Tell Your Story No Matter What

What to do when you have great stories to tell, but less-than-stellar pictures to go along with your story? 

Sometimes the world conspires against us and no matter how hard we try, we just don’t have any good pictures from an awesome event. Today I’m sharing a creative mini-album I created that focuses on the journaling and lets the not-so-great pictures act as a canvas for the story.

Back in April, Jeff and I took a trip out to Brooklyn for a fabulous food festival called Smorgasburg. We had a great time and the food was unbelievable. Unfortunately it was really overcast and drizzling throughout the day, when you add in the hundreds of other people who were also in attendance, it made for pretty poor photo conditions.

In order to tell the story of our awesome day, I made a 3×4 mini album out of Persnickety Prints cardstock prints. I love using the cardstock prints for photos that I’m going to journal directly on top of. Otherwise, the photographic prints are a better choice, as they’ll preserve your memories longer.

I converted all my photos to black and white before having them printed. This let me cover up the ugliness of the weather and gave me some really great white space to add my journaling in. The final result is fun and happy and totally embraces the imperfections of the photos and my handwriting.

To create the mini-album:

  • I laid all my photos out in chronological order.
  • I then adhered the photos back to back (photo 1 glued to photo 2; photo 3 glued to photo 4; etc).
  • I used Sakura Souffle pens to journal directly on the photographs. These pens take a little while to dry  so I left the first side to dry overnight before flipping the photos over and journaling on the other side.
  • For the cover I used a 3×4 inch peiece of wood veneer that i minimally embellished as not to take away from the colorful awesomeness that was inside.
  • I punched a hole in the top left corner and stuck a binder ring through the hole to keep the album together.

rukristin-persnickety-prints-smorgasburg (1 of 7)

rukristin-persnickety-prints-smorgasburg (2 of 7)

rukristin-persnickety-prints-smorgasburg (3 of 7)

rukristin-persnickety-prints-smorgasburg (4 of 7)

rukristin-persnickety-prints-smorgasburg (5 of 7)

rukristin-persnickety-prints-smorgasburg (6 of 7)

rukristin-persnickety-prints-smorgasburg (7 of 7)

A few tips:

  • Journaling shows up better on the white sections of the photos.
  • I chose the ‘Soft Art’ cardstock. It’s my favorite for journaling on.
  • Darker color Sakura Souffle pens show up better.
  • You could do this with any permanent pen/marker. Colored sharpies and paint pens work really well.

Are you struggling with documenting your amazing stories, because you have less-than-steller photos? Convert them to black and white and make an awesome keepsake mini-album.  I’m Kristin and I write about memory-keeping, storytelling, and photos at rukristin.com, or catch up with me on twitterfacebook and instagram.

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