2019 in Review: July 4th

I’ve been in full blown scrappin’ mode recently. {woo-hoo} It’s been so fun reviewing photos from 2019, then digging through the amazing stash I am blessed to have and decide how I’ll tell the stories.

For my July 4th memories, I pulled out supplies I bought from Scrapbook Generation a few years ago. I’m a sucker for anything red-white-blue and these papers really fit the bill. I added a little stamping, and bling here and there for pizzazz, and just like that, the story all came together!

When I need to kick start my scrap booking, I go to photos, an event, or theme that make me really happy. Doesn’t matter what it is, as long as that happiness-factor prompts my memory into story telling mode. Fourth of July happens to be my favorite holiday so it was easy for me to gain momentum, complete my layouts and get the story told. From there, I just go to the next story, and the next, and the next …. before I know it, I’m one happy scrapper!

“Keep Calm and Scrap On” friends!

Supplies used: Scrapbook Generation, Close To My Heart

Challenge Entries, Scrapbooking

Crafty Peeps / SOS Challenge

I haven’t participated in a scrapbook challenge in years and it’s one of things I’ve wanted to get back to in 2020. One of my got-to blogs for challenges was always Scrap Our Stash and I was so happy to see those ladies are still at it!

Here’s my entry for January’s Bingo Challenge:

I used the center vertical column on the bingo card: Journal Card = tabbed card with date tucked behind photo, Circle = cut-out behind photo, Stamp = title is hand stamped, stamped date on card tab, and Flower = accents

Supplies by Close To My Heart

Bingo Card:

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Happy weekend everyone!

20 in 20

Hello 2020!

And just like that, another year, another decade in the books. Or, if you’re like me, another decade for the scrapbooks! I say “for” the scrapbooks instead of “in” the scrapbooks because it’s rare that we memory keeper types ever achieve what we perceive as “caught up”. I’m not convinced there is such a thing as “caught-up” in this sport of scrapbooking, nor do I believe there should be. Life happens all around us every second of every day. How we interact with the highs and lows is entirely up to us. How we choose to tell our stories is of our own choosing as well. There are endless possibilities. Thats the beauty of memory keeping .

So, instead of the usual New Years resolution (I actually gave those up years ago), I’ve decided to expand my horizons in memory keeping. I want to do much of the same thing I’ve been doing since high school, I just want to do some of it differently. Spice it up, if you will!

My first step along that path is participating in an online class called 20 in 20 taught by one of my storytelling heros, Stacy Julian. I’ve been a fan since discovering her Photo Freedom method several years ago and, have had the pleasure of meeting her twice over the last eight years. Stacy hasn’t revealed exactly what our 20 projects are, but the end result will be 20 projects that help participants acheive storytelling goals. With her guidance, I just know I’ll have some exciting things to share and archive.

If you might be interested in joining Stacy Julian and her 20 in 20 adventure, you can find all the details right here.

Cheers to a new year, a new decade, and much happiness and success to all!

My Story

A Hard Refresh

Most of us have hit “Ctrl + F5” to clear our browser caches on our computers in order to get the most recent version of a webpage. It’s known as a “hard refresh” because it forces old information away and allows a clear, new view of what we’re looking for. And just like computers, we humans need a hard refresh every once in a while as well.

This past year has been full of new challenges, re-evaluating, and adapting. There have been moments we saw coming, and others that stopped us in our tracks. There came a point at which I took a step back to “get a grip”.

What I discovered instead, was that trying to grasp, juggle, go with the flow, or wait it out, wasn’t the solution. Prioritizing, defining, and letting go was. In other words, I cleared my cache.

The letting go part wasn’t as easy as hitting Ctrl + F5 on a keyboard. It has proven to be positive and heartbreaking all at the same time. One of the harder decisions for me was to let go of my commitment to Close To My Heart as a consultant.

Having been a consultant for over 8 years, sharing my love of scrapbooking, preserving memories, and storytelling, it took many months of back and forth to conclude that it was time for me to resign.

My love of scrapbooking has not changed. My willingness to share my work, and encourage others to tell their stories remains the same. Moving forward, I will be able to share products, tools, and learning opportunities I wasn’t able to share as an active consultant. I’m not going anywhere. I will not be representing any other products lines. I will, however, refer my friends and followers to the lovely people who do provide product and services.

I will forever be grateful for the memories and friends I have because of Close To My Heart. I’m looking forward to sharing my stories and creations in a way that fits me. Will Close To My Heart be part of that? Most certainly, just not all of it.

It’s called a hard refresh for a reason. But, there’s something to be said for an updated, clearer view.