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!

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“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

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9 Photo-Worthy Places to Visit During Convention

With our Annual Convention drawing closer, we thought it’d be fun to share with you some amazing places to visit while you’re in Salt Lake City with us (you’ll want to take lots of photos!).

1. Family History Library

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The incredible collection of records at the Salt Lake City Family History Library include over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. These records span the globe, coming from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. If you want to learn more about your family heritage or if you’re already an avid heritage scrapbooker, this is a great place to visit!

2. Temple Square & Visitors’ Center

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If you choose to visit the beautiful gardens and incredible architecture at Temple Square, take some time to check out the Visitors’ Center. It’s a great place to learn more about the area’s history and see beautiful original paintings. Plus, Temple Square is just about a block away from the Salt Palace where Convention will be taking place!

3. The McCune Mansion

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Completed by the renowned architect S. C. Dallas, the McCune Mansion was finished in 1901 at the price of $1,000,000. It features beautiful furnishings and materials from around the world, and some even say it features a few ghosts! If you want to take a look inside the world of the elite in the early 1900s, make sure to schedule a tour to see inside this amazing mansion.

4. The Beehive House

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Brigham Young was a Mormon prophet and leading founder of Salt Lake City, and the Beehive House is the older of his two Salt Lake City residences—and it is just two blocks away from the Salt Palace Convention center. Built in 1854, it stands today as a museum and offers tours of what life was like for the Young family back in 1855. If you’re all about free, you’ll love the free tours of this historic home, which take place Monday–Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning every 10 minutes.

5. The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

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The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the Art Works Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s also located right next door to the Salt Palace!

6. The Roof Restaurant

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If you’re looking to experience some of the finest dining in Salt Lake, then The Roof Restaurant is the place for you! It’s located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, which means you get to enjoy breathtaking views of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake City while dining.

7. The Olympic Cauldron

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This is the torch that burned bright during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. It’s located at the south end of Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you drive past it, you’ll definitely want to snap a picture of this 72 ft. tall work of art. You can even head to nearby Park City to experience some fun rides in the Olympic Park.

8. Red Butte Garden

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Red Butte Garden, located on 100 acres in the foothills on the eastern edge of the University of Utah, is an official arboretum of the state of Utah. The garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West with over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive natural area. You’ll be taking tons of photos if you visit here!

9. Eagle Gate

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You might pass right under this monument on your way to Convention! It was built in 1859 and commemorates the entrance to Brigham Young’s property at the mouth of City Creek Canyon. It was originally topped by a wooden eagle, which was eventually replaced by the current 4,000-pound, bronze eagle, with a wingspan of 20 feet. Carved by Ralph Ramsay, the original wooden eagle is on display at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum located at 300 North Main Street.


If you haven’t registered yet for Convention, you still have time! Registration has been extended until May 15th, but sign up sooner to guarantee your spot!

Which place makes the top of your list? Utah locals, what photo-worthy places did we miss in Salt Lake City? Tell us in the comments below!

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15 Photos You MUST Take This Holiday Season

It’s officially the holiday season! This magical time of year always has us pulling out our cameras and taking photos, but there are some special holiday moments you might not normally think to photograph! Here is a list of 15 things to be sure to capture with your camera this winter:15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas

1. Picking out the perfect tree

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4. Kiddos writing letters to Santa

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13. Blowing or throwing snow in the air

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14. Warming up by the fire

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15. Hot chocolate mustaches

Also, be sure to check out our video on how to take high-quality photos with renowned photographer, Wendy Whitacre, of Blue Lily Photography.

What unique Christmas photos do YOU like to take? Tell us in the comments below!

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Photographers

So you want to learn how to take good photos, do you? You’re not alone. With technology these days, it seems like it would be pretty much impossible to take a bad picture, yet we all end up with our fair share of photos that make us cringe. The red eyes, the shadowy faces, the artwork shots that look like they were taken in a cave—we’ve all been there. But the good news is there’s hope! With a little knowledge, you can take your photos from blah to brilliant and upgrade your layouts and blog posts from meh to marvelous. Let’s get started.Learn the power behind the buttons.
All of the bells and whistles on your camera may seem overwhelming at first, but if you take a few moments to sit down, read the guidebook, and master a few key features, your pictures will reap the benefits. It won’t take any longer than scrolling through Facebook or watching an episode of your favorite sitcom. Plus, you will likely be able to find helpful tutorials through online outlets, like YouTube.

Be conscious of lighting.
When it comes to lighting amateur photos, the natural light of the sun is your best bet. But channel this power wisely. Always make sure the light is indirect. Try to take photos near a window, an open door, or even a covered porch. When possible, avoid using your flash—it can make things look flat and just plain unnatural.

Pay attention to backgrounds.
Hanging laundry? Bad. Cozy fireplaces? Good. Pay attention to what’s lurking in the background of your photos. Whatever it is, it’s more noticeable than you think.

Keep the props simple and meaningful.
Remember that the reason you’re taking the picture in the first place is to highlight your subject! Don’t lose track of the subject by overloading the photo with unnecessary props and clutter. A few simple and visually enticing props, such as a string of ribbon or a vase of flowers, are all you need to capture the right mood.

Get up close and personal.
Don’t be afraid to get cozy with your subject, whether it’s your artwork, your child, or the cat from next door. Let the subject take up the majority of the frame. If your subject is human, hold the camera at their eye level to capture the full force of their gaze.

Be patient enough to snap lots of photos.
Thanks to the advent of digital photography, we no longer live in a day when we have to fret about how many exposures we have left. Take advantage of this freedom and snap away! Have the patience to keep taking pictures and adjusting as you go until you capture just the right shot.

Edit your photos after you take them.
Photo editing software programs can perform visual wonders in mere seconds. If you don’t want to lay down the big bucks for programs like Adobe® Photoshop®, try free services like picmonkey.com. For smartphones, try apps like Snapseed or PicTapGo. Even just a few tweaks—like brightening and sharpening your photo—can make a world of difference.

With all that being said, always remember that you are the photographer so your photos should reflect your unique perspective. Keep these basic guidelines in mind, but don’t be afraid to follow a gut instinct or pursue a wild idea. Photos are their own special form of art, so get creative! Start from right where you are and remember that every professional was once an amateur.

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