What is this class all about? Everyone has a a story to tell. The DIY hobby of personal storytelling can be anything from scribbles on bits of colorful paper combined with photos or as sophisticated as photo quilting. No matter what form it takes or how seriously it is pursued, recording your personal story and taking photos can add a richness and depth that is beautiful and begs to be shared. Over the next several weeks I hope to inspire or at least inform my readers who would like to embark on a storytelling and photo preservation journey. I’m going to talk about several answers to the questions you may be asking: it’s about the stories, it’s about doing something, it’s about displaying your art, it’s about resourcing your embellishments, and it’s about using whatever works.
If you followed my last class, ‘Simplify’, you’ll remember that I transformed my hobbies to digital as I described myself as a borderline hoarder. That was in the thick of my traditional scrapbooking phase and career, actually. I had entire room full of supplies with the parallel messes to clean up and supplies to organize. So I was relieved when I switched to doing it digitally but that doesn’t mean you can’t hoard digital files, too! In fact that was my start in professional organizing when I was blogging for a photo organizing software company! Going digital just requires a different set of considerations and cautions. This class doesn’t promote special software or particular techniques, rather I’m going to be talking about the storytelling aspect and alternatives in general.
Perhaps you don’t think you have anything to say. Maybe your family already has a historian. But I would argue that everyone has a point of view on the world. I truly believe that telling our individual stories enriches us all. You want proof on that assertion? I remember when I was a kid each news anchor had a distinct personality and a specific outlook on life. Now almost everyone seems to be reading off of the government approved talking points memo. It’s this stagnation in the ‘official media’ that is driving the creatives in this country onto YouTube with varying degrees of quality and accuracy but at least there ARE other views!
So join me on this adventure to become your own storyteller. Add photos, add videos, and supplement your story with items you find beautiful and then find a way to enjoy your creations!