1.16.2013

Your Story Matters Blog Hop

Did you hear? Your Story Matters is now available for purchase!


What IS Your Story Matters? Well, it just so happens to be the book I'm published in and includes scrapbook layouts created by the storytellers of ScrapHappy.

Today, we're celebrating the release of Your Story Matters: 25 Memories To Capture Now with a super exciting blog hop where you get a chance to WIN an electronic copy of the book! (If you're just starting out, the blog hop begins at Layout a Day.)

We're giving away THREE copies of the book and all you have to do is answer this question: What story do you feel is critical for every scrapbooker to document?

I answered that question with this eco-friendly scrapbook layout:

"GMA" 12x12 Scrapbook Layout for Your Story Matters

I feel it's important to document the people you miss. It's scrapbook therapy and I blogged more about that here. Since my grandmother was such an influence on my life, I revisited the topic with a photo of her and my firstborn child, as well as a photo of me when I visited my grandmother in Arizona during my childhood. 

The journaling reads: Grandma Wood lived in Arizona while I was growing up and was the only grandparent I truly got to know. We'd spend time together during her annual trips to Ohio & the few times I traveled to Arizona, where she lived. Grandma eventually moved to Pennsylvania at the end of her life & had a chance to meet both of my girls, even though she may not have known who they were. I miss her lively personality & wish my girls could have known her like I did. -Documented July 26, 2012

Supplies: cardstock (DCWV, Jillibean Soup), diecuts (Jillibean Soup), corrugated letters (Jillibean Soup), black floss (Sew Easy), corrugated cardboard scraps, Distrezz-it-All, black ink (StazOn), adhesive (Glue Dots Pop Up & Mini, Recollections tabs), black pen.

Now's your chance to win book full of scrapbook layouts documenting important life stories! Leave a comment by Saturday (1/19/13) and you could be one of three winners chosen from the comments made on all participating blogs. Winners will be announced at Layout a Day on Monday (1/21) and prizes must be claimed by next Wednesday (1/23).

Can't wait? Skip the $7 introductory price, buy Your Story Matters now for only $5 with coupon code HOP and download it immediately! This coupon is good until midnight on 1/21/13 and if you just so happen to be a lucky winner, your money will be refunded - nothing to lose!

Start here--> Lain Ehmann: Layout a Day
Leslie Smith: Out of the Mire
Alison Charlton: Scrapping in Singapore
Heather Dubarry:  noexcusescrapbooking.com
You're here--> Danielle Hunter: EcoScrapbook
Next stop--> Cathy Holiday: Pikes Peak Scrapper
Monica Bradford: Scrap Inspired
Paivi Eerola: Peony and Parakeet
Lynnette Nagle: Sassyscrapper
Kelli Panique: Use It Scrapbooking!
Danielle Taylor: Scrapper on the Street

Before you leave, don't forget answer: What story do you feel is critical for every scrapbooker to document?

33 comments:

  1. Gorgeous page Danielle.... think I'll go find a photo and scrap a page about my Dad... I miss him every day.

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  2. Reminds me of the pictures of my son and his great great great aunt. When he was born, we took him to the retirement center where she lived every Tuesday until she passed away when he was 4. ALL the ladies there loved it when Dylan came to visit. My son is now 9 but still remembers her and loves looking back on the scrapbook pages. Those memories through pictures will be remembered forever.

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  3. I think the most important story to capture is your own family line, your genealogy. As time goes on, information is lost about all the facts, the date and where they were born, and any family surnames that we know and can somehow document. I have found it impossible to document much of the family history for my husband's side of his father's family because there was a father who the facts just drift off into nowhere..... So we really have no information of that side of the family past my husband's grandfather.

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  4. I think it is important to capture my mother's story through her eyes as well as her sisters. We are so lucky to have these funny and intelligent 70-somethings still a big part of our lives. They have seen so much from civil rights to women's rights that would be great for our young family members to hear.

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  5. Love the reminder to document the people we miss. There are so many stories I wish I could have learned from them!

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  6. I really like the GMA letters that you put at the top of the layout. I also really like that you shared what you journaled on your layout in your blog post so that we could read it. I don't really have any photos of my grandmother but I am going to search for one. I miss her deeply and I don't think I have her any albums at all. Thank you for sharing :)

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  7. I love the importnat to document the people you miss sentiment. I'm always making layouts from photos of my Mom, Mamaw, Papaw, and Dad.

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  8. Thank you so much for participating!

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  9. Adorable layout!!! I commented on Lain’s post that my own story and the story of my children’s young years are especially important to document, since no one else knows the details like I do.

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  10. I love how you used the corrugated cardboard! You are an inspiration!!

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  11. Love your layout. I need to do one of my grandmas and my mom. I feel our hopes, fears and dreams are important to document along with mundane, everyday types of things.

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  12. I think the most important story is important moments. I need to do some pages about my Mom Nad Grandma.

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  13. None of the below accounts, so I'll do anonymous and sign my name and hope for the best.

    Loved the layout and the reminder of how important it is to document those we miss so others will remember them, too. Thanks for sharing and giving us the chance to win the book.
    Libby Wiers

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  14. Loved this layout - so important to honour those who held an important place in our lives. Pleasure "working" with you! :)

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  15. This is beautiful and to me a very important subject. I lost my mother long before I became a mum and scrapping about her isn't just a way for me to remember her, it's a way for my children to learn about who their grandmother was - the person that had a huge part in who I am.

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  16. I'm not sure what I think is the most critical story to tell as a scrapbooker. I think that every story is important and hopefully people who read them after I'm gone will learn something about our lives through them.
    Julie

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  17. All the things that touch you are important! I just get overwhelmed wanting to put them down!

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  18. Love this page, Danielle! And yes it is therapy to document the people you miss. I feel very similarly about my grandmother and I know there are many more stories for me to tell about her.

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  19. I honestly believe that the most important story a scrapbooker should record is his/her own. Being the primary source, there is no way it can get better. Yet, many times we forget ourselves in lieu of recording everybody else's story.

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  20. Scrapping those who I miss has been great therapy for me. It helps me know that they will never be forgotten. Congrats on being published! So excited to be part of this.

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  21. When I read your line on Scrapbooking about people you miss I immediately thought about my grandma. It's hard to do it (tears are about to fall) but I guess you are right. It helps preserve those memories
    Thanks for inspiring

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  22. Love that you did a page on someone who is gone but you want to remember them...I need to do that. Love the idea of this book!

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  23. I think it's important to document the facts...where, who what etc. A pretty page is great but others will want to know all those facts
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  24. Gorgeous photo of your Grandma and your daughter and the way you used a photo of yourself to bridge the generations on your lovely LO! So good to have been part of this with you!!!

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  25. Great layout about your grandmother, and I think you're right, scrapping about those you miss is a wonderful idea.

    If other scrappers are like me, they document everyone ELSE'S life though and not their own. I think it's important to do a page listing little-known facts about YOU. I did that once, and even good friends were surprised by some of the things I put down. I still love that page, and I did that two years ago.

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  26. I wish I had more time to document the past (my own, especially). Both of my parents are gone and they did a fairly good job of leaving their stories for my siblings and me. I want to do the same. I think I need a 36 hour day, though to catch up!!

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  27. The important thing for me right now is to include journaling on each page I do. I believe that feelings and emotions should be journaled too wherever possible too.

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  28. I believe every scrapper should scrap something that they are passionate about! If you don't have a passion???? Ask God for it! He will surely give you one and it may just be HIM! Many blessings and congrats on being published.

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  29. Yes, scrapbooking the life of a loved one is a wonderful and worthwhile endeavor. Especially, when we include why they are important to us individually. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  30. This is such a beautiful layout, Danielle!! I know how much this means to you. I remember the first layout I created about a loved one. It was hard yet heartwarming!!

    Congrats on being published, Danielle!!

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  31. Lovely page - I'm sure that book would be a treasure to any scrapbooker. I think it is important to document those intangible things that have been passed down through the generations - like the hard work ethic of your grandfather, or the patience of your mother, etc. We are all products of those that come before us, it is good to recognize it and document it too.

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  32. Such a lovely page and lovely page topic. Just love it! I think documenting those 'defining moments' of our life is so important to capture and document. It is on my to-do list..hopefully in 2013. Thanks for sharing! Smiles ~ Janet

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