Vision Boards: Organizing Your Creative Dreams

Because we whole heartedly believe in getting your creative dreams in order, here’s a rerun of one of our favorite organization posts. Enjoy!

Typically when we decide it’s time to organize our lives, we think about things like paper stashes, overflowing closets, garages, or the plastic containers stacked precariously in the kitchen. But are all of these things really life? Sure, they play roles in our life, but they’re hopefully not what drives us to get up in the morning.

In the spirit of organization, we decided to tackle a project that’s a little more elusive than cupboards and drawers: organizing your creative intentions through a vision board!

So, what’s a vision board? It’s a place to display images, words, or objects that represent what you want to be and do with your life in one beautiful, central location. Our hope is that this fun project will help you design your vision for your art and your life, all while keeping your thoughts and actions organized enough to accomplish it.

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Your vision board can become your light at the end of the tunnel during creative blocks. It will keep you motivated to continue heading toward your personal creative oasis!

Now let’s dive into what you’ll need to do to create your vision board! As with all art projects on this blog, we encourage you to use this example as a jumping off point to inspire you in your own creative pursuits. With this project in particular it is especially important for you to take your own, individual spin.

  • Start by spending some time seriously considering what you want this vision board to accomplish. What do you need to remember most in your life? Find a few words or phrases that speak to where you are in life right now. Once you’ve decided what these are, use stamps, Cricut® cuts, Picture My Life™ cards, or simply your own handwriting to express them.
  • Include lists of your creative dreams and goals. Whether that includes a list of techniques you want to learn, albums you want to finish, places you want to visit, or dreams you have for your family, writing it down and reading it every day will help you make the choices necessary to bring it from your imagination into reality.
  • Always stay on the lookout for bits and pieces of your life to add to your vision board. Surrounding yourself with bits and pieces of what you love in this world will be your sunlight on cloudy days. One simple way to do this is through your regular crafting routine. Keep your eyes open for scraps of embellishments such as ribbon, washi tape, or Complements. Cut a little more Shimmer Trim than you ended up needing for your layout? Save it and recycle it for your vision board!
  • Remember that this board is an organization tool. When your to-do list looks as cute as this, you won’t be able to resist taking care of everything on it. Even weekly schedules take on a new light when you dress them up. It’s also a great place to include other items you need to attend to, such as invitations to weddings that you’re planning on making cards or gifts for.
  • Make sure the things you include on your vision board are what you’re naturally drawn to, not what you think you should be drawn to. Remember this process needs to be fun! Let your creativity get playful and choose things out of the ordinary. Dare to do things like stamp and emboss a photo or include random scraps of doodling. The most important thing is not to overthink it; just follow your creative heart!

There you have it: the beginner’s guide to streamlining your creative life. Although our craft rooms may never stay organized, at least our creative visions can stay on track. 😉

For even more vision boards ideas, check out these other blog posts:

5 Tips for Creating a Vision Board
3 Ways to Create a Vision Board

Now go create your vision!

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A Valentine for You: FREE Card Patterns!

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We have an early Valentine for all our loyal readers—three free card patterns for you to celebrate along with us and share the love!

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We’ve taken these patterns, which originally made their debut with the White Pines Workshops on the Go®, and created new cards using our Whimsy Fundamentals creative collection and some cardstock—and we just love how they turned out!

These timeless patterns can be used for every celebration and occasion with the right combination of papers, Complements, and sentiments. If you’re not sure how to mix and match these products, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation for you! For effortless coordination, simply choose one of our creative collections from our idea books and stick to just those products within the suite when making your cards. It really is that easy!

Download the patterns below and share some love this Valentine’s day with a handmade card from the heart! ❤


Download Patterns


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For even more timeless cardmaking patterns, check out our newest how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™ volume 4, which just debuted this January! If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the beautiful, one-of-a-kind, patterns in this book.





4¼ x 5½ You Make a Difference Card (Vertical)
Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼ x 5½ Like an Artist Card (Horizontal)
C1685 My Acrylix® Inspire Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼ x 5½ You Make My Heart Happy Card (Vertical)
A1192 My Acrylix® Happy Heart Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Watch Parties to Remember

There’s no better way to enjoy your favorite TV shows than by throwing a watch party with your family and friends! It might be a Super Bowl party, a girl’s night to watch the Oscars, or a get-together for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Whatever you’re getting together to watch, the point is you are getting together, having fun, and making memories—which you should definitely include in your memory keeping!

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Sometimes our watch parties become a family tradition, like the one featured in this layout. Include photos of the people that were there, but don’t forget to also add shots of the snacks, decorations, and any other happenings that mark the event. The sights, sounds, and tastes are all part of the experience and make those memories special. These pages use our All-Star Complements with Basics Fundamental and the Stargazer paper packets, creating a simple layout highlighting a family Super Bowl party worth remembering.

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Sometimes, watch parties include activities before or after the actual watching. These may seem like everyday events to you, but in the long run these moments are what life is all about. The little every day things we do that make us, and celebrate, who we are. In the page above, we share some inspiration for the upcoming winter games. Stargazer Dots and All-Star Complements pair perfectly for whatever team you’ll be rooting for during the next few weeks.

As you prepare to throw your own watch parties, check out this video, where our very own Jill Broadbent shares theme party ideas for tomorrow’s Opening Ceremonies. Complete with décor, food, and crafts, all you need to do is take a quick trip to the grocery store and get out your favorite Close To My Heart paper and cardstock.

Preserving what matters most includes the traditions we create with friends and family. With the Oscars in a few short weeks and a royal wedding in May, there are plenty of memory making watch party opportunities heading our way!

How do you celebrate these, and other, TV milestones? Share with us, in the comments below!


12″ x 12″ Super Bowl Sunday Layout
S1802 My Arcylix® Sunny Thoughts—February Stamp of the Month Stamp Set, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, Z3353 Basics Funamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z3356 All-Star Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shapes
You Are Here
2½” Icon-2 <GameDay> (p. 48, #M282C66F)

12″ x 12″ Let the Games Begin Page
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3356 All-Star Complements, Z4159 Thin Cuts—Block Numbers, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1″ <font> “LETTHEGAMES”
1½” <font> “BEGIN!!!”

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Pretty in Pink Butterfly Mobile

We’re thinking PINK all month long at Close To My Heart with our Pretty in Pink special,  featuring a select group of pink and gold items at 25% off as well as three exclusive product bundles at 30% off! These bundles include the Bashful—Color of the Year bundle (which you can also get FREE by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month!) and two bundles with supplies to make this beautiful butterfly mobile:
Pretty in Pink Butterfly Mobile #ctmh #closetomyheart #butterfly #mobile #prettyinpink #pretty #pink #bashful #pixie #blossom #gold #foil #raspberry #white #twine #girl #baby #cricut #design #space #nurseryWe’ve taken the guesswork out of this project by putting together step-by-step instructions and even providing a Cricut Design Space™ project file for you to cut your butterflies and flowers. That means, all you have to do to replicate this gorgeous décor piece is assemble it!

For a full set of instructions to make this mobile, click here. Follow along with Monica in the video below to see how it all comes together!

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Sweet and Simple Class Valentines

In less than two weeks, our children will be off to school to swap valentines with their friends. As the crafty moms of these precocious little people, we immediately volunteer to make these sentiments of affection ourselves because, why not? And then you find out from your child’s teacher that he has 25 friends in his class. No problem, you’ve got this! DIY valentines don’t have to be complicated to be cute or clever.

Here are two ideas for quick and simple school valentines you can make yourself that your child will be happy to share:

School kids love new pencils—it’s a thing. There’s something special, a sense of pride even, when a child gets to use a pretty new pencil to do their schoolwork.

Embellish your pencils with a flag made from some of your pretty paper and, presto! All that’s left is for your child to sign the back of it.

If you’re set on a sweet valentine, pick your treat and add a tag.

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To make life easier, we used our Basic Tags Thin Cuts for this one. A few simple layers or a cute stamped sentiment will finish the job!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is about sharing your affection for the people you care about, not about how long it took you to make their treat. As you prepare to make it a special day, keep your child’s class treats simple—simple enough for them to help with! They will enjoy being part of the process and you will be making memories worth a lifetime!


Heart Flags
A1189 My Acrylix® Short & Sweet Stamp Set, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z3317 Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts

B1581 My Acrylix® We Belong Together Stamp Set, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z3317 Thin Cuts—Basic Hearts, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags

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Working with Fonts in Cricut Design Space™

When you peruse any of the Close To My Heart catalogs, it is easy to see that we love using our exclusive Cricut® collections to add to our scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting artwork. Our Cricut® collections are purposefully designed with a wide variety of shapes and styles so you can always find just what you need to complete any project. Additionally, most of our collections come with their very own unique font.

Today, we want to go over how easy it is to work with these fonts in Cricut Design Space™ by sharing step-by-step instructions to recreate this card from the Annual Inspirations idea book:

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Before getting started, there are a few things you will need to make this card, other than the paper. First, if you wish to use the same fonts we did here, you must own both the Flower Market and Artistry Cricut® collections. You will also need to have a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

As you follow the outlined steps below, keep in mind that we are showing you how to work in Design Space using a desktop or laptop computer. If you prefer to use the available app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen.

Now, let’s get to it!

1.  Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at

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Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2.  Insert text by clicking Text on the left side of your screen.

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For this project, we need to add text for each line separately. Let’s begin by typing “Be” in the text box.

3.  Change fonts by clicking on Fonts in the Text Edit bar.

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You’ll see all font options, but we want to use the font in the Artistry collection to recreate our card. To locate this font, type “Artistry” in the Search Fonts box. Select this font, and then adjust the font height in the Text Edit bar to 1.75″.

4.  Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create the “YOU” and “tiful” text in your project.

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Don’t forget to change the font and the font height for each. Change “YOU” to the Flower Market font with a height of 1″. Change “tiful” to the Artistry font with a height of 1.25″. You can see where to change the font height in the screenshot above.

5. Next, arrange the text.

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Move the text pieces around to create the look that you see on the card. You’ll want adjust the letter spacing in the Text Edit bar for “YOU” to make it to overlap with “Be” and “tiful”. The example above shows how we arranged the text, with the letter spacing on “YOU” changed to 1.9.

6.  Weld your text together to create one group of text instead of three separate pieces.

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To use the weld tool, make sure each line of your text overlaps. You’ll also need to make sure you have selected all three text pieces. Select all the pieces by clicking on the top left of the text and drag across to highlight all three lines. Next, click Weld in the bottom right corner, in the Layers panel.

7.  To create the piece for your card front, insert a square shape using the “Shapes” option on the left side.

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Resize the shape to a 3.25″ x 6″ rectangle.

8.  Move your sentiment behind the rectangle.

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You’ll still be able to see the outline box for the text to make sure it’s centered. Hold down the “shift” button on your keyboard and select the rectangle. Once both the text and the rectangle are selected, click Slice in the bottom right corner, next to Weld.

9.  You should now have three separate pieces.

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You’ll see the slice results on the left in the Layers panel. Just move your pieces around to view each one individually. You can delete the two separate text pieces since you won’t need these in your project.

10.  All that’s left is to cut your project!

Click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. To create the same look as the example from Annual Inspirations, just add a solid piece of cardstock behind your cut Cricut® piece.

That’s it! You’ve now successfully sliced and welded fonts to make a “BeYOUtiful” card! You can use this same concept to create other unique card sentiments or scrapbooking titles. If you want to make this project again, be sure to save it before moving on to your next creation!


5″ × 7″ BeYOUtiful Card (Vertical)
B1568 My Acrylix® Wild Backgrounds Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z3366 Silver Foil Paper, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
1″ <font> “YOU”

1¼” <font> “tiful”
1¾” <font> “Be”

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Australia Day Giveaway

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We’re taking our month-long papercrafting celebration to the other corner of the world today—g’day Australia!!

Some of you may be unaware, but the Close To My Heart family is made up of quite a large group of Aussies, and today, 26 January (AEST), is Australia Day in the land down under! While the holiday has evolved over time and is celebrated differently than it has been in the past, and as we reflect on our love for our mates, we want to celebrate all things Australian with—drum roll please—another giveaway!

We’ll start by choosing six lucky winners, each of whom will win one of these Australian themed stamparoonies…


AND, for our grand prize…

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ONE lucky winner will win a Hello AU/NZ digital Cricut® collection! Featuring 20 layered images, this collection has shapes, overlays, and names for Australian (and New Zealand) states and territories, as well as a local flower, slogan, and coordinating icon for each. The collection also includes extra images about Australia (and New Zealand), including the country’s flag.

So how do you win? It takes 2 steps. One, make sure you are a subscriber of this blog, promising you’ll pop around. And two, leave a comment below telling us what you love about Straya (that’s Australia for our non Aussie-speak mates) or being a true blue Aussie. It’s that easy! Winners will be chosen randomly by 10 a.m. AEST on 27 January (that’s 4 p.m. MST on January 26). No worries, you do not have to be Australian to win!

Take it easy and have a good one!

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Complement Day!!! (AND GIVEAWAY!!)

Did you know that we have over 1,500 national (unofficial 😉 ) holidays here in the United States? Observed annually on January 24th is compliment day—a day specifically set aside to pay attention, acknowledge something nice about someone, and to then share your sincere observations with that person. What an easy way to brighten someone’s day and spread joy!

Since it would be near impossible to sincerely share a compliment with each and every one of you, we thought we’d put our own Close To My Heart spin on things and celebrate this holiday by sharing our Complements instead! We can think of no better way to do this than by showing you how easy it is to use them and by giving some away to our loyal blog readers!

For those of you new to the lingo, Complements are stickers and die-cuts designed to complement, or complete, our creative collections. Each of our collections features a coordinating paper packet and other embellishments, like sequins, gems, and trims, all following the same color scheme and design esthetic. This makes it easy for you to find coordinating products for any given papercrafting project.

With the launch of our newest catalog, Seasonal Expressions 1, we have four new creative collections for you to pick from. Take a look at how we made use of each collection’s complements in the artwork below. Then, decide which one is your favorite for a chance to win it, FREE!

Chelsea Gardens

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Make Waves

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You’ll notice that each card and scrapbook page was made without any stamping, using only our Complements for titles and embellishments. Cardmaking and scrapping can really be that easy!


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Gimme Some Sugar

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Now that we’ve got your attention with our complements, it’s your turn to acknowledge something nice about them! In the comments below, tell us which collection is your favorite and why. For a chance to win it free, make sure you are also subscribed to this blog. It’s super easy—just push the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar! 🙂 After you’ve complimented us, we’ll select 12 lucky winners to receive their choice of Complements, FREE! We’re giving away three sets of Complements from each new collection and you can only win one, so make sure to share this giveaway with your friends! Don’t delay, all qualifying entries must be submitted by 11 a.m. (MST) tomorrow, January 24.

We believe that compliments should be given away freely every day, so make the extra effort today and really spread that love and admiration you have for the people in your life by sharing some sincere praise.

Can’t wait to hear from you!


4¼” x 5½” We’re In This Together Card (Horizontal)
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Today Page
X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7230D Chelsea Gardens Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4155 Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems, Z4154 Cream Ribbon, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” There Is Something Beautiful Card (Vertical)
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim

12″ × 12″ Shine Page
X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7227D Make Waves Coordinating Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7227C Make Waves Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z4146 Make Waves Shimmer Trim, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” One of a Kind Card (Vertical)
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots

12″ × 12″ One of a Kind Page
X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, X7229D Stargazer Coordinating Cardstock, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z4145 Light Grey RibbonZ1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

4¼” x 5½” Friends Card (Vertical)
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

12″ × 12″ Fine & Dandy Page
X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7228C Gimme Some Sugar Complements, Z4153 Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes, Z4144 Peacock-stitched Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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The Importance of Handwriting in Memory Keeping

There’s something to be said about the beauty of a handwritten memory. With so much technology readily available, the art of handwriting has faded in today’s instant world. Instead of writing letters and keeping journals, we tend to opt for a quick email or text and a social media update. These communication and storytelling mediums have their purpose, but memory keeping is not always one of them.

Part of Your Identity

Is there anything more personal than handwriting? We all have a unique way of writing that, in more ways than one, expresses our personality. The way we dot our i’s and cross our t’s, our spacing between letters and words, and even the pressure we apply with the pen tells us something about who we are or what we may be experiencing in that moment. There are expressions and impressions that can be read from the way we carve each word. Were we thoughtful, happy, sad, tense, or enthusiastic? Readers connect with the honesty and vulnerability of handwritten memories. As we preserve our memories in our scrapbooks, handwriting is also part of the story. Even if it feels imperfect, it is an extension of ourselves that is important to include in the stories we preserve and share with others.

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Thoughtful and Intentional Journaling

Writing by hand tends to slow us down, forcing thoughtful and intentional words. Editing occurs less as we write, often making it a better reflection of our genuine self. Physically writing out a page of words takes more time and energy but it also engages our creativity. Handwritten journaling can show that we put more thought and effort into something that could easily be typed in less time, leaving a lasting impression on the reader. By writing our stories in our scrapbooks, we’re assigning greater meaning to our memories—moments that might otherwise get lost.


Handwritten memories become keepsakes. Consider old letters exchanged between your grandparents and compare them to text messages we send today. Which is a keepsake truly worth saving? The same goes with writing in cards, letters, journals, and scrapbook pages. The stories and memories saved in handwriting are more likely to get passed down from generation to generation and held tightly and close by those who admire and love us. Texting, emails, and social media are all signs of the times. It could be fun to screenshot a text conversation and scrapbook it. It is part of our lives after all, but typed words don’t evoke our personality the same way that handwriting does. Including it in our scrapbooks enhances the story and the value of the keepsakes we create.

Perfectly imperfect, writing by hand is an investment we make to share a piece of ourselves in the stories we tell for others. Whether you love your handwriting or can barely stand it, we encourage you to share this piece of yourself in your memory keeping—everyone who looks through your scrapbooks will be glad you did.

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