Hello again! Some of you may be wondering, since I follow Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories category system, how can you have random photos and stories? Wouldn’t they fall into one of the main categories of Us, People, Places or Things?
Well, the short answer is yes, BUT I have some “just for fun” ideas and also some longer, just because stories and journaling I would like to do. I don’t necessarily want them in my regular family or travel albums.
I have been holding on to some memorabilia like ticket stubs, wrist bands and phone screenshots that I wasn’t sure what to do with either.
On the other side of this dilemma, I have had one of Creative Memories Happy Albums for a while now. It is a great size, not too small and not too big, BUT it is not square. It is 6.75 x 10.
Now I’m sure that sounds a little silly but for some reason I just kept staring at this book and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.
I actually had not opened the album because I bought a package of refill pages and had been trying to use those. When I finally opened it, I realized there were pre-printed pages included.
After posting some random photos and stories about my favorite singer on Facebook & Instagram the other day, it hit me – I needed a home for those longer stories and random memorabilia. So that is what I decided to use the Happy Album for.
When I gathered everything together I found that these two pages were perfect for this story. Here is the layout I made with a couple of photos & ticket stubs from several concerts over the years.
As a bonus, I used some rub-ons I have had in my stash for years. They were still good and look like they were already part of the background. I love it when that happens!
The next story I have in mind is about moving. I have always thought of myself as a homebody, so I envisioned when we bought a house we would live in it for 20 or 30 years; however, that has not been the case.
For various reasons, Scott & I have lived in 6 different houses over our almost 25 years of marriage.
This is definitely a story I want to tell. I want to document each of the houses; but I also want to journal about the moving process as well. (ALL those boxes!)
Then there are stories that maybe I don’t have photos for. I could just journal with no pictures or I could look something up on the internet and print it out.
Since this album will be just for me I can ramble a little more, be a little more artistic and not worry about what order anything is in. Truly random.
So, do you have random photos and stories that you haven’t told because they didn’t fit in your current system? There are so many ways to preserve, organize and document your memories, find the way that fits you best & enjoy them!
You can check out this previous post about my album categories and download the handout to help you organize your photos if this way appeals to you.
In this one I give you some story starter ideas that may not be obvious from just the photo. Sometimes there is a story behind the photo that no one will know unless you tell it.
Let me know if this gave you some ideas or if you have any questions or suggestions. You can leave a comment here on this post or send me an email through the Contact Us page.
Thanks for stopping by,