Hi, all. Happy Day After Mother's Day. (I'm sure that's a thing.) This Mother's Day, I had a hard time deciding which was a better way to celebrate. Did I want to go out and about with my family? That is always fun and special, and I get to take great photos. But part of me just wanted to stay home alone and scrapbook (about other times we were out and about as a family). I had the best of both worlds, and I got to do a little bit of both. In the morning, I scrapped, and in the afternoon, we headed out for a simple little hike. That little hike lasted hours though, because my younger son fell in love with catching big, giant frogs.
It's funny how I often find myself experiencing things through the lens of the scrapbook. Meaning, as we enjoyed the great outdoors for hours, and I snapped away with my camera, I kept thinking, "What is the story here? What will I want to write about when this day is through?" Ideas for titles ran through my head. Right now, I don't know exactly what the words will be. I have many layouts about Sam's love of the outdoors, his curiosity, about the fact that he never stays on the trail. This might be another layout with a similar message, or I might find a way to put a new spin on it. What I do know is that in the coming days, I will print up some of my favorite photos, and figure out what I want to say. Sure, it's great when the ideas just come right away, but sometimes we need to let ideas stew around a bit.
Here 's a little side note: My favorite time to compose my writing is when I ride over the bridge to work. The uphill part, in particular. If I can keep my mind occupied while riding, then before I know it, I am cruising down the other side of the bridge.
How do you approach your stories? Do you compose them as you are working on your page, or do you let the words hang around your head for a while?