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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Workshops YOUR Way - Charlotte

In the recently released Seasonal Expression 1 Idea Book / Catalog, Close to My Heart introduced lots of new products.  If you've had a chance to look through the book, you may have noticed a change to two of CTMH's best selling products, the Workshop kits.  CTMH has sold its famous Workshops on the Go in either scrapbooking or card making specific kits for years.  In fact, these fabulous kits are one of many things that drew me to CTMH several years ago.  In keeping with the fantastic value and fun of the Workshop kits, but in an attempt to appeal to a wider variety of crafters, CTMH has revamped the kits to include more B&T (patterned) cardstock, more embellishments, and more suggested products.  To go along with these improvements, CTMH also changed up the breakdown of the paper packets.  

  • Each paper packet will now include 12 double-sided B&T cardstock papers instead of 6 B&T and 6 solid cardstock sheets.  But never fear scrappers, several of the new B&T designs feature a more muted pattern which allows you to use them as base pages and photo mats like you would traditionally use solid cardstock.
  • Instead of included a full color cutting guide for one layout or 3 card designs in the workshop, the new Workshop Your Way kits will feature online cutting guides that can be viewed / saved / printed.  This flexibility allows you to access the guide from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc, while still allowing you the ability to print, if you wish.  The major upside to the digital access of the cutting guide is CTMH will now be including instructions for 3 double-page layouts, 3-4 card designs, and a double-page Picture My Life layout.
  • The products included in the Workshop Your Way kits will help you create the projects featured in the cutting guide.  To complete the cards, you will need to add some card bases/envelopes, the coordinating stamp set and thin cut dies, and ink.  As always, CTMH will provide a shopping list in the Idea Book next to the Workshop Your Way listing.
    • That's right!  You NO longer have to purchase the entire kit to get the stamp set.  AND Close to My Heart has release coordinating thin cut dies to go along with the WYW coordinating stamp sets.
  • To help support the new Workshop Your Way concept, Close to My Heart will be releasing YouTube videos featuring how to cut the papers in the collection to make all the suggested projects AND hyperlapsed videos showing the assembly of all projects.  These videos will allow you to attend / participate in a workshop virtually anywhere in the world whenever you want!  How fun is that??
Anyways, that's enough rambling for now.  Let's get to the fun part!!  Please allow me to introduce you to the first fabulous kit in the NEW Workshop Your Way lineup.  Drumroll please.... here's CHARLOTTE!!

Charlotte Featured Colors: Black, Champagne, Slate, Sorbet, Whisper, White Daisy

Charlotte Workshop Your Way Kit includes:
1 – Charlotte Paper Packet (X7205B)
1 – Charlotte Complements (X7205C)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Black, 2 Whisper)
1 – Black & Gold Ribbon (Z3197)
1 – Treasured Puffies (Z3203)

To help you get better acquainted with Charlotte and the new WYW kit, I put together the following video.

To order the Charlotte Workshop Your Way kit or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

 Also, Close to My Heart is looking for feedback on the new Workshop Your Way program as they decide whether to move forward with this style workshop or keep going with the traditional Workshops on the Go.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I'll be happy to pass your thoughts on to CTMH.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

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