Thursday, April 1, 2010

5 years!

Today is my 5 year anniversary with Close To My Heart.  I'm so happy to be part of such an amazing company.  I've learned an awful lot about running a business and about stamping and scrapbooking in the last 5 years.

Here are a few highlights!

Here's my little reason for scrapbooking! 
Sammie was born in Jan of 2005, and I became a consultant (for the discount) April 1st.

The "waterfall card" I taught at my first gathering!

This Scrapbook in a box project put my name on the proverbial CTMH map.  I created the tutorial for Virtual Convention 2005, and had over 10,000 views/requests for the tutorial over a period of about 3 years.  My husband even gave it it's own website!   (ps...I'm sorry - the website has been taken down, and I don't have a tutorial to share any more!)

Dave gets in on the scrapping action and makes his very first layout!  (Feb 2006)

My first convention - Salt Lake City, 2006.  My album made the Top 10 in the art contest!  

My first "Make it from your Heart" contest winner (I think it took 2nd place).  
It was on the art wall at Convention.

Easter Sunday 2007 - Sammie continues to be my scrapping inspiration!

My Autumn/Winter Idea Book open house projects - 2007

June 2007 - New Summer stamps inspire fun card class cards
(and a whole new crop of card class members!)

My contest layout for Leadership 2007 - didn't place, but I still love it!

Regional Celebration 2007 - I entered this little File Folio book, and a layout and won 1st place for both!

The tulip fields are always a lovely place for pictures (and make great scrapbook layouts!) - April 2008

First Annual "Crop Til Ya Drop" Event - May 2008!

I completed my memorial album for Evan, and entered it in CTMH's Album contest for Convention 2008.
It was my way of healing from the heartbreaking loss of our failed adoption.

At the awards ceremony at convention!  Evan's album touched the hearts of so many.  I was blessed to be able to share my story, and excited to win such a prestigious award!

I also got to teach Extravaganza at convention in 2008!  What an exciting event.  :)

I can't imagine being a CTMH consultant without my best friend, confidante, and partner in crime - Christine!
This is us at the Album Retreat in 2009.

I had the extreme privilege of teaching the mini album project at the Album Retreat as well.  
It was my biggest class ever - over 350 consultants (and all of the corp staff).  I was so nervous, but it was exhilarating and the most fun I've had as a consultant!

August 2009 brought me one new reason to scrapbook!  Ruby Adelle Nicole became part of our family through adoption.  I couldn't have asked for a better subject to scrap!  :)

Our lovely little family of 4

Looking back on the last 5 years has been amazing!  I hope you enjoyed the little journey on memory lane.  I'm so thankful to CTMH for all of the opportunities and adventures I had as a consultant.  With so many new great adventures ahead (a new home in May, Convention in July, Ruby turning 1 in August, Sammie starting Kindergarten in September, and more!) I'm sure to have plenty to scrapbook and commemorate for at least another 5 years!  


Jeanne said...

Congratulations, Nona! What an amazing ride you've had! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!! Here's to more success in the next 5 years!

CFCina said...

Congrats on your first five years with CTMH!!! ;-)
~ Kathy in Oregon

Kim Harper said...

Congratulations Nona!

As you look back on your first 5 years you must be excited to embrace your future!

You are very talented and inspirational! Thanks for sharing your talents with so many!

I can't wait to see what is next :)

Sheila Bennett said...

Congratulations! And thanks for sharing your look back at the past five years.

Sharli said...

I'm supposed to be working - but i have to take a moment to wish you Congratulations and tell you how much your CTMH career has helped me! I have been so inspired by you - and hope someday to meet you in person. Nona, wishing all the blessings possible!

roxybonds said...

Congrats on 5 years! Thanks for sharing your journey!!!

Jessica said...

You've worked hard and accomplished a lot, Nona! Congrats! I just had my 4 year anniversary with CTMH.

Kathie said...

Fantastic Nona. Your Blog on Love, Life and CTMH has been a must for inspiration on a daily look see. I've enjoyed the last 5 and will be on the ride for the next. Congrats. <3 Kathie Yak. Wa.

Karen Pedersen said...

Congrats on your first 5 years...and here's to MANY MORE to come!

nancy said...

What a lovely way to sum up five great years of being a consultant! Congratulations!

Kandi said...

Congratulations Nona! Here's to many more years of sucess for you and your family!

Jena said...

Congrats - thanks for the fun look back! I also celebrate 5 years this month so I may just have to do something similar on my blog. I don't have nearly the accomplishments that you do, but it's still fun to look back!

Jena said...

Congrats - thanks for the fun look back! I also celebrate 5 years this month so I may just have to do something similar on my blog. I don't have nearly the accomplishments that you do, but it's still fun to look back!

Amy said...

Happy Anniversary! You've accomplished so much in your CTMH business and personal life. Thank you for sharing your journey and continuing to inspire me with your talents.

Crafty Jenn said...

So cool that you shared this special anniversary with all of us. Congratulations! All of your accomplishments and milestones are VERY well deserved.

I'm proud to have you as my Upline and friend!

<3 Jenn

Scrappy Mel said...

You have been such an inspiration to a lot of people, not just consultants. Your natural talent is amazing. I enjoy visiting your blog and look forward each time to new ideas and projects. Keep up your great work, and Thank-You.
Mel Gosse