About Linda Creates


Hi!  My name is Linda Caler and you are visiting my corner of the internet ~ Linda Creates.  Thanks for stopping by to check me out.  Here’s a little bit about me:

Creating or making messes is as natural to me as breathing (ask my husband)!  I discovered my love for stamping back in 1987 and I’ve never looked back.  I met Jeff, my husband, in 1998 and started to scrapbook shortly thereafter.  When we were transferred to Guam, I discovered there was little to nothing for crafting or at least access to crafting materials.   I panicked (ok, so maybe I’m addicted) and started  researching scrapbooking companies I could join so I would at least have access to stamping and scrapbooking materials.  One of the things that drew me to Close To My Heart is  access to the best supplies and getting a discount on what I buy.  This is better than always shopping sales.  Thus began my journey with CTMH.

For the first year, I simply supported my own card making and scrapping.  Two friends soon joined me and I held a monthly crop, placing orders with my friends.  Someone in church discovered what I did and we started having monthly classes.   After one year of this, my “hobby” exploded into a business, with 20 of my friends joining my team! I honestly contribute to our household expenses while still supporting my hobby. I even earned a cruise in 2004!

Life moved us back stateside to Maryland where we’ve been for the past 13 years.  In 2008, Jeff and I were blessed with a little girl after several trials.  Becoming a Mom has been incredible.   Of course, most of her life is documented through scrapbooking.  Don’t worry, I’m as behind as everyone else. =)   In 2012, I became “Linda Creates” when I realized how important it was for me to enter the world of social media and blogging.

In March of 2016, I have celebrated 18 years (16 married) with Jeff, 16 years with CTMH, and 8 years as a Mom.  Outside of God and girlfriends (which CTMH has provided me plenty of!), these are the most important aspects of my life.  I’m currently a Director of the most fantastic team – The World Wide Stampettes.  We have received recognition for team sales several times.  I have earned four incentive trips -one to the Caribbean – 2004, Hawaii Aulani – 2015, Eastern Caribbean – 2016, and Puerta Vallerta -2017!


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Disney Aulani CTMH Incentive Trip Thank You to all my customers!

I feel completely blessed to have found Close to My Heart. I love Close To My Heart, and it’s really amazing that I get paid for sharing my love and passion!  While my business grew in leaps in bounds between 2000-2004, my husband was active duty and we’ve had some moves/other life events which have impacted my ability to be totally focused.  With each move Close To My Heart has been flexible and I’ve never lost my business.  Nowhere will you find a community so committed to helping its consultants through trying times. If any of these things appeal to you – supporting your hobby, contributing to the household expenses, or even earning an incentive trip – please let me know! I would love to help you get started in your journey by joining my team! Need more information?  Check out this page!!

How I work my business:

1:1:  I meet with customers for 1:1 help for organization, digital scrapbooking, and classes.  Fees to be determined

Gatherings: Host a fun home gathering with your friends.  Have a theme (Let’s Party, Aloha, Chocolate, Fiesta for example), get together, learn about CTMH make a project (free), and have fun.  Who doesn’t love some girlfriend time?  Best of all, as the hostess, you earn free product through CTMH’s very generous hostess credit plan as well as getting some goodies from me!  Have as show over $450.00 and you could win a $100 FREE shopping spree!!

Classes or Workshops: Once a month I host a Workshop On The Go (WOTG) or Come and Play Card Buffet (CPCB) at my house.  There are costs associated with these events and they vary.

CropTastic Time: I host a monthly work/crop time which is free.  You can bring your projects to work on.  I’m working on my projects; We potluck or order food, or go out to eat.

Online Ordering:  Each month I offer a give away for those who place online orders over $50.00 IF the order is attached to the monthly online orders gathering (not being attached exempts you from this offer).  Order $100 or more in a quarter, when your order is attached to the monthly online order gathering, and you are entered into a drawing to win a $100 shopping spree!!  The key to these incentives is checking to be sure your order is attached to the monthly online order gathering.

Vendoring:  I vend at cropping events, large and small.  Check my calendar for all the different events!!


Vendor WM Collage

Finally, a word about copyright:

I’m thankful and excited that you’ve come to visit my site.  Please note that unless otherwise stated, this is my original work. Please feel free to use as inspiration for your own personal use.  Please do NOT use for publication, contest/message board entries, or to sell. If my work inspires a work of your own, please give credit by posting a link to my blog.  If you are inspired by someone else’s creation that I’ve posted, please give them credit by posting a link to their blog or Pinterest.  Thank you in advance for your consideration!

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