The excitement of summer is in the air and we want you to enjoy every bit of it! To get started, if you haven’t already, check out this fun list of 50 Things to Do This Summer we’ve compiled with no one else but you in mind. (Take this list on the go by downloading the printer friendly version, here.)
Do you have any more fun ideas to add to our list? Tell us how you’re planning on spending your summer in the comments below!
13. Trying to clean your crafting room is basically impossible.
14. You frequently see things at the store and think, “Sheesh, I could make that myself for half the price!”
via Sewing Rabbit
15. If you spot something cute for a project “you might one day do,” your willpower goes right out the door.
via A Girl and a Glue Gun
16. Using your favorite crafting materials to create a gift for a friend is like giving them a little piece of your soul.
via Queen and Company
17. The problem is always the size of your crafting room, never the size of your stash. ALWAYS.
via U Create
18. And speaking of your stash…no one needs to know just how much stuff you have.
via Craftaholics Anonymous
19. You will make all the things forever and ever.
via Kathy R. Jeffords
If this describes you, then welcome! You have found your people! We’re a company that loves crafting so much we make it possible for people to earn a living by crafting in their own homes!
Becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is easy and super affordable. It only costs $75 (USD) to join, and when you do, you get a box full of supplies PLUS $50 (USD) in CTMH Cash to buy even more stuff!
As an Independent Consultant, you’ll not only get to work your own hours from home doing what you love, but you’ll also get an AMAZING Consultant discount on our exclusive products!
We want you to succeed (and to wake up each day loving your job), so we have tons of online resources and training courses to help make this dream job a reality. There’s nothing to fear!
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:
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
Have 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.
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!
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.
Type 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.
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!
We’ve been talking a lot about travel this month—with two more travel posts still to come 🙂 —but when it comes to having fun, we know that there is plenty to be found when you stay close to home, too! Though it has been a full, busy summer here at Close To My Heart, we know how important it is to cut loose and party once in a while! Our annual summer party is always a great time to come together with our families and celebrate all the great things we’ve accomplished.
This year’s festivities took place at the Provo Beach Resort, where we enjoyed bowling, laser-tag, croquet, a ropes course, and tons of other fun activities.
As you can see from all the photos, this year’s summer party was full of smiles. We don’t know about you, but for all the great work that these people do day in and day out for Close To My Heart, we think that those smiles are well-deserved!
We truly cherish these moments to celebrate our relationships with family and friends. Close To My Heart is a company where every relationship matters, and our annual summer party was a great way to create the type of memories that matter most in life.