Storyline | Documenting Older Photos

Using the Heidi Swapp Storyline Collection to document older photos | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

About a week ago I headed down to our basement to start the HUGE job of cleaning, organizing, purging, etc.

I was working for about 20 minutes when I came across a huge bin of random photos…photos from my childhood, teenage & college years & the years I was dating my husband.

And, of course, all work came to a screeching halt right then & there.

2 hours later (I know…ugh), I’d accumulated a stack of photos that I love…most of which were of events I had almost completely forgotten about.

Having all of these newly-remembered stories got me to thinking about something Heidi said a few weeks back during her Storyline Facebook online event. Something about how if we don’t have our photos, and we don’t tell those stories, how do we know they ever happened? Where is the evidence?

Yes…I can look at those photos and they will probably spark a few memories about the time & place in which they were taken. But how will anyone else know what these photos represent years from now? They won’t…and the memories/stories will be lost forever. Unless we document them.

Enter Heidi’s Storyline Collection.

Using the Heidi Swapp Storyline Collection to document older photos | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Just by adding the “WHO,” “WHAT,” & “WHERE,” along with a date and little journaling, I’ve made this story real…I’ve proven that it really happened.

And generations to come will know that it happened.

And that’s really awesome.

One of the things that I think is so cool about this photo, in particular, is that my best friend & I (who were camping with some other friends of ours) had snapped this pre-selfie selfie during one of our hikes. Anyone born before about 2000 knows just what I’m talking about…when you actually had to turn the camera around and guess where you may be in the frame…and then you had to wait until the photos were developed to see if you had taken an even close-to-decent picture.

Those were the days.

Using the Heidi Swapp Storyline Collection to document older photos | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

This layout took me all of about 15 minutes to complete…start to finish.

Using the Heidi Swapp Storyline Collection to document older photos | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

That’s it.

Nothing too fancy or over-embellished.

Just simple.

And perfect.

And done.

Using the Heidi Swapp Storyline Collection to document older photos | Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

I’m working on getting the rest of that stack documented…and it’s been so fun remembering & reliving.

Even though most of the photos are not what I would necessarily call “scrap-worthy,” it doesn’t matter.

That’s not what’s important.

Getting the stories told is what matters.

And I’d be willing to be that most of you have a similar bin of photos just waiting to be documented.

Get all the inspiration you need with  Heidi’s FREE online Storyline class HERE…and get your copy of Heidi’s Storyline ebook by heading to heidiswapp.com (click on the pop-up when you land on the home page & you will get directions on how to download the book!).

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