We all have a story to tell.
We all have a different story. Different ways of growing up. Different family situations. Mine is very unique as compared to even my own children that have lived in the same house their whole lives.
Your story is important. Your story is interesting. Your story needs to be recorded simply and efficiently, without spending all the time worrying about product and laying out pages and finding photos like you do when scrapping. It’s all about the stories, not the foo foo.
It’s all about your history.
Why do The History Project?
My mom passed away at age 65 due to a series of strokes. Much too early, if you ask me. She shared stories here and there of her life, but do I remember them? Not very many. Did she write them down? No. Those stories are now gone with her. I am sad about that. We have boxes and boxes of stuff that we’ve gone through–tiny little reminders of who she was and what she liked, but no personal stories behind those items. I’m really sad about that.
I want my kids to know those stories about me. I don’t want them to be left with nothing that says who I am or how I became who I am.
I think one of my most treasured things I have is a list of different stories from my dad that I had him write as part of a scrapbooking assignment. Now, I basically grew up without my dad in the home because my parents divorced when I was nine. I didn’t get to hear those random stories about childhood like my kids do with my husband and me. So when I got a handful pages of different stories from his childhood? I was in heaven. It is pure gold. On top of that, we got to go with him to his childhood hometown, Sheridan Wyoming, for his 55th high school reunion. My sister brought a tape recorder so we could record the flood of memories that came from being there. Again….gold.
What will you leave behind?
So what will we leave behind for our children? Yes, many of us make scrapbooks and maybe even keep journals, but I didn’t necessarily scrapbook or journal when I was nine….did you? And what we think now can be different than what we thought then. Perspective and all.
The important thing is to write it down.
And that’s what this class is all about. Getting those memories down on paper in a fun and unique way.
I want to help you gather those moments in time and collect them in a book. A book that’s all your own, to design how you want to do it. There is no rhyme or reason, only a starting point with a subject and ideas each week. It’s all about letting those thoughts flow. Freedom to express what’s only been in your head.
And if you get behind? There’s no worry because this is not a chronological memory book.
There’s no time like the present.
Start recording your history now.
What you get:
- Over 50 PDF subjects with all the content–tips and prompts–on how to journal those subjects, focusing on ages 0-20. Sometimes I’ll even suggest a photo or ephemera idea to include. All this will be in the PDF to make those ideas and thoughts flow easily into your journal.
- Photos of my personal journal entries in my book and in written form. You won’t see this with every prompt, but you will with a good majority of them.
- Access to a private FB group so you can talk with others who are or who have been working on this project. I won’t personally be involved, generally speaking, but I will be monitoring it.
- Over 50 exclusively designed graphic elements to add visual interest to your journal. While this isn’t about the foo foo, I do like a little visual interest. :) But that can be done in a simple fashion.
This graphic element may be a cuttable word image or a cute little decorative card or whatever. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A CUTTER to do this project. Anything that can be cut can also be printed onto transparency or paper using the PNG version and included in your entry, if you want to use it.
What people are saying:
“Thank you so much. I LOVE THE HISTORY CLASS. Brings up great memories. Had my 2 kids laughing so hard on one entry–worth every penny to see them laughing like that. Thank you.” -K
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the History Project. It has been so encouraging and fun to write about each subject then ask my Mom if she remembers the same stories. Most of the time every story had to have “tweeking” to get Mom’s little tid-bits in that I had forgotten.” -F
“I have learned more about myself through [The History Project] than you could even imagine. I thank you for that.” -A
“My daughter was home from college last week and I found her reading the few posts I have completed in my journal. She looked up and said “Thank you Mommy, this is so great!” Now that is some serious inspiration.” -T
And now I leave you with this little video in the hope that it will inspire you to write your story.