It’s always so exciting when a new Close To My Heart Idea Book is available. This new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book is overflowing with creative possibilities. I’ve already been creating like crazy! Love the new papers, color combinations, beautiful artwork, and fun accessories. And wait until you see the Thin Cuts and Stamp Set Bundles…Awesome!




If you have not see this new book, you can view it on my website, page-by-page. Just click here. Or, if you are like me and love to be able to flip through the actual pages in your hand, you get a FREE copy of the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book with any order you place on my website this month. Stop by, doing a little shopping, and get ready to soak up some creative inspiration when your new book arrives on your doorstep.

Here are a few little sneak peeks.




There are lots of workshops and fun projects coming soon. Be sure to visit my blog to see what’s new, or sign up to receive updates in the box to the right.



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I think every day is a great time to celebrate the special people in your life, however, with Valentine’s Day in the mix, February is an especially great time to share the love. This year for the whole month of February I am having a little extra fun with my Close To My Heart family with a photo-a-day activity. This isn’t an ordinary photo activity, this one is a “What I Love About CTMH” Photo-A-Day Activity. We are 10 days into the month and it’s been so fun, so far! Every day we post a picture of something we love about CTMH that ties into the days photo topic.





I thought I would share a couple of my “What I Love About CTMH” pictures with you today.









It’a all about making memories and keeping memories, and I love being able to share this with so many other CTMH Consultants on my team. We all have a story to tell and it’s great fun to be a part of each other’s story. I lead the Creative Hearts Team, which is my immediate family with CTMH. Everyone on the Team was invited to jump in and have some fun sharing what they love about Close To My Heart this month. If you would like to follow along with what I’m posting each day, you can find me on Facebook (Michelle Snyder and Something About Sharing) and Instagram (@sharingamoment).

You can also see what everyone is sharing for their photo-a-day by searching the hashtags we are using. Simply put #CreativeHeartsTeam or #CHPhotoADay into the search boxes on Facebook or Instagram and you’ll be able to see everyone’s different inspiration for each days’ topic. If you have not participated in a photo-a-day activity, you should try it. They can be so much fun. It’s kind of a combination of seeing how you are inspired by a photo topic for the day, and also seeing how other people were inspired by that same topic.


I really do love my CTMH family and being able to share lots of creative and memory making moments together. It’s something I think you would enjoy, too.  If you enjoy scrapbooking, paper crafting, card making, CTMH products, having fun with friends, and even making some extra money to support your crafting habit, February is a great time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant.





A New Consultant Kit is only $75 and includes over $200 in CTMH products…PLUS…a $50 shopping spree! When you join my CTMH family in February, you also receive three Stamp of the Month sets, absolutely free. And, if you have ever been a CTMH Consultant before, you can rejoin this month for only $50.

Getting started is easy!

You can read more about becoming a CTMH Consultant,

and even sign up online on my website. Just click here! 


If would love to tell you more about the February special and the benefits of being a CTMH Consultant. If you have questions you can contact me at

Having been a CTMH Consultant for 24 years now, I can confidently say this is a great company. More importantly for me, it has also been a great family. You are welcome here, and I would love to share in this fun with you.

Watch for more photos every day in February. There are 18 more days of photo topics to go! Woohoooo! I’m off to do today’s picture. The topic is, “Some Kinda Wonderful!” Wait for it! Have a wonderful day.




Can you believe October has already come and gone? It was a very busy month here, but it’s one of my favorites. Every October, since 1994 I host a Close To My Heart Holiday Extravaganza to share DIY project ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas festivities. For weeks before Holiday extravaganza I create new projects, so that I can share as many new ideas for gift giving, decorating, gift wrap and tags, table settings, card making, mini albums, stocking stuffers, and scrapbooking as I can. It’s my favorite event of the year, complete with Christmas trees, lights, Candy Cane Cookies, and holiday music. I invite my Close To My Heart customers, family, and friends to come enjoy their first Christmas party of the year to kick off the season, and we have so much fun.




Here is just a sprinkling of some of the projects at Holiday Extravaganza this year.























Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing many of these projects with you here on my blog. There will be Workshops in the Boise area that you can attend to enjoy some creative time here making your projects.  For those of you who live long distance, watch for Workshop Kits and Workshop Guides that will be available for many of the project shared at Holiday Extravaganza this year. I am really excited to keep the merriment going and share some projects to help with your holiday celebrations, too.


All of these projects feature Close To My Heart products. You can shop for your crafting and scrapbooking supplies online 24/7 at



Thanks for visiting my blog, today. If you have any questions, contact me at Watch for more creative inspiration for the holidays coming very soon.




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As you know, I think having shared experiences and making memories is pretty important. I have been a Close To My Heart Consultant for 23 years and it’s an adventure I thoroughly enjoy. I still love it and would love to share my CTMH journey with you. So… I want to extend special invitation to you to come be a part of my Close To My Heart adventure by joining my Creative Hearts Team this month.

I just got home a few days ago from the Annual Close To My Heart Convention in Orlando, Florida. It was amazing and I had a wonderful time sharing it with my Creative Hearts Team and CTMH friends from around the world. We have so much fun together. There’s lots of laughter, creative inspiration, learning, and encouragement. While Convention is an incredible experience, I love that I can still enjoy connecting with all of these Consultants throughout the year through my Creative Hearts Team. When you become a member of my Creative Hearts Team, you are part of the family and can enjoy being connected to a supportive, creative, and inspiring group of Consultants.

This is us last week, sporting our Creative Hearts Team shirts and kicking off Convention with a Team Celebration.






During the month of July, you become a Close To My Heart Consultant and join my Team while getting in on a great Early Bird Special. Are you wondering what the “Early Bird” part of that special is all about? That’s a great question.


Close To My Heart has a brand new

Annual Inspirations Idea Book coming out August 1. 


One of the fun things about being a CTMH Consultant is that we have access to the new Idea Books and all of the new products a month before they are available to everyone else. It’s kind of like Christmas for Consultants every time a new Idea Book comes out, (which is four times a year),  because we get to create with all of the new products early. In fact, some of my new products just arrived today and I’m excited for some creative time. Yay!


While I cannot show you the pages of the New CTMH Annual Inspirations yet, I can at least show the cover.


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It’s gorgeous, right? If you are at all like me, looking at this beautiful cover made me want to flip through the pages and find out what new and exciting things are inside. Well, the New CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book is overflowing with amazing new products for scrapbooking, paper crafting, and more. You can be the first to see what’s new by becoming a CTMH Consultant this month.


Here’s what the Early Bird Special is all about.


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In July, when you purchase a New Consultant Kit for only $75, you receive over $250 in new product, including… 

  • A $50 shopping spree that you can use to choose your own favorite new products
  • A brand new Fundamental Paper Pack
  • A brand new Fundamental Complements



You can choose from the three different color groups for your Fundamental Paper and Complements. All of the patterns, prints, and accessories are brand new. Here’s a little sneak peek at what they look like.



Enchantment Fund Collage


Adventure Fund 2 Collage



Whimsey Fund Collage


The Complements have a variety of sticker sheets, glitter die-cuts, and vellum die-cuts. They are amazing when you see them in person. You can choose a matching Fundamental Paper and Complements FREE with a New Consultant Kit this month. So fun.


Serving as the Team Leader for the Creative Hearts Team is one of my favorite things. I’m blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of Consultants. We have team members in 35 states across the country and we stay connected through Team newsletters, activities, events, exclusive Facebook Group, happy mail, and celebrations. I love sharing my CTMH journey with them, and I would love to have you be a part of our amazing Creative Hearts Team.





To join my team, just click here.

If you have questions, contact me at





I think there is something truly amazing in the power of a single smile. A smile can have such a positive impact on the people around us, even in just a short moment. Like those times when you pass someone walking down the street, or when people have been waiting in a long line, or when someone new walks into a room of strangers. A simple smile can say hello, brighten someones day, share encouragement, be supportive, and so many other great things. Sharing a smile can make a big difference.

As a Close To My Heart Consultant, I am so glad to be a part making a difference in the smiles of children around the world through a partnership with Operation Smile. It takes “sharing a smile” to a whole new place and the difference is life changing. Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that travels around the world providing new smiles to children who have been born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Because so many doctor’s, nurses, and  other people donate their time come alongside to make these surgeries possible, a complete surgery only costs $240. It’s amazing.

Every time I hear stories about the children and families that are helped through Operation Smile, I am just amazed. Here’s ashort video to see a little more behind what it’s all about. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch.



I had braces when I was in Junior High and I remember how I used to smile for school pictures with braces. You know that thing where you smile with your lips together and no teeth showing. Yes, that’s the one. However, my first school picture without braces and with straight teeth, I have a real smile, with teeth showing and the whole deal. I’m sure many of you know the feeling or have seen the difference in your own children.

My parents invested a lot for me to have that smile, and I invested a lot for both of my children to have braces and nice smiles. In fact, I worked a little extra to help cover the monthly payment to the orthodontist. At that time, it cost me $300 a month for my children to have braces and it was a huge stretch for our family. The amazing thing is we were only talking about fixing crooked teeth. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like as a parent to want to help a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate and not be able to. I’m thankful for Operation Smile, the doctors, nurses, and people who make providing these surgeries possible.

I’m also really thankful for the part you and I can have through Close To My Heart. Did you know that a portion of every Close To My Heart stamp set that is sold goes directly to Operation Smile? That’s pretty cool. Even more exciting, in February, Close To My Heart is making the exclusive “Share the Love” Stamp Set available to help raise funds for Operation Smile. As Monica mentioned in the video above, for every “Share the Love” Stamp Set purchased this month, $7 goes to Operation Smile. That’s fantastic. What that means is that for every 35 “Share the Love” Stamp Sets that are sold, another child will be able to receive the surgery that will change their smile and their lives forever.



Share The Love Stamp Set



The stamp set is really cute and super versatile. Don’t you just love the classic camera, typewriter, and telephone? And then there are all of those great messages. This stamp set could be used for so many different types of crafting projects. It’s perfect for sharing smiles through happy mail and special treats. It’s even great for scrapbooking the things that make you smile and happy moments.



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I would like to invite you to join me in making a difference this month, and order one of these stamp sets for yourself. This great stamp set and special opportunity are only available in February, so don’t let it slip by.

You can email me directly to order a “Share the Love” Stamp Set, or you can click here to shop on my website and have it ship directly to you. When you shop online, be sure to click the “Join” button next to “Michelle’s February Online Gathering.” This will automatically enter you in a drawing for a $25 Give-Away in Close To My Heart products.



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Let’s share a smile and make a difference together.




Today I’m hanging cedar garland around the windows at my house and putting the finishing touches on the Christmas tree. Have you started decorating at you house? I love it. It’s kind of a walk down memory lane to unwrap each ornament and bring out all of the holiday things that have become part of our traditions. Each piece has a story that goes with it that reminds me of Christmas moments shared with with family and friends over the years. It’s good stuff.


Holiday Collage


I’ve  been thinking about all of those little holiday happy thoughts and I had to ask myself, “Where are those memories in my scrapbooks?” It’s pretty normal to make pages for the big holiday moments like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, or maybe even a holiday baking day, caroling, or a Christmas party, but there is so much more to my family’s holiday story than just those big events. Really, our holiday traditions begin right after Thanksgiving with lots of little things that sprinkle holiday magic all the way through December and make Christmas time special.


So, I am going to try scrapbooking the holidays a little differently this year, and I would like to invite you to join me in some memory making fun this December.


I know December can get full and overflowing, so for me I needed to find a simple way to go about preserving more memories this year. I have decided to try a “photo-a-day” scrapbook for the  month of December using the Close To My Heart pocket page format with the White Pines Picture My Life Cards and accessories I have never scrapbooked a whole month like this before, but with this easy format it’s feeling totally do-able.

The White Pines collection of Picture My Life Cards has festive designs that include a numbered printed card for every day from December 1 – 25, plus a whole bunch of other cards that can be use for journaling and decorative accents. With the pocket pages you just slide in photos and cards and everything comes together beautifully. The cards look something like this.

White Pines PML They are super cute on their own, but they also coordinate White Pines Paper Packet and Complements making it easy to add a 12″ x 12′ cover page.  Adding Red Gems and Poppy Thick Twine  make everything even a little more festive. In the photos shown below, the white spaces are the pockets where I will add the pictures for each day.


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I have also put together a December Photo-A-Day Activity sheet to make it even faster, simpler, and easier to be capturing moments each day throughout the month. I did a little research on Christmas journaling topics, other photo-a-day activities, and gave some thought to things that might be fun to document this time of year. I compiled all of that together and came up with this plan of themes or topics for a picture I’m going to take each day in December. This way I can use the topics each day instead of trying to decide what to take a pictures of along the way.



December Photo A Day Hashtag


Each photo theme is designed to be personalized to tell the stories that reflect your own holiday experiences. Even if each person in my family took a picture of something that tied into the photo topic for each day, they would all be different. The variety of stories would be amazing. Just imagine the fantastic photo collection that you could have at the end of the month?

Don’t you think it would be awesome to have something that creates an overview of holiday festivities for the whole month? It isn’t that every day needs to have some big holiday thing happening in order to get a great picture. I think it’s more about preserving the every day shared moments, the sights and sounds, the something new and something old, the things that are reflective of our experiences at Christmas.


You can join in the Photo-A-Day Activity, too.

AND… if you share your photo on Facebook or Instagram

with the hashtag #SomethingAboutSharingDecember,

you will be entered in a Give-Away Drawing for $25 in Close To My Heart products.



I would love to have you join me in this Photo-A-Day memory keeping activity for December. You don’t need to have your album pages already put together to get started. You can just print off the December Photo-A-Day Activity list and begin taking pictures.


To put together your pocket scrapbook pages and be ready to add your pictures, you can order the supplies listed below on my website by clicking here, or contact me for a Workshop Kit.


December Photo-A-Day Workshop Kit – $42 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Includes:

  • Z3176 White Pines Pictures My Life Cards
  • Z7200B White Pines Paper Packet
  • Z7200C White Pines Complements
  • Z1951 Pocket Page Memory Protectors
  • Z3093 Fern Thick Twine
  • Z3090 Red Enamel Gems
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • 1 – 12″ x 12″ Memory Protector
  • Pre-cut Workshop pieces for two 12″ x 12″ pages
  • Instructions for putting pages together and embellishing PML cards


I am so excited about this scrapbook project. I hope that you will join me in doing a little memory making and memory keeping this December. Joining in this project together we can be sharing December moments together, spreading a little Christmas cheer, and encourage each other to be preserving our stories throughout the holidays. Happy memory making! It’s going to be awesome.



December Photo-A-Day Give-Away




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Who says shopping for “Back-To-School” supplies is just for kids and teachers? It’s true I do not have children at home anymore, and I’m no longer a full-time Elementary School Teacher. However, every year I still enjoy walking up and down the school supply aisles. It’s one of my favorite things about this back-to-school time of year. There’s just nothing quite like a brand new box of color crayons, sharp pencils with erasers, fresh new markers, and a new Pee-Chee folder, of course. You know what I mean. It’s good stuff.

When you open a new box of crayons they simply look fabulous. The tops of the crayons are all even, the paper wrappers are crisp, and they are just waiting to bring the magic of color to your very next project. It’s kind of exciting, like, “Oh, the beautiful things I will make with these.” Possibilities everywhere!

I think that’s what back-to-school time is, in a way. It’s that new beginning of possibilities, an open door for more adventures, and everything that a new year of learning, exploring, and enjoying shared experiences can bring. It’s a new box of crayons and school supplies that are all ready for creating the next thing.

Are you ready for creating your next thing?


Traditional back-to-school basic supplies might look something like this…

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Your updated basic supplies might look something like this…


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Some new glue, scissors, a Mini Stapler and markers can be terrific resources for helping you along in your creative happy place.

I’ve been doing some creating and coloring with my ShinHan markers, and other NEW Close To My Heart products, but you have to wait until the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book goes live on Sept. 1 to see those. In the meantime, here are a couple of simple gift enclosure cards that I made. Just stamp in black, color, and layer on cardstock. So quick and so colorful.


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Have you tried the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers yet? They color beautifully. These markers have dual tips with an alcohol-based ink that helps them to blend smoothly without streaks. You can also build color up or even take color away with the coordinating Blender Marker. The special ink formula also lets you add color to more than just paper. You can color on top of neutral colored Close To My Heart accessories like Shimmer Trim, Sparkles, and Sequins to make them whatever color you need to coordinate with your projects. With 24 different colors to choose from in the CTMH ShinHan color palette you have so many options. Just imagine having 24 different shades of Shimmer Trim. Fantastic!

If you’re like me, you enjoy having lots of coloring options. That’s one of the tricky parts about choosing a box of color crayons, right? Do you get the box of 24, 48, or 64… oh my goodness, the choices.

I thought I would help you out with putting together a collection of ShinHan markers and I’ll give you some free colors along the way.


For every 5 ShinHan Markers you purchase through me,

you get a 6th ShinHan marker FREE.


When you have all 24 colors, I will also give you a free Blender Marker. That will help you add to your colors a little bit faster and save you $30 on your full set.

To make it easier to remember which colors you have, when you order ShinHan markers through me, I’ll send you a chart to keep track of the marker colors you have ordered and a color swatch chart for you to use as a reference when you are choosing colors for your projects. I have my color swatch chart out every time I use my ShinHan markers to make it easier to see which color I want to work with. You can order ShinHan markers on my website by clicking here or contacting me at 


Marker Charts Collage


I think you will enjoy coloring with these markers for so many different kinds of projects. As you choose some colors to start with, remember that the Marker Roll-Ups are available to help organize all of your colors, too.


Roll-Up Marker


The organizer holds all 24 marker colors with room for a Blender Marker, too. It rolls up into one handy little case making it easy to store your markers and making them very portable. There is even a hanging loop inside the organizer for easy vertical storage if that fits your space better. Having the perfect container to organize your markers is right up there with something to hold all of the school supplies inside student desks. The Marker Roll-Up is designed to help you have a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.

In August you can get a FREE “Balloon Wishes” Stamp Set when you purchase the Marker Roll-Up, so if you are thinking about picking up some new colors, this is a great time to begin organizing, as well. By itself, the stamp set would be $17.95, however, it’s free until August 31 when you purchase a Marker Roll-Up.


Balloon Wishes


It’s great fun to add a splash of color to your projects and having those essential supplies at your fingertips is important. If you enjoy new creative resources, having the right tools ready for the next project, and creating new things, here are a couple of specials that you might find helpful.


Back-To-School Specials

While I might not be teaching in a classroom anymore, I still look at this time of year with with anticipation for new experiences, changes, learning, exploring, creating, making memories, and keeping memories. It’s all such good stuff. Enjoy the magic of a new box of crayons, or new markers, or whatever creative resources get you excited about making the next thing happen. It’s a great season.







I have always enjoy taking pictures, capturing moments, and creating albums. My very first camera used 110 film. Do you remember those thin little pocket cameras? I got my camera for my 16th birthday and I loved being able to take my own pictures. My camera wasn’t anything fancy, but the memories it captured were and still are treasures.

I have several albums filled with pictures that I took with my 110 camera, but last week I found myself bringing out one of my favorites. It’s not a typical scrapbook or photo album, it’s actually a very unique book that I created about my senior year of high school. I got to thinking about it because my niece was graduating from high school last Saturday, June 6th, and I suddenly realized I graduated on June 6th, too, however it was a Wednesday night and back in 1984. Yes, it’s been a while.

I thought I would share a little bit of the memory book I made of my senior year with you because I love how it reminds me that there are many ways that we can tell our stories. Sometimes we get stuck thinking scrapbooking or memory keeping needs to look one particular way, but that’s not true. Take a look at the format I used to record my senior year of high school. It’s not a typical photo album or scrapbook and today it looks like this.


Senior Book Cover Collage


Looking through the pages of this book makes me think of the story about the “Velveteen Rabbit” who was so loved that most of it’s hair had been loved off and he had become a little shabby…he had become real.” This book is full of things that were and are very real to me. Here’s how it all came about.


At the beginning of my senior year, the Josten’s company came to the school to show us options for senior class rings. I picked out my ring and as I was placing my order I saw that they had this new type of book that you could get to put all of the memorabilia in from your senior year. I thought it looked super interesting and ordered one to try.

When my order came I wasn’t quite sure how to go about filling all of the blank pages that were in the book. Should I work in chronological order? Where should I start? What kinds of things should be included?


Then I opened the book and found this note inside the front cover…

“This is your book. Not just any book, though. This is one that you write. At your own pace. As little or as much as you want. It exists right now in your hands only as a shell – waiting to be filled with words, pictures, things, memories, whatever you choose to put in it relating to the experiences of your senior year.

It can be a scrapbook, a diary, a graffiti book, a photo album, an autograph book, a memorabilia collector – or it can be all of those things. It can be as light as you want, as serious as you want. As superficial as you want, as revealing as you want. You decide.

Make of it exactly what you want. Just let your mind and your pen run wild. And, do it in your own, unique way.

Again, this is your book. At the end of your senior year, it will be unique – as you are. There will be no other book like it anywhere in the world.

Consider it an open invitation to record a chunk of your life – a capsule of this total sum of your experiences during this most important year in your life. Something you can look back on and cherish in the years to come.

So use it. Make it count. You’ll never be sorry you did. And, besides…you’ll have fun doing it.”


That was just the encouragement I needed. Suddenly I had freedom to make this book anything I wanted. I could fill the pages any way I wanted with blurbs here, bits there, and combinations of things however I connected with them at the time, and so the journey began. This book of my senior year took shape a little bit at a time over those days until I wrapped it all up with photographs from graduation night and our senior trip at the end. I love this book. The instructions at the beginning were exactly right, this is MY book. There is no other book like it.

So would you like to see some of the pages from my special book? Some have autographs and photos, others newspaper articles and special event programs, and others notes and a variety of memorabilia. Here’s a peek into my 1983/84 school year.


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Clearly, I put a lot of things in this book and I have enjoyed looking through it over the years. It is so full that it doesn’t even close and some of the pages have become loose. You see what I mean about the “Velveteen Rabbit?” In the story it says, “Once you become real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit. This is a book holds a story that lasts for always.


This was a unique format for memory keeping in 1984, however today it would be very similar to the Close To My Heart My Crush Books. I have several My Crush Books in process and I would really like to encourage you to see how fun it is to make a book of your own using Close To My Heart My Crush Books. They are fantastic and perfect for telling your own story and making a book that is like none other.


There are a several My Crush Books to choose from with a variety of versatile themes, including a Christmas book that I love. And guess what…My Crush Books are on special during the month of June. When you purchase a My Crush Book and one of the accessory assortment packs for embellishing the pages, you get a coordinating stamp set free. You can see all of the different books on my website. Just click here.


Summer Crush Special


To get started making your own book and treasure, all you need to do is pick a theme, pick a My Crush Book, and run with it. These books work with any kind of topic. You could make a book about summertime, vacations, camping highlights, family fun, a book of possibilities, a collection of your favorite things… anything. There’s no pressure, no limits, no have-to’s, no need to work in any particular order…just whatever you want to do that makes the book your own.

A My Crush Book would also be a fabulous summer project for kids. How fun would that be for them to get to tell their own story…anything goes. Later they can look back and see the things they were interested in at the time, adventures they had, places they went, and even their own handwriting. Definitely a treasure in the making.

There is something special about having a book that as you flip through pages you are reminded of memories, laughter, people, places, and happy thoughts. As Josten’s said in their note inside the front cover of my senior year book, “Consider it an open invitation to record a chunk of your life – a capsule of…your experiences… Something you can look back on and cherish in the years to come.”

Close To My Heart My Crush Books make it easy for us to accept the invitation to make something uniquely ours where each book tells a special story all it’s own. There are My Crush Books and blank pages just waiting for us to fill them up with snapshots, thoughts, dreams, and shared moments. Visit my website and order a book for yourself, for a friend, for your kids, and let the storytelling continue.

Enjoy the moments today, and tomorrow. Michelle



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…


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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.


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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.


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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


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



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.




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