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  • Donate War Letters

    Jul 3

    The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) at Chapman University has a massive collection of every American conflict / war, beginning with handwritten messages composed during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan in the 21st century. The majority are personal letters to friend...

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  • Silhouettes for your Christmas Tree

    Dec 8

    Have you ever made your own Christmas tree ornaments? Maybe not since you were in elementary school. I still have a few of my ornaments that I made when I was a kid, and while they aren't the most beautiful on my tree, they definitely are the most meaningful ones. Besides, now that my kids are helping to decorate the tree, they like to see the old ...

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  • Heritage Advent Calendars

    Dec 5

    The Christmas tree is the focal point of most Christian holiday decorations in the home. It is usually decorated with a lot of love, and care, and varies in shape and size. Maybe you have a huge one, or maybe you have a little one, but this Christmas tradition is definitely one to cherish.   When my husband and I first got married, w...

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  • Another Thanksgiving Layout Idea

    Nov 24

    I have written a couple of blog posts about how you can include thanksgiving in your heritage scrapbooks. Adding pages to let your posterity know what you are grateful for is a perfect way to show who you are! Check out this article for a fun craft for the kids, and this one to document 30 things that you are thankful for in your life right now. ...

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  • Scrap the Not-So-Perfect Moments Too

    Nov 22

    Life is not always perfect is it? But, when we look at the pages in a photo album, it may seem like it is all happy moments. We see weddings, and birthdays, holidays, and happy moments, but sometimes, creating a heritage album is about sharing what your life is all about. And, we all know that with this life, comes difficult times too. The idea ...

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  • A Thank You Note Layout

    Nov 18

    Have you ever gotten a thank you note that was so wonderful you wanted to cherish it forever? Or, have you ever felt regret at not sending a thank you note to someone that is no longer in your life? Then this layout idea will be perfect for you. And, it is perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday as well. Often times, we don't realize how thankful ...

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  • Where You’ve Lived Layout

    Nov 16

    It seems like in this day and age, the average family moves a lot. In fact, I am about to have my third child, and all three kids will have been born in three different states. Gone are the days (for most people anyway) where you live in one home for 30 years and your kids never have to change neighborhoods, or friends. It can be depressing when yo...

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  • Scrapbook Yourself

    Nov 14

    When was the last time you did a scrapbook layout about yourself? Whenever I look through the pages of my scrapbook albums, I find plenty of scrapbook layouts of my kids, or other family members. Sometimes, I even find one of myself with another person, like one of my children. But, when I look through the pages of my scrapbooks, I don't find many ...

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  • Through A Child’s Eyes

    Nov 10

    When a parent passes away, often times this is the first experience that your child might have with death. Most people lose a grandparent first before any other type of family member. I know that my first experience with losing someone I loved was when my grandfather passed away. I was young, and didn't quite understand it. Subsequently, I have los...

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  • Make Your Holidays About Heritage

    Nov 8

    The holidays are fast approaching and before we know it, we will be sitting around the tables or living rooms of those we love. Perhaps we will fall asleep on the couch in front of a football game after a nice feast of turkey and mashed potatoes, or maybe a game of flag football is in order. Perhaps, our children will be off in another room playing...

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