Meeting the folks at Creative Memories
“My photos tell only a part of my family story. How can I include more of it in my albums?” scrapbook consultants asked when I presented writing workshops at two national Creative Memories™ conventions in 1996 and 1997. Creative Memories is a premier, international company that promotes and teaches photo-safe scrapbooking awareness through classes and workshops.
Since 1988, I had been helping thousands of people to write their personal and family lifestories through my Turning Memories Into Memoirs™ workshops. Because of my experience, Creative Memories invited me to teach their consultants what scrapbookers call photojournaling. I taught them how to write interesting and effective narrative texts–cameo narratives, I call them–to incorporate into the well-designed, photo-safe photograph albums Creative Memories folk produce and advocate.
Creative Memories consultants were eager to add new skills to their album-making. They knew instinctively that learning to write more than a brief caption would satisfy their own needs to tell more complete stories and would enhance their work with customers who longed to create family-legacy albums.
Writing Stories into Albums
Consultants wanted to tell a complete lifestory (personal or family story)–but they wanted to do so in their albums, not in book-length autobiographies or biographies people often produce in my Turning Memories™ workshops. They were not, and didn’t want to be, writers first and album-makers second.
“My photo albums are where I want to record my lifestory,” they said. “How can I integrate more text into them and still have the photos be central to the album?”
I wrote a book to answer that question. When you acquire your own copy of The Photo Scribe, you, too, will learn to tell your lifestory, or, if you choose, portions of it, using both photographs and short, well-written texts.
I call the family legacy album that results from combining photographs and text the “lifestory photo album.” And I call the process of creating it “photoscribing.”
Good luck to you as you photoscribe your albums.
Using the guidance of the Photo Scribe Start Up Package, you will learn to add cameo narratives to your albums. The Photo Scribe Start Up Package is a cost effective way to launch yourself.
How to Start to Write Your Memoir is offered free from February 20-22. It is Book One in the seven-part Memoir Network Writing Series. Also in publication is Don’t Let Writer’s Block Stop You. A complete list of publications is available at Memoir Network Writing Series. To be placed on an alert list, send an email to Denis@thememoirnetwork.com.