Preserving Holiday Memories

It’s that time of year again when the big holidays are stacked, one right after the other, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure they are as memorable and magical as we nostalgically remember them.

To help you on this quest, we encourage you to not just document everything with photos (but keep doing that!)—Take the time to also write about your experiences and the experiences of the people you share the holidays with.

Check out the following stunning layouts we’ve created, with intentionally heavy journaling, to preserve all of those holiday traditions and memories that require a little something more than a photo to remember.

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The first one up is Halloween. In just a few short weeks some of us will be dressing up, trick-or-treating, and carving pumpkins. Whatever your traditions and stories are, write them down to have to share later.

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Ever notice how food seems to bring people together? Write what it is about the holidays that make you feel so blessed and so grateful. Consider each dish and write about them. Why do you like them? Is there a special story associated with any of them? Perhaps there’s a recipe you want to remember or pass down.

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Thanksgiving is a feast for giving thanks. You may think there isn’t much to journal on this day, but take a real close look. There is food, special decorations (like the centerpiece example in our layout) and, of course, your people.

The people you share the holidays with have their own individual experiences of the same events and occasions. Take a little time to ask about their favorite traditions and memories and jot those down.

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This Christmas layout does just that. We’ve got one holiday with six unique perspectives.

These are just a few examples of how to incorporate lots of journaling into your layouts as a part of your artwork. As you scrapbook your holiday stories, remember why you even do so in the first place—for the preservation of memories, for you and for your family’s keeping.

As you enjoy your holidays, remember to tell your story!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Celebrate Halloween Layout
D1736 My Acrylix® Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7224D Cats & Bats Coordinating Cardstock, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z899 Black Memento™ Ink Pad, X7224C Cats & Bats Complements, Z4028 Cats & Bats Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Cricut Design Space™, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1½”, 2″, 2½”, 2¾”, 3″, 3¾” Title <i> (p. 18, M#46F6E)

Cricut Design Space™
¾” <font> “HALLOWEEN”
½” <font> “PUMPKIN PATCH,” “CARVING PUMPKINS,” “TRICK OR TREAT,” “SCHOOL COSTUME PARTY”

12″ x 12″ Blessed Life Layout
Z4041 Falling for You Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts, D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Ink™ Stamp Pad, X7223C Falling for You Complements, Z4029 Bronze Sequins, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3234 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 3″, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ What’s Your Favorite Tradition
Z4047 Beary Christmas Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4050 Picture My Life™ Cards—Beary Christmas, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, Z4038 Beary Christmas Dots, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z2467 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Warm Grey 4 Marker, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Cricut Design Space™

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
3½” Shape <Holiday> (cut 6, p. 47, M#418092)
Tip: In Cricut Design Space™, unlock size restriction and make length 6½”

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From Jill: Capture Memories as You Make Them

As I enter the New Year with resolutions and hopes for the future, there is one resolution that I keep at the top of my list year after year: documenting my stories. Because this is so important to me, I am always looking for new ways to do it.

This past year, I tried a new form of journaling involving my planner. I have always been a planner person. Even with technological advances, I like using pen and paper to organize my days, and since I always have my planner close by, I thought I’d try something out. Here’s what I did: Whenever something sparked a memory from my past or whenever something special happened that day that I wanted to remember, I wrote it down in my planner.

Use your planner to up your scrapbooking game--you won't want to miss this great idea! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #planner #journaling #memorykeepingmatters

By jotting these things down in my planner as I remembered them or as they happened, I found I focused more on what’s really important in life and not just my never-ending to-do list. I also found that when I went to scrapbook, I could reference my planner for journaling ideas. Sometimes what I wrote in my planner was something that happened on a specific day, but other times I just wrote down a random memory from the past. Either way, turning to my planner gave me inspiration for what to write next to my photos, like you can see here:

Use your planner to up your scrapbooking game--you won't want to miss this great idea! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #planner #journaling #memorykeepingmatters

The photo I used on this page was taken in June, but that little quote actually came from a conversation between these two kiddos in January. Even though the exchange didn’t happen at the same time as the photo, it made a much more meaningful story to compliment my photo than something generic like “here we are at the park… again.” The quote and photo work together to tell the story of their relationship at that point in time.

Our dear friend and brilliant storyteller, Stacy Julian, has spoken at a couple of our events in the past year, encouraging everyone to document memories as they come. On our CreativeLive show (which you can still watch for free any time you’d like, by the way 🙂 ), she led us in a fun exercise to trigger memories and stories with random photos of ordinary objects.

This exercise transformed the way I think about storytelling, showing me that even seemingly random, unconnected memories are part of my story and can often be connected to more significant memories. Instead of letting these random memories fade whenever they are sparked by something I encounter in my day, if I just take two minutes to write them down, they can be kept and told. Whether the memories are old or new, a planner is such a convenient place to record them as they come so you can remember all those details when you sit down to do your journaling.

I want to invite all of you to join me in my efforts to keep and tell stories with a new weekly planner prompt. Each week, the Home Office will post a question, thought, or photo prompt on Facebook and/or Instagram that will help spark an old memory or help you see the stories in your everyday life, which you can then write about in your planner. Just think—if you do this every week, you will capture 52 stories you may not have otherwise told or documented—what a treasure!

And if you haven’t already gotten our Everyday Life™ 2016 planner pages, I encourage you to get them now because they are half of their retail price! They provide enough space for jotting down your memories in addition to your to-do lists.

Here is the first planner prompt (sparked by my own story): Document a conversation. This could be something your cute kiddos say, a nice exchange between you and a loved one, or the conversation you observe between a grandparent and a child.

All of our weekly prompts will use the hashtag #memorykeepingmatters, so search that hashtag on Facebook or Instagram to review all our prompts at once. These prompts would be a great thing to share with your social media friends so they can preserve their memories, too. Also, feel free to share whatever part of your story you want with the same hashtag.

One of my new favorite quotes from author Madeleine L’Engle says, “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” This is what I want for my family and my life, and I want it for each of you, too. Join me in a storytelling journey by using your planner to record special memories as they come to you.

Always let your stories shine,

Jill

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