Feeling Cornered by Chronology?

Do you suffer from acute chronological scrapbook syndrome? You’re not alone.

Thousands like you have been printing photos and storing them away in shoeboxes for decades, assuring themselves that one day they’ll feel more motivated to scrapbook everything in the perfect order.

Full of good intentions, but dreading the task of organizing every photo, victims of this syndrome often find their passion tainted by a nagging voice that tells them they must start at the beginning (wherever that is) or not start at all.

It’s time to silence that voice and get back to doing what we love!

It may seem revolutionary, but scrapbooks don’t have to be done in chronological order. Remember that these memories are your stories, so you get to tell them however you wish. The only way you’re doing it “wrong” is if the method you’ve chosen feels like a task rather than a delight.

Free yourself and your creativity by trying these organizational methods of scrapbooking instead:

Life Milestones

Milestones happen at every stage of life. Create an album that showcases a variety of milestones from the lives of each family member. Pick a certain milestone and focus on that, or gather a bunch on one layout. You can include things like graduations, church ceremonies, losing teeth, getting married, the first day of a new job, or learning to walk. This is a fun way to show your family’s progress over time.

Classic Family Memories

Ideas for organizing your scrapbook albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapping #scrapbooking #familymemories #familyfun #family #cruiseHave a favorite memory that everyone in the family loves to talk about? Get it on paper. When your family comes over for Sunday dinner and starts to reminisce, write down the extra details they add to your story. Better yet, ask them to write their own version of the family memory. Include everyone’s version of the story as journaling on your layout. Even if you have no idea where the photos of that specific memory are, just start taking the first steps. You’ll find the photos in that notorious shoebox soon enough.

Someone You Love

Pick a person who’s important to you and create an album that’s all about them. The photos can come from any time or event. The important part is simply that they get remembered. This album will become something they will cherish for always.

Color Schemes

This artsy method is more wild and crazy, but definitely a lot of fun—and excellent for a creative boost! Choose photos and papers based on the similarity of their color schemes and then put them all on one page. Find out how fun it can be to see a collection of unrelated memories on one layout!

Random Reminiscing

Reach into that pile of photos and pull out a few. Scrapbook them any way you wish, whether that’s together on one page or each on their own layout. As you finish each layout, simply place them in your album in any order at all. This method is a lot of fun to look through afterward because you’ll always be surprised by which memory pops up next.

Purposeful Prompts

Ideas for organizing your scrapbook albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #readinglayout #scrapping #scrapbooking #readingscrapbook #readingType a list of prompts (e.g. your favorite words, themes, questions you think your posterity will ask about you), trim them into strips, and place them in a jar. Draw a new one every time you sit down to scrapbook. Whatever kind of information that prompt inspires you to document, do it!

It’s the Little Things

In addition to the big events of life, be sure to also emphasize the daily things that make you and your family who you are. Stepping outside of big events will paint a more realistic picture of your life as well as add some variety to your albums.

Likes & Dislikes

Focus on a person’s likes or dislikes, not worrying about their age or location at the time you took the photos. An overarching theme like this really helps to reveal who a person is in just a layout or two.

Favorite Activities

Ideas for organizing your scrapbook albums #scrapping #scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #hikescrapbook

What activity does your family love to do? Find pictures of yourselves doing that activity across any number of years and group them together. Say you like to vacation together; make a layout just for vacations. They don’t even have to be from the same trip—just get the theme put into one place.

How do you feel now? Empowered? Liberated? Excited? The only thing to make this moment sweeter would be for us to remind you that the albums you’ll need to keep your long-awaited layouts safe in are available at a great deal this month. Take advantage of our We’ve Got You Covered! campaign, where you buy one album and get a second at 50%-off, to get your gorgeous, non-chronological layouts archived and on display. You only have a few days left to take advantage of this promotion. Your memories have waited a long time for this; now let them shine!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Disney Cruise Layout
E1034 My Acrylix® Marker Alphabet Stamp Set, A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp SetD1660 My Acrylix® Ink Blot Stamp SetZ3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper PacketX7220B No Worries Paper PacketX7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet1385 White Daisy Cardstock1386 Black Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ3309 Snapshot ComplementsZ3264 Good Life ComplementsZ3314 Black & White DotsZ1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling PenZ1151 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Love to Read Layout
D1702 My Acrylix® Capture This Stamp Set, X7220B No Worries Paper Packet, X7222B Jack Paper Packet, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3308 My Girl Complements, Z3309 Snapshot Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Hiking Layout
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, D1702 My Acrylix® Capture This Stamp SetX7222B Jack Paper PacketZ3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper PacketZ3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper Packet, 1384 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ3266 School 7-12 Complements, Z3314 Black & White DotsZ1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling PenZ1151 3-D Foam Tape, Note: Title cut 1½” using System font in Cricut Craft Room®.

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Make Room for the Whole Story

It is so incredibly easy, nowadays, to take pictures of pretty much every moment in our lives. However, when you want to preserve some of these moments, how often do you find yourself overwhelmed with having to choose which pictures out of the hundreds you actually took deserve the space in your scrapbook?

The good news is that you don’t have to be limited by a 12″ x 12″ page anymore! With a little help from our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™, you can easily add as many as 12 more photos to your story with just one protector. Check out our layouts below for ideas on how to include more of your favorites without compromising the beauty of your pages.2 Page Scrapbooking Layout #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #flowerlayout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #girlscrapbook #flowerpaper #littlegirlLayout with Pocket Plus Memory Protectors #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #pictureperfect #littlegirl #scrapbooking #scrapbook #flowerpaper #pocketplus #memoryprotectorsThe top image of this gorgeous layout shows you the original, while the bottom shows the same layout with the addition of two 6″ wide Pocket Plus Memory Protectors. We were able to add several more photos to this layout and still keep it neat and engaging. Pretty amazing, right?

The trick to using these protectors is to design your pages with the additional photos in mind. When working with the 6″ protectors, plan the coordinating pages in halves. That way, when you lay either of the protectors on top, they create a secondary “page” using half of the art from the original.2 Page Scrapbooking Layout #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #flowerlayout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #girlscrapbook #flowerpaper #littlegirlLayout with Pocket Plus Memory Protectors #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #pictureperfect #littlegirl #scrapbooking #scrapbook #flowerpaper #pocketplus #memoryprotectorsHere’s another beautiful example using our 4″ wide protectors, which only cover up one-third of the original pages. Starting at the gutter, measure 4″ into your page and consider that as the space, from top to bottom, the protector will cover with the additional art.

Don’t forget, these protectors have backsides, too! Since you can flip the protectors back and forth, you have that many more options for photos, journaling, or even pocket cards (AND you have a fun, interactive element for your layout!).

We love taking pictures of the special moments and people in our lives, and when you use our Pocket Plus Memory Protectors, you can share so much more of them and their stories in your scrapbooks!

Do you have any layouts you’re working on that could use a little help from these protectors? We love to hear from you, so tell us all about it!

Recipes

“Smile” Pocket Plus™ Layout
CC1212C Live Beautifully Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1, Z3244 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 3Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

“Today” Pocket Plus™ Layout
CC1212C Live Beautifully Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3243 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3245 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 4Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Flower Market
1½” Title <p> (p. 20)

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Getting to Know Lynn Como

Get the inside scoop from one of our top Consultants! #ctmh #closetomyheart #lynncomo #Consultants #scrapbooking #papercraftingWe’ve got an extra special treat for you today—we’ve interviewed Senior Director Lynn Como, who is a top performing Consultant and a truly wonderful person. We’re really excited to help you get to know her better and learn some tricks of the trade. 🙂

Q. What are your five favorite products?

A. Because I’m a dedicated scrapbooker, these quality products are my favorite:

  1. Post-bound albums
  2. Memory Protectors™—They are a fantastic weight and the extra 1/2 “ helps them lay flat in our books. Love that!
  3. Flip Flaps™—absolutely a scrapper’s solution to photo overload! My two-page spreads hold a lot more photos in the same amount of space. Yeah!
  4. My Reflections™ Papers—No matter what they are, I can always use the designs, embellishments, and coordination for my layouts. They are perfect!
  5. How-To Books—I use them all the time as my starting point in creating layouts. They help me scrap faster, and the designs are timeless.

Get the inside scoop from one of our top Consultants! #ctmh #closetomyheart #lynncomo #Consultants #scrapbooking #papercraftingQ. Do you consider yourself a decorative scrapbooker, fundamental scrapbooker, pocket scrapbooker, cardmaker, or papercrafter?

A. In 1998 when Jeanette Lynton unveiled her “Close To My Heart” scrapbooking line, I had never scrapbooked before. I decided it was a good time to start since I was a Consultant. It was the best decision ever because from day 1, I’ve always used our products to scrap! I love to use a variety of My Acrylix® stamps for icons, titles and backgrounds, as they add so much more detail to a layout. Embellishing with chipboard, ribbon, bling and doo-dads kicks it up another notch. My photos are the focus of my pages, but the decorative details create an artfully designed page so they work well together.

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Q. If you could give one piece of advice to those just starting their Close To My Heart business, what would you say?

A. What are you passionate about? Making cards, scrapbooking, or 3-D projects? Once you know what you love to do, that’s the avenue for you to share with your circle of influence. . You will attract people to you that enjoy your art form. When you are passionate about it, it shines through and people will want to do what you do! And always ask your circle, “Who do you know that would love to join you?” This helps you grow your circles faster, and you have to keep repeating this question to everyone you meet.

Next, you have to be consistent and dedicated. Create what you love and share it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly through social media and email. People love to SEE (and are such visual learners), so photos of artwork is KEY. It’s like being a kid in the candy shop—you “ooh” and “aah” over the selection, but you can’t make a decision because you want it ALL! So, the more you show visually, the higher your return on your time invested. It just looks so good!

Get the inside scoop from one of our top Consultants! #ctmh #closetomyheart #lynncomo #Consultants #scrapbooking #papercrafting

Q. Why do you love crafting?

A. I look at crafting as a challenge, and I love challenges! I want to craft something unique, different, classy, and stylish that doesn’t look like anything I’ve created before. So each month I craft a new Kit of the Month, which incorporates My Reflections™ paper packets, embellishments, stamps, and ink into 6-8 scrapbook pages (and sometimes even cards). I try to think outside the box, creating ideas that are useful, classic in style, clean without clutter, and will still host 7 or more photos (thank you, Flip Flaps™!). I don’t want my projects to look the same, and I get excited when I’ve pulled off another unique look. That’s the challenge: to continually push my creativity while also enjoying the crafting aspect of what I do. It’s so rewarding!

Q. What do you do to get inspired?

A. I find inspiration by looking at other Consultants’ artwork, browsing Pinterest for ideas, or reviewing my own scrapbooks (I have 15+ albums). I may use bits and pieces and tweak them to get my own design, or I may wake up in the middle of the night with an idea. Here’s a layout where it kind of hit me to create 3″ x 3″ swatches of paper and use a 6″ x 12″ Flip Flaps™ in the middle. I love the colors and the distressed look of these pages. The photos really POP:

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What keeps me inspired though? I have the best customers who compliment my artwork and tell me how much they enjoy what I create. Their enthusiasm and approval is what inspires me each month to try to artistically design fantastic layouts they will want to duplicate! It is so rewarding to hear or read someone’s “stamp of approval” when they comment on a creation. It totally makes my day and validates my creative process. The art I create doesn’t happen in one day—it takes time to design. So when I get acknowledged for my effort, it keeps me motivated and inspired to continue.

Q. Can you share with us one of your favorite pieces of artwork you’ve created?

A. Here are some photos of my Kit of the Month for Regatta. I love the variety of layouts you can create with this paper packet: It’s great for pictures of the beach, vacations, adventures, the 4th of July, boating, cruising—the possibilities are endless!

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Q. What is something most people don’t know about you?

A. I was a jock! During elementary and high school years, I competed and was captain for our basketball and tennis teams. I also participated on the cheerleading squad. When I worked in NYC, I joined the women’s softball team, and we played our games in Brooklyn. I learned how to ski when I was 20 and enjoy being outdoors, hiking, and occasionally kayaking (I love being closer to the mountains in New Hampshire). Life is good!

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Q. What’s the most exciting thing that your Close To My Heart business has paid for?

A. Vacations that are FREE! Because of the fantastic support of loyal customers and a company that rewards hard work, Rick and I have enjoyed 12 incentive trips. When possible, we try to piggy-back and add on a few extra days to lengthen our time away. We’ve visited Hawaii (twice), Alaska, New Zealand, Mexico and many tropical islands while cruising. One of our favorite incentive trips though was the Mediterranean Cruise, which let us enjoy Malta, Italy (Rome, Positano, Florence, and the Cinque Terre) and Nice, France. Each trip is so memorable!

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Mixing & Matching Magic

Each Close To My Heart paper packet has its own theme, feel, and color scheme, which makes creating cohesive artwork a breeze! But at its heart, each packet is made up of beautiful, individual patterned papers that can be used together in all kinds of combinations.

Today we’re going to expand your horizon, invite you to try something new, get you out of your comfort zone, and all that jazz—because we’re going to share you with you three different approaches to mixing our paper packets together!

Tips for mixing scrapbook papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #papercrafting #cards #memorykeeping

This card is wearing Zoe, Kaleidoscope, and Georgie 🙂

Approach #1: Invent your own color scheme and choose papers that fit. For this card, we chose pastel colors. Light pinks, blues, greens, and yellows from several different paper packets all work together in this cheery card.

Tips for mixing scrapbook papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #papercrafting #cards #memorykeeping

This page is wearing Zoe, Urban, Georgie, and Kaleidoscope. 🙂

Approach #2: Choose papers that are different tones of the same color and then add one or two accent colors. Here, we have all sorts of blues—Glacier, Juniper, and Peacock—accented by Pear and Gypsy papers.

Tips for mixing scrapbook papers #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #papercrafting #cards #memorykeeping

This layout is wearing Georgie, Kaleidoscope, and Zoe. 🙂

Approach #3: Pair up different papers based on a shared color tone. In this example, we started with a paper we really liked—this Juniper one from the Georgie paper packet. The little Canary dots on our Georgie paper inspired us to pair it with the bright Canary paper from the Kaleidoscope paper packet. They make a beautiful duo, don’t they?

What are your favorite paper packets to combine? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Birthday Cheer Card
Wishes: Simplicity™ (rotated)
B1506 My Acrylix® Little Presents, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
¾” Shape <v> (p. 34)
2″ and 2 ¼” Shape <Christms> (p. 48)

12″ x 12″ Hugs & Kisses Page
Reflections: Main Frame—Backdrop
E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, X7197B Zoe Paper Packet, X7204B Urban Paper Packet, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, X7197C Zoe Complements, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Thread

12″ x 12″ Family Layout
D1644 My Acrylix® The Authentic Life, B1482 My Acrylix® My Story, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7179 Zoe Paper Packet, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3105 Fundamental Assortment Gold, Z3165 Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack, X7203C Georgie Complements

* Real Dial Size

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