– a little bit about Becky –
program I use to create your layouts – Photoshop CS4
camera – Canon Rebel XT – Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 is my favorite lens.
I’m a morning person. Rise and shine at 0500 nearly every day.
my scrapping style is simple. very simple. For me, it’s about the story, the photo, the design (in that order.)
I can’t get through the day without a kiss from my husband, a hug from my daughter, and a Diet Coke.
favorite movie? song? artist/band? It changes every day. Today it’s Seven Pounds, So Small by , and . (and the last two are ironic, because I am not generally a fan of country music. I think I’m growing up.)
favorite vacation destination:Anywhere, as long as I’m with my family.
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Write soon after the occasion/situation/interaction/milestone. You’ll remember the details and more importantly, you’ll remember the emotion.
Write in the first person. I find that it is so much easier to tell our stories if *I* am literally telling it to *my daughter* So it’s “I” and “you.” It has a completely different feel than if I were to try to tell a story about “Samantha asking me about the tooth fairy.” It makes it distant. And that’s the last thing I am going for in my girly’s scrapbooks.
Intermixing quotes in a story gives it life. I have post-it notes on my kitchen cabinets and in my car for just that reason. I’ll jot down a thing or two after she says it and then sprinkle them in my story.
Experiment with different phrasing. For example, at the bottom of the first page, where I wrote “as you outstretched your littlest finger to mine,” I could have easily said “as you tried to give me a pinky swear” but it would not have sounded as descriptive and would have actually sounded repetitive. Same thing midway through the second page where I said “the generous man in red.” We all know I am referring to Santa Claus, so being somewhat evasive about it makes for a more interesting story.
Don’t always worry about grammar. Write like you talk. Those last few sentences of mine might now win any awards for proper use of the English language, but that’s how I talk. I want my daughter to literally hear my voice through these pages.
Throw down the *sigh* and the *gulp* – they add to the emotion of the stories. I include them where they naturally occur when I am writing. As my fingers are flying on the keyboard and I find myself exhaling deeply because of something in the story, I add a*sigh*.
Reuse phrases and verbage, just like we do in real life. That title “Your life. Our stories” is something I made up a few years ago that I continue to use today. The “that’s my girl” is something I use regularly too. Having some of the same verbage threaded through different layouts, spanning years, brings some real authenticity to our stories.
Lastly, just write. Sit down at that keyboard and start typing what you feel. Don’t stop to over think it. You can rework it later.