Journaling: Tell Your Story

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to your pictures
YOU are the best person to decide which are the RIGHT words!

Photos are great—they capture the image of a moment in time that won’t ever be repeated in exactly the same way—but they don’t tell the whole story.

It’s fun to see a photo my sister-in-law took of my niece while they were at the park, or a series of photos chronicling a friend’s family vacation, or a family heritage photo of a great, great grandfather! The photos by themselves only hint at some of the amazing experiences, thoughts, and feelings of the people I love. I want to know more!

The images make me smile and make me wonder . . .

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“I Used to Scrapbook” & 5 Reasons Scrapbooking Will Survive

used-to-scrapbookI have heard people say this dozens of times, probably hundreds of times if you include variations like “My mom made us scrapbooks when I was a kid.”

By my own love of the hobby and by the vast amount of space still dedicated to scrapbooking products in craft stores and online (traditional and digital scrapbooking included), I would say there must be LOTS of people who are still doing it. Here are 5 reasons I think scrapbooking will survive…

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Grandma’s Digital Photos

Once upon a time in a land not very far away, there lived a grandma who took lots of photos with her phone. She had photos of her dog, photos from vacations, photos taken during weddings and other family events, and (most importantly) photos of the cutest granddaughter ever. For two long years she snapped and shared and reviewed hundreds of photos each month on her trusty phone. Her phone was right there all the time, and it was so easy to use…why wouldn’t she take and store all her photos there?

Then one day, a HORRIBLE thing happened: the grandma accidentally deleted her ENTIRE “photos” folder from the phone!

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Remembering Kevin

Remembering Kevin
When my brother Kevin passed away unexpectedly in 2014 at age 25, my family was devastated. Even more than a year later, it’s still hard to believe that he’s not just going to walk through the door one day with his gruffy beard and a big hug for anybody in his path.

One of the only bright spots in the days after we heard the news was the chance we had to share our memories of Kevin with each other. I had made a Creative Memories album with many of Kevin’s photos and stories from birth to age 12 when I was a relatively young Creative Memories consultant, and the day after he died I took the album to my parents’ house. This book brought both smiles and tears to the literally hundreds of visitors, friends, and funeral attendees who came to pay their respects and reminisce with our family.

  • There’s that dangerously mobile little boy who practically lived in a tiger costume until he started kindergarten . . .
  • There are the best buddies in Boy Scout uniforms again and again . . .
  • There’s the little essay he wrote about how holding his new baby brother was the happiest experience of his life . . .

I wished I had kept his book current, but more than that I was happy I’d taken the time to put this all together well before we “needed” it, and I was so relieved that I didn’t have to try to hunt down an entire lifetime of photos and stories in the days between his death and his funeral. This album isn’t anything fancy–it’s fairly simple and unadorned–but it’s a celebration of a wonderful person, and that’s what’s important.

My family is glad to have some of our best “Kevin” memories documented in something tangible that we can go back to whenever we’re missing him. Even though some would say there are there are “easier” options available for photo sharing, nothing replaces an album for me.