This time of year it is great fun to pull out favorite Christmas decorations, recipes, books, music, and photo albums. I enjoy our family traditions and making memories. I especially enjoy all the little things that can share a smile, brighten a day, and say, “Merry Christmas.”

Throughout December I’ve been looking for little things that I could do each day to celebrate the people in my life. It’s really be fun. It’s kind of like counting down to Christmas with a daily random act of kindness.

Today I baked up a little holiday cheer to share with a special friend. Many years ago he shared a book with me called, “Rhinoceros Success.” It’s a terrific book and we have talked often about it. When I saw a rhinoceros cookie cutter I knew I had to bake some rhino cookies for him, but not just any rhino cookies. I wanted them to say, “Merry Christmas,” too. The picture below shows you how they turned out. Who knew a rhinoceros cookie cutter to be so much fun? I am thinking these Christmas Rhino Cookies may need to be a new tradition.


Rhino Christmas Cookies may be a new tradition. So much fun to bake some special holiday treats for a special friend today. It's the little things. #SomethingAboutSharing


What kinds of traditions are you sharing this year? Close To My Heart has made it really easy to share little treat and treasures in December. I thinks little Cut Above Holiday Treat Kits are fantastic. I have put some of these in the mailbox at my house for the mail carrier find. I have dropped them off to teachers, office assistants, the veterinary office that takes of Sophie, etc. You can fill them with candy, teacher supplies, gift cards, and all sorts of little things.


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Whatever your holiday traditions and memory making activities find you doing, I hope you are sharing smiles along the way and taking pictures of them, too. If you need little treat containers, you can order these adorable Treat Box Kits on my website, just click here. They are pre-printed, scored, and ready to go with the clear bags and decorative stickers ready to help you put it all together simply.

Make tomorrow a random act of kindness day and look for a little way you could share a Merry Christmas moment along the way.


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Woohoooo….they are here! I am so excited to be able to share with you that the new Rolling Totes and Shoulder Totes from Close To My Heart are now available. With an unbelievable design, these totes are truly an example of where form meets function and create somethings fantastic. You are going to love these totes…AND…they are available to order beginning today. Woohoooo!!


Totes Collage


Watch this video to get scoop on the design and function of these totes. You really are going to love them.



Aren’t they amazing? I’m really excited and I’m sure you are seeing so many possibilities for these totes as well. This is me taking a look at all of the different storage options built into the totes. I love all the little details. Everything about these bags has been well thought through. I cannot wait to get mine.


CTMH Rolling Tote and Shoulder Tote


You can order both the Rolling Tote and the Shoulder Tote on my website right now. The first shipment of totes has arrived at Close To My Heart and is ready to be on it’s way to your house.

Click here to shop on my website and have it your new totes ship directly to you. You can even order a tote and have it ship directly to someone else as a gift if you would like. When you order on my website, be sure to click the button to “Join” Michelle’s December Online Gathering where you will automatically be entered in a Give-Away Drawing for $25 in Close To My Heart Hostess Rewards.

I can also set up an Online Gathering so you can receive even more FREE Hostess Rewards and a chance to get your new totes at half price. Just share the opportunity for your family and friends shop CTMH online and everything ships directly to them. As the Hostess you receive at least $25 Hostess Rewards Shopping with a qualifying Online Gathering with the potential for a lot more…including your totes at a 50% discount. How exciting is that? Be sure to ask me how.


Contact me at to order your totes, set up and Online Gathering, or to answer any questions you may have about Close To My Heart.




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I am excited to welcome you to another Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. This is a very special hop  highlighting fantastic creative possibilities with products from Close To My Heart’s newly released Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.

If you have come here from Brenda Rose’s Blog you are on the right path. This Blog Hop is one big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see new projects with fresh new inspiration from Seasonal Expressions 1. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating Consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us. Just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one.


Today I am sharing with you a project that combines several new Seasonal Expressions products into one of my favorite new memory keeping wonders, the My Creations Mini Books. Start to finish these little albums are just delightful.


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The My Creations Mini Books come in Kraft or Black. They have a sturdy chipboard cover with 10 mini page protectors that are spiral bound and designed to hold 3″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ Picture My Life cards or photos.

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Creating a collection of memory highlights is super simple with these Mini Books. You do not need a lot of time or supplies. Just choose a set of Picture My Life Cards to coordinate with your photos or the story you are telling, grab a Corner Rounder and a Black Journaling Pen, and your are all set.


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Then you just slide your photographs and Picture My Life Cards into the pockets of the page protectors and you have a complete little album in minutes. It’s easy to revisit and share favorite memories and adventures with these Mini Books. I chose to use the new Hopscotch Picture My Life Cards with my Disneyland pictures in this Mini Book. Here are a few of the pages inside my Mini Book. I love it.


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I will be making a lot of these Mini Books. I’m thinking a basket of them in my living room would be so fun. The Mini Books are perfect Christmas gifts for family, friends, teachers, and just about everyone on your list, too. Whether you complete the Mini Book yourself or give a set to someone to create their own book, it is sure to be a treasure.

Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to order My Creations Mini Books in time for sharing these personalized gifts this Christmas. If you do not have a Consultant, click here to shop online where you will find the My Creations Mini Books, Picture My Life Cards, Corner Rounders, Black Journaling Pens, and all of the supplies you need to start creating.


Now it’s time to hop on over to Blythe Shupe’s Blog for more fabulously creative possibilities. I know you will enjoy what she has designed to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultant blogs in the Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop. It will definitely get you in the mood to create something new.


Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful day of sharing moments and making memories with the people you do life with. Michelle Snyder


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I love Christmas-time. All of it…family traditions, decorations, making gifts, baking, Christmas music and movies, time with friends…all the memory making fun is simply fabulous. This year as I designed scrapbook layouts to share with you in December I was inspired by a favorite classic holiday movie, “Miracle On 34th Street.”

When I saw the Yuletide Carol Collection from Close To My Heart it was a perfect fit for the pages I envisioned for this year’s Christmas photos. The Yuletide Carol Paper Packet, Complements and Accessories Assortment have a delightful nostalgic feel to them with classic images, fonts, and colors. Take a look at the artwork in the Complements package shown below. Aren’t they wonderful? They have a great variety of beautiful borders, banners, fonts, and accent images. Can you see the “Miracle On 34th Street” inspiration? I might just have to go watch that movie again.

Yuletide Carol Complements

To design the pages I combined the Yuletide Carol Collection with the new Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon and Gold Bling Gems Assortment and had a wonderful time creating. If you have seen the CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book you will notice I took some creative inspiration from artwork shown in the Idea Book in parts of these pages. The CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book is full of wonderful artwork samples. If you do not have a copy of your own, you can view it on my website or order a copy of your own to flip through at home. It’s an awesome resource!

Here are the three scrapbook layouts that will be available in my December Scrapbook Workshops and in Workshop Kits.


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And I just have to say, I enjoyed the Yuletide Carol Collection so much I just kept right on creating when the scrapbook pages were finished. There were enough Yuletide Carol Complements and accessories left over that I did a set of cards, too. Since the Complements are adhesive-backed I put all of these together in no time at all. Gotta love using up extra supplies and making super cute things at the same time.


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You will really enjoy putting together the Yuletide Carol scrapbook layouts this month. It will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit and have you ready to preserve your Christmas pictures and memories, too.

To make a these pages you can attend a Scrapbook Workshop in the Boise, Idaho area or order a Workshop Kit and create at home. Workshop Kits include the base supplies that you need to complete all six pages and you can use the extra items to make cards, bags, tags, and more so you can share some holiday cheer while you are creating.


December Scrapbook Workshops and Kits


Workshop Package – $40.00

  • X7187B “Yuletide Carol” Paper Packet
  • X7184C “Yuletide Carol” Complements
  • Z3007 “Yuletide Carol” Assortment
  • Z1987 Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon
  • Z2023 Gold Bling Gems
  • Extra Cardstock and Supplies


Other Items Used On The Pages:

  • Z1937 Score Board ($24.95)
  • Z1927 Damask Embossing Folder ($8.95)
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)


Workshop Dates:

  • Saturday, December 6 at 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, December 12 at 6:30 PM



 To register for a Scrapbook Workshop date or to order a Workshop Kit

contact Michelle Snyder at


Cyber Monday Sale

Do you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects? How about preparing for the perfect birthday party, with invitations. decorations, place settings, and all the memory making fun? If so, Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges are just what you need and today you can enjoy a big discount with lots of extra bonuses.

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Hearts exclusive Cricut Collections. Today only you can get Close To My Heart Cricut Collections 20% off the retail price and have oodles of creative resources at your fingertips for your crafting projects.

Each Close To My Heart Cricut Collection includes over 700 shapes, different fonts, three exclusive stamp sets and either special Dimensional Element Chipboard accessories or a package of White Daisy Cardstock. The products in each Collection have a retail value of $125. Here are some highlights for each Collection and how they are unique.


Art Philosophy Collage

Artiste Collage

Artbooking Cricut Collage

Artfully Sent Collage


In addition to the Close To My Heart Cyber Monday Special…

1. Get a FREE Cardstock Combination Package (retail value $14.50) when you purchase your new CTMH Cricut Collections through me. How exciting is that? Free paper along with your Cricut Collection so you are ready to create. And that means…

When you shop CTMH with me today

you receive $139.50 in products for only $79.20.


To get your free cardstock just email me at If you are ordering online, do not add the cardstock to your order as it ships separately.


2. Save big on Close To My Heart My Acrylix stamp sets. December is the 10 year anniversary of these amazing clear stamps. To celebrate, you can get unlimited C-size and D-size stamp sets for only $10 each when you place a $50 order. Your Cricut Collection order can be combined with this special, too. That means you can save up to $7.95 on each stamp set along with getting a great discount on your Cricut Collections.


Deal of the Decade


It’s an amazing day to do a little Close To My Heart shopping and check some things off your Christmas shopping list and your personal wish list. The stamp special runs the whole month of December, however TODAY IS THE ONLY DAY to save 20% off on CTMH Cricut Collections…AND…it’s the only day you can combine both specials.


Click here to shop online now and take advantage of these great deals.

Or contact me to place your order at  or  (208) 713-2940.





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