CTMH Has Ranger Texture Paste!

Have you been wondering what products I played with in yesterday’s post? Here I’ll give you the run down.

To start, I’m focusing on CTMH I Heart Us this month. Most, if not all, my artwork will primarily focus on that collection, or have guest appearances in the rest.

I generally stick to ordering the paper packet, which costs about $14 CAD, and the coordinating Complements (sticker sheets). They cost approximately $10 CAD. Then, depending what speaks to me, I’ll order either the card making stamp, the scrapbooking stamp, or both. See them all below.

It isn’t often I order both stamp sets, and when I do, it’s because I can see a use for them both. The scrapbook stamp set is $25 CAD, and the card stamp set is $20 CAD.

I’ve also been experimenting with Ranger Texture Paste. Did you know CTMH carries it now?! It’s new, and we love it! There’s three types to choose from- opaque matte, transparent matte and translucent gloss. In my recent artwork, I used the opaque matte paste.

The three different types of texture pastes are available in a three- pack, running you about $19 CAD; you can also purchase a slightly larger tub of the opaque matte paste- it’s $13 CAD. So, how do you apply it? You can purchase our Palette Knives (they come in a set of 4 different knives) for $9! That’s a fantastic price!

Lastly- and I do not have this yet- but, it is on my wish list, is our stencil sheets. Make your very own stencils using them! Think of all the options you’ve got with just one pack!

Soooo fabulous! I hope you try these items out. They’re easy to use, and there’s so many different ways to use them! To see some of them, join me over on Facebook- I’ll be sharing some tutorials in the near future over in my techniques group. You don’t want to miss out! Click this link to go there. See you soon!


How to Emboss Paper With a Cuttlebug

Yes, I admit it’s been awhile since I posted. I’m feeling off because of this:

This was my craft room, and soon will be again, but not soon enough! I’ve been without my room for 1.5 months, and I’m itching to get back into it and my regular routine! I genuinely miss it! All that’s left is baseboards and a final clean/inspection by the restoration company. My husband tells me before the week is out. My fingers are crossed! 🤞

Doesn’t it look good, though?! Eep!

The last step is adding my dream desk, but I’ve got to wait until after Christmas (it’s a custom build). I wish it could’ve been done with the rest of my room, but oh well. Good things come to those that wait.


Have you ever dry embossed on your projects? Do you even know what it is? (See below).

Isn’t it so pretty?!

Its really easy to achieve, too. All you need is a Cuttlebug, BigShot or your favourite embossing machine. I use the Cuttlebug (it’s ancient, by the way). They are much nicer looking nowadays.

A Cuttlebug runs in price about $100 CAD, and you can find it on Amazon, Provo-craft (Cricut), Michael’s, Walmart, your LSS and even Close to My Heart! The BigShot is slightly more expensive at $115+ CAD. They both work the same, though.

Embossing plates (B, C, D and the self healing plate) should be included with your Cuttlebug. I can’t say the same for the BigShot, since I don’t own one.

Where can you find embossing folders? You’ll find them in all the places mentioned above, and they come in differing sizes and patterns, too. The ones CTMH carries are generally 5×7 inches, while the others are standard A2, or 4×6 inches. They come in different brands, too- Tim holtz, Anna Griffin, Cricut and more! (CTMH is strictly CTMH).

The process is very, very simple. I’ll take you through it step by step below, but if you want quick and easy, follow this link to my Try it Out Facebook group. A Facebook live video is posted there for your viewing pleasure 😊 You’ll need to request permission to join, first. Just a friendly heads up! If you’d rather not watch it, read on!

How to Dry Emboss using (CTMH) embossing folders

You will need:

card stock, paper trimmer (if you need to cut your card stock down, first), both B plates, self healing plate (the white one), Cuttlebug, embossing folder

1. Trim card stock to any size you want (so it fits neatly inside the embossing folder)

2. Place card stock inside the embossing folder (it opens like a book)

3. Sandwich the embossing folder (closed) between both B plates; place those on top of the white self-healing plate

4. Place the entire bundle on the Cuttlebug tray and feed the plates through using the handle. You only need to run it through once

5. Remove from the Cuttlebug, then remove card stock from the folder

6. Admire your perfectly, beautifully embossed card stock

Essentially, the Cuttlebug uses pressure to create a raised image in the paper when it’s passed through the machine. Flip the card stock over, and you’ll notice the reverse side will have a depressed image. Use either side in your projects!

The feet on the Cuttlebug has rubber soles, so when the machine is opened and ready for embossing, it stays firmly in place so it doesn’t slide around while you’re working. Make sure your work surface is clean and clutter free to avoid any accidents from occurring.

How would you use embossed paper? Would you try this tool out? Leave a comment below!

CTMH Ink Storage Options

Hello friends!

I wanted to drop in and share some CTMH ink storage options with you.

There’s a lot of ink pad storage options out there- from custom made cubbies, to ink pad towers, to up-cycled cheese and cracker boxes. There’s no right or wrong way to store them, and there’s a wide range in prices, too. Find what works for you, and run with it!

Recently, CTMH inks went through a transformation. They had a facelift, if you will, and are now more user friendly; they have a magnetic closure making them easier to open and handle. They’re larger than their predecessor, too. But, with giving them an update, changes to storage needed to occur, as well! If you don’t know what they looked like before, or what they look like now, have a look below.



In the picture immediately above, you’ll see all the colors our inks come in. The color scheme has been updated, as well. At one time, our inks were divided into groupings and collections, like Whimsy and Adventure, etc. Not anymore! Now they all stand alone- they are not related to a certain collection or color group. How fun is that? It makes picking your colors easier and less stressful.

So, what did the ink storage look like for the old stamps? And, what does the storage look like now? Let’s find out!

As you can see, ink storage came in tower form in its previous life. There is a handle at the top of the unit that twists and lifts up for portability. (You can’t see it due to the stuff that’s piled on top of it. The handle also lies flat, otherwise). A super handy bag came with it for easy transport and mobility. I still use it, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! There were problems with the handles on the towers breaking, so it was discontinued. Boo.

You’ll also note that I still have a number of the old style CTMH inks in my stash. These are some of my favourite colors, and I don’t feel the need to replace them just because they’re outdated. They stamp the same as the new ones; the only difference is that the new ones have a larger stamping area due to their larger size. This makes inking bigger stamps easier! Yay!

The ink storage tower rotated and held our Shin Han markers, as well. It really was quite versatile! Packing up your stamps was simple and quick with this storage system! A lot of us were sad to see it go!

Our new storage towers are sleek and modern, and easily stores 5 ink pads. Each tray is stackable and comes as part of an entire system covering inks, paper, markers, tools, and more! Close to My Heart has thought of everything! Yay!! Talk about streamlining and keeping everything clean and organized!

Trying to envision it all put together? Feast your eyes on this:

Wowzers, right?! Doesn’t that look fantastic?! Love it.

For portability, our storage containers are perfect for transporting or even storing your inks, as well. They come in a variety of sizes, too, but for the purpose of this blog post, I’m only showing you the large one.

But wait, there’s more! CTMH also has the ultimate travel storage system to put all your tools, inks, paper and more into. There is no shortage of options!

Inside, you’ll have an accordion file to store paper, cases for storing your ink, tools and more! Everything is compact and contained, and rolls for easy movement! Look how elegant it is! And, it’s black. It’s timeless and beautiful.

Prices range, depending on what you’re looking for, but each of these items are well worth the investment. I want it all (who doesn’t?!) but I haven’t taken the plunge yet. I’m hoping Santa will give me the travel case set. If he knows what’s good for him, he’ll leave it under my Christmas tree this year 😆

What do I currently use for ink storage? Well, its nothing pretty. I’ll tell you right now it’s nowhere near as pretty as what I just shared with you from CTMH, but I will say that what I use to store my inks is pretty well an up-cycled match made in heaven.

I’m a mom, and as such, I tend to go through a lot of boxes. Mostly Costco boxes (lots of school lunchy things come from there), and I got smart one day when I was taking the recycling out. I made a bet with myself that those bulk Ritz Handi-snacks boxes would be great for storing my ink.

Guess what? They are! I can get three rows of 8 stamps inside one box. (I’m currently working on emptying another box of the Handi- snacks so that all the new inks I eventually purchase will have a home to reside in. Portability is nice with this stylish ink storage option, too. Turn the box upright, and your stamps are ready to go! Look at that! Handiness at your finger tips!

Just a note- did you know that our stamps are manufactured so that they are stored upside down- as a built- in way to keep ink at the top of the ink pad? (The top of the ink pad is actually the bottom). This way, we don’t need to think about making sure we’re storing them properly so they don’t dry out. It’s already done for us! Be careful, though. The pigment inks were not manufactured that way. Just something to be aware of.

But seriously, the only reason I don’t own the fabulous items shown above is because there are so many things I want from CTMH, these dream worthy items always fall to the bottom of my priority list. I order first for my workshops, and lastly for myself. Once that’s done, my monthly budget is pretty well depleted. Any CTMH cash and Hostess Rewards I accumulate from my orders goes to more product for my workshops. (Or to you!!) You guys are my priority, so I save all the good stuff for you! You’re so lucky!

One day, I would love to own every one of the items I showed you above. And, one day I will. For now, I’m taking the budget- friendly approach. But, I strongly urge you to look into the storage and travel options CTMH offers. You will not be disappointed!

View my website to see all the options available. Go on. Geek out. I do all the time.

Budget Friendly Paper Storage Options

Ah, I have just enough time left in the morning to wish you a good morning! Five minutes to spare. Phew! The morning just flew by- and now I’m here spending time with you!

If you’re anything like me, finding ways to store your craft supplies is hard. Especially if you’re looking for budget friendly (meaning cheap or FREE!!) storage solutions. As more supplies are added to my arsenal, finding inventive ways to store it all in one place becomes challenging. As a result, what I store items in changes and evolves over time to make more room for things and free up space elsewhere. Other times, its finding something else that just makes sense.

Storing my paper has been one of those challenges. There are so many options to consider when storing your paper! Do you store horizontally, vertically, by color, by theme, by collection, all together, separately, do you divide them…the list goes on. Those are some of the things that run through my mind when brainstorming ideas. The monkey wrench: not having shelving in my craft room! I have a very eclectic collection of hand- me- down pieces of furniture from my parents, my mother in law, and even a teensy little table that a previous homeowner (that we bought a house from) left behind. If you’re lucky enough to own your own shelving system from Ikea, Canadian Tire, or another office type store, consider yourself very lucky! If you’re like me, and have a small space (or a bedroom, like I’m lucky enough to have), but don’t own the furniture you’re dreaming of having to make your life easier, then read on! This may help you! (I hope, at least!)

Obviously, the option we’re left with is making the best of the situation we’ve been dealt. Right? That’s all we can really do; make lemonade from the lemons in your life. I’ve concluded that the bottom line is deciding what works best for me. Your job is to do the same for you. Even if you have all of the furniture and storage options, you’ve got to find something that jives with how you operate and do things, otherwise you’ll be left searching, looking for another epic way to store your craft items. Often times, that becomes a work in progress, because our tastes change, we realize something isn’t working, we’ve added more to our stash, maybe you’ve moved…the list can go on and on.

Happily, though, I think I’ve stumbled upon a system of storing paper that works perfectly for me. Because I’m a home business owner, finding a way to keep my current papers separated from the retired ones became a new challenge. Even if you’re not a business owner, this might be an option to consider, too. Especially if you’re a nerd for organization, like me. Side note: until recently, I was a believer in keeping everything I purchased from CTMH. While the deepest part of me would seriously love to keep everything, my craft room would love to beg otherwise. So, I sell some stuff, and organize the rest better.

I don’t remember where I dreamed up the storage idea I implemented for my card stock (see below), but it was a sheer stroke of genius. Truthfully, I think I saw something similar on Pinterest, and wondered why a person couldn’t just build them, rather than buying them. I’m uber lucky to have a dad that’s handy with wood!

He built me these storage boxes from left over wood he had lying around his shop. The dividers the paper lies on pulls out, and as you can see, it makes for a lot of room to add paper! Until you decide that some of the paper you own needs to go (for whatever reason- mine was to de-stash and make more room), I hadn’t thought of labelling the sides of the boxes until this latest batch of CTMH card stock retired. Then- Uh oh. I had a problem. I didn’t know what some of the colours were!

Enter my label maker. Everything is now organized, labelled clearly (certain colors are still a mystery to me- there’s one that I just can’t figure out what color it is), and just the way I like it. No more getting confused, or sitting staring blankly at my computer screen when I’m trying to blog about the latest papers and colors I used!

Did you notice that some of the stickers aren’t staying put very well? It kind of annoys me (truth be told), but I’m relieved to say that they are not permanently attached! If I need to replace that color with something else, they’ll be easy to change. Phew! (And, look at that- more room to grow! There’s some empty slots there! Seeing some empty space makes my heart happy!)

For a long time, now, I’ve used a legal-size hanging file folder system to store my patterned papers from CTMH. Recently, I decided to separate the current patterned papers from the retired ones. The retired papers I just can’t bear to part with, so I had to find a solution to store them and make room for them. I thought about this option for some time. I looked for ideas on Pinterest, I looked at storage boxes and filing cabinets, and eventually found a great idea that was posted to one of the CTMH group pages I belong to on Facebook. I don’t have what this person used. I had even pondered using 31- style boxes for storing my paper, but ultimately settled on the best deal of all: things I already had at home. It isn’t pretty, or glamorous, but it works. That’s all a girl can ask for, right?

As I mentioned, I don’t own what this person used to store her papers (It looked like a filing cabinet drawer on casters. And, it was full. #paperstoragegoals LOL) My tall upright filing cabinet has two empty drawers at the bottom. I tried that first. I couldn’t close the drawer because the paper is too tall. (12×12). My little filing cabinet is broken- neither drawer has the rails in it to hang file folders from. And, I’d run into the same problem with the little filing cabinet- the paper is too tall. Hmm. I shopped at Walmart and pondered the storage options they had there. I wasn’t interested in spending money if I didn’t have to. I finally settled on trying my Bankers Boxes, (they usually come in a set of three, which is what I have), and which has been collecting dust since we moved into this house. (October will be 7 years, in case you were wondering). Surprise! It works!

If you’re a part of any of my groups on Facebook, you’ll have heard me refer to my scrap paper Sterilite drawers that I use for scrap paper storage. I probably have mentioned it here once or twice, as well. There was enough room under my little work table to store my Bankers Boxes next to my Sterilite storage boxes, and still work comfortably. (No pictures yet of my work table. Its currently a mess because I’m mid- workshop planning!) The hanging file folders fit neatly over the edges of the box, and the paper fits comfortably inside. The lid doesn’t fit on the top of the box (of course, paper is sticking out of it!), but it doesn’t need to. I put the lid on the bottom of the box, should I ever need it. (Also, as you can see, not all the paper in there is CTMH. There’s one giant paper pack that I can’t part with from Michaels, and a paper pad gift I got from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.) My plan is to utilize a different file folder for a different collection. When I need to purchase more file folders (note that they are legal size, not letter size), I can pick up another pack from Walmart for a decent price. You can, too! Or, don’t use the hanging file folders. Nothing is set in stone. I like using it because it keeps the paper together, in one place, and neat looking. Someone else may just opt to throw their paper in a box willy- nilly, and carry on with their day. More power to them if thats how they roll!

This is how the file folder storage system should look (when you purchase the entire system, not just the file folders):

The black case and file folders all came together for one nifty price. (Check your local Walmart for them). I’ve had this filing system for a number of years. It began as my card stock storage (see, evolution at its finest!!), which is why you see a half circle (homemade) tab that’s coloured orange. I abandoned that idea a long time ago, but kept using the storage system for paper- now patterned paper, not card stock. (I also use this idea elsewhere in my house- one for storing the current years’ pay stubs, bills, receipts, and medical expenses to include with our taxes because of my husbands’ health issues; and a second for storing gymnastics board stuff. It works well. When the year is out, I empty the one that stores pay stubs and bills and start over! (They go into the large filing cabinet in my office).

In the picture above, you can see that I left the paper in the plastic bag it comes in from CTMH. My plan is to leave them that way so when they are moved over to the retired filing box, the sticker on the front of the package will tell me what’s inside that bag! Genius! This idea dawned on me after the fact, so that’s why they are not in a plastic bag in the Bankers Box picture above.

So, there you have it, my paper storage ideas in one neat blog post. Did you find this information helpful and useful? Not everyone is going to find this method of storing paper beneficial for their needs, but that’s ok. The beauty of sharing this information is providing people with options and ideas, because you just never know when the ideas presented here will work for someone else. I’d love to see how you store your paper, and what you love about it!

I just have to make a disclaimer- CTMH does carry paper storage items, and they are phenomenal storage ideas, as well. I couldn’t draft this post without sharing what they offer, as well. While I would like to add what they carry one day, right now I’m more focussed on using what’s on hand. If I had a million dollars at my disposal, I’d be all over all the storage options, LOL! I’m making lemonade from lemons. Remember that ❤

Don’t you love how sleek and classy this paper tray looks from CTMH?! It fits a 12×12.5×2 inch stack of patterned papers or card stock, its stackable, and perfect for storing your papers within arms reach. The best part is, there’s an entire system of storage options that coordinate with it, too! Think pen storage, ink storage, washi tape storage (oh, yes!!), and more! There’s boxes, too, for your ink pads and stamps! (Watch the new catalog for new storage boxes from CTMH).

If this looks like something you’d like to give a whirl, let me know! I can get it ordered for you, or you can do it yourself by visiting my CTMH website. While this item is available to customers across all our markets, I can only offer this to Canadian residents. Sorry. If you are located outside of Canada, you can search for the consultant nearest you via my website. (In America, New Zealand and Australia).

Thanks for joining me today!

What Can Be Inked?

Are your kids into sports?

Mine are. Gymnastics, specifically. In fact, the twins’ mom (me) really digs it, too. I fill the secretary position on the club board. It keeps us busy during the cold winter months!

I finally got around to making a page in honour of our favourite sport. I also implemented the inking technique (in a small way) on this layout, too. Let me show you:

The stamps I used are old. Ancient, even. One of them, I bought off a lady on Kijiji, and I’m honestly not sure where I bought the other one. They were both second hand and gently used. (If you ever need one to document your babies’ gymnastics careers, let me know. By then I may be ready to pass them on to you!)

See the small black heart 🖤 on the tag? It didn’t start out black! Nope, it began its life as a brown chipboard piece from the Documented complements pack. To make it black, I used my sponge dauber to apply black ink to it. Now, it just pops off that chipboard tag!

Inking isn’t just for paper. Using the right type of ink, you could apply ink to the edges of wood veneer, chipboard (like above), paper flowers (like you’d find at Michaels or your LSS), and even your photos! (I’d recommend using Staz-On ink for that option). To ink chipboard, veneer and paper flowers, dye- based or water- based inks work well.

Would you like to try inking on your photos? Let’s do that at our next virtual class- it’s on August 21! It’s at 11 am MST. You’ll need access to my exclusive fb group, though! If you’d like to join, comment on this post to let me know, then head over to Facebook and join my group! Follow this link!

You will need Staz-On ink for inking your pictures. Brown or black will be fine. You choose. Both inks are available on my website. Visit it here. And, of course, inking only happens with sponge daubers. Those are available on my website, too. (The three pack is about $8).

Any other questions? Just ask!

What’s Up at TEDS?!

It’s time to share some news with you!

Here’s what’s on the schedule this week, and for the remainder of the month. Ready?

First, join me for my first ever virtual techniques class! We’re discussing inking and we’ll be making a simple card using this technique. Later in August, on the 21, well apply our knowledge to a layout, and attempt inking on things other than straight lines (such as a punched border). We’ll also discuss storage ideas and when it’s time to replace your sponge dauber. What is a sponge dauber? Find out at tomorrow’s virtual class!

That’s right, my first virtual class it at 11 am MST tomorrow (Monday, August 6). It’s posted to my techniques group on Facebook, so you’ll have to be active on FB, and request admission to the group itself. Links will be found at the bottom of this post.

Secondly, I have a simple challenge going on my Facebook business page right now! You must love paper crafting, paper crafting challenges and winning free CTMH swag. Available only to North American participants. (Canada and the US of A). For your chance to win some fab CTMH products from me, like my business page, then hunt down the pinned post at the top of the page. Share your finished projects using your scrap papers, embellishments, fibres…whatever you’ve got lying around. September 4, 2018 is the deadline to enter; two winners will be announced on the 5th. Come and play!

Lastly, I have two additional events taking place in September- Hostess Rewards Club in the 8th, and card blitz on the 22. You’re welcome to join both! Both events have been shared in previous posts, but in case you missed it, here’s the important details:

Hostess Rewards Club September 8 from 1-5 pm at the Days Inn Whitecourt. Join me monthly, and create 2-3 double page layouts every month. By the end of the year (May), you’ll have a completed album! The best part? Earn free ctmh products in your hostess month. Each guest will take turns playing hostess. If it sounds like fun, RSVP!

On September 22, from 1-1:45 (same location) set aside time to get a jump start on your greeting cards. Make as many as you can in 45 minutes, but please do not take home any of the supplies. There are 10 cards to choose from and create for yourself. The cutting and stamping is done; you get to color, watercolour fussy cut and assemble! Easy peasy!

So. Which event(S) would you like to attend? Choose one or choose all! Find the links below:

August 6 virtual inking class


August 21 virtual inking class


Try It Out Tuesday with TEDS (my fb group page)


Hostess Rewards Club


Card Blitz


The Everyday Scrapbooker Business Page


Try It Out Tuesday Virtual Classroom

Ever experimented with inking? Do you know what it is, or how to do it? If you answered no to any of those questions, consider joining me on August 8 at 1 pm mst on Facebook. I’m hosting my first ever virtual class, and we’re tackling this very simple and stunning technique. We’ll create a couple projects together, then I’ll turn you loose to try it out on your own!

A small order is required, but ONLY if you do not own the tools needed for this particular technique. What would those tools be? Easy!

Sponge daubers. They come in packs of three from CTMH and cost $7.75 for the pack. They also come in a handy value pack of 12, and cost $24.25. View each below.

Regular pack

Value pack

Ink. For the two projects, in particular, that we’re creating, you’ll need CTMH Pewter ink if you don’t currently own it. All ink pads at CTMH are $10.25, and come in a wide range of hues. See this particular ink below.

Pewter Exclusive Ink

What are we creating? Two simple projects: one 4.25×5.5 inch card, and one double page layout. Each project features inking, though the layout will be more inking- intensive. (Meaning there’s much more inked elements in it.)

The theme for each of your projects is up to you, as is the papers you use. However, if you add the Fresh Air paper packet and Documented cardmaking stamp to your order, I’ll give you $5 CTMH cash as a thank you gift!

Fresh Air Paper Packet

Documented Card Stamp Set

Of course, you’ll use your own basic tools and embellishments to complete the projects.

Are you in? I hope so! Facebook is where all the fun will be taking place! Follow this link to find the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725464440894815/?ti=icl

If you’d like to be added to my Facebook group (its a closed group so you’ll need to request to be added), search Try It Out Tuesday With TEDS. Click Join if you’d like to learn more! I hope to see you there!

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! 😉 (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!

Try It Out Tuesday

Welcome to my first TIOT post here! If you are new to scrapbooking and want to learn more about it, grab a cup of tea, or a coffee, and make yourself comfy. This will be a lengthy read, but it’ll be well worth it 😃 Once a month, at the beginning of the month (except today, of course), I’ll have a new technique to share with you! But, to begin, let’s go over the basics. Welcome to scrapbooking 101!

If you’d like to catch my FB LIVE abridged version video, search Try It Out Tuesday with The Everyday Scrapbooker on Facebook. Join my group and I’ll walk you through this post there!

Just a note- I copy and pasted my original document to make my life easier, LOL 😂 Enjoy!!

So, you’ve seen the artwork floating around on Facebook and Instagram and you’ve flipped through the odd scrapbook album that your friends’ friend made. Its got you interested. But, what is it? What is the purpose and how is it done? What exactly is scrapbooking?

Very simply put, scrapbooking is a form of art intended to preserve, present and arrange personal and family history in the form of a book. In the very early days, scrapbooking was a method in which newspaper clippings or photos were collected and preserved inside a journal or notebook. There was very little artwork (or none) and journaling. As time went on, an entire crafting industry was built around this method of memory preservation. Today, products from paper to embellishments (such as ribbon, twine and other fibres), scrapbook albums, tools and more all benefit those that strive to preserve their memories in a thoughtful and creative way. Telling stories and preserving memories has been around since the beginning of time, but its only been in the last roughly 30 years that its become a trendy way to tell your personal story.

What is a scrapbook album? I’m glad you asked! It is the tool that stores and houses the photos, papers and artwork that’s gathered collectively onto one page or multiple pages called layouts. Wikipedia calls it a blank book for the insertion of photos, stamps or pictures. These blank books come in different shapes, sizes, and colours and are made from varying materials. Specifically at Close to My Heart, scrapbook albums only come in a 12×12 inch size, but other companies carry albums in 8.5×11 inches, as well. Some albums are made from hard cardboard, and others, such as Close to My Hearts’, are made from durable (and sometimes printed!!!) canvas. Quality differs, as well, amongst the different scrapbooking companies. A scrapbook album you’d find at Close to My Heart will be much better quality than one that you’d find at the Dollar Store. Same goes for the crafting products related to this art form. But, did you know that all these companies have created something called mini albums, too?! (I’ll share more on that, later).

Are you asking yourself what is included in a scrapbook album? Its very simple, but Wikipedia explains that scrapbooks are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. (What is journaling? More on that later!!) Typical memorabilia includes photos, printed media, and artwork. Printed media could be just about anything. Are you documenting that cruise you went on 3 years ago? Pamphlets, ticket stubs, the cute little umbrella’s that come in your drinks….that’s all fair game. Artwork? Either doodle on the background paper, watercolor an element you want to include, paint your background with acrylic paints or with mixed media- they’re all used in scrapbooking. All these make up what scrapbooking is today.

if that feels too overwhelming to you, don’t fret. In its simplest, purest form, scrapbooking is adding photos to paper and storing them inside a page protector, which then goes inside your scrapbook album. As you gain confidence in your scrapbooking, you can add more details to support the story you’re telling. Why use a page protector? To prevent damage or fading from happening!

So, if you’re thinking that all sounds great, but why would I want to scrapbook? Well, I’ve got the answer for you. Actually, I’ve got a couple very good reasons why anyone scrapbooks- me included!

First, we scrapbook to record stories, because memories lie. (I found this online, and it really resonated with me). What? How can your memories lie? We scrapbook because we want to remember events, milestones, special occasions, our past. We want to preserve our history, so that our children and their children can look through the albums and learn who we were, and what our life was once like. They’ll inherit a part of us that would otherwise eventually be forgotten. No one wants to be forgotten. Its not a nice feeling, is it? Even if we’re long gone by then! In addition to preserving a part of ourselves, its important to record your voice, too. And, I don’t mean with a recording device or your smart phone. Jot down your thoughts, feelings and emotions as you experience life, or milestones and certain events. Because, once an event has occurred, if our thoughts aren’t jotted down immediately, the details become fuzzy and change over time. We can recall certain aspects of an event or milestone, but we can’t recall it completely accurately. Things are forgotten and remembered differently by different people. Your thoughts, emotions and feelings are important, so write them down! In the moment! I am guilty of not doing this, but its a good routine to practice. When you look back on your memories of a certain event, whether its good or bad, you can look back on it and remember it exactly as it happened. (Yes, scrapbook the not- so- happy moments, too! They are good to look back on, and learn from!) Reflecting has the power to remind us to be thankful for where we’ve been. Give life to your past and scrapbook! Your future self will thank you for it!

Secondly, scrapbooking provides a creative outlet. Use your creative strengths to create using a new medium. Any other art that appeals to you, outside of scrapbooking, can be applied to scrapbooking. Did you know that?! Its true! If you sew, add it to your scrapbook page! (There’s lots of sewing out there in the scrapbooking world)! The same applies to drawing, painting, colouring and more! There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook. Anything goes. Our scrapbook albums should be reflections of ourselves, and they should be made from the heart. It is often said that scrapbooking is a work of heart. When its a work of heart, there’s no mistakes. If you’ve never scrapbooked before, start with what you know, and go from there. Develop your own style. Do what speaks to you. Research it online. Visit Pinterest, Google search your heart out for inspiration, or to see how others have made scrapbook pages. Take what speaks to you and apply it to your own work of heart. Most importantly, its a great way to unwind, relax and have fun!

Lastly, scrapbook to decompress and relax. I have scrapbooked for over 10 years. It started out as a hobby and a way for me to document our story- I became a very serious scrapbooker when I met my (now) husband and I’ve never looked back. I instinctively knew at that point that this journey needed to be recorded, and I better not stop. My hobby turned into my life line after my kids were born. I suffered from postpartum depression and depression, and it got me through some of the darkest days of my life. For me, self-care and scrapbooking go hand in hand. When the twins were toddlers, I would scrapbook at night, because it was naturally the only time I had to do it. It was the only time I could be myself, and reconnect with myself. I needed to remember who I was, outside of the new role I had acquired after getting married and becoming mom. Its become a dear friend that I can’t bear the thought of losing; we need to spend some time together every day, or most days, or I go through withdrawals. Now, when life gets particularly busy, and I need time to introvert, I hide in my office, and recharge while filling up my happy bucket by reliving the past. If you know me, you’ll know that (now) scrapbooking is purely my obsession!

Pour yourself a glass of wine (or fix yourself your favourite snack) after a long, hard day, and unwind with it and your scrapbook papers and photos in front of you. Make some time- often- for your own self care. Scrapbooking is a great way to do that! You’ll find that as you fill up the albums, and display them on bookshelves in your home, you and your family members will enjoy pulling them off the shelf to look through. My kids do- they’re the reason I keep up with this hobby. They like learning about their history, too. I guarantee that yours will, too!