Creating a Storybook Album

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Article Courtesy by Denise Gormish

Journaling on a layout provides information and details about the event or person in the layout. It gives a feeling for the event or person that is featured on that page. Journaling can be limited to one page or extensively cover an entire mini-album.

While journaling can be detail-oriented, it can also be story-oriented. Story-oriented journaling can be limited to one page, but it can also cover an entire album. A storybook album is an entire album centered around one event told in a story format.

Here is how to make a storybook:

Choose a story. Any good book starts with an idea. A good story would involve some conflict and some final resolution to the conflict. The more conflict, the better the story. Consider situations in your life that had to be overcome or an event that was filled with conflict. When writing my storybook "The Misadventure," I remembered a time when we were hiking and a few unusual things happened including getting lost on the trail. These conflicts could create tension and a good resolution for my story.

I1_271Choose a format. Consider your story and the format that would best display it. Would it work as a mini-album or something larger? Will you add more stories or just have it bound as one story? What size would tell your story the best? There are many scrapbook album sizes that would work for this project. Have a vision for the final project. For my album, I chose a 5" x 7" size that I could upload to Shutterfly and have printed there.

Write the story. A storybook is different from other journaling in the way the story is told and in the words it uses. Often a story is told from the third person point of view, and often through the eyes of the main character. Like a fictional book, it will depend on a central character and the actions and thoughts of that character. Another similarity to fiction is the use of words. Active description and details are used. Not everything is necessarily really as it happened. While the event may be real, the dialogue may be invented or something may be described differently than reality. A storybook mixes the real with a bit of fiction to make a story. It could be entirely fictional as well. When I was writing my story I didn't remember my exact words I said to my daughter so I made up something reasonable and allowed that to be a part of the story.


Chose the illustrations. How do you want to illustrate your album? If you have an artistic talent, feel free to create your own personal illustrations. Most scrapbookers will probably chose to use photographs. For photographs, choose ones that really highlight your story. They don't always have to be directly related to the moment in the story. In my story, my daughter fell into the cold river. I didn't take any pictures of that because of the stress of the situation. Instead I used photographs of water flowing over the rocks  to give the feeling of the event that just happened.


Merge  the story and illustrations. Now it's time to get the story and the illustrations or photographs together. Just like any other scrapbook page, you assemble them in your favorite scrapbook style.

Finish. Complete the book, checking for any errors. Consider the order of the pages and any changes which you might want to make. You may choose to include a page title or a dedication in your book. You could even include an "about the author" page.

Here are some samples of the pages in my finished book.


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