I inherited ALL of these albums and MANY more when my grandmother passed away almost 12 years ago.
I knew I wanted to create and do something special with these precious heritage photos…photos from the past, I simply had no idea where to start.
As I researched ideas about documenting heritage pages and took class after class on heritage photos, I simply gave up. The ideas were GREAT, but I didn’t want a family tree style album.
Last year I took Ali Edwards Yesterday and Today class at BPS. I have to admit, I have not made it past week two, but I loved the idea of combining old photos with photos of today. I plan on using some of my heritage photos in this manner, but it still wasn’t exactly how I wanted to use all of these photos.
Then, this year as the word story is being used so much more than journaling, I started thinking about the “stories “ I was recording in my scrapbooks.
Having lost my mother at the age of seven I really focused my journaling on the what, how, and when my children were doing things and how I felt about it. Because these are questions I always had as a child. Now, that I am older I have different questions.
I wonder, now that I have no one to ask, what my mom was like, how she felt at different ages of her life, what she wanted, did she feel like me? As I look back on my pages I am missing my life story. Stories that only I can tell, as really I am the only one who knows why or how I truly feel about any given situation. A story that tells my family who I was as a child and who I am today.
Now, I was completely OVERWHELMED. How do you record your own life story? I know there are LOTS of classes on pages and albums that focus on the “All About Me” concept, but again none of those concepts completely covered what I was wanting to do. I didn’t want a snapshot of my life today, I wanted to tell the story of my life and the why behind who I am today. Yet, I didn’t want to write an entire book!
This spring I came across a magazine by LIFE titled 100 PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD. Over all history LIFE came up with 100 people who significantly changed the history of our world. WOW! I started to think about what has significantly changed MY world. I began to wonder if I could come up with 100 moments that changed my world. I decided it didn’t matter if I could come up with 100 TODAY, because I am still living, but I thought it might be possible.
So, I created a list of 100 moments that in some way changed the path that my life had been heading in. Some are much bigger than others, but they all changed who I have become in some way.
I was amazed that in 20 short minutes I had a simple list of 100 moments that changed my world.
I now have a starting point for documenting my story. I have a place to begin. I also, have the photos, or photos from a specific time period in my life to record my 100 MOMENTS!
I am ready to begin a new journey with my scrapbooking; a journey that will allow me to finally use my heritage photos. A journey that will record MY life story in a simple format, capturing my MOST important life moments and memories!
This week I am going to share my process as I journey down this new creative path. Maybe you want to join me? Maybe you have questions? Maybe you are simply intrigued? You can begin this journey today by simply setting a timer for twenty minutes and sit down at your computer or with pad and pen and begin making your list. Start at the beginning of your life and work backwards to today. Have you moved? Did you meet someone important in your life? Did you try something different? Did you have a fight or disagreement that sent you in a new direction? No matter how big or small the moment, write it down, capture it today.
I will share my list with you tomorrow. If you have any questions comment here or feel free to email me!
100 MOMENTS THAT CHANGED MY WORLD…this is going to be an album like no other, and I am excited to share my journey with you!