Storyline | 3 Ways to Tell your Story Better

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Most recently you will find me in this major de-clutter mode here in my home. We are talking MAJOR. I shared with you this week on my Facebook Live how this motivation to clear possessions in my life is simply about keeping the items that have true value to me.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

You also heard me say, which should be an obvious discovery, that again and again, photos, journals, anything with a story of my family found on it, those are the things of great value to me. Every time.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

I also alluded to a new reality discovered as I was going through past mini albums and layouts. Now, as I share this thing that I uncovered while perusing these albums, don’t get me wrong. I don’t consider this ‘thing’ a fail. Because one of my many mantras is: Something is better than nothing!

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

If we have taken any time at all to print our photos and get them on a page of some sort, we have mastered a huge and beautiful task of keeping memories. Huge! This is an accomplishment that is, to coin a phrase, of great value to us. A gift to ourselves.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

But I found that I need to make a purposeful change. Because for me I did not always write the actual story down. I forgot to document the story that was found on the page. Now, I may know what that story is. Because I was the curator of those photos and the few words that I may or may not have documented. But…I missed a telling. And today, line in the sand, I am making a change up in my ‘scrapbooking’ hobby.

I am making a purposeful commitment to tell the story like never before. Consistently.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

You have heard us all talk about Storyline here at Heidi Swapp.

Jen recently and beautifully laid out how to preserve heritage photos.

Lindsay showed us how to use Storyline effortlessly with the help of a sketch.

Kim shared how awesome it is to use Storyline telling your kid’s stories in a creative way.

Maggie created a Storyline page using Heid’s sketches in a new fresh approach.

My friends…you are not without ideas for how to use this wonderfully simple approach to telling your stories.

But here’s my message:

tell. the. story.

It’s everything to put your heart and mind on these pre-scripted pages and tell of that beautiful life, and maybe not always so beautiful, life that you live.

So here’s the rest of my message.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Write it down.

Maybe you are not a fan of your handwriting. That’s O.K. My preferred method of writing down the story is using my own hand writing. But that’s me. That’s my style. It does not have to be yours. That said, it is the quickest way to journal. It is a personal evidence of me. And it feels more familiar to my family and friends when I use my handwriting on the page.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

It’s sort of old school. But one way to tell your story is to use your own hand writing.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

But O.K…I get ya…you hate your hand writing…so type it. Secondly, one could type their story in Storyline.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

On the occasion that I do indeed type my story on a Storyline page insert, I map out the photos to be on the page first. I lightly pencil around where the pictures and stickers will be.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Before these elements are adhered to the page, I slip the page insert into the typewriter and write my story. Here I am using the We R Memory Keepers Typecast. Love this machine!

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

After that is all in place I then go to finish the page with the photos and stickers. This is still a very doable and quick way to document your story in Storyline.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

The last idea I have for you today is to use your favorite word processing software on your computer to type out the story. Print out the journaling on a paper weight of your preference.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

After printing out the journaling, trim to size and adhere to the page. Seen here I printed my journaling to fit a 10″x 2″ journal spot.  And you know what? Boom! Story told.

Heidi Swapp Storyline - 3 Ways to Tell a Better Story by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Three ways to tell your story better:
hand write your story
type the words
or print out journaling

It is truly my hope that you heard my message to you today. These stories. Our stories. Mean. So. Much. But nobody knows them unless we write them down.

Supplies: Heidi Swapp Storyline Collection. WeRMemoryKeepers Typecast Typewriter.

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