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52 Stories – Week Forty One – Go Learn

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Hello and welcome to another story.

Go learn

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Here is the story from this page –

Whether you like it or not our goal is to take you places. This was the Bradford Media Museum. A great day out was had. I was thrilled to be able to play on Pacman. Love me some Pacman. I’m rubbish and panic but still love it. Gav loved showing you the history of games consoles plus tons of other stuff too.

The takeaways from this layout/would I add anything more?

Last time I shared a page I was saying that I seemed to have this cracked……. So much for that! Although I do love the photos on this page and the idea of Gav and I taking my niece to wonderful places that grow her knowledge is captured a little bit here but overall there isn’t enough writing to get point that I was trying to make across. I ran out of room…… I love the paragraph style but if I’m going to use that I need to write my story out first then add the other elements so I know I can fit all the words in.

Okay onwards into December and the most wonderful month.

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52 stories – week forty – Forest Lawn

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Here’s another story, another layout.

Forest Lawn

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Here is the story on the page –

We have been to some gardens in our time and this one is up there as the strangest. Since I have been crossing gardens off my list we have found a few that have left us wondering why they would be in the 1001 book and this was one of those. Interesting, yes. Unique, yes. But really worth a visit? But it was worth seeing as a historic park cemetery where tinsel town lays their folk to rest. Famous and ordinary alike part of a vast parkland in the sprawl of L.A.

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

Either I’m getting better at this story telling thing or I’m getting less picky but I’m happy with this story too! Another one from our adventures stateside and one to add to all our garden visits. On to the next.

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52 stories – number thirty nine – Lost

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Here we go with another story and this is another from our holiday last year the US.

Lost

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Here is the story from this page –

There they are look, on my lap. That’s where they lived all the time we were in the car, unless of course they were on my head. I was a challenge because I wanted the sunglasses on when it was sunny but couldn’t read the map/directions (hmm…..reading sunglasses maybe?) Anyway we’d been in Palo Alto a day or so and I couldn’t find them. We came to the conclusion that somewhere along the journey when I’d got out of the car they’d slid off my lap. Gone forever. We stopped at Target and I bought a $10 replacement pair. I was sad though as I kinda loved those other ones….. wonder where they ended up???

The takeaways from this layout/would I add anything more?

No. Simple answer this week. All the story is there and I love the design of this page. It’s another fun a quirky little story from our adventures and I’m glad I have it told. Win, win.

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52 stories is a series (or adventure) in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

52 Stories – number thirty eight – Going to the game in SF

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We’ve had a little seasonal break in these posts but hopefully I’m back to sharing weekly now!

Going to the Game in SF

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Here’s the story –

It wasn’t like we hadn’t ridden the CAL train before but still it was a little nerve wracking parking then buying the tickets and waiting with all the other orange and black clad fans to board the train. It was fine though and we made it in plenty of time. I love to see all the fans. A glimpse of how those over the pond live a little of their day to day, you know just regular old life…HA! We saw one of the ex-players get their ring, Tina Sinatra throw the first pitch, greasy fries and pizza. All in all it was a great night apart from one small problem…. we lost.

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

I like this story. It does capture an overview of our experience that evening and that is what I was aiming for. I think that maybe it’s beacuse I’ve had this gap in between sharing these stories but I feel like I am more naturally the literal story teller opposed to telling those stories that are not so obvious. I am quite happy doing the literal thing but need to remind myself to watch for the other kind because they can be gems.

Anyway happy with this one and onwards.

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52 Stories – number thirty seven – Anatomy of a photo

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What with trips to London and ‘double sleep-overs’ I’ve got a little behind with my stories.

Anatomy of a photo

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This photograph has been waiting quite a while for its moment in the story spotlight. It is another one of those odd pictures that hold so much memory and story yet looks nothing special at all.

Here is the story from this page –

Let me tell you what I see. Memories of Dad. Helping, encouraging, spurring us on. A lot of talking between him and me. Memories of the garden back then. The big hedge was still there. The pergola yet to be finished. That walk I used to tale before we owned the house all the way to the end. I seemed like miles. Memories of our desire to grow stuff to fill up that amazing space with flowers. And even now 10+ years later we are still doing it.

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

I don’t think I would add anything here. I like the use of those paragraphs a change from my usual block of text. I keeps your focus moving around the page which in this layout is good. I could have told a dozen more little stories to go with this photograph but overall happy with the ones I selected and very pleased to have this cherished picture of my Dad and I scrapped.

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52 Stories – week thirty six – Our garden love affair

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Hello again and welcome to another week another story.

Our garden love affair

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A little back story. I was walking from the back gate towards the house about a week ago and was struck by the utter peace and quiet, the beauty of the plants and how fantastic I felt right at that moment wandering in my very own space. I was inspired to make this page and was very happy to find these two recent shots of the three of us in amongst the garden we love.

Here is the story on the layout –

From the very first searches for a new house all the way back in 2001 we wanted a big garden (big for a semi-d anyway.) We found our perfect garden and have embarked on big and small plans. But no matter if its neat or weedy it is my sanctuary. It is the place I longed for after we lost Dad, to get out there and lose myself in the green space. It is the place that calms and restores my soul. It literally feeds us and feeds our souls too. We’re still learning about this gardening thing. We grow with every season of planting. We grow and breathe and revel in the beauty of this green home.

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

Nope wouldn’t add anything to this page. Love the words, love the design. Very happy with it.

But…… Oh, you knew there had to be one! I have been thinking about my go to journaling style and want to mix it up a little as it’s starting to feel repetitive. I am a big fan of the handwritten paragraph plonked on the page. But there are so many other journaling concepts and I hope to investigate some of these over the next few layouts.

So come back and see how I’m getting on ; )

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

52 stories – week thirty five – Looking for Pluto

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Hello and welcome to another story in my year long story telling adventure.

Looking for Pluto

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Here is the story from this page –

This was on our list from the start. Gav wanted to visit and I’m so glad we made the drive up the hill that evening to see the Lowell Observatory. This was the actual machine that ‘spotted’ Pluto. We listened to a couple of talks and di some more start spotting outside. It’s all about Experience.

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

I’ve been on quite a roll recently with my stories. I like this one too but was running out of room on those little tags. The running out of room issue is nothing new for me and is usually at the heart of why I don’t get the whole story down. Hopefully if I keep telling myself this is one of my issues one of these days I’ll learn to write the story first!

I am still really enjoying this adventure, it keeps my inspired to scrap and also to record stories in a note book when they pop into my head so I have a catalogue of ideas to go to. That is something else I have learned; write it down otherwise you will forget it.

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52 stories – week thirty five – Gone!

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Here we go with another story.

Gone!

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Here is the story from this page –

It was one of those Wednesdays when H came for tea and I asked if she’d help me get some logs from the wood. Trees had been cut down and huge log piles left so we set off with the wheelbarrow. Although not actually doing anything wrong we didn’t want to be spotted and after a couple of incidents with slugs and a frog we heard folk at the end of their garden. We looked at each other and she shouted ‘LEG IT!’ and left me there with a barrow full of logs. Can you believe she left me!

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more to the story?

I don’t think I would add anything more to this page. Although I left the date off again! I hope that this is another one of those little stories that trigger memories and laughter in years to come.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.

52 stories – week thirty three and thirty four

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Hello and welcome to two more stories in this year of story telling adventures.

Night Light

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Here is the story from this page –

Griffith Park  Los Angeles   28 April 2015

Our evening was all planned out. We’d had a busy day driving to downtown LA to see Endeavour and then Angels Flight. In all that heat. We rested in the hotel a while and were heading out to star spot, the universe kind. Then I got a little grumble in the tum and really didn’t want to venture anywhere. But I did and we stopped in Pasadena to get pizza for Gav, drove along the fast and furious freeways and got there just as it was getting dark. It was really busy but we still managed to look through two telescopes they’d set up outside and saw a demo of the TESLA machine. And saw the twinkling lights of tinsel town below. 

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

I apologise for sharing gastric troubles! A step too far I think but this is such a lovely story (not the troubles but the other parts) from our trip last year that I wanted to share the overall story of that evening. It was really a lovely adventure even if it started of on shaky ground!

Wouldn’t add anything to this one.

And because I’m behind with sharing these here is another one to bring us up to date with week thirty four.

The fun you have with 2 pence

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Here’s the story from this page –

If we go to the seaside then we go to the amusement arcade. I remember playing one time when I was H’s age in Scarborough with Nana and Grandad Bill. She like the amusement arcade did my Nana! And look at that adorable smile all because she won back a few 2 pence pieces. Of course it’s just the fun of it all that we love the attempted skill and then that great sound of the coins dropping to indicate that we won. Love this tradition, love that girl.

The takeaways from this page/would I add anything more?

The date! Good grief how can I forget to add the date! I also don’t think that the story flows as well as it could especially the fact that I’ve mixed a memory of mine in and then back to the story of the photo all in two sentences. But I do like that it tells a little story of these visits to coastal arcades.

I’ll just go now and add the date!

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52 stories – week thirty two – He drives

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Another week, another story.

He drives

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Here is the story from this page –

We are like chalk and cheese when it comes to driving in the U.S. I would not thank you for it but Gav adores it so. And ever since we got upgraded that time in Florida (2013) he only wants a Jeep now. So a Jeep it was for our 2015 road trip. Really I’ve never seen him as happy as he is behind the wheel on those big open roads of rural USA. The only problem is that means I have to navigate…….

The takeaways from story number thirty two/would I add anything more?

It comes as no surprise that I am finding throughout this process that I get my facts wrong! School girl error number one. Okay, maybe I’m not wrong but I actually have no idea if the car we hired last year was, in fact a Jeep. What I should have said was a 4×4. And really this is such an important point for me to remember, ha! I need to remember to try to get the facts rights because in years to come these stories will be what I read and believe to be correct so I must try to get things right.

Apart from that I like the overall story. I could have told it from a different angle, that is something else I am learning. Again it’s an important one for different reasons. Choosing what angle or point of view to tell a story from is another element of scrapbooking that I am flexing my muscles in. I think I will always be learning, thinking about, pondering this one. But I’m okay with that. That is one of the wonders of story telling right?

I’m also finding that I learn more about my scrapbook process, likes and dislikes if I do a long stint of making pages. If I make one a week I don’t seem to learn anything but if I make a couple on one day and a couple the next I pick up on things more easily. I also believe that my confidence grows in terms of design if I do a longer session at the scrap table.

All in all loving this adventure.

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52 stories is a year long series or adventure in my story telling. Can I get the whole story onto a layout? Am I telling the stories I want to tell? Read the inspiration post here.