Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Why I Became Close To My Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's special hop, Why I Became a CTMH Consultant. We have 18 consultants sharing their story this month in honor of the Baby, I'm Worth It special. You might be arriving here from WENDY'S BLOG. Here's my story...
I made a scrapbook page with some of my favorite pics from Convention last summer (and one from the first convention) my team traveled to Disneyland with me. Each year we travel to Convention in a big group, having adventures together, and these ladies make the whole experience so much fun! I love our monthly team meetings too, but there's a special spot in my heart for traveling on these big trips together every year. I based my layout on the fab new sketch at Stuck ?! Sketches
I combined some Penelope line with the April SOTM and City Life Instalife cards. I did some hand stitching details using a combo of yellow and gold threads. I also added some fat swipes of my new BoBunny Glitter Paste, which I got on a field trip my team took to a scrap store before dinner in Seattle when we were there for a CTMH event recently. The background is watercolor paper splattered with lots of colors of watercolor paints. 
My journaling is reflecting back on how I joined CTMH. I never meant to be a CTMH consultant. I just wanted to buy extra paper, so the discount sounded great. I wasn't going to go to meetings or sell anything or (are you kidding me?) start a team. I only knew like three people since we'd just moved to Oregon. My first party was a disaster - not even the hostess showed up. I ended up stamping with the hostess's friend and her big, burly biker roommate dude who took pity on the poor nervous wreck trying to teach to a class of one, so he joined in for fun! Fourteen years later it turns out that the paper discount (while sweet!) is the least of what I've gained in joining CTMH. 

CTMH has given me confidence - in myself, my leadership skills, and my craft. It's also given me some of the best friends a gal could ask for, from my team, from my sidelines, and a whole community of amazing people who love crafting and making as much as I do. These ladies are my peeps. They craft with me. They laugh with me. They help me when I move, love my kids, and are always there for me. I am there for them too, because helping others to achieve their dreams is the best part of having a team. For me, CTMH is not about the dollars (though I'm super proud of them when they reach their goals), it's about the lasting connection we've built, all because we like to hang out and make pretty stuff together.         
That's why I'm happy to be CTMH, and my life is immeasurably better because one day fourteen years ago I just wanted to buy pretty paper at a discount. If you'd like to chat more about the extra rewards of joining the CTMH family this month, talk to your personal consultant or send me a note. Next up on the hop is MELINDA'S BLOG. Happy hopping!

9 comments:

Gina Brandstetter said...

Awesome layout but I really loved your story. Thanks for sharing!

Brenda Lapp said...

Fantastic layout! I'm not sure if I love your layout or story more. I would have loved to see you teaching stamping to a biker. :-)

Lauren said...

Love the bright, fun look of this layout!

KerrynF said...

Love the bright colours and extra photos. Thanks for playing along with Stuck?!

Monique Liedtke said...

What a great page! Love the photo collage and the hand stitching!! Thanks for using the Stuck?! Sketches sketch!

Danie Ramirez said...

Nice twist on the sketch, the addition of multi-photos - it works!
Fun, vibrant page - perfect colour choice
Thank you for joining us at Stuck?! Sketches

Laura Whitaker said...

Great job Wendy, love love the bright purple and row of embellies! Thank you for joining us at Stuck? Sketches!

Catherine Nowak said...

Fabulous layout and equally wonderful story.

Aurelie said...

Love the photo grid! Awesome! And the colours, too! Thanks for being part of the inspiration over at Stuck?! Sketches!!

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