Hello! It's me, Marnie. Welcome back for day two in our week of starting points. I hope that you enjoyed the color schemes yesterday and had fun building a layout with color as your starter! I took the challenge, too, and made a layout using five colors you might recognize from the extras from yesterday.
Honestly, I usually find a scheme after I look at my photo, so this starting point felt a little like putting the cart before the horse for me, but I liked it!
And now, our second challenge and starting point: one word.
START WITH A WORD
Today we are going to do a classic writing assignment. 30 seconds, a blank piece of paper, a pencil, and one word to spark a memory.
"That's it?" you ask. And yes, I say. That's it. Close your eyes. Let your mind wander and see what happens.
Here are two words and their accompanying layouts.
Straws make me think of slurpees and my time in the back of a pickup truck after the Farmer's Market as a kid. But I have already scrapbooked this, so I sat a minute more. Then I got to thinking about Pic-A-Pop and started writing about that. But as I wrote, I realized I wanted to include more than just the pop, and so I backed up and added my memories of pizza nights. Which together rounded out to include a little about my mom being a working mom. And now I have a layout that captures a memory oft remembered, but not yet scrapbooked. (I don't have very many pics of my childhood, but did find one with all three of the kids in it, so I used that one.) You may notice that there is nary a mention of straws in the journaling. It was just a starting point on this one, not at all the end point. And that is just okay.
I grew up in Canada where winter is more than just a season. As I began to write, I ended up with a bunch of disjointed tidbits about winter that didn't fit into a particular layout. But did work under the general heading of winter. So I went with that! Unlike the straws layout, the starting point word is more than just a little evident here. This just shows us how inspiration can spark or be; either way works great!
Knowing I didn't have a childhood photo to go with this layout, I looked back to a trip we took home to Canada a couple of years ago. In this photo, Lavender is wearing my childhood snowsuit, and she and Nigel are riding on my childhood toboggan, so it seemed liked the perfect accompaniment to my winter childhood memories.
So are you up for it? Ready to make a layout from one word? I hope you will try it. Here are five more random words to help spark a memory:
lollipop, novel, bicycle, chocolate, fear
I hope you will try it and see how much fun it can be! I would love to see what you come up with. Thank you, for stopping by and for being a part of our write. click. scrapbook. family!