Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Video ~ Stepping Up Your Stamping ~ Check Out These Super Cute Workshop On The Go Kits!

I thought I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Stepping Up Your Stamping". They show you a few "Workshop On The Go" paper pack ideas...that will be available to buy starting TOMORROW ~ August 1st! I think you are really going to enjoy these new paper packs! So, go check out the video to see what CTMH has coming your way! Then go my website tomorrow to get started on your shopping!

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Catalog Is Almost Here!!! Also Check Out ~ The Double Stamp Set Special For National Stamping Month! ~ "It's Your Day"

So, the new catalog is going "live" in a few days...wait until you see it! You are going to love it! And, I think you are going to love the special that is coming up! It is called "It's Your Day". This special starts August 15th until Sept. 30th. It's for National Stamping Month. (CTMH is giving us a head start on that month's fun!) With this special you'll get 2 D size stamp sets. The stamp sets are adorable! Here is the flyer for that special along with a peek of what you'll get! You just need to buy $35.00 or more in products and you can get the double stamp set for $5.00. You can add the Stamp Of The Month if you bump it up to $50.00...for another $5.00. That's a lot of bang for your buck! If you have any questions let me know. If not, you can get the special (and the SOTM) on my website real soon!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Check Out The New Petite Perks Stamp Set That Will Be Available Soon!

I thought I'd schedule a post for today since I will be at Disneyland making memories with my children! Since we have a new catalog coming out in a few days we will also have a new Petite Perks stamp set coming out too (another sneak peek!). These are little stamp sets that only a consultant can buy...I buy some each catalog to give as gifts. If you would like a set...put an order in on my website starting August 1st and I'll give you one as a gift (while supplies last)!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Quote Book ~ A Poem To Add To Your Book ~ Disney

I usually do the quotes today to add to your quote book...but I decided today to do a poem instead.
We waited in anticipation
For the day to come.
Luckily, Mickey and Minnie
All joined in our fun.
We fondly lived our dreams
In the warm vacationing sun.
I thought I would share this poem I found today since my children and I will be going to Disneyland on Friday with some of my daughter's Girl Scout troop. And, since I already did quotes a while back (see HERE) I thought a poem would be good this time. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week.  Hope you enjoyed the poem!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Footloose Paper Pack ~ Want To See A Cute Baby? Check Out This Post!

I thought today I would share a layout I made over the weekend. I used the Footloose paper pack (X7151B), the Footloose Complements Dimensional Elements (X7151C), the Cork Alphabet (Z1450) and a few Opaques Adhesive Gems ~ Pearl (Z1336) to finish it off. As you can see from the date on the layout it took me awhile to get to it. The baby in the photos is now almost 5 feet tall and 11 years old....but still just as cute! FYI~ This paper pack is retiring at the end of the if you want to make a layout, buy it today before it's too late!   

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sneak Peek ~~ Two Brand New Home Decor Kits ~~ Available Starting 8/1/2012!!

I thought I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Home Decor". They show you two BRAND NEW kits (Advent Calendar and Scroll Album) that will be available to buy starting August 1st! I thought you would love seeing a sneak peek!
These kits will make really nice holiday gifts for special family members. If you buy them in August that will give you plenty of time to make some special you'll be ahead of the game when the "crazy" holiday stuff starts. Check out the video to see just how easy it will be! And, go to my website next Wednesday to get started on your shopping for gift making products! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sneak Peek ~~ New Product Colors ~~ Available Starting 8/1/12!!

I thought today I would share a sneak peek of some of the new colors that are coming out in the brand new catalog...starting August 1st! Right now we have 60 colors and Close To My Heart has decided to retire a bunch of the colors and bring out 6 new colors. We will have a total of 42 colors for our products...our ink pads, markers (which will be new, alcohol-based...when you buy the markers you will get 2 will be the actual ink color, and the second one will be a little lighter or darker...which the catalog will let you know before you order it) and our paper.

CTMH has also added a few extra colors into the paper packs...some of the cardstock will be colors that you'll only be able to get with that paper pack. This way we'll have some new colors without having to buy a bunch of extra products. We won't need to buy ink, markers, or extra paper...but will have these extra colors to use. I love this idea...we won't be overwhelmed with too many choices, but won't get bored with these extra add-on colors! I know I've said this before, but...I just LOVE CTMH!    
Ps. If you want to try to buy some of the ink colors before they retire (or sell out) let me know and I will put a list of the colors that are going to retire together for you. We only have about a week left until you won't be able to get them.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Footloose Paper Pack ~ Check Out The Pretty Gift Idea!

I thought I would share a photo to give you another idea on what you can make with the "Footloose" paper pack. I just love this just screams "summer"! It would make a nice gift for someone special. Or, you can make this layout with your beach photos. It wouldn't take long to put together either. But, this paper pack is retiring at the end of the month (which is in a week and a half!) so don't wait to order it if you want it! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Quote Book ~ A Poem To Add To Your Book ~ Troubles

I usually do the quotes today to add to your quote book...but I decided today to do a poem instead.

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead. Some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat.
I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
 (from Dr. Seuss)
I thought I would share this poem today since I've had some troubles lately...but need to keep focused! So I found this poem...I thought it was cute. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week. Hope you enjoyed the poem!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Footloose ~ Paper Pack ~ Workshop On The Go Kit ~ Studio J = Great Beach / Summertime Artwork!

Today I thought I would share the paper pack "Footloose" with you. You can buy the Workshop On The Go (G1036). It comes with: "Footloose" paper pack, a special stamp set (can only get this set if you buy the wotg kit), Wooden Badge Buttons, & a workshop guide (directions to make some scrapbook layouts).

If your not really into stamping you can buy the paper pack (X7151B) and Footloose DE (X7151C) and make your own designs up. And, if you are into stamping...we have 2 sets that go great with this paper..."Under the Sea" (C1500) and "Just Chillin' (C1495). No matter which way you want to're going to want to order this paper. (FYI ~ This paper is retiring at the end of the month so don't wait if you want it!!)

Also, look at the see what you could do on Studio J (Digital Scrapbooking) with this paper pack...if you're low on time but still want to put your photos into a great scrapbook for your family! That is what I love about Close To My Heart...they give us so many fabulous choices!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Studio J ~ "Love Your Layout: June 2012" Video! Tips To Use Studio J ~ Digital Scrapbooking At It's Best!

I thought I would share another video that Close To My Heart put on youtube about Studio J (Digital Scrapbooking). This one is called "Love Your Layout: June 2012". In this video they show you some great tips on using Studio J. This time they show you how to add extra photos or journaling spaces, how to rotate the pattern to change the layouts, and creative ideas using text boxes. So, check out the video and then go to my website and check Studio J out! Using Studio J is a great way to get your memories into a scrapbook faster and easier! In 30 minutes or less you can have this great layout made and ready to be shipped right to your door! There is no printing on your end (and no mess or clean up time either)! You'll fall in love with this program! 
Ps. To use Studio J you just go to the don't have to download any programs, you don't have to print anything, no time spent pulling out or putting away supplies, it doesn't cost you anything to play with it, there are no longer memberships, and they lowered the prices! It's a win-win!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Reminder: We Are At The Halfway Point For July! ~ Check Out "The Perfect Pair" Special, SOTM, and Retiring Paper Packs!

I just wanted to remind everyone that we are at the middle of the month...incase you want to buy the Stamp Of The Month ("Live Out Loud" ~ S1207). This set is only available during the month of July! So, you don't want to forget...because once the month is is being able to buy this stamp set full of fun sayings! Also, don't forget we have a special "The Perfect Pair" that also ends at the end of July!

And, I also want to remind you...if you like any of these paper packs (Cruisin, Footloose, Superhero, Lucy, Typeset, Roxie, Elemental, or Sonoma) they will be retiring at the end of the month! So, you want to make sure to get your order in before it's too late!  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sneak Peek ~~ NEW Catalog and New Cricut Cartridge ~~ Available Starting 8/1/12 ~~ Check Out My Website On August 1st!!

I was able to see on the computer the new catalog CTMH is mailing to the consultants. It will be available for you to order starting on August 1st!!! The biggest news is they have a new CRICUT CARTRIDGE ARTISTE!! It has 700 shapes, comes with 3 adorable stamp sets that perfectly coordinate, and 3 dimensional element chipboard sheets that also coordinate (word bubbles, pennants, and mini album)!
There are a few ways you can get it:
**buy $99 (starting August 1st)
**have a gathering (starting August 1st) and if your party is $250 or more in sales you can get it for 50% off
**or GET IT BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE~~become a consultant (essential kit is $49 or master kit for $99) then buy it...but get the consultant discount for it when you do! If you become a consultant you can order it as soon as you are approved (no waiting until August 1st). They did offer a special if you wait until August to become a consultant...a super cute bag (while supplies last). If you have any questions contact me!  
Ps. If you want to have a gathering I can set it up on the computer so you'll have a link August 1st to get your party going!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Quote Book ~ A Poem To Add To Your Book ~ Years Will Pass

I thought I would do something a little different...I usually do the quotes today to add to your quote book...but I decided today to do a poem instead.

Years will pass,
times will change,
 nothing is forever.
But no matter where life leads us...on these pages,
we will always be together.  

I thought I would share this poem today since I am missing my Grandparents and was thinking I really need to scrapbook some pictures I have of them. So I found this poem. Anyway, don't forget to stop back again for more quotes next week. Hope you enjoyed the poem!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I Received: "The Versatile Blogger" Award!

I thought today I would share with you...that I received my 2nd blog award...Yeah! That makes me happy to know people are reading my blog. "The Versatile Blogger" award was given to me by Jessie from The Thriftiness Miss. Go check her out and give her some love! She's got an awesome blog full of tips, recipes, crafts, and so much more. 

Here are the requirements for the award...

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award
  2. Include a link to their blog in your post, as well as the award image
  3. Give 7 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 other deserving bloggers for the award
  5. Include links to the nominated bloggers' sites
  6. Let the other bloggers know that they have been nominated for the award.

7 Randoms facts about Lauren a.k.a Lauren Loves To Scrap

  1. I'm 44 years old.
  2. I love to read...just about anything! 
  3. I love to scrapbook and make paper craft items.  
  4. I use to sell real estate and work in property management.
  5. My favorite tv show is The Big Bang Theory. 
  6. I own an in-home daycare business.
  7. I am taking my children to Disney at the end of the month with some of my daughter's Girl Scout troop (the Jr.(s) that are bridging.) 

    ***I can't thank Jessie enough for awarding me this honor! I'm truly touched and humbled that there are people out there who enjoy reading my posts and following my blog.***

     In no particular order here are 15 bloggers that I'd like to give this award to...
  1. Dawn from StampTilDawn
  2. Patty from Pssmitty
  3. Kate from san diego deals and steals
  4. Crystal from money saving mom
  5. Coupon Teacher from My Coupon Teacher
  6. Jill from Meet the Dubiens
  7. Dawn from Market Mommy
  8. Becky Marie from Ucreate With Kids
  9. Michell from Girl In Air
  10. Kim from Mommie Again
  11. Cassie from A Day In The Life 
  12. Sarah from The Healthy Home Economist
  13. Nicole from Baking Bites
  14. Katie from Family Friendly Frugality
  15. Jamie from Eighteen 25 
Again I'd like to thank Jessie from The Thriftiness Miss for nominating me!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Video ~ "Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon" ~ Check Out How Easy This Ribbon Is To Change It's Color!

I thought I would share a video that Close To My Heart put on youtube called "Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon". They show you how to use the change the look of your scrapbook layout or cards super fast and easy! (I posted about this great ribbon on June 4th...look HERE to see the post.) All you need to buy is the Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732), Sponge Daubers
(Z726), and some inks...and you're on your way! So, check out the video to see just how easy it can be!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Baby Shower Card / Tag and Thank You Gift...Cute!

I thought today I would post a cute card I made for a baby shower I went to last weekend. I signed the back so she could use the card (it's more like a tag) in her scrapbook if she wanted to. I used a retired Close To My Heart stamp set...I love having excuses to use my stamp sets. I put together a basket of baby items to go with the card (or I guess it's the other way around...I made a card to go with the basket, LOL!). And she made these really cute little "Thank You" gifts she handed out to everyone who came to the party. She used her Cricut to make the cute little circle and a CTMH's stamp for the saying. I thought I'd share incase anyone needs some baby shower / gift ideas. Cute!...but not as cute as the baby!   

Friday, July 6, 2012

Family Road Trip ~ Santa Cruz, Morro Bay, and The Drive Home ~ We Had A Great Trip!

I looked over the pictures from our family road trip and decided this will be the last day I will be sharing pictures from our vacation. Now, I need to find time to use Studio J to get them all into a scrapbook. Anyway, these pictures I'm sharing today are when we were at Santa Cruz, Morro Bay, and driving home. We saw some really beautiful places...I love the California coast! Hopefully you'll enjoy the pictures too!

And, I wanted to let everyone know about the person who took care of our animals since she did such a great job! Incase anyone is going on vacation (that is close to where I live) and needs someone to care for their Linda's Puppy Love   . My fur babies loved her...which means she did a great job in my book.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Family Road Trip ~ Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Fishermans Wharf ~ We Had A Fun, Silly Day!

Today I am sharing pictures from our family road trip...I still have 2-3 days left to post of the photos. These were taken at Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, and Fishermans Wharf. We ate lunch at the restaurant called "Wipe Out" (had some good food!). We also stopped in a store for left-handed people. My son and my cousin are both left-handed so I had to buy a few items for them. They had a cute saying on many of the items: "I may be left handed but I'm always right." Cute huh?! Anyway, the next day or so you'll find more posts about our make sure to stop back!   
Ps. Saved the best for hubby will do anything I ask...he's such a great guy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July's Special ~ The Perfect Pair! Look To See How You Can Get Free Paper Packs and Coordinating Accessories!

Close To My Heart is having a special during the month of July. It's called "The Perfect Pair". Check out this flyer for all the details! You can get free paper packs and coordinating accessories! Just a few things to keep in mind: the deal changes each week so make sure to look at the flyer, you can only do it online (at my website), the discounted products do not count toward the qualifying purchase ($75.00 or more) that you need to spend, and it's while supplies pick the week(s) you are interested in and order as soon as that week starts so you don't miss out! Go check the flyer out and get your list ready! Or your order in!

Monday, July 2, 2012

SOTM For July 2012 ~ Live Out Loud (S1207) ~ I Just Love All The Fun Sayings!

I am almost done showing you our family road trip photos...but need to take a break to tell you about the July SOTM and our July Special...which I will post about make sure to stop back! In the meantime...check out the Stamp of the Month for July! The set is called "Live Out Loud" (S1207). This set is has some fun sayings that will dress up any art project you're working on. To get this stamp set...that is only available during the month of July...just spend $50.00 and you can get it for $5.00! Check out my website and find a few goodies to go with the SOTM.