The story sharing and photo sharing you do on social media can provide a great resource for making scrapbook pages. It means you’ve already identified moments as share-worthy and found photos to represent those moments. You might even have edited and cropped the photos and written notes using apps and tools. All of this pre-scrapbook processing makes the page making more efficient.
These pages all have photos and stories that were shared socially or played with using photo and story apps.
Blog it before scrapbooking to create a story frame
Sian Fair says, “When we got married this sign was tied to the back of our car by our friends so that everyone would see it as we drove away to our honeymoon. I untied it and kept it and I still have it today.”
“This is a story which first appeared on my blog. If I have a long story to tell I find it easier to frame it first as a blog post, which I write out longhand in a notebook before publishing. It’s only after I’ve done that, that I decide how I’m going to scrapbook it and fit the story onto my page.”
Blog it before scrapbooking to get those little moments recorded
Debbie Hodge says, “These are photos from an unexpected Friday night get together. We crocheted and made dinner and hung out.”
“I recently decided to start blogging again as a way to record the little moments. These photos were in the first blog post I’d made in two years, and I don’t think they’d have been scrapbooked if they hadn’t been blogged. I have so many of these photo sets from small moments that I don’t find the time to scrapbook. When I sat down on a Sunday morning, though, with pretty papers and a desire to scrapbook, I pulled this story and these photos from the blog.”
Facebook share it before scrapbooking
Heather Awsumb says, “This page documents an impromptu chili night I recently hosted.”
“I shared this picture on Facebook the day that I took it with a caption about how I always make too much chili. I didn’t take any pictures when people were at my house, though, so I used the same picture to create my page, document the event plus the funny side story about not being able to control how much chili I make.
Share on Instagram before scrapbooking
Devra Hunt says, “This is the story of the first time my son walked the dog. I knew that one day this would happen.”
“When this happened, I quickly took a few photos to document an important milestone. I edited one of them in FramaticPro for iPhone, then posted it to Instagram. The journaling on my LO is copied from the Instagram post.”
Story-Swoop the story before scrapbooking to come up with a focus
Jennifer Kellogg says, “This page is about a vacation we took with my brother in 2005.”
“I shared the story of the main photo on this page during a Give Your Stories Podcast about brothers. Before I went on the show, I used Story Swoop to organize my thoughts about the photo. When I looked at this photo, a dozen different stories and feelings came to mind, but I needed to determine my focus for one layout. Story Swoop asks you a variety of questions to help you choose and articulate the story that is most important to tell.”
Story-Swoop the story before scrapbooking to recall details
Christy Strickler says, “My cat, Sweetpea, used to lie on my husband’s chest while he was working. I used Story Swoop to help me gather my ideas about this picture. Using Story Swoop helped me to remember how my husband insisted we would only keep one kitten but Sweetpea managed to charm her way into his heart.After going through the outline process, I had a better idea of how much journaling I would be including on the layout. This allowed me to accommodate it in my design.”
Edit with photo apps before scrapbooking
Summer Christiansen says, “This page is about the miracle of modern medicine and how it has changed my life. Before I sat down to scrap this page I used the Camera+ app to take and edit pics and the PicFrame app to make a collage. I saved pics to my camera roll and uploaded them to my Dropbox app to be able to access them from my computer and add to my layout.”
“The actual story is being written in my mind as i document my feelings with each picture that i take. Knowing, and adding to your pre-scrapbook storytelling process can save you time and preserve the authenticity of your memories.”