Orphaned Photos — Give them a Home


Do you ever print out five photos for a layout and only use four?

Do you have a place you throw those extra photos?

Do you have a box of those random photos? Maybe its a whole desk drawer.

I have tons of leftover photos — whether its from Project Life spreads, extra mini-album photos, or just awesome pictures I’ve printed but not gotten around to scrapbooking. I was starting to feel a little bit guilty about it — and I am a firm believer in not guilting yourself over creativity (it just never works out well). But there were stories that still needed to be told, even if I wasn’t going to making a full layout, or putting it in a Project Life album.

I wanted the photo and I wanted the story, so I made it easy for myself and took the rest of the stuff out of the equation.

and so the idea of Orphaned Photos was born.

One photo + One journaling card. Repeat. 

This is a quick project that you can pick up and work on at any time. I like grabbing a stack of photos, journaling about those photos, and binding them together based on when I wrote the journaling — it’s always fun to go back and see what you were thinking about memories at a certain time.


Project Highlights

  • Easy way to get stories told. Especially those little moments that don’t seem to get recorded in big layouts, or fall by the wayside in mini-albums.
  • GREAT way to use up all those extra journaling cards — and an easy way to make your photos have a cohesive feel, even though they’re just random.
  • Use up scraps of patterned paper instead of journaling cards.
  • Easily translatable to any size, including 4×6. If you have smaller or different sized photos, create a base out of 3×4 cardstock, and go from there.
  • Get others involved! Have kids or partners write a sentence or two about a stack of photos.



Kristin is a millennial storyteller who loves memory-keeping and adventures with Jeffrey (her person).  She is the owner of rukristin papercrafts, which is a venue to share inspiration, products and lessons on storytelling, crafting and much more.  She loves to encourage others to find their voice and take their own adventures to the next level, whatever and wherever that may be.  Find her on twitterinstagramfacebook and her blog.

October 30, 2013
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