I have really enjoyed making the new Happy, Happy Christmas album and projects that Close To My Heart has available this month. With one Workshop Guide, one core set of supplies, and a choice of add on project styles, I can make five different personalize Christmas projects. If you have not heard about this fabulous special, you will want to read on to see what it’s all about. Even though these workshop projects are only available in November, there’s still time to get in on this holiday crafting goodness.

The Happy, Happy Christmas special begins with a bundle of goodies and all of the instructions you need to complete five beautiful scrapbook layouts, that’s ten 12″ x 12″ pages. By using a unique set of products to make the pages, they are like nothing else you will have in your scrapbooks. They have a classic, sort of nostalgic, look to them that is really quite fun.

The bundle includes your choice of a D-Ring or Post Bound Album in this gorgeous red, Memory Protectors, and all of the supplies you see shown below. It’s only $69.95 for everything.

 

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These are the five scrapbook layouts that you can make using the supplies in the bundle and following the Happy, Happy Christmas Workshop Guide.

 

 

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I can see so many different types of photographs on these pages, including old family photos and black and white prints. Talk about scrapbook pages that are perfect for pictures of Christmas present, Christmas past, and Christmas yet to come, these are great.

 

After making the scrapbook layouts, the Workshop Guide has complete instructions for creating four other optional gifts. I made one of each project style and added photos, so you could see what they look like all put together.

 

 

Holiday Display Tray – The Display Trays can hang or sit in easels on a shelf or mantel. They can hold 3″ x 4″ photos or 4″ x 6″ photos that you cut and spread across two sections.

 

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“Tis The Season” Hinged Display Tray – The Hinged Display is terrific for smaller spaces and adding holiday decor on book shelves, desks, fireplace mantels, college dorm rooms, office cubicles, etc. It was so easy to decorate this project. It could be a great gift for lots of people on your Christmas list. I really liked the way this project turned out. (I especially like the picture of Sophie with snow on her nose.)

 

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Magnetic Chalkboard Frame – These frames are really very versatile. I like the chalkboard also being magnetic, so I can write on it and also use magnets to hold things in place. The instructions for this project have you glue everything to the chalkboard, however I put some magnetic sheeting behind a couple of my project pieces to make the whole thing removable and reusable every year. This way I can use the chalkboard all year long. And, if red is not your color, the frame can be spray painted to fit the color scheme you need.

 

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Everyday Life Album – These are fantastic mini albums with easy My Crush pages and pocket Memory Protectors for adding photos and holiday memorabilia. This is a simple slip on cover made from the supplies left over from the bundle and there are lots of pages inside for memory keeping.

 

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These Happy, Happy Christmas scrapbook pages and holiday projects are available in November in a special pricing package, saving 10% on the album bundle and 30-40% on the frames and decor items. That can be really helpful for your own personal memory keeping projects, and great for gifts, too.

On a side note, if you are giving something like the Hinged Display Tray as a gift, you can either add photos to it as you are making it, or you can just put White Daisy Cardstock where the photos would go and let the person you give it to add their own photos.

 

There are only a couple more days in November, so be sure to visit my website and order your Happy, Happy Christmas Album Bundle while it is still available. The Workshop Guide that goes with it is something you can download from my website, too.  Click here to shop online.

 

Enjoy your holiday crafting and memory keeping. If you have any questions as you are creating, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. I am happy to help.

 

 

 

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I have been creating little scrapbook treasures lately and am really enjoying the small format of Close To My Heart My Crush Books and mini albums. The albums I’m making are all different themes and kind of whatever I feel inspired by…my favorite things, people, places, etc. Today I want to share an album that I am really enjoying for scrapbooking my family Christmas time memories. It’s the Close To My Heart My Crush Holiday Happenings Book…and I love it.

 

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The Holiday Happenings books are 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ with 30 wire-bound pages in a Kraft hardcover. I am especially fond of the beautiful pages in this book have a variety of printed vellum, printed cardstock pages, a calendar, and page protectors in various styles. These books are kind of this fantastic blend of Crush Book meets Picture My Life style. Not only is this little album super cute, but it is super simple to use. All you need is a My Crush Holiday Happenings Book, a Holiday Happenings Assortment, a Black Journaling Pen, and some adhesive. The Assortment packages include pre-printed themed cards, envelopes, stickers, and alphabet fonts for personalizing the pages of the books.

 

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I am enjoying these Holiday Happenings books so much that I got three of them so I could make a little collection of them to bring out each year at Christmas time. Each album will be filled with the highlights and special moments of a different year. It’s kind of like a holiday time capsule. I have finished my album for 2013 (and yes, it’s okay to still be scrapbooking pictures that are almost two years old), and have printed the photos to put in my 2014 for last Christmas. That leaves one more for Christmas 2015 that I’ll be adding to this year.

I’m choosing to use these books as a holiday book, not just Christmas, so it has highlights of things my family and I do throughout the month of December. It has all of those things like Christmas shopping, going to classic holiday movies, holiday traditions, new holiday adventures…all of those things that become part of the holiday season. Here are a couple of pages from my 2013 book.

 

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It seems I always have lots of photos that I want to include over the holidays. The page protectors in the book make that super easy. One of the page protectors is sized for 2″ x 2″ photos. That’s 24 pictures, right there. I got so much in my 2013 Holiday Happenings book. Even those these albums are small, they are a wonderful size full of delightful details and places to create your own holiday story.

If you have Christmas pictures that could use a special home, these My Crush Holiday Happenings Books could be just the thing to help you get your pictures where you can enjoy them and share them.

 

There are two important things to know about the Holiday Happenings Books.

  1. These books will be retiring soon and are only available while supplies last. But that’s okay. It’s easy to shop on my website and get a couple in the mail to you before they are gone. Just click here to shop online.
  2. These books are on a terrific special during the month of June. When you purchase a My Crush Holiday Happenings Book and Assortment in June, you will receive the “Magical Moment” Stamp Set absolutely free. The stamp set retails for $13.95 normally, however you receive the set as a free gift with your purchase. The stamp set looks like this and is terrific for so many types of projects in addition to making Holiday Happenings Books.

 

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The holidays always seem so busy and then we head right into the new year. I’m thinking July could be the perfect time to catch up on some of those Christmas festivities. I am going to be hosting a Christmas in July Workshop in Boise so you can bring your photos and holiday memorabilia to put together your My Crush Holiday Happenings.

 

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Order your My Crush Holiday Happenings Books before they are gone. I really think you will enjoy putting these little albums together and then revisiting the memories each year when you bring them out to share at Christmas time. I may have to get one or two more for myself, too. They are just fantastic. I’m off to my next creative project. Have a fabulous day.

 

 

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I have always enjoy taking pictures, capturing moments, and creating albums. My very first camera used 110 film. Do you remember those thin little pocket cameras? I got my camera for my 16th birthday and I loved being able to take my own pictures. My camera wasn’t anything fancy, but the memories it captured were and still are treasures.

I have several albums filled with pictures that I took with my 110 camera, but last week I found myself bringing out one of my favorites. It’s not a typical scrapbook or photo album, it’s actually a very unique book that I created about my senior year of high school. I got to thinking about it because my niece was graduating from high school last Saturday, June 6th, and I suddenly realized I graduated on June 6th, too, however it was a Wednesday night and back in 1984. Yes, it’s been a while.

I thought I would share a little bit of the memory book I made of my senior year with you because I love how it reminds me that there are many ways that we can tell our stories. Sometimes we get stuck thinking scrapbooking or memory keeping needs to look one particular way, but that’s not true. Take a look at the format I used to record my senior year of high school. It’s not a typical photo album or scrapbook and today it looks like this.

 

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Looking through the pages of this book makes me think of the story about the “Velveteen Rabbit” who was so loved that most of it’s hair had been loved off and he had become a little shabby…he had become real.” This book is full of things that were and are very real to me. Here’s how it all came about.

 

At the beginning of my senior year, the Josten’s company came to the school to show us options for senior class rings. I picked out my ring and as I was placing my order I saw that they had this new type of book that you could get to put all of the memorabilia in from your senior year. I thought it looked super interesting and ordered one to try.

When my order came I wasn’t quite sure how to go about filling all of the blank pages that were in the book. Should I work in chronological order? Where should I start? What kinds of things should be included?

 

Then I opened the book and found this note inside the front cover…

“This is your book. Not just any book, though. This is one that you write. At your own pace. As little or as much as you want. It exists right now in your hands only as a shell – waiting to be filled with words, pictures, things, memories, whatever you choose to put in it relating to the experiences of your senior year.

It can be a scrapbook, a diary, a graffiti book, a photo album, an autograph book, a memorabilia collector – or it can be all of those things. It can be as light as you want, as serious as you want. As superficial as you want, as revealing as you want. You decide.

Make of it exactly what you want. Just let your mind and your pen run wild. And, do it in your own, unique way.

Again, this is your book. At the end of your senior year, it will be unique – as you are. There will be no other book like it anywhere in the world.

Consider it an open invitation to record a chunk of your life – a capsule of this total sum of your experiences during this most important year in your life. Something you can look back on and cherish in the years to come.

So use it. Make it count. You’ll never be sorry you did. And, besides…you’ll have fun doing it.”

 

That was just the encouragement I needed. Suddenly I had freedom to make this book anything I wanted. I could fill the pages any way I wanted with blurbs here, bits there, and combinations of things however I connected with them at the time, and so the journey began. This book of my senior year took shape a little bit at a time over those days until I wrapped it all up with photographs from graduation night and our senior trip at the end. I love this book. The instructions at the beginning were exactly right, this is MY book. There is no other book like it.

So would you like to see some of the pages from my special book? Some have autographs and photos, others newspaper articles and special event programs, and others notes and a variety of memorabilia. Here’s a peek into my 1983/84 school year.

 

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Clearly, I put a lot of things in this book and I have enjoyed looking through it over the years. It is so full that it doesn’t even close and some of the pages have become loose. You see what I mean about the “Velveteen Rabbit?” In the story it says, “Once you become real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit. This is a book holds a story that lasts for always.

 

This was a unique format for memory keeping in 1984, however today it would be very similar to the Close To My Heart My Crush Books. I have several My Crush Books in process and I would really like to encourage you to see how fun it is to make a book of your own using Close To My Heart My Crush Books. They are fantastic and perfect for telling your own story and making a book that is like none other.

 

There are a several My Crush Books to choose from with a variety of versatile themes, including a Christmas book that I love. And guess what…My Crush Books are on special during the month of June. When you purchase a My Crush Book and one of the accessory assortment packs for embellishing the pages, you get a coordinating stamp set free. You can see all of the different books on my website. Just click here.

 

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To get started making your own book and treasure, all you need to do is pick a theme, pick a My Crush Book, and run with it. These books work with any kind of topic. You could make a book about summertime, vacations, camping highlights, family fun, a book of possibilities, a collection of your favorite things… anything. There’s no pressure, no limits, no have-to’s, no need to work in any particular order…just whatever you want to do that makes the book your own.

A My Crush Book would also be a fabulous summer project for kids. How fun would that be for them to get to tell their own story…anything goes. Later they can look back and see the things they were interested in at the time, adventures they had, places they went, and even their own handwriting. Definitely a treasure in the making.

There is something special about having a book that as you flip through pages you are reminded of memories, laughter, people, places, and happy thoughts. As Josten’s said in their note inside the front cover of my senior year book, “Consider it an open invitation to record a chunk of your life – a capsule of…your experiences… Something you can look back on and cherish in the years to come.”

Close To My Heart My Crush Books make it easy for us to accept the invitation to make something uniquely ours where each book tells a special story all it’s own. There are My Crush Books and blank pages just waiting for us to fill them up with snapshots, thoughts, dreams, and shared moments. Visit my website and order a book for yourself, for a friend, for your kids, and let the storytelling continue.

Enjoy the moments today, and tomorrow. Michelle

 

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I really enjoy having photos around my house. You know, pictures of the people in my life, the adventures we have shared, the moments that make me smile. It’s kind of a warm fuzzy sort of moment to hold pictures, turn pages in albums, and look at them together with friends. Do you know what I mean? I know I could just scroll through the photos on my iPhone to look at my pictures, but it’s just not the same. These is just something special about printed photographs.

So, I have this idea. I’m thinking about putting together a bunch of little mini albums of photo highlights. Mini albums can be such a fun place to put a collection of favorite snapshots and moments. Wouldn’t it be kind of fun to have a grouping of different sizes and styles of mini albums with old photos, new photos, instagram moments, the every day, the special occasions, etc? I could put them in a basket on the living room table, on a small shelf, or just have some here and there for everyone to enjoy. I can see where these little albums could become little photo treasures.

Close To My Heart has several styles of mini albums and I am really intrigued by the possibilities of two of their newest mini albums, the My Creations Mini Mix Album and the My Creations Mini Folio. Take a look at this video that shows some special features of these two albums.

 

 

What do you think? Lots of potential, right? I am ordering some of these mini albums today and making a list of different themes I have in mind for them so I’m ready to start creating my collection when they arrive.

I am really excited to share some of my finished projects with you, too. Come visit my blog again and watch for the updates on my mini album adventures. It will be fun to see how they all come together.

If you would like to create some mini albums along with me, you can find them on my website. There’s nothing quite as easy as shopping online and then having a package of happy mail delivered to your door. Click here to shop online and then get ready to have some fun.

Snap a picture or two of something you’re doing today and enjoy the moments.

 

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