Telling Your Stories

by Lain Ehmann on September 20, 2010

This week, I’m exploring the role of story in scrapbooking as I get ready to launch October’s Layout a Day challenge. Our theme for the month-long challenge is “Story,” and we’ll be talking about how to capture the stories we want to on our scrapbook pages. If you haven’t already signed up, don’t delay! It will be a life-changing event.

Robert Crouse-Baker/Flickr

Scrapbooking is, first and foremost, about documenting and telling your stories. But here’s the beauty: YOU get to decide what those thoughts are.

Maybe you document the little moments: The doughnuts on the way to Sunday School every weekend.

Maybe you document the big moments, like the 50th anniversary celebration with hundreds of relatives and friends in attendance.

Maybe you document the beauty of the world around you — the fall foliage, the first buds of spring, the painted sunset over the ocean waves.

Maybe you document the people you love. You take photos of your baby’s toes, your mother’s hands, your husband’s smile.

Maybe you document your thoughts and dreams. Maybe you take pictures of what you long for and dream about, and create pages that will help you focus on these heart wishes.

Maybe you document the struggles you’re going through — an illness, a bad period in your life, a personal internal challenge where you are tracking each and every small victory because it’s the only way you can keep your eyes on the end prize.

Or maybe you do a combination of all of these. Your scrapbooks are a mishmash of a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You get the birthday photos, your daily commute, your daughters tumbled in a sleepy mass, twisted in the blankets, in the bed on Saturday morning.

And that is okay. That is beautiful. That is perfect.

These are your stories, and you need to tell them.

Because if you don’t, who will?

P.S. Will you join me and guests Ali Edwards, Celeste Smith, Noell Hyman, and Katrina Kennedy for the month of October? Sign up now!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Over the years I have noticed that I’ll sometimes scrapbook a story only because the photos are right there and ready, not because it’s a story that I really want to tell. Many of the stories that are MOST important and interesting to me are not so easy and convenient, so they don’t happen.

    Lately I’ve been trying harder to prioritize the stories I value the most, not the stories that are most convenient.

    I LOVE the focus of this LOAD, Lain! I love it. Good luck to all of you!

  • http://www.annaaspnes.typepad.com Anna Aspnes

    Yep. I agree there is no right or wrong way to tell a story. Everyone has their own unique way of telling them. It’s not really the how that is important, just the fact that you do. Great reminder Lain!

  • http://dani-adayinthelifeofacoffeeaddict.blogspot.com/ Danielle Taylor

    CAN NOT WAIT for LOAD!!!

  • http://debbieraymond.blogspot.com/ Debbie Raymond

    Since I’m a writer, I tend to be a little too fussy about my journaling on my layouts – so I often skip it. This is such a paradox for me, because the writing is what I love. I’m excited about the ‘story’ emphasis on LOAD; it’s just what I need. Thanks Lain!

  • http://www.designadaybyDesignsbyAng.blogspot.comg Designs by Ang

    As a 1st timer, … I am wondering what supplies I need on hand to keep up with producing LOAD without running to the store.

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