In case you haven't heard, CTMH has partnered up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this super cute Happy Thoughts kraft container! This will air from 7 pm to 8 pm MDT, which is 9 PM EDT on May 30th & anyone with an internet connection can watch but you have to be registered first! It's not too late to sign up & even if you don't have the same materials, you can use whatever is on hand or make later on as there are FREE handouts too! Sign up here
Do you ever wonder how Close To My Heart is staying "alive" in this uncertain economy? Well, Jeanette Lynton, CTMH’s founder and CEO, posted a great message on her blog recently that I thought you might like to read. This is such an amazing company, and the fact that we are 100% debt free in an economy like this, just proves how amazing CTMH is. Read on...
Creativity Now and Always
by Jeanette Lynton
Within the past month, paper crafters have heard and seen some hard news—well-known industry names have announced bankruptcy or removed their scrapbooking lines. It may leave many wondering what the future is for our beloved pursuit of memory keeping and creativity. As the CEO and Founder of Close To My Heart, I have many thoughts on the topic and wanted to share a few with you.
First off, preserving our memories is NOT a fad. It's one of the most important things we do in our journey here on earth, and it's as key as breathing and as sustainable as family. In the past few years, we have seen scrapbooking come into the spotlight and many flocked to set up shop and design products to capitalize on it. While we at Close To My Heart have welcomed the focus on scrapbooking over the past few years, we know that even when the hubbub fades, the core and relevance underneath the hype remains. I have been in the industry for nearly 30 years—LONG before it was "trendy"—and plan to be in this essential industry for decades to come.
Because Close To My Heart will be here for the long-term, we have run our business differently than many others. We are not leveraged to the hilt or financed by outside investors. I have always believed in organic, cash-based growth, and the simple provident rule of spending less than I earn. It's a principle I've applied to business and it's ensured that Close To My Heart operates profitably. We have been profitable month after month, year after year. Our credit rating is excellent, and this protects our commitment to delivering a wealth of diverse, beautiful products at competitive prices while providing secure commission checks for our Consultants, employees, and vendors.
Second, yes, the industry is changing. I welcome and embrace that! In my 30 years in business, I have seen many changes and they almost always yield fresh directions, new products, and a new crop of crafters. Change always brings opportunity! I have long said that as long as little girls are born with hands, they will want to create. I am grateful to be a part of such an important contribution to society and know that this will continue.
Ultimately, I invite everyone—whether you are an existing Consultant or customer, a past purchaser, or even if you have never purchased a Close To My Heart product—to get to know us again for the first time. Close To My Heart is strong. Papercrafting, memory keeping, and creativity are more important than ever before and we provide unique, diverse products for every style and ability of crafter. Close To My Heart is committed to scrapbooking, and if it's a passion you share, then YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.
Ever have your layouts or cards "wrinkle" like this? This is one of the first layouts I had created & although I love the layout, I hate it just the same...why?? Because I used cheap adhesive :-( When I first made it, it laid flat, now, years later, this is what it looks like :-( Don't cheap out with your adhesives; now all I use is the Tombow Permanent Adhesive Roller & don't have any issues at all. If you are interested in this system, I am a rep for Tombow & can offer you a great price on the 3 pack refill packs, half of the price than what you would pay at Michaels! If you are interested, please send me an email here for more details.
Thanks for stopping by & stay clear of the cheap adhesive ;-)
My name is Shelley but those who know me know I prefer to be called Sheshy. My nephew tagged me with that name when he was learning to talk; it is very special to me, so I have "changed" my name! I think you can tell by my blog background that I am a country girl :-) I live in a 2 story old farm house with my husband James & our 4 beautiful 4 legged children! I love all things country, quilting & of course scrapbooking when it comes to CTMH & most importantly anything that has to do with Robert Pattinson! Go team Edward!