Last month, I wrote a post that introduced the new #1000WordStory journal challenge to encourage us all to include more documented stories in our memory keeping projects. It was so fun to see all the projects you created for this challenge and shared in the comments on that post, on Instagram, and on the challenge’s Pinterest board!
One thing I love about this challenge is that it encourages us to think outside the box about our journaling. Often, memory keepers are tempted to narrate exactly what is happening in the photograph and nothing more, even though the photo itself may already provide most of the same details without any words. Say, for instance, you are scrapbooking a photograph of a child eating cake on her first birthday. A beginning journaler might be tempted to write “Sally turned 1 today. She had a My Little Pony birthday cake, and she got more on her mouth than in her mouth!” But chances are, that photo already showed a) Sally, b) a solitary candle, or a candle shaped like the number 1 that indicates Sally’s age, c) the fact that it was a My Little Pony cake, and d) that Sally made a mess with it. So adding that short little blurb wouldn’t really add much to the photo, other than perhaps a sample of your handwriting.
Instead, imagine if you were to let the photo speak for itself, but added a few complementary paragraphs of journaling about what Sally is like at one year old. Her likes, dislikes, funny quirks, personality, or the words she’s learned so far would provide so much vivid detail to your memory keeping projects that Sally would likely be thrilled to be able to read about when she’s older. (By the way, I dive much deeper into this idea in my free eBook for newsletter subscribers, so if you want more ideas of how to enrich your journaling, check it out if you haven’t already subscribed!)
How you can join in:
If you missed the introduction last month, the idea is simple. To participate, choose one photo that you’d like to highlight with an in-depth story. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can really strive for a literal 1,000 word story, but the goal is simply to write more than you typically would in your journaling, even if that ends up being only a short paragraph versus your usual 1 sentence blurb. You can create your project in any format you’d like: a scrapbook page, a mini book, an art journal entry… whatever feels best for you!
For this month, my #1000WordStory became part of my Project Life pages for March 2015. I used a photo I had taken for the #Thursday3 Instagram challenge by rukristin, in which I was staring out my office window at lunch during one of the first nice-weather days of the year. I remembered doing a bit of daydreaming about how I would spend my days if I had a more flexible schedule, i.e. if I were self-employed or somehow won the lottery despite not actually playing it ;) So I chose to journal about those thoughts on a front-and-back insert (journaling blurred because I discuss my day job a bit, and I prefer to keep work & personal things separate online).
This month, I challenge you to join in this project, to stretch and grow your journaling skills, and to add more detail to your scrapbooks, Project Life albums, or journals! If you join in, please share on social media using the hashtag #1000WordStory, or post a link in the comments below so I can see what you’ve created! And if you’d like to be added to the group Pinterest board so you can pin your projects, follow me on Pinterest and send me a message there letting me know you’d like to be added! Can’t wait to see what you all create this month!
P.S. If you missed it, I also designed a pocket scrapbook freebie to coordinate with this challenge. You can pick it up here!