Gearing Up for Convention in Las Vegas!

Gearing Up for Convention #cmth #closetomyheart #convention #NorthAmerican #party #LasVegas #lasvegas #vegas #Vegas #craft #crafting #scrapping #scrapbooking #diy #learn #business #crafters #community #storybystacy #ctmhstorybystacyIn case you haven’t heard, the North American Close To My Heart Convention this year is at the Red Rock Resort in fabulous Las Vegas! We couldn’t be more excited to get to see many of you there and for the opportunity to share some new products and ideas for the upcoming year!

A can’t-miss two-day event, Convention is packed with incredible business classes and speakers, creative sessions, new product demonstrations, trainings, and so much more. Every part of this event is designed to help you create the success you want in every area of your Close To My Heart business. You will leave with tons of great ideas, inspiration, and motivation to take your craft, your team, and your business to new heights! We want you to succeed!

Best of all, at Convention you’ll connect with seasoned sales veterans and passionate crafters who will share imaginative trade secrets and cutting-edge techniques in an atmosphere of fun and friendship. The relationships and memories forged and reinforced are bound to be among the greatest rewards you’ll bring home.

One of this year’s special guests is none other than our good friend, Stacy Julian. Watch the video below for a sneak into something new you can expect.

Convention is the biggest party Close To My Heart hosts every year. We get tons of Consultants together in one location to do what we love most—crafting and talking about it! But, really, there is so much more to Convention than that. Underneath all of the beautiful paper and trim, the purpose of Convention is to help you grow as an individual and as a Consultant.

As you gear up for Convention, we encourage you to come with some in mind. Time will fly by once we’re there and, before you know it, it will be over and you will have more memories to scrapbook. Make the most of your Convention experience by thinking ahead of what you wish to get out of it. (What do you want to achieve? Who do you want to meet? What do you hope to learn?)

The Close To My Heart Convention is the best place to fuel your passion, spark your creativity, and ignite your business! If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Come celebrate and create with us by registering today, while you still can!

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Convention is only open to current, active Consultants, but the good news is that you still have a few days to take advantage of an awesome sign-up special! Become a Consultant today and then join us for Convention!

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1 FREE Card Pattern, 3 Ways!

Free Card Pattern Three Ways #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgimmesomesugar #gimmesomesugar #cards #diy #diycards #mothersday #díadelamadre #madre #diadelamadre #bonnefete #bonnefête #mères #meres #bonnefetedesmeres #bonnefêtedesmères #francois #françois #freepattern #free #pattern #cardpattern

We are bringing it back to the basics today with one free card pattern used three ways!

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When you have one card pattern, you can easily turn it into four by simply rotating it 90 degrees in either direction or turning it upside down! We’ve prepared a couple of examples to show you how big of a difference it can make to rotate your pattern.

Here is that same patterned shown above turned on its side, 90° counterclockwise:

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And here is that original pattern turned on its other side, this time 90° clockwise:

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We took this one pattern, which made it’s original debut with the Kaleidoscope cardmaking Workshops on the Go®, and created three new cards using our Gimme Some Sugar creative collection (see recipes below for a complete list of products).

Our timeless patterns, for both cardmaking and scrapbooking, are more versatile than meets the eye. They are all designed in such a way so you can rotate them to make several different cards and layouts from the one. With the right combination of patterns, papers, Complements, and sentiments, you are set to celebrate and document any occasion!

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 book and stick to just those products within the suite when making your cards. It really is that easy!

Download the card pattern below and get crafty!

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For even more timeless cardmaking patterns, check out our newest how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™ volume 4! 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.

 

 

 

 


Recipes

 4¼” x 5½” Happy Mother’s Day Card (Horizontal)
C1714 My Acrylix® Mother’s Garden Stamp Set, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5972 Tangerine Cardstock, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3400 Shimmer Brush—Bashful, Make Waves Sequins & Gems

4¼” x 5½” Feliz Día de la Madre Card (Vertical)
A1215 My Acrylix® Feliz Día de la Madre Stamp Set, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, X5985 Smoothie Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z3325 Blue Burlap Ribbon, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z555 Craft Heater

4¼” x 5½” Bonne Fête des Mères Card (Vertical)
A1216 My Acrylix® Bonne Fête des Mères Stamp Set, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3216 White Twine, Z3343 Rose Embossing Folder, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Embossing Machine

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Color Theory: Triadic Color Combinations

A triadic color scheme is a lot easier to understand than it may sound. Just like some of the other theories we’ve previously discussed on the blog, triadic color combinations make use of three colors. This time, instead of being next to or opposite each other, triadic colors are three colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel.

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If you aren’t sure if the colors you are choosing to work with are equally spaced, connect the three of them with a line—simply tracing them with your finger will do. If the shape you outline is a triangle with sides of equal length, then your colors are triadic.

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To make it even easier, there are only four triadic color combinations on your basic color wheel:

  1. Red, Yellow, Blue
  2. Red-orange, Yellow-green, Blue-violet
  3. Orange, Green, Violet
  4. Yellow-orange, Blue-green, Red-violet.

Once you’ve chosen one of these combinations, jump on the Close To My Heart color wheel and pick from the exclusive colors that fall into each category.

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(Download here.)

Another way to use this would be to start with a color you know you want to use, like Sapphire, and then draw a triangle to determine which other two colors to combine with it. Sapphire is in the blue zone, and we know from drawing a triangle (and from the list above) that yellow and red complete the color triad.

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This layout from our Seasonal Expressions idea book makes use of the red, yellow, blue combination using Cranberry, Canary, and Sapphire. We used Sapphire heavily, as the main color, with Cranberry and Canary acting as accents.

While triadic color combinations do not achieve the same level of contrast as complementary colors, they do provide color variety that tends to look more balanced—making it a favorite among artists who love playing with color. Try out a triadic combination on your next project and let us know how it goes!


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Alphabet Page
Z4157 Stargazer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, D1757 My Acrylix® Stargazer—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5982 Canary Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, X5955 Pebble Cardstock, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2832 Pewter Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7229C Stargazer Complements, Z4143 Stargazer Dots, Z4145 Light Grey Ribbon, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1297 Edge Distresser, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Watercolor Pencils, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1″ <font> “ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ”

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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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Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™

One of the easiest tools to use in Cricut Design Space™ is Contour. We love how this feature allows you to hide portions of an image and remove unwanted cut lines. This gives you even more flexibility and customization with your Close To My Heart Cricut® collections. Shapes that have patterns or cuts inside them can be turned into solid images!

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We created this scrapbook page using one flower image from the Artistry Cricut® Collection. With the Contour feature, we took the striped flower and created a solid flower. By varying the size and colors of both flower shapes, we ended up with the delightful page you see here. Today we are going to walk you through the steps of creating your own contoured flowers in Design Space to make a similar creation!

In order to use the same shapes that we did in this project, you’ll need to own the Cricut® Artistry and Flower Market 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 this shows you how to use features in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

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2. Insert the flower image.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnTo add this specific flower image from the Artistry collection to your canvas, click Images on the left. Then search for image #M40FD89 in the search box at the top. This will give you the exact flower you need for the project. Just select it and click Insert Images to add it to your canvas.

3. Ungroup the flower image.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnWhen an image like this one has multiple layers, you first need to ungroup the image before contouring. Ungroup the flower by selecting the image and then clicking UnGroup in the Layers panel on the right.

4. Delete the dark purple flower.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnTo create this page, you only need one of the flowers in this image. Now that you’ve ungrouped the image, delete the dark purple flower by clicking the red x at the top left corner of the image.

5. Duplicate the flower.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnYou will use solid and striped flowers on this page. This means you’ll need both the original flower and the one you are going to contour on your canvas. Duplicate the lined flower by selecting Duplicate in the Layers panel.

6. Contour the flower to create a solid image.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnTo contour, select one of the striped flowers and then click Contour in the bottom right corner of the Layers panel. A pop-up box will appear on your screen, just like the screenshot above. In this instance, you’ll select Hide All Contours in the bottom right corner of the pop-up box. This lets you hide all the contours without having to click on each one individually. If you only wanted to contour part of your image, you could select only the portions you wanted to hide. After hiding the contours, you now have a solid flower shape with no interior cuts.

7. Duplicate and resize the flowers.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnDuplicate and resize flowers for your page as desired. To resize the flowers like we did, select the image and change the height under Size. We used flowers at heights of 1.5″, 1.75″, and 2.25″. Leave the size “locked” so that when you change the height, it will automatically resize the width, keeping the shape proportions the same.

8. Assign the flowers colors.

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9. Insert the banner image.

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10. Ungroup and contour the banner.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnAfter the image is on your canvas, ungroup the banner, just like you did with the flower. Then select the banner and click Contour in the Layers panel. For this image, select only the individual cuts you want to hide, instead of selecting “Hide All Contours.” Click on the X and O portions of the banner and you’ll see them change color, indicating that they will no longer be cut out of the banner shape.

11. Resize and assign colors to the banners.

Contouring Shapes in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #cricut #designspace #design #space #flower #leaves #floral #shapes #cutting #flowermarket #artistry #collection #diy #howto #tutorial #learnThe banner images on our page are a height of 1.5″. Resize the banners just like you did with the flowers, leaving the size lock in place. Enter 1.5 for the height, and the width will automatically resize with the correct proportions. Then assign colors to each banner piece for cutting.

12. Insert the leaves image, then duplicate and resize them.

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13. Add circles for flower centers.

There are two ways to add the small circles to your project. You can search for and add image #M417CAC, ungroup the image, and delete the “EEK!” circle, which will leave you with a solid circle. Resize it to 0.5″, duplicate, and assign a color. The second option is to insert a circle from the Shapes option on the left side of your screen. Select the circle, and a solid circle will be added to your canvas.

14. Cut your project!

When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Your Cricut® machine will group cuts together according to the colors you assigned. Just insert your cardstock and you’ll have all the pieces you need to create this project on your own!

Now, you’ve successfully contoured a flower and a banner from only two images in the Cricut® Artistry collection. Using contouring, you can create solid shapes, like we did with the flowers and banner, to create dimension and variety in your projects. There are so many creative ways you can use this feature to adjust the shapes in your Close To My Heart Cricut® collections to get even more options in your crafting! Enjoy!


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ Bloom Page
D1733 My Acrilyx® Splash of Color Stamp Set, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7229B Stargazer Paper Packet, Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet1385 White Daisy CardstockX5982 Canary Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, X5974 Raspberry Cardstock, X5972 Tangerine Cardstock, X5976 Thisle Cardstock, Z2819 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¼” Shift+Icon-1 <Q> (cut 3, p. 11 #M40FD89)
1¾” Shift+Icon-1 <Q> (cut 6, p. 11 #M40FD89)
1½” Shift+Icon-1 <Q> (cut 5, p. 11 #M40FD89)
1½” Shape <k> (p. 28, #M416E8C)
1½” Shift+Shape <K> (p. 28, #M416E8C)
½” Shape <Hlloween> (cut 6, p. 43 #M417CAC)

Flower Market
1½” Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)
1½” Shift+Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)
1″ Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)
1″ Shift+Icon <1> (p. 1, #MD37FB8)

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Get Four Free Stamp Sets!

With the Fab Four monthly special, April is the perfect time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant or add new members to your team! New Consultants who join Close To My Heart in April will receive the May, June, July and August Stamp of the Month sets, FREE! (That’s an extra $71.80 USD retail value added to an already incredible New Consultant Kit!)

Close To My Heart is a direct sales company that offers a wide array of papercrafting products, with special emphasis on scrapbooking and stamping. For more than 30 years, founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton has been a leader in the industry, making many significant contributions to these arts, and making Close To My Heart a premier resource for individuals wishing to enhance their artistic talents and pursue a successful business opportunity. Close To My Heart’s Independent Consultants enjoy a generous compensation plan, which rewards them for promoting our innovative and beautiful products to help every crafter celebrate relationships, share memories, and preserve the moments that matter most.

What Does the Close To My Heart Opportunity Have in Store for You?

Join our community of Consultants and start enjoying these rewards:

  • 22% base commission on product purchases and sales, with the potential to earn even more! Learn more.
  • Opportunity to make money doing what you love: crafting!
  • Flexibility to earn extra income while working your own hours.
  • New Consultant Kit full of product valued over $200! Learn more.
  • $50 (USD) in CTMH Cash immediately upon sign-up.
  • Free Consultant website so your friends can shop with you online!
  • Opportunities for other exciting incentives, like trips, crafting products, and more! Learn more.

Ready to become a Consultant? Let’s get started.

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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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Be Brave, Be Bold, Be You…Giveaway!

A wise person once said, “People will always remember how they felt around you. Build people up.” That thoughtful person was none other than our beloved founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton.

Today happens to be Jeanette’s birthday and to celebrate we are giving away an inspiring stamp from our upcoming Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog! (That’s right, this stamp is not available for purchase until May!)

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We are giving away five Be You stamp sets here on the blog, another five on our Facebook page, and another five on Instagram. Follow us on those other platforms to learn how to increase your chances to win!

To enter the drawing on the blog, it’s an easy two-step entry. First, make sure you are a subscriber! If you are not, simply push the blue “Subscribe to list” button on the sidebar. Second, and this is important, leave a comment below with a small birthday message for Jeanette. That’s it! Winners will be selected at noon (MDT) tomorrow.

For those of you who have been fortunate enough to meet Jeanette, or even hear her speak, you know she lives her life just as she encourages. The way she builds up the people around her is memorable, and her example reminds others to spread that same care and compassion. When you’re around this incredible person, you can’t help but feel an instant uplifting connection. We would love to hear some of your experiences below, so please share!

Be brave. Be bold. Be you.

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