I have continued on my quest to scrapbook using only my stash this past week. Below are two very simple layouts I whipped up on Sunday during Brothers and Sisters. No fancy techniques. Not a lot of embellishing. But they both tell stories I wanted to capture. That is what scrapbooking is to me. There was a time when I was consumed with the latest tools and techniques. While I still like to be up on that stuff and do like to try new things on my layouts, that isn’t my focus. My focus is on my story.
Because stories are so important to me, I have been really excited to take Jessica Sprague’s free class, Stories in Hand, which launched this week. Here is what Jessica had to say about the system:
What you have to say matters. The things you think, the experiences you’ve had, the people and places and things you love, and why, are worth talking about. I believe that. And I believe that each of us has a story to contribute.
I’m often reminded as I go throughout my days of experiences I’ve been through, or little moments I’ve savored, that I’ve never written down or told anyone. Stories in Hand is a system I created in late 2008, to help me gather the stories of my life that I wanted to tell. I decided to create a class to share this system with you, to help you tell the stories that matter most to you.
Stories in Hand is not a journal, but a companion to your storytelling. It is not a place to write, but a tool to get inspiration, a guide to spark memories you’ve forgotten, and a system to organize and gather the stories you want to tell. It’s designed to sit right alongside whatever method you currently use (or would LIKE to use) to tell your stories.
She created PDFs of all the components of the Stories in Hand book for class participants to put together. The class called for either a small binder (7×6) or to make your own using materials you had at home. Shock – I made my own. I also modified the cover from her original design and I love how it turned out.