Throwback Thursday is everywhere on social media. I participate in it also and recently decided it would be great to pair the photos with the memories and scrapbook/document them as part of our family's story. I went on a bit of a blogging hiatus over the summer with the kids home from school and involved in a few activities, but I am back into it again.
I managed to get three memories documented today. (Go, me!) My approach to documenting these memories is simple layout, little embellishment, big story. The memory that the photographs evoke is the important part to capture. I definitely find myself using Project Life journaling cards on a regular basis for the journaling or embellishing components. Quick, easy, but attractive. The photos in this blog post aren't the best - it was a rainy, cloudy day - but they work.
In organizing a ton of photos over the summer, I came across this 5x7 of my grandparents and their very best friends. My grandparents passed away in 1999 and 2000, but their best friends very much remained a part of our lives. As soon as I rediscovered this photo, I knew I needed to preserve their friendship on paper.
Storytelling is another great reason to organize your photos by "category" or "subject" instead of chronological order. In doing so, I came across various photographs of when I worked at the Disney Store in the mid-90's for extra wedding planning money. Although I worked full-time, I truly loved this part-time gig and spreading pixie dust 1,000 miles away from the magic in Florida. Definitely something that needed to be included in my story.
I've been thinking about this page for a long time in various forms. The two components that I tackled were documenting my grandfather's handwriting and his meticulous documentation of everyday activities. He kept a large date journal/diary to document everything (the various credit card/insurance companies used to sell them with your monthly statement at the end of each year). My Pop Pop was a daily list maker; in fact, he had lists for his lists. This is a trait that I believe I inherited from him as I should belong to LMA (list makers anonymous). I paired the photographs of a few of his journals that I have kept with one of my favorite candid shots of him and documented a well-worn memory of him. I also included, in a pocket, a couple of the rolodex cards from his desk that he had written addresses on prior to having the strokes that caused his handwriting to get a little wavy - something I also experienced after the chemo/radiation/transplant last year. The connection I share with Pop Pop goes beyond memories and love, but extends through traits and habits as well. That is something that isn't always as easily seen, but warrants being recognized.
And here is just one of my lists today.
So many stories, so little time, but one by one, they are being written down to be savored and enjoyed someday by someone. What's your throwback story? Did you document it so others may enjoy it as well? Surely, these memories aren't stuck on a phone but likely in a photo box or magnetic album. Pull them out, jot the story down and watch the chapters of memories unfold into something unique and beautiful.