Saturday, May 24, 2008

Geeking...Week 5

This week's Geek Assignment:

This week’s theme is once again one you could approach several ways. You might want to tell about the forms of storytelling (aside from books) you love. Maybe you enjoy TV shows, movies, music, narrative poetry, or Renay’s favorite, fanfiction. You could give us an overview of a type of storytelling, such as listing your favorite movies. Or you might pick a more specific story, one particular favorite. I just finished watching an episode of Lost, for example, so I could tell why I enjoy that series, or I could get more specific and focus on one character’s personal story. Some people might post youtubes of the songs whose stories they find brilliant, or some might share family bedtime stories. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!


I was all set to skip this week. I just couldn't think of what I might possibly post about. I watch next to no TV. Though I enjoy movies, I rarely have time to watch them, and sure as heck couldn't talk intelligibly about them. I just didn't think I had anything to add.

But then it hit me...maybe I could talk about how I tell stories. Our family's stories. I realize that my family's stories will be of no interest to others, but I think they will be of immense value to my children. I am, of course, talking about scrapbooking. I don't have nearly as much time for scrapbooking as I did before I started homeschooling, but even so, I continue to write down "our stories" in journals and even here on my blog. And someday, when I do have more free time, I'll turn those stories into layouts.

Most of the stories I record are small ones. Sure, we have Christmas layouts and vacation layouts and birthday layouts, but the real treasures in my mind are the everyday stories. The "this is you now" type of stories. Like this one...



Or this one...



Or this one...



And yes, we even have a bookcase just to house "our stories"...

21 comments:

Jean said...

What a wonderful legacy you're leaving your family! Are you also recording the stories of your parents and Rich's in scrapbook form? Or from your childhood and Rich's? Some of our kids' favorite stories are of the crazy things their dad and his brother did as kids/teenagers.

Debi said...

Jean,
Sure am...there are scrapbooks featuring Rich's family, my family, family friends, our own little family, each of the kids, our animal friends, etc., etc., etc. Whatever story happens to strike me at the time gets recorded. :)

Somer said...

Those are wonderful, Debi!

pussreboots said...

My grandmother was an avid scrap booker. Happy Weekly Geeks.

Kerry said...

What a great idea for this week. When I was thinking about what I could post myself, I never even thought of my scrapbook pages but they are indeed storytelling. I'm so far behind with my scrapping this year it isn't funny (still trying to finish with our summer holiday at the beginning of February), but I think maybe you're inspired me to do a few more pages. Really great post.

Org Junkie said...

Wow, just had to pop in to say those are really great, very creative!!

Jennifer said...

Wowzers - you have more story books on your shelves than I do! And I really like the ones you shared here!!

gautami tripathy said...

I loved this! I never even thought of it. I think I will start one too!

Tell a Story!

Mrs S said...

*lol* I thought the same as you and then talked about - my scrapbooking! Great minds think alike right?? I love your layouts BTW - and that's a great stash of stories you have captured. Here's my geek update if you fancy visiting.

Rhinoa said...

I love your scrap book stories. It is something I am starting to experiment with but mine look no where near as good as yours yet. A great gift to leave for your family to follow after you as well as shared memories for you to look back over. Priceless.

PS really sorry about your bunny :(

Maree said...

Fantastic idea. Your children are going to have some real treasures! :)

Dawn said...

That was a wonderful way to blog about your story! I like the pages that you have shared. :) I am so far behind too! I'd really like to try more digital scrapbooking.

The bookcase sure does look full!

take care,
Dawn

Nymeth said...

First of all, Annie was so cute when she was 5! Not that she isn't anymore, of course. Secondly, those are all great, but I think my favourite is Gary's...so funny and sweet and tender.

I think they're all great because in all of them your love for your children, for who they are, for their uniqueness, really shines through. And when they look back, they will see not only the stories, but that too. Could there be a greater gift?

Stephanie said...

Now this is a great post! I have always wanted to be a scrapbooker, but I have found I just don't have the time. One of these days, I hope to get a chance to take my totes of pictures and use them for this.

I love what you have done!!

Melody said...

I haven't read the topic for this week's WG yet... but I love your post, Debi! I think they're great, and I enjoyed viewing all the pics! :) They're all so adorable!

gail@more than a song said...

Everyone has a story/stories! And it's so great that you're getting them down for your kids and family...they'll love that!

Joy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your scrapbook stories! I scrapbook too (well, used to - never brought the stuff back out after the holidays . . . several years ago). Anyway, you have beautiful pages. :)

Stephanie said...

Very nice! I'm going to write about scrapbooking too! Thanks for sharing your great layouts!

Heather Johnson said...

Thanks for the great post. I've been scrapbooking for 10 years and I love it. My goal is to record my grandparents stories and life history so that I can pass it along my son. I did a Memorial Day post relating to family stories, in case you'd like to check it out.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh wow, that is awesome! Your pages are wonderful, but the stories you tell and the photos you save and the memories you make are just priceless. I can't believe how many scrapbooks you have, that is so mind-boggling to me! I can barely crank out a few pages here and there!

Post more scrapping stuff, post more!

Chris said...

Beautiful pages! I love to scrapbook too. I should do more of it.