Saturday Scraplift: Turning Photos into Stories

Storytelling – that’s what it’s all about, right? We’ve all looked at photos from the past and wondered what the story behind them was. As scrapbookers, we leave a tremendous legacy to our families to come by telling the stories of our photos. The fact that we get to express our creativity and play with awesome products doesn’t hurt, either! On the page we’re lifting this week, Uly (Maruma) tells the story of her dog’s fifth birthday through a series of lovely sepia-toned photos. Esther, Bailey, and I enjoyed using Uly’s page for inspiration to tell stories of our own.

Uly’s page:


Esther’s (esther_a) page tells the story of her husband rowing a kayak so that his friend could take pictures of birds along a river. Esther cleverly sprinkles pops of green on her page to guide the viewer’s eye through her design, from the tag at the top, to the central photos, and finally to the title and journaling. The larger focal photo gives the sense of being right there on the river with the kayakers.

2015-03-15-kayaking-p2kpertiet_blendabilityscrappackno6-3-p2-v2Credits: Blendability Scrap Pack Layered Templates No. 06; Pencil Line Flowers Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Harvest Fields Scrapbook Kit; Quinn Sentiment Pack; Inspiration freebie 09.24.16; Layer Words No. 707

Bailey (Starlite9711) puts her three cute munchkins front and center on her page about their summer outing on the water. I love that her accompanying shots flesh out the story of their adventure by showing how they spent the day. Her underlying brush work helps to ground and unify her photos. Did you spot that storm looming in the background in her photo? That’s Florida for you!


On my page, I tell the story of my son and daughter-in-law’s trip to New York City with my grandchildren. Using multiple photos gave me a chance to include distance shots as well as close ups – always a good idea when you want to provide context for your story. I like that the viewer can see bits of the NYC skyline in the background, and the warm clothes establish the winter setting.

suchafunexperienceCredits: October Essentials Solids Paper Pack No. 01; Fifty States Seals Brushes and Stamps; Artsy Layered Photo Masks Brushes, Stamps and Layers No. 01; Bexley Add-on Paper Pack; Fine Line Twists Brushes and Stamps No. 04; Tidewater Element Pack; Torn Templates No. 02; Break Away Brushes and Stamps; Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 03; Torn Classic White Photo Frames No. 04; Be Hoppy: Washi Tapes; Sweet Rosey Washi Tapes; Wood Veneer Photo Frames No. 02; Cardstock Alphabet: Whimsy Blue; Brielle Element Pack; Anzio Element Pack; Drop Shadow Styles No. 02; Asaria Paper Pack

What pictures are sitting on your hard drive begging to have their story told? Use Uly’s page to inspire you to get them on a page so that your family won’t have to speculate about the details. I can’t wait to see where it takes you. Don’t forget to post your page in the Saturday Scraplift Challenge Gallery and in the October Challenge Participation Sign-in thread in the forum.

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One Response to Saturday Scraplift: Turning Photos into Stories

  1. Uly (Maruma) says:

    Ha, my first visit on saturday mornings is always the blog to check out the SSL! What a sight! Thank you Linda, for choosing my page – will have to lift this one, now 🙂

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