“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees:

 

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Philip Pullman

 

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Why do we fall in love with stories? What makes us want to curl up with a good book, or cozy in with a feel-good movie, or listen to a loved one spin the same yarn for the 99th time? Could it be that our stories are our connection to one another, and even greater than that, to the world around us? I’m not sure the psychology behind it all, but I do know that almost everyone loves great stories. They bring life to our existence and deepen our understanding of one another.

My mom passed away five years ago, and all her stories with her. She was an engaging storyteller, but she was not a memory-keeper. And although she’s been gone for half a decade, I still have so many questions I long to ask her about different stages at her life. How did it feel to be the only female parts department manager? Did she cry when each one of her children left the nest? How did she meet and fall in love with my father? When did she know he was “the one?” Those answers are lost to me, and sometimes it’s almost unbearable to think of that.

So now more than ever, I feel an urgency to record as much as I can for my own children and (future) grandchildren so that once I’m gone, they will have at least some of the pieces of the puzzle that is our family story. For most of my scrapbooking years, my pages have been focused on events. Oh, I’ve made some pages that I loved that really captured the look and feel of a birthday party, or a family vacation, or the mess on Christmas morning. But those pages lack what I’m coming to see as the most important element – our stories. More than design ability, I want to grow in my ability to tell those stories, to record them in the pages of our scrapbooks. This hobby that gives me so much joy is amazing because someday my creations have the potential to bring joy to the people who read them.

One thing I’m doing to grow in this area is learn from others who are a bit further along the path than I am. For starters, I’m going to participate in a FREE two-day live event over at CreativeLive called “Scrap Your Story.” It’ll be taught by one of my scrapbooking heroes, Lain Ehmann, and I know it’s going to be packed full of great content all about this very topic. It runs live during the day on May 19 and 20, with live replays in the afternoons. If you’d like to join me, you can RSVP at http://www.layoutaday.com/creativelive . You won’t be obligated to anything, but you will have access to the entire event if you are able to tune in – for FREE. Plus, Lain is giving away scrappy goodies, like a coupon for Gossamer Blue and a free Groovebook to everyone who RSVPs through her link. I’d love to have you along with me on this journey.

Till next time,

LH

 

 

 

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