Orphaned Photos Mini-album 1 | rukristin

This month’s Nerd Nest Challenge is to fill in memory keeping gaps. For an extra dose of inspiration on this challenge, I asked my friend Kristin to share her take with you!

Orphaned Photos Mini-album 2 | rukristin

Hi hi Nerd Nesters! I’m Kristin from rukristin: feminist scrapbooker. Today I’m tackling the October Nerd Nest challenge: Fill in Memory Keeping Gaps by sharing one of my favorite go-to projects: The Orphaned Photos mini-album.

I don’t really do chronological scrapbooking. I keep a Project Life album and update it (mostly) regularly, but my layouts and mini-albums are pretty scattershot — my memory-keeping inspiration comes in waves.

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That being said, I do find myself with a lot of leftover photos, usually from Project Life spreads. One of the things I try to do every month is to print out all the photos I might want to use. Naturally, I’m going to wind up with a bunch of extras. Sometimes a story doesn’t really fit into the theme of the spread. Other times I have a few extra pictures from an event & and I want to document a fun detail.

The leftover photos get thrown in a bottom drawer and they tend to get left there for a while. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then there are volumes and volumes stuck in that drawer. One day last year I decided that I wanted to do something with these orphaned photos and I created my first Orphaned Photos mini-album.

One photo + One journaling card = One story told

Orphaned Photos Mini-album 5 | rukristin

Orphaned Photos Mini-album 4 | rukristin

For this album, I used 3×4 photos and 3×4 Project Life cards (mostly orphaned themselves from previous Studio Calico kits). To create each page, I took a 3×4 photo and adhered a journaling card to the backside. I then wrote down some journaling on the back of each card to provide a little bit more context for each photo. To finish it off, I added a few embellishments and punched a hole in the upper left hand corner of the photo with my Crop-a-Dile punch tool — although a regular office hole punch would work as well.

Aside from a great way to fill in gaps, it’s also an excellent way to use up the little bits and pieces of your stash and all the cool supplies that you’re into right now. If you’ve been holding onto that one journaling card that is just so cool but hasn’t quite fit in anywhere, this is the perfect place to finally use it. Same thing for that picture with a great story that might not be right for a full layout or PL page.

Orphaned Photos Mini-album 6 | rukristin

Add the card/picture combo to a binder ring and move onto the next photo.

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Repeat en masse. Usually I’ll do somewhere between 8 and 12 pages in a mini-album.

Orphaned Photos Mini-album 1 | rukristin

This is one of the easiest ways to fill in those memory-keeping gaps. You took those pictures for a reason! Now it’s time to document those reasons. Not everything has to fit into a perfectly manicured memory-keeping system. Real life is messy and complicated and you make it work for you — do the same with your memory-keeping. Use your pictures, use your supplies, and then just string it all together. It doesn’t matter that those photos don’t have a cohesive storyline — the cohesive storyline is that you picked out these photos to document right now, and these are your thoughts on them right now. That’s all you need. It’s your story.

Orphaned Photos Mini-album 8 | rukristin

rukristin is a feminist scrapbooker, lady-blogger, paper-crafter, & kick-ass memory-keeper. She is the founder of #CurrentlyList, #Thursday3, & the #AwesomeLadiesProject. Find her new line of Currently Journaling scrapbook products in her online scrapbook boutique. Get to know her better by letting her drop you a note each Friday morning.

Thanks Kristin for sharing how you filled in your memory keeping gaps with us!

Remember that you can share your take on the October challenge too. Use the hashtag #NerdNestChallenge on social media or leave a comment so I can add your take to the Nerd Nest Challenges Pinboard.