My Story

I am the mother of three wonderful children--Nicholas (11), Gabriel (9) and Abigail (8)and have been married to my High School sweetheart for 15 years. Our family lives in the beautiful town of Luray, Va which is surrounded by mountains on all sides. I am passionate about scrapbooking and all types of papercrafting. I am a Close to My Heart Consultant, teach scrapbooking workshops and hold fun-filled crops as my day job! Not bad for a days work!  Being a mother of three young children,  I find that my pictures are the most precious of my physical possessions. I pour much love and heart into sharing these pictures, and the stories behind them. I love to find new and creative means to scrapbook them! I would love to share my passion for scrapbooking with you!

I would love to share with you our complete line of quality scrapbooking and stamping products. We truly have something for everyone, from our faster, simpler, and easier My Reflections® scrapbooking kits to our revolutionary My Acrylix® stamp sets. I would love to show you and your friends how to create beautiful artwork to honor the special relationships in your lives. Please contact me to see the latest exclusive products from Close To My Heart, or to schedule or attend a Home Gathering.

Within my Close to My Heart business, I offer many avenues to help you in yourscrapbooking/papercrafting endeavors...

Crops: Each month, I hold a monthly crop. The crops are in the Timberville/Broadway or the Harrisonburg area and are open to anyone who wants to share our passion on scrapbooking! The monthly crop varies in cost depending on venue and includes a 6 foot table for each person, sometimes a meal, snacks, beverages, and some type of bonus--sometimes this is free product, sometimes a make-and-take. All of my stamps and inks are available for your use, and I do have a small amount of cash and carry products on hand. From time to time, I do offer specialty crops and with those the cost is different as it includes different features (part of the fees might be for a fundraiser or if we are doing a workshop within the crop etc). Look for these exciting events on my calendar page or if weekend crops are what sparks your interest, visit for my quarterly weekend crops.

Workshops: I offer a variety of workshops so that there is something for everyone! Some of these are "series" workshops where we are working on a specific goal (although you can always jump in at anytime) such as my "Just Me Series" or "The Month's Fly By" Series that features the monthly Word Puzzle Stamps, others are technique driven (teaching you a new technique), and my favorite--the Workshops Your Way! The Workshops Your Way's are an exclusive scrapbooking program designed by Close to My Heart that include a Workshop guide with the directions to complete 4 two page spreads and several cards. Also included are the needed supplies with lots of extras! We create the layouts together, and then you can create the additional projects on your own. There are levels designed to add additional products that compliment the layouts too! I love this great philosophy, and so do many of my customers!

Fundraising opportunities: I have several great fundraising options that can be tailored to your groups needs. E-mail me for more details.

Scrapbooking Clubs: Your personal party where you earn the rewards!

Hostess benefits: Gather your friends together, celebrate and learn about scrapbooking and card making, and earn free and discounted products! A perfect solution for beating the economy's blues!

Special Events: Kids workshops, birthday parties, Faithbooking, Girl Scout projects! Partner with me to create your own unique event!