Apr 012014
 

Craft Squad Blog Hop Welcome to The Craft Squad’s Monthly Blog Hop!  This month our theme is “Hoppity Hop Hop”! What does that make you think of? Easter? Spring? Kids bouncing off the walls? Family Moments?

See how “Hoppity Hop Hop” inspired our Craft Squad members. This month I’m the first stop on the blog hop. My blog is about preserving memories; scrapbooking and paper crafting can play a huge role in sharing precious memories. Continue reading »

Mar 102014
 

use green to highlight winter beauty This month’s blog hop theme is “Brought to You by the Color Green.” Winter doesn’t have to be blue. I decided to use green to highlight winter beauty. To start at the beginning of the hop, please visit Stamp Patty’s at  http://www.stamppattys.com/2014/03/brought-to-you-by-color-green.html. If you’re coming from there, you’re in the right place.

Words alone seldom suffice to convey the beauty and mood of nature. In this project, color, photography, and art combine to highlight the beauty and serenity of one of the snowiest Michigan winters on record. Continue reading »

Feb 052014
 

Craft Squad Love is in the Air Blog Hop When we think about romance, we think about young love—star-crossed lovers and all that. We often forget to honor the enduring relationships. When you remember the romance, don’t forget to remember the long-term love affairs of older family members.

Today’s post is part of the Craft Squad’s “Love is in the Air” February Blog Hop. To start at the beginning of the hop, please visit The Crafty Neighbor where you can learn how you can win cool crafting prizes. If you’re coming from Stamp-Patty’s, you’re in the right place. Continue reading »

Jan 282014
 

story behind the smiles is unknownPhotos of people laughing—especially group shots of people laughing—are jewels for memory keepers. A picture tells a thousand words; we love seeing the happiness and camaraderie. However, many times there’s a story behind the smiles and we still need words to tell the story.

Story behind the Smiles

It annoys me to no end that I can’t remember what we were laughing about in the photo to the left. At the time that I took it (with a remote), I thought I would always remember what the joke was. But I don’t. Although the joke is frozen in time on our faces, the story behind the smiles is currently lost to me. Continue reading »

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 »

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 152013
 

Superstar sports memories Every teen athlete—whether a NCAA Division I hopeful or recreational player—has sports memories worth preserving. Today’s post is part of the LinkedIn “Superstar” blog hop.

We hope our interpretations of “Superstar” gives you some inspiration for your own superstar. If you’re coming from Patty  Chenail’s site  at http://www.stamppattys.com/2013/08/august-blog-hop.html, you’re at the right place. Continue reading »

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