Friday, October 31, 2014

Creative Memories Sneak Peek!!

Although Creative Memories launch has been delayed a bit I know many of you have been anxiously hoping for a sneak peek of What We Can Order! Well...drum roll, please....

True 12x12 Bookcloth Coversets
True 12x12 Fast2Fab Album Kits (yes, they have resized the F2F albums so they are the SAME size as the bookcloth coversets!)

This means that the Pocket or Slide-In Pages have also been resized to fit into either album cover!! Also, responding to popular demand, the Pocket/Slide-In Pages will feature BOTH Horizontal and Vertical on the same page!!  I'm am so super happy about this change!!

Here is a "sneak peek" of each Color Story coming soon 
and Bright

Happy Dreaming....get your Wish List ready - I might be able to order as early as the beginning of November!   

You can also get updates on my Facebook page - "like" my Facebook page to stay in the loop! (

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creative Memories getting ready to reopen!

Though they are not quite ready to open for business, the CM plant is humming as the manufacturing team is working hard making albums for us! 

Check out the new shipping boxes:

Just thought you might appreciate an update - this is really real! CM lives!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When will Creative Memories come back?

Q. In your early October blog post you said Creative Memories has a new owner and will be reopening sometime in mid-October. Today is Oct 28, what gives?

A. Progress with the new company is moving along quite literally. CM-Group has moved into a new location in St Cloud, Minnesota and is working diligently to reopen within about a week!

Q.What is the name of the new company?

A. Creative Memories and Ahni & Zoe will be called CM Group or just "CM". 
Consultants will be called Advisors. As in "CM Album Advisor"

Q. Do I order a Kit to become an Advisor?

A. Nope. No Kits, no inventory, no catalogs. Just get the link from an Album Advisor and pay a $49 annual fee to become an Advisor.

Q. How do I find an Advisor? 

A. If you would like to hear directly from CM, you may submit your email on their website home page by clicking on this link and scrolling down to the Stay In Touch button. (

Q. Can I sign up under you?

A. As soon as I receive a personal link when the company opens, you may use my link to sign up directly under me as an Advisor. My email is if you would like me to contact you with the link. OR you may "like" my Facebook page and check there for updates!

Check out my NEW Facebook Page!! 
I love scrapbooking, journaling and sharing ideas through social media. My new Facebook Business page will feature album ideas, journaling ideas, photo tips, and links to my scrapbooking blog.  Also New Product information and photos galore!  Here is the link to "like" my Facebook page:

Q. What do I get for the $49 fee?

A. You receive a website link that you can share with your friends, family, and customers. Each time someone orders from your website link, you will receive a percentage of the sale. The percentage you receive will be based upon your year-to-date total sales. So the more you sell, the more you earn.

Q. Can you build a team and promote to Leader?

A. There are no teams and no leadership titles. We will all be Album Advisors. If anyone signs up under you through your link, they will be in your first line. We can only go one line deep. No multi tiered teams. The Home Office will be communicating to everyone equally. 

You can get paid profit weekly based on your total sales and commision based on your total first line sales. You can also earn Bonuses (credits) that you can use towards products. You can either sell these 'free' bonus products or use them for your personal use.

Q. That sounds simple! Is there more to it? 

A. It is simple. Caleb Hayhoe's vision is that we can explain the business plan on a small paper napkin.

Q. Wait a gosh darn minute. Aren't you the one who said you were "DONE" with this company?

A. Oooh, I can tell you are a loyal blog follower. Thank you for tuning in to "As the CM World Turns."  Here is why I've changed my mind:

Continue ordering the products I love
Servicing my Customers/Friends
No Inventory
No Tiered Teams
New Owner who "gets it" (and is bringing back the traditional albums and bookcloth!)
Allowed to own other businesses alongside this one
Allowed to promote CM on my scrapbooking Blog

= I'm in!

Many people in direct sales have a full time job plus their direct sales business. I have my direct sales business (Thirty-One Ind Consultant) and my scrapbooking hobby (CM is not direct sales, it is more like an Affiliate Program). My main income continues to be my Thirty-One business as they offer career-level income, leadership promotions, etc.  I hope this makes sense!  Feel free to comment with any questions or join my Facebook discussion

Happy Scrappin'!  

Monday, October 27, 2014

PSO Binder Cover Decorating

This season I'm serving as Secretary for our school's PSO. I inherited this Binder of Minutes (pictured above) and although I do appreciate the smiley face, I wanted to jazz it up a bit. If I'm sitting in a meeting, I like to be surrounded by pretty. 

It was super easy to give the binder a makeover. I pulled this 9x10 predecorated scrapbook paper from my stash (from a local scrapbook store). The green titles were already on there so following their format, I added the black and white "PSO Minutes" and dates on white paper fed through my printer, cut into a square, mounted onto black cardstock to copy their shadow effect, then slide it into the front cover of the binder.  (fonts Curlz MT 72; Comic Sans MS 24)

For more creative binder ideas, check out my post on how my daughter used CM's Geometric Maker! 

What ordinary, mundane things are you adding your personal touch to? 

Life is short. Make it beautiful.

Happy Scrappin'!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Scrappin' Saturday

Last Saturday I scrapped with friends and got my son's School Album almost current! Just 4 pages (2 page spreads) per year highlighting:

- school portrait
- class photo
- pic with teacher
- jogathan
- fall festival costume
- self portrait (drawn)
- handwriting sample
- sports portraits & team photos
- field trip photo 
- class party photo

This Saturday I'm finishing up the last few pages of 3rd grade and will be officially *current* on the Prince's School album.

What current (or not-so-current) Album project are you working on? I would love to know as we virtually scrap together this weekend :)

Happy Scrappin'! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Creative Memories new product line 2014

Creative Memories is now called CM Group. When they launch, they will start with a simple line of Creative Memories and Ahni & Zoe products, with more to come over the next few months, then quarterly launches.  

The Creative Memories line will include Bookcloth Coversets, Refill Pages and Page Protectors in True 12x12.

Tape Runner adhesive, Tape Runner refills, and Paper Packs will also be brought back:

Ahni & Zoe's Fast2Fab pre-designed albums will also be back with some updated covers. The biggest news is that CM Group has made the Creative Memories and Ahni & Zoe coversets the same size. So no more extra large coversets from A&Z. They will be reconfiguring the clear pocket pages in order to fit and be interchangeable with all coversets.

That's not the only thing that is making a comeback...the CM logo will be back as well:

Initially they were hoping for a mid-October launch. They will be giving an update soon and I will do my best to keep you informed. Hopefully we can order directly from the company and get the scrapbooking supplies we love. I will also let you know what when I hear any concrete information on what kind of testing they will be doing on the products to ensure photo safety.  Stay tuned...