Find Your Voice Week 4 | Inspired by Ali Edwards's Hello Story

Lesson Four of the FREE Find Your Voice workshop from Rukristin Papercrafts is all about finding your storytelling style. I’m one of the contributors this week, so you’ll see my projects in the lesson PDF, but I thought I’d share about them in a little more detail here!

For the assignment, I chose to do two different storytelling styles for two scrapbooking projects about the same event. I wanted to create two projects that were keepers, so I decided to tackle the same story–the nerds go to the Maker Faire— and tell it from two perspectives. One tells the story of my whole family’s experience: very basic highlights of what we saw. The other story focuses on my daughter’s perspective: what she was interested in, what she loved best, funny things she did. I changed the story in the journaling by changing who the “protagonist” of the layout was!


I not only stretched myself to tell the stories in two different ways, I also designed the pages in two different styles. The family one is very much my go-to style when I have long stories and lots of photos: super simple, photo collage, separate pages for photos and words. The design for the page about Eliza is scraplifted from a layout assignment by Ali Edwards from her class Hello Story, which I’m taking care of Big Picture Classes and is open for registration until July 17. Sometimes translating someone else’s design helps you to grow as a visual storyteller, as it takes you out of your comfort zone and helps you add to your technique toolbox!

Find Your Voice Week 4

For my whole-family layout, I used a hybrid technique I learned from Cathy Zielske and made a 12×12 collage in Photoshop, and then broke up the layout by fitting the photos on two 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper so I could print at home. Instead of making sure that my photos were cropped perfectly to have an equal amount of white space between them, I cut little strips of white cardstock to boarder the photos for the same effect (with much less measuring).

The only embellishing going on here really is a cropped down wrist band on the page with the photos, and the Maker Faire logo and robots on the text page, which I cropped from a free circler sticker we got at the Faire.

The journaling is also really simple: a bit about what the Maker Faire is and who we went with, then a list of our favorite highlights. This is my storytelling style when I’m trying to simplify documenting big events.

(Click the photo to read the journaling in a larger image.)

Find Your Voice Week 4 | Inspired by Ali Edwards's Hello Story

The second page focuses on Eliza’s experience. This is a different story: her highlights are different than our highlights. I love that this page not only documents what she loved at the event, but very much documents what kind of person she is right now.

The design of the page is a very close adaptation of one of Ali Edward’s in Hello Story. I fell in love with the layout, and decided it would be perfect for the story I wanted to tell with photos and words on this page. Practicing with this gave me another way of arranging photos when I have a lot of them–spreading them across the page in a tilted way (I usually make blocks of photo collages, strips of photos, or one big photo with smaller photos arranged somewhere else on the page). I picked up a few new techniques trying to figure out how to get a similar look to Ali’s page with different supplies. I didn’t have mist in a color I liked to add texture to the bottom white part, for example, so I tapped the edge of the stamp I used on the cardstock to create textured lines.

Copying someone else’s work in memory keeping design is a great way to stretch yourself to get out of your comfort zone, but always make sure to credit the original work and never sell anything with copied designs.

Find Your Voice Blog Hop

You can read all of my Find Your Voice posts here. In case you’re wondering, I’m taking my time with Week 3’s assignment. I’m working on combining the assignment with a few things I’m working on for BUILDing my blog.

Want to join in on the FREE Find Your Voice Workshop too? It’s not too late! Here’s how:

Are you finding your voice? I’d love to see how you tackled Lesson 4! Leave a link in the comments section.

Supplies Used:

Paper: Echo Park All About a Boy Kit, Echo Park, Crate Paper, White Cardstock; Embellishments: Studio Calico Wood Snippets Veneer Punctuation, My Mind’s Eye Yellow & Gray Washi Set, Kelly Purkey White Letter Stickers, Maker Faire Memorabilia; Ink: Tsukineko Planetarium pack; Stamp: Kelly Purkey Gold Star Stamp Set, Elise Joy “Today Is” Stamp, Basic Grey; Pen: EK Success Zig Memory System Millennium 0.1-Millimeter Marker; Adhesive: Scor-Tape, Scotch Dot Roller; Tools: EK Success Paper Shapers 1-1/2-Inch Circle Nesting Punch, EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Craft Scissors, Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer, stapler.

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