Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What is FUNdamental Scrapbooking?? (my Convention Presentation!! - Part 1)

So, back in May 2015,
the Close to my Heart home office
called and invited me to be a
"special presenter" at the annual 
Close to my Heart Convention
(at the Disneyland Hotel, in Anaheim, CA)!
Of course I said "Yes!", so... I DID IT!!!
(as scary as it was to be up there, lol).

...and now that the NEW Annual Inspirations
and Holiday Expressions Catalogs have been released
online on September 1st (view catalogs here!!),
I can finally share ALL of the details about
what exactly it is that I shared on stage!!

First, here are a few photos of me as a presenter that day...





Next, here is what I presented on stage
(along with the first two of eight total 
scrapbook layouts that I shared that day):

What is a "Fundamental" Scrapbooker?
 Fundamental scrapbookers like to create clean, uncluttered, and balanced pages that can be completed quickly and without a lot of fuss. We may not care to add any dimensional embellishments that make our pages lumpy/bumpy. We like our photos and journaling to be the main focal points on each page, without too many distracting decorative elements.

A Fundamental scrapbooker may be a beginner 
that we are teaching to scrapbook for the very first time, OR...
It may be someone who is a very experienced 
scrapbooker, like me, that wants to complete their pages 
faster, simpler, and easier!

Even though I do like to take my time being extra creative sometimes, most of the time my busy life as a wife and working mother of five, just doesn't allow as much creative time as I want to have. If you, like me, have ever felt that you lack the time, lack the creativity, or lack the money to afford a lot of product, then Close to my Heart offers us a
simple solution...

FUNdamental Scrapbooking!!
using our new line of Paper Fundamentals and coordinating stickers/embellishments, as well as, our My Reflections paper packs and Complements!

Let me show you what my
"Fundamental" scrapbook pages look like...
(the new products I used are listed beneath each photo below)!!

NEW Paper Fundamentals - Basics (black) Z3128 (p.109)
NEW Fundamental Stickers Pack - Basics (with gold foil) Z3166 (p. 110)
"Piano Man" title is cut from NEW Gold Glitter Paper Z3076 (p. 145)
with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge Z3169 (p. 120)
"Jose Rubio Jr." is stamped with Alphabet stamp set, Jennifer's Hand B1484 (p. 107).

(close-up of the Left page)

(Close-up of the Right page)

NEW Paper Fundamentals - Whimsy (crystal blue & sweet leaf) Z3127 (p.109)
NEW Fundamental Stickers Pack - Basics (with gold foil) Z3166 (p. 110)
ALL of my titles and black/white/grey elements are stickers from this pack!

 (close-up of the Left page)

 (Close-up of the Right page)

Here's a tip on how to easily line up your sticker titles perfectly straight:
First, cut out just the word you want from your 6x12 sticker sheet.
Then, peel back and crease either the top half/bottom half of the sticker backing.
(it helps you to crease the backing more easily if you remove
the "negative" outside part of the stickers from the wax-paper backing also).

Then, lightly press to adhere just the sticky part of your sticker letters to your page wherever you want them. Last, pull away the wax-paper backing from underneath the rest of the stickers and press them in place. If you press them gently at first, then they are easy to remove (and re-adhere) wherever you prefer IF they do happen to move/slide around on you a bit. Now, they are instantly lined-up and spaced evenly and exactly how they came on the sticker sheet!

That's all for now!!
I'll be back to post Part 2 (two more layouts
that I presented on stage) very soon!! :)
 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! (Paper Garden S1509)

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Paper Garden S1509


You should have just arrived here from
TRACEY's BLOG.

 Here are the two standard-size cards I created using the
Paper Garden stamp set to share with you today!

The card on the left (and below) uses a patterned paper from the NEVERMORE paper pack (X7198B), which just goes to show you that the Nevermore papers can be used for a lot more than just Halloween!! The NEW Ink colors I used here include Eggplant and Fern. The "Be Happy" sentiment is from one of three stamp sets included with the NEW Cricut Artistry collection Z3167 (D1682 Love Right Now).

The card on the right (and below) features a background paper I created myself using our NEW watercolor paints (Z3132) on watercolor paper (Z3146) with our new paintbrush set (Z3188). The ink colors I used on this card include Black, Fern, and Goldrush. The "Hello Friend" sentiment is from one of the three special stamp sets available during September 2015 only, as part of our National Stamping Month promotion 
(CC1041 Hello, Life! - Cardmaking).

Finally, here is a view that shows all of the
beautiful images included in this stamp set:

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting
Enjoy the hop!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

September Classes and Workshops!!

Saturday, September 5th
(2-5pm) and/or (6-9pm)
CARD CLASS and Halloween Treat Buffet!!
(2nd chance/make-up date is Sat, Sept. 26th 1-5pm)

I'm offering a variety of 4 new card designs
for you to create ($1.50 each).
(photo coming soon!)
featuring the "Nevermore" paper collection!

PLUS...
these super cute Halloween Treat Bags
(3 designs, $1.50 each)

Halloween Tags attached
to sticks of candy
(3 designs, $1.00 each*)
*includes the clear bag, tag, twine, and Reeses' Pieces

...and Mini Pumpkin Purses
that fit a single Hershey's chocolate nugget!
(2 designs, $ 0.50 each)

Saturday, September 12th
(9am - Noon) @ the LDS church
SHE ART
Mixed Media 5x7 Canvas
(2nd chance/make-up date is Sat, Sept. 19th, 6-9pm at Jen's house)

We're using up scraps, so it's
only $5 to create one!
You can expect a single canvas
to take 1-2 hours to make.




Saturday, September 26th
(1pm-5pm)
WORKSHOP DAY
featuring the "Zoe" paper collection!

Choose from any of the Scrapbooking
Kits/Options below (pre-ordered by 9/19!)
The easiest way to reserve your kit(s) is to make an
online payment (to StampwithJen@ymail.com) at PayPal.com.
I can also take cash/checks made out to Jennifer Rubio
(please contact me for my mailing address).

-or- make any of the Cards and/or
 Halloween Treat Buffet items
that are left-over from the Sept. 5th class.

KIT #1
Workshops on the Go® Zoe Kit:
Zoe Paper Packet
My Acrylix® Zoe Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp Set
White Daisy Cardstock (3 sheets)
Zoe Assortment
Coral Shimmer Trim
Instructional Guide
Approximate Retail Value $44.00
You Pay:  $34.92
($29.95 + 2.38 s/h + 2.59 tax)
Add on the Zoe Complements for $6.93 more ($41.85 total)

KIT #2
Zoe Basic Workshop Kit:
No stamp set included, you will use mine on workshop day!
Zoe Paper Packet ($9.95)
White Daisy Cardstock - 3 sheets ($1.50)
Zoe Assortment ($5.95)
Coral Shimmer Trim ($4.95)
You Pay:  $26.06
($22.35 + 1.78 s/h + 1.93 tax)
Add on the Zoe Complements for $6.93 more ($32.99 total)

KIT #3
Zoe Fundamental Kit:
Save time and create less-dimensional pages, 
by substituting the stamping and lumpy embellishments
with images from 2-6x6 sticker sheets, 
and printed kraft & vellum die cuts!
Zoe Paper Packet ($9.95)
White Daisy Cardstock - 3 sheets ($1.50)
Zoe Complements ($5.95)
You Pay:  $20.28
($17.40 + 1.38 s/h + 1.50 tax)

Option #4
Bring your own supplies to use
and/or Shop in-person from my Stash
I have a selection of scrapbooking kits left-over from previous classes I've offered, plus pre-stamped cards to make for just $1.50 each. TRY Picture My Life (pocket scrapbooking) a la carte, by choosing any 3x4 and 4x6 cards you'd like from my collection (cards 20/25 cents each, memory protectors $1.25).

Option #5
Beginner's (or refresher) Scrapbooking Class ($10)
Please talk to me prior to workshop day to make arrangements for this option. You will need to bring 5-8 (4x6) photos from one event and I will need to know what theme/category your photos fit into (Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, etc....) so I can prepare the supplies we'll be using. You can expect this class to take up to two hours and I am also available to offer this class to you one-on-one by appointment (weekdays from 1-3pm).

SEE the Workshops on the Go® ZOE
Scrapbooking Kit (G1096)
and Collection now on pages 18-21 of the 
New Annual Inspirations Catalog/Idea Book
(and shown below):






Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August Card Class (repeat!) this Saturday 8/22 at 1pm!

If you missed my August 8th card class,
then I have great news for you...
 I'm offering a second chance to
make any of these cards with me!
featuring SEASIDE and the (New!) ZOE paper packs!

Join us in-person on
Saturday, August 22nd
(1pm-5pm)
- or -
Order a "Kit-to-Go"
(8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs, for $16*)
*price includes shipping/delivery
(payments can be made online via
PayPal.com to StampwithJen@ymail.com).
All card pieces are pre-cut and ready to assemble.
All kits also include envelopes and the embellishments shown,
but require that you use your own adhesive.
Please indicate the address you would like your kit
mailed/delivered to and whether you would like your
card elements pre-stamped (as shown) or left blank
so you can stamp them to your own preference.

Let me show you how to create 8 hand-made greeting cards
every month (2 each of 4 designs) for $12 (in-person only)
(that's only $1.50 per card!)…
OR get your class for just $5 (in-person only)
with any $25.00 or more product purchase!
 
*Space/supplies are limited,
so please RSVP asap,
kits are available only
while my supply lasts!
I also have a variety of pre-stamped card kits left-over from
previous classes that you can still make with me
in person until I run out of them ($1.50 each).

...and lastly, a Special Promotion
*****available only from me!!*****
Order/purchase the
NEW Cricut Artisty Collection
(online at www.StampwithJen.ctmh.com)
anytime during the month of August,
(either with the cartridge for $99 -OR- the digital collection for $79)
and I'll mail/deliver this month's
Card Kit to you absolutely FREE!!!
(I'm also offering the option to order in-person
and attend the class "free" for those who are local)!
 
Thank you for shopping with me!! :) 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Join me at my Open House this Friday 8/14 at 7pm!!


NEW Catalog Reveal OPEN HOUSE!!
and CLEARANCE SALE!!

THIS Friday, August 14th (7-9pm)!

Stop by for deeply discounted
retired products (including my used
stamp sets for $2, $3, $4, $5, and $10)!
AND get your NEW Annual Inspirations
Idea Book and Holiday Expressions
seasonal catalog from me!!
(early sneak peek is for
my in-person guests only,
most new products will
be available to purchase
starting September 1st!)

Catalog price - $5 for both
(price includes a coupon for $5 off
your first order of $25 or more)!
I will begin mailing catalogs
to long-distance customers
starting August 15th, so please
let me know if you want one!
 

Friday, August 7, 2015

August Card Class! (Free with Cricut Artistry purchase!!)

This month all cards feature the 
SEASIDE and (New!) ZOE paper packs!

Join us this Saturday, August 8th
(2pm-5pm) or (6pm-9pm)
at Jen's house (in Barstow Heights)
- or -
on Workshop Day
Saturday, August 22nd (1-5pm)
- or -
Order a "Kit-to-Go" for $16,
price includes shipping
(payments can be made online via PayPal.com
to StampwithJen@ymail.com)
All card pieces are pre-cut and ready to assemble.
All kits also include the embellishments shown,
but require that you use your own adhesive.
Please indicate the address you would like your kit
mailed to and whether you would like your
card elements pre-stamped as shown or left blank
so you can stamp them to your own preference.

Let me show you how to create 8 hand-made greeting cards

every month (2 each of 4 designs) for $12 (in-person only)
(that's only $1.50 per card!)…
OR get your class for just $5 (in-person only)
with any $25.00 or more product purchase!
 
*Space/supplies are limited, so please RSVP asap,
kits are available only while my supply lasts!
I also have a variety of pre-stamped card kits left-over from
previous classes that you can still make with me
in person until I run out of them ($1.50 each).

Lastly...a Special Promotion
available only from me!!
Simply order/purchase the
NEW Cricut Artisty Collection
from me online 
(at www.StampwithJen.ctmh.com)
anytime during the month of August,
(either the full cartridge for $99 -OR- the digital collection for $79)
and I'll mail/deliver this fun Card Kit
to you absolutely FREE!!
(or you have the option to attend the class
in person if you are local)! 
**kit includes 2 each of 4 card designs, pre-cut, 
pre-stamped, and ready for you to assemble!

Thank you for shopping with me!! :) 
   

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cricut Artistry Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Artistry Blog Hop featuring the all-NEW
Cricut® Artistry Collection (Z3167)
 

If I am not your first stop on the hop,

then you should have just arrived here from
As soon as I saw the NEW Artistry Cricut Collection,
I knew that I couldn't wait to use this cute donut image!
So, here is the standard-size card I created using the
Zoe paper pack (X7197B) with a little bit of 
Desert Sand cardstock added in.
Embellished with our NEW Coral Shimmer Trim (Z3088)
and Glacier Extra Thick Twine (Z3039).

Icon-1 (heart) cut 2 at 1" on glacier houndstooth paper.
Icon-2 (donut) cut 1 at 2.5" on Desert Sand cardstock.
Icon-2 (donut) cut 1 at 2.5" on White Daisy cardstock.
Icon-2 + shift (frosting/sprinkles) cut 1 at 2.5" on Sorbet cardstock.
 
Banner - cut 1 at 2" on White Daisy cardstock for stamping sentiment.

Here is one of the three stamp sets (below) that comes with
the Artistry Collection, that I used to stamp my sentiment:

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this awesome NEW Cricut Collection
by visiting MICHELLE's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

The all-New Consultant Kit is available Now!!

When you enroll as a New Consultant on my team
during August, you'll get all-NEW products 
and a sneak peek at the two NEW Catalogs 
being released to customers on September 1st!!

 The new box/packaging the kit comes in is so beautiful!!

 The kit now includes our medium organizer filled with all kinds of good stuff!


The medium organizer also fits in our incredible rolling tote shown below
(it is the second box up from the bottom that holds ink pads and accessories).

Visit my site using this link below to see the full list
of all of the new products that will be included in your kit:
You can sign up from this same link above as well! 

If you are a Former Consultant (meaning you have been a consultant before, anytime since January 2013), you also have the option to choose an "essentials" version of the kit for just $49!! (this month only). The "essentials" kit features mostly business building items such as order forms, idea books, and paper swatches to help you get your new business off to a great start. Plus, you will get a Zoe Workshop on the Go®! OR...you may choose the full $129 kit option instead IF you prefer...it's completely up to you!!
Welcome Back!!

Whether you've been a consultant before,
or you are new to the whole experience,
I am ready to help you get started successfully!
Please feel welcome to call me right away if you have
any questions/concerns I can help you with!
I hope you will consider joining
my CTMH team in August!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! (Framed S1508)

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
Framed S1508

You should have just arrived here from

LELA's BLOG.

 I created this standard-size card using the 
"Framed" Stamp of the Month
and our all-NEW Zoe paper collection!
To achieve the stamped sentiment I stamped it three times
in different colors of ink (Black, Sorbet, and Sweet Leaf)
and then paper-pieced it together.
Embellished with our NEW Coral Shimmer Trim (Z3088)
and NEW Enamel and Glitter Duos Green Triangles (Z3123).

I also used our NEW Artistry Cricut Collection (Z3167)
to cut (at 1.5") the layered flower and leaves!
You can learn more about the New Artistry Collection
that is available for purchase now by clicking (HERE!)

Here is a peek at the NEW Zoe paper collection (X7197B)
and it's coordinating Complements (X7197B)
that includes 2-6x6 sticker sheets,
Vellum elements, and Kraft printed die-cuts.
These are also available to order now:

Finally, here is a view of all of the images included
in this Stamp Set that is available now:

(...and notice how I added labels to my stamp set that indicate the coordinating
sizes for each shape that can be cut with the NEW Cricut Artistry cartridge!!)
 
Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting 
MICHELLE's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!