Monday, December 5, 2016

Share Your Story

Don't make your life a mystery.
Do your kids know your story? I remember as a kid, my dad talking about the things he did as a boy and my mom shushing him. She would tell him don't give us any ideas.  My brother was a daredevil so this made sense. Flash forward 50 years, I'm sorting through the things they saved and realizing how little I know my parents.

Some of the items are things I recognize or that make sense from what I know of their lives.  Other items are complete mysteries. I found a necklace still in the jewelry box, not with mom's jewelry but in with her photos, newspaper clippings and old letters. No explanation and there probably won't ever be one.

My mom has dementia and one day mentioned that she couldn't remember how she and my dad met. I have no idea. As I go through their things, I keep searching for a clue. I thought I knew but realized that I had just assumed they met through some mutual friends. I found out I was wrong and I can't find anyone that knows how they met. It's sad to realize that I don't really know my parents. 

Even though your kids might not ask about your story, some day they will want to know it. Make sure you are recording not just their story as they grow but record your story. Create an album or journal about yourself. Put pages into a family album about your memories of the same type events that your family likes to do. (Ex. When you're journaling about the photos of your kids playing sports, talk about the sports you played when you were young.)

Journal about you.

Make sure to tell your story, I'm sure it's a good one.

Happy journaling, Karen

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quick and Easy Double Page Scrapbook Layout for 4x6 Photos

School Themed Layout

School Themed Layout Using CTMH Memo Fundamentals

CTMH Memo Fundamentals

Maybe it's the teacher in me, but I love the CTMH Memo Fundamentals paper kit and thought it would be perfect for a school themed layout.

Use the supply list from below (pictured here) or choose your own papers to follow these easy directions.

Adventure Fundamentals paper kit
1. Use 2 sheets of the lined paper as the page bases.
2. Cut 2 5x12 pieces from the heart print and glue each to the top of one of the bases.
3. Cut 2 13inch pieces of ribbon and glue each on the seams where the heart print meets the memo paper.
4. Cut 6 4 1/2x6 1/2 mattes from the Kraft Cardstock place according to photo.
5. Cut a 2x3 piece of Kraft Cardstock and cut one end to create a fishtail pennant shape. Place according to picture. Layer on embellishments as desired.
6. Add other embellishments as desired. The two blue ones on the top banner were made with Cricut.
7. Journal directly on the lined paper.

Kraft Cardstock

The result is a perfect school themed layout. This layout is so easy you can copy it for any theme. Copy my layout exactly or pick another paper kit and make this layout your own. (Disclaimer: I've used this layout so many times in my 20 years of scrapping. I don't remember if I came up with it or
copied along the way. It's probably a compilation of layouts.)

Supplies I used are all from Close To My Heart and will be available until July 2017.

Supply List:

Adventure Ribbon Pack
Memo Fundamentals paper kit Z3294
Adventure Fundamentals paper kit Z3253
Kraft Cardstock Z1375
Adventure Ribbon Pack Z3286
School K-6 Complements Z3265
CTMH Cricut cartridge Z3167
School K-6 Complements

What will you make with this layout? Copy it exactly or change it up? I'd love to see what you come up with, please post your version here or tell us where we can find it.

Happy scrapping, Karen

Go to my post Scrapbook Layout for School Portraits to see another layout using CTMH Memo Fundamentals and the School K-6 Complement set.