Become the Author of Your Own Story

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The following is a guest post from Kristin. She runs rukristin papercrafts,
a memory-keeping/storytelling blog and independent shop.
She has been a scrapbooker and life-documenter in various forms since high school.

I believe in the power of storytelling. It is incredibly important that we tell the stories of our lives. We are amazing people and we deserve to have our stories told and re-told. Be the author of your own story and tell it the way it’s meant to be told.

Let’s talk about the power of finding your voice and taking your storytelling to the next level. It’s certainly an admirable thing to document your family memories, but I’d like to challenge you to step it up and really tell the stories the way that you want to remember them.

Your story is worth being told, and you are the best person to tell it. Be the author of your own personal story. Tell the story of your life, the way you want to tell it and the way you want it to be read by others.

Great storytelling is an art. It’s an art whose foundation everyone can master. An art that I think everyone should work towards. I want to be a master storyteller and I want to help other people become storytellers and learn to tell their stories in their most genuine and authentic voice.

In January of this past year, I created the Currently Journaling Challenge. The goal was to force myself to write about my ‘right now’ at least once a week. Everyday moments are such a big part of my story, I wanted to make sure that documenting them was a priority.

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The Currently Journaling Challenge takes five minutes out of your week to document your story. There are several one-word prompts aimed at getting you to write down the stuff that’s going on right now. Watching, Reading, Listening, Making, Feeling, Planning, & Loving. Write about all the prompts; or just pick out the ones that speak to you. Learn more about the Currently Journaling Challenge or pick up some Currently supplies to get started today.

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The Currently Journaling Challenge is great for open-ended documenting like project life where you are continually telling the story of everyday life. But what about documenting those stories that are just a little bit more special? For stories that have a beginning and an end, mini-books are the way to go. Wrapped up inside a little book is your story, waiting to be told.

Mini-books are perfect for any storytelling occasion. I personally love making travel mini-albums. Even if I just go away for a day or two, I enjoy documenting the story of that trip. My go-to mini-book right now is a DIY accordion fold album. Each book is made out of patterned paper and adhesive. It’s totally customizable. From the shape, to the number of pages, this album is perfect for any story you want to tell.

I recently created a self-paced workshop so that everyone could master this mini-album technique.This workshop goes step-by-step to teach you to make your own mini-book in minutes. Follow the instructions once and then you’ll be able to make dozens of unique mini-albums. With over 80 pages of inspiration from 10 unique, international contributors there is an style represented for everyone.

I am offering a free copy of my workshop to one lucky commenter.

Please leave a comment below telling me about a story you hope to document soon.

Giveaway ends Friday, June 7 at 11:59p PT. Chance of winning based on how many entries. One commenter will be selected at random to win.


What’s included:

  • A self-paced workshop with Step-by-Step instructions for creating an accordion album from start to finish.
  • Additional inspiration with albums from 10 amazing contributors, each with a different perspective and unique style.
  • Tips & Tricks for using your stash to complete an entire album.  Finally use that paper and embellishments you’ve been waiting on!
  • A private facebook group for questions, community, and a place for participants to share their albums and inspiration.

If you just can’t wait, pick up the workshop here and check out the coordinating project kit with enough product to make the exact mini-album in the workshop and plenty of extra!

Join me on the journey to becoming a master storyteller. Be the author of your own story  and tell it the way it’s meant to be told.

I’m Kristin and a  I’m a millennial scrapbooker who loves graphic design, social justice, my iPhone, and Jeffrey (my person).  I’m 27 years old, living right outside of NYC in Northern NJ. I love Project Life, Journaling, taking photos with my iPhone, and sharing on social media (I love internet friends). I love telling my story and inspiring others to do the same. Follow me on instagram, facebook, or twitter; and check out this self-interview to learn lots more about who I am and what I love.

P.S. Other resources to help tell your story: One Year of journaling email series

How are you telling your story today?

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  • Kaylee June 3, 2013 at 6:13 am edit

    I am horrible about journaling because I always feel like I have nothing exciting to go on in my life to tell. But I have to remember that day to day things are still life. I would just like to do better about documenting it.

  • Emily Dismukes June 3, 2013 at 6:33 am edit

    I’m spending my first summer on my own, so I would love to get these memories recorded.

  • Dale June 3, 2013 at 6:44 am edit

    My husband and I recently bought a building that we are making into a shared workspace. I’d love to document the process of getting it up and running!

  • sandi pierce June 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm edit

    i have a great fear of actually writing anything down. but love the journal concept. am trying.. thanks

  • Alissa June 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm edit

    I just rediscovered photos of my grandparents house and would live to make a mini album of childhood memories.

  • Misti K June 5, 2013 at 8:29 am edit

    My husband and I just got back from our third trip to New Orleans. I saved bits and bobs from our trip and the stories are all in my head…but getting them down on paper can be so overwhelming.

  • Liz June 5, 2013 at 11:57 am edit

    I’d love to document my first summer in a big city (recently moved from a tiny podunk town in the woods) and getting my new website and business up and running.

  • Rachel Z June 6, 2013 at 6:42 am edit

    Such a great giveaway! I would love to record the story of my family’s trip to Greece in July. I think it will be fun and full of beautiful photos.


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