Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Document the Holidays with Story by Stacy...

taken from the CTMH blog...

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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

FREE Thanksgiving Printables from CTMH...

taken from the ctmh blog...

Free Thanksgiving Printables!

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For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving includes a large feast with friends and family, an extended weekend, probably some football, and quite possibly a last look at “normal” life before Christmas decorations cover every nook and cranny of the world. This wonderfully busy holiday is, somehow, already here—just one week away! As hostesses of the festivities, it is our job to make sure that people are fed, happy, and generally having a good time. Doing all of these things while keeping everyone mindful of what they have to be grateful for is no easy feat. And then, because we are also the family historians, or memory keepers, we will want to scrapbook the whole experience afterward.
Challenge accepted!
Since we can’t come over to each of your homes to assist in meal preparation (or the aftermath!), we came up with a printable to help with the gratitude portion of the holiday.
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(Download printable cards, here.)
As your guests arrive, or whenever it naturally fits during your celebrations, ask each of them to fill out one of these cards. During a designated time, a lot of people like doing this sort of thing before dinner, have everyone share their thoughts. Make sure to keep the cards so that later you can use them to scrapbook about your evening.
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Another fun way to use these printables is within your own family. Have each family member complete one of the cards and then create a banner to display in your home as a reminder of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.
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Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it is not too late to add some personal touches to your plans! For additional free Thanksgiving printables, including conversation starters and thank you cards, make sure to revisit our post from a couple of years ago, here.
What are some ways that you keep the spirit of gratitude during Thanksgiving? Let’s help each other out—the more ideas we share the better! 🙂

Friday, November 16, 2018


Thank you for joining us for a CHRISTMAS BLESSING - ALL THING CHRISTMAS Blog Hop featuring anything and everything CHRISTMAS.

We have a short list of participants this month so it will be fast and FULL of inspiration!

If you've come for the very friendly and talented, Melinda, you're on the right track...keep on hopping 'till you get back to where you started! If you're starting here, WELCOME!

I decided to make a one-page layout using 'Tis the Season and our NEW Cricut Collection - Season of Joy...I love how it turned out!

I used my Red Shimmer Brush to add some sparkle to the bulbs and as I was opening it, I kinda squeezed so it got on my layout...BUT I just took that as opportunity to add some splatter!

Thanks for hopping by! Please hop on over to Gina's Blog where I'm sure you'll find something to make you SMILE!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shake Things Up! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop...

HAPPY mid-November!!! It's almost Thanksgiving here in the US and less than 6 weeks away from Christmas...I'm getting so EXCITED!

This month's Technique Blog Hop is a FUN one...we want to SHAKE IT UP!

There are only 21 CTMH Consultants participating this month so it will be FAST and FULL of inspiration so grab a cup of your favorite drink and settle in for a bit!

Our blog hop is a round-robbin so get in where you fit in then hop around 'till you see all 21 consultants. If you've come from Valerie's Blog, you're on the right track...if you started here, WELCOME!

Now, for my card...I've had this card base lying on my craft table for almost a week. It was random stamped using the foliage from this month's SOTM, Seasonal Trees. I purposely left a 'hole' in the center thinking I would stamp a sentiment or use one of our Thin Cuts - Stitched Circles BUT I decided use it for this SHAKE THINGS UP Blog Hop...I LOVE how it turned out!

Here's a better view of the THANK YOU...I cut apart the chipboard sentiment from the Grateful Heart Complements and put the YOU in the shaker and adhered the THANK to the wood-grain stamped (image from Grateful Heart Cardmaking set. The pretty butterfly is from the Grateful Heart Complements as well. My Shaker Window is filled with confetti from the Thin Cuts and some Loose Gold Sequins...

To decorate the inside, I kept it pretty simple - piece of B&T and a part of one of the zip-strips that comes with the Grateful Heart Paper Packet...

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to continue hopping by visiting Shirley's Blog where I'm sure she will have something that puts a SMILE on your face!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed...

Isn't this blue watercolor butterfly GORGEOUS on this otherwise monochromatic card!

I made it for the H2H Spotlight Challenge...

I hope you'll visit the H2H Blog and check out the other SPOTLIGHT inspiration...and play along with us before the end of the month!