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52 Stories – Number Fifty Two – His & Hers

A big welcome to the last in this series of posts all about scrapping the stories I want to tell. I say the last post but of course I will be carrying on the scrapbook journey and hopefully telling more meaningful stories along the way.

His & Hers

A different was to get the words onto the page this week. I was in tune with symmetry and didn’t want to add journalling that would unbalance the layout so instead I used the words as a sort of border along the photo edges. Yes it meant not as many words but I love the way it turned out.

Here is the story from this page –

It was my think to get up early and get my steps done. Then I’d settle on the upper patio with that view and my stuff around me and enjoy the early morning. Gav got up later and set out his activities for the day before we had breakfast.

Just adore this page and the capture of the visuals. A good example of all the elements, words, title and photos coming together to make a great story told.

As I mentioned above I’ll still be scrapping and sharing here and hopefully getting the stories I want to tell down on paper.

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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.

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52 Stories – Number Fifty One – Making Plans

Here we go with another scrapbook page as I try to get the story I really want to tell into the album.

Making Plans

Here is the story from the page –

It was a little bit of a panic because there was an offer on the Disney World prices so we got together to discuss it and pin down exactly where we wanted to stay. And H had made a wonderful banner to get us all in the mood. We all wore our Mickey ears too well she made Gav and David a pair each. Good FUN.

Have I got the story down? Would I add anything more?

Love that I have made so many pages recently that are not only a re-telling of the facts in the photo, if that makes sense? I feel like I have stretched my story telling muscles a little bit and am hopeful that I’ll carry on the good work! Don’ get me wrong, I still love to tell a factual photo based story but also feel that adding a deeper story is lovely too.

I’m happy with the words for this tale and love that this little piece of our American/Disney adventure has been documented.

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52 Stories – Number Fifty – Meteor Crater

At last I am getting towards the end of what was supposed to be a year-long journey in story telling, or rather improving my story telling. It has been more that a year but although I don’t share every week, as I originally intended, I have loved the process of  stopping and thinking about the story I am trying to convey and sharing that here.

Anyway three more to go starting with this one.

Meteor Crater

Here’s the story –

I know that going to see this crater was on Gavs list of things to do way before the click tick list came along. But I added it sounded interesting and it was. Amazing actually. Formed 50,000 years ago by a meteorite 160 feet across! It’s 900ft in diameter and 560ft deep. It was hot and dusty and I had trouble grasping just how big it was. Great visit indeed.

Did I tell all the story? Could I add anything more?

This was a fairly straightforward factual story. I added in the facts mainly because I forget things like that so easily and I thought it would be good to documents those details. There isn’t much else you can say about something so amazing and I think I got that bit in there so overall happy with this tale.

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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.

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52 Stories – Number Forty Nine – Go

Looking back at the photographs from our holiday to Portugal last year I stopped at this one. It got me thinking just why I took it. I do that a lot. I take many, many pictures and most are not for scrapping they are for documenting. I use Project Life® for that but you could simply use a photo album and add some words.

Actually I have been thinking about using photo albums as well to keep some photos handy for browsing. I did start to do this a few years ago and may add to those albums as I have so many great pictures but like I say some I don’t need or want to make a layout from.

But I digress. When I was looking at this photo I decided that a story should be told about Gav and his running. So here it is.

Go Gav

Here’s the story –

I can’t begin to express how in awe I am of your running. You just go and do it. Every week come rain or shine. Amazing! Keep going with this wonderful thing.

Do  get the story down/would I add anything more?

A short story. But still a good one and as I said above something that should be told. I guess I could have added how long he has been running but I think I have documented it in Project Life®. I could have also added that he runs even when we’re on holiday but I thinks that’s obvious? Anyway overall I like it!

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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.

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52 Stories – Number Forty Eight – Who Knew?

Here we go with a new scrapbook layout.

Who Knew?

Here is the story from this page –

Anyone who knows me won’t believe what’s been going on recently. I have been walking ten thousand steps a day. YES really, not joking. It was the iphone. What did Gav think he was doing buying me one! Now I’m walking. Even in Portugal I set out to get the steps in. I have truly surprised myself, astounded would be a better choice of words actually. It’s good to realise that even though I thought I knew myself pretty well turns out I can still do the unexpected.

Have I told the story I wanted to tell? Would I add anything more?

This was one of those pages that just happened. It wasn’t really planned so I just wrote what I felt. The story does not wholly relate to the photos but when I looked at this collection of pictures that was the story that popped into my head so that is the one I told. I guess that I covered the story I wanted to tell.

I have had a bit of a scrapping hiatus. Ebb and flow right? But I feel newly inspired and hope to get lots more stories told.

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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.

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52 Stories – Number Forty Seven – How Much Do I Love Cherries

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Welcome to another story, it’s been awhile.

How much do I love cherries

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Here is the story from this page –

It seems that I like them quite a lot. We had stopped in the quaintest little rest stop on the way from Fresno to Palo Alto. The scenery was beautiful and the road windy and high up. I got a shock not only at the price of the cherries I picked up but at the cool temp too. ‘Casa d’ had the monopoly on the food, cafe, wine, gifts… but it was worth the stop just to see it and to see Gav’s face at the cost of the cherries!

Did I get the story down? Would I add anything more?

Overall yes I did tell the very funny story of the cost of that bag of cherries. Perhaps I could have elaborated and said that I expected them to be cheaper because they are harvested right there where they were for sale. But overall I’m happy with this one. And I loved using the actual receipt as part of the design of the page.

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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.

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52 Stories – Number Forty Six – Build Stuff

Here we go with another story. This is one of the fun one! Actually I hope all my stories and layouts are fun but you know what I mean. I also hope it conveys the message to try and to do as well. To challenge yourself because you never know what would have happened if you didn’t try. So let’s see if I pulled that off…..

Build Stuff

Here’s the story –

It was on her summer list. Build an aqueduct. Of course I was sceptical but we added it all the same. And of course Gav was more than up for the challenge. This is the stuff. The good stuff. The stuff that helps to define and influence and grow kids. Fail or succeed they tried and the best part? they had the best FUN ever. Love these two so.

Did I get the story down? Would I add anything more?

Well I was getting there wasn’t I? I feel I missed the sentiment I was aiming for slightly. I began by mentioning that I was the sceptic when we added it to her list, ever since we built the obstacle course the year before she almost believes Gav can make anything. So I start by saying I doubted we could do it and go on to sum up that is the end result isn’t the goal here. It’s doing something and loving the process that’s important. I liked that part.

I guess I don’t have to spell out the whole idea of this. By me writing this story down I have learnt something. It has driven home in my mind that it is the trying and the doing rather than getting it right every time. So actually yes, I have told a nice story but in the telling I have learnt something too. Now that really is 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 Forty Five – First Time for Everything

Late last year I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Ali Edwards Story Kit™ and Story Stamp™ It was part of a sale event. I went for the ‘First’ kit and the ‘Stuff’ stamp set. Love them both and hope she does another sale of these products as they are excellent and packed with good stuff. I have been tempted several times to buy the full priced kits and getting the opportunity to see the products makes me want to hop on board with that even more. We will see…..

Anyway the reason I am rambling about that is because the 4 x 6 card on this layout came from the kit and I loved that it gave me both a spark for the title of the page but also a colour scheme to use too.

First time for everything

Here is the story from this page –

I got Gav into a taxi, now that’s amazing. I’d wanted to take H in a London cab every time we’d visited but had never managed it until this time. The combination of change in my pocket, the 40 minute walk to the Science Museum, the heat and the fact that I needed the loo came together and I just hailed one! It was a speedy trip and so worth the look on Gav’s face.

Have I got the story down? Would I add anything more?

My typing went a little haywire here. I missed words out and ran out of room. Really just wanted to add another sentence or two but it does get over the main idea of the story so I must be satisfied with that.

I also liked having the colours for the two cards from the kit match so well and loved the little wood veneer car.

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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.

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52 Stories – Number Forty Four – This I Know

Happy Wednesday!

This story is one of those that I aspire to tell. It’s not about the photo, it’s about a lesson taught, learnt and hopefully remembered.

Don’t get me wrong I love telling the everyday stories that relate directly to the picture, the who, what, where, when and why stories. But happening upon one of the less tangible ones makes me happy.

This I Know

Here is the story –

It first struck me, in 2014 when we were riding on that cable car, that when you travel with a child you have to become something you might not usually be. BRAVE. That journey over the River Thames scared me silly but I couldn’t let it show. I had to be brave and pretend all was calm, all was well. It struck me this last visit to London in the same way and I realise that this is a gift. I know that if I can do it with her I any do it anytime. That is something powerful to remember, something good to remember and hold on to. Thanks H.

Have I got the story down? Would I add anything more?

I mentioned last week that I keep a ‘photos to scrap’ album. Somewhere to pop pictures that I love and know I want to use in layouts. I may not have a story in mind I just know I adore the photograph so I keep it to one side. Hmm… I have rather a lot of these!

This photo of me and her went perfectly with my story. I could have a different story with it highlighting the trip we were on or our relationship but I’m glad I used it here. I think it works well.

Overall apart from some dreadful typos and missing words in my typed paragraph (I blame the typewriter…) I love my story and wouldn’t add anything to it.

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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.

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52 Stories – Number forty three – Allsorts of Selfies

I’ve said it time and again before…….. hobbies phase in and out. Because I have so many of them (!) I feel that this is a good thing. When I get bored of one there is always another to take its place.

I’ve not been making many scrapbook pages lately but felt inspired last week to make some new ones. The process of bringing out photos, story ideas and supplies always sparks creativity and productivity and now all I want to do is tell more stories and make them into layouts.

To help me with this process I keep an ongoing list of story ideas in the same note book that I use for Project Life® and I transferred all last years ideas to my new book for 2017. I also keep ‘to scrap’ photos together in a regular photo album, a concept I got from a class I took at the old Big Picture Classes run by Stacy Julian. Her idea is to sort through your photos and keep them all handy in one spot. I pulled this set from there.

Allsorts of Selfies

Here is the story from this page –

Oh yes indeed. I don’t just stop at the self timer when we are on our hols. No, I do selfies too. And of course I have to get us both in the frame. Good to see that Gav joins in with equal enthusiasm and FUN! On the drive to downtown LA, On the bus to Hearst Castle, Shadows at the crater, lunch in Paso Robles, Breakfast in Cambria.

Have I told the whole story? Would I add anything more? 

When I gathered these images together way back in 2015 and slipped them into my to scrap system I knew I wanted to highlight the fact that they are all ‘selfies’ but most have a quirky twist on that. I wanted to showcase them all together, to highlight my love of a selfie, that Gav joins in and that we get creative sometimes. That was the main aim of this layout. The words for once were second to the overall visual of this collection of pictures of us together.

I’m happy that my ‘concept’ worked out and I love this page.

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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.

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