Mommas’ Night out at The Baby Cubby

The arrival of a baby is the perfect time to start preserving your memories, if you haven’t already. There’s nothing quite like having a little one to make you realize how quickly time flies—and how much you want to remember each precious moment forever!

In celebration of this momentous milestone, we recently attended a fun crafting night with Lynn Muir @pocketfulofpaint and a few local mommas and mommas-to-be at The Baby Cubby in American Fork, Utah! We provided each of our guests with their very own The Story Begins Cut Above® layout kit to help each of them to start preserving memories of their little ones in a beautiful baby album.

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These Cut Above® layout kits are an excellent solution for mothers of small children who feel that strong, sometimes pressing, desire to memory keep, but who have a hard time finding the time to do it (and do it right). They are ideal for those who are new to memory keeping as well as anyone who is simply looking for a quicker alternative.

Available for baby boy and baby girl, each of the Story Begins layout kits comes with materials to make 10 coordinating two-page scrapbook layouts, including instructions and even journaling prompts. All of the paper is pre-cut and ready to assemble into a keepsake album—that means no measuring or cutting! All you need to bring to the table with your kit are your pictures, adhesive, a journaling pen, and the memories you love.

And our busy mommy friends loved that!

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These fun ladies had a blast socializing while putting together their new beautiful albums that came together with ease!

If you have more to document than there’s room for in the provided 20 pages of the album, we’ve got you covered! There are coordinating Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards that slide into divided Memory Protectors™ to supplement your story telling. Add them to your album for even more pages!

We’re so grateful to our friends at The Baby Cubby and @pocketfulofpaint for their help in bringing the important message of memory keeping to the lovely moms who joined us. If memory keeping is a priority to you that you haven’t managed to get around to yet, give our Cut Above layout kits a try and see for yourself how easy and satisfying it can be to start telling your stories.

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Secrets of a Title Page

We often talk about the meaty parts of scrapbooking here, from visual storytelling to journaling prompts and everything in between. Today, instead of what comes in between, let’s discuss the very beginning, or at least front, of a complete scrapbook album—the title page!

The title page of an album is that very first page you see when you flip open the cover. It is there to provide a quick visual summary of the stories and memories beautifully documented inside. Regardless of your scrapping style, the title page is something that we all have in common. Without it, our albums look and feel incomplete.

So you know you need a title page for your album. How do you start? The very first, and probably biggest, “secret” to a good title page, is to create it last. After the inside of your album is done, then is when you should begin to think about designing your title page. There are several reasons for this. Creating the title page last allows you to pull from visual elements and themes illustrated throughout your pages and layouts, including topics, color schemes, and designs.

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Waiting until the end to make your title page will also allow you flexibility in your story telling. If you make a title page first, especially one that includes photos and journaling, you run the risk of not highlighting something that you add in later.

A title page can also work as a sort of “table of contents.” If you choose to go this route, use some of your extra photos to map out what someone can expect to see as they flip through your album. You can arrange them in order, number them, and add short blurbs, like in our example, or create a collage without any words.

Or you can create a title page without any photos. Add a title and journaling that corresponds with the photos you include on the following pages. If the “table of contents” approach isn’t your thing, a quick name referencing the topic of your album, like “Disney Vacation 2018” or “Grandma Gigi” or “My Favorite Things,” can also do the trick.

As you’re designing your title page, keep in mind that it is an extension of your album, your memories, and you. However you choose to make it, match the storytelling style you use inside, and most importantly make it your own.


Recipe

Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 17
B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet Stamp Set, C1704 My Acrylix® Stargazer—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7230B Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5967 Pacifica Cardstock, X5977 Crystal Blue Cardstock, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2817 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2892 Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z1297 Edge Distresser, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
½” Shape <Halloween> (p. 43, #M417CCA)

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How to Get Started on Memory Keeping When You’ve Never Done It Before

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When it comes to memory keeping, especially if you’ve never done it before, the biggest obstacle for most people is knowing where to get started. With moments happening and getting captured quicker than they can be documented, memory keeping can easily become an overwhelming task that, as the memories pile up, we tend to ignore and simply feel anxious and guilty about.

Today we’re going to alleviate some of those feelings and help you navigate through the heaps of memories you are making. It is never too late to tell your story, so let’s get started!

Why is memory keeping important to you?

The very first thing you need to consider before pulling out old photos or any scrapbooking supplies is what is memory keeping and why is it important to you? There is no right or wrong answer here, and everyone’s motivation will be different, but motivation it will be. Really think about the why of your memory keeping.

  • Why do you take so many photos and videos with that fancy smart phone?
  • Who and what are you taking photos of?
  • Do you keep a journal? What do you write about?
  • Do you collect things because of their association with certain people or events?

Our current social climate is very instant and in the moment. You can take a photo, caption it, and quickly share it with friends across the world by posting to Facebook or Instagram. For some people, this is all the memory keeping they need. The downside is that if you only post to social media and never do anything else with those stories, you are only documenting your story in a format where it only lives for a moment. And then, what happens to your story?

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The question again is: why is memory keeping important to you?

Sorting Through Memories

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Once you’ve figured out why you want to preserve your memories, you can begin sorting through them and decide which ones to preserve. Chances are you’ve got a hard-drive, or perhaps several boxes, full of photos from the years past that you want to put into albums but just aren’t quite sure where to begin. If your photos aren’t organized, check out our post on How to Organize Years of Photos without Getting Overwhelmed for some great tips and ideas.

The truth is, not all of our moments carry the same weight, so not every single second of our lives is worth documenting. This is the step where you decide which memories you want to (and will!) preserve. And remember, it’s okay to let some things go!

Make a list of past stories and stories to come that you want to keep in an album. Some possible ideas may include:

  • Milestones in the life of a baby or child
  • Vacations/Trips
  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Family
  • Sports/Events
  • A specific year

Choose a Format

Whatever you choose to preserve, choose to do it your way. Decide on a format of memory keeping that works best for you and your memories. If you’re new to the scrapbooking scene and the thought of memory keeping is overwhelming, we’ve got a few products for you to explore.

If you like the look of complete scrapbook albums but don’t think you have the time or know-how to make them happen for you, the Cut Above® layout kits are a great solution! These kits come complete with pre-printed base pages, stickers, and die-cuts (cut paper shapes) ready to make coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts. All you need to bring to the table, aside from your kit, is photos, adhesive, and a journaling pen!

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The Story Begins layout kit shown above (also available for baby boys) is one of our many Cut Above® scrapbooking options. This particular kit comes with enough materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts. That’s an entire baby book! And if you have more photos that you want to include than the kits allow for, you can add coordinating pages with Picture My Life™ cards and pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors™. Always make the room to tell your whole story.

Another option for the busy memory keeper in you are our Workshops Your Way® scrapbooking kits.

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With the help of easy-to-follow instructions, trimming tools, and adhesive, you can use any of our Workshop Your Way® kits to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts. Unlike the Cut Above® kits, in Workshops Your Way® you trim your own paper and are given extras like, ribbons and sequins, to embellish your pages.

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With these kits, we also show you how you can arrange additional photos and pocket cards in our innovative Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™.

The last example of memory keeping we’re going to share is with pocket scrapbooking in a smaller, Everyday Life™, album.

Maybe this type of memory keeping is more your style. Less patterned paper and more memorabilia turned into accents and pocket cards to enhance the memories of your experiences. Whether you’re cutting things up, attaching them on a pocket card, or creating a pocket for a group of items—there is no wrong way to tell your story.

Making the Time

This last part of the memory keeping process is the most crucial because without it memory keeping will not happen. You need to decide how much time you will invest into preserving your memories. If memory keeping isn’t already part of your routine, make the conscious decision to include it. (A half-an-hour a week is better than doing nothing at all.)

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To be a successful memory keeper you must be honest with yourself about your creative habits. Take an approach that works for you and your memories, and that you will actually do. Once you get started you will find so much joy and satisfaction in knowing that your memories are safely documented and preserved.

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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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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.


Keepsakes

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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What to Do with Christmas Cards After the Holidays

Phew! You can take a deep breath now—Christmas is over and you can calmly go about your business getting back to a “normal” routine. There are decorations to be put away, a tree to take down, presents to find places for, goodies and leftovers galore to eat your way through… but all in its own time.

One item that perplexes many is the stack of Christmas cards that you’ve received over the past few weeks (and which will probably keep trickling in over the next few weeks, too!). You’ve probably got a great system for displaying them when they come in, but now that Christmas is over what is to become of them?

We shudder at the thought of throwing away those cute photos and heartfelt greetings from loved ones and bygone friends, but the alternative of shoveling the stack into a box and shoving it onto an obscure and cluttered shelf under the stairs seems scarcely better. Luckily we have some great ideas to help you find a more fitting home for these keepsakes.

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Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ to the rescue! This Christmas cards 2017 layout gives you a beautiful place to preserve those photos. The layout itself uses neutral colors and simple design elements in order to give visual preference to the photos, which likely do not all conform to a unified color scheme. Cards that are larger than 4″ x 6″ can be trimmed to fit into the Flip Flaps, or you can even just trim out a part of the photo and add it to the page, discarding the rest of the card.

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Cards that do not include family photos can benefit from similar treatment, incorporated as design elements into a layout like this one. By using the Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors, you can add these cards to a layout so that the designed card front looks like any other design element, but the card can still be pulled out and read for the message inside.

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Another project that works well for pulling together different elements is a mini-album. Once again, you can include entire cards, trim them to fit, or cut out elements you’d like to preserve.

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Christmas cards come in all shapes and sizes, and so do mini albums! Here’s another album idea that takes a vertical approach by binding all the cards together with a piece of ribbon threaded through punched holes in each of the pages.

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Use this idea to incorporate all kinds of cards, from photo cards, to traditional, folding cards and notes, which can be tucked into basic pockets in your album. As the creator of your album, you can make it to fit the cards that you want to keep.

When your friends and family members go to the trouble of sending you a Christmas card, that is an act of caring that deserves better treatment than to be stuck on a fridge or a board for a month and then discarded! Now that we’ve given you some ideas of what to do with them, you have an alternative that will keep their warm holiday wishes around all year—and isn’t that what we hope will happen every Christmas?


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Christmas Cards 2017 Layout
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3231 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1½” <font> “2017”

12″ x 12″ Jolly Festive Holiday Layout
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1

5½” x 7½” Merry Christmas 2017 Mini Album
D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1743 My Acrylix® Gingerbread Friends Stamp Set, B1567 My Acrylix® Hallelujah Stamp Set, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1″ <font> “2017”

Artbooking
4¼” Shift+Border <TeamWork> (p. 83, #M46F6E)
1¼” <Merry> (p. 75, #M58114)

5¼” x 7¼” Beary Merry Christmas Card Flip Book
C1689 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1688 My Acrylix® First Noel Stamp Set, D1737 My Acrylix® Silver & Gold—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Hole Punch

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Staying Ahead of Memories with Pocket Scrapbooking

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The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. Between the shopping, the parties, and the baking, it can feel impossible to find time for memory keeping! Pocket scrapbooking is a convenient solution for staying ahead during the season while still creating beautiful pages for your holiday album.

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With pocket scrapbooking, you can use Picture My Life™ cards and simple embellishments to quickly create your layouts. On the layout above, we added a little gold shimmer trim and a few gold glitter gems to give it some extra sparkle. A good rule of thumb with pocket scrapbooking is to try to have an equal number of photos and cards on your layout. This helps each page look balanced and complete.

Because of the way pocket scrapbooking works, you can make some of your Christmas layouts ahead of time, before your photos are even taken! We know, it might sound crazy, but with pocket scrapbooking it makes perfect sense! Line up your cards the way you like them and leave the photo pockets empty—or, if it helps to see where to put your photos as you create, use cardstock as a photo placeholder.

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If you really like the idea of planning ahead, take it to the next level! Instead of just leaving blanks for the photos you will take, use sticky notes to add short reminders about what kind of photos you want to take to add to the layouts. That way you can have a plan for your scrapbook, have the pages ready to go, but then wait to print your photos after the holiday season when life is a little less hectic. Then, all you have to do is slip those printed photos into your Memory Protectors™.

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Take the same approach with your journaling. You’ll notice that none of these layouts have the journaling yet. If you’re crunched for time, jot down some of the important parts on a sticky note. What do you like about your holiday traditions? What food did you eat? What is special about that moment? You don’t have to write down the entire story, just highlights to jog your memory. That will make it easier to add words to a journaling pocket card when you have time to come back to it.

The best part of this is that if you make your pocket scrapbook layouts ahead of time and then your photos don’t fit on your pages, you can easily adjust your design! That’s one of the things we love about this scrapbooking format: It’s easy to mix, match, and move photos and pocket cards to fit your story, even as it happens!

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And, if you need some extra room for all of those photos you will be taking, simply add Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™. With Pocket Plus you get that extra space for photos and journaling without having to add an entire layout. It also adds a fun, interactive element to your pages.

As you celebrate this season, use the ideas we shared today to stay ahead of holiday memories, and don’t forget to keep these pocket scrapbooking tips in mind for any time life gets busy. Memory-making never stops. Preserve those memories as they happen with pocket scrapbooking.


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Merry Everything Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Z4050 Picture My Life™ Cards—Beary Christmas, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1950 Memory Protectors™ Design 3, Z1952 Memory Protectors™ Design 5, Z3243 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3245 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 4

12″ x 12″ Reindeer Xing Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Z4050 Picture My Life™ Cards—Beary Christmas, Z4051 Picture My Life™ Cards—Silver & Gold, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, 4113 Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z1951 Memory Protectors™ Design 4, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1, Z3244 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 3

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A Keepsake to Last Through the Years

As 2017 comes to a close, we have a holiday treat designed to last you through the coming year and more!
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This Through the Year customizable photo calendar comes wrapped together in a kit containing everything you need to make one of your very own!

Easy-to-follow instructions included in the kit will guide you in creating each of the 12 beautiful calendar pages you see below.

Calendars make great gifts, so in addition to making one for yourself, consider making a second one to give as a gift, or even giving the kit to someone you know who will love the chance to be crafty! Whatever you choose to do with this kit, you will not be disappointed with the result!

Take a closer look at some of the beautiful details you’ll add to your pages using the custom gold glitter die-cuts, glitter gems, Complements, and papers included in this unique kit.

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Our November Stamp of the Month, Through the Year, makes the perfect companion for this project, too.

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If you didn’t get this limited-time stamp set last month, you can still get it by choosing the calendar kit that includes it! And, in case you did get the November Stamp of the Month, we also have this kit available without the stamp set.

What makes the Through the Year calendar extra special is that the pages are designed to be cut at the spiral binding and then put into Memory Protectors™ inside an album. This way, when you’re through with the calendar, the beautiful pages you’ve relied on through the year will last through the years to come!
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What a beautiful way to put some of your most favorite memories on display and later preserve them! Make one of these Through the Year calendars for yourself or as a gift this Christmas!


Recipe

Through the Year Calendar and Album
CC1344 Through the Year Calendar Kit, S1711 My Acrylix® Through the Year Stamp Set (comes included in CC1344S), Z2826 Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z5202 My Legacy™ D-ring Album—Brown, 4110 Memory Protectors™ Top Load 

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12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

In the true spirit of Christmas, today on the blog we are excited to share this darling 12 days of service advent calendar using our handy dandy Flip Flaps™!

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The “windows” are designed to flip open and reveal previously decided upon acts of service to perform for a family member, friend, or someone in your community during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. (If you need help coming up with ideas for these acts, check out the list we came up with last month in 15 Ways to Share a Smile).

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The Flip Flaps were attached to the 12″ x 12″ paper first then the acts of service were attached underneath them, covering the adhesive strip of the Flip flap. Each act of service is printed on paper the size of its corresponding Flip Flap, so it can remain under wraps until it’s time to reveal it.

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We kept it simple and made the little tags on each window using the smallest die from the basic tags Thin Cuts. They were stamped with a Splash of Color to add the subtle Pebble background behind the Cranberry numbers from the Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set. The finished tag was then attached to the outside of the Flip Flaps and topped off with a knotted piece of twine.

And, because this calendar was created in a 12″ x 12″ format, it can be transferred from its frame into a scrapbook once you’re done using it! Not only that, you’ve got built in spaces right inside those Flip Flaps to add photos of the activities you participated in, turning this Christmas service countdown into a beautiful scrapbook layout.
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But how is it that those Flip Flaps are still flapping even though they are inside Memory Protectors™? Simple! We just used a craft knife to cut sections of the protectors out! This part can get tricky, because you don’t want to accidently cut your artwork—so here’s how to do it:

First—put your page inside the Memory Protector.

Second—with a pen, mark the four corners of each Flip Flap (about 1/8″ bigger for  easy movement when cut).

Third—remove your layout from the Memory Protector.

Fourth—connect the dots with your knife, using enough pressure to cut the front of the protector but not the back. To play it safe, put some scrap paper in your protector while cutting.

Last—clean off any excess pen marks with your My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner.

Make your Christmas a little extra special this year with a service advent calendar! Promoting the true spirit of the season, make this cherished holiday tradition one of your own.


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Twelve Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
C1691 My Acrylix® Beary Christmas—Cardmaking Stamp Set, B1560 My Acrylix® Christmas Stamps Stamp Set, D1733 My Acrylix® Splash of Color Stamp Set, B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5954 Pewter Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, X7226C Silver & Gold Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z3216 White Twine, Z3344 Thin Cuts—Basic Tags, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3234 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 3″, Z3230 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 4″, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
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