We all know how important it is that we share our stories with our families…that we get in front of the camera every so often…that we, as documenters, make sure to not forget about us when it comes to our scrapbooking.
But, if you’re anything like me, doing those things isn’t always easy.
First of all, I really don’t like having my picture taken. I’m not exactly sure why…and I haven’t always felt that way…but that’s where I am right now.
Second, I don’t always remember to have someone else snap a photo of what’s going on in a certain moment…or at an event.
Third, there’s always something else to be documented…whether it’s our daily lives, a holiday, birthday party or sporting event.
My stories get pushed to the end of the line.
I’m not mad about it – it’s just what happens.
So, when I was asked to create a “selfie” layout, I struggled a bit.
Truth be told, when I sat down to work on this page, I hadn’t showered, my hair was up & I had on zero makeup. Not exactly the image I wanted to save for posterity. So I tried to think outside the box a bit.
How could I create a layout about me, without actually having to be in a photo?
Then it hit me.
Why don’t I just tell a story about part of me?
So that’s what I did.
I decided that I would document my hands.
They are something I want my kids to remember long after I’m gone…but I couldn’t remember having ever had a photo taken specifically of them.
So that’s where I needed to start…
But when I made the decision about the story I wanted to tell, my kids were still in school, and, frankly, I was too lazy to try to set up the camera to snap a pic of my hands, so I created the majority of my layout, sans photos, first.
I started by typing out my journaling in a document – making sure to change my margins to account for the spacing on one of the 8.5×11 Storyline backgrounds.
Then I simply ran my page through my printer.
Next, I went through my stash of Storyline stickers & Deck of Days and picked out a few things I thought might work on my page.
I added those…and then I filled in my “WHO,” “WHAT,” “WHERE.”
When my daughter got home, I asked her to take a couple of photos for me.
I printed those out and added them to the space I had set aside.
I finished up my page with a few more embellishments, and I was done.
Except for the time I spent waiting for the photos, the entire page took me less than 45 minutes from start to finish.
And now this is one more story told.
I hope, years from now, when my children read what I’ve written, and see the photos of my hands, they remember them…
…and they are able to more deeply feel a connection to me.
Thank you so much for taking a look.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get (at least part of) your story told…