5 ways to tell your story
As a scrapbooker, I am a storyteller. I use this hobby as a way to tell my story. I’m also a wife and mom to four children, and I scrapbook to tell my family’s story too. One thing I LOVE about this hobby, and about storytelling, is that there are no rules! There are so many different ways and approaches you can take, and none of them are wrong. Today I want to share five of my favorite ways to tell a story on a scrapbook layout.
Every year, I ask my kids the same list of about 20 questions (I found it on Pinterest. A simple search will bring up lots of ideas!) I try to do it on or around their birthday, which helps me actually remember to do it – although you could totally do it as a one time thing too. Interviews are a great way to capture little bits of their life and personality right now – and it’s really fun to compare their answers over the years to see what changes and what remains the same. This would also make a great All About Me page – I have a hard time journaling about myself so having a list of questions to answer would be great! Here’s a look at a couple of interview layouts I have done:
Year in Review
A year is a nice neat time frame you can use to find and tell stories. The possibilities really are endless – favorite moments of the year, top ___ (fill in the blank with any number) favorite photos of the year, trips you went on in a given year – anything with a common theme that took place at different times during the year will work. The last couple of years I have enjoyed putting together a review of the birthdays in our family, using a birthday candle photo for each person:
Now & Then
As you can probably tell already, I love using comparison as a storytelling tool on my pages. Now & Then pages contrast and compare things over a long period of time. I recently scrapped this page of my 11 year old son and his close cousin (they are six days apart), showing them together at different ages. Highlighting these different photos in one place draws attention to how they have grown and what their relationship is like. By doing this, you can easily see what has changed and what has remained the same.
Day in the Life
One interesting way to tell your story is to document what a particular day in your life is like. Now, I’ll be honest and tell you I have never actually done a day in MY life, but I have taken the opportunity as a mom to document a day in my child’s life. Personally, I get the urge to document this when my kids are about three years old (although it would be great at any age). They are really coming into their own personality, discovering new things all the time, saying the funniest, sweetest things, and I know this stage is fleeting so that furthers my desire to document it. I currently have a three year old, and as we spent the day together last week I took some notes and came up with this:
It’s the little things that count right? Life is made up of a million little moments, so there’s no way I’ll ever scrap them all, but I find so much joy in focusing on the small, simple moments – from photographing them, putting my thoughts about them into words, and then actually scrapping a layout about it. I really feel that in doing these things I am practicing gratitude and cultivating my own happiness. Here are just few example of layouts where I focused on small moments that mean a lot:
There are so many wonderful ways to encorporate storytelling into your scrapbooks – I hope I’ve inspired you to take a new approach with some of these ideas!