As August draws to a close, so does our summer. And while I’m a bit sad to see it go, I’m also finding enjoyment in the start of school. This year I am especially noticing how my kids continue to process the information they absorb during the day and reflect on it throughout the evening. Dinnertime conversation consists of a few random facts they learned in school; but even more so of great questions on topics they are discussing in their classrooms. Questions from our first grader? No problem! We tackle those without batting an eye. It gets a little tricker, though, when our seventh grader inquires about things like nuclear fusion and reverse osmosis. All I can say is thank goodness for the internet!
All these questions got me thinking about how I choose to document the lives of our family. The majority of the time, the words I write are my own. And while my initial goal is to leave love letters for my family, I also realize that their voices need to be represented as well. So let’s turn the tables today and start shooting out questions of our own! Whether fun or philosophical, questions make a great jumpstart for a layout! Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Try interviewing multiple family members or friends and document their responses word for word.
Mom (As Reported By) by Deena Boese, as seen in the September/October 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes.
Ask a single question and let it spark an entire layout. (Be sure to include your own commentary!)
What’s Cool by Deena Boese, as seen in the July/August 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.
Or take it to a whole new level and turn your questions into a fun trivia book! Test your family and friends on how well they really know each other.
The Big Black Book of Juvenile Trivia by Deena Boese, as seen in the May/June 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.
Have a set of questions that you ask your children (or yourself) year after year and see how answers change! Looking for a jumpstart? Click here to download these FREE interview cards!
So the next time you get stuck for a layout idea, think QUESTIONS! Whether you ask one question or enough to fill up a whole book, you’ll be guaranteed a memorable project that captures the voice of your loved ones.