TIOT- Why Recording Dates is Important in Journaling

Hello, friends! I’m dropping in to share with you what I’ve created over the last little while. It’s been so refreshing to do my own creating for a change, but I have to say I feel a bit out of the loop! Do you ever feel that way in relation to your crafting?

I’m on a roll with Fresh Air. I made a point of using the complements, stamps and journaling cards where I could. Of course, I used the papers too. I just love the neutral palette. It really speaks to me. I find it calming and welcoming. My home is painted in the same hues. (At one time in my life, I dressed in mostly earthen tones, too). Yes, I love neutrals!

I also turned to Central Park, and used it to highlight a significant milestone in my husbands’ life:

But, because I can’t get enough of Fresh Air, I snuck some of its papers into this spread, too! You’ll find a number of collections here. I used two paper collections, and two different complements collections, too. Can you spot them and name them? Here’s your homework for the day! πŸ˜‰ (Just kidding, I don’t actually expect you to research what they are). Here’s a hint: Fresh Air (duh), Central Park, Documented and Stargazer. Now can you pick them out?

Do you share your pictures on Facebook? Are you meticulous about recording the dates of events as you scrapbook them? And, by extension, do you jot down your thoughts for the purpose of journaling on your layout at a later time?

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I like recording the dates in my layouts. It’s a little piece of information that’s quite important. It’s a detail that I want included and not forgotten. (Especially if it’s related to a special event, like Easter, and the only photo you have from it is a home made cake). 😐

I share my pictures to Facebook. Naturally, right? Lots of people are prone to add pictures to their Facebook. As a result, it becomes an unintentional photo album- or, dare I say it- a scrapbook album. It’s a good practice to get into, because if you run into any problems with your pc (for any reason), or you lose your stick it notes or journal with notes jotted in it, you’ll have a “back up” of sorts to help you out of that bind. Dates are always recorded when pictures are posted to Facebook. When you have a printed photo and you can’t figure out why it’s in your ‘to scrapbook’ pile, you’ll be able to deduce- through Facebook and google- that April 17, 2016 was Easter. So, that mysterious cake with blue frosting and duckie sprinkles was actually for Easter. (On a side note, stay tuned for a layout with that very picture in it).

Recording dates, especially for the purpose of journaling, is super important. It helps keep you organized. Holidays, such as Easter, always fall at different times of the month. Sometimes it’s in March, other times, it’s in April. You’ll want to stay on top of those dates so that the details remain accurate. If you’re not a chronological scrapbooker, keeping dates becomes even more important. Knowing what day your BFF’s wedding fell on is something you probably shouldn’t forget!

It helps you keep your events and other (‘smaller’) daily memories in order. Say someone asked you to confirm the date of something- maybe a particular vacation you took together. Would you be able to recall it off the top of your head? What if it happened 8 years ago, or 20? Now can you? My sister texted me the other day, and asked me when we took a particular family vacation. There was a bet going between her and my parents: mom believes I was in high school when we went on this particular trip, and dad and K believe I was already in college. Umm. I can’t tell you when it was. That makes my heart so sad. Dates are incredibly important! Our memories are even more so! Treat them with the utmost care, so they don’t die along with us. I didn’t scrapbook back then, but it highlights the importance of recording dates along with your thoughts and emotions of events that occur throughout your life.

If I did scrapbook then, I would’ve been able to consult the album it was in and provide the exact dates. All I know (that I can remember), is that I had written a letter to one of my high school friends while I was on that trip. I believe I was in high school, but that may not be accurate. Memories lie. (Read this blog post to understand what I mean).

Also, it makes the labor of putting your heart into each page of your album so much easier. It completes the package. Rather than wracking my brains trying to remember details that have completely escaped me, ultimately giving up in defeat and only sharing half to little supporting information, I can relax in the knowledge that the missing piece of the puzzle is tucked safely away in a place I can access easily at any time I need to. Personally, I feel that when some or all the pieces of a memory are missing, my layout is incomplete. I’ve told only half the story, my layout hasn’t reached its full potential. The easiest way to prevent that is to jot your thoughts down, record the date, and share as many supporting details as you can. No one wants an incomplete grade on their homework assignment. Why would you want your layout labelled the same way?

That’s my little tangent for today. I hope you find this tip useful! My scrapbooking became much easier, as a result, and I hope you find the same! Apply it, try it out and see how it feels. It’s never too late to try something new. I suppose it’s better late than not at all! It’ll save you heartache, writing only part of your story, and it’ll help you stay on track and organized!

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Beautiful Friendship Grad Layouts

I have so much to share with you- and it’s all so amazing!

To start, I just wanted to share what I’ve been playing with recently. I can’t get enough of the new collection Beautiful Friendship. Have you seen it?! Not only can you use it to create layouts of the ladies in your life, it also works for grad layouts! I discovered that by accident πŸ˜ƒ

Don’t be fooled- these layouts weren’t for a girl. Flowers can work on boy layouts too! Honestly, it feels pretty good to have this album done. It took awhile to finish it, but I’m happy with the final result.

I’ll be back again soon to share everything that’s happening a Close To My Heart these days!

CTMH Beautiful Friendship

Have you seen Beautiful Friendship yet?

Oh my gosh, the colors make it so warm and charming, and the patterns are the perfect mixture of bold and subtle. This collection from CTMH is ideal for all the ladies in your life, big and small!

The picture of this collection does it no justice. You need to see it in person. Stunning! For real, it does all the speaking for itself. See it in action below.

I used the cutting guide and instructions that comes with the scrapbooking kit, but re-imagined it (slightly) so that it works with my pictures. That’s the beauty of the kits- they’re meant to jumpstart your creative juices and help you along when in a rut.

This collection is currently available to purchase on my CTMH website. The entire kit is $38 and includes ribbon, those adorbs suede (seriously, they feel like it!!) bows, the stickers and chipboard, plus 24 sheets of all that sumptuous patterned paper.

You can create 4 traditional layouts, two PML layouts and a shwack -load of cards (optional) to boot! Once that’s done, you’ll still have supplies leftover. The paper in this kit goes a loooong ways.

Like it? Love it? I sure do. I added the coordinating stamp set to the scrapbooking kit for another $23. If card making is more your cup of tea (you’ll find lots of that in this collection), add the card making stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts instead. Find it all on my website right now!

Convinced yet? I think the suede bows is enough of a good reason to purchase this collection. But, that’s just me. You’ve got to feel them. So soft and warm feeling!!

More CTMH Postcard Perfect

I played with Postcard Perfect some more today!

Look at all those bright and warm colours, and that stunning vellum! And, as I said before, I’ll be hoarding this paper. I just love it too much.

In the top layout, I used one of the icons from the cut apart sheet of paper. It just jumps off the page!

This paper collection is coming to you next week! Yes, next week already! April has just flown by, and I’m super excited to share all May has in store for us! Keep coming back here- right here– to learn more!

April at CTMH

Welcome to April! I just wanted to give you a run down of what’s to come- this month, and beyond!

April is an awesome month to join my team. Get all the tools and materials you need to start your business and hit the ground running. It comes in a bright and happy pink box of goodness. There’s over $200 in product in that bright little nugget, and it’s yours for just $95. But wait. In April only, you’ll also get May, June, July and August’s stamp of the month’s- a $92 added value- as part of your consultant kit. 100% free! No one else is eligible, only new consultants! The rest of us have to wait until the month they’re available to purchase them.

In the graphic above, you’ll see all the items that’s included in your consultant kit. Underneath our micro tip scissors is a pink envelope. Inside it, you’ll find an additional bonus- and extra $60 to spend on whatever you’d like! That’s your CTMH cash- something you can earn and collect with the orders placed on your website. Shopping is made so easy with all this free product and extra spending money!

Are you a former consultant? We haven’t forgotten about you. We’d love for you to join the CTMH family again, so this deal extends to you, as well. If you’d rather not order the entire consultant kit again, that’s ok. You don’t need to! You can sign up again kit free for $65 CAD. You’ll still get all four stamps of the month AND the $60 CTMH cash shopping spree. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with $60.

What else is happening in April?

Well, maybe you’re not ready to sign up as a consultant. That’s totally fine. Maybe hosting your own Home Gathering is more your speed.

When you reach the third level of hostess rewards, you’ll be able to choose one of the stunning Cut Above kits for yourself. You’ll still qualify for your 50% off items, as well as all the other free product you qualify for.

Not ready to host your own party? Ok, how about Flash Sales every weekend through the month? Yes, that’s right. There will be a new flash sale starting each Friday and ending 24 hours later. Save big on current and retired items each and every weekend!

April is the last month to take advantage of the current Seasonal Expressions catalog. May 1 heralds a new Seasonal Expressions catalog, and lots of fabulous new products. How about a sneak peek?!

Keep your eyes peeled for the rich colours and deliciousness known as Beautiful Friendship. I’ve always loved wood veneer accents, and this kit has it!

The seasonal expressions 2 catalog goes live May 1. Contact me to reserve yours!

Do You Heat Emboss?

What’s something in your crafting that you haven’t done in a long time? For me, that’s heat embossing. I rarely do it, and I discovered that it’s long past time I ordered a new versa mark pad. The one I currently have is drying out. It’s got to be at least 8 or 10 years old. Possibly more.

Close to My Heart to the rescue! They have it, and carry a variety of Ranger embossing powders! (The versa mark ink is on my wish list for April).

I mention this because I heat embossed some elements on a layout I made today. I was thinking of ways to fill a space that felt too empty, and heat embossing popped into my brain. It was worth a shot, right? Here’s what I came up with:

The stamp I used is Showtime, the stamp set that comes with the Step Right Up paper packet. It’s still available- just a couple days left to get it, in fact. Want it? Head to my website. I’ll share the link at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a couple more close ups of this birthday themed layout:

Check out the heat embossing products we carry at Close to My Heart, or grab some Thin Cuts and the Step Right Up paper packet and stamp while you’re at it. These items are available for only a few more days; they’re all on my Close to My Heart website: theeverydayscrapbooker.closetomyheart.ca

April Layout Blitz Creative Projects

The layouts for my blitz in April are complete!

One of them is Christmas themed! If you’re feeling festive, then this event is for you! The deadline for registering is April 7; the fun happens on April 14. $40 gets you these four 2-page layouts, plus I’ll throw in the two bonus single page layouts for $5 each, making your total $50 CAD.

If you can’t make it, no sweat. Just let me know. I’ll make up a kit for you, as long as you’re able to supply the base pages and can purchase the Stargazer stamp set. It’s available only until March 31, so get your orders in soon! I’ll cut and stamp most everything else for you. It costs the same as above, plus the cost of the stamp set if you need it. Find it on my website here.

I hope to see you or hear from you- I’d love to share this workshop and kit with you!

April’s TEDS Events

TEDS, as in The Everyday Scrapbooker, as in CTMH πŸ˜‰

Lots of events are coming up, and I thought I’d share them with you 😊

In April, I’ve got two public events to share with you: on Saturday, the 14th, I’m hosting a layout blitz. There will be four 2-page layouts to create- make one or all of them! The choice is yours! The cost is $40, and includes two single page bonus layouts for an additional charge. The blitz begins at 2 MST!

Then on the 29th, I’m hosting my card blitz. There’s 11 cards to choose between. In 1.5 hours, make what you’d like. That could be three cards, or all 11. You choose! The fee is $25. 2 pm the fun begins!

Both events will be held in the breakfast room at the Days Inn Whitecourt.

Now, I have a little secret to share with you. National Scrapbooking Day is coming up. It’s on May 5, the first Saturday in May. I’m planning a special event for NSD, and I’m hoping to make it a monthly event. Isn’t holding paper crafting events such a great idea for NSD?!

The event I’m planning? It’s a Day Crop! And, the best part is that there’s no registration fee!! Instead, place a small order of $30 on my Close to My Heart website, and that will count as your registration fee! There will be no workshops, either. Bring what you’d like to work on, and that’s all you’ll need. Supper will be provided. Join me from 11 am-11 pm Saturday May 5. It’ll be a great day!

As always, if you’re interested in hosting a Home Gathering, or would like to join my team (perhaps do both??), comment on this post or send me an email. I’d love to help you with both!

theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com

It’s A Circus

Friends! Happy Saturday!

I have a new layout to share with you today. I made it for myself. NOT for a workshop. How great is that?! πŸ˜ƒ

My life is a circus these days. I’m sure some of you can relate. 😳

At least this circus is one that everyone would look forward to. It came to town a few years back. We watched as they set up their tents- it was a great way to build anticipation and excitement. When the day finally came for us to go see it, we were nearly bursting at the seams. It was a lot of fun. One day we’ll make it back 😊

I used some Stargazer to create this spread, and paired some Beary Christmas and poppy cardstock with it. It looks great together! The ticket and title located inside it, and the sweet little elephant, were all cut with my Cricut. It’s saved to my Cricut, but is not set to public. It could be…if anyone wants to create this layout, too! Comment below πŸ˜‰