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Imagine. Love. Dreams. Wish. Family. Moments.
The words in the Imagine Laser Cut Embellishments speak to me. They make me want to gather my family close and reminisce over photos and memories, old and new.
Poring over a bunch of old, seemingly random photos the other day got me thinking about how connected everything in my life really is. The circle of life and all that. How fun would it be to create a little coffee table book, connecting the old with the new, Then and Now? What if I could pull it out when the family is gathered and journal memories in it as the photos are talked about and stories are remembered?
Have you been invited to a “crop”, or a scrapbooking retreat?
Depending on the length of the event we often times find ourselves wondering what we need to bring with us. We can so easily get side-tracked and want to take half of our possessions with us.
Take a step back and simplify. There are only 10 items that you should have. And, if you are missing one or two don’t panic as I am sure that one of your “crop” neighbors will have just what you are needing. And “crop” neighbors tend to be some of the nicest “folk” out there.
Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to northern MN to attend a “crop” with Creative Memories Advisors Sherry Bisek and Leslie Hauge. Their guests helped me-to help you- know what you should bring with you.
A few weeks ago upon arriving home for work, I did what I normally do-check the mailbox (of course, hoping that I got that check from Ed McMahon and Publisher’s Clearing House). It wasn’t there, but our small local newspaper was.
The Sauk Rapids Herald.
I perused it, looking at the local police happenings (small town) and outcome of our beloved “Storm” sports teams.
As I was reading there was a certain article that struck a chord with me. I can relate to the thousands of undeveloped photographs in my phone, how about you?
It was 1989. I got a letter in the mail that said “Come see the new Shoebox to Showcase scrapbook albums; learn how to get your pictures out of those yucky sticky albums. Bring a friend and get a FREE PEN!”
Of course I wanted to learn about putting pictures in albums. Ordering triplicate copies of pictures was the ”in” thing to do when you got them developed. Which meant that my once-scant box of pictures was now exploding all over the place in numerous boxes, spilling out of bags, and peeking out from under the bed. SO many pictures because I had two little children. And I meant to capture every new outfit, messy face and everything in between.
My Mom is the centre of our family and we all love to spend time with her, whether it be a special dinner, shopping, cottage time, travel, out to dinner, a walk and or just having a cup of coffee together. She treasures each and every one of her grandchildren as they treasure her. Mother’s Day is a day to make her feel as special as she does with all of us.
I try to take as many photos of my children and my brother’s children with her as these will always be treasured memories. Not just on Mother’s Day is it important to snap those photos, but all through the year.
My life has been documented relentlessly since I was born. Sitting on a bookshelf, the blue scrapbooks have multiplied through the years as I have experienced more and more in life. From the big moments: the first day of kindergarten, starting high school, college acceptance letter, my grandma’s last Christmas, and moving to Philadelphia; to the trifling: vacations, school dances, sporting events, family reunions, and day trips; my life is neatly remembered in those growing blue books.
There was rarely a dull moment in my household growing up. There were four of us kids in the family—my older brother, me, and my two younger sisters—and my parents had a strict family rule that we couldn’t watch more than 30 minutes of TV a day. While we all had hobbies and activities that we liked doing on our own during the week, we often ended up creating innovative games and activities together on weekends. Given that today is National Siblings Day 2017, I thought I’d take a few minutes to share my list of the top 5 crazy creative things I did with my siblings growing up (and don’t judge!).
***Sibling Day Idea: Create a digital layout for your sibs! Mix and match digital papers and elements for a look that is uniquely you. This layout features digitals from Forever Yours, Cap & Gown and Cool Serenity.***
Special thanks to CM Advisor and Content Contributor Stefani Jones for sharing this story.
When my brother Kevin passed away unexpectedly in 2014 at age 25, my family was devastated. Even more than a year later, it’s still hard to believe that he’s not just going to walk through the door one day with his gruffy beard and a big hug for anybody in his path.
One of the only bright spots in the days after we heard the news was the chance we had to share our memories of Kevin with each other. I had made a Creative Memories album with many of Kevin’s photos and stories from birth to age 12 when I was a relatively young Creative Memories consultant, and the day after he died I took the album to my parents’ house. This book brought both smiles and tears to the literally hundreds of visitors, friends, and funeral attendees who came to pay their respects and reminisce with our family. Click to read full post
CM Advisor and Content Contributor Julie Tambrini shared this great article.
No one will ever accuse the people who lived in 2015 of not taking enough pictures. We take millions of them everyday! Digital photography enables us to take a hundred pictures and delete all but a few of the best shots. Anyone with a smartphone has a camera in hand at all times. And social media gives us an easy way to share it all.
We tend to photograph the big life moments: newborn babies, graduations, weddings, vacations, birthdays, the kid with the soccer trophy. But there is a lot to be said for documenting the everyday. Some of my most treasured photos are of everyday moments: my grandma in her apron, canning tomatoes; my mom as young wife and mother, having her morning coffee; my kids snuggled on the couch; photos of my childhood bedroom; my husband deep in thought; my friend laughing at something happening off-camera. Click to read full post