Saturday, August 22, 2009

This weeks Paperlife Spotlight is.........

Melissa Laverty Close to My Heart Director and inspiring scrapbooker!

Hey everybody, so excited to introduce you all to this lovely lady. Love her clean line style and real focus on her photos in her scrap art. While doing these Paperlife Spotlights one of my goals is to highlight scrapbookers and artist from all areas of the industry so we can all gain inspiration and expossure from them. So, I had to get someone special from The Close to My heart consultant based company, and Melissa was the perfect match for me. We live no where near each other, and met at common scrapbooking hangout on the web, but I love her style and had to have her to share with you, and like I said, her passion for her company and scrapbooking and her wonderful ability to pass it on is inspiring.

This is Melissa's PaperLife:

Hi PaperLifers, allow me introduce you to my "PaperLife!" I feel like I've been paper obsessed all my life. I remember just loving wandering around the art supply store in my hometown of Laurel, Maryland. I just loved the smells, the textures, and the limitless possibilities.
I've also always been a photographer. In fact, I won the Junior Friends of the National Zoo Photo Contest when I was in 3rd grade and my work was displayed at the zoo!
It's really a mystery why I didn't start getting into the art of scrapbooking until 2005. Sure, I put together photo albums, but I'd never scrapbooked. But after Cate was born, I was looking for a new hobby and I had all these fantastic pictures of her and her big brother Lawson. I also felt like I needed a way to capture the memories. So, I started scrapbooking. And I loved it. Spent hours on it. Created gorgeous albums. And then friends started asking me to show them how. At that time, I wasn't working and I was looking for some additional income. Then, one night, while scrapbooking at my LSS, I saw a Close to My Heart shopping bag.
As soon as I got home I Googled it, fell in love at first sight and on September 1, 2006, I became a Close to My Heart consultant.
Since then, I haven't looked back. In July, I became a Director with my company (sort of like making partner) and I have a team of almost 30 consultants all over the country. And in August 2009, I was awarded #9 Top Recruiter in the Company at our Leadership Conference. I am absolutely IN LOVE with the CTMH product line. I don’t scrapbook with anything else; I don’t need to. They are consistently up with the trends in the industry and with my AWESOME consultant discount, why wouldn’t I just buy from myself!
My favorite part of my job is introducing scrapbookers to Close to My Heart. There is nothing like the sparkle they get in their eye when they see that you really can create gorgeous scrapbook pages faster, simpler and easier.
For daily updates check out my fancyMelissa Blogpage.

Where do you get your inspiration -
Close to My Heart's gorgeous Idea Books, released 3x per year. Our how-to books, Cherish, Imagine, Reflections for Scrapbooking & Wishes & Originals for cards.The blogs of my fellow CTMH consultants like Karen Pedersen and Jamie Harder and Lisa Stenz and Sarita Schraeder

Melissa Scrapbook Resume:

-Companies Leader of the Let's Get Fancy Team of outstanding consultants

-Director for Close to My Heart - For more than 25 years, Close To My Heart has been offering beautiful, exclusive scrapbooking and stamping products for preserving and celebrating your precious memories. From beginner to expert, we have the perfect products for you. Discover our incredible line of My Reflections® scrapbooking kits, My Originals™ card kits, our exclusive My Acrylix® decorative stamps, as well as our huge selection of albums, papers, inks, and accessories for creating unforgettable layouts, cards, and fun projects to treasure and enjoy for a lifetime.

Some of my work:

Melissa, Why do you scrapbook?

So many diferent reasons...I started out doing it because I needed to preserve my memories. I have the worst memory for the little stories that happen everyday. I also wanted to have something to do with my pictures. I LOVE photography. In fact, my hope is that once both of the kids are in school full-time, I can spend a little more time on my photography skills. But really, it's the creative outlet. It's so satisfying and stress-relieving for me. I love playing with the paper and stamps and doo-dads and seeing how you can really make photos come to life and tell a story when on the right layout.

Melissa's Generous Giveaway for you:


The Close to My Heart Everyday Celebration Card Kit: value $39.95


1 - Learn more about fancyMelissa's Kit club here:
2 - Get Paid to Scrapbook! Become a Close to My Heart Consultant!
In August, get our Tickled Pink Kit (value $34.95) as a welcome gift (see attachment)
In September, all new consultants will also get the Everyday Celebration Card Kit (value $34.95) :
My Blog:

I am so excited to let you all in on my PaperLife come visit me anytime at my blog home and leave me a comment here or there or both (if you want to get entered twice) for my scrapbook giveaway from CTMH you will love it! Its packed full of scrappy goodness!


Thanks so much Melissa you have a beautiful PaperLife! Be sure to leave your comment and check back in a couple days for some more eye candy inspiration from Melissa, cant wait to read everybody's comments, and until then GO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL MESS OF YOUR PAPERLIFE!!!




Sheri (Aunt Re Re) said...

Hi Melissa! Nice to meet you! Love your work! Congrats on the Spotlight! I'm off to go check out your blog!

April said...

What beautiful pages!! Love your work...
- April

StacyC said...

Beautiful work.. Congrats on being featured...

Suz said...

Beautiful work Melissa! I enjoyed reading about your passion for the hobby & how you've turned it into a successful business

Staci said...

Your layouts are lovely! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Brenda said...

WOW Melissa your work is sooo awesome! Beautifly done!
Glad to see you in the Spotlight!

lesley oman said...

lovely work Melissa. thanks for giving us an insight into your paperlife and giving us a chance to win some beautiful CTMH stash.

Kim Strother said...

Well, it looks like I was wrong! Oh well :( I'm glad to find Melissa and her beautiful work.

Anonymous said...

Melissa you rock everywhere you go and I am glad to be on the CTMH Team...not yours but on the Team. I visit your blog daily and am always inspired. Thanks for all you do and your spotlight on Paperlife is just icing on the cake. Iona

Carissa Peach said...

Good job Melissa, I, too, am on the CTMH team and your layouts are truly an inspiration. Good Job on Being showcased!

carpediem said...

Congrats on being in the "spotlight" Melissa! Great work! lsura j

ChristinaM said...

Your work is so insperational, thank you for sharing. I am really new to all of this and I am just a sponge getting ideas from everyone.
And thank you for giving me a chance to win some beautiful stuff.
Thank you again.

Renee said...

Your work is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing it and yourself with us.

cameracrazychick said...

Hey you - fantastic pages! Thanks for sharing :)

dclouser said...

Thanks for sharing those gorgeous projects! And for the chance to win a fantastic giveaway!

nannette13 said...

Your layouts are beautiful! Congratulations on being in the Spotlight! Going to look at your blog now! Thank you for sharing your work and your products!

bumblesnbees said...

Thanks for sharing Melissa in the spotlight! Lovely lay-outs!

Ginny said...

Lovely pages, nice to see a new to me scrapbooker!

scrappinmomto2girls said...

Love love love your work!! My fave is the canvas for the silent auction!! You area very talented lady!!

ellen s. said...

i love the media canvas! so neat! great to know you a bit more and love your work

Jingle said...

Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself, Melissa! I love CTMH!!! Your pages are lovely!

Crissy said...

I love the canvas! Thank you for sharing more about CTMH; I didn't know much about it.

Erin Bassett said...

Gorgeous projects Melissa!! Love that canvas!

Beaner said...

Melissa, Love all of your work! And beautiful subjects to photograph to boot! Congrats! Jill