Introducing Our Latest Addition: Your Story Matters!

by Lain Ehmann on January 16, 2013

Your Story Matters Blog Hop

Your Story Matters: 25 Memories to Capture Now from the www.scraphappy.org community. Only $7.00

As many of you know, I lost my mom in 2012 after a battle with dementia. As the mother I knew and loved disappeared over the past three years as the illness progressed, so did her memories… her first kiss, her first car, her loves and hates, likes and dislikes. It was particularly poignant for me, a professional memory-keeper, to watch my mom’s own past fade. I made a commitment that I would help others to embrace their stories, and to realize that their memories deserve to be captured. One of the results of that commitment was this list of 25 story prompts.

I wanted to share these prompts with a wider audience, but I didn’t want it to be all mine. I enlisted the help of my adored (and adorable!) ScrapHappy family, and they didn’t disappoint. Each scrapbooker has put her very own spin on the prompts, taking them in directions I hadn’t imagined and inserting a bit of herself into the layout. They are as individual as fingerprints, which is what makes them so valuable.

That individuality, to me, is what makes a scrapbook page “publish-able;” not that it uses the latest and greatest product, or that it includes visual triangles or stellar photography, but that it includes one very special ingredient: A piece of the scrapbooker’s heart. And so I am thrilled and proud to bring to you “Your Story Matters: 25 Memories to Capture Now.”  It’s now available for sale as an electronic download for only $7 (that’s for 53 pages and 50 sample layouts!). But… If you purchase before 1/21 at midnight and use code HOP at checkout, you can save $2! Coolio! Find out more about it here.

Today, several of the contributors are sharing stories about their submissions to “Your Story Matters” and what scrapbooking means to them on their blogs. I am thrilled to be kicking off the hop! Please visit the next stop on this crazy train, the adorable Leslie Smith!

At each blog along the way, leave a comment to be entered in a drawing to win one of several copies of “Your Story Matters.” I’d love to know what YOU consider the most important story for a scrapbooker to capture! Tell me in the comments below, then hop along…

Here’s the complete list of bloggers participating:

Lain Ehmann
Leslie Smith
Alison Charlton
Heather Dubarry
Danielle Hunter
Cathy Holiday
Monica Bradford
Alison Day
Paivi Eerola
Lynnette Nagle
Kelli Panique
Danielle Taylor

Visit each blog for more chances to win! But go ahead and buy your book now for $2 off using code HOP. If you win a copy, we’ll refund your purchase price!

P.S. Contest will close 1/19 and winners will be announced on the Layoutaday blog on Monday, Jan. 21. Prizes must be claimed by Wed. , 1/23.

  • Courtney M

    I think the most important story is your own. Sometimes as moms, wives, aunts, and daughters (or the equivalent for the few male scrappers!) we get so busy telling stories about kids, spouses, siblings, and parents that we forget to add ourselves. We forget to add our thoughts, our feelings, and most especially our photo!

  • laura t.

    Didn’t know you were putting together a book. What a GREAT topic! One reason I scrapbook is to leave my legacy to my family.

  • angela

    Wonderful idea! Congrats on getting it out to us.

  • Cathy Sanders

    Great idea this… I capture my memories so that I don’t forget what happened when… and one day maybe my son will enjoy reading about what he did as a child

  • Lori

    Cant wait to get my copy.

  • orange gearle

    I just bought this. This is wonderful! I think I may try to do something like this with my mom, so that her story is recorded (as well). Thank you! What a beautiful idea!

  • Val

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to get my copy

  • Kristie Sloan

    YES, we all need to document OUR own stories so that our history doesn’t have to be a mystery to our own families! I have found my children saying, “I didn’t know that!” in some of the pages I’ve made about my own life! THAT is like frosting on the cupcake, my friends!

  • Lori

    I just had to come back and say what fun I had on this hop. I have never done a blog hop, but going to each page has taken me down memory lane. I aready have great ideas for pages to do. Of course, since Ive been hopping, my daughter has gotten every color of playdough out and mixed. Oh well, sounds like another scrapbook page. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathie.denney Cathie Ward Denney

    To me I want to preserve more about each of my loved ones faith and how it helps them deal with everything in their life…I know that is something that is very personal and hard to document but I think it can be something that our future generations can turn to in their own difficulties

    Thanks for the chance to win

  • Beth

    I believe that is so important to document our lives whether we have children or not we still have family and how is your family going to know all about you if you don’t document your life. Everyone has something to teach someone else by documenting your life you are teaching other people about your life and what you have learned along the way. For me right now I have been documenting my children they are my life and I throw a little bit of me in there every once in a while!

  • Lauramc

    For me it is to get your heart and feelings down on paper. Some people write poetry or journals. And as a relative newcomer to scrapbooking I love the feeling it gives me to express myself!

  • Danielle Hunter

    Thanks for this opportunity and for finally allowing me to be published! For me, it’s important to capture the everyday moments, as well as document the people we love.

  • Joy

    The most important story is my story of my Heart for life: my heart for the people, the places, and the things. I lost my Mamaw slowly with dementia from 2001-2005. Her heart stays with me in so many stories still to be told!

  • http://www.facebook.com/libby.wiers Libby Wiers

    Documenting our lives, events, people, places that make up daily living and why they are important to us is key for me. This sounds like a fun hop on a snowy day! Thanks for this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/libby.wiers Libby Wiers

    Question – I am not very web-savvy and could not leave a comment for Leslie Smith, the only other place I have tried so far. I have a Google account, but it wouldn’t let me post. Suggestions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Sorry, no idea. I don’t know what blog software/etc she uses. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    So glad you had fun!!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Do it! You won’t be sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/abidiaSavorThis Annie Bidia

    I agree with some of your other readers that My story is one that no one else can tell as thoroughly as I can. And the story of my children, especially when they are young.

  • Karen K

    I believe that the stories of everyday life are most important. I also lost my mom in 2012 and I would love to have just one more day with her to document all the stories of her childhood, my childhood, and life with my father that she told me so many times as bedtime stories. That is what I want to preserve for my children along with my hopes, dreams, and fears.

  • http://www.facebook.com/libby.wiers Libby Wiers

    In the end there were only two that would not allow an anonymous reply. The ones that did, I signed my name…

  • Alison Day

    Hi Lain, so thrilled to see this in print! Thanks for believing in us and trusting us with this tribute to your Mom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.trapp.3 Janet Trapp

    All the things that touch you are important! I just get overwhelmed wanting to put them down!

  • Gina Comer

    The most important story to capture for me is any that deepens self-knowledge and reflects that on the page. I scrap for myself but consider the body of work I will leave and the clues it will give to who I was. Everything from the colors and styles I choose to the self-revealing journaling and the memories I document should provide a better rounded picture of who I was.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.vernot.9 Andrea Vernot

    So sorry about your mom! I lost mine in 2009… But was fortunate enough that before she passed, I was able to share with a scrapbook sort of the opposite of Your Story Matters – one that documented the top 10 lessons I learned from my mom (which included things likethe value of a home-cooked meal to a family, and chocolate really can make almost anything seem bearable…!). I plan to do a similar thing for my kids – top ten lessons I’ve learned from my kids – that will certainly tell them a lot about me, and what life was like for me while they were growing up! It will include “don’t judge my parenting skills on my ability to get long pants or a coat on my childern in the middle of winter” and “naps are wasted on the young”!

  • Melinda T

    My parents (and grandparents) don’t talk much about their past, but I want to know. These prompts will help me get their stories down because it matters…to me, my kids, my siblings and cousins.

  • Angel

    Congrats lain on your new book ! The hop has been very inspirational .. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa P

    The most important story is the story of your family… putting those memories down so that they aren’t lost in the shuffle.

  • Lisa P

    I also want to say thanks for putting such a great book together. I have a mother in the throws of Alzheimer’s so I understand exactly where you are coming from. I wish, I truly wish I had spent more time listening and asking questions.

  • Virginia

    I lost my Mom suddenly when she was only 52 and I was a young mother with my own small children and there had been no time to record family stories. They are gone forever and so is most of my extended family. Don’t wait to ask your family about their long forgotten memories, try to find out who are the people in those faded photographs, and record those for your own future extended family. It is important to honor and keep our family alive through these memories. I am so sorry for your loss as there is no deeper wound than having your Mother taken away.

  • Laura Carrington Duckett

    What a great idea! I lost my mom in ’93 to breast cancer. She was 53. I wish I would have known to ask more questions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kris.vanallen Kris Huber Van Allen

    The most important story for anyone to share….I guess it would be “how I would like to be remembered.” if we focus on that, then we will be remembered in that very way.

  • scrapbookingindubai holland

    I scrap myself simply because my memory is already slipping and without children there may not be anyone to remind me of my happy times I want to evoke emotion when times are a blur

  • Alison Charlton

    Thanks so much Lain for the opportunity to be part of something as special as this, with so many talented people! I hope it inspires many others to tell their story whilst they can – and what a fitting tribute to your dear mom!

  • D N

    I’m loving all the prompts I’ve seen throughout my bloghop travels! They would make for some awesome pages!
    If other scrappers are like me, they document everyone ELSE’S life and not their own. I think it’s important to do a page listing little-known facts about YOU. I did that once, and even good friends were surprised by some of the things I put down. I still love that page, and I did that two years ago.

  • Scrapperkaren

    There are really too many to just pick one but how I feel about family, friends, life…those are important to capture.

  • Julie S

    I think the moment will dictate what is important to you. And it might surprise you want it ultimately is….thanks for the opportunity!

  • Renee J.

    I agree….the most important story is your family and how they enrich your life.

    Lain, thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. I know your Mom will always be in your heart as my Mom will be in mine.

  • Dena S

    In our family we are starting to experience the early stages of dimentia. This book is going to be a valueable resource in trying to get her life experiences documents. Thanks for taking on this project.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.m.jennings Paula McLane Jennings

    I lost my Mother in 2003 to Alzheimers. It is so important for us to share and record our family stories for future generations.

  • Cperez@perezlawoffice.com

    I just bought this but can’t open it up on my iPad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000220062703 Kelli Panique

    It comes as a zipped file. You will need to unzip it and then it will be viewable in iBooks or other PDF/eReaders. You can search “unzip” in the App Store and pick the app that works best for you! Enjoy!

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