Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tell YOUR story. The Everyday Storyteller BLOG HOP



Hello!!! 
Welcome to the Everyday Storyteller blog hop!


Everyday Storyteller is a fantastic e-book with 33 contributors providing practical ideas and tips for telling the most important story of all- YOURS!


I am so incredibly honored to share a bit of my story telling style in this wonderful new publication.


You are cordially invited to the VIP launch party at 8:30pm CDT on Friday, May 4. 
There will be more than $700 in prizes given away so RUN don't walk and sign up!







Guess what? I have a copy to give away today! 
Just please leave a comment below telling me your favorite tip or technique for capturing your family's story.
You have until midnight tonight- central US time- hurry! 
Only one entry per person please!


Here is the order of the blog hop:
Cheryl Ashcraftcherylisadomesticgoddess.blogspot.com
Anna Aspnesannaaspnesdesigns.com
Katie Clemonswww.makingthishome.com
Elise Blahaeliseblaha.typepad.com
Paula Gilardepaulagilarde.com
Sara Gleasonplantyourstory.com
Michelle Hernandez- myanaloglife.blogspot.com << You are here! YAY!
Debbie Hodgewww.getitscrapped.com
Katrina Kennedywww.captureyour365.com
Amy Kingsfordwww.amykingsford.com
Cindy Liebeltctliebel.typepad.com
Crystal Livesayliveyourstories.com/blog
Robyn Meierottopinktrikedesign.com
CD Muckoskycdmuckosky.com
Nancy Nallyscrapbookupdate.com
Christine Newmanlistgirl.com
Ashli Oliverpurplemailbox.com
Amanda Padgetteverydayelementsonline.com
Renee Pearsonreneepearson.com/rpblog
Lynnette Penachonettiodesigns.com
Elle Priceellesstudio.blogspot.com
Heather Prinseatherprins.wordpress.com
Traci Reedwww.tracireed.com
Lauren Reidonestorydown.com
Amber Rieszaubera.blogspot.com
Kristin Ruttenlogyourmemory.com
Betsy Sammarcojustapharmgirl.blogspot.com
Jenn Smith-Sloaneliveteachcreate.com
Jessica Spraguejessicasprague.com
Melissa Stinsonscrappyjedi.com
Amy Tanamytangerine.blogspot.com
Tiffany Tillmansimplytiffanystudios.com
Jennifer Wilsonsimplescrapper.com


But wait! That's not all. (ha!)


I have a great visual story telling tip for you today:


When looking for scrappy layout ideas or inspiration, walk the local mall or streets in your town. 
I keep a visual journal of scrap page ideas I get while walking around. Pinterest and galleries aside- many of my best ideas come from looking at store displays.



Example:
SO fun! How about mixing up font sizes on your next layout?
The Gap's store window shows the latest  neon and triangles trends but what I really liked
were the easy to make flowers. Just cut paper into strips, pin the pieces together using a
a brad and fan them out. Instant flower goodness!
Your photos don't have to be perfect- they are literally just notes on the margin. As long as they make sense to you later they will be great for scrappy inspiration when your mojo is flagging.

(Also, leave a comment to be entered in the book give away!)

Thanks for stopping by!

89 comments:

  1. Thanks for this great tip . I watch magazines for inspiration and of course just streetlife. Love to get emotions in my photo's and details.

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  2. Evernote--I have a "scrapbook ideas" notebook and a shortcut to it on my android phone. It takes no time to type or dictate ideas and journaling into my phone as I go about my day. Leslie

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  3. CD and album covers are great sources of inspiration.

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  4. I don't know that this is a technique, but I try to always have my camera with me when I know that I will be seeing family, friends, or just going for a drive on a nice day. You never know what will happen, when memories will be captured. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. I love the "find" photo. :)

    I always try to jot down the story/memory even if I don't have a picture for it at the time. I figure I can always figure out a photo to go along with it later if I have to. :)

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  6. I like to try and keep a little notepad to jot down things so I don't forget. I recently scrapped a story about my son asking if he could keep his butt. I definitely wrote it down b/c that was too priceless to forget.

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  7. For me the way I capture my family memories & happenings is by doing Project Life I love it so much & its been awesome to be able to do such a wonderful thing for for my family. Thanks for the chance.

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  8. Thanks for the tips about store displays. I have my camera with me most of the times so if something is happening, I can reach for it. It doesn't have to any a special event, for me is more about capturing a 'sweet' moment, or something funny, in other words, something spontaneous/unscripted.

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  9. thanks for the chance ! can't wait to see your gorgeous collab book !

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  10. take pictures of EVERYTHING. iphones are amazing cameras!

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  11. Try to write everything down on a paper or as I do, I keep an online journal where I write everyday so I can;t forget things :) I love preserving the everyday :)

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  12. I agree with Anna! Take pictures of everything ... the date and time will be stamped in your metadata, so you'll always have the date along with the expression.

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  13. Carry your photo EVERYWHERE. I take photos of architecture & signposts. At home I have photos of each room & its furniture. You think you won't ever forget--but you do. Now we have documentation.

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    1. Hi everyone! Thanks for commenting!!!! I just want to note that if you post anonymous you have to add an email or blog link so I can add you to the give away!- I can't track you if I can't see you. :D

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  14. Thanks for this great tip! I love window shopping too. And like to see how clothing colors and design resembles scrapbook paper. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Take lots of pictures!! Thanks for the chance!

    stephanne@snipsandsnailsscraps.com

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  16. I like to use quotes and comments from those I scrapbook about. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

    Grace
    liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

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  17. Adding memory keeping to part of my daily calendar.

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  18. Getting a pocket-sized point and shoot last year...I love my digital SLR, but the best camera is the one you have with you! (and I don't always love the quality of my iPod Touch photos...) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Pay attention - when you are being observant it is so much easier to remember the details - then write them down

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  20. I try to find the unusual about a situation my kids are in, then photograph that. And I love to collect images of layouts etc. and keep them in a computer file to constantly refer to for inspiration.

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  21. My fav tip is leaving a journal in a place in your home where you are the most often (for me it's my kitchen). This way you can write things down as they happen and scrap them later.

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  22. I really enjoy taking photos of things that inspire me too. Thanks for sharing your tip.

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  24. If I dont feel like taking out my DSLR I let myself off the hook and use my iPhone. Quick and easy. I also try to do at least a bit of journaling to capture why I thought the photo was worth scrapping. I also try to be honest in my journaling and not sugar coat things too much just to make them sound good.

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  25. Taking my camera just about everywhere!

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  26. I keep several cameras within easy reach in my house, and I always have one in my purse.

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  27. Taking many many pictures and creating mini albums with them!

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  28. I always have a small notebook to take with me everywhere, so i can write those seemingly small things down.

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  29. favorite tip or technique for capturing your family's story.
    Take tons of pic's

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  30. Photo-wise, go for the candid moments, the everyday. Posed portraits are great, but they don't really capture our lives.

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  31. I use my apps on my iPhone to keep track of stories, and of course use the iPhone camera to capture photos for those stories. I love modern technology! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. It's easy to scrap when you have lots of photos to choose from... especially the candid ones... they tell the stories even when you forget the words.

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  33. I try to take everyday type pictures...I think looking back on those will be fun :)Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. Lots and lots of photos. And jot the little things down before you forget.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  35. Sometimes I just grab the camera and look around at our families "stuff" I find that they lead to stories about our everyday life and I love these stories the best.

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  36. Lots of pictures... I carry a small p&s in my purse at all times so iI never miss a photo opportunity!

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  37. First off, CONGRATS!! Published in an e-book?! Michelle that's awesome!! My tip...I jot down funny conversations, memories in a notebook. I also sketch my pages in that same book.

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  38. Always taking pictures, even if they aren't the best quality, they often remind me of a memory that I want to remember and capture.

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  39. I find that after the purchase of my iPhone, the ability to capture everyday life has improved dramatically. I know that it is an expense that not all can afford, but it is something that can be saved up for :)

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  40. I love scrapping the everyday memories!

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  41. I really try to keep my blog up to date. It helps me when I go back later to scrap the moment.

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  42. I agree having a good camera phone which let's you capture all the moments. Now to take my own advice. Thank you for the opportunity!!

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  43. I always keep my big camera close by + ready. And if I'm out + don't have it, I at least have my camera phone. That way I won't ever miss a shot.

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  44. My favorite technique was introduced by Stacy Julian in her Twelve class, which has you keep lists of stories to tell broken down into twelve categories. Those stories are constantly evolving or being added to. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  45. Wow-- great blog hop! Loving the inspirational photo's, I love getting ideas from store displays & everyday nature! <3

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  46. I have always have my camera with me and a little notebook, so I remember the things happend that week. Thx for the chance to win a copy!

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  47. Great tip about capturing inspiration. I use the camera on my iphone a lot and have capture a lot more than an ordinary camera.

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  48. I try and write things down as things happen or at the very least take a few moments at the end of the day to record anything that was of note!

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  49. Don't be afraid to scrap without pictures.

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  50. I use ohlife to help me remember the things that happened each day.

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  51. thanks for the tip and for the chance to win!

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  52. We keep a point & shoot camera and a small basket of index cards by the front door. That way anyone can take a picture or jot down a memory even if Mom isn't around.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. keep notes, especially during active times

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  54. Keep notes on my sketch book, works for me!. Thanks for the chance!!

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  55. I use my iphone - snap a picture of something i want to remember - even if I have no intention of using the photo itself. Maybe it was the ingredients of a great meal out I had, a quote I saw. I also use "Notes" on iphone a lot. It is a great scrapbook prep tool! :)

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  56. Do It! Write and things are recorded. The book sounds great - how can it not be with all you awesome folks? Thanks for the opportunity.

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  57. so excited and to just do it make it a priority!

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  58. I tend to start with the picture and then just build the page around it...colors, style, etc. They always seem to come togehter!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
    scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

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  59. I seem to find that I most effectively document and share my families stories through mini books. The size, the format and the hands-on size compel me to get our history on paper!

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  60. I keep a list of things I need to scrap. That way I have starting points when I have just a couple minutes to scrap.

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  61. I have a notebook I have a section for each of my kids. I try to write things down as soon as they happen also, or I forget. Lately as my kids have grown older we will sit around and visit with each other and they will remember something, I will try to write that down also, so it's from their perspective.

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  62. I keep a small notebook to jot down the stuff I know I will forget. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. My tip is the same as many others, keep a notebook. But make sure it's a notebook that you use solely for your memories or other things could get mixed in like grocery lists! LOL! Thanks for the chance!

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  64. Perfect is great, but done is better. I am a perfectionist and I think it holds me back a lot of times from just getting things done because I don't think they'll be "perfect". I just need to do it! alyna_h{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  65. I go back and look at calendar, email, text, facebook and someday it will be blog to pull it all together

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  66. I have notebooks everywhere so I can write details & stories down before I forget them. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  67. Picture and notebook on my phone-how did we ever get along without them!

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  68. Tonight, I was taking a picture of our camper. My oldest son thought it would be a great opportunity to mess up my picture by being a complete goof off in the shot. Needless to say, I have some really cute pictures of him, not so many of the camper.

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  69. My favorite tip is to get your family involved in the journaling. It's interesting to find out which details and memories they think are important. You may find they are quite different from yours and it's important to record what everyone thinks about an event. And it's also a good way to make annual pages, like for holidays, fresh and new.

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  70. my favorite tip is to keep my cell phone handy for spur of the moment shots.

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  71. My tip is that you need to make the effort to scrap the ordinary and mundane. Big events are important, but so is the everyday.

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  72. I'm currently obsessed with using instagram to record our family's everyday photos. But, I discovered picmonkey.com today and think that might become my new obsession...

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  73. I don't have any good tips. I just need to get started!! :)

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  74. Be yourself. Document what makes you happy. Write the way you think in your head. Enjoy yourself!

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  75. I started using Project Life. I also use Facebook and Instagram to keep the dates straight.

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  76. My favorite tip is to stop stressing about the quality of my photos. With little boys, they are often blurry, funny expressions, not the pose I had in mind, etc. Plus I'm just not that great a photographer! Hopefully in the future I can take classes to improve - but right now I just want to get my stories told, so I'm committed to using the photos I have!!

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  77. Organizing is not scrapbooking. :)

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  78. my tip is: when you ask your son to pose nicely and he insists on making a silly face in each and every photo, scrap these anyway and write an accompanying story to go with it!

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  79. Use your smartphone to capture memories- photos and quotes!

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  80. Always carry a camera with you...and a notebook/pen or app on your phone to capture the little moments before they're forgotten.

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  81. My favorite tip is to take a minute at the end of each day to write down a basic outline of what your day was like - just a few sentences. It's amazing what you can capture in just a few words to help you remember each day.

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  82. My favorite tip is to scrap in the moment and scrap what inspires! For me it's the most fun and the most gratifying. I love the flexibility that digital scrapbooking gives me with this.

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  83. keep a note book handy to jot down ideas as they come to you...

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  84. ciao! un saluto dall'italia!

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  85. I love to write notes of stuff we are doing. things the kids say. where we've been. sometimes i feel like it might be too much, and i don't use every note i've made as a scrapbook page, but if i don't write it down i surely forget!

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  86. I don't throw away greeting cards.I have birthday, anniversary, holiday, getwell, etc, cards from the day I was born (thanks to my mom) to present day. It brings back memories to go thru the cards and you have sentiments, samples of handwriting and embellishments to make awesome scrapbook pages:)

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  87. Oh my gosh! Where have I been???? Congratulations on contributing to what appears to be an AWESOME book! You go, Girl! I'm so proud of you!

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