A Giveaway, from our Holiday Kitchen to Yours!

From Our Holiday Kitchen to Yours #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhholidaykitchen #holidaykitchen #holidayrecipes #holidayfood #holidaymemories #tradition #holidaytraditions #Christmas #NewYears #familytraditions #memorykeeping #storytellingCan you believe that Christmas Day is less than 2 weeks away? As we all attempt to get some last-minute menu details in place, we thought it would be fun to host a recipe swap, right here on the blog! If you’d like to participate (and we hope you will), just post a holiday recipe and any story that might go along with it in the comments below.

To get us started, we have some yummy treats from a few of our favorite ladies at the Home Office:

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If you’re not quite sure whether or not you want to share those delicious recipes and memories that are running through your mind right now, we’re sweetening the deal by adding a giveaway to help you preserve, celebrate, and remember your holiday table the way you would any other tradition. Share a recipe in the comments below and be a subscriber to this blog for a chance to win one of FIVE Cut Above® Holiday Kitchen Bundles!

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The Cut Above® Holiday Kitchen bundle comes with:

30 – recipe cards
12 – overflow cards
10 – title cards
8 – journaling cards
6 – divider pages
2 – sticker sheets
36 – Memory Protectors™
1 – My Acrylix® From the Kitchen stamp set
1 – Black Everyday Life™ Album

Whether they are old family recipes or new favorites, the meals and goodies we prepare become part of the holidays themselves. The Holiday Kitchen Cut Above® recipe kit includes everything you need to get all those recipes in one place together with the stories and memories that make them so special—and it makes a wonderful gift, especially when filled up with your tried and true recipes!

Share a favorite recipe with us or share more than one to increase your chances to win a Cut Above® Holiday Kitchen bundle. (Posting the same recipe multiple times does not count and will not increase your chances of winning!) If you are not yet a subscriber, all you have to do is push the big blue button on the side bar that says “Subscribe to list” for your entry to count for the prize drawing. You have until noon tomorrow, Friday, December 14 (MST) to enter. Even if you miss the deadline, share a recipe anyway! The more the merrier!

Now remember, this Holiday Kitchen recipe kit is only available for purchase through the end of the year. Make sure to get yours while you still can!

Now it’s your turn: what’s cooking in your holiday kitchen?


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Get Creative with Mini Albums!

It’s easy to think that memory keeping needs to be done in a straight, chronological line, scrapbooking your photos as they happen … hopefully, but you can share your photos in many other fun and creative ways. That’s what makes the Story by Stacy™ product line so special. As it’s name suggests, these products invite us to explore the stories behind the photos we take to uncover the details that make them personal and interesting. Story by Stacy™ products encourage us to consider taking a different approach, one that focuses on your unique memories of the subject or topic of your album.

Getting Creative with Mini Albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #CTMHStorybyStacy #minialbum #scrapbooking #storyideas #memorykeeping #storytelling

A few weeks ago we shared a handful of ways you can use Story by Stacy™ workshop kits for the holidays. If you missed that blog post, check it out here. Because this month’s special features these amazing kits at a discount, we have a few more ideas for how you can document one-of-a-kind stories in the mini album format with Story Starter. Keep in mind, we’re showing you how to do this with Story Starter, but you could plug these ideas into any scrapbooking format. So many possibilities!

Idea #1: Where I StandGetting Creative with Mini Albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #CTMHStorybyStacy #minialbum #scrapbooking #storyideas #memorykeeping #storytelling

In this mini album, the storyteller has documented some of the places she’s been, but with a fun twist. All of these photos show shoes and the place where she’s standing. The ground you’ve walked on is also part of our journey. These kinds of photos could be taken anywhere, and in this Story Starter album, sharing the memories and stories about her shoes and where she is gives it an unusual AND intriguing perspective. This is an easy one to take photos for since it could be anywhere—standing at work, in front of your house, on a vacation—literally any place that you go. These types of stories showcase your experiences in a new way, and it reminds you of the places you’ve lived, worked, or traveled.

Idea #2: Happy PlacesGetting Creative with Mini Albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #CTMHStorybyStacy #minialbum #scrapbooking #storyideas #memorykeeping #storytelling

This Story Starter album is full of photos and memories of places that make this storyteller happy. For her, it’s the beach. Each photo is paired with a memory about what makes these places special, and pops of color are added with the bright colors of the Hello Pumpkin Complements and accents of Sapphire and Mint cardstock to match the photos. This is another fun topic because happy places are unique to you! Think about where you feel like your best self—happy, whole, and content. That’s the perfect subject for a happy place themed album.Getting Creative with Mini Albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #CTMHStorybyStacy #minialbum #scrapbooking #storyideas #memorykeeping #storytellingYou could create an entire series of Story Starters just to document the places that make you happy. Or, consider ways you can include other people in this kind of storytelling. You could do a Story Starter album with your family members, highlighting the places that each person loves with a photo and their own stories about that place.

Idea #3: HometownGetting Creative with Mini Albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #CTMHStorybyStacy #minialbum #scrapbooking #storyideas #memorykeeping #storytelling

Another place you will definitely have stories about is your hometown. A mini album like Story Starter is a great canvas for capturing the things that you love about where you’re from, and the writing process will help you document detailed memories about that particular place. Did you notice what’s on our album cover, “(208)”? It’s an area code! Even the area code is something that’s unique to just that one place. Maybe your hometown is famous for something or has a nickname? As you write your memories and gather photos, think about the community, the landmarks, and even the people. How are those things a part of who you are?Getting Creative with Mini Albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #CTMHStorybyStacy #minialbum #scrapbooking #storyideas #memorykeeping #storytelling
The Story Starter format is also a fun place to try including different kinds of small photos. With the 4″ x 4″ size, you could use small instant photo prints, like we’ve done here, to illustrate your memories.

Feeling inspired to create yet? Just in case you need a few more ideas, take a look at the list below and the examples from Stacy Julian, on her blog.

  • My Playlist
    • Music often plays a part in our favorite moments. Think about your favorite songs and write down why you love them. Then use a photo to illustrate the moment. If you don’t have a photo to pair with the musical memory, try including pictures in other ways. You could take a photo of the album cover or the artist. How you listen to music is also part of the experience. Is it on your phone? A record? A casette tape or CD? You could include those kinds of pictures and stories as well.
  • Memories about Movies/TV Shows
    • Are there shows you like to watch on a weekend? Any movies you never get tired of seeing? Just like how the music we listen to tells us something about the time and place we live in, so do the movies and shows we watch. You can probably easily list some of your top faves, but have you ever thought about WHY you like them? Use the Story Starter writing process to think about the memories you associate with the movies you love.
  • A Day (or Week) in the Life
    • Approach this kind of topic in a new way with Story Starter. Start by first going through the writing portion. Take some time to think about what a day or a week looks like for you. What are the highlights? What are your habits or routines? Do any particular sounds, tastes, or feelings come to mind? Then group those memories together and find (or take) photos to represent them.

 Check out these blog posts from Stacy Julian, the Stacy behind Story by Stacy™ products. She used Story Starter albums to tell some fun stories about herself and other memories. Click the links below to learn more about each of these topics.

With all of these ways to share your story, we know you have so much to document with Story Starter! This December take advantage of the great discounts on Story Starter workshop kits and their coordinating stamp sets. Get individual workshop kits and stamps at 20% off the retail price or, because we know you’re going to need more than one, purchase select Story Starter bundles at 30% off their retail price! Not only do these make for great gifts, but they’re an easy way to create timeless treasures with your memories. We can’t wait to see what you create, and when you’re done, make sure you share your story!


Recipes:

Where I Stand Story Starter Album
C1725 My Acrylix® Simply Said Stamp Set, Z4208 Story by Stacy™ Story Starter Workshop Kit—Dots, X6007 Lagoon Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4230 Candy Apple Striped Ribbon, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Happy Places Story Starter Album
Z4209 Story by Stacy™ Story Starter Workshop Kit—Stripes, X5986 Mint Cardstock, X6021 Sapphire Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X7236E Picture My Life™ Cards—Perfectly ImperfectX7236C Hello Pumpkin Complements, Z3386 Thin Cuts—Block Alphabet, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

(208) Hometown Story Starter Album
Z4218 Story by Stacy™ Short Story Workshop Kit—Lagoon, Z4208 Story by Stacy™ Story Starter Workshop Kit—Candy Apple, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X7236E Picture My Life™ Cards—Perfectly ImperfectX7236C Hello Pumpkin Complements, Z4159 Thin Cuts—Block Numbers, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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25 Journaling & Photo Prompts for Recurring Life Events

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Are you in one of those families that go to Disney World once year? (lucky! 🙂 ) Do you spend most Christmas mornings at home in your pajamas? What about a birthday? We all have one every year. Holidays, birthdays, vacations, parties—the good times just keep coming, and so do the stories and photos that accompany them.

Earlier this month we shared a post about New Ways to Document the Holidays. We thought it would be worthwhile to follow that up with some additional ideas and prompts for other recurring life events so that we don’t always take the same photos and document the same stories year after year.

The following ideas can be used to take photos while you’re in the moment or as a place to start your journaling while you’re documenting the memory. If you’re new to scrapbooking or you’re just in a memory keeping rut, the following prompts can help get you going.

 

VACATIONS:

25 Prompts to Document Recurring Life Events #ctmh #closetomyheart #birthdayscrapbook #vacationscrapbook #holidayscrapbook #Christmasscrapbook #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #journalingprompts #photoprompts #journaling #photography1. Why are you going on this vacation?
2. How did you get to where you were going?
3. What did you pack for this trip?
4. Did everything go as planned?
25 Prompts to Document Recurring Life Events #ctmh #closetomyheart #birthdayscrapbook #vacationscrapbook #holidayscrapbook #Christmasscrapbook #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #journalingprompts #photoprompts #journaling #photography5. Who are the people that are with you?
6. Did you meet any interesting folks along the way?
7. What was your favorite meal/restaurant on the trip?
8. What cool souvenirs are you bringing home?
9. Has your life been changed by this trip?

 

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAYS:

25 Prompts to Document Recurring Life Events #ctmh #closetomyheart #birthdayscrapbook #vacationscrapbook #holidayscrapbook #Christmasscrapbook #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #journalingprompts #photoprompts #journaling #photography10. What are you celebrating?
11. Do you have an ornament you love? Where did you get it and why do you love it?
12. What’s a favorite holiday treat? (Include the recipe!)
13. How does your family serve others?
14. Do you have any traditions?25 Prompts to Document Recurring Life Events #ctmh #closetomyheart #birthdayscrapbook #vacationscrapbook #holidayscrapbook #Christmasscrapbook #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #journalingprompts #photoprompts #journaling #photography15. How does “magic” happen in your home? (Ex. Is there an elf sitting on a shelf somewhere?)
16.What wrapping paper did you pick out, and why?
17. How did you decorate your home?
18. Are there special movies that you watch?
19. Do you have any favorite holiday music?

 

BIRTHDAYS:

25 Prompts to Document Recurring Life Events #ctmh #closetomyheart #birthdayscrapbook #vacationscrapbook #holidayscrapbook #Christmasscrapbook #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #journalingprompts #photoprompts #journaling #photography20. Did you get a cake? What flavor? If not, why?
21. What were the reactions to gifts? Was there a favorite?
22. Who did you celebrate with?25 Prompts to Document Recurring Life Events #ctmh #closetomyheart #birthdayscrapbook #vacationscrapbook #holidayscrapbook #Christmasscrapbook #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #journalingprompts #photoprompts #journaling #photography23. Interview the guest of honor and record their answers
24. Screenshot and document birthday messages from social media
25. How has life changed since your last birthday?

We hope you’re as inspired as we are to use your next birthday, holiday, or vacation to try out some of these memory keeping prompts. You can document your memories in creative ways by taking photos and answering some of the questions we’ve given you here today. Focusing on sharing the details around all of these topics will highlight what makes each vacation, birthday, and holiday particularly special on its own. We’d love to hear your ideas for scrapbooking these types of events. Share them with us in the comments below!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ NYC Holiday Fails Page
C1725 My Acrylix® Simply Said Stamp Set, E1042 My Acrylix® Outline Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, E1043 My Acrylix® Solid Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X6007 Lagoon Cardstock, X5986 Mint Cardstock, Z6503 Mint Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2731 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Re-inkerX7238C Oh What Fun Complements, Z4222 Hello Pumpkin Shapes, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z4245 Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Z4247 Palette Knives, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3503 Cricut® Artbooking Digital Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artbooking
6″ Overlay <g> (p. 62, #M3F0A2)

12″ x 12″ Baking Magic Page
C1725 My Acrylix® Simply Said Stamp Set, X7236B Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet, X7235B Boutique Paper Packet, X7238B Oh What Fun Paper Packet, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X6028 Black Cardstock, X5986 Mint Cardstock, X6016 Pixie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7238C Oh What Fun Complements, Z4216 Raspberry Baker’s Twine, Z4305 Thin Cuts—Fancy Tags, Z3317 Thin Cuts—Stitched Hearts, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1951 Memory Protectors® Design 4

12″ x 12″ Wonderful Birthday Wishes Page
D1804 My Acrylix® Your Special Day Stamp Set, E1042 My Acrylix® Outline Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, E1043 My Acrylix® Solid Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, X7235B Boutique Paper Packet, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X5990 Carolina Cardstock, X6021 Sapphire Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6505 Carolina Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7238C Oh What Fun Complements, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z4241 Thin Cuts—Decorative Borders, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3500 Cricut® Artistry Digital Collection, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
¾” Banner <New Years> (p. 50, #M41864D)

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New Ways to Document the Holidays

We are always looking for new ways to document this season, and today we have some ideas to share with you about how to do this, especially with Story by Stacy™ workshop kits! The Story by Stacy™ product line reminds us to consider the importance of the story behind our photos. Each workshop kit gives us new tools to keep our scrapbooking fresh and story-focused. You can use all of these ideas today within a Story Starter or Short Story album, but don’t forget you could also incorporate these holiday album themes into any scrapbooking project!

Let’s get started!

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We know you have stories and photos between Halloween and Christmas, from family get-togethers to opening gifts on Christmas morning, but have you considered how even the little things about the holidays have stories? Even your ornaments and decorations have memories attached to them. Where did you get them? Was it homemade? Do they commemorate an event or special moment?

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These types of small stories are perfect for a Story Starter album. You can use the Story Starter workbook to help you remember the details about your holiday ornaments and write small stories to pair with a photo in the album. By taking time to ask yourself questions to revisit the memories you have, your story will include the details that make these ornaments special.

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The focus of the Story Starter album is, of course, the stories and photos you include, but you can add quick seasonal embellishments using a holiday stamp set to make it even more festive. In the album we’re showing you today, we added Candy Apple and New England Ivy images and phrases to our pages from the My Acrylix® Christmas Countdown stamp set along with accents of gold shimmer trim. Just these simple additions gave our Story Starter album a distinctive holiday look and feel.

Here are some other ideas for Story Starter albums this season:

  • People or things you are grateful for this year
    Tip: Try using the My Acrylix® Grateful Heart—Scrapbooking stamp set for words and phrases to stamp in a gratitude-themed Story Starter 🙂
  • Favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas foods
  • Check out Stacy Julian’s blog here to see how she created a Halloween Story Starter album AND here for an easy way to document the things your family is thankful for in a Story Starter album.

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With Story Starter you can pair individual stories and photos together about the same subject, like your Christmas ornaments, but we know that often you just have a lot of photos you want to preserve in a scrapbook. The Short Story format is the answer for you. If you’re anything like us, you’ve taken many, many, many photos during the holidays, and Short Story can help you document those photos by telling a visual story, almost like a picture book, with a summary at the end.

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We’ve used Short Story to scrapbook a variety of photos from this little guy’s first few Christmases. He may not remember all the details as he gets big, but this Short Story album will remind him about the fun things he did every year during the holidays. You can combine the patterned paper and embellishments from the workshop kit with a few stamped sentiments and shimmer trim to give your album that special holiday feel. We paired the bright colors of the Short Story patterned paper with the whimsical look of the sentiments in the My Acrylix® Oh What Fun—Scrapbooking stamp set.

With Short Story, you could focus on one particular Thanksgiving or Christmas or gather photos over a longer period of time to highlight the things that have been family traditions or fun holiday activities. Do you take your kids to see Santa every year? You could create a fun Short Story album that shows Santa photos over many years, and then write a summary about them at the end of your album. It’s a fun way to see how your family has grown or changed over time and see how your traditions look throughout the years.

  • Family Thanksgiving or Christmas traditions
  • Christmas morning over the years
  • Visits to Santa
  • Christmas vacations

Documenting the holidays doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Use these ideas to create Short Story or Story Starter albums that you can pull out every year to remember everything you love about this season, including your own holiday stories and photos. If 12″ x 12″ is more your style, that’s great too! You can use any of these ideas in your scrapbooking, just remember to focus on the story.


Recipes:

Ornaments Story Starter Album
D1799 My Acrylix® Christmas Countdown Stamp Set, Z4207 Story by Stacy™ Story Starter Workshop Kit—DotsZ6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim

Christmas Short Story Album
D1803 My Acrylix® Oh What Fun—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, Z4218 Story by Stacy™ Short Story Workshop Kit—Lagoon, Z6509 Candy Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7238C Oh What Fun Complements, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z1799 Silver Shimmer TrimZ2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

 

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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!).

Here’s a scrapbook layout about our cup of Joe:The Important Things #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhimportantthings #importantthings #everdaylife #minialbum #journaling #scrapbooking #theimportantbook #MargeretWiseBrown #coffee

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.

The important thing about cookies:The Important Things #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhimportantthings #importantthings #everdaylife #minialbum #journaling #scrapbooking #theimportantbook #MargeretWiseBrown #favoritecookie

The important thing about friends:
The Important Things #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhimportantthings #importantthings #everdaylife #minialbum #journaling #scrapbooking #theimportantbook #MargeretWiseBrown #friends

The important thing about my dog, Sophie:
The Important Things #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhimportantthings #importantthings #everdaylife #minialbum #journaling #scrapbooking #theimportantbook #MargeretWiseBrown #mydog #sophie

The important thing about rain:
The Important Things #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhimportantthings #importantthings #everdaylife #minialbum #journaling #scrapbooking #theimportantbook #MargeretWiseBrown #family

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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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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