How to create a connected story
A few days ago I logged into my account at bigpictureclasses.com to look up something in one of my previous classes. While I was poking around, I peeked at a class which was the 4th installment in a 2016 yearlong effort I was calling The 20% Club. Clearly, I didn't finish the series. But, this last class, which showcases the process involved in creating a connected story is a good one. The page is titled, "The Truth About Birthday Cakes" and I'm going to share two of the videos posted in the classroom along with the journaling.
If you've been scrapbooking for a while, or perhaps even better you haven't been scrapbooking for a while, you are well poised to create a page/story like this one. You simply start with a photo from your childhood or a photo taken years ago and then you think about what it represents to you now. What other memories might be packed away in the same "box" that memories associated with this photo are packed away in. What other people, places and events are "connected" to this photo(s).
The great thing about pages like this is how they relieve a TON of guilt or remorse that you might be harboring in relation to what you haven't done, because you can cover so much ground with a story like this. I LOVE that on this page, you see a photo of both me and my husband as kids, with a birthday cake. On the opposite side, you see a photo of each of our children with a birthday cake. Tucked behind the left page is the story. In a way, this page represents most if not ALL of the birthday pages I haven't yet created, because you get a little background/context and a sense of our take on birthdays—at least from the perspective of cake, ha!
I LOVE mixing old photos with more recent photos and the permission that these mingled images gives you as a storyteller to bridge the gaps. Anyway, have a watch. If you like what you see, this class is HERE.
This first video is mostly a sped up version of assembly with commentary at the end and the second video is more about the story and then shows how I added the final decorative touches!
I think my FAVORITE little touch is the pocket journaling and the photo of me on my 50th birthday with my cake. See time marker 2:09 in the second video!
As you saw in the 2nd video, the longer story is tucked behind the left side of the layout. You certainly don't have to read this LONG journaling, but I'm SO GLAD I wrote it. It really is very satisfying to broaden the scope of our journaling from time to time, so that we're not just documenting one event. When we back up and look at the past through the lens of one little thing, ie. birthday cakes, we can have a LOT of FUN writing and we can reveal some very unique aspects of our lives.
Here's the journaling ...