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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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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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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Making Title and Created By Cards in Story Starter

Even though every story is unique, there are some important parts that each one includes. For example, every story has a title and an author. This is why you’ll find specific cards in the Story by Stacy™—Story Starter workshop kits just for adding those two essential pieces. Story Starter helps you access a collection of memories that you can write as small stories in an album. Each workshop kit includes one title card and one created by card for you to add those story elements to every album you make and share.

Title Card

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Story by Stacy™—Story Starter is perfect for documenting the people, places, and things that you love, and by sliding a title card in right at the front, that subject is clear at the very beginning. These examples from Story Starter albums we’ve made show a few ways you can personalize the title card to fit whatever it is you are documenting.

Use the coordinating stamp sets, Colorful Texture and Quotable Words, to add stamped images in colors that match the rest of your album. You could also combine stamping with a small photo, or fill the title card with a larger square photo that has written words on the edges. The title card is yours to customize however you want.

Created By Card

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Part of what makes the stories you tell in Story Starter albums special is you! The words you write and the photos you use to illustrate them are yours, and that is why each Story Starter kit comes with a created by card. You, as the storyteller, should also be documented because these memories come from your perspective.

Just like your title card, you get to choose how you add the finishing touch as the author of this album. It might be a simple black and white photo with your signature. This is another place where you can add a little something extra with stamped images from Colorful Texture or Quotable Words. You could even go one step further with personalizing your created by card by flipping it over and using the back. This gives you a blank card to arrange a photo and stamped images in any way you like.

Another reason why we love having a created by card is that it gives you a place to write a small note when you give a Story Starter album as a gift. These small albums are both an easy and incredibly fun way to celebrate the people and moments that you cherish. You can use the created by card to include your name as the author of the story and add a note to that special someone.

As you make your own Story Starter albums, don’t skip the title or created by cards. These little additions highlight your album’s subject and the storyteller (that’s you!). You bring something exceptional to every story you tell, and it’s an important piece of the memories you include both inside your Story by Stacy™—Story Starter album and in any memory keeping project that you make. Keep telling those stories!

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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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Storytelling with Story Starter

Today’s blog post comes from our beloved friend, Stacy Julian! Stacy is a recognized leader in the scrapbooking industry. She is the founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine and the visionary founder of Big Picture Scrapbooking. After getting her initial start into the papercrafting world through Close To My Heart, Stacy is coming “home” to combine her ideas and training into the Story by Stacy™ product line! We could not be more thrilled about this partnership!

For as long as there have been human beings, human beings have been telling stories. Stories are how we connect, celebrate, and remember. Stories organize our thoughts, experiences, and beliefs for sharing. Stories are how we pass down personal histories. Stories teach, motivate, and inspire. We understand who we are and what we are capable of because of the stories we tell ourselves. Storytelling is a powerful force for good. I know you know this, but even as memory keepers we can lose sight of the importance of documenting stories—and sometimes we make it harder than it is.

Hello. I’m Stacy Julian.

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I’ve had the pleasure of working in the scrapbooking and paper crafting industry for a very long time and I’m beyond thrilled to be partnering with Close To My Heart on a new line of Story by Stacy™ products designed to help people discover and document their stories. This is my first foray into product design and, while I am having a blast with all of that, what I truly love most about Story by Stacy™ is the education and training that is a part of the products we are developing. I’m so excited to work with Close To My Heart Consultants and to learn from them as we share the joy of preserving personal stories with all of you.

Our very first product and program is called Story Starter. The Story Starter kit is designed to show you how simple it is to access your unique and valuable memories. When we scrapbook, we tend to believe that the story of a relationship, a special place, or a meaningful experience is in the pictures we take, but that’s not entirely true. While pictures are wonderful illustrations, the full story is inside of YOU and it takes just a few minutes to invite it out to play.

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As you learn and practice the Story Starter process, you’ll be amazed at what you can remember! AND as specific details surface in your mind you’ll be able to pair them with photographs that you might not otherwise choose to use in an album. When you start with the story, the result will be a more genuine reflection of what matters most to you.

With Story Starter, all of these delicious details are then wrapped up in super CUTE mini books with inside pages that can be personalized with playful stamped images.

The whole process is fun and easy, and the finished project is a 100% valuable, and adorable, keepsake. I do need to warn you that the overall experience is addicting in the best of ways. You won’t be able to stop with just one Story Starter kit!

I cannot wait for you to get your hands on a Story Starter kit and workbook, so that you can start telling and sharing your stories in happy, colorful, and very authentic ways!

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We love Stacy for her liberating philosophy and simple step-by-step thematic approach that unlocks a person’s creativity and helps them easily create stories out of life’s special moments. Please show our friend some love and share with us your thoughts about Story Starter in the comments below!

 

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How to Get Started on Memory Keeping When You’ve Never Done It Before

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When it comes to memory keeping, especially if you’ve never done it before, the biggest obstacle for most people is knowing where to get started. With moments happening and getting captured quicker than they can be documented, memory keeping can easily become an overwhelming task that, as the memories pile up, we tend to ignore and simply feel anxious and guilty about.

Today we’re going to alleviate some of those feelings and help you navigate through the heaps of memories you are making. It is never too late to tell your story, so let’s get started!

Why is memory keeping important to you?

The very first thing you need to consider before pulling out old photos or any scrapbooking supplies is what is memory keeping and why is it important to you? There is no right or wrong answer here, and everyone’s motivation will be different, but motivation it will be. Really think about the why of your memory keeping.

  • Why do you take so many photos and videos with that fancy smart phone?
  • Who and what are you taking photos of?
  • Do you keep a journal? What do you write about?
  • Do you collect things because of their association with certain people or events?

Our current social climate is very instant and in the moment. You can take a photo, caption it, and quickly share it with friends across the world by posting to Facebook or Instagram. For some people, this is all the memory keeping they need. The downside is that if you only post to social media and never do anything else with those stories, you are only documenting your story in a format where it only lives for a moment. And then, what happens to your story?

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The question again is: why is memory keeping important to you?

Sorting Through Memories

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Once you’ve figured out why you want to preserve your memories, you can begin sorting through them and decide which ones to preserve. Chances are you’ve got a hard-drive, or perhaps several boxes, full of photos from the years past that you want to put into albums but just aren’t quite sure where to begin. If your photos aren’t organized, check out our post on How to Organize Years of Photos without Getting Overwhelmed for some great tips and ideas.

The truth is, not all of our moments carry the same weight, so not every single second of our lives is worth documenting. This is the step where you decide which memories you want to (and will!) preserve. And remember, it’s okay to let some things go!

Make a list of past stories and stories to come that you want to keep in an album. Some possible ideas may include:

  • Milestones in the life of a baby or child
  • Vacations/Trips
  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Family
  • Sports/Events
  • A specific year

Choose a Format

Whatever you choose to preserve, choose to do it your way. Decide on a format of memory keeping that works best for you and your memories. If you’re new to the scrapbooking scene and the thought of memory keeping is overwhelming, we’ve got a few products for you to explore.

If you like the look of complete scrapbook albums but don’t think you have the time or know-how to make them happen for you, the Cut Above® layout kits are a great solution! These kits come complete with pre-printed base pages, stickers, and die-cuts (cut paper shapes) ready to make coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts. All you need to bring to the table, aside from your kit, is photos, adhesive, and a journaling pen!

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The Story Begins layout kit shown above (also available for baby boys) is one of our many Cut Above® scrapbooking options. This particular kit comes with enough materials to make 10 coordinating 2-page scrapbook layouts. That’s an entire baby book! And if you have more photos that you want to include than the kits allow for, you can add coordinating pages with Picture My Life™ cards and pocket scrapbooking Memory Protectors™. Always make the room to tell your whole story.

Another option for the busy memory keeper in you are our Workshops Your Way® scrapbooking kits.

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With the help of easy-to-follow instructions, trimming tools, and adhesive, you can use any of our Workshop Your Way® kits to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts. Unlike the Cut Above® kits, in Workshops Your Way® you trim your own paper and are given extras like, ribbons and sequins, to embellish your pages.

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With these kits, we also show you how you can arrange additional photos and pocket cards in our innovative Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™.

The last example of memory keeping we’re going to share is with pocket scrapbooking in a smaller, Everyday Life™, album.

Maybe this type of memory keeping is more your style. Less patterned paper and more memorabilia turned into accents and pocket cards to enhance the memories of your experiences. Whether you’re cutting things up, attaching them on a pocket card, or creating a pocket for a group of items—there is no wrong way to tell your story.

Making the Time

This last part of the memory keeping process is the most crucial because without it memory keeping will not happen. You need to decide how much time you will invest into preserving your memories. If memory keeping isn’t already part of your routine, make the conscious decision to include it. (A half-an-hour a week is better than doing nothing at all.)

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To be a successful memory keeper you must be honest with yourself about your creative habits. Take an approach that works for you and your memories, and that you will actually do. Once you get started you will find so much joy and satisfaction in knowing that your memories are safely documented and preserved.

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