Idea book and Product news

2023 April-June Book

You have been asking for more masculine items - here you go! This book has it all. Check it out and you will even find a wonderful stamp set for an upcoming bride - absolutely love it! The bride's dress will look stunning with some glitter :)

2021 Nov/Dec Book
Come on over and check this new book out
On the face it does not look like a Christmas book, but you will find some fun Christmas surprises in this book. I know some of those items will not last long - all of these products are always while supplies last and we ran out of some of our fun things on the last book!

2021 Core Idea book

Every time we come out with another book, I say, its the best - but this one is "the best". It is chock full of new tools and products you will fall in love with. Lots of new Thin Cuts, stamp sets, papers, embellishments and more. Come for a tour
Of course, you will get a free book with any size order.

March - April SE Book

This book has it all if you are looking for heritage and beach papers and images. its filled with loads of new stamp sets and die cuts. As always, its filled with lots of great artwork.

You can take a virtual tour of the book or receive a free book with your next order.

New Holiday Book

Oh my goodness, I love this book! Even my husband loved all the new items as he paged through it - ha! I was amazed at all the things he pointed out, that he liked! This book will be valid from October 15 through December 31. You will find more paper, stamp sets, Thin Cuts, kits - and it even features the Monthly Special for November - if you have a dog or a cat - you will not want to miss that!

 New Core and Seasonal Book

 You will love this new concept of our new books. Our core book (with the 35 on it) contains all of our colors, tools - products that will carry throughout the coming year. The seasonal book will have our seasonal offerings for the next two months. It will also include some our monthly specials, such as our September National Stamping Month special

With the link I provided you can not only see the two new books, you will also be able to print the books (they are not as big as previously), you can find the recipes and you can find the index of each book. Enjoy and watch as I highlight some of the new products soon - we have lots of great news, especially when it comes to cricut! You can now find our newest collection including all previous collections through my newest link here.

Seasonal Expression 2

The theme 35 is being carried forward in this edition. As I paged through this book, I could only say -wow! You really want to have a look at it yourself - if you are a paper crafter, we even have a paper, stamp and die cut collection for you this time! We have wedding sets, kids sets, masculine sets - we have everything covered. Stacy Julian added to her collection as well to help you tell your story. Its hard not to get crazy - ha!

But check it out for yourself - and remember, you will get a free hard copy with your first order, how cool is that!

Have fun :)

Seasonal Expression 1

In March I will celebrate 25 years with Close to my Heart, but Jeanette Lynton has been in the business for 35 years! This ideabook celebrates this creativity.

Come and see all the beautiful new products we are introducing:

Start your journey right here. You will be able to go page to page through our virtual ideabook. If you would like your own book in hand, all you have to do is place an order, be a hostess or be a consultant and you can get your own book for free!

Contact me now to get more details!

Holiday Expression 2018

Oh my gosh! Everyone who has seen this new book believes this is one of the best books ever! But you have to see it to believe it. That is easier done that you believe - all you need to do is click here :). You can page through the book now. 

Normally, I would have introduced a new Annual Ideabook and a Holiday Expressions book - but this time there is no Annual book - this is it. This book has all of our papers, inks, embellishments. In 3 months, we will have a new Seasonal Book and our inks, papers, tools will carry over - our kits may not. The great news for you is, when you place an order you will get a free copy! Yeah!

What is in this book? Here are just some of the new things:
  • We added "Story by Stacy"
  • 6 new paper collections
  • 2 Cut Above kits
  • Tons of new stamp sets
  • More Thin cuts
  • We have changed our color palette - you will love it!
  • organizers
  • embellishments
  • ribbons, ribbons, oh and ribbons
  • a new digital cricut collection
That is it - hope you will love it as much as I do. If you missed some of the items from the previous books, you can always stop by in the clearance section or in the Going Soon section. 

Seasonal Expression 2 is Here!

 Here are just a few highlights:

- New "Story" by Stacy Julian (we are so excited to have this!)
- new stitched thin cuts
- of course new paper kits
- new cards kits
- Do you like Genelogy? We now have a Family Tree kit!
- A new small photo paper trimmer

Check the book out and see what you might like

The newest Seasonal Expression is here!

This issue is full of surprises, check the below link to see all the fun new designs in paper, stamps and compliments. One of the funnest new additions is our new travel organization tool! Have a look and let me know what your favorite item is!

Here is the link for the current idea books:

Introducing the new  
Holiday Expressions for 2017

September - December 2017

The many products in this edition will take you through the holidays, but you can use many of them throughout the year. I love the new Silver and Gold set - but you will have to see for yourself. As always, we have added
  • more stamp sets
  • thin cuts
  • embossing folders
  • card kits
  • embellishments
I love the many new art ideas that are contained in this edition. The book has 68 pages full of great products. Hurry - you will have until December, you know how quickly time goes :)

The new Annual Ideabook is here!

Once again, this book will take you through the year with a basic paper pallet of 40 colors - wait - did I say 40 ... ? We changed it up how we do cardstock. Once you see our new card stock you will absolutely love it. Not only did we retain our beautiful white core, but now our card stock is duo sided. So, you will end up with 80 beautiful colors. When you purchase 1 pack of card stock, you really have 2 colors - love it! 

But here is a quick little run down of some of the new things you will have to browse for:

  • Additional hostess benefits
  • A cool new basics pallet
  • Color of the year is "Bashful"
  • A new cricut cartridge, also available in digital form
  • A mew digital cartridge
  • Now international sets are available in the US - that means you can order some of our fun Australian and Canadian sets, along with some Spanish language sets.
  • New paper trimmer
  • New Operation Smile set ($7 will go directly to Operation Smile)
  • New How To book 
  • New Cut Above kits for babies
  • New Card kits
  • New stamp sets (of course) Ha!
  • New embellishments
  • New Thin Cuts
  • And ... lots of and lots of artwork
If you need any help of pulling all this together, I will be more than happy to help you with that! Enjoy that new book. You can purchase the new book on my website or you can get a copy free when you place an order on my website for over $50 - or be a hostess! Better yet - sign up to be a consultant and you get a bunch for free to share with your friends!

Seasonal Expressions

May-August 2017

Here is our newest edition - its awesome once again! It has products for both girls and boys.  Here are some of things you will find:

  • new paper packs
  • new stamp sets
  • more thin cuts
  • camping sets (great for boys scouts)
  • beach sets (coordinating papers, stamps, embellishments)
  • unicorns! (coordinating papers, stamps, thin cuts, etc)
  • card kits
  • scrapbook kits
  • girl or boy stickers for all ages 
And of course lots of great artwork! Check out all the new items. Remember, you will get your own free copy when you place an order!


Here is our newest Seasonal Expression! This one will be live through April 31. Here are some of the wonderful things you can find in this wonderful book:
  • new paper packs
  • new stamp sets
  • more thin-cut bundles
  • new pastel albums! Love them!
  • new easy scrapbook kit for baby and wedding!
  • a gold shimmer brush
  • embellishments to coordinate all those wonderful new items and so much more!
Remember. you will get your own free copy when you place your order.

The new 2017 Planner is available

The new planner is available now. You can get it, just as a planner or in bundles. Beware - catch it while, you can. They are only available, while supplies last! 

We still have some available - check out the savings you can get!

Say hello to our newest additon - our Holiday Expressions! It will be live through December 31 of this year. How can I say, I love everything about this book. This is the edition that has our our
  • themed papers
  • card kits
  • a new digital Christmas cricut cartridge
  • more thin cuts
  • a new small album
  • it is 68 pages - can you believe it!
  • Of course lots of new stamp sets
So, don't delay and check it out. When you place an order, you will get your very own copy for free!

This book is good though December 31 - so hurry and get your favorite items - some items are already unavailable!

The new Annual Ideabook is here! You will absolutely love it! This book contains the basis for the next year we will build our Seasonal Expressions around. It contains tons of 
  • new ribbons
  • paper
  • new colors
  • new ink pads (magnetic lids)
  • compliments
  •  stamp sets
  • a shimmer brush (love it)
  • a new cricut cartridge
  •  artwork
  • organizational tools
  • albums - 
the list goes on - you will have to just check it out to see for yourself.
Have fun and I would love to help you with any questions you might have!

Here is a quick virtual tour:

If at any time you would like to have a copy of a previous idea book, please contact me! I have have idea books available from 2007 on.

Introducing the next Expressions Seasonal Issue! It will be live until the end of August of this year. You won't believe all the wonderful product in this issue - you will have to see to believe it :).

You will be able to see all the new product starting May 1. I will post some of the new items shortly. Here is just a little sneak peek:

As I said - just a little taste, but you find some cool new tools, more paper packs, more stamps, more card kits - love the new products. So, hope you will stop by and check it out!

Here is the List of Stamps to be retired and sets to stay:

Sets that will retire and the date they will retire on. If you have some favorites, don't miss them. In the past, we carried many of the sets over through the whole year from the Expressions. We also kept the sets alive for an unlimited time, if they were compatible with our Cricut cartridges. Now we will not do that anymore. This way, we can always bring you new and exciting sets.

The Expression 1 is here for 2016
Idea Book
This addition will be good through April 2016. Here you will find some great new stamp sets, paper packs and embellishments. What is new about our paperpacks - no extra cardstock, but more background paper - Yes! Also, our Workshop kits have changed. They do not include stamp sets anymore, but they include more paper and some embellishments. You will be able to find all instructions for the scrapbook pages and cards online. Of course, if you would like to come to one of my classes you can make the cards with me!
Also new - we now carry Thin Cuts! Use any of your favorite manual embossing or cutting machines and you are good. The shapes are all in their own envelopes are kept on magnetic sheets - so you don't loose them easy. Love it!
Other items, you don't want to miss:
  • The Planner
  • New Instalife Album
  • New Instalife cards
  • New Stamp of the Month sets
  • The Operation Smile stamp set
  • New Picture My Life sets
  • Cool new sports sets 

The new idea book for 2015/2016 is here!

The annual book will be good through next August and the Holiday edition is good through December 31 and includes our Stamp of the Month sets. You can browse through the books online or you can get your own copy through me. Contact me now to find out how you might be able to get free copies of the books or my might be able to purchase your own copies right from my website. You will also get a free copy of the Annual book when you place an order.

As you browse through the book you will find a ton of new items, here are a few things you may want to look for:

  • A new cricut cartridge
  • Tons of new stamps in both books
  • 2 new embossing folders
  • Embossing difusers 
  • Instalife (a new scrapbook program for those who love to scrapbook quickly and in small portions! And yes - use your Instagram pictures)
  • New Fundamentals with pre-cut glitter stickers - love it! You have to see them to appreciate those papers!
  • New glitter paper colors
  • Water colors especially formulated for us
  • 8 New Creative Collections (2 in Holiday Edition - available only for a short time)
  • We added new organization tools
  • New jewelry 
  • 7 new colors
  • We just added the Memento black ink pad and our black Archival ink back into our inventory. It is not in the idea book - but you will be able to find it in the online shopping cart!

This is just the tip of the iceberg - both books are full of wonderful artwork, as usual. Let me help you. Enjoy!

Here is the preview of products you can get of the new idea book before it goes live September 1. The Stamp of the Month for August is also featured - its only available through August 31!

Here it is - our newest Seasonal Expression 2 - it will be active from April 1 through August 31! If you would like to get your own copy - contact me now!

Hurry - look for the items, marked with a clock - they are only available through the end of March!

Did you miss the issue - some of the items are now retired - however, you can still get many of the stamp sets featured in the book.

December 1, we will introduce our Seasonal Expression brochure that will be in effect until March 31. When I was able to browse through the edition I was amazed at all the cute little editions - I loved the new papers! Right now you can already get the new album :). We will add a few more album colors. So be on the look out for those.  Along with the new albums we have made some new a la carte selections available for our Picture my Life program. Love those new selections! 

Remember - any items marked with the icon of a clock are only available through March. You may want to check and see what you don't want to miss out on ... :)

Remember, you can always earn some of those cute new items as a hostess. You can have a regular party or I can help you have an online party - contact me now :)

The exciting news is:  December and January you will get a free idea book and a free Expression with your order! So don't delay - if you get more than one, be an angel and give one to your friend :)

 The new Annual idea book is here! You will love all the new additions. We added at least 250 new products! If you want your own copy - let me know now ... otherwise, you can read it online or download a PDF copy to read it on your own computer!

Here are some of our great new items:
  • A new Cricut cartridge
  •  New Card Kits
  • New Picture My Life kits
  • New Home decor items
  • More washi tape
  • New markers - love them!
  • Of course - new stamps
  • Lots of great new paper packs
  • Lots of great new embellishements
  • A new craft mat - I will tell more later
  • Our own score board
  • Punches
  • and more! 
You will just have to check the book out to see all the great new things we added - I love the new book with its layout. We will add two seasonal booklets throughout the year. I will keep you up to date as they come out. In the meantime - have fun with this one!
We will be adding a card making Cricut cartridge bundle! Get your name on the waiting list now!

Have you seen the new cool product collections yet? With each collection you can get a savings of $5 to $10 plus you are on your way to qualify for the current Stamp of the Month plus this month you will qualify for the National Scrapbooking special or any other current monthly campaign! Savings all the way around! 

Oh, did I forget, you will also be close enough to qualify for a gathering. That means you could get $25 in free product.

Contact me today and let me help you get the most for less!

Sadly, these product collections are no longer available to order as they are pictured - however, if you order a collection as pictured above - I will give you a free gift - contact me for the details!

 New Spring/Summer Idea Book is here!

Here is the new book you have been waiting for you can find all the cool new products in our online version right here. 

 Every new books brings new fun items, here is a taste:
  • new themed scrapbooking kits
  • new card kits
  • matching embellishments
  • Picture My Life - new scrapbooking program to make your memory preserving life easier!
  • More jewelry for our Base & Bling line
  • More new stamp sets
  • Did I mention - Embossing folders?
  • More bling, more, more - you will just have to check it out and see what you can find to make you happy!

Here are some of the cool  things you will find in the Fall/Winter idea book:

  • A new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge with 3 stampsets, 3 dimensional sheets and 700 designs - and your imagination is the limit. You can make layouts, cards, mini albums, home deocations and so much more with this cartridge. You will love it!
  • Of course new scrapbook themed kits and card kits
  • Workshop on the Go kits
  • Wearable art - yes you can make it and wear it, give it as a gift or share and it does not break your bank!
  • New decor items - love those frames!
  • More organizational tools
  • Did you love those early DOTS stamps? Do you know what I am talking about? We are bringing a bit history back. Next year we are celebration 30 years for Jeanette being in business with DOTS and some of her favorite designs are in this idea book for a limited time only! Catch them while you can.
  • And of course lots of new bling :)
  • There are probably a few more things I missed, you will have to go through the new book page by page to find out all the other new things to find them yourself ... can't take all the fun away from you - ha!

The new Fall/Winter 2012 idea book is here - it is chock full of great new toys - I know I say it every time - but I do believe it is the best one yet! Here is a little bit of what you will find:

With over 60 new stamp sets, 8 new paper kits, 13 new Workshop on the Go kits, over 50 new accents, accessories and tools (from new stamp scrubbers, to organizational items, to bling and new chipboard home-decor items), 4 new Studio J Express Collections, a new publication with card and layout patterns, and even will just be brimming with excitement, just like I am! I'm tellin''s a treasure trove of goodies! I can hardly wait for you to see it!

The exciting news - we have a new Cricut cartridge! Yeah! And I was one of the lucky ones to take a collection home with me! Once again it has almost 700 designs - lots of great 3-d designs. It is even better than the first cartridge. All the coordinating stamp sets are now marked which cartridge will coordinate and what page in the booklet you will need to go to - so easy!

Another great new tool - alcohol markers. We will have them available in shade packs of two for only $5.95. No, they are not like the copic markers. They will not be refillable. They will match all of our colors. They do perform great, though, I have played with them already ... :). We will also have a blending pen to erase color!

We will also carry pigment ink stacks in all of our colors. Yes, its a real color explosion. 

Color - lets talk color. We will say good bye to some of colors, but we are greeting some new warm colors. Here is the list of retiring colors:
Grey wool
Grey flannel
Vanilla cream
Brown bag
Vineyard berry
Garden green
Spring iris
Pansy purple
Dutch blue
Sunny yellow
Holiday red
Lilac midst
Heavenly blue
Key lime
Sunkiss yellow
Baby pink
 Some shade packs are already running low - so don't delay. 

Just a few words about Studio J - until now, you needed a membership to take advantage of our great benefits of online scrapbooking - no more! Now you can complete a two page layout with our express layouts in just minutes (someone else did all the artwork for you!) for just $6.95 and you get to keep the Jpeg for free! Or you can design it as before. All the layouts are available to you, all the color pallets, retired papers, etc. Have a look and have fun! Watch for some of the specials I will offer as well :)

The cartridge is now available to order! Remember, you only need $150 to earn hostess rewards. Contact me to learn how easy it is to set up an online party for you, so you don't have to worry about sorting any orders, but get all the rewards!

Are you looking for more inspiration? This is a great tool - with lots of great scrapbook layouts and cards as examples, step by step instructions, cutting guides and the thumbnails. It is well worth the $7.95. You can make many more projects than shown in this book! It is definitely a must have.

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