Saturday, May 28, 2011

Top Ten Reasons...

Top Ten Reasons You Should Sign Up To Be a Consultant This Weekend

(as worded by Barbra Otten)

Number 10....

Free products! Free products! Free products!

Number 9....

Consistent scrapbooking and stamping inspiration.

Number 8....

Free training, not only from your upline but an entire college-like online education in business, creativity, and personal growth.

Number 7....

A chance to make new friends who share a hobby that you love.

Number 6....

Recognition, because no one stands up and cheers when you do a good job vacuuming the floor.

Number 5....

A chance to get out of the house, away from kids and spouse, time with your girlfriends.

Number 4....

Flexibility! Who doesn't like to make their own hours or take a day off when YOU want to.

Number 3....

Money! It takes awhile to make the big bucks but could $200 or more a month make a difference in your life?

Number 2....

A sisterhood! Fellow consultants, wonderful customers, who better to spend time with!!

Number 1....

Because it's only $65 plus shipping and tax up UNTIL May 31st this month. If you don't sign now, you're going to be kicking yourself when it goes back up to $129+ this coming Wednesday!

Now that you are convinced, join my Heart-Throb Team and get started before May is over! PLease feel free to contact me today!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

JUNE CARD CLUB-will you join us?

I am so looking forward to my June Card and Scrapbook Club classes.
Here are photos of the 6 designs we will create in card club on either June 14th (6:30-9:30 p.m.) or June 16th (9:30 a.m.-12:30). We will actually make 12 cards-2 of each of the designs you see here.
Here is the kit description. If you are not currently in a monthly club but would like to come try out a class and experience all the fun we have then contact me today! We would love to have you join us! All classes are are only responsible for purchasing the basic kit and whatever (if any) add-on options you would like. My instruction is FREE!



Basic Kit: $35 (please add $5.00 for postage if you are participating by mail)

*Mayberry Level 2 paper pack

*Exclusive Mayberry Stamp Set

*Canvas Badge Buttons

*2 extra sheets of Colonial WHite CS

  • workshop guide

Add-On Options:

#Z2137 Olive Stamp Pad: $6.10

#Z2196 Smoothie Ink Pad: $6.10

#Z2114 Cocoa Ink Pad: $6.10

#Z1090 Foam Tools: $11.50

#Z1311 1 1/4” Circle Punch: $15.00

June Stamp of the Month- #D1457 Jubilation: Discounted or FREE!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I have a business Facebook Page!

I have heard from a handful of individuals telling me that they can not find my small business Facebook page. I am new to the whole facebook thing...and twitter, too. I have lots to learn but I am getting there. Today I took another class down at my local Apple Store and Julie-my oh so favorite (and patient) teacher helped me add the link to my Facebook page on this blog. If you look to the left of my blog you will see the link. All you have to do is click on it! Super Easy! I hope you will "like" me and participate on my business page!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Having Fun Staying Caught Up!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It has been a busy week here at the McGrew Home. This is the last week of school for my three "angels." Part of me is super excited to have them home all day every day and part of my is SCARED TO DEATH! HA! Actually, I am one of those moms who loves having her kids around. I am looking forward to no homework, not having to blow dry hair every night, not having to worry about a bedtime and ju
st hanging out together doing whatever suits our fancy at whatever given minute of the day!

I am sharing with you another layout I created at the Studio J Boot Camp earlier this month. This was actually the last layout I did (after working in Studio J for 15 hours straight) so it is not as detailed as I would like it to be. I can think of LOTS of things I will change on the layout BUT...I love it just the same. This is a good example of a layout that only took 30 minutes (probably less than 30 minutes) to create. It showcases my oldest child and only son, Tucker James. Tucker turned 13 at the end of March. And yes, the teenage years have set in!
Tucker just returned from his first trip away from the family. He traveled with his school band (he plays the trumpe
t in the band) to Disney World to compete in a band competition. He left on Wednesday evening and returned late last night (it was actually in the wee hours of this morning). The house was VERY quiet while he was away. His sisters missed him and Stan and I missed him. We were thrilled when he came home. And I was personally touched as he spent the entire day today telling me story after story of all his adventures. He had a super time but...I think he was actually excited to see me and share his experience with me. It made my day! You never know what a teenager is going to do or how he/she is going to act from one minute to the next. I feel blessed that he wanted to spend so much time with me today. Not sure what tomorrow will bring but BOY! did I enjoy his company today!

Anyway, back to the layout. This showcases Tucker playing the piano in the church band. I love Studio J. It is so much fun! YOu can click on the photo to see it up close. If you love Studio J and.or Close To My Hea
rt products in general than you just might want to consider signing up to be a consultant this month.

Close To My Heart is offering the entire of month of May. You can sign up to become a Close To My Heart Consultant for HALF PRICE!

This is an amazing deal that is so hard to pass up. At club classes this week it has been brought to my attention that a handful of you are very interested in signing up but you are holding back because you don't want to be kicked out of attending classes at my house. I am THRILLED that you have so much fun at the classes held at my home! And you will NEVER be kicked out!

I am delighted to share with you that even if you sign up to become a consultant under me you can still attend my classes. There are several ways we can make this work. I am excited to offer a new point system to consultants-this is a program where you will earn points based on your purchases and the points can be redeemed for FREE PRODUCT from me (even as a consultant!). AND with
a new compensation plan going into affect in October-ALL CONSULTANTS will have opportunities to earn FREE PRODUCT each month from Corporate! As a member of my team yo will also have opportunities to participate in monthly team training calls and receive weekly newsletter tips from me. If you are currently in a scrapbook or club club you will be obligated to finish your commitment to the club. The clubs all end in July (July is the last month of the session and new clubs will start in August).

And if you sign up under me and do not live in my area-NO WORRIES!!!!! You can still participate in my point system, earn free product and take part in all team opportunities!

Last week I shared that my favorite "Choose Me: option is the Studio J option. You can purchase your Studio J 12-Month Membership for just $40!!!!! That ROCKS! As does all the other kit choices. And you can choose up to 3 in addition to your starter kit and your FREE "You & Me" Kit!

The Starter kit norma
lly costs $129.00. This included all the business supplies:

Business Essentials Kit

Open Me First Brochure

Current Idea Book (qty. 5)
The Rewards Come Now Brochures (qty. 25)
You Are Welcome Here Brochures (qty. 25)
Customer Order Forms (, qty. 25)
Studio J® Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
Studio J® 5-Pack Cards (qty. 5)
Studio J® Membership Cards (qty. 5)
Cello Bags (qty. 25)

Included in that $129.00 you get to choose 3 of the "Choose Me" options. Those normally cost $40 each. BUT...for the month of MY ONLY you get all the items listed above in the Business Essentials Kit PLUS 3 of the CHOOSE ME Kits for the low price of $64.50 (plus shipping and tax)!
And don't forget that you will earn commission of all orders you submit for both yourself and your customer AND you will receive a discount on your personal orders!

So...what are you waiting for? Contact me TODAY to get your CTMH Starter Kit at HALF PRICE! This opportunity is fabulous for all-those interested in growing a thriving business, as well as, those wanting to just get a GREAT discount on GREAT products, and even those just wanting to continue to attend classes in my home!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Take a Peek!

Here's another GREAT Studio J video! Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Want an exclusive one-on-one Studio J training session? Contact me TODAY! I would love to help you get started and/or take your Studio J scrapbooking to the next level!

Monday, May 16, 2011

NOW is YOUR time to SHINE!

Close to my Heart is offering the most AMAZINGsign - up special during the month of May. It is just TOO GOOD to PASS UP!!! Have I told you lately how much I LOVE my JOB? Have you ever thought about doing what I do...representing an incredible company with incredible product, meeting and making long lasting friendships, purchasing your favorite product at an awesome disocunt or earning them for free....
If you have answered "Yes" to any of these questions than this special is for YOU!
Sign up to become a Close To My Heart Consultant during the month of May for HALF PRICE. Yes! You can purchase your consultant kit for HALF P
RICE and receive the May National Scrapbooking Month Exclusive kit "You & Me" FREE!!!!!
I love how new consultants can customize their starter kit to best fit their likes and needs. Here are the choices you have to choose from:
I personally love the "Chose Me 2" option. I am truly enjoying Studio J - Close To My Heart's online scrapbooking program. I know you have heard me brag about this program in the past. I will always love classic scrapbooking but my children keep me extremely busy these days and I am challenged to stay up to date on my scrapbooking. I have finally found a scrapbooking system that works beautifully for me! I create my 3 - 12 x 12 classic scrapbook layouts each month (for scrapbook club-check us out-we have s much fun!) and then I do the rest of my scrapping on Studio J. I love being able to sit on the couch and scrap while we are watching a movie together as a family, while traveling and staying in a hotel, etc. I love that there is no mess to clean up and I love how all theStudio J embellishments look real-3-D!!!! And I love that I have the option to make my Studio J layouts hybrid layous by adding the actual embellishments, stickease, etc to my layouts when they arrive at my home. I love that I can mix Studio J layouts in my albums along with my classic layouts!

A 12-month Studio J Membership is only $99. But during the month of May you can become a consultant for the low price of $64.50 and then choose the "CHOOSE ME #2" kit and pay only $40 for a 12-month membership! This will qualify you to receive all the benefits of being a Studio J member, you will earn commissions of ALL YOUR PURCHASES on both Studio J and in the Idea Book, as well as all the orders you take from family and friends, you will meet and make great friends and enjoy the thrill and satisfaction of owning your own business! If you do the math you are only spending $104.50 (plus shipping and tax) for a Consultant Kit, the "You & Me National Scrapbooking Kit and a 12-Month Studio J Membership! Now that is what I call a deal TOO GOOD TO PASS UP!

I would love to have you join my CTMH family! Feel free to contact me today and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or help you get signed up and started on this wonderful adventure!

Saturday, May 14, 2011



DAY 1: A photo of yourself

DAY 2: A photo of what you wore today

DAY 3: A photo of your favorite place to be

DAY 4: A photo form a high angle

DAY 5: A photo of what ever you please

DAY 6: A photo form a low angle

DAY 7: A silhouette photo

DAY 8: A photo of something close up

DAY 9: A photo of something from a distance

DAY 10: A photo of whatever you please

DAY 11: A black & white photo

DAY 12: A photo experimenting with bokeh (Bokeh is different from sharpness. Sharpness is what happens at the point of best focus. Bokeh is what happens away from the point of best focus.Bokeh describes the appearance, or "feel," of out-of-focus areas. Bokeh is not how far something is out-of-focus, bokeh is the character of whatever blur is there.

DAY 13: A photo edit that you like

DAY 14: A photo focusing on eyes

DAY 15: A photo of whatever you please

DAY 16: A photo experimenting with light trails

DAY 17: A photo of with street lights

DAY 18: A photo depicting an emotion

DAY 19: A photo that involves landscape

DAY 20: A photo of whatever you please

DAY 21: A photo of the sunset

DAY 22: A photo of the person you love

DAY 23: A photo that makes you think of childhood

DAY 24: A photo that has a color scheme

DAY 25: A photo of whatever you choose

DAY 26: A photo playing with shadows

DAY 27: A photo using the sun as your lighting

DAY 28: A photo that incorporates motion

DAY 29: A photo with clouds

DAY 30: A photo of what ever you please

I found this challenge while visiting a variety of blogs. I looked at so many blogs, I have forgotten where this came from. I think it sounds like alot of fun! My daughter, Molly and I are planning to do this starting June 1st. Want to join us?

Friday, May 13, 2011


I am excited to announce that there are MORE PRODUCTS available at incredible prices on my website. Some products as low as $1.00!!!! Hope on over to my website ( now and take a peek. With these low prices-things are going to sell out FAST!

I also want to remind you of the AWESOME National Scrapbook Kit "You & Me" available this month only. You can purchase the kit at full price for $35 (does not included shipping and tax) OR place a minimum $50 order and then qualify to purchase the kit for just $15.00. This is an amazing kit-the papers, stamp set and embellishments are so trendy, hip and fun to create with. I love it and know you will, as well!

THIS is the month to sign up to become a Close To My Heart Consultant. Close to my Heart is offering a 50% discount off your consultant kit the entire month of May AND you will also receive the National Scrapbook Kit FREE along with your kit. Now that is a deal!!!!! Feel free to contact me to help you get started today. I would be thrilled to have you join my CTMH family! Everyone and Anyone is welcome-the hobbyist and/or the team builder!

Lastly, yesterday I worked on a Facebook Business Page. I am totally new to FB and have ALOT to learn but would love for you to take a peek and "like" it! In the search box type in Amy McGrew, Close To My Heart Independent Consultant and I should pop up. I have posted a few photos and plan to add more soon. I will also be posting questions, contests and fun facts on a regular basis so be sure to check back often. And if you could send my page to others to like , as well, I would be so appreciative. I need at least 35 "likes" to get started. Thanks in advance!

Happy Shopping and Happy Weekend!


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Chairs To You!

I am having lots of fun with the May Stamp of the Month: #D1456 Chairs To You. At first I was not exactly sure what to do with this stamp set but once I started playing and once I saw artwork created by my fellow consultants I grew very fond of it. In this card you will see that I actually used the paper piecing technique on the chair. I love this technique because it is fast and easy! Rather than coloring in the chair I just stamped it on a pattern paper that comes in the new Mayberry Paper Pack and then I cut it out! EASY-PEASY! Close To My Heart Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems (#Z1333) worked great as the buttons on the chair!
Below are a few other cards created using the "Chairs To You" stamp set. You can purchase this stamp set at the full retail price of $22.95 (before shipping &tax) OR you can earn it at a fantastic discount or even for FREE! Contact me today to ask how or go directly to my website ( to order your stamp set today!
Markers were used to add the color you see in this vertical card.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quick 30-Minute Layout

Good Morning!

Today I am sharing another layout I created last week at Studio J Boot Camp. This layout was created in less than 30 minutes and I am THRILLED with how it turned out!
I used the "Sweetheart" kit on this layout and the technique I learned was how to create a border using a My Stickease frame. If you click on the layout you should be able to view it larger. You will notice the swirly border along the left side of the Eiffel Tower photo and along the bottom of the 3 photos on the right page. Can you believe that swirly pattern is actually part of a square frame? By cropping and "sending to the back" I was able to transform the frame image into a border!

This layout is actually a hybrid layout. When I was given my layouts the 2nd day of camp I was also given a package of the "Bliss Level 2 Assortments" (pg. 117, #Z1355) and a package of Sparkles (pg.116, #Z1104). I added the grey ribbon flowers directly to my layout along with some sparkles to complete the layout. Oh La La!!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mother's out there and all those who are celebrating Mother's Day with a mother or mother-figure in your life.
I thank God every evening for blessing me with the BEST MOTHER on earth. If anyone can be perfect- it would be my mother. She is truly my best friend and I love her with all my heart.

My children and hubby totally spoiled me both last n
ight and all day today. THANK YOU Stan, Tucker, Molly and Payton Marie. I love you all with ALL MY HEART and treasure our special times together!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The answer to staying up on your scrapbooks!


I have been out of town for the past week up in Utah. I was there for a little bit of pleasure and a whole lot of business. I was honored to be one of the 40 CTMH consultants to attend an exclusive 2-day intensive Studio J training event. WOW!!!!! What an AMAZING training event this was. And I am bursting with excitement to share all that I learned with all of YOU!!!!! Currently, Studio J has 192,000 different options for you to choose from BEFORE you start to customize to your liking. I learned so many new and awesome was amazing!!!!!!

I want to share my new knowledge with each of YOU! I m currently scheduling FREE 30 minute one-on-one sessions to all those who are interested in taking their scrapbooking to the next level faster. simpler. easier! And in the coming weeks I will be announcing some fabulous specials and event opportunities so check back often!

Here are some more photos of this incredible training event. Enjoy!

The photo above is one of my favorite layouts that I created at Studio J Boot Camp. You can click on the photo to see it up close. The techniques I learned and used in this particular layout are:
*I used a single photo in multiple photo wells
*I spread a single photo across multiple photo wells to look like one photo

I will be sharing more layouts with you daily.

Here is a photo of a few of my fellow Boot Campers and very dear friends:
As you can see, we were THRILLED when we received the 20 layouts we had created on Day #1!