Sunday, April 1, 2012

Announcing National
Scrapbooking Month

Start the Celebration with the Dotty for You Paper Packet!

May is National Scrapbooking Month, but who can wait until then? Start celebrating in April with the adorable Dotty for You paper packet, packed with 24 sheets of gorgeous B&T Duos® papers in 12 unique double-sided patterns! The springtime colors and patterns fit any number of occasions and events, from picnics in the park and birthday parties to family reunions, and the everyday fun that comes during this wonderful time of year. One side of each paper has a unique pattern (two sheets of each pattern included), while the other is a subtle tone-on-tone polka-dot pattern, making it easy to mix and match with numerous other Close To My Heart products.
Starting April 17, you can get this incredibly versatile paper packet into your projects for just $5 when you order $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book. That’s four times the B&T paper that comes in our My Reflections® paper packets—for only $5! Or get it free by hosting a Home Gathering that reaches $400 in sales.
There’s one more way you can get this Dotty for You paper packet: sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant at any time in April or May and you’ll get the entire Dotty for You paper packet free! Even though you have two months to sign up, be aware that the offer is only good while supplies last, and a paper packet this good may be gone if you wait too long. If you want it, act early! Contact your consultant to ask any questions you have about joining their Team and they will be happy to answer them.

Stamp of the Month: You Are...

Celebrate all the amazing people in your life

April’s Stamp of the Month set, You Are..., combines versatile patterns and icons with words that you’re sure to use again and again. You can count on this fun stamp set to add extra zest when you want to pay a sincere compliment to a friend, congratulate a loved one on a job well done, or brag about a recent vacation. Available only in April, you can buy it for just $17.95, or make it yours for only $5 when you place a $50 order—now that’s amazing!

Time to Get Creative!

Free up some time for your creative outlet

If someone asked you to explain what a hobby is, you’d probably explain it as something you enjoy doing in your free time, right? But nowadays, when jobs, family, school, friends, sporting events, church, and other group activities make so many demands on our time, there are days when it feels like it is all we can do to squeeze in the necessary things like eating, sleeping, showering, and a couple of quick chores around the house. So what do we mean when we talk about supposedly “free” time?
No matter how busy we get, we can always manage to find a few minutes here and there to watch our favorite television shows, or at least check our Facebook updates and Twitter feeds. We can make time for things that feel like breaks in our otherwise hectic schedule. And that is just what we need to do in order to keep up on our crafting.
It is easy to take our creative projects too lightly and write them off as unimportant things that we can get to any time. But when we’re “too busy” to take that precious creative time, we’re depriving ourselves of more than just completed projects—we’re denying ourselves the chance to take a break, change the pace of our day, and exercise our minds in a different way. We need that time and that creative outlet to focus on just one thing for a change, one thing that we have greater control over than the other variables in our lives. That kind of focus and sense of control brings with it a sense of satisfaction that is independent of project completion.
So, instead of waiting for free time to magically come along on that rare lazy Sunday afternoon, free up some time in your busy day to sit down and do the creative work that you love. Even if you give away the completed project, the gift of time and relaxation you’ve given yourself may be even better!

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