Monday, July 8, 2019

"Tell Your Story" - Blog with Friends

Welcome to "Blog with Friends" where I join several other bloggers and we connect with one another as we highlight a theme that is up to our interpretation. This month's theme is "Tell Your Story". 

After you read my post, you'll find images and links to the other blogs. We'd love for you to visit all of them and always appreciate when you leave a comment sharing your thoughts. sure to read all the way to the bottom. 

Do you tell your story? I'm sure you realize you are the best author of that book, right? We have so many daily happenings that take place in our lives - some great, some good, and some we don't want to remember. We've all been there and the fact of the matter is, they all make us who we are; even the challenging ones.

So how about another question? How many photos do you have, solely on your phone alone, that tell part of your story? I'm going to guess you have tons of them just like I do. Truth be told, however, those photos aren't stories until you document the tales behind them. 

Think about a recent and favorite photo you have on your phone. Now, go look at it. Does it make you smile? Why? What does the photo tell you about that moment you experienced?

Would someone who looked at that same photo experience the same feel-good? I'm going to guess the answer is 'no'. Wouldn't you like for others to look at that photo years in the future and know why you took it and how it made you feel even as you reflected upon that occasion after it took place? It's part of your legacy, after all.

I love documenting my stories and have done so through scrapbooking over the years. "Scrapbooking" is a scary word to some people but I work to keep it simple and enjoyable, preserving the moments that matter most. Now, don't think I'm all caught up or anything because that is far from the truth but I do enjoy telling my stories.

In fact, would you believe me if I told you that it took me less than 6 minutes to put together this layout, without the photos? It's true! It took me longer to decide which photos I wanted to print than it did to create it. I love that was the case!

Alright, so I'm no magician AND I didn't create the layout is not my original design, but does it detract from the fun moments experienced when we went to the Hawaiian Islands last month? I would imagine that would be a resounding 'no' from the audience. :)

Check out this quick video (feel free to mute the music if you would like) and you will see me assemble it. 

I LOVE that it was simple to put together and then by adding our photos and my's a masterpiece, don't you think? It was made with the Close To My Heart scrapbook subscription kit, Craft with Heart, from June. It only requires adhesive, a journaling pen and photos. 

While these are 12" x 12" layouts, I love that I have also used a variety of sizes through a product line by Stacy Julian

How do you tell your story? You'll find some additional ideas on how to do so and if you want more information on doing so the paper way, let me know! I'd love to tell you more!

Now it's time for "Blog with Friends"! 


  1. This is awesome - and I love the music in the video. Got me all pumped up :)

  2. I used to be a scrapbooking queen. LOL now I have tens of thousands of photos on flash drives, in photo boxes and containers. Sad I know. I love telling stories but my boys are not interested and thought it was a waste of my time so I stopped. Now the number of photos is overwhelming.
    Spatulas On Parade

  3. I love the concept of scrapbooking, especially the artsy component. Once I have time I might take it up. Maybe when I am retired?
    Meanwhile I often share my pictures on social media and enjoy them coming up in the history a year later. Also blogging allows me to tell stories.

  4. You are so right about the pictures in my phone. I used to scrapbook when the boys were little, but between those pictures in my phone and your case for telling those stories, I think I need to start again.

  5. Often the photos in our phones remain there on our phones their stories untold