A Journaling Model for When You’re Lost for Words

The important thing about memory keeping is preserving our stories.

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With how easily accessible cameras are to us these days, we have been trained over the years to take photos of absolutely everything we experience. From an outing with friends last weekend to the coffee you picked up this morning, we are certain you have photos that you love but aren’t quite sure what to do with. You may have posted some of these on a social media channel and received a bazillion likes, but now that the moment is over you would like to preserve these memories somewhere more permanent. As one of our blog readers you know we’re going to suggest to you that scrapbooking is the answer. (And it is!) But, how do we scrapbook and journal about a cup of coffee?

Today we’re sharing a journaling style that allows us to talk about pretty much any topic under the sun that is based on The Important Book written by Margaret Wise Brown. In her book, the author dedicates a two-page spread to individual common, everyday things—like the sky, an apple, grass, and rain. On one page is an illustration of the subject and on the opposite page is a short passage describing it, starting and ending with what she considers is the most important attribute:

The important thing
about a spoon is
that you eat with it.
It’s like a little shovel,
You hold it in your hand,
You can put it in your mouth,
It isn’t flat,
It’s hollow,
And it spoons things up.
But the important thing
about a spoon is
that you eat with it.

Brown made talking about a spoon easy and interesting. If we apply the same principles used to describe this otherwise seemingly mundane subject in our journaling, the occasion will be rare, if at all, where we will be truly stuck with nothing to say.

So, how do we do it? We put together a handy worksheet to help us get started.

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(Download The Important Things worksheet PDF.)

First, what is your topic? Write it down. Then, write down as many words and thoughts as you can think of that describe this topic. Your words, your thoughts—this is your story. Next, from all of these things you just wrote down, what stands out to you as the most important? This attribute is how you will start and finish your journaling passage. Use all the other information and details to fill in the middle.

When you are first starting to use this journaling method, stick to the formula on our worksheet to avoid any problems or confusion. As you get more familiar with this way of journaling, then start changing some of the words up (but not the order!).

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The first and last lines in the journaling are the same thought, “The important thing about coffee is how it creates small moments of joy.” All of the in between stuff is insightful into how our friend in the layout feels about coffee, however, there is no question as to why it means all of those things to her. She let’s us know what the important thing about coffee is as she starts to write about it and then circles back to remind us as she closes her remarks.

To help highlight the unique things that are important to you, we paired this journaling model with a 6″ x 8″ album and designed The Important Things Everyday Life™ workshop. (Getting a copy of The Important Book itself, though recommended, is completely optional.)

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Each of the eight layouts can feature something that is uniquely important to you, with a large open space on one page for your journaling and the facing page created to add photos illustrating whatever topic you choose to document.

Take a look at these other completed examples from The Important Things album and see how the important thing journaling style is applied to each subject.

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The important thing about friends:
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The important thing about my dog, Sophie:
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The important thing about rain:
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The generic theme of this album and the bright colors and patterns of the Perfectly Imperfect Picture My Life™ cards make this a versatile project to make for yourself, present as a gift, or both!

But, the important thing about memory keeping is preserving our stories.


Recipe:

The Important Things Everyday Life™ Album
E1039 My Acrylix® Erin’s Hand Stamp Set, CC9900 The Important Things Bundle, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7236E Picture My Life Cards™—Perfectly Imperfect, Z4214 Hello Pumpkin Washi Tape, Z4191 Silver Glitter Gems, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Visual Storytelling with Short Story

When we scrapbook, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in planning our pages. We spend lots of time deciding where to put the photos, what paper to use, and how to add the perfect embellishments. Never fear! Stacy Julian and Close To My Heart have a new Story by Stacy™ program to help you overcome those hurdles to scrapbook a large amount of photos in a short amount of time. The Short Story workshop kits will teach you a new way to tell your stories. With Short Story, you will re-energize your creativity and learn to trust your intuition as you go.

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The Story by Stacy™ product line is all about building stronger storytellers. Through Story Starter, you learned how to access detailed memories and then write them down as small, quick stories with a photo illustration. Now we’re building on that to teach you a new process for working with your photos and memories. Through Short Story, you’ll create an entire album about a person, place, thing, or experience that you love. Short Story focuses on a visual storytelling process with a written summary at the end. Included in each workshop kit is a workbook to walk you through how to do this.

The video above gives you a small peak into what you’ll do using the Short Story workshop kit. First, you’ll consider the surface information related to your photos like where you are or the people you’re with. You’ll also think about questions that will help you interact with your photos. Then it’s time to move on to the creative part and make pages with your photos. This is where you’ll discover how to really let go and allow your creativity to flow. You’ll learn how to trim your photos BEFORE making pages, then attach photos and add patterned paper to each page, and top it all off with embellishments. By the end of the creative process, you’ll be ready to write a story summary to give your unique, authentic point of view at the end of the album.

Short Story workshop kits come with everything you need to complete a 6″ x 6″ album. Each kit has Memory Protectors™, colorful patterned paper, White Daisy cardstock, black and white embellishments, and a workbook to guide you through the process. Just pick the kit with the album you like best, Lagoon or black and white gingham. All you need is a photo trimmer, journaling pen, adhesive, scissors, and, of course, a stack of photos about your subject.

The colorful patterned paper included in your kit will make your photos stand out in a Short Story album. These double-sided papers are designed to work well with any photos with a variety of solid color prints, multi-color prints, and even a few black and white designs.

Short Story workshop kits also come with lots of options for embellishing your pages, like you see in the photos above. Each kit includes die-cuts, stickers, gingham ribbon, dots, and white twine. You’ll notice that all of the Short Story embellishments are black and white. Black and white embellishments will help you tie your layouts together and create visual flow without distracting from the story your photos are telling.

To make personalizing your pages even more fun, there is also a special stamp set designed to use in a Short Story album. The My Acrylix® Simply Said stamp set includes letters, numbers, symbols, and icons that are just the right size for the Short Story format.

There are so many stories you can tell with Short Story. It could be a specific event or vacation. You could use Short Story to document a relationship over time with a family member or friend, or it could be about something else you just really love. Whatever subject you choose, this process allows you to scrapbook a large amount of photos in a fun, colorful way. Just like Story Starter, this is a project you can start and FINISH. You don’t have to plan ahead or worry about making decisions as you go. Trust your own creative intuition and see where it takes you!

What kinds of stories do you plan to tell with Short Story? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

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You’ve Got Class: Teacher Edition

School days are well underway, and not just for the kids! Teachers are some of the world’s most wonderful people. They selflessly dedicate themselves to motivate and inspire others, and aim to make learning an effective and exciting experience. To show our love and support for these education superheroes, we’ve taken the You’ve Got Class collection, originally designed to preserve the best of your child’s school years, and came up with a variation of projects to give as gifts and to use around the classroom.

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Memory Keeping Gift:

Every year we give our teachers gifts, either for holidays or at the end of the school year, showing them just how much they mean to us and to our children. Using the materials from the You’ve Got Class workshop kit, create something truly meaningful and unique that you know they will show off around the teachers’ lounge and will want to keep forever.

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Design scrapbook pages on the included True Fit Folios, completing the first folio with pictures of your child’s class and teacher. Use photo placeholders on the remaining folios for her to add photos of her future classes from the years to come. The folios then become an ideal place for the teacher to preserve her memories and mementos of each passing school year. Lastly, place your decorated folios inside Memory Protectors™ in an album and present this beautiful memory-keeping gift to your teacher. The teachers in your life will never forget your family or this thoughtful gift!

Some Other Ways to Use This Collection Around the Classroom:

More often than not, schools and classrooms come with supply wish lists at the beginning of each academic year. Sometimes these lists are looking for “prizes” that can be handed out in the course of the year to those who’ve done something to earn them. We came up with a few ideas:

Bookmarks!

(No matter how advanced we are with our technology, books are still part of our curriculum 🙂 )
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Gift tags.

Personalized notebook covers.

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Even if your child’s classroom supply wish list doesn’t have these sort of items on it, educators can use these cute additions as welcome gifts to leave on their student’s desks at the beginning of the year, or as a gift during the holidays, or for a treat at Halloween, or simply just because they love their students (including yours).

Whether commemorating the scholastic achievements of your child or showing appreciation for the teachers who guide them along the way, the You’ve Got Class collection is your key to truly classy papercrafting.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ School Days Folio
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

2½” x 7″ Bookmarks
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Ruler Tags
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Notebook
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, C1725My Acrylix® Simply Said Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

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Surprise Giveaway from Stacy Julian!

Stacy Julian wants to make your weekend with a surprise giveaway!!! Find out how to win a new Story by Stacy™ Short Story workshop kit below!

You have until 11 a.m. (MDT) Sunday, September 9, to enter the giveaway. Winners will be notified by email on Monday.

Good luck! 😉

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What Is Your Scrapbooking Style?

Scrapbooking Styles #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingstyles #pocketscrapbooking #embellishment #millennialstyle #millennial #grid #traditionalscrapbooking #ctmhdocumented #ctmhcentralpark #memories #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #scrapbookLet’s face it—we don’t all approach scrapbooking in the same way. From the way we take our pictures, to the way we talk about them, we each have our own personal flair and style of doing things. While some of us may prefer pocket scrapbooking to a traditional 12″ x 12″ layout, others may favor heavy embellishments and lots of extra trimmings—or both, or none of the above. The point is, it doesn’t really matter what your style is so long as it’s functional for you and you are getting your scrapping on.

We’ve got three examples for you today of the same story, using the exact same pictures and journaling on each, and even using the same paper collection and embellishments to show you that no matter what your preferences are, there is a method of scrapbooking out there that is right for you, and we have the tools to help you realize your vision! There really are so many other ways to preserve your memories, too, so if none of these apply to you, reach out to your Close To My Heart Consultant for even more ideas. (If you don’t have a Consultant, find one in your area by clicking on Find a Consultant under the What We Do tab on our website, here.)

Let’s start things off by taking a closer look at what a “traditional” scrapbooking page may look like.

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One secret to this style of scrapbooking is starting with a pattern! Our patterns are easy to follow, thanks to paper cutting diagrams and exact measurements for paper and photo placement. Once you’ve got your page designed, whether you created it from scratch or used a pattern, it’s up to you to add your personal touches in the details.

One of the hallmarks of this style of scrapbooking is the detail work! There are a lot of embellishments and small details on this page subtly hidden in plain sight.

Bitty Sparkles were added to the center of flower stickers, other stickers were laid behind and on top of photos, papers are layered, the photos are slightly overlapping, a beautiful wood word accents the title while adding weight and texture to the page, and splatters of paint add character throughout—just to name a few 🙂 .

If you still like the idea of a 12″ x 12″ page but aren’t as interested in all the extra flourishes, take a look at this second variation.

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This page follows a cleaner and simpler approach compared to the first, and still offers the same information. The photos are the same as is the journaling.

We still added some embellishments, including a different wood title, which stands alone in this example, but everything conforms with the cleaner “millennial” style that we’ve talked about in a previous post (Millennial-style Scrapbooking).

Our photos are once again square, but this time they are evenly spaced and arranged in a grid along with the journaling, which is also formatted in a square (very user friendly for all of those social media photos!). Other than the paper used to mat the white cardstock and journaling, there is very little use of additional patterns. The result is yet another beautiful page in a very different style.

Finally, we can’t talk about scrapbooking methods without talking about pockets. Our third example shows what this layout would look like in a pocket scrapbooker’s album. Rather than a single 12″ x 12″ empty canvas, with pocket scrapbooking you have as many blank canvases as you have pockets! You can get as creative and embellishment-heavy as you’d like, or keep things simple and fill most of your pockets with photos and readymade pocket cards with little to no embellishment.Scrapbooking Styles #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbookingstyles #pocketscrapbooking #embellishment #millennialstyle #millennial #grid #traditionalscrapbooking #ctmhdocumented #ctmhcentralpark #memories #memorykeeping #scrapbooking #scrapbookOur example is a bit more embellished than the average pocket scrapbooking page. Instead of using Picture My Life™ pocket cards, each pocket card is made from regular size patterned paper trimmed down to fit the pockets. Making your own pocket cards, or embellishing existing ones, is one place where you can add your personal touches to your scrapbooking.

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Another place to showcase your personality is in your journaling. Instead of typing them up, create a more intimate setting for your memories by spelling them out in your own handwriting.

If you’re short on time and still want to scrapbook (which everyone should 😉 ) pocket scrapbooking also gives you the flexibility to add your photos first and fill in the empty pockets later. There’s less pressure to complete one page at a time as there is with the more “traditional” approaches.

Whatever your scrapbooking style is, we’re here to support it! Experiment with any or all of our examples above or come up with your own. In the comments below, we’d love to hear what has (and hasn’t) worked for you as you work on preserving your memories!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Today Bliss Page
X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X7231B Central Park Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7234C Documented Complements, X7232C Fresh Air Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set
12″ x 12″ Story Page
X7234B Documented Paper Packet, Z7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4177 Documented Dots

12″ x 12″ Beautiful Memories Pocket Scrapbooking Page
X7234B Documented Paper Packet, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4171 Documented Titles, Z4177 Documented Dots, 4113 Memory Protectors™ Design 2

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Introducing Craft with Heart™

It’s finally here—a subscription program from Close To My Heart that sends ready-to-make scrapbook layouts directly to your door! With a Craft with Heart™ subscription, you’ll receive deliveries of an exclusive Cut Above® layout kit in the mail, making it a little easier to stay on top of your passion for memory keeping!

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Craft with Heart™  will be available in monthly, 4-month, and 12-month subscription options. Take advantage of the program option that works best for you. There’s a perfect fit for everyone! The monthly and 4-month options are not available until September 1, but because we know you’re just going to love this program, we are releasing the 12-month subscription option a month early so you can get started with Craft with Heart™ today!

Not only is the 12-month subscription available now, you also get the best deal. With the 12-month option, you receive four layout kits three times a year at a 20% discount, plus FREE SHIPPING! AND . . . with the 12-month subscription only, each Craft with Heart™ delivery also comes with a code from Persnickety Prints for 30 FREE 4″ x 6″ PRINTS! (The code comes on a small card in each box, just like the one you see in the photo above.) That’s 90 free 4″ x 6″ prints each year!

Each kit in the Craft with Heart™ program comes with the parts and pieces to make two two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts. If you’re not familiar with our Cut Above® layout kits, you get everything you need to assemble scrapbook layouts in one convenient kit: base pages, pre-cut pieces and die-cuts, stickers, and photo placeholders—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen!  In no time at all, you’ll have complete handmade projects ready for your photos and journaling, just like the layout below from the Craft with Heart™ kit for September.

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With a layout kit for each month, you will have scrapbook pages that are perfect for preserving everyday moments, the relationships you love, and even the memories you will be making during the holiday season that is just around the corner!

Take a closer look at the Cut Above® layouts that come in the Craft with Heart™ subscriptions for September, October, November, and December.

September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Whether you’re new to scrapbooking or looking for something new to try, the Craft with Heart™ program is sure to make your memory keeping a little easier (and more fun!). Sign up today and start receiving this creative happy mail delivered straight to your door. There’s no better time to start than now!

Do you have any questions about the Craft with Heart™ program or Cut Above® layouts? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll give you some answers! 😉

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100 Journaling Prompts

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Scrapbooking is all about the memory keeping. And because it’s easy to get stuck and not know what “counts” as a story worth preserving, we came up with a list of 100 different journaling prompts to get you going.

Current Favorites

  1. What are some of your favorite things?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What are your favorite quotes?
  4. Who are your favorite writers?
  5. Do you have favorite paintings?
  6. What are some of your favorite creative outlets?
  7. What are your favorite games?
  8. What are some of your favorite gadgets? (this will be fun to look back on)
  9. What are your favorite restaurants?
  10. What desserts do you enjoy?
  11. What are your favorite recipes?
  12. What are your favorite TV shows/movies? (Netflix binging counts!)
  13. What is your favorite song? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
  14. Where are some of your favorite places/landmarks?
  15. Do you have a favorite travel destination?
  16. What is your favorite holiday or season?
  17. Do you have some favorite holiday traditions?
  18. Do you have favorite Christmas carols?
  19. Is there a special Christmas tree ornament that is your favorite?
  20. What are your favorite Sunday rituals?
  21. Who are your favorite people?
  22. What are some of your favorite things about your family?

Lists

  1. What accomplishments are you really proud of?
  2. What do you want to do in your life? (bucket list)
  3. What goals do you have for this year?
  4. What things do you want to do this summer/fall/winter/spring?
  5. What are some things you would like to learn?
  6. What books do you want to read?
  7. Where do you want to visit?
  8. What things do you want to see?
  9. Who would you like to meet?
  10. How do you indulge yourselself?
  11. What are you grateful for?
  12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  13. What are you obsessed with?
  14. What are some things you miss? (including “back in my day…”)
  15. What reasons do you have to be happy?
  16. What are some things that cheer you up?
  17. What makes you laugh?
  18. What inspires you?
  19. Who inspires you?
  20. Who are your friends?
  21. What are this month’s highlights?
  22. What random things do you know?
  23. What weird things do you like? (you know you have some)
  24. What are some things you can’t go without?
  25. What are some things you’ve done that you never thought you could?
  26. What things would you do if you weren’t afraid?
  27. What is happing in the world today? (current events)
  28. What tattoos do you have and what are their meanings?
  29. What are you good at?
  30. What makes you unique?

From Your Childhood

  1. Where did you grow up?
  2. What were some things you enjoyed doing as a child?
  3. What are some things you always did with your parents as a child?
  4. What do you remember about your childhood home? (or did you move a lot?)
  5. What was your favorite toy?
  6. Who was your childhood pet?
  7. What was your favorite meal as a child? What were your favorite treats?
  8. Where did you go to school? Who was your favorite teacher?
  9. Who were your friends in elementary school?
  10. Who were your friends in high school?
  11. What sports/extracurricular activities were you involved in as a teenager?
  12. When was the time you got in the most trouble?
  13. What were your favorite TV shows or movies?
  14. What was the best gift you ever got?
  15. What was the best/worst birthday/Christmas?
  16. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Firsts…

  1. Who was your first crush?
  2. Who was your first kiss?
  3. What do you remember about your first car?
  4. What was your first airplane ride?
  5. What was your first job?
  6. Who was your first concert?

More Memories…

  1. What is your love story? (how did you meet your spouse/significant other?)
  2. What is your saddest memory?
  3. What is your happiest memory?
  4. What is your funniest memory?

If…

  1. If a genie granted you three wishes…
  2. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) it would be…
  3. If you could meet any fictional character it would be…
  4. If you could live anywhere…
  5. If you could change history….

Family

  1. What do you remember most about your mother/father?
  2. Is there anything noteworthy about your parent’s upbringing?
  3. What are some of your mother’s or father’s favorites?
  4. Do you have any famous or high profile family members?
  5. Are there other family members that were/are important to you? (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
  6. Who are your siblings?
  7. How do you spend family time?
  8. What family vacations have you gone on?

Motherhood

  1. What do you remember about each birth?
  2. What are some of your mom fails? (we all have them)
  3. What are some of your mom wins?
  4. What is mom life really like?
  5. What are your parenting goals?
  6. You love this kid because…
  7. Kids are funny because…
  8. Kids are scary because…
  9. What do you love most about being a mother?

Now that you’ve got these prompts to get you started, the next step is to do something about it! You may want to start by writing the story down and then finding photos to support it, or you may want to approach it the other way around—find photos related to your memory and then add a few written details. Either way, don’t allow your precious memories and stories get lost with time.

Whether by simply keeping a journal or by scrapbooking in whatever method best fits your style, now is the time to commit—or recommit!—to memory keeping.

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Telling Your Story In Lists

Journaling is the key ingredient that turns our scrapbook pages from a decorative photo album to a memory-keeping keepsake. Sometimes, even though we may know it, we get so caught up in everything that life throws at us that we don’t take the necessary time for this essential step. A quick and simple solution to this journaling dilemma is to incorporate lists in your memory keeping. Lists can be a fun way to include stories and details of stories that otherwise might get left out or would take too long to write out in paragraph form.

Take a look at the following examples we came up with.

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How many of us create lists of things that we want to get done, either during a season or maybe even a lifetime? These bucket lists are such a big part of who we are and why we may have some really cool and unique photos later. These kinds of things from our story tend to not be told and eventually get lost over time. Imagine how special a list like this would be for your children and grandchildren to have of you, or even for you to look back on in later years.

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There are several approaches to scrapping a bucket list. You can start with your list, before you begin checking things off, like we did here in our example. If you choose to include photos, you can find stock photos online or photos you already have that somehow relate to your list.

You can also go the other way and scrapbook your bucket list as you accomplish it. This second way you will probably have more photos of you actually doing what is on your list, but it won’t include your whole list with all the things you hope to eventually do (and in reality, we don’t always accomplish everything on our lists exactly how we think we will, so there’s that to consider, too).

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Our second example doesn’t include photos at all! Yep, we went there (and you should, too, on occasion 🙂 ). Including a page like this one in a road trip or family vacation album, for example, will add so much of your actual personality and will also give the reader (including future you!) a glimpse into your world at the time of the event you’re scrapbooking about.

List journaling really is so simple and effective! You can include so much detail and information that would otherwise get left out, and quite possibly eventually forgotten, by organizing it all in a list and adding it to your memory keeping albums.

For more list journaling artwork inspiration, revisit the following posts:

12 Days of Christmas
Preserving Holiday Memories


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Summer Bucket List Pocket Page
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 1772 Glue Dots® Ultra-thin Dots, Z1950 Memory Protectors™ Design 3

12″x 12″ Road Trip Music Page
B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set, D1787 My Acrylix® Music Speaks Stamp Set, X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X5958 Peacock Cardstock, X5978 Glacider Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2852 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z3328 Thin Cuts—Basic Ovals, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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Stamping with Story Starter

Telling stories is what Story Starter is all about. This first workshop kit in the Story by Stacy™ product line walks you through the process of recalling detailed memories, writing them down, and then organizing them into small stories to pair with photos.

Story Starter albums get even better when you add stamping to your story cards with the Colorful Textures and Quotable Words stamp sets. These stamp sets are designed especially to work with the stories you tell in these albums, and today we are giving you some ideas for how you can use the Story Starter workshop kit with its coordinating stamp sets to personalize your written memories.

Using Colorful Textures

There are so many ways you can include splashes of color on your story cards. With the Colorful Textures stamp set, you can stamp simple images to match each story and photo in your Story Starter album. Shapes like hearts and stars fit perfectly next to words on your story card.

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These shapes can also be used to decorate your quote cards. With one solid and one outline circle, small touches of color make your quote cards more interesting and unique to you.

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Colorful Textures includes a few words that can be used to make short phrases. You can see we arranged the words to stamp the phrase “I LOVE the way YOU” on our story card. Build your phrase on a My Acrylix® block, like we did. Leave one word out. Stamp the phrase with Black ink, and then stamp the missing word in a different color.

Using Quotable Words

The Quotable Words stamp set gives you many options for stamping phrases or quotes on your story cards. You can use these images to personalize your story, or you can even incorporate them into how you write your memories on the story cards.

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This story card makes use of the checklist image and “the BEST things:” sentiment to create a repeatable format for each story card in the album. Stamp your images in a different color on each story card, like you see here, and then write your memories from your Story Starter workbook in a list on each story card.

Using the Stamp Sets Together

Not only are these stamp sets designed specifically for Story Starter, they are also meant to work together. You can combine words and textures to create story cards that coordinate with your story and photos. Every card could be different, or you could use a repeatable element on each card.

Mix the solid shapes from Colorful Textures with a sentiment from Quotable Words to create borders on your story cards. You can use longer shapes along the edges of your card and stamp a phrase in the middle.

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As you write your stories, don’t forget you can use the lined or blank side of your story card. The story doesn’t have to fill the entire card. If you have extra space, fill it with a combination of images from Colorful Textures and Quotable Words, or you can intentionally leave some white space as you write your memories down.

Stamping on your story cards can happen before or after you complete your writing. In the video, you can see that stamping first lets you organize your memories in creative ways, and it took no time at all! If you choose to write your story first, then stamp with a light color of ink over your words to highlight a particular phrase, or use smaller shapes to stamp around the edges.

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Your written words and the photos that go with them are the most important part of your Story Starter album. You can see above that the story is complete with or without stamped images. By including stamping, you can make your album your own, add fun pops of color, and highlight the parts that are the most significant to you.

Your style is unique, just like your story! Story Starter helps you uncover those stories stuck in your memory bank, write them down, and share them in fun, easy ways. With the Colorful Textures and Quotable Words stamp sets, you use your own creativity to add personalization and color to your Story Starter album.

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