Feeling Cornered by Chronology?

Do you suffer from acute chronological scrapbook syndrome? You’re not alone.

Thousands like you have been printing photos and storing them away in shoeboxes for decades, assuring themselves that one day they’ll feel more motivated to scrapbook everything in the perfect order.

Full of good intentions, but dreading the task of organizing every photo, victims of this syndrome often find their passion tainted by a nagging voice that tells them they must start at the beginning (wherever that is) or not start at all.

It’s time to silence that voice and get back to doing what we love!

It may seem revolutionary, but scrapbooks don’t have to be done in chronological order. Remember that these memories are your stories, so you get to tell them however you wish. The only way you’re doing it “wrong” is if the method you’ve chosen feels like a task rather than a delight.

Free yourself and your creativity by trying these organizational methods of scrapbooking instead:

Life Milestones

Milestones happen at every stage of life. Create an album that showcases a variety of milestones from the lives of each family member. Pick a certain milestone and focus on that, or gather a bunch on one layout. You can include things like graduations, church ceremonies, losing teeth, getting married, the first day of a new job, or learning to walk. This is a fun way to show your family’s progress over time.

Classic Family Memories

Ideas for organizing your scrapbook albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapping #scrapbooking #familymemories #familyfun #family #cruiseHave a favorite memory that everyone in the family loves to talk about? Get it on paper. When your family comes over for Sunday dinner and starts to reminisce, write down the extra details they add to your story. Better yet, ask them to write their own version of the family memory. Include everyone’s version of the story as journaling on your layout. Even if you have no idea where the photos of that specific memory are, just start taking the first steps. You’ll find the photos in that notorious shoebox soon enough.

Someone You Love

Pick a person who’s important to you and create an album that’s all about them. The photos can come from any time or event. The important part is simply that they get remembered. This album will become something they will cherish for always.

Color Schemes

This artsy method is more wild and crazy, but definitely a lot of fun—and excellent for a creative boost! Choose photos and papers based on the similarity of their color schemes and then put them all on one page. Find out how fun it can be to see a collection of unrelated memories on one layout!

Random Reminiscing

Reach into that pile of photos and pull out a few. Scrapbook them any way you wish, whether that’s together on one page or each on their own layout. As you finish each layout, simply place them in your album in any order at all. This method is a lot of fun to look through afterward because you’ll always be surprised by which memory pops up next.

Purposeful Prompts

Ideas for organizing your scrapbook albums #ctmh #closetomyheart #readinglayout #scrapping #scrapbooking #readingscrapbook #readingType a list of prompts (e.g. your favorite words, themes, questions you think your posterity will ask about you), trim them into strips, and place them in a jar. Draw a new one every time you sit down to scrapbook. Whatever kind of information that prompt inspires you to document, do it!

It’s the Little Things

In addition to the big events of life, be sure to also emphasize the daily things that make you and your family who you are. Stepping outside of big events will paint a more realistic picture of your life as well as add some variety to your albums.

Likes & Dislikes

Focus on a person’s likes or dislikes, not worrying about their age or location at the time you took the photos. An overarching theme like this really helps to reveal who a person is in just a layout or two.

Favorite Activities

Ideas for organizing your scrapbook albums #scrapping #scrapbooking #ctmh #closetomyheart #hikescrapbook

What activity does your family love to do? Find pictures of yourselves doing that activity across any number of years and group them together. Say you like to vacation together; make a layout just for vacations. They don’t even have to be from the same trip—just get the theme put into one place.

How do you feel now? Empowered? Liberated? Excited? The only thing to make this moment sweeter would be for us to remind you that the albums you’ll need to keep your long-awaited layouts safe in are available at a great deal this month. Take advantage of our We’ve Got You Covered! campaign, where you buy one album and get a second at 50%-off, to get your gorgeous, non-chronological layouts archived and on display. You only have a few days left to take advantage of this promotion. Your memories have waited a long time for this; now let them shine!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Disney Cruise Layout
E1034 My Acrylix® Marker Alphabet Stamp Set, A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp SetD1660 My Acrylix® Ink Blot Stamp SetZ3263 Uptown Fundamentals Paper PacketX7220B No Worries Paper PacketX7221B Prickly Pear Paper Packet1385 White Daisy Cardstock1386 Black Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ3309 Snapshot ComplementsZ3264 Good Life ComplementsZ3314 Black & White DotsZ1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling PenZ1151 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Love to Read Layout
D1702 My Acrylix® Capture This Stamp Set, X7220B No Worries Paper Packet, X7222B Jack Paper Packet, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3308 My Girl Complements, Z3309 Snapshot Complements, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Sewing Machine

12″ x 12″ Hiking Layout
A1182 My Acrylix® Etched Alphabet Stamp Set, D1702 My Acrylix® Capture This Stamp SetX7222B Jack Paper PacketZ3254 Enchantment Fundamentals Paper PacketZ3262 Rustic Home Fundamentals Paper Packet, 1384 Colonial White Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ3266 School 7-12 Complements, Z3314 Black & White DotsZ1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling PenZ1151 3-D Foam Tape, Note: Title cut 1½” using System font in Cricut Craft Room®.

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Make Room for the Whole Story

It is so incredibly easy, nowadays, to take pictures of pretty much every moment in our lives. However, when you want to preserve some of these moments, how often do you find yourself overwhelmed with having to choose which pictures out of the hundreds you actually took deserve the space in your scrapbook?

The good news is that you don’t have to be limited by a 12″ x 12″ page anymore! With a little help from our Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™, you can easily add as many as 12 more photos to your story with just one protector. Check out our layouts below for ideas on how to include more of your favorites without compromising the beauty of your pages.2 Page Scrapbooking Layout #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #flowerlayout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #girlscrapbook #flowerpaper #littlegirlLayout with Pocket Plus Memory Protectors #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #pictureperfect #littlegirl #scrapbooking #scrapbook #flowerpaper #pocketplus #memoryprotectorsThe top image of this gorgeous layout shows you the original, while the bottom shows the same layout with the addition of two 6″ wide Pocket Plus Memory Protectors. We were able to add several more photos to this layout and still keep it neat and engaging. Pretty amazing, right?

The trick to using these protectors is to design your pages with the additional photos in mind. When working with the 6″ protectors, plan the coordinating pages in halves. That way, when you lay either of the protectors on top, they create a secondary “page” using half of the art from the original.2 Page Scrapbooking Layout #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #flowerlayout #scrapbooking #scrapbook #girlscrapbook #flowerpaper #littlegirlLayout with Pocket Plus Memory Protectors #CTMH #CloseToMyHeart #pictureperfect #littlegirl #scrapbooking #scrapbook #flowerpaper #pocketplus #memoryprotectorsHere’s another beautiful example using our 4″ wide protectors, which only cover up one-third of the original pages. Starting at the gutter, measure 4″ into your page and consider that as the space, from top to bottom, the protector will cover with the additional art.

Don’t forget, these protectors have backsides, too! Since you can flip the protectors back and forth, you have that many more options for photos, journaling, or even pocket cards (AND you have a fun, interactive element for your layout!).

We love taking pictures of the special moments and people in our lives, and when you use our Pocket Plus Memory Protectors, you can share so much more of them and their stories in your scrapbooks!

Do you have any layouts you’re working on that could use a little help from these protectors? We love to hear from you, so tell us all about it!

Recipes

“Smile” Pocket Plus™ Layout
CC1212C Live Beautifully Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3242 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 1, Z3244 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 3Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

“Today” Pocket Plus™ Layout
CC1212C Live Beautifully Stamp Set, CC1212B Live Beautifully Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3243 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3245 Pocket Plus™ Memory Protectors™ Design 4Z3217 Picture My Life™ Watercolor Cards—Gold, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Flower Market
1½” Title <p> (p. 20)

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19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps

Think you know everything about our exclusive My Acrylix® stamps? Put your knowledge to the test by reading the list below! 🙂

1. We have French and Spanish stamp sets.

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2. If you see a stamp image outlined in red, that means it coordinates with one of the shapes from our Cricut® collections. If it’s outlined in blue, that means it coordinates with one of our Thin Cuts dies.

3. We put A LOT of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. See the entire process in this infographic:

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4. After we design each paper packet, we create two coordinating stamp sets, one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking, to be paired with that specific paper. These two stamp sets can be found in the idea book right behind the coordinating Workshops Your Way™ scrapbooking kits. 

5. Our stamps are made right here at the Home Office, in a top-secret room.

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6. It takes about one hour to make one sheet of stamps from start to finish.

7. New stamps work best when you “season” them. To do so, rub the stamp across a stamp pad, and then stamp onto scrap paper until the image is even.

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8. Our stamps can be used with all sorts of inks, including dye, pigment, solvent, and alcohol inks.

9. Rather than attaching your stamps to your blocks, try using your blocks to pick up your stamps from a flat surface. This way, the stamp will hold its natural shape.

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10. Our My Acrylix® blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help you with stamp placement, which is especially helpful for keeping words and borders straight.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp11. Some people cut apart their stamps in order to rearrange words in a sentiment when sticking them to their blocks.

12. Our stamps are flexible! Manipulate them so they fit inside shapes and banners, or just to get a different look!

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp13. If some of your ink doesn’t transfer when stamping, quickly breathe over the stamp to re-moisten the remaining ink and then stamp over the image again. The missing portion usually blends into the existing image if the ink isn’t too dry. This is called the Huffing or Stamp Over Technique.

14. Because our stamps and blocks are clear, you can easily stamp over the image again to get a richer, deeper image.

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15. If you’re looking to remove that stubborn pigment ink, try our Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber. It makes it easy!

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16. Our stamps don’t need to tan—they like being transparent, so keep them out of the sun!

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17. Our stamps come in handy envelopes, which fit into our My Acrylix® organizer. You can also use our large organizer and tabs to store even more stamps. We also have a mini organizer for those mini stamp envelopes.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp18. If your stamps ever start to lose their stickiness, all you need to do is rinse them with warm water and soap, and the stickiness will come right back. You can also use StazOn™ cleaner on the smooth side of the stamp.

19. Some stamps make great friends, like our good ol’ friend, Sticky Boy!

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What things did you not know? Tell us in the comments! 🙂

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3 Creative Techniques to Spice Up Your Journaling

In the scrapbooking world, we spend a lot of time talking about the papers, the stamps, and the embellishments that go into making a layout great. Journaling is often an afterthought, a quiet feature scribbled in the margins. But isn’t journaling just as much a part of the story? We think so!

To give journaling the attention it deserves, we switched things up and put it in the spotlight for a change. Our clever artists came up with three breathtaking techniques for spicing up your journaling—the indispensable, storytelling counterpart to any successful layout.

1. Mark It Up
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We all knew the Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ journaling pen was a hero, but this layout takes its powers to new heights. And when you partner this pen with its trusty sidekicks, the ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers, the look becomes a genuine work of art.

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To achieve this artistic look, plan to put as much effort into designing the placement of the words as you do the placement of the photos and papers. Highlight some phrases in bright colors and occasionally change up the font to keep things visually interesting.

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Remember, the most beautiful thing about this kind of journaling is the warmth of your own handwriting! Embrace imperfections and let the markers draw where they may.

2. Say It with Stamps
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Have you ever thought of stamp sentiments as their own form of journaling? Well, they are! So why not try combining the two? Using sentiments along with your regular journaling blocks gives your words an extra punch of color and spunk. It also adds to the hodgepodge look that scrapbooking is all about.Unknown-9
Including stamps in your journaling will also weave it into the flow of the rest of the layout. With this technique, journaling will be an awkward outsider no more and words everywhere will rejoice.

3. Bursts of Blurbs
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Let your journaling float around the page inside bubbles of stamps! Find a stamp set that can accommodate journaling and fill up its stamped images with little blurbs that serve as commentators on your layout. It’s a simple and easy way to add embellishment and journaling all at once.Unknown-10
Journaling is a land that is widely unexplored in the scrapbooking world, so go forth and make some discoveries! Try out one of these techniques and see where the path leads you.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Spring Page
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 18
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z2027 Mini Stapler

12″ x 12″ Great Adventure Page
B1461 My Acrylix® Happy Mail, C1592 My Acrylix® World Traveler, A1159 My Acrylix® LOL, B1442 My Acrylix® Belated Birthday, D1600 My Acrylix® Here We Go, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, D1627 My Acrylix® Your Own Kind of Wonderful, D1644 My Acrylix® The Authentic Life, C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1928 Durables Triangle Studs

12″ x 12″ Hello, My Name is Evie Page
D1555 My Acrylix® All the Details, D1560 My Acrylix® Holiday Tags, D1600 My Acrylix® Here We Go, A1170 My Acrylix® Doodled Designs, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1291 Smokey Plum Cardstock, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2147 Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
1 ¾” <i> Card (p. 48)

Art Philosophy
1″ <banner2> (p. 29)
1 ¾” <Rctngle> (p.44)

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