From Jeanette: Celebrate With Me

As I’m turning one year older today, the importance of memory keeping is readily on my mind. Time really does fly by (and it seems to accelerate with each passing year!), which is why it’s so important to tell our stories and preserve them in albums so they live forever.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that memory keeping is at the heart of everything I do. I feel like it’s my mission in life to help others realize the importance of preserving memories—and to show them how to do it in a fun and fulfilling way! From sharing this company’s message about memory keeping with our “Life Is Worth” video and telling the story of how I started this company in my basement, to talking about the importance of documenting the little things that make us unique (like my love of “I Love Lucy”) and inviting you to submit your scrapbook stories through Stories from the Heart, this blog is such a wonderful place to get inspired and connect with others who share your passion. It’s where I can share with you my thoughts and feelings about memory keeping, and it’s where you can see beautiful artwork and learn techniques and strategies to make memory keeping a reality in your life.

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

To celebrate my birthday and the importance of memory keeping, I want to give away some of the exclusive mini stamps we give to Consultants who ask a question during the Q&A session at Convention. On the blog, I’m going to give away 25 of the Make It from Your Heart stamp you see here. To enter to win, please leave a comment below explaining why memory keeping is important to you and subscribe to this blog to receive inspiration and tutorials straight to your inbox. To subscribe, click on the blue button that says “Subscribe to list” on the right-hand side of this page.

At 11 am (MDT) tomorrow, I’ll select 25 random commenters (who must also be subscribed to the blog) to receive this fun stamp. And for a chance to win the other two exclusive Jeanette stamp sets you see below, head on over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts—I’m giving away a grand total of 75 stamps!

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

I just want to finish by saying how much each of you mean to me. I am so grateful for all the years of friendship and for the years of friendship to come. You have truly made my life a beautiful one, and I’m so grateful to have you in my story.

Sending you all my love,


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545 thoughts on “From Jeanette: Celebrate With Me

  1. memory keeping is important to me so that the cherished days I spend with family and friends can be saved and shared with future generations, as well as reminiscing at later dates with those same family and friends

  2. Happy Birthday! My birthday is in a couple of weeks. I am the memory keeper, the travel planner, the organizer of the family, the caretaker, the doer and the giver as well as many other things. I have been recording my memories for many years. It is with great satisfaction that I do it. My daughter can show off her memory books and through the years I have heard other kids say, “My mom never did this for me.” My dad recently passed and I am saving all of these “treasures” (call them) from my mom and dad’s life. I am in the process of creating a recipe book for each of my siblings that they will be able to pass on to their children. Memories last more than one generation. I want to be able to document our family history for generations to come.

  3. Happy Birthday Jeanette! In the late 1990’s when you added “Close To My Heart” scrapbooking line to your company, that was the first time I started to scrapbook. I loved the simplicity and thought it was a great way to start creating our family history for years to come. BEST DECISION EVER! 🙂

    I am the only one in my family that scrapbooks and creates beautiful memories of our family to cherish. I’m so glad I have made and continue to make the time to create our legacy We can forget so much, but seeing these moments come alive again because of scrapbooking brings so much joy to our lives. My boys enjoy perusing our family history, special holidays and occasions and fantastic adventures we’ve LIVED along the way. Me too! I love going back and reliving these moments as they unfold before my eyes as I enjoy reading them again. Time goes way to fast, but at least I’ve been able to capture some of it.

  4. Hope you are having a happy birthday! I love taking pictures, and I love scrapping them. I want to leave memories for my family, and that is why I am doing this. Not only that, scrappin is a way for me to relax and enjoy being creative. I also love being with the scrappin community. Going to crops is a great get away for me, and I have met some of the most marvelous people this way.

  5. Happy Birthday Jeanette! First, thanks for being a loyal supporter of this obsessive, wonderful, crazy thing called paper crafting. I’ve had many friends who started memory keeping, but have moved onto other hobbies as time has passed. For me, recording the stories of our family is a pleasure and an honor. I want my children to know their story through the eyes of someone that loves them most and the art process is just a bonus!

  6. Happy Birthday! Have fun celebrating and making more memories. I started scrapbooking for my sister children there are five of them. I started from the day they were born to high school graduation. Then for their graduation gift I gave them the album. I have one more to finish for next year when she graduates. Also my soon to be husband has three nieces who are young so I have started their books. I also love making cards for my 90 plus family members. It’s a great way to keep in touch and let them know I’m thinking of them. I’m new to ctmh only 30 days in. I love the company and the product. Making everything from my heart.

  7. Have a blast on your birthday!….today….tomorrow and always!

    We all need to share are memories so we can reflect with our loved ones♡….

  8. I want to share and save my memories because I wish I could have gotten my Grandmothers memories long before she passed. She has so many recipes that we don’t have that she just made and didn’t write them down. Plus stories of your life. So I’m trying to capture all my memories from my parents and my husband I so that my children and grandchildren will have then to look back on. Thanks Jeanette for all you do for us at CTMH. You are the best. Hope you have a wonderful birthday too.

  9. Happy Birthday to you and many more. love the new stamps . thanks for a chance to win .love ctmh products .

  10. Happy Birthday! Memory keeping is important to me because it reminds me of how blessed our family is and I;m saving it for future grandchildren and my son so he can remember his blessings.

  11. Happy birthday, Jeanette. I love scrapbooking because I get to tell my story and I get to decide what the important parts are. An added bonus to this has been all the friends that I have made along the way. CTMH is awesome. It has really changed my life.

  12. Happy Birthday and it is so nice to give other a present on your day. I love preserving my memories and feel it is so important to do . I know my family will appreciate it. We have gotten to the point in our family where all older members are gone and it is so frustrating when picture show up and we know nothing about them because no one wrote on the back. With scrapbooking this is all done with the journaling and beautiful art (all in one place) I love scrapping my family.

  13. So thankful for Close To My Heart and the inspiration it has given me to be the family historian and, as my husband said, “documentarian.” Love looking back at special moments!]

  14. While many are going to digital memory keeping, I am one that still likes to make my pages by hand with special papers and embellishments. To me it is so much more personal and I take great pride in the time (sometimes to much time) I spend on each page. There is nothing like looking back at all the memories I created!

    • Congratulations! You are one of the lucky 25 winners who get the Make It from Your Heart stamp shown above! To claim your prize, please send your name and mailing address to with the subject line “Birthday Winner.”

  15. All my family other than my Husband and Daughter are deceased. We miss each of them and talk about them frequently. My Daughter has become more interested in the family and history of her roots through our family discussions. I inherited lots of pics many of which are not labeled and can only guess who some of the people are. I hope to not leave the same questions for my daughter.

  16. I love memory keeping, because it is a way to connect with every member of my family…those who are still with us and those who are no longer here. I like to hear and read their stories and preserve their legacy for future generations.

  17. Memory keeping is especially important to me because our youngest daughter died when her son was only 2. Our oldest daughter just recently got custody of him (now 12) and he LOVES seeing pictures of our family, especially his mom all through the years. I thought for a while that i was doing this only for myself, but when my grandsons come over, they always want to get out the scrapbooks and see what new pages I have done. Always brings tears to my eyes!

  18. Happy Birthday, enjoy every moment of the special day. Scrapbooking memories is a way to keep connected. When I pull a book out and have the kids sit and look with me, we can talk about how much fun we had or the silly little things we did. It is a way to remember a loved one who passed on, by telling the story with pictures. The family will always have those memories and stories to physically see.

  19. My family has many old unmarked photos. The people who knew who was in the photos and what was going on have passed, so the stories are lost. Documenting is so important to preserve what we can of a person’s life!

  20. I started scrapbooking in 1990 when I found out I was going to be a mother. I am recently battling breast cancer and have realized how precious life is. I am so blessed to have my family and my children helping me when I am down, my how the tides have turned. After the hard chemo and I received the use of my hands back I started scrapbooking at night after work. I signed up for a couple of weekend retreats one lady asked me “why do you make so many pages without pictures on them?” I replied “If one day I’m not here, my children have pages that they can place pictures on and journal and still have a piece of me with them.” I looked up all the women were looking at me some with tears in there eyes.
    You never know what life may throw your way. My “Scrapbooking” is me leaving my memories, style and creativity as a reminder of how much I cherish those precious moments.

  21. Memory keeping is important to me because my parents and two of my siblings were taken from me in auto accident when I was two. I very few photos of my family or of me and my parents. There is so much I don’t know and I have very little to look back and show my children about their grandparents. This has made me understand how important documentation of our lives is.

  22. Memory making is so important to me because I want my grandchildren to know the family history and know all the people who loved them but are no longer around. Also to log the activities they do growing up so they have happy reminders for years to come.

  23. Memory Keeping keeps our family memories alive. It takes snapshots of our life and allows us to relive them – the feelings, smells, conversations and relationships. Documenting my life and those in it brings me so much joy!

  24. I want to leave memories of our family history, so future generations will know what the family was like .

  25. After the death of my daughter Close to My Heart became my lifeline to documenting memories. These stamps are wonderful and would add beauty to my pages. I look forward to my monthly scrapbooking club.

  26. Happy Birthday! I started scrapbooking for my daughter was she an infant. I come from a very small family and most of the family stories of my grandparents and beyond are already lost. I’m hoping with my scrapbooks, my daughter won’t have that loss. As with most parents, I want to ensure she knows how much she is loved now and when I’m gone.

  27. I started scrapbooking when my kids were little in order to have their memories down for them when they are grown. Now that I have a teen and a preteen that won’t let me take their photos, I’m glad of all the ones that I took when they were younger! I call scrapbooking and card making my ‘paper therapy’ and it really helps me when I am stressed out!

  28. Happy Birthday, Jeanette! You were a delight at the 2016 Convention–my first!

    I have been scrapbooking memories for decades. What a joy it is looking through albums to see family and friends through photos, stories and memories from the big events of life, to the little day to day routines! Seeing the family resemblance of a little one, older sibling, parent, grandparent, etc. brings a smile, and me reminding my family and friends to identify at least the who, when, and where! Memories are so important and such a gift to pass on from generation to generation.

    May God bless you on your birthday!

  29. Happy Birthday to you Jeanette!! I hope your day is as special as you are!! Work has kept me busy and so I missed the dead line but I wanted to share my thoughts on why memory keeping is so important. Growing up I was surrounded by a large family and listening to the stories my grand parents and parents told were the highlight of family reunions and get togethers. One day I grew up to discover that those precious story tellers had passed on and in doing so the stories weren’t the same and some have been lost forever. The “Greatest Generation” that ever lived is slowly slipping away from us and so are the priceless lessons and experiences they have to share. The flair was extinguished and while memorable they just weren’t the same. My mother is huge into family history and preservation but it wasn’t until her diagnosis with dementia that I realized that those stories and precious memories would be forever locked away in her mind if we didn’t get them out onto the pages of books for future generations to see and appreciate. What we leave our posterity is so very important. My heart dies a little every day watching my precious and beautiful mother slip into the dementia induced fog but the silver lining is that she will be able to see and read the memories in a book. I will always have that to comfort me when I no longer have her as she is. Life is short and having memories, recipes and pictures are a way of holding onto the past and bringing those memories into the future for others to live and enjoy. Yes, I snap photos of us working on the books so that I have a piece of that memory to 🙂

    Thank you Jeanette for building a company that enables myself and others to capture and preserve these precious moments that will truly live “Close to Our Hearts”. Many blessing to you today and for the rest of your life.

  30. I love to scrapbook and have been doing it since my youngest daughter was born, she is now 23. It has been one of my greatest joys to be able to showcase my girls lives in our family albums. Whenever my girls come home one of the things they love to do most is look back in those albums and remember the joy of their youth. It brings them laughter and tears. This is something that I will always cherish. I am so happy that I have been able to preserve their memories through scrapbooks.

  31. I believe memory keeping is important because it helps us remember God’s goodness in our lives. When we document what we are thankful for it helps build our faith and relationship with God. I love looking back at my scrapbooks to encourage myself in the LORD by remembering His goodnes to me and my family.

  32. I may be late for the contest but wanted to share anyway. I thought I would ALWAYS remember little details about my children’s childhood but as they get older and I get older, it becomes harder and harder to remember the details. Also…seeing my grandmother suffer from dementia really brought it all home. I hope if I ever because unable to remember things, my children can show me their scrapbooks and the memories will come flooding back! Happy Birthday, Jeanette!!!

  33. Recording memories is important to me because my son is the last of our family and I want his daughters to know the stories from the past generations. Especially the strong women like their great great grandmother who raised nine children by herself during the Depression. The story of their great grandmother who raised their grandmother by herself because her husband was killed in a car accident at the age of 25. It’s important to know the character of the people you come from and that all of them depended on God to live their lives.

  34. A very happy birthday is sent you way ! Thank you so.much for sharing your love of memory keeping! I have grown to love this and realize how important it is for my grandchildren to have these memories when I am no longer around. Hopefully I will finish these things for them and they will love this process too. We learn something new together everyday. Thank you !

  35. A very happy birthday is sent you way ! Thank you so.much for sharing your love of memory keeping! I have grown to love this and realize how important it is for my grandchildren to have these memories when I am no longer around. Hopefully I will finish these things for them and they will love this process too. We learn something new together everyday. Thank you !

  36. Memory keeping is important to me so that the younger generation can look back and know their heritage and remember the good times in their lives and ours.

  37. I am a mother, wife, sister and gramma. I am the family historian and story teller of our lives. Memory keeping to me is about telling the story and when I have great pictures to compliment that story then I feel all is right in my creative process and my stars have aligned. Happy Birthday and thank you for the chance to win.

  38. I love being able to look back at the memories of my life with photo albums and other memorabilia that I have collected over the years. With family spread far and wide, story telling at gatherings isn’t happening as often so creating memory books is a way to make sure those family stories aren’t lost to the generations to come.

  39. I love the chance to use my creativity to make memory books for my family. Looking at a picture brings back so many memories, but usually none of the details. Documenting those details helps complete the memory and also creates a family record. I love making our books more than just a photo album and I love sharing them with my family. Happy birthday Jeanette! Thanks for sharing your birthday with us by giving us treats!

  40. Memory keeping is my way some memories alive not only for myself, but for the rest of my family. Also, a way to introduce our history to the younger generation.

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