I'm not alone in my snap-happy way of life. Most of us take tons of photos these days. But what we do with our photos after we've pushed the click button is key to how successfully we use them to tell our story. No matter what form of scrapbooking we do, it's ultra important to have a sound process by which to use the photos effectively.
I had the pleasure of listening to (and meeting) Stacy Julian at the Dallas convention earlier this month. I loved how she pointed out that this new age of digital photography can have a counterproductive effect on our scrapbooking hobby. Taking control of our photos and finding what type of scrapbooking works for us is what will sustain our interest and maximize our fun. After all, this is a hobby. A very useful one mind you, but a hobby nonetheless. Hobbies are meant to be enjoyed. Photos and scrapbooking should never be a source of frustration or guilt ... ever.
I could go on and on about the things I've learned from Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom but I better get back to the matter at hand .... lots of photos from Fourth of July 2012 and how Studio J made it easy for me to create super awesome layouts that tell my story.
This first layout contains photos I snapped with my iPhone. I used this layout to tell the story that unfolds on the following two "photo intensive" layouts:
For this next layout, I chose photos that captured my best memories of this year's hometown parade. The flags, floats, planes, smiles, and silliness topped my list.
And last but not least, I used my own collages to create this layout. I'm featuring photos that "Celebrate Family" on Fourth of July:
My main point today is this: Choose only the photos that tell your story and preserve your best memories. Save the rest for the other great projects and gift ideas I know you have on that to-do list.
I can't say enough good things about digital scrapbooking. It's enabled me to tell my story using a creative technique I knew absolutely nothing about only four years ago. Like Stacy Julian says:
"If you don't tell your story, who will?"
I encourage you to give Studio J a shot the next time you feel overwhelmed with too many photos and not enough time to tell your story.
Gosh, I hope I didn't bore you to tears today. If I did, just scroll up to those happy faces in the layouts .... they'll put the smile back on your face!
Thanks for stopping by!
Comments, questions .... always welcome!