You're telling stories every day
Making sense of and recording your life through story is compelling and satisfying. I see my friends and family doing this more and more now that we don't have to be in the same room to tell a story. You're doing it on facebook and with instagram photos and with texts to one another.
Why not put those stories into some kind of "scrapbook?"
By "scrapbook," I mean some central place where you collect those stories that you're generating all over the interwebs? (You really don't want to find out that your preferred yakking spot has gone out of business before you've gotten things into a central spot that you own). For me that central place is my collection of "scrapbook pages" -- digital images that usually include photos and a written story. I keep these in folders on my computer -- and at flickr where anyone in my family can get to them. (And . . . at long last I am working on getting them printed, too).
Where to start?
First: just keep telling stories -- with an eye toward selecting a method or spot for collecting them. Find a central place to collect those stories and photos. (I will write more about this in coming weeks).
Learn to find even more stories and to tell them well.
This month's focus at Masterful Scrapbook Design is "Telling Stories," and there have been both tears and laughs in the webinars--interviews with scrapbookers Emily Pitts, Celeste Smith, Noell Hyman, Audrey Neal and Karen Grunberg.
Here are just a few of the things I've learned and been inspired by this month.
1. Give more space to journaling
Emily Pitts wrote a focus lesson with several ideas for getting more journaling on the page and one of her points is to use a mockup to get your journaling fitting. I made this page as a result of that suggestion.
Trendy, Beach Party, Rhinestone Buttons and Bows, Mercantile Mix 4 by Jenni Bowlin Digital; Just Linens by Michelle Martin; Tidbits by One Little Bird; Yellow Paper Alpha by Katie Pertiet; Wanderlust by Pink Reptile Designs; Cookie, Century Schoolbook fonts
2. Tell everyday stories
During the webinar with Karen Grunberg, we talking a lot about her "Savor" project and getting all those little stories onto a different kind of page (something kind of like Project Life). It inspired me to scrapbook this little moment from Isaac's birthday party on a page all its own.
Comic by Enkay; Fresh by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio; Art Play Play Out by Anna Aspnes; Never Forget by Erica Zane; Country Fair by Dani Mogstead; Reminisce by Leora Sanford; Seas the Day by Julianna Kneipp; True Colors by J Labre; Courier, Celestia, Cocktail fonts
3. Paint your characters richly
Celeste Smith's pages often feature her sons and she incorporates photos and journaling and dialogue that create a rich portrait of them and their thoughts and relationships. She inspired me to delve into just where my own sons are coming from in the photos I've taken and to get those stories on the page.
She inspired this page of my youngest son.
Easy Breezy by Crisdam Designs; TheTraveler by River Rose; Comic by EnKay Design; Knockout by Splendid Fiins; Blackout, Cookie fonts.
4. Find multiple stories in a photo
Audrey Neal's focus lesson showed us that every photo can contain a multitude of stories. She teaches writing and she included a process and tools for finding stories you might not otherwise.
I made this page about Isaac's full-out laughing -- and my discovery that he's well known for it by his friends.
Supplies: Fresh by Sahlin Studio and One Little Bird; Traveler by River Rose; Flossy Stitches by Katie Pertiet; Cookie, Raleway, Andrea Upright Script fonts
5. Go wider than 12"
Many of Noell Hyman's pages were sized like the one shown here. When I asked what the size was, she shared that this is a 12" x 12" page with a 6" x 12" journaling strip. It lets her design a 12 X 12 and get lots of journaling in --- and also design in a rectangular (18" x 12") format.
I've made several pages inspired by this layout approach. (So I haven't yet ended up going JUST 6x12 on the right side-- but it's taking me back to my 2-page roots and I'm getting a lot more journaling on the page.)
Supplies: The Traveler by River Rose; Geek Like Me by Little Butterfly Wings; Mercantile Mix 2, Trendy Journaler, Classic Borders by Jenni Bowlin Digital; Vintage Flash Mini Alpha Blue, Classic Cardstock In the Night by Katie Pertiet; Straight Line Stitched White by Anna Aspnes; Country Fair by Dani Mogstead; Life Composition by ViVaArtistry; Brad Bonanza by Pattie Knox; Scribble Box, Pacifico, Century Gothic alphas
Supplies: Rhinestone Buttons & Bows, Classic Border Shapes, Mercantile Mix 2 Papers, Butterfly Rub-ons by Jenni Bowlin; Glitter Stitches 2, In Distress Textured by Lynn Grieveson; PageKraft by One Little Bird; Reminisce by Leora Sanford (gems); Artplay Palette Concerto by Anna Aspnes (frame); A Simple Mixup Alpha by Lisa Sisneros; Typenoksidi, Pacifico, and Trajan Pro fonts
(and if you look back at recent posts, you'll see Greek Festival and Welcome Home were also inspired by this approach).
So, seriously, keep telling those stories in whatever format you love -- and start thinking about how to collect them in one spot -- and I promise I will come back with more specifics on this.
Want to get inspired and learn to tell stories even better?
Grab the Telling Stories issue of Masterful Scrapbook Design -- it's $16 right now -- after August 1st, it's only available as a part of the big $122 bundle.