Monday, March 19, 2012

Team Challenge Week #7

Connections from the Heart
Week 7 – Monday, March 19 to Saturday, March 24, 2012
Hobby - 5 points each

Organize:  Papercrafting

·         Create list of techniques using Close To My Heart products you would like to learn.  Be specific (watercoloring using blending pen, watercolor pencils, waterbrush, etc)

·         Create a list of products you would like to learn more about using at our team meetings.

  • Using the list of special occasions you created in Week 4, create a list of papercrafting gifts for each person.

·         Adding to the list you created in Week 4, list the dates of birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions (baby due date, weddings, etc) in the months of July, August and September.

·         Schedule your next Creative Night and determine your project for the evening.  Creative Nights are a great way to introduce friends, neighbors, coworkers, church members, moms of kids to Close To My Heart.

Share: On the team Facebook group or on the team blog post for the week the techniques and products you would like to learn more about at our team meetings.

Connect:  Beyond Family & Friends

Beyond Family & Friends

  • RSVP to Michele via the Facebook group event (or e-mail) if you are attending the team meeting on March 27th!
  • Schedule an event for your Creative Night and share on you Facebook.  If you would like to increase your exposure to people searching for events in your local area, make it a public event.  Be sure to include all details in the event including a link to your new OBA (Online Business Address)!
  • Share information about your Creative Night with someone NEW this week by inviting them to your Creative Night.
  • Ask your family & friends on Facebook to share your new website on their wall to their family and friends.
  • Ask a professional service (hairdresser, massage therapist, etc) person in your life to share your idea book with someone they know who might be interested (if they are not!).

Share:  On the team Facebook group if you are attending the meeting and the results of Facebook, asking a Professional or sharing with someone NEW.

Create:  Papercrafting


·         Plan and/or create a home decor item for your house.  If you are inspired by something you see on Pinterest - share the photo on our team Facebook Group.

·         Create a gift for one person on your gift giving list.

·         Create a masculine birthday card using Victory or Superhero paper packets.

·         Create a celebration banner using the My Creations Mini Banner or My Creations Banner or with the AP Cartridge!

·         Share a card using a sanding technique - describe the technique used on the team Facebook group.

Share: Photos of all your artwork on the team Facebook page or email a photo to me and I will post on the team blog. 

Business - 10 points each

Email Handouts:

·         Facebook Pages - Overview

·         Facebook Pages - In Depth

Organize:  Workshop or Studio J

·         Create your workshop, Studio J and Class schedule for the next two months that are not scheduled.

·         Schedule your open gathering dates for April and May or the next two months that are not scheduled.

·         Using the blog planner page attached to this week’s e-mail, plan your blog posts for the month of April.  Decide how often to post, what days you will post and what you will post.  Be sure to add posting to your list of things to do.  Scheduling blog posts is the easiest way to manage your blog posts.  Be consistent when you schedule blog posts such as when you will post artwork for the stamp of the month.  If you decide to post the artwork on the 1st of the month, develop a consistent pattern for your followers to become used to when following you.

·         Read the Facebook Pages Overview and the Facebook Pages Product Guide attached to this week’s e-mail and read how to customize your Facebook timeline at the following link: ttps:// 

·         Learn more about blogging (marketing, driving traffic to your blog, etc) by going to Amy Baliss blog, she is the creative genius behind the planners!   Go to this link: - click on Day 27 for the blogging info.  Be sure to check out the resources for blogging (a seperate link you have to click into).  I know that I am going to be buying me some books!

Share: On the team FAcebook group your plan for your blog (how often you will post, post ideas for April, etc) and how many open gathering dates you have to fill in the month of April and May. 

Connect: Newsletter & Blogging

·         Continue connection calls sharing this month’s special and/or inviting them to be a hostess during April & May to take advantage of the National Scrapbooking Month special!

·         Schedule a blog post for the first week of April.  Ideas: April Fool's Day post - no foolin' (Free products or another call to action type post), Stamp of the Month artwork, Be a Hostess - sharing your open gathering dates, Workshop or Class information. 

·         Network your blog posts to your Facebook page.  By networking your blog to Facebook, your posts on your blog automatically show up on your Facebook page.  Giving you two online interactions for one posting!  If you don't know how, Facebook or Blogger has help documents that can show you how just search "Networked Blogs" in the help section.

·         Update the links on your blog to the new pages on your OBA (Online Business Address).

·         Customize your Facebook timeline page using something you learned in the handouts or on the link from Organize.

Share: On the team Facebook group how your connection calls are going and how many gatherings you have scheduled for April or May. 

Create:  Monthly Class

·         Create artwork for your next month's workshop, gathering or card class.

·         Create artwork using the paper for the National Scrapbooking Month special and the May Stamp of the Month. 

·         Create thank you cards for hostesses and/or online orders or for outside order from a gathering. 

·         Create a Studio J layout you plan to teach in your next Studio J class.

·         Create class paper layout using the same pattern as your Studio J class layout.  Share this at your next Studio J class.  You could even create in the same paper packet but alter the direction of the layout and show how you can mix classic scrapbooking and Studio J scrapbooking together!

Share: On the team Facebook group photos of all your artwork or e-mail me the photos and I can post on the team blog.


  1. Week 7
    I'd love to get better at sewing on paper, blending pen proper use and blending pen versus watercolor brush, scallops with the corner punch (mine NEVER work) and paper piecing. Products I'm curious about would be staz on...when to use, ideas to use it for.

    I talked to a new person about Creative Night and she is coming. I'm nervous I am not going to have enough room at my Creative Night. Just hoping right now it all works it's self out.

    My goal is to post 4-5 times a week on my blog, but that isn't just CTMH stuff. I have an upcoming class post scheduled for April 1st which covers all my classes for April and May, with details and pictures. I'll also do a National Scrapbooking post and SOTM post in April as well.

    Gathering dates to fill...all of them!! haha!
    No gatherings scheduled. I realized it's been 2+ years since my last gathering. It was the night before I found out I was pregnant with Adalyn!! Crazy!!

    Connection calls okay. I've gotten some communication going in person and through email. Nothing gathering wise and my one potential recruit isn't interested.

  2. Hobby (Organize):
    For Studio J, I would like to find out how to bling up pages after they are printed, other than using pearls or sparkles. Sewing machine on paper – do you really dull/break needles? I would like to find out what are the more common keys to use for Art Philosophy and how to use the fancier keys such as paper saving. Products I would like to learn more about is Create a Shade – what does it do and I have my distressing kit and never learned how to use all of it.

    Updated my special occasion list and added who will get cards or something I make. Also updated occasion list for July-Sept.

    Scheduled next Creative Afternoon/Night for May 19th and will do a UFO gatherinig (Un Finished Objects – is that the abbreviation?) and a 3 card workshop.