11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books

11 Reasons Your Children Will Want to Have Baby Books #babyscrapbook #babybook #baby #memories #crafting #scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart

In a day and age that makes taking and printing photos so easy, you would think that more and more parents would preserve these photos in books and scrapbooks. However, it seems that most photos nowadays don’t leave our computers or social media accounts—and at times, even our cameras!

The art of printing our family photos, writing down our stories, and placing them all together in the safe arms of an album seems to be a dying art—and it’s something that our kids are going to miss someday. When they want to see what they were like as babies and toddlers, the years they will remember very least, they will have nowhere to turn.

Here are 11 reasons why your children will want to have baby books:

1. They will know where to find photos of their childhood.

You may know where your favorite pictures of your babies are on your computer or on Facebook, but in 10 years will your kids know where to look? Not so much, unless they can grab their baby album off of the bookshelf.

2. A baby book is tangible evidence of your love.

When your kids go through the emotional highs and lows of the teenage years, the baby books you made for them will remind them—and you—that, despite what it might seem like at times, you love them with all your heart. 🙂

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3. Your toddlers will love to look through their baby books.

Though you may think your kids won’t value their baby books until they are older, chances are they will actually love them as toddlers. Toddlers love to see pictures of themselves as babies; it’s part of a phase where they begin to discover their own identity. Also, baby books make some of the best bedtime stories!

4. They will love to look at their baby pictures when they have their own kids someday.

When your kids start to have kids of their own, it will be so much fun for them to look through their baby books and see how their traits and mannerisms were passed down to their own kids.

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5. They will want to look through their siblings’ baby books.

Nothing bonds siblings together quite like looking through each other’s baby books. They will laugh at silly pictures of each other. And even though they may not have memories of their siblings because of age differences, they will get to see those memories through your eyes.

6. They will love to show relatives who come to visit their baby books.

Your in-laws or grandparents might live far away, but you can help them feel more connected to your children by showing them the baby books you’ve been working on when they are in town visiting—and once your kids are old enough, they will love to be the ones to pull out their baby books and talk your visitors through each page. 🙂

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7. Life goes by lightning fast, and baby books make it easy to stroll down memory lane anytime they want.

Childhood flies by, so your kids will want to revisit their old memories. And if you’re a young mom, just trust us. You will want to revisit those baby pictures over and over again. Especially once puberty hits. 😉

8. You will forget the stories, even if you preserve the photos.

Though you may save all your photos in one way or another, the stories that go along with those photos will be lost unless you document them in a book. And moments from those sweet baby years are moments both you and your children will want to remember forever, even the small ones.

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9. They will love to see your perspective.

You may think baby books are all about your babies, but they’re also a time capsule of you as a mom. As your babies grow into parents themselves, they will love to look back on your perspective as a new mother. Even seeing your handwriting will bring back good memories.

10. They will cherish their baby books more and more with time.

A baby book is something that increases in value with age. Just imagine how much that book will mean to your kids when they have grandkids and great grandkids! It’ll be a family treasure!

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11. They will turn to their baby books in difficult times.

When life gets your kids down, they will turn to their baby books for comfort, to reminisce about the good old days, and to gain some perspective (though you may not see them doing this as teenagers because that would be so embarrassing! 🙂 )

Recipes 

12″ x 12″ Baby Girl Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

6″ x 8″ 5 Months Layout
C1675 My Acrylix® Twins Rule Stamp Set, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2865 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″

12″ x 12″ The Best Day Page
Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2″ Banner (cut 16, p. 1)

6″ x 8″ Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
Z3221 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Clear, Z3144 Pictures My Life™ Overlays—Gold & Silver, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z3192 Memory Protectors™ 4″ x 6″, Z3191 Memory Protectors™ 3″ x 4″
 
12″ x 12″ Cut Above™ Little One Layout
Z3320 Cut Above™ Layout Kit—Little One, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z5206 My Legacy™ D-ring Album—White

6″ x 8″ Beautiful Life Story Layout
B1548 My Acrylix® Journaling Prompts Stamp Set, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z9979 Everyday Life™ Album—Stripes, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3252 Memory Protectors™ 6″ x 8″

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Another Free Christmas Scrapbook Pattern!

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‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and as our gift to you, we’re sharing yet another free scrapbook pattern!

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This pattern originally debuted with our Surf’s Up papers, but you can see that it works beautifully for creating a winter-themed layout as well! That’s the beauty of our patterns: When you switch out the papers, you can get an entirely different look!

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Download the pattern above, and then treat yourself to some warm hot cocoa and a little Christmas scrappin’!

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For even more timeless patterns, check out our collection of affordable how-to pattern books. We know you’ll love them! 
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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

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas2. Opening your daily advent calendar15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas3. Little ones eating sticky candy canes

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4. Kiddos writing letters to Santa

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas5. Decorating the Christmas tree (and putting on the star!)

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas6. Each kid’s favorite Christmas ornament (after all, your photo can last forever, though the ornament may not!)

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas7. Family story or Bible time

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas8. Fur babies in their Christmas gear

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas9. Christmas shopping

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas10. Little hands helping with holiday baking

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas11. Kids wrapping presents all by themselves

15 Photos you MUST Take This Holiday Season #closetomyheart #ctmh #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #photos #Christmas12. Setting out Santa’s cookies

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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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A Free Christmas Scrapbook Pattern!

A free Christmas scrapbook pattern! #ctmh #closetomyheart #christmasscrapbook #scrapbookpattern #pattern #scrapbooking

We take pride in being the “let me show you how” memory-keeping company, and in providing the most comprehensive patterns for scrapbook layouts. When you download this pattern, it also comes with cutting diagrams to make it even easier to create these pages!

These patterns lend themselves to any memories that are special enough for you to preserve. Just choose your favorite papers and follow the guide for beautiful scrapbook pages, like these:

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Notice that you don’t have to follow the pattern strictly—we’ve moved our title so we could use our “Most wonderful time of the year” stamp, and we moved our journaling, too, to mirror our square title. The patterns give you all the structure you need to set up your page, but then you get complete freedom in how your page turns out!

Download this free scrapbooking pattern, and let us show you just how easy scrapbooking can be!

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For even more timeless patterns, check out our collection of affordable how-to pattern books. We know you’ll love them! 

 

 

 

Recipe
Z4008 Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts Bundle, X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Packet, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7213D City Sidewalks Complements, Z4013 City Sidewalks Washi Tape, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems

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Make It a Happy, Happy Christmas!

The ultimate scrapbooking & crafting Christmas workshop—at a discount! #ctmh #closetomyheart #happyhappychristmas #holidays #scrapbooking #diyhomedecor #christmasdecorations

It’s already November? Oh how time flies!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we’re offering a one-of-a-kind workshop to help you get ahead on your Christmas scrapbooking, gift making, and decorating. It’s called the Happy, Happy Christmas workshop.

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How does it work? Simply purchase the Happy, Happy Christmas album bundle, which comes with a red My Legacy™ scrapbooking album of your choice (post-bound or D-ring), Memory Protectors, and supplies to make five 2-page layouts—all of which you get at over a 10% discount! Then download the instructions online to complete your five layouts. It’s all right at your fingertips!

Now here’s what makes this workshop extra special. The instructions for these layouts also include instructions for four additional Christmas projects. Purchase one or more of the products linked below, and then follow the workshop instructions to use your leftover paper and embellishments to make these Christmas crafts!

The ultimate scrapbooking & crafting Christmas workshop—at a discount! #ctmh #closetomyheart #happyhappychristmas #holidays #scrapbooking #diyhomedecor #christmasdecorationsRed Chalkboard—Purchase this deeply discounted chalkboard, and then use your leftover paper and embellishments to make this adorable work of art!The ultimate scrapbooking & crafting Christmas workshop—at a discount! #ctmh #closetomyheart #happyhappychristmas #holidays #scrapbooking #diyhomedecor #christmasdecorations12″ x 12″ Display Tray—Just like the chalkboard, this display tray is deeply discounted. Adding leftover pocket scrapbooking cards and 3-D foam tape makes this wall accent really pop!

The ultimate scrapbooking & crafting Christmas workshop—at a discount! #ctmh #closetomyheart #happyhappychristmas #holidays #scrapbooking #diyhomedecor #christmasdecorations5″ x 7″ Hinged Display Tray—This hinged frame, which is perfect for a side table, mantle, or shelf, is also available at a great discount. Multiple layers with 3-D foam tape bring this artwork to life!

The ultimate scrapbooking & crafting Christmas workshop—at a discount! #ctmh #closetomyheart #happyhappychristmas #holidays #scrapbooking #diyhomedecor #christmasdecorationsEveryday Life™ Sea Glass Album Bundle—This convenient bundle makes it easy to get everything you need to create a mini Christmas album with one click. It includes the Everyday Life™ Sea Glass album, as well as 6″ × 8″, 4″ × 6″, and 3″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™. Use your leftover My Crush® pages and Picture My Life™ pocket scrapbooking cards to make a no-hassle mini Christmas album!

All of these additional projects would make beautiful additions to your home—or the homes of loved ones. This unique workshop is a great way to really get your bang for your buck. It’s only available for the month of November, so make sure to talk to your Consultant to learn more about this workshop before it’s gone!

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Close To My Heart on the Road

Over the next few months, we’ll be heading to some Pinners Conferences across the US to showcase beautiful artwork, teach crafting classes, and spread the word about our company and mission.

Since we can’t bring you all with us (though we sure wish we could!), we thought we’d bring the beautiful artwork to YOU right here on the blog! We hope it inspires you and lights a smile on your face.

Here is the artwork for one of the classes we’ll be teaching. Memory keeping is at the core of what we do, so we want to show others there are so many different ways to preserve their memories in addition to traditional scrapbooking.

Our other class will let attendees play with flowers from our Cricut® Flower Market collection, as they make these fun gift items:

Close To My Heart's hitting the road to teach crafting classes at Pinners Conferences across the US. Here is the artwork we'll be showcasing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #pinnersconference2016 #craftingideas #paperalbum

In addition to our classes, we’ll also be putting tons of beautiful artwork on display for everyone to see, including unique gift ideas to show someone you care…

Mini albums for those just getting started with memory keeping…

And, of course, traditional scrapbook pages.

To top it all off, we created a one-of-a-kind banner, which would be wonderful for a party or a nursery.

Close To My Heart's hitting the road to teach crafting classes at Pinners Conferences across the US. Here is the artwork we'll be showcasing! #ctmh #closetomyheart #pinnersconference2016 #craftingideas #paperalbum

Whatever type of papercrafting you enjoy, we hope you’ve found this artwork to be inspiring. We’re sure it’ll catch more than a few eyes at the conferences we’ll be attending, but we especially hope that everyone who sees it will understand that what we do is so much more than an art form—it’s a way of building and celebrating relationships.

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I’m 22, and This Is Why I Scrapbook

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Howdy! My name is Mandy Petty. I am 22 years old, and I love to scrapbook!

I have been scrapbooking with my mom since I was 10 and have been in love with crafting since before I can remember! My reasons for scrapbooking have evolved over the years, but one thing remains constant…I love to craft.

In the beginning, it was just something fun to do. My mom and I would go to our local scrapbook store for the day to create, shop, and, of course, enjoy the company of our friends. As I have grown older, I have reached out to my peers, sharing my passion with them. It started out as friends coming over to make mini albums in our basement workshop and has evolved into crops, craft shows, and scrapbook conventions. Nowadays I share my love for crafting with anyone and everyone who will listen, which sometimes even results in new friendships!

While I was in grade school, I would create holiday gifts by hand rather than go out and purchase them at the store. I remember one of my favorite gifts was making a five-page mini album out of chipboard and Flip Flaps. Surprisingly it was by far one of the most impactful gifts I had given! I remember giving it to my teachers and friends and watching their faces light up. It was such a simple gesture, but their smiles showed they knew how much I appreciated and cared for them, all because I took the time to create their gift.

On top of this, I would create my own birthday invitations each year. It was always fun designing them, especially since it was cheaper than buying them at the store and they were personalized! Recently, I was delighted to learn that my best friend Chloe saved all of the birthday invitations I’d sent her over the years because she loved the artwork! It’s amazing how you never really know how your creations will affect people.

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Another reason I enjoy scrapbooking is the amazing community. Over the years I have met many wonderful people, some of which are now among my best friends and “framily”! In fact, this year for my 22nd birthday I chose to go to a scrapbooking retreat rather than have a party. Just like anyone else, I wanted to do what I love most for my birthday, so I chose to spend it scrapbooking with some of my closest friends.

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Overall, I love being artsy, and scrapbooking provides me with a creative outlet that will last! I can paint, color, design, and create knowing it will be preserved along with my memories. Scrapbooking allows my crafting to become part of my story in a format that will last a lifetime.

I'm 22, and this is why I scrapbook #ctmh #closetomyheart #consultant #business #scrapbooking #inspiration

All of our memories are treasures; unfortunately, they don’t always last. Years ago my band director told us, “A dull pencil is better than a sharp mind.” One day you may not remember all the little moments, but you’ll have your photos and journals to remind you of your accomplishments, challenges, goofiness, family, and friends. These moments are precious but fleeting, which inspires me to scrapbook and document them so I can treasure them for years to come!

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A How-To Pattern from Our Archives

As the “Let Me Show You How” company, we pride ourselves in our how-to patterns. We’ve been digging through the archives and found some timeless scrapbooking patterns that we want to share with you right here on this blog!

Here is today’s featured pattern:

Use the Huntington pattern to make your own beautiful scrapbook layout! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpatterns #scrapbookpatterns #scrapbooking

We’ve taken this pattern, which originally debuted with our Huntington Workshops on the Go®, and made some new artwork with it, using the Florence paper packet and some cardstock.

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That beautiful gold glitter title was made using our brand new Cricut® Flower Market collection. We gave the title a shadow using the Florence paper, which really makes it pop. Also notice the Picture My Life™ tabbed journaling card we used for easy journaling, and the adorable embellishment clusters we made using a mixture of images from our brand new Baby Girl, Baby Boy, and School 7–12 Complements.

Try out the Huntington pattern by downloading it right now, and then creating your own layout using your own choice of papers and embellishments. Show us what you create by sharing your layout on social media with the hashtag #ctmhpatterns. Be sure to look into our line of How-To books for even more patterns.

Happy crafting!

Download Huntington Pattern

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Summer Sunshine Layout
Huntington Pattern
D1691 My Acrylix® Beach Life, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3278 Picture My Life™ Tabbed Journaling Cards, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3272 Baby Girl Complements, Z3273 Baby Boy Complements, Z3266 School 7–12 Complements, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
2″ Shift+Title <&> (p. 7)
2″ Title <d> (p. 23)
1 ¾” <Daisy> (p. 46)
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New Papers, New Possibilities!

Our new line of Fundamentals papers just became available, and we couldn’t wait another day to show them off! Just like their name suggests, these papers are fundamental for any scrapbooker. With versatile, monochromatic patterns in our exclusive colors, they’re perfect to pair with cardstocks and other patterned papers. Once you try them out for yourself, you won’t be able to live without them!

Today we’re showcasing our Uptown Fundamentals, which feature neutral colors and special materials, like foil and vellum, to give them a little something extra.

With a qualifying purchase, you can earn this scrapbooking paper for free! #closetomyheart #ctmh #basicallythebest #scrapbooking

Look at the elegant feel that the Uptown Fundamentals bring to this layout with that beautiful script font, the gold foil polka-dots, and the striped vellum. Because they feature neutral colors, we could create our own color scheme using just a couple pieces of cardstock.

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Here we have totally different cardstock colors also paired with the Uptown Fundamentals for a completely different look!

Those adorable glitter titles and other accents on these layouts are part of our You & Me Complements, designed to coordinate with the Uptown Fundamentals. We even have an Uptown ribbon pack to give you even more mixing and matching options.

The Uptown Fundamentals are just one of the newest paper collections we’ve released today—but there is plenty more where it came from! Head on over to closetomyheart.com to check out all our new products. There, you can also learn how to get the Uptown Fundamentals for free!

Now go ahead—treat yourself to a few minutes of browsing through our new products online. Or a few hours. We won’t judge. 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ You & Me Layout
Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3269 You & Me Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Our Story Layout
C1667 My Acrylix® This & That, Z3263 Uptown Fundamentals, Z3294 Memo Fundamentals, X5789 Sea Glass Cardstock, X5783 Emerald Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2806 Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3269 You & Me ComplementsZ3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shape:
1 3/4″ <Icon-1> (RDS, p. 30)

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