You Are a Story Teller!

Deena Boese, contributing writer

Deena Boese, contributing writer

When it comes to telling jokes, I am the worst! I stumble over words, get things in the wrong order, and inevitably screw up the punch line. Sigh. So when there’s a joke to be told, I tend to step back and let someone else be the life of the party.

Now let me ask you this. Do you ever feel this way about journaling on your layouts? Do you ever worry that what you have to say isn’t going to be good enough and you’ll screw up your beautifully designed page? Do you ever have a breathtaking photo and know that nothing you write could ever capture your love for the moment so you slap on a pretty title and call it good?

Well, I’m here today to tell you this. You have a job. You are a story teller. And there is no one else in the entire world that can do your job. Just you. It doesn’t matter if you use correct grammar or make clever analogies. You just need to write.

So what happens when you’re at a loss for words? I’m glad you asked! Here’s a quick and easy journaling solution that works every time. Sit down and write an open ended sentence and then simply list out your endings. You can keep them in list form or format them in bullet points, on journaling cards, in talk bubbles, or incorporate them into your design. The beginning of the sentence becomes your title and your endings become your heartfelt journaling. Done!

Here are a few example layouts to get you started:

Your sentence starters can be short…

PROOF_OnlyYou_DeenaBoese

Only You by Deena Boese. As seen in the November/December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Or long…

I Didn’t Know by Deena Boese. As seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

I Didn’t Know by Deena Boese. As seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Don’t forget to include the voice of your loved ones too! Interview someone and document their responses word for word.

I Learned by Deena Boese. As seen in the May/June 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

I Learned by Deena Boese. As seen in the May/June 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

After you write out your sentence and endings, try snapping photos of your subjects to use as the base of your layout.

I Am Grateful by Deena Boese. As seen in the November/December 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

I Am Grateful by Deena Boese. As seen in the November/December 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.


Here are some other open ended prompts to get you started:

When I was…

I love…

I am happy when…

I remember when…

I felt proud of you…

I love it when…

I will never forget how…

The time I was most…

I believe…

You are special because…

I couldn’t believe it when…

I am most happy when…

I love you because…

 

And remember this: You ARE a story teller. The best one there ever will be to tell your story! So I encourage you to take some time today to do the job only you can do! And I hope this quick tip helps you enjoy the process!

–Deena

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