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52 stories – Number Forty Two – So Unfair

Back with another story.

So Unfair

Here’s the story from the page –

Hannah and I were oh so happy to find the game full up with BA-NA-NA Kevin and Bob. We fed that machine and Han grabbed Minion after Minion only for everyone to fall back down when the claw got to the top. We were simply robbed! So I bought her one for Christmas instead!

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

Simple answer – yes! I was running out of room even though I’d used the typewriter for my journaling rather than writing it out to fit more words on the page. The story is there more or less but I could have embellished a little more as it is short and to the point. Like I say it gets the idea across and it is a reminder of another fun day spent with her at the seaside.

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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 Two – Floating Free

Here we go with another scrapbook page in the 52 stories series.

When we came back from Portugal last year I was searching through all the photos looking for this shot. Then I remembered that Gav took it on his phone. A good reminder that getting other folk to take some pictures of you is important. I asked him to get this picture because, as my story spells out, I was in heaven floating in that pool and if I hadn’t asked him to get a pic I probably would not have made a page about it.

Floating Free

Here is the story from the page –

For about twenty minutes one day and ten the next I was alone in the pool. I swam, I drifted, happy and content. It was glorious. After a while I decided to try and float on my back and when I found my groove I kept doing it over and over. It was absolute heaven, a perfect moment, perfect experience and I’ll always remember that weightless solitude in a sea of blue.

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

Got this one pretty much nailed down. I did write my words out before hand and that goes to show that a little practice pays off!

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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 – 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.