There was a time when my scrapbooking pages told the obvious stories.
If we went to the beach I scrapbooked about us at the beach. If we got together with extended family I scrapbooked about the event with extended family: who was there and what we did.
And that’s fine. I like looking back at the things we did.
But eventually I figured out how you and I can take control of our story-documenting and not let our calendar be the major deciding factor of how we tell our stories. I began to scrapbooking in a way that yields even more stories, and is especially meaningful.
A single event can provide an almost inexhaustible number of stories. And those stories are pieces of other larger macro-stories — themes running through our lives.
For example, photos from a date night could also become a story about…
- your date nights habits in general
- the personality of you as a couple
- the types of restaurants you love
- the night life of your city
- your favorite friends to get with
- your sense of fashion
- taking Ubers there and back
- your favorite drink
- whether you and your date have the same interests or have to compromise
If you listened to our Deep Dive audio course with Shimelle Lain: The Story-Centered Album, then you’re familiar with my process of having story albums — albums that tell a story.
Story albums each tell a larger story into which you want to dive deeper. Those albums help me prioritize which stories I choose to spend my limited time scrapbooking; in which directions I lean as I look at an event with its photos and determine the deeper story threads that are subtly lurking.
So this week I printed some photos from last December’s Nutcracker Ballet, which my daughter danced in…but I bypassed her Nutcracker album.
Instead, I chose to tell stories with some of the Nutcracker photos that I will slip into other albums.
- One of them is a layout about the opportunity to dance regularly in Phoenix’s beautiful historic theater, the Orpheum.
- The other is a layout about myself, and it is related to some longtime threads of my own life: a change to my long life of performing on stage, as well as my life-long interest in volunteering.
I am glad I was able to look beyond my daughter’s performance in the Nutcracker to see other, less obvious stories.
I decided to make this the topic of this week’s episode of Paperclipping.
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