How To Document a Week in Storyline Chapters
I am a huge fan of the idea behind the weekly pocket scrapbook idea. I have kept these type weekly family albums for over a decade now. And while there are a few holes here and there in my years, for the most part, I have some of our best stories in those pocket page protectors created weekly.
Enter Storyline Chapters and the Scrapbooker Insert. And hello new way to quickly and efficiently get a week at a time on these pages.
It did not take me long to come up with exactly how I wanted to make the transition from 12×12 weekly page spreads to the more concise inserts that is Chapters. A new system evolved. Which actually really excites me and has reignited my love for these weekly page spreads. Here’s how this now looks. Of course, this is always subject to change.
As you can see in the photo above, each week is a two-page spread.
The left side of the page is a grid sketch. In Photoshop Elements, I cropped my photos down to 2-inches wide. I print six photos from the week. While I have a 9-space grid, I have saved three spaces for documentation. The top middle space holds the month, week, and date information. The other two spaces are for interactive journaling spots.
The right side of the page is a more traditional scrapbook page. I love having these story pages as part of my week. I choose THE story of the week I want to give more emphasis too. Then it’s some creative play on a page with photo+words.
The second week of February plays out just the same. Grid page on the left. Full page story on the right.
This week’s highlighted story is super special. It’s my oldest daughter’s engagement. See the clipped mini book on the right of this enlarged photo page? Click over to my blog right HERE for details on how that page came to life. It is definitely a new favorite.
Here’s a look at the third week of Feb. Are you seeing a pattern yet? This time I layered a photo over a photo in the top right part of the grid. Even inside my ‘system’, there are ways to keep the pages interesting and interactive. I love how this is turning out!!!
The larger story space gives me more room to tell a story. There are all manner of photo sketches that will work on these Chapters Inserts. I gave you three ideas today using a single 3×3-inch photo, a full page enlarged photo, and then here: three 3×4-inch photos.
Chapters is decidedly a great way to tell weekly stories. The pages are smaller to keep the stories more concise. But this makes the story telling no less interesting. These pages are only limited by your imagination.
Now. Go. Tell your story.