Happy Saturday! It’s time once again for another challenge here on the blog!

I hope you’re ready for this one today… this one is something that’s very close to my heart.

When I was a kid, my life was a mess. I don’t often talk about this—because there’s too much to tell. But I lost both my parents when I was young (my mom when I was 10 and my dad when I was 16). When I was 14, my mom’s best friend stepped up to become my mother and my stepdad stayed close and over the years he stepped up to become my father. )You can see how this gets complicated when I’m talking to people about stories from my childhood. The mom and dad that I have today were never married!) :)

While words cannot express how grateful I am for their love in my life, it’s also hard for me as a scrapbooker to look back and tell my own story… because there is no one left for me to go back and talk to! I have to rely on the little things that were told to me as stories when I was a kid.

Here’s where it gets even more complicated: Should I refrain from telling my life’s story, just because I have so few details?! You might be able to guess my opinion on the matter. I’d say HECK, NO!

But, still… it’s not an easy task. What’s a girl to do?

Challenge 9 : Stories You Don’t Know

While there is a lot that I don’t know about my early years, there are a few things I do know.

I know the facts for example. I know the stories my parents told me. I know my feelings on the matter, as a child and as an adult.

With all that in mind, I created this layout for a challenge on the Digi Dares to scrap your own birth story (I loooooove birth stories!):

Today I challenge you to think about your life. Do you have pictures or memories that should be rich and full of stories, but all you have is a small cupful of recollections? Maybe you think you have nothing to write about. Do not skip over these things! You need to tell your stories, no matter how small.

So, let’s do it—let’s go back and record what little we know.

Here are some ideas to get you started today:

Your Prompts:

  • Probably the easiest place to start is with your photo box. What old snapshots do you have that are missing their stories? Dig them out. Make notes about what you do know or what you wish you knew about them. Write it all out!
  • Approach this from a complete “fantasy” angle. Totally make up a story—a wild and inventive explanation for the story that’s missing. Be sure to make it clear that you are daydreaming. This could be a very healing exercise for you!
  • If you know nothing about your snapshots, study your photos for details. Pull out whatever you can from whatever you see. What sorts of facial expressions are there? What sorts of things do you see in the background? Investigate your images and pull out the story as best you can.
  • If it’s all a mystery to you, pose a series of questions. Write all about the things that you wonder, the questions you wish you had an answer for.

I hope that helps to get you thinking and itching to dig into your past! As always, I look forward to seeing your pages!

Since we are so close to the end of the year (and the busiest, craziest time of the year), I will be taking a break from challenges until the first Saturday in January. That means this challenge will remain open until then!

I wanted to offer you plenty of opportunities to grab a little time for yourself. I hope you will take a moment to stop, reflect on life and record a few precious memories during this too often hectic time. ::hugs::

And There Are Prizes!

Each week, I will be selecting one random winner who will win a $10.00 gift card to my Sugarplum Paperie shop. If you would like to enter this challenge to win, simply follow the rules below:

1) Pick a journaling prompt from the list above. 2) Make a layout or hybrid project that relates to the topic at hand, using at least 75% Sugarplum Paperie products (either new, retired or even a freebie). 3) Come back and leave a comment with a link to your page. All entries must be posted by Saturday (Jan. 7th) before 8:00 a.m. (EST). That’s it!

Happy journaling!

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2 thoughts on “Get Writing : Challenge #9 : Stories You Don’t Know

  • December 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm
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    Nicole – I also lost my mom when I was 10. My dad is still alive but since my parents were already divorced & my dad remarried when my mom died, and it wasn’t a “good” divorce, there was no story sharing about my mom as I grew up. So, I can relate to not having stories to share!

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