Planning for a Crafty New Year

Are you ready to get organized?  Would you love to have your favorite hobby support your goals and dreams?  I’ve been experimenting with this digital planning method for just over a year and I can honestly say I’ve never had more fun working on my goals.  When I design my days and make deliberate decisions about the experiences and accomplishments that mean the most to me, I find that the items in my planner also become the recipe for better balance in my life.  Plus those experiences tend to inspire my favorite scrapbook pages! I want to show you just how I set up my digital planner each month with this short video.  You’ll see that it includes space to plan your layouts and card designs, lists to make the most of your supplies and help you pack for crops, plus plenty of space for photos. The Paper Crafter’s planner was designed for card makers and scrapbookers.  Get yours today!

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Read With Me

I’m excited to announce our very first buddy read!  Based on a recommendation from Modern Mrs. Darcy (she has great taste!), we’ll be reading Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster. From the publisher: “Sutton Foster manages to make it all look easy. How? Crafting. From the moment she picked up a cross stitch needle to escape the bullying chorus girls in her early performing days, she was hooked. Cross stitching led to crocheting, crocheting led to collages, which led to drawing, and so much more. Channeling her emotions into her creations centered Sutton as she navigated the significant moments in her life and gave her tangible reminders of her experiences. Now, in this charming and poignant collection, Sutton shares those moments, including her fraught relationship with her agoraphobic mother; a painful divorce splashed on the pages of the tabloids; her struggles with fertility; the thrills she found on the stage during hit plays; her breakout TV role in Younger; and the joy of adopting her daughter, Emily. Accompanying the stories, Sutton has included crochet patterns, recipes, and so much more! Witty and poignant, Hooked will leave readers entertained as well as inspire them to pick up their own cross stitch needles and paintbrushes.” I love the idea of taking comfort in crafting.  Sitting at my craft table, I find myself relaxed and in flow. Plus, I definitely feel like my handmade cards strengthen my connection with friends and I often look through my scrapbook photo albums when I need a boost. I picked up my copy on Kindle but with any luck you may also be able to get a copy through your local library. I hope you’ll read along with me and check out my review of the book next month!

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Let’s Get Crafty in 2024

Are you ready for a fresh start and a crafty New Year?  I’ve got a couple of creative goals for 2024, a fun new planner to keep me focused, and a box of new products that I can’t wait to use.  I’m feeling motivated to create cards, layouts, classes and videos so I can share it all with you. I’m so happy to be getting back to my favorite hobby after a broken pipe  damaged  my craft space in November.  It’s been a long journey getting everything repaired, but the new flooring is set to be installed this week.  I’m celebrating with a weekend full of paper crafting projects with my scrappy buddy.  I can’t wait to dive into my box of new goodies from Close To My Heart’s January/February catalog. There’s something about the energy of a new beginning.  I feel like making plans and changing things up!  I’m a big fan of written goals, journaling, and reflections.  My favorite tool for staying on track is my digital planner.  I use mine for reminders, supply lists, organizing photos, journaling, goal setting, and so much more.  In fact, I love this system so much, I created my very own Paper Crafter’s Planner. My digital planner is a space to design both my life and my layouts.  Right now, I’m using it to help me with these projects: My annual reflection layout titled The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly 2023 January birthday cards My 24 in 2024 scrapbook page Creating a Magic Square Cards class Shopping list for Valentine’s cards and monthly Calendar layouts The Paper Crafter’s Planner has everything you need to design a life you love making time for your paper crafting projects and the connections you value.  Get yours today!

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Black Friday 2022

Do you need help knowing where to start with card designs?  If you’re like me, there are times when you’re sitting at your craft table stuck with crafter’s block.  If you’re looking for card making inspiration and you love the idea of getting the most out of the supplies you already have on hand, Sketch Club is for you.  It’s time to make card making quick, fun, and easy! Learn More Sketch Club will provide you with weekly inspiration direct to your inbox.  Create unique cards for any occasion.  Best of all, I have a special offer just for Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  Sketch Club’s regular price is $15 per month with no commitment.  Members who choose to subscribe for one year can save $30; it’s like getting two months free.  And on Black Friday, I’m offering the one year subscription, valued at $180, with an even better deal.  Pay just $125 for the year.  That’s 30% off and more than three months free.  See the details here

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Savoring Summer

When I was a kid, we never went back to school before Labor Day,  The holiday weekend was officially the end of summer and September was all about the back to school vibe.  I can’t say September was Fall because I live in Florida and it’s still hot in September, but September isn’t summer.  While I am looking forward to pumpkin spice everything and crisp, cool temps, I am not ready for summer to end just yet. If you’ve been listening to the Bewitched Crafts podcast (find me on Google or iTunes!), you know I’ve really gotten into the habit of working my planner this year.  It’s helped me to get clear on the experiences I want to give myself each month outside of the to do list of running my house and keeping my job.  Every month I play a game with myself I call The Big Three.  I choose three things to be the first entries on my calendar.  These are the things I do for myself to fill my own cup, replenish my energy, and get my creative juices flowing.  The Big Three is not about what I should be doing.  It’s making time for an evening of swing dancing not scheduling my eye exam.  The Big Three are on the vision board I create at the beginning of the month and they typically show up on my scrapbook pages at the end of the month. In July I decided to add a second vision board to my planning with seasonal vibes.  My summer vision board is all about savoring my favorite treats from ice cream to beach days.  I had so much fun putting it together that I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to celebrate summer. If you’re like me, different times in

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Close To My Heart Catalog
The Witch

So Much NEW!

I admit it; I am feeling a little spoiled with all the new stamps and papers this summer!  I fell in love with the Crisp Air paper collection in our July – September seasonal book and now, just a month later the new annual catalog has a tempting selection of new ink colors.  What’s a crafty girl to do?  I want it all!

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