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The art of photo scribing should not be ignored. Of course, photos are the driving force behind the story told in most albums. It shouldn’t be only that way! There’s a better, more sure way to preserve stories using photos as your core to tell a more whole story of your photos.

Photo scribing tells a more whole story of your photos.

Use your pictures to jog your memory and then write captivating stories and captions to go with them to make an improved memoir scrapbook.

Your photos are obviously important to scrabooking. They are a terrific visual record—but the photos do not pinpoint the story. They don’t tell the date, don’t tell who was there, don’t tell what happened before or after the photo was taken. You need to write lifestories in your photo albums to complete the ‘picture’.

We call these mini-stories “cameo narratives.” They are not hard to create, and they make your album so much more faithful to the lived experience.

Commit to preserving a more whole story of your photos.

Read through the posts below to begin your journey of photo scribing. If you really want to get serious, visit the photo scribing section on our bookstore

Get More Info From Your Photos

Get More Info From Your Photos–The small details for your memoir are in your photos

Look with “new eyes” to get more info from your photos.

“Where do I find more details for my memoir?” you ask. “I remember a lot and I’ve done my Memory List, but where is the small stuff I need to ground my memoir—and possibly provide new insights?”

The answer is in your photos. Get more info from your photos by following these steps

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Write Your Lifestories into Your Photo Albums

Photos are the driving force behind the story told in most albums–no photo, no story. It shouldn’t be
that way!

Your photos are obviously important. They are a terrific visual record—but the photos do not pinpoint the story. They don’t tell the date, don’t tell who was there, don’t tell what happened before or after the photo was taken. You need to write lifestories in your photo albums to complete the ‘picture’. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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When You Must Have The Photos You Don’t Have/How To Journal Without The Photos, Part II

What to Do When There Are No Photos

The Memory List that you completed when you first began writing your memoir is integral to the writing process. The Memory List will suggest topics to write about, but what follows is additional tips you can use when you don’t have the photos. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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stories behind your photos.

Write The Stories Behind Your Photos

Your photos tell stories. Did you store away a slew of photos in shoe boxes over the years–and more recently created huge photo files in your computer? (These are perhaps even worse than shoe boxes. At least, photos in shoe boxes are easy to look at vs photos as thumbnails!) Your photos tell stories.

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The Photos You Don’t Have / How to Journal Without The Photos

Notice Gaps In Your Collection of Photos?

As you organize your photos for your albums, you notice gaps in what you photographed–in other words, the photos you don’t have. You remember events that you didn’t even photograph at all– perhaps you weren’t there or perhaps you were too busy to take photos.

You can ask around to find if anyone took photos you might have copies of. And what if no one has photos to record a time or a person in your life that you simply must memorialize? What to do? [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Creative Memories and the Memoir Network

“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. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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