This week we’re talking about going to crops…
During this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable on better writing I promised to share a layout in order to illustrate the writing tips we shared (I captioned it below).
This is an older page. It’s not perfect, amazing, brilliant writing, but it tells a good story. And it’s not just a story about what happened at an event, but it illustrates Aiden as a toddler, and me as a protective mother of a three-year-old.
During one of Blake’s baseball practices an older boy, about 7 years old, challenged you to a race. You agreed and off you went.
Of course, we couldn’t expect your little legs to keep up with him and he hit the finish line with the declaration, “I won!” long before you did.
Here I was, your protective mother, irritated that this 7-year-old boy was gloating about beating you, my three-year-old.
But then you reached the finish-line, still at a full pace and with a huge smile on your face. You began yelling, “I won! I won! I won! I won!”
The boy tried his best to convince you (and the rest of us!) that he beat you. But he couldn’t overcome your boisterous “I won!” celebrations. He was frustrated.
And I have never stopped smiling about it.
Some things to look for in the journaling…
- I unfolded the story, beginning with the dilemma/conflict (2nd paragraph) instead of a summation, in order to create enough suspense to draw you in.
- I varied the length and structure of the sentences. Compare each one to see how they are all different.
- I wrote with active verbs instead of passive ones.
- I drew a clear and specific picture of the action with my words.
- I shared a very human story to which we can all relate as fellow humans.
I believe we all have great stories to tell. We just don’t always know how to tell them in a way that draws others in. Next time you write a story for one of your layouts, write it on scratch paper first, and then look at each of the tips above to see how you do.
Don’t worry if your first attempt doesn’t impress you. That’s why we revise. Writing is a practice.
Who’s ready for a new Flexible Template?
For those who are newer and don’t know what they are, Flexible Templates are the jumping off points I personally often use when starting a layout.
They are not as concrete as a sketch — they are purposely more vague to allow you creative play and tons of flexibility to meet whatever needs your photos demand.
Got one photo? Got ten photos? Most of the templates work will either way!
Rather than telling you where things should go, the Flexible Template provides you an abstract image to get you started, and then you take it from there, whether you’re working with a single photo or lots of photos.
Normally when I release a Flexible Template, I show you how totally varied your layouts from the same template can be by assembling pages on video. All of my resulting pages usually look so completely different that you’d never know they stemmed from the same idea.
But this week I felt like doing something different. I decided to show you how similar you can make your pages with the template, and still have enough variety in them that they’d look great together in the same album despite the similarities.
I used almost all the same products, or very similar products, and only varied a few details between the two pages, and I love how they look together in our Nutcracker album.
This video is in the Paperclipping Member Library and on iTunes.
P.S. I also shared in this video a tip I’m most proud of — one I’ve absolutely enjoyed using whenever I want to make a page with lots of flowery, fabric dimension. I do not like how flowers look in the page protector, and this tip solves that problem beautifully.
I shared this once before a few years back, but it’s always good to be reminded and to see it done with different supplies. Enjoy. :)
Don’t you hate it when your favorite package of letter stickers becomes practically unusable after creating only one or two pages with it, ever?
And sometimes it’s not just that it’s your favorite, but that the package is the one-and-only perfect match for the layout.
Sure, we all do our best to alter the remaining letters to make them look like the ones we need, but that only works so long, and then you’re left with a lot of letters you can’t really use.
So I’ve got four other solutions.
In the video I just made for Paperclipping Members, watch what I do to get more out of some of my favorite packs which, unfortunately, I made the mistake of only buying one of, each.
I’m pretty close to using all the letters, despite the fact that I consumed all the common ones right after I bought the darn things. Let me show you how you can do that, too, and start getting a lot more out of all your packages of stickers.
The video is in the Member Library and on iTunes.
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