Your story is the most important story you’ll ever tell.
I love stories. I have loved stories for as long as I can remember. And as someone who has written many stories, the one I feel most passionate about is the story each of us is living every day.
Many of us are writing our stories today through the snippets we share on Facebook or Instagram. The photos we take and post help illustrate the bits and pieces of our lives. We use hashtags to create links and connect our story with others. We tag our family and friends and they leave comments which help to build the story.
While this method works great for our day to day lives, it isn’t always the best way to document the story we are living. We need more.
Many scrapbookers create layouts using the project life method which is to document the every day in a weekly or monthly format. This is meant to be done simply so as to not be overwhelming and to tell our story in the most basic of ways.
I’m a big fan of this method and love the look with lots of photos and snippets of journaling. However, I am very bad at this method and let me tell you why. I am the world’s worst photographer! In this, I mean that I forget to take photos way too often! I get busy in life and sometimes will go an entire week and then realize I didn’t snap a single picture. This makes it hard to fill up a weekly layout. This has messed up my yearly plans more than once!
So I decided I needed another way.
And I have been thinking long and hard on this. I will still create layouts in the pocket scrapping format, it just won’t be in order and won’t be labeled weekly or monthly. I will supplement these pages with a new system I came up with to help me tell our story.
Currently, my eldest son is serving a mission for our church in California. We have not seen him since last summer. He has been away from all of us, his home, family and friends, for 67 weeks (not that I’m counting or anything). As I’ve thought about the best gift I could give him this Christmas, I decided it needed to be an album of the past year. No, I have not even started a weekly or monthly album. I’m sure I don’t have a lot of pictures to scrap with, but what would be better than for him to read the story of his family and what we’ve been doing while he has been away?
Truly, isn’t this a great gift we can give all our family?
Pretend for a moment, that you were going through a closet in your grandmother’s house and came across an album you had never seen before. You open it up and find page after page of pictures and journaling that made up a year in the life of your grandparents. The treasure includes the highlights and the lowlights and everything in between. You compare before and after shots. You read about the politics of the time and how your grandma felt about them. Or maybe she shared the family’s favorite recipe for that year. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Wouldn’t it give you a full glimpse into their story?
So, I’m inviting you all to Scrap YOUR Story like a Rockstar with me!
There are about 10 weeks until the end of the year. Each week, I’ll provide a FREE template with a theme to work on! You make it your own. Your page and my page will look completely different because our stories are not the same. But these story starter templates will hopefully inspire us.
These aren’t in place of your currently scrapped pages! Those will fill in the ones we scrap here! But together, I’m hoping to give richer details of the story and make your album one you’ll never forget!
This week’s prompt:
What home improvement/changes have you done this year? Even if you don’t have before pictures, take some pictures right now of the finished project (even if it isn’t finished) and scrap a page about it. Use plenty of journaling to talk about why you changed it and what you like most about it!
Here is a template to help you! (click to download):
Check out the page I scrapped using this theme and template:
If you are excited to join in or want to share with a friend, add this pin to your Pinterest boards for a quick reference!