〈ad because of brand naming〉Until recently, I never had subscribed any scrapbooking kit. And now, I have the Story Stamp subscription by Ali Edwards since almost 6 months. And that, though I never did Project Life nor a December Daily. As you can see in my scrapbook layout gallery I am also not writing much journaling on my scrapbooking layouts.
Why then investing in a story stamp subscription?
Since 4 years, I have a one little word that accompanies me for one year. During this time, I realized how much this word is influencing and changing me in a positive way. Thus, it is having a great influence on my story. Even more, though I am having an organized everyday life it showed me many stories and special moments. And this is what I would like to document and remember.
At first, I started with the story kit “grow” and realized that it is too much material for me. You might remember that my current one little word is “less”. This includes also less scrapbooking material. And though the story kits are not that large compared to other scrapbooking kits, it was too much for me. The corresponding video was very inspiring that I wanted to keep that in a way. The following months, I was testing the story stamps and I got along much better. It is “just” one story stamp set but enough to create several different layouts to the given theme. Next to being creative, this is a great way to work on oneself. To develop myself further and to become aware of my stories. This combination is what I really enjoy doing. And besides that I also realized how versatile the story stamps are. Though they are topic-related, the words and phrases can be used very flexible and also for different topics.
As I did not know if and how I like the story kit and story stamp and I also did not want to buy additional material, I used a spare 6×8 album and the corresponding pocket pages I had. 12×12 also looked to be too large and traveler’s notebooks to small. So far, pocked pages limited me in being creative and all in a sudden they worked for me. While watching the videos, many photos and stories came to my mind. I noted my ideas and thought how I could use them with the story stamp or kit afterwards. In most cases I ended up with a layout in pocket pages. What is still challenging for me is the storytelling and journaling itself. Here I want to improve over time and write more on each layout.
Last weekend I was on the blogst conference, a German conference for bloggers. By accident, there was one session about visual storytelling by Jules (herz.und.blut). She did show a yute which I intended to share here as I liked it that much. The scientist in me was looking for the source of that quote and I came across one by Terry Pratchatt that I even liked more:
“People think stories are shaped by people.
In fact, it is the other way around.”
And here is my question to you now: who are you and which stories did shape you?