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Words + Photos Always

Words + photos have long been my love. 

Sometimes the photos are on the walls (framed or unframed), sometimes they are in albums (slipped inside sleeves or crafted alongside other fun things), sometimes they are in photobooks, sometimes they are tucked in a drawer at my bedside table + or tapped to my bathroom mirror, sometimes they live on my computer, sometimes they get shared here on this platform, sometimes they live in boxes under my eaves where I store things from many years ago. 

I’ve gotten a lot of questions this past week about what my memory keeping plans are for 2023. 

My plan is to simply keep telling stories. 

Sometimes it will be in a notebook (like the upcoming Pieces Of Play), sometimes it will be using a full page photo as the base and adding words + little details that support the story I’m telling, sometimes it will be inside the pockets of a page protector, sometimes it will be in a journal/on my computer without any photos, sometimes it will be a highly crafted interactive scrapbook layout using stuff from one of our collections or subscriptions, sometimes it will be responding to simple prompts, sometimes it will have one photo + other times it will be a collection of a bunch of smaller photos. 

Sometimes the words will be telling the story of something in my childhood, sometimes it will be about this moment + other times it will be about the recent past, sometimes it will be a story about what I see one of my kids experiencing (from my perspective because that’s the only way I can tell a story), sometimes the words will focus on a challenge I’m facing and other times it will celebrate how far we have all come, sometimes it will be in the form of a letter to myself that holds things I want to remember in the future, sometimes there will be a lot of words + other times it will be just a few. 

I say over + over again that there is no right way to be the keeper of our memories. That is the true beauty of this experience: it doesn’t have to be the same all the time and rather than trying to put ourselves into a specific box we can embrace all the pieces as a part of our overall adventure in memory keeping. 

I feel really excited about this upcoming year of storytelling + am looking forward to telling them alongside so many of you in this wonderful community.

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  1. ahiggins83 says…
    01/06/2023

    Yes to all of this! Cheers to continuing on this memory keeping journey in 2023!

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  2. AKTay says…
    01/06/2023

    Yes! I just started to document the stories that are important to me in whatever way feels good/right at the time. I am only just starting to let go of the "boundaries" I made up in my head (like just sticking to one album to make it easier, or feeling guilty about not documenting everything) and it feels so good! Just going with the flow and just having fun with it. In a way it feels like reconnecting (which is also my olw) with the joy that I felt when I first started paper crafting. I am so ready for that!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/06/2023

      YES to all that!

  3. cjdragonfly says…
    01/07/2023

    Just wanted to say a big thank you for offering so many different classes and kits that support stories. I have busy teens and there are way less pictures than when they are younger, and while this makes me a bit wistful, there are still so many stories to tell. This year, I'm combining your 'Just Write' prompts with my photos and I'm really excited to tell deeper stories; new season of storytelling for me!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/10/2023

      I love that! And you are welcome!

  4. jmbscraps says…
    01/10/2023

    Crazy sidebar question - is that "Live the Length + Width" heart available anywhere? I have searched all my past kits, etc and can't find it. Live is my 2023 OLW and I wrote down that phrase while researching and then when I saw this and OH my! I really want it!! :)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/10/2023

      Let me see if I can find it!

  5. kholtz says…
    01/14/2023

    Which kit is the "Give your story space..." card from? Space is my 2023 OLW - would love to use that card!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      01/15/2023

      That's actually from Brandi Kincaid + her Hope mailing!

    2. kholtz says…
      01/15/2023

      Thank you! She’s offering it on it’s own - so I ordered that and a few other goodies!

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