Welcome to this week’s episode in this fantastic series on How to Scrapbook Your Life Story from Kylie Moore of KylieM Designs. Enjoy this segment and if you missed the previous episodes, the links are just below. Once again, Kylie has a free QuickPage to help you get started. See below for the link.
So I hope that you have started thinking about who you can interview to obtain those all too important oral histories. It could be your Parents or even Grandparents, maybe an Aunt or Uncle, or that long time family friend who always seems to have been there. It doesn’t really matter who it is, they all have a snippet to add to your family’s story.
One final thing to remember when listening to those stories is to remember to be sensitive. It can be very emotional talking about the past and those long lost relatives. I remember finding out that my Grandmother was actually engaged to someone else before she met my Grandfather, but he had been killed in the war. Even after 50 years, and a very happy life with my Grandfather she was still very emotional about it, she had lost someone whom she had loved very dearly, in traumatic circumstances.
We would love to hear your stories, or how you went collecting them. Don’t forget to let us know!
Another fantastic way to build your lifestory is to write narrative stories.
These are real memories that are written like a story book, maybe even like a picture book. If you get really clever you could even turn some of these stories into picture books for your children to enjoy over and over again.
Scrapbooking lends itself to this process so well. Pages are colourful and attractive and the story can drag you in. Small mini albums, 4 x 6 brag books for example, are a fantastic and inexpensive way to turn these books into a reality.
So where do you start?
Well how about I give you some prompters and you can see what you come up with.
- Special moments – we have all had a special moments of one type or another in our lives. It could be anything so long as it was special to you. A visit to the circus, or an amazing adventure playground, meeting overseas relatives and friends for the first time, special birthdays or parties, camping trips or adventures. Write about this special moment, remember as many details as you can and remember to say what made it so special for you.
- Teaching moments – I am sure there has been a time when you have taught someone something, it can be as simple as teaching younger siblings to tie their shoelaces, ride a bike or even pour a glass of milk. It can obviously be more complex, maybe you have a career in teaching and you remember those first days in the classroom. All of these can be so rewarding. Think about something you have taught someone else, however minor it may seem to you. If you were proud then your readers would love to hear about it. Try to remember the details of the process you used, and then tell us your story.
So there are a couple of narrative prompters to get you started!
Don’t worry I have plenty more and will share some more of those for you next week! Your freebie this week is a little different, probably more for bloggers. It is a frame for 6 photos, so that a series of them can be shown on your blog, although I have left it A4 size for you so that it could easily be printed or included in your albums. Enjoy!
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You can read more of Kylie’s work and check out her designs at KylieM Designs. Stay tuned for Part Four next week. Note: Kylie no longer maintains My Digital Life so I’m afraid all the links to her site are now disabled. But you can still follow her series by clicking on the episode links above