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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Annual Inspirations Level 2 Artwork

Happy Saturday! Have you already had a chance to look over the 9 new paper packets of Annual Inspirations? Aren’t they fun? I hope their distinct and varied designs inspire you to get your hands crafting all over again.

These Level 2 layouts are also meant for your inspiration. They include no stamping—just paper packets, Complements, and a few accessories. Feel free to glean some ideas from them and then move full steam ahead into your next creative project!

Chalk It Up: 
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12″ x 12″ School Year Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 7, X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet, X7184C Chalk It Up Complements, Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment, Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles

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12″ x 12″ You Amaze Me Layout
Magic: Secret™, X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet, X7184C Chalk It Up Complements, Z3009 Chalk It Up Assortment, Z2205 Black Exclusive Inks™ Re-inker

Scaredy Cat:
Scaredy Cat scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ BOO Layout
Magic: Performance™, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, X7185C Scaredy Cat Complements, Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment, Z1998 Chevron Border Punch, Thread

Scaredy Cat scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ EEK Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol 2: Pattern 4, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, X7185C Scaredy Cat Complements, Z3011 Scaredy Cat Assortment

Pathfinding:
Pathfinding scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Oh-So Grateful Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 8, X7186B Pathfinding Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, X7186C Pathfinding Complements, Z3012 Pathfinding Assortment, Z1294 Sanding Kit, Thread

Pathfinding scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Give Thanks Layout
Magic: One-Way Mirror™, X7186B Pathfinding Paper Packet, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, X7186C Pathfinding Complements, Z3012 Pathfinding Assortment, Thread

Yuletide Carol:
Yuletide Carol scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Merry Christmas Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 5, X7187B Yuletide Carol Paper Packet, X7187C Yuletide Carol Complements, Z3007 Yuletide Carol Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1753 Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment

Yuletide Carol scrapbook layout
12″ X 12″ Merry and Bright Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 10, X7187B Yuletide Carol Paper Packet, X7187C Yuletide Carol Complements, Z3007 Yuletide Carol Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1753 Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment

Snowhaven:
Snowhaven scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Making Spirits Bright Layout
Magic: Spellbound™, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, X7188C Snowhaven Complements, Z3008 Snowhaven Assortment, Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles

Snowhaven scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Warm & Cozy Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 7, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, X7188C Snowhaven Complements, Z3008 Snowhaven Assortment, Z1921 Baker’s Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment

Confetti Wishes:
Confetti Wishes scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Happy Birthday Layout
Magic: Parlor Trick™, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X7189C Confetti Wishes Complements, Z2044 Confetti Wishes Assortment, Z1294 Sanding Kit

Confetti Wishes scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Make a Wish Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 13, X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet, X7189C Confetti Wishes Complements, Z2044 Confetti Wishes Assortment, Z1294 Sanding Kit, Thread

Brushed:
Brushed scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Sassitude Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 6, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X7190C Brushed Complements, Z3013 Brushed Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Brushed scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Imagine Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 6, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X7190C Brushed Complements, Z3013 Brushed Assortment, Z1851 Scallop Border Punch, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Wanderful:
Wanderful scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Getaway Layout
Magic: Final Act™, X7191B  Wanderful Paper Packet, X7191C Wanderful Complements, Z3010 Wanderful Assortment, Z2003 Black Arrow Washi Tape, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment

Wanderful scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Destination Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 9, X7191B  Wanderful Paper Packet, X7191C Wanderful Complements, Z3010 Wanderful Assortment, Z1935 Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles

Seaside:
Seaside scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Sunshine Layout
Magic: Mystify™, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, X7192C Seaside Complements, Z3014 Seaside Assortment

Seaside scrapbook layout
12″ x 12″ Relax Layout
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 8, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, X7192C Seaside Complements, Z3014 Seaside Assortment

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