I’ve been knee deep in the hoopla this summer of cleaning and organizing my photos, both digitally and traditionally. The digital part has included going back to 2003 and deleting digital photos that fit the following criteria: they are crappy or they are redundant. These are the types of photos that should have been pitched right after I uploaded them. But that is only a recent habit of mine, and so, I delete, I delete, I delete.
I will say this: digital photography is totally awesome. I will also say this: I don’t need all the photos I take. The word ‘overkill’ comes to mind.
One of the fun things in this culling process is revisiting old photos. And of course, with old photos come old stories and some of those stories that never got told.
Photos in and of themselves tell stories. They don’t all need corresponding scrapbook pages. We’d never leave the house if that were the case, right? But some elicit strong emotions and those are the ones that deserve a second life on a scrapbook page.
Such was the case with this photo.
Taken from my office, which empties into Aidan’s room, I was overcome with a sense of nostalgia, but one tinged with a little bit of regret. The story and the page follows:
JOURNALING READS: Recently I started purging a whole slew of photos from my digital collection and came across this shot of you. This photo is more than just a little guy cozied up in a comforter on the floor of his sister’s room just outside of my office. It reminds me of a time when work took such a priority in my life. You weren’t feeling well this day and deadlines were looming. It was an everyday kind of thing back then—getting you set up so that I could set up and knock out some work. Sure, I was a stay-at-home mom in theory, but so many hours were devoted to work, work, work, when they should have been devoted solely to you. I’m so thankful I got to be with you every single day of your life but I just wish I’d been less focused on work and more focused on you. It’s a little bittersweet to look back and remember this. Funny how a photo can bring up so many emotions, isn’t it?
Short. Sweet. Bittersweet.
I’m anticipating that many more untold stories will emerge from the photo organization project.
Today, I want to share two things: 1. A free layered digital template based on my layout above for you to use to tell one story from a photo in your collection, and 2. A video tutorial showing you how to use PNG stamps on your scrapbook pages to create titles.
Here is the template file:
Here is the video.
Here is the set from which the digital page title came from: Page Titlers Brushes & Stamps.