New Beginnings

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  This year, I’m starting early.  I’m looking at my goals for 2014 and using this time to prepare so I can kick the year off with a bang!  Many of you know that I work with a professional business coach.  My coach has challenged me over this year and has helped me to put in place the foundation I’ll need to build my business over the coming year.  Some of the changes I am most excited about include offering online classes and virtual clubs.  I’ll have lots more information on this soon, but I can’t wait to tell you about what I have planned for January.


Happy New Year!

First, I will be offering a free sample class to everyone signed up for my paper crafting newsletter.  You’ll be able to see the quality of my classes from project photos to detailed instructions just by joining my mailing list!  I’ll be creating classes in a variety of formats and price points.  I’m especially excited about my Hidden Journaling class.  If you’re eager to explore including deeply personal stories on your layouts, this class is for you!

Beginning in January, I will also be offering a virtual club. When you sign up for the club, you will receive an exclusive online bonus class each month.  Simply purchase at least $35.00 in Close To My Heart products from me between the first and the tenth of the month, and I will email you a bonus class!  The Minimum membership term is six months.  I’ll have lots more information on this available next week.

January will also see the debut of the Disney layout club!  When you sign up for the Disney layout club, you will receive a selection of layout designs to help you get your Disney vacation photos into albums.  I’ll provide layouts you can complete quickly and easily for photos related to your favorite parks, characters, attractions and occasions.

I hope these exciting new offerings will inspire you to create cards and scrapbook pages throughout the new year.  Please let me know if there is a topic or technique you would like to learn more about in 2014!

Disney Holiday Layout Ideas

I’m vacationing in one of my very favorite places, Walt Disney World, enjoying some of the most beautiful Christmas decorations ever seen, seasonal music and of course tasty holiday treats (please don’t tell my trainer!).  One of my best tips for those of you sharing your holiday season with Mickey & Minnie is to be sure to venture out to the resort hotels.  They all have lavish displays!  Make sure you visit the gingerbread carousel at the Yacht and Beach Club resort.  This stunning, working carousel features unique horses and Disney characters; it’s made entirely in the resort bakery.  They also have a booth where you can purchase a Gingerbread snowflake cookie.  It’s my favorite holiday specialty.  I’ve already eaten a few while I snapped photos of the horses.  I’m super excited to scrapbook these pics when I get home.  I’m already thinking of how I’ll use the carousel image on the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

I’ve also got some terrific shots of Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom.  The decorations and lights are stunning.  I’ve even got a few pictures with magical Disney snow!  For these photos, I am planning a layout with our Christmas Village stamp set.

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These stamps will be perfect for my Main Street, USA holiday scrapbook page

Being here in the Happiest Place on Earth has gotten me super excited about kicking off my new Disney Layout Club.  If you have a box of Disney photos or if you’re making Disney vacation plans, this club is for you!  I’ll be including layout designs for all four theme parks, various attractions, favorite characters and seasonal events for a low monthly price.  You’ll get tips on creating pages that wow quickly and easily.  All of the class materials will be online so you can work at your own pace. Look for the Disney Layout Club to debut in 2014!