Telling Stories with Storyline

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

I have been thinking about the subject of story a lot lately.

As my own life has been a wild ride of late, the stories I have been living along the way actually give birth to future stories.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

I have had the awesome blessing of being able to travel to certain places around the country recently. Photos have been taken. A lot of photos have been taken. And some photos have been forgotten to be taken. And this led me to think about the subject of story.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

We storytellers of life most usually begin with the photograph.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

The photo is the starter. It’s the prompt. It’s the visual behind the story.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

We may very well have a visual in our minds. That’s true. But not only will the memory soon fade with time, but those who did not live out the story do not have a visual take on what took place.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Thus the importance of photos.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Photos tell stories.
We merely fill in the blanks.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

This Storyline Mini Album that can be found at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores is home to a whole lot of these recent photos.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Which in turn makes it home to a whole lot of story.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

I took the extra time to print quite a few photos and added them interactively to this Storyline Album.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Then I took the extra time to write the story behind almost each photo. As these photos crossed my work table, for me the stories came alive in my mind. And I wanted to at least attempt to make them come alive on these pages as well.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Each one features place, time and people.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

And therefore each page holds story. Story that is not an evasion from life. But story, rather that is a way of living life.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

As one of my favorite authors Madeleine L’Engle inspires to say: to write our stories is to affirm meaning despite all the chaos of life around us. Friends, if for that alone we should be taking the time to document our life.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

There are many ways to tell our stories. Be it keeping a blog with uploaded photos. Or a traditional 12×12 page scrapbook page. Or even the now on trend traveler’s journals that illuminate both photo  + words.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

No matter how we go about this ritual in life. It remains to be said. We are storytellers and we have stories to tell.

Heidi Swapp New Adventures Storyline by Jamie Pate | @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Your story matters. Tell your story.

Supplies | Heidi Swapp Storyline available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores

 

 

 

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