Hi!  Welcome to my blog & website!

My name is Margot.  I am a scrapbooker and an Independent Consultant for Close To My Heart.  I live in a NW suburb of Chicago, IL.  I’m married to a great guy and we have 3 beautiful daughters.   I often think that they each charm (and challenge) us daily!

I love the hobby of scrapbooking because it reminds me of  how much I have to be thankful for.  On a day-in, day-out basis it’s too easy (for me, at least) to focus on the negatives.  But when I reflect on our lives through the lens of pictures we’ve taken and scrapbook pages I’ve created, I realize how truly blessed we are.  And I am so grateful to God for all that we have in each other and around us!!!

I like to consider myself a Scrapbook Facilitator in that I like to make it a reality for anyone else who wants to create their own photo albums to celebrate their family, friends, and the special events in their lives.  I do that by:

  1. Hosting monthly crops to help people get a lot of pages done in the traditional papercrafted way
  2. Meeting with customers one-on-one to teach them how to use Studio J (CTMH’s digital program)


It’s a joy to help others do something with their photos so everyone can enjoy the memories AND it’s a blast to help others discover their inner artist!  Scrapbooking is my passion but in the paper crafting world I also enjoy making 3D/Gift items and cards.  These are also regularly featured at my MargotsMix crops.  It is with these events that I am building a stamping, scrapbooking, and papercrafting community.

Outside of papercrafting, I also enjoy jewelry making (mostly for myself and my girls), traveling (preferably to destinations with beach & ocean), and cooking & entertaining (especially for friends who clear their plates without me begging them to do so).  I was born in Switzerland and am proudly a dual citizen of the US and Switzerland.  I love the Chicago Blackhawks;  if you see a minivan with a Blackhawks decal on the driver’s side back window and a leaping dancer on the other side, I can’t be too far away.  Come find me!  I also delight in all things quirky and a little scandalous.


Please browse the pages of this website for more information on promotions, scrapbooking (and other paper crafting) events, and information about the AWESOME Close To My Heart product line!  You will also find photo gallery pages full of pictures of scrapbook pages and other paper-crafted projects;  hopefully these will inspire you in your own creative endeavors.

About 1-2 times per month I send out a newsletter to my customers.  If you’d like to subscribe, please share your contact information with me by filling out the fields under the Newsletter heading at the top of the right panel of this site.   I have a page dedicated to Archived Newsletters in case you’d like to see what they’re like before you subscribe.

I hope we’ll be able to scrapbook or papercraft together soon!

Very truly yours,

Margot H. Dallstream
Scrapbook Facilitator… making it happen for you!
Close to my Heart, Independent Consultant
cell – (847) 571-3260
email me