydoodle” Paper Packet from Close To My Heart. I added a little Sky Blue cardstock to the great color combination already in this paper packet, because I am so enjoying the blue sky that is becoming much more frequent.

I decided to try a “twist” on some new accessories by incorporating the Slate Striped Twist Ties into these pages. I used them very similarly to how you might use ribbon to embellish a page. You will see them used to connect banners together for the Easter title, to wrap photos, and to create corner accents as frames. They are really terrific…so easy to use. You have to try them. The crisp Slate and White Daisy stripe are fantastic with the Lollydoodle color scheme. Take a look and see what you think.


Lollydoodle L3

Lollydoodle L3 Double Collage

Lollydoodle L1

Lollydoodle L1 Double Collage

Lollydoodle L2

Lollydoodle L2 Double Collage


I really enjoyed making the titles on these pages, too. For the “Egg-citing” layout there is a combination of letters cut from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and letters stamped inside the banners. I thought it was a fun way to do something different and highlight specific Easter Egg activities.

The title for the “Spring” layout is cut from the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge with accents of flowers and leaves cut from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge in several sizes. And for the centers on the flowers I used a small hole  punch to punch out little circles on the multi-colored background paper that also I used on that layout. Simply layering flower sizes and circles for centers with 3-D Foam Tape makes them pop with nice dimension on the pages.

Circles and banner abound on these pages. The Banners Dimensional Elements and the Dot Embossing Folder really help tie all of those journaling and accent pieces together. Both are super simple ways to create texture, depth, and dimension on your projects. I love the Faster…Simpler…Easier philosophy of using Close To My Heart products. They are so versatile and so easy to use.


All of these terrific products are available on my website. You can shop online by simply clicking here. And…there is an amazing special for New Close To My Heart Consultants beginning April 1 that gives you a FREE CTMH Cricut Cartridge of your choice when you become a Consultant. It’s fabulous. Watch for more info about that coming soon, or email me at to see how you can get in on this super deal.


These pages will be fun additions to your albums for the memories your are making and keeping this spring. I hope that as you enjoy the sunshine, flowers, and special activities that make celebrating this season fantastic you will taking lots of photos, too. You can attend a workshop in the Boise area to make these pages for your spring stories and photos or you can order a workshop kit with everything prepared for you to create at home. Here’s how….


“Lollydoodle” Easter and Spring Workshop Kits: $29

Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet ($9.95)
  • Z1685 Banners Dimensional Elements ($4.95)
  • Z1864 Slate Striped Twist Ties ($3.95)
  • Accessories (Sparkles, Flourishes, Shimmer Trim) ($5.00)
  • Extra Cardstock and Supplies ($5.50)


Optional Items Also Used For These Pages:

  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder ($8.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)


April Scrapbook Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, April 11 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 12 at 10:00 AM
  • Friday, April 25 at 6:30 PM


To reserve a spot at a workshop or to order a workshop kit for these pages contact me at  or  (208)713-2940



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Studio J March Special

There is still one more week to get in on the $5.00 scrapbook layouts

from Close To My Heart using the fabulous Studio J online scrapbooking program.

That’s right, you can get complete layouts with your photos in place, journaling complete, and fully embellished with simple to add accessories for only $5.00 for a two-page layout.

(That means it’s only $2.50 a page, with photos. Awesome!)

This special pricing is only available until March 31, 2014.



To add to the $5 Studio J fun for this month,

I have two give-away specials that you can get in on,

just by placing a Studio J order on my website. Check them out at the end of this post.




Needless to say, with that great deal on $5 Studio J Layouts,  I am having a blast creating scrapbook pages and ordering photos to add to my albums. I thought I would share a couple of pictures of what I’m working today. I’m actually working on two things today, Studio J scrapbook pages and photo only pages from Studio J for my classic scrapbook pages, and Picture My Life album. These screen shots are not terrific, however you will see what it looks like in Studio J when you are creating layouts. (And I’ll post pictures of the completed pages later so you can see the finished project.)

Here’s one of the Studio J scrapbook page I have been working on from the Lady Antebellum concert my daughter and I went to a couple of weeks ago.


Stuido J Lady A


And this is a photos only page of things I want to include in my Picture My Life album. This particular Picture My Life album tells my story as a Close To My Heart Consultant so there are pictures from workshops, Scrapbook Groups, Creative Hearts Team gatherings, and some of my projects.


Stuido J Photos Only


Here is another photo only page, but these photos are sized to fit the photo spots on classic scrapbook pages I have made for my spring adventures with Sophie. We are loving the sunshine and warmer weather so we can be outside and enjoy longer walks with lots of exploring.


Sophie Studio J


I love this option because I can order prints of my photos that are already sized and scaled to fit into my Picture My Life album pages or my classic scrapbook pages. It’s so much better than printing pictures and then cropping them down to fit spaces. With Studio J you can make the subject of the photograph sized to fit the space and get a much nicer photo scaled to fit your scrapbook pages.

If you have not tried the photos only pages, go to the Express Kits section of Studio J and you will find layouts already put together for you to drop your photos into the photo wells and order to print. When they arrive you simply cut them apart and add them to your projects. It’s great.

Speaking of “when they arrive,” that’s one of the best parts. It’s so fun when the box of layouts comes to my doorstep and I can just slip those beautiful pages right into albums. It’s like an instant album full of some of my favorite stories. What a great way to be preserving all those shared moments and treasured memories. Now is the time to give Studio J a try if you have not explored this terrific scrapbooking option yet. You can click here to get started. And if you are familiar with Studio J you want to be sure to order the pages you have been working on before March 31.



But wait, there’s more….

Here are the March Give-Aways that I have available for you to participate in and get more FREE CTMH products. 


March Give-Away


1. For every 5 Studio J layouts you order by March 31 your name will be entered into a drawing for a FREE 12 x 12 CTMH My Legacy Album of your choice. You can order any combination of Studio J layouts or photo only pages as long as you have at least five. Order additional layouts in multiples of five and your name will be entered again. The more layouts you complete the more chances you have at winning the free album to put those fabulous pages in.

2. For every order you place on my website in March (Studio J or any online order) you will be entered into a special Mystery Hostess drawing for a FREE Close To My Heart shopping spree. When you go to check out and place your order you will see a message asking you if you would like to connect your order to a gathering. Just click on the “Michelle’s March Online Shopping” and your order will be added to that gathering, making you a possible Mystery Hostess with free products from this month’s drawing.


Remember Studio J is free to use and experiment with. You only purchase the pages you want to add to your album and for one more week they are only $5 for a complete layout. Get it on the fun and get in on the special price and give-aways this month. Have fun with.


Click here to create online scrapbook pages in Studio J today.



If you have questions about using Studio J I’m happy to help you.

You can contact me at







How awesome to work with such great people. Love being part of the Creative Hearts Team.  Last night we laughed, created, decorated Mickey cookies, and celebrated achievements. Today I'm refreshed, inspired, and moving forward with my CTMH business. Love my team and my job.



Last night I hosted the Creative Hearts Team Gathering for March. We get together every month and share things online with our friends that cannot be here to celebrate with us. It’s terrific. Last night we laughed, created, decorated Mickey cookies, and celebrated achievements together. Today I’m refreshed, inspired, and happily moving forward with my CTMH business. How awesome to work with such great people. I love being a Close To My Heart Consultant and I really love being part of the Creative Hearts Team.  Love my team and my job.

Here are a couple more pictures from our team gathering.


CHTeam 9 PM

A Disney Side Treat – We decorated Mickey cookies.


CHTeam 4 PM


March CH Projects PM

A Little Creative Time – Using the gift card and handle box shapes cut from CTMH Cricut Cartridges we made fun spring projects perfect for Easter surprises.


Clearly we have a good time together. You could have fun with us, too, by joining my Creative Hearts Team and becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant. It’s quick and easy to get started. Just click here.



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