To shop Close to My Heart products with me, please see my website: arrowsofhope/closetomyheart.ca (Be sure to sign in/create an account to take advantage of specials and discounts).

The best place to find my newest projects is on my Instagram account: instagram.com/arrowsofhopedesigns

Want to learn more about me, or about Close to My Heart? Keep reading, or head to one of the tabs above for more information about the company

About Me

If you love all things paper-crafting, then we are kindred souls. Give me some cardstock, stamps, inks, stickers and embellishments, and I will happily craft the day away making cards, mini-albums, scrapbook layouts and more.

I’m Aggie, a mom of two young boys, and an elementary school teacher in Ontario, Canada. In 2020, faced with another lockdown in my city due to the pandemic, I was trying to find some way to help pass the days, when I (re)stumbled onto Close to My Heart through a conversation with a colleague. I had once been a customer with the company, but then life got busy. Having always been interested in crafting, hand lettering and planning, it felt like a perfect option to try again.

My two monkeys, cooking up a storm together.

My Journey with Close to My Heart

I fell in love with CTMH products immediately – it was very apparent that their design and quality was above any other crafting materials I had used before. I quickly signed up to be a VIP customer to take advantage of the 15% spending credit on all of my purchases with CTMH. This allowed me to get more products at no extra cost for my new crafting hobby. Ask me about this option if you want rewards on your own crafting hobby purchases, or visit Be a VIP here.

Within a few weeks, I realized just how much I enjoyed not only creating with Close to my Heart products, but also sharing my new passion with others on my social media. I had a really positive response, with many questions about the materials and techniques I was using. I figured I would take the plunge, and signed up to be an Independent Consultant (Maker) with CTMH in December 2020. Ask me about this option if you see yourself sharing your love of paper crafting with others, and want even more rewards on your hobby (including 25% off your own purchases!). You can also learn more about Joining My Team here.

Whether it’s making cards for loved ones, creating scrapbook layouts for your cherished family memories, or even trying a more intricate project like invitations or home/nursery decor, I am here to help you get started. Reach out any time using the contact form, joining me on my Facebook page, or following me on Instagram.

The Story Behind the Name

The name and logo of Arrows of Hope Designs stems from my personal experiences. While going through a difficult time in my life in my mid-20s, I heard the song “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves, and it struck a chord. Ever since, arrows took on a personal meaning, symbolizing the effort it takes to keep moving forward and forging your own path in life. Seeing a red cardinal can be a sign of hope, which we could all use a little of these days, and so Arrows of Hope Designs was born.

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