Who doesn’t love a great deal? I know I do. During the month of April, Close To My Heart has three amazing specials going when you shop online through my website. Here’s the scoop, and be sure to read all the way to the end so you don’t miss the April bonus from me.


1. “Deal Of The Day” - This is super great news. The “Deal Of The Day” isn’t about just one day to enjoy a great deal, it’s about 30 days of fantastic deals with something new every single day in April.


Deal Of The Day


During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! Each day during April, while supplies last, random grab bags filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount on my website. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through my website and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)!

Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD / $55 CAD to $150 USD / $160 CAD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!


2. FREE Seasonal Expressions 2 - The brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 just became available in April and you can get your own personal copy when you place an order on my website in April.

Seasonal Expressions 2

It is full of beautiful new artwork and amazing new products. Your creativity will definitely be inspired by all that is in this new Close To My Heart book. See what’s new in Seasonal Expressions 2 by clicking here, and then be sure to get your free copy to peruse at home when you shop on my website in April. Be sure to select the free copy of Seasonal Expressions 2 when you see the prompt in your shopping cart.


3. April Stamp Of The Month: Typed Note - How much fun is this stamp set? I actually remember learning to type on a classic typewriter similar to this stamp design. I love it. This stamp set includes 19 stamp images that you can use to personal all kinds of messages on your “typed notes” and creative projects.


April SOM Collage


Remember, it’s only available in the month of April. You can purchase the “Typed Note” Stamp Set for $17.95, or you can get the whole set for only $5 when you purchase $50 or more. That special discount price will pop up as an option for you at checkout, so be sure to add it to your cart while you are getting your “Deal Of The Day” and your FREE Seasonal Expressions 2.



April Give-Away


I know, you’re thinking how can there be even more great deals in April? Well I have one more for you to enjoy. Every month I give away $25 in Close To My Heart shopping in a drawing from every order placed on my website. To be entered in the April $25 shopping give-away, simply choose to

join “Michelle’s April Online Gathering”

at checkout when you are shopping Close To My Heart on my website and you will automatically be entered in the drawing. It’s that easy, and for every order you place during the month, your name is entered again, so if you grab a “Deal Of The Day” bag on different days in the month, be sure to “join” my online gathering for the month for more chances to win.


It’s certainly a great time to shop online in April. I think you are really going to enjoy the Seasonal Expressions 2 books. I will be sharing some creative inspiration with you very soon that features the new products you will see in there. Visit my website this month and enjoy getting terrific Close To My Heart products along with some amazing deals.




Spring is here and I’m loving all of the color popping up outside. Every day when Sophie and I go walking it seems there are new things blooming along our path. The daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and pansies bring happy smiles to my daily strolls and remind me of the spring things my mom used to plant in her garden. She loved all those springtime flowers.

As I started designing the scrapbook pages I wanted to share with you for this month I knew I wanted something bright and springtime cheerful. At the same time, I was really taken in by all of those thoughts of my childhood and the stories that come to mind of spring things that make me smile. One thing kind of lead to another and suddenly I had a set of pages I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.

I chose to use the Close To My Heart Brushed Paper Packet for the April Scrapbook layouts, with some classic accent shapes and titles from Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges. They look like this…


Brushed Layout 1 PM

Brushed Layout 3 PM

Brushed Layout 2 PM


Don’t those bright colors just make you feel happy? It’s just like seeing all of the fabulous flowers when I’m walking. Lots of splashes of happy sunshine.

I chose to add a few additional colors of cardstock to the Brushed Paper Packet. I wanted all of the colors of tulips I love to be in the pages, so I added Cranberry and Hollyhock cardstock to the paper mix. If you look closely in these detail pictures you can see where I used CTMH Embossing Folders on the solid cardstocks for extra patterns and textures.


Brushed Texture Collage PM


To offset the bright colors and really make them pop I chose to use black cardstock to make decorative corners and bold titles. The variety of corners are from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and I blended word die-cuts and fonts from the Artiste Cartridge and Artbooking Cartridge, as well.


And then to finish it off I added little accents of black embroidery floss and Pink Glitter Gems. The Glitter Gems actually have four pink shades in the package which I thought was perfect for pulling out all of the different shapes in the Background & Texture Papers.


Pink Glitter Gems Collage PM


What is it that makes you smile? It does not have to be things that are specific to springtime. Think of those little things throughout the day that make you smile, or the things that make you happy, or stories of the people in your life that brighten your day.

You could also use them as Mother’s Day pages that tell a story of how your mom made you smile. Or, they could share stories of the things that make you smile as a mom. There are so many possibilities for the memories you can preserve with these layouts.


If you live in the Boise Area, I would like to invite you to come and enjoy some creative time at a Scrapbook Workshop where you can make these pages at a class. If you live long distance or the dates listed below don’t quite fit in your calendar, you can purchase a Workshop Kit and enjoy creating these bright, fun pages at home.

There are two workshop packages to choose from this month. Both Workshop Kits come with all of the project papers, accessories, and pre-cut Cricut shapes. The thing that is different is that Workshop Kit B includes your choice of two Close To My Heart Embossing Folders. By choosing Workshop Package B you get a discount on your Embossing Folders which makes it the best choice if you would like to add some different textures to your creative resources at home.

Here are the four Embossing Folder textures I chose to use on my pages, but you can choose any two that you like. Click here to see all CTMH Embossing Folders you can choose from.


Embossing Folder Collage



April Scrapbook Workshops and Kits

Workshop Package A – $30 (plus tax and shipping)

  • X7190B Brushed Paper Packet
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Additional Cardstock, Cricut Shapes, Black Floss, and other supplies


Workshop Package B – $44 (plus tax and shipping)

  • Includes everything that comes in Workshop Package A, plus…
  • Your choise of two Embossing Folders (This gives you a 15% savings on Embossing Folders with the Workshop Kit. Embossing Folders reg. $8.95 each.)


Other Items You May Enjoy With These Layouts:

  • Z3013 Brushed Assortment – ($5.95)
  • X7190C Brushed Complements – ($4.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)




  • Friday, April 17 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, April 24 at 6:30 PM



To order a Scrapbook Workshop Kit

or to register for a Scrapbook Workshop Date,

contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.


I hope these pages will add some cheerful crafting, scrapbooking, and storytelling to your spring. Enjoy the color and happy moments in your day.


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Can you ever share too many smiles? I don’t thing so.

This week I am creating with a special stamp set called, “You’re The Bomb.” It’s a great stamp set with 18 individual images, encouraging messages, and terrific accent designs. Here’s a picture of the whole set.


You're The Bomb


Today I want to show you how to make a fun treat box that you can use to share a smile with a neighbor, your co-workers at the office, as party favors, or even put one in your mailbox to say thanks to your mail carrier. Everyone can use a little extra happy in their day.

The treat box looks like this when it’s all put together and ready to give to a friend. It is unbelievably easy to put together, and it’s a perfect size to be filled with lots of different types of fun things.


You're The Bomb Treat Box PM


This particular treat box is actually a die-cut shape on the Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge. This cartridge has lots of different types of 3-D boxes, bags, and containers in addition to fun shapes, a fabulous font and a over 700 designs all together. The box I chose is found on page 35 in the cutting guide book.


CTMH Artiste Box Collage


Not only did Close To My Heart come up with bunches of great die-cut designs for this cartridge, they also made it super easy make these dimensional projects by adding an additional instruction book to the package. On the right side of the photo shown above, you can see that the second book shows you where to score each design, how to fold it, assemble, and even where to add glue when needed. It’s so helpful.

Once I chose the box shape I wanted to use and cut it out on my Cricut machine, then I just followed these simple steps to put the box together. It’s incredibly quick and easy.


Step 1-2 Box Collage


Step 1 - Score the box die-cut on the fold lines indicated by small cuts made by the Cricut machine during cutting. I like to use the Close To My Heart Score Board to get straight, even lines.

Step 2 - Add accent papers, stamped images, and messages to the front. This is where I had fun personalizing the message on the treat boxes with the “You’re The Bomb” Stamp Set. There are so many word combinations to choose from.


Steps 3-4 Box Collage


Step 3 - Fold end and side pieces in toward the center. Interlock the tabs. No glue needed.

Step 4 - Fill with treats, bring handles up to the center and tie with ribbon. Sometimes I use adhesive-backed mini Hook and Loop Dots to hold the handles together.


Pretty easy, right? Definitely so true.

The colors I used for this treat box are Canary, Thistle, and Pacifica. I really like how simple it is to make fun and personalized projects with the the Close To My Heart products. So many great resources.


YTB Accessory Supplies PM


The “You’re The Bomb” Stamp Set that I’ve been using with this week is extra special. Not only does it help me create encouraging treats for the people in my every day, it also gives me the opportunity to be a part of making a difference to children around the world through Operation Smile… and you can, too.

For every “You’re The Bomb” set that is purchased, Close To My Heart donates $3 directly to Operation Smile to help provide cleft lip and cleft palette surgeries for children in need. You can learn more about Operation Smile in my post yesterday or by clicking here.


All of the products that I used to make these boxes and the card I shared yesterday can be ordering through my online shopping. Just click here to see all of the Close To My Heart products, shop online, and have it ship directly to your front door. Keep in mind that the “You’re The Bomb” Stamp Set is only available until March 31.



When you place any order through me by March 31, 2015

that includes a “You’re The Bomb” Stamp Set you will

receive a FREE mini stamp set and a hand-stamped card

from me as a thank you for helping to share more smiles

and change the world of children around the world.


The stamp sets will be randomly selected and may include designs like the ones shown here.

Mini Stamp Collage


So can you think of three people who might enjoy receiving a little treat box from you? How about a cheerful card?

If your weeks are like mine, it’s easy to get too busy. Join me this week in being intentional about brightening each day by sharing some encouraging words and smiles to the people around me.

And when you think about smiles, remember the children that we can help along the way with stamp sets from Close To My Heart. I love working with a company that cares so much about making a difference in the lives of children and families.




It’s amazing the difference something as simple as a smile can make. Don’t you agree? Just think about the impact a smile has on your day. A smile can be a friendly hello, a moment of encouragement, or even just a little bit of happy in someone’s day. It can share a vote of confidence, give a little extra assurance, or even a applaud a job well done. Even without any words, I find a smile can say a lot.

As I think about how powerful it can be to share a smile, or receive a smile, I am often reminded what a great thing it is to be a part of making a difference in the lives of children through Close To My Heart’s partnership with Operation Smile.

If you are not familiar with Operation Smile, it is an international medical charity that provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children around the world. With volunteer medical teams they are making it possible for many children to receive safe surgeries and treatments that are bringing new hope for a healthier life and a brighter future.

You can learn more about Operation Smile and see pictures of the children and families whose lives have been changed by the gift of a smile on their website. Just click here. What they do is amazing as they transform the lives of children around the world, one smile at a time. I get goosebumps every time.

As a company, Close To My Heart is committed “touching hearts and changing lives.” To take an active roll in sharing smiles for children, Close To My Heart donates a portion of the proceed of every My Acrylix Stamp Set to Operation Smile. That means every time you purchase a Close To My Heart stamp set you are contributing to providing a surgery for another child.

Close To My Heart also designs special, limited edition stamp sets that you can purchase which sends $3 per stamp set directly to Operation Smile. The special stamp set available right now is called, “You’re The Bomb,”  and I’ve been doing a little creating to share some extra happy mail and treats this month. I love the positive words that are included in the set.


You're The Bomb


Here’s one of my projects that features this stamp set. I really like the font used for the words and the way you can piece together different personalized messages.


You're The Bomb Card PM


I especially wanted this card to feel like sunshine in your mailbox so I used the bright bold colors from the Close To My Heart Brushed Paper Packet.


Brushed Paper Packet


To add some extra texture I used the Close To My Heart “Vine” Embossing Folder on Canary Cardstock. I really like the pattern and raised images from dry embossing. I think the vine designs adds to the springtime feel of the card.


Vine Emb Folder PM


Join me in being part of sharing smiles with your friends and family, as well as sharing smiles through Operation Smile by purchasing the “You’re The Bomb” stamp set this week through my online shopping page.The stamp set includes 18 individual stamps images for only $13.95, and it is only available until March 31.


As a little thank you from me this week, when you place an order through my online shopping that includes the “You’re The Bomb” Stamp Set by March 31, I will send some happy mail your way, too. You will receive a hand stamped card and a free mini stamp set directly from me.

These are examples of some of the stamp sets I’ll be mailing out. Stamps sets are randomly chosen and will sprinkle a little creative fun in your crafting projects.


Mini Stamp Collage


Shopping Close To My Heart is easy. You can view the whole Close To My Heart product line and enjoy a wonderful creative resource by clicking here. All of the products I used to make the card above can be purchased on my website. And remember to order a “You’re The Bomb” Stamp Set to receive your free gift from me.


For only $240 Operation Smile can provide a surgery for another child that gives them a new smile and a new life. I really believe we can make a difference when we join together in a common goal, and giving a little bit here and there adds up to a miracle for someone else.

I like knowing that when I share a smile when I’m out for a walk, or when someone receives one of these cheerful cards in the mail, or when I participate in partnering with Operation Smile through Close To My Heart stamp sets that I am choosing to share something good, even if it seems very small. A smile really does make the world a brighter place. Here’s to sharing more smiles and making a difference.


I will be sharing another new project with the “You’re The Bomb” Stamp Set tomorrow, so come back and enjoy another fun project to smile about.




Over 21 years ago I became a Close To My Heart Consultant and began the adventure of having my own business. I remember the day my New Consultant Kit arrived. It was like Christmas opening the box and taking out all of the fun supplies. Here’s one of my early Close To My Heart (known as D.O.T.S. at the time) rubber stamps and one of my first stamp pads, a “Dream Day Rainbow” Ink Pad.


Thanks A Bunch PM


At the time that I was introduced to Close To My Heart I was a mom with young children, I had never stamped before, and I did not have much business background. Everything about being a Consultant was new to me. However, the positive environment that Close To My Heart provides including ongoing support, encouragement, tools, and resources helped me be successful.

Creating, celebrating the people in my life, and making and keeping memories are things I have always enjoyed. Close To My Heart not only gave me the opportunity to do the things I enjoyed, it also helped me provide for my family financially, take my family on trips to amazing locations around the world, and it introduced me to so many wonderful people that have become some of my dearest friends.

In the process of creating a business that fit my life, I have also been able to enjoy sharing that journey with people that Close To My Heart has brought into my world. The relationships I have built with customers, Consultants on my Creative Hearts Team, and other Consultants around the country are treasures to me. Just look at all of these shared moments and happy smiles. When I picture my Close To My Heart life, I picture people like these that have made this a truly amazing thing to be a part of. It’s kind of like having an extended Close To My Heart family. I love that part.


CTMH People Collage


Close To My Heart Founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton, has often said over the years that she wanted to provide a place where people had an opportunity to create the life they wanted to live, to prioritize the things they valued, and to be a part of “touching hearts and changing lives.” Every time I think about that, I am grateful. Close To My Heart has definitely touched my heart and changed my life and the best thing is that I get to be a part of that process in sharing Close To My Heart with others.


As a Close To My Heart Consultant you could be part of something amazing, too, and March would be a wonderful time to begin a new adventure. Close To My Heart has put together two New Consultant Kits that are better than ever and come with a fantastic bonus for everyone who becomes a Consultant this month.

Right now you can choose from the new Card Making Consultant Kit or the new Scrapbook Consultant Kit when you become a Close To My Heart Consultant. Both Kits have over $370 in Close To My Heart products in them, yet only cost $99. Talk about it feeling like Christmas when these boxes of goodies arrive…it’s awesome.


Cardmakers Kit PM

Scrapbooker Kit PM


As a special bonus in March, New Consultant Kits also come with the Close To My Heart Shoulder Tote shown below absolutely FREE (Retail value $26.95), and new Consultants also have the opportunity to earn the fantastic Rolling Tote FREE (Retail Value $149.95). These beautiful totes are a great way to organize all of the fabulous new products that come in a Kit and also to be able to take it wherever you want to go to create with friends. And free is a really great thing, right?




Close To My Heart has been an incredible thing for me over the years and I would very much like to invite you to come and enjoy this adventure with me by joining my Creative Hearts Team in March. Helping other people sharing in the journey and create a business that is a good fit for them is something I really enjoy. Things have changed a lot since 1993 when I began as a new Consultant, and it’s all good. Stamps no longer come on wood blocks, however the possibilities with Close To My Heart still make it something amazing to be a part of.


Want to learn more about enjoying a

Close To My Heart adventure as a New Consultant on my team?

You can click here for more information

and how to get started with Close To My Heart

 You can also contact Michelle Snyder at (208)713-2940 or Michelle@SometingAboutSharing.com.


What was your favorite thing to do at recess when you were in Elementary School? Was it four square, tether ball, soccer, or climbing on the playground equipment? How about marbles, a game of tag, or a turn on the swings? In between scrapbooking and creating I am also substitute teacher in grades 1-5. Without a doubt, I can say that recess is still a favorite time of the day for students.

As I was designing the Scrapbook Workshop Kits for March using the delightful Close  To My Heart Hopscotch Collection I found myself reflecting on happy thoughts of school recesses, sidewalk chalks, hopscotch courts, and laughter with friends in my childhood. The papers, colors, patterns, textures, and accessories in this collection are really fabulous. They just feel very… happy.

The three layouts for this month feature the Hopscotch Paper Packet, Complements, and Badge Button Assortment. The page compositions are inspired by the Close To My Heart How-To Programs that provide composition designs, cutting diagrams, and instructions to put the pages together. If you have not see these valuable resources, they are definitely something to add to your creative resources. They make it so much fast to make beautiful pages.


Hopscotch Layout 1 PM

Hopscotch Layout 2 PM

Hopscotch Layout 3 PM


I accessorized the pages with Flaxen Thick Twine, the new CTMH Mini Stapler, and the Assorted Edges Stamp Set. I must say, I had as much fun with these accessorizes as I did the paper packet. The Mini Stapler has an easy-grip shape making it no problem at all to place staples right where you want them. The mini size of the staples made them terrific for attaching the twine to the page and even just adding little embellishment accents here and there. The stamp set adds terrific borders and subtle highlights to bring elements together.


Hopscotch Accessories Collage PM



Assorted Edges

D1635 Assorted Edges Stamp Set


Here you can see some of the details where I partnered the adhesive-backed Hopscotch Complements with the Mini Stapler and accessories to make fun titles and scatter colorful shapes around the pages.


Hopscotch Details Collage PM


I really enjoyed creating these pages to share with you this month and I hope you will enjoy making a set for your photo memories, too. Any photographs that make you smile or just illustrate examples of things that make a great day would be perfect on these pages. Add a little “happy” to your albums this month by ordering one of my Hopscotch Workshop Kits or signing up to attend a Workshop in the Boise area. Here’s how…


March Scrapbook Workshops and Kits


Workshop Package – $29.00 (plus tax and shipping)

  • X7194B Hopscotch Paper Packet
  • X7194C Hopscotch Complements
  • Z3036 Flaxen Thick Twine
  • Additional Cardstock and Supplies


Other Items Used On These Layouts:

  • Z3016 Hopscotch Assortment ($5.95)
  • D1635 Assorted Edges ($17.95)
  • Z2027 Mini Stapler ($12.95)
  • Z2642 Flaxen Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2196 Smoothie Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)


March Scrapbook Workshop Dates:

  • Saturday, March 7 at 1:00 PM
  • Friday, March 13 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, March 20 at 6:30 PM


To register for a Scrapbook Workshop Date

or to order a Workshop Kit, contact Michelle Snyder

at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.




A few days ago I shared a colorful layout with you from a very creative day that made me so happy to have enjoyed Close To My Heart over the last 22 years. Well, that creative frenzy didn’t stop with the scrapbook page, as I was having so much fun with those bright beautiful Close To My Heart colors and the new Brushstrokes Stamp Set. Today I thought I would share a couple of other projects with you to spark your creativity, encourage you to see more possibilities with your stamp sets, and add a splash of color to your day.

In addition to the Brushstrokes Stamp Set I also added the very versatile Doodled Designs Stamp Set and a couple of message stamps that are a super value with Close To My Heart. In the photo collages below you will see a sample of the card projects, along with the stamp sets I used for each one. There are eight fantastic designs in the Brushstrokes set. To make it easier to see which stamp images are used in each project, I circled and labeled the designs so you can make them, too.



Card 1: This quick simple design is so cheerful with those bold colorful prints in the background. The message stamp “Sweeter With You” is stamped inside the Doodled Designs circle in black ink for a crisp contrast to the other colors. I added a simple border with a Black Journaling Pen to frame the card and make it feel more complete.


Brushstrokes Sweeter Card Collage PM



Card 2: The bottom border on this card is made with the same stamp design used in Card 1. The difference is that instead of stamping on a larger, main focus piece of cardstock I only stamped on a 1-1/2″ strip of White Daisy Cardstock. That color strip is then layered on top of coordinating cardstock colors and attached to the card base. The circle from the Brushstrokes stamps makes a terrific highlight spot behind the “Make A Wish” stamped message.


Brushstrokes Wish Collage PM



Card 3: This card was inspired by a sample in the Close To My Heart Seasonal Inspirations 1 book. Close To My Heart Idea Books are fantastic for project ideas. I just love using the broad brushstroke stamp design for cake layers. It makes the cake look so festive. The candles are stamped using the end of the straight arrow and the flames are made with the row of dots stamp design. Quick and simple. Add a “Make A Wish” message, layer with colored cardstock, and frame the whole thing with a Black Journaling Pen. A fabulous birthday card that is truly “a piece of cake.”


Brushstrokes Cake Collage PM



Card 4: And for this one…I went a totally different direction to make a flower design. I used the same stamp image from the Brushstrokes Stamp Set for the flower petals and the leaves. The difference is just the way you make the print. For the flower petals, I put the smaller pointed end of the design toward the middle and the larger end pointed out. For the leaves, the smaller end points out and the larger end points toward the flower or what would be the stem. The circle stamp design make the flower center. I popped the flower and the flower center with Thin 3-D Foam Tape to add some depth. I think that helps to give the project some extra dimension between the leaves, petals, and center. 3-D Foam Tape comes in two thicknesses. I use the thin tape for cards most of the time because it goes through the mail a little easier.


Brushstrokes Flowers Collage PM


As you can see in the random stamped piece of cardstock shown in the photo inset, the stamped flowers are very loose and more Impressionistic. I love that and can’t wait to use that stamped cardstock for a scrapbook layout. To give some extra definition to the single flower print on the card front, I used a Black Journaling Pen to make a very light line border around each stamped piece to help frame the petals, leaves, and center. I used the small dots and hearts from the Doodled Designs to make accents on the card and framed the whole focal point with a double black squiggle line.


These are just a few ideas of more things you can do with the Brushstrokes Stamp Set. I am so glad Close To My Heart brings so many options to my creative moments. If you missed the scrapbook layout, click here to visit that post.

All of the projects I have shared with you today feature Close To My Heart products. I love the way the paper and ink colors all coordinate so that everything matches. For these projects I am using paper and ink in Lagoon, Pear, Thistle, Cotton Candy, Smoothie, and Canary. Together they are very happy colors that were fabulous for making some “happy mail” to send to family and friends. I do love sharing Close To My Heart and a colorful, creative world with the people in my life. Don’t you?

You can let your creative side get crazy with these whimsical stamp designs, ink colors, and papers, too. Click here to shop on my website and get ready to have some fun splashing color on your projects. Whether you enjoy Classic Scrapbooking, Crush Books, cardmaking, paper crafting, or party planning, the Brushstrokes Stamp Set is one of the must have resources to help you get along the way.

Have a colorful, creative, bright, and happy kind of day. Make it awesome and enjoy.




Waffle Love Layout w Photos PM


I found myself smiling a lot while I was doing some creating recently. I was working with a new stamp set, bright colors, and photographs of shared moments with Close To My Heart friends, and I found myself smiling at the thought of how much more colorful my life seems with Close To My Heart in it.

It’s true. I do enjoy bright colors; the energy, happy vibes, and fun that they bring to my projects. With 40 different colors to choose from in the Close To My Heart palette, my creative moments are definitely colorful. However, there is another kind of “colorful” that I love about having spent the last 21 years working with Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant. Colorful can mean simply “full of color,” however it can also be used to describe something that is bright, vibrant, full of variety, richly eventful, eye-catching, interesting, and even fresh. Here’s an example.

The pictures I chose to use on the scrapbook layout shown above are from a Close To My Heart Team Builder’s Conference that I was able to attend last November. In between sessions, Close To My Heart arranged for the Waffle Love food truck to come to our location and serve up some of the tastiest treats for all of us. You can tell by the pictures that we were all delighted by our fun surprise; however what I love the most are the smiles, friendships, and laughter that we enjoy every time we get together…even when we are working. Close To My Heart has a very intentional and special way of making everyone in the Close To My Heart family feel valued, special, and a part of something important. There is something about sharing moments, smiles, and the things you enjoy that make life more colorful. I’m pretty lucky to work in a setting that not only brings more color to my creative moments, but also to my life.


So would you like to know a little more about the creative process to my project for today?

There is a new Close To My Heart stamp set called Brushstrokes that is shown in their Seasonal Expressions 1 book. I love it! I’ve been splashing color on everything lately and I know that I have still only begun to tap into the potential of this fabulous stamp set. It has quickly become one of my favorites and I think you will enjoy it, too. The eight designs included in the Brushstrokes Stamp Set look like this.

Brushstrokes Images At first glance you might be thinking, how are a bunch of squiggles, spots, and arrows something so valuable? What do you do with those? Well…can I just say, “everything.” I use these designs all the time. Here are some closer pictures of places where I used the different designs on this scrapbook layout. Do you see all of the different pieces?


Brushstrokes Collage PM

These brushstrokes and squiggles make fabulous borders, journal spot backgrounds, and accent colors on scrapbook layouts. I’ve also used them to create colorful cards and gift bags and even arranged the designs to turn them into whimsical hearts and flowers and … seriously endless fun.

Let’s take a closer look at today’s project. Here’s the layout without the photos to make it a little easier to see where the all the stamped images come in. I love the page base by itself and found that it really lent itself to lots of different types of photographs and stories.


Brushstrokes Layout PM

From this colorful base, I added the photographs, titles, and journal spots to help me tell my story. I used black letters for the titles to give a crisp contrast to the bold ink and paper colors. I like clean simple lines, so I used a couple of techniques to be able to add more to my storytelling without making the layout too cluttered.


Pull Tabs: The first technique was to pop the main focus photograph on the left page of the layout so that I could slip a pull-out tab behind it. This gave an extra story spot where I added a photograph of the menu that was on the side of the Waffle Love truck. I like these kinds of little details. The sign tells more about what the types of waffles we could choose from, the pricing, it even shows the style of lettering on the sign that gives a real “sign of the times” to add to the memory I was preserving.


Waffle Love Menu Tab PM


Flip Flaps: The second thing that I did was to add a 4″ x 6″ Flip Flap to the front of the Memory Protector. Flip Flaps are fantastic for easy story expansion spots. This let me include an extra photograph and have a section underneath that is set aside for the journaling to complete the story.


Waffle Love Flip Flap PM


I really enjoy this layout with the it’s bright splashes of color and the way it captures a colorful moment, too. I can honestly say from firsthand experience that things like interesting, richly-eventful, and full of variety, are things that describe my life with Close To My Heart. With Close To My Heart I have traveled around the world, enjoyed new adventures, embraced new experiences, learned so many new things, taken care of my families financial needs, and made lasting friendships that I treasure. All of these things make my heart happy, bring a smile to my face, and fill my mind with memorable stories. That is living a very “colorful” life, and I love it.


If you would like to make your life more colorful, too, here are a couple of things you could do today.

1. Take a moment to share a smile with a friend today. Give a friend a call, send a happy text, meet for lunch, drop off a card with encouraging words, or even share a special treat. Little things can really brighten a day and the smile you share can last a long time.

2. Visit my website and order this fantastic stamp set to add to your creative resources. Click here to shop. You might even pick up a couple of new colors to enjoy. When you create things that make you happy it will spill over to other areas of the day.

3. Think about one thing that might make your world more “colorful.” Maybe Close To My Heart could be part of helping you accomplish that thing. If you would like to know more about being part of my Team and sharing in this colorful Close To My Heart adventure with me, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. I would love to share this journey with you, too.


I hope you enjoyed today’s scrapbook layout showing different ways to use the Brushstrokes Stamp Set to add colorful highlights and the two techniques for expanding your story on your scrapbook pages.

Come and visit again tomorrow to see how I transform this same stamp set into heart shapes, flowers, cards, and other projects that you won’t want to miss. Enjoy your day…and make it colorful.



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