Your Story Matters (a bloghop!)

Your Story Matters (a bloghop!)

Welcome to the Your Story Matters blog hop! You should have come here from Alison at Scrapping in Singapore. If not, you can start here and work your way around the circle, or you can go back to the beginning to start with our fearless leader Lain at Layout a Day.

This past summer, I had the pleasure of joining fellow members of ScrapHappy in contributing to the ebook Your Story Matters. It is now available for sale! This is SO exciting!

First of all, this was a collaborative effort of the members of ScrapHappy. ScrapHappy is an online scrapbooking community, where anyone and everyone is welcome. This is really the nicest, most supportive, and funny group of people I know, online or in real life. Of course I jumped at the chance to make an ebook with them!

Second, the subject matter is so important to me as a scrapbooker. The topics covered everything from “How you and your husband met,” to “Your greatest fault (or strength.)” I firmly believe that the most important pages that you can do, the ones that will mean the most to you and your family in the future, are the ones that tell the story of your everyday, imperfect life. I can hear the naysayers, saying their lives are boring, but think about it from the other side of the coin. Aren’t you the least bit curious about what your great-grandmother ate for breakfast on a routine basis? Wouldn’t you love to know what she carried in her purse? You probably can’t ask her those questions now, but you can answer them for yourself, now. Someday, someone will find that information fascinating, even if you think your everyday life is so everyday it’s uninspiring. Use the prompts from this book, look at your life with a new perspective, and you will find your everyday to be inspiring.

I contributed two pages to the ebook. First up, “my morning routine.” Breakfast of course!

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Then, since I had recently moved, “the place I call ‘home.'”

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Intrigued? Want to see what the other ScrapHappy members contributed? Buy a copy of the ebook for yourself! (It’s an ebook only, so it’s only available for download.) The introductory price is $7, and I have a $2 off coupon code for you: HOP. That’s $5. You will never be able to get it for that little again! (The coupon expires midnight January 21st.)

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We also are giving away three copies to commenters who post on any or all of the blogs participating in the bloghop. All you have to do to be eligible is leave a comment here about what story you think is important for scrapbookers to document by January 19th. The winners will be announced January 21st on Layoutaday.com. You will need to claim your prize by January 23rd. If you don’t want to wait that long, buy your book now, and you’ll get a refund if you win!

Now it’s time for you to move on to the next blog, my friend Danielle Hunter’s Ecoscrapbook. She has some great ideas on reducing, reusing and recycling in scrapbooking.

The full list of participants:

Have fun blog hopping! Don’t forget, your story really does matter!

59 Responses »

  1. Didn’t know there was a book coming out. I need to get back to my ScrapHappy family … miss interacting with everyone. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book.

  2. Excited to get a copy. I have 4 adorable children and have no trouble recording their lives. Mine, on the other hand, gets left behind. I would love to put together an album about mine and my husbands life before kids. That would be a fun one.

    • That’s one of the most important things to remember, include yourself in your scrapbooks. While your kids will like having their stories, as they get older, your stories will be even more interesting.

  3. Heather, it is so exciting to see your blog filling with wonderful content! Your Story Matters is such a great topic for scrapbookers to embrace. I’m glad that you got to be a contributor!

  4. Heather, I love coming and checking out your site now. You have been very busy!
    I really like your layouts and it got me to thinking that I need to document more of myself in my layouts and what I like to do. Your post gave me a wonderful idea of a layout that I could create as well to tell a little about myself! I really like your layout about your morning routine!

    • Glad to intro you! You’ve got a great take on scrapbooking.

      There are so many family stories that get lost, remembering that is what makes it easy to scrapbook.

  5. I never think to post such mundane things as what I eat – this would really kick up the scrapbooks a notch. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a book!

  6. I had my dad (now 87 yrs young) do an oral history for our kids, and I got his old photo albums. It never occurred to me to combine them this way! I was going to take his oral history, transcribe it, and put it with the photo albums, but the job seemed so so huge. This is a great way to do accomplish the same thing without feeling overwhelmed. Thank you!

    • So glad to help! Big tasks seem overwhelming. By breaking it down into little chunks, you’ll be able to capture the stories that matter 🙂

    • Carbs and caffeine will get you going any time! 😉

      But seriously, that’s exactly why it’s so important to tell your story. No one can tell it from your point of view but you.

    • Right back atchya girlfriend! I could never scrapbook, if I only got to do the “important” days. I’d much rather do a page about the people I love, and how silly they are any day of the week!

  7. I love your layouts – how tihe simplicity focuses attention on the photos. I agree with you that the everyday things are most important. I also feel that my dreams, hopes and fears are equally important.

    • Thank you! While I can do the mulit-layered approach, I prefer to keep my pages simpler, it makes it easier to tell stories fast!

  8. I am really excited about ya’ll ebook. I love the idea of the “story/prompt” and then an example of how you documented that story on a LO! Loved your ideas!

    • The story/ prompt is an excellent way to start a page. It helps you choose photos and product, and then you have a story you want!

  9. Love your post! Love your pages! Miss yah! Oh and I have to get that book! I’ll order it this weekend! See you in a week or so! So proud of you!

  10. So well said, Heather! I would love to know what my great grandmother and grandmother’s morning routine looked like. I’d even love to know what my mom thought of our morning routine when I was growing up!

    BTW that bread looks delish!!

    • I know! It’s making me hungry! 😉

      Ooh, I need to talk about the pre-breakfast routine. AKA getting kids out the door. It’s so hectic!

  11. Lovely work Heather – so pleased to have been part of this with you! I love the everyday pages too – although they aren’t always easy to journal about because they are about more routine things! As an empty nester I miss the morning chaos of getting the kids to school though – so that’s something I need to record in my scrapbooks!

    • Thanks Alison! I know I will miss the chaotic mornings after the kids have grown, but does it have to be so chaotic now? 😉

  12. Ooh, I love the Morning Routine prompt! If other scrappers are like me, they document everyone ELSE’S life and not their own. I think it’s important to do a page listing little-known facts about YOU. I did that once, and even good friends were surprised by some of the things I put down. I still love that page, and I did that two years ago.

  13. The important thing for me right now is to include journaling on each page I do. I believe that feelings and emotions should be journaled too wherever possible too.

  14. I believe every scrapper should scrap something that they are passionate about! If you don’t have a passion???? Ask God for it! He will surely give you one and it may just be HIM! Many blessings and congrats on being published.

  15. Everyday life is worth documenting and leaving behind for the generations. And don’t forget to journal, journal, journal. I believe that journaling is the lifeblood of scrapbooking!

    • Journaling is what turns a piece of paper with photos on it into a scrapbook page. Without it, it’s just a fancy photo album 🙂

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