Nov 182013
 

My Memory Sharing Pinterest BoardsPinterest boards for memory sharing? Absolutely! Pinterest isn’t just for recipes.  You can use Pinterest boards to preserve your own memories or as resources to find new ideas that spark your creativity. If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, give it a whirl. How to Use Pinterest to Share Memories should help you get started.

Here are a few of my favorite memory sharing Pinterest boards. Continue reading »

Nov 142013
 
What are you grateful for

What are you grateful for?

I’m thankful for many things, but unfortunately, having extra time to do all the projects I want to do isn’t one of them. Like most people, we’re busy getting ready for the holiday, cooking special meals, and enjoying our time with family. It doesn’t seem like a great time to make an “I Am Thankful for…” scrapbook page. Unless…

Yep. Why not make a scrapbook page that doubles as your holiday newsletter? You can even include ideas from How to Write about Gratitude: 6 Ideas and kill three birds with one stone. Besides being efficient, you’ll bring meaning to what can be a hectic time of year by calling attention to the fact that you really are thankful for your blessings.

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Sep 202013
 

Make a Wish blog hop icon Today’s post is part of the Creative Crafters’ Make a Wish Blog Hop.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your hop so far and I’m glad you’re here.
If you’re coming from Connie Umstead’s blog, you are in the right place! (If you want to start at the beginning, go to http://www.craftyneighbor.blogspot.com/2013/09/september-blog-hop.html.

Prize

This month, each of us will be offering a prize. My prize is up to $5 in scrapbook layouts or embellishments from gingersnaps.net.  To win, you just need to comment and/or sign up for my newsletter (left). Each comment as well as each new subscriber will be entered to win. Continue reading »

Sep 192013
 

Fashion history flower childWhat’s your personal fashion history? As fashion trends have come and gone, which ones have resonated with you over the years? (That might not be the same question as which ones actually looked good on you.)

Which ones did you wear gladly? Which ones did you wear that you shouldn’t have worn. What fashion history do you fervently hope does not repeat itself? “Big hair” of the 80’s comes to my mind.

It can be fun(ny) to provide others with a personal fashion history or retrospective. I’m not talking about just cutting out old magazine covers, though they can provide inspiration.  (See M. Howsom’s Vogue Cover Pinterest Board) Write yourself into the story. What did you wear? What were you required to wear? Did you think you were “all that” at the time? What do you think now? Continue reading »

Aug 302013
 

Sharing photos and memories via smartphone Sharing photos and memories shouldn’t be saved for those times that we can sit down and draft a beautiful story or embellish a stunning scrapbook page. It’s easy to make sharing your memories a nearly effortless part of life.

Creating a legacy sounds hard. It isn’t. Continue reading »

Aug 222013
 
Keeping up appearances don't make for good stories

Dignity is overrated

We all want to look our best and present ourselves in a positive light whenever we can. Keeping up appearances and putting your best foot forward is great advice going into a job interview, but it’s not the legacy you want to leave for your loved ones in your writing.

Keeping up Appearances is Boring

Perfection is boring, which is why I avoid it so ardently. All kidding aside, perfection does little to connect you with others. Continue reading »

Aug 202013
 

When you’re writing, journaling, or scrapping your family’s  history, historic images, like pictures of your past, offer something other illustrations can’t.

Historic images include immigration and naturalization records

Just think how cool it would be to include an immigration record like this with the story of your ancestor.

Historic images don’t just increase visual appeal; they offer evidence of the footsteps of the past, bringing texture and meaning to your narratives. Continue reading »

Aug 012013
 

your hobbies include gardening Share your memories by showcasing your passions and your hobbies.

Your hobbies and interests can tell a lot about you. However, some hobbies lend themselves to showing-off better than others. If you’re a gardener and have neighbors, everyone around knows the extent of your green thumb. (Unless deer come through and eat all your perennials, but that’s another topic.) The key words there are everyone around. All your neighbors might be aware of your garden prowess, but your loved ones ten states away might not be. The same goes for quilting, photography, woodworking, and the like. Continue reading »

Jun 212013
 

Scrapbook little traditions When we think about traditions, we think about the big ones, like holidays and family reunions.  Listening to 8 Years Lost,” Paperclipping.com’s Round Table interview with Jackie Wood, I was struck by her yearning to remember the everyday routines and the little traditions. (I highly recommend listening to the show. It’s very insightful. ) Continue reading »

Jun 152013
 

Blog Hop Scrapbook Tutorial

Today’s post is part of the LinkedIn June Blog Hop and offers a scrapbook tutorial for my interpretation of our “What June Means to Me…” theme. Continue reading »

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