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Scrapbooking Day Challenge 4 :: The Story behind this Photo

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I love photos that take a bit of explanation. Because normally the explanation is just as good – if not far better – than the photograph, right?

When I ordered those 691 prints, I got a bit bored of picking individual photos and I had a couple folders that I may have just clicked ‘order all’. Then when the prints arrived, I found I had a lovely collection of photos I didn’t remember taking. They were certainly from my camera and I recognised the people and the scenery, but surely I didn’t take three dozen photos of trees out the window and various clouds and rocks? And then I remembered: I let someone else use my camera for a bit.

She just happened to be four years old.

I kinda love this picture of one-quarter of The Boy. But it does take some explaining. Portraiture by Miss Hattie, Age 4.

Do you have a photo that needs explaining? That’s scrapbook day challenge numero quatro: Create a page with the story behind a photo. Find something that has way more story than what you first see, and get explaining!

A note about all the Scrapbooking Day challenges here: You can enter any time between now and Sunday, 15th May, so you have a full week to do as many challenges as you like. Unless otherwise noted, winners have a choice of prize – an online class pass or a gift pack of scrapbooking stash. I’ll also be choosing three winners from all the links and comments left today (Saturday the 7th of May) on any post, so just participating and saying hello gives you another chance to win!


07 May 2011

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39 Comments for Scrapbooking Day Challenge 4 :: The Story behind this Photo

  1. Carrie Says:

    What a cute story! Thanks for the challenge!

  2. heather Says:

    defnitely need to look for a good photo for this challenge :) what a great story!

  3. jennifer grace Says:

    ooh, I like this challenge, and I love your story too. I often pick up my camera and discover some pics of the sofa or a dora-the-explorer board game, courtesy of my 3yr old daughter! x

  4. Maja Says:

    Cool LO…I love this challenge and I love Social Club from CC…I just finished a LO with Social Club and Hattie from MME!

  5. Abbey Says:

    Excellent idea! Added to the list for today. Your prompts have been a perfect fit for me today. Four pages made and more ideas percolating.

  6. Carolyn Says:

    What a sweet story!

  7. Olivia Says:

    Love that story & how you’ve done the title on the layout. Journaling is my favourite part of scrapbooking so I’ll enjoy this challenge :)

  8. Mel Says:

    Oh my, you’re doing the telepathy thing again :) I just riffled through my stack of photos, picked one up and thought ‘I need to tell the story that this photo doesn’t show! But first I’ll just refresh Shimelle’s blog to see if there’s a new challenge up….’ OK, this confirms the layout and title I had in mind then!!

  9. MarieP Says:

    So glad I get to use the dangling shoes page I just created! It definitely worked for this challenge!

  10. Louise Says:

    I had just the photos for this challenge, will link to it tomorrow xx thanks again shimelle xx

  11. tape Says:

    That four-year-old has a great eye for photography!

  12. Melissa Says:

    Oh I have several photos I could pull out for this one!

  13. Jimjams Says:

    Love the photos – but am in awe of the thought of 689 more photos to scrap!

  14. Jane Says:

    Love this concept Shimelle – sometimes we miss the real story because we are forever just focusing on the pictures.

  15. Kelly Massman Says:

    I love this idea! I hope to have time to do this one! Even if I don’t make it in time, I think I will try it!!

  16. rockchickhelen Says:

    Such cute story! Love the layout too, i always get stuck with layouts where you want to put lots of journaling on and you don’t have any lined paper, and that many journaling spots would just look silly.

  17. Niru Says:

    Submitted my ‘cheese, baby!’ layout. We dared to allow our two year old to take pictures after our daughter’s delivery. The pictures are questionable to say the least. I struggled to scrap them for a while, thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Carol S. Says:

    My kids use my point and shoot camera whenever we go anywhere. Usually, their pictures are better than mine. I need to incorporate the story behind the photo technique in my next layout.

  19. Daphne Says:

    great shots for a 4-year-old! ;-) Thanks for the challenge!

  20. Nathalie Says:

    I LOVE that photo too!!! Isn’t it great to see somebody’s else point of view that way! I love the quirky things my little one focuses on when he takes the camera!

  21. Julie Jeavons Says:

    My LO is all about why I love scrapbooking, but there’s another story behind the photo. I blogged about that.

  22. Jen Clark Says:

    This was a fun one because I don’t normally journal this much ~Jen

  23. Lizzie Says:

    Woo-hoo! I did manage to complete one challenge yesterday! I scrapped the photo and blogged about it too – the blog post will be printed and attached to the back of the LO.
    Thanks Shimelle – a great idea and a fun challenge.

  24. pidgen Says:

    This has been such a fun challenge!

  25. Kimberly K Says:

    This is right up my alley! Loved it and it got me to use a fun little photo my husband texted to my Friday night.

  26. Fay Says:

    Great challenge, I took the opportunity to journal about something I would otherwise forget!

  27. linda Says:

    I think there’s a story behind every photo…the real reasoning behind it, not just a snapshot – oh that’s cute :)

  28. Zahra Says:

    Loved this challenge, thanks Shimelle!

  29. alisa beth Says:

    This was a fun challenge. I’m going to reuse this idea later after I get more photos printed.

  30. rockchickhelen Says:

    Just added my link.

  31. Lou Says:

    This was a fun one. Added my link!

  32. heather Says:

    bit late in doing it but added my link :) I love to journal on my pages, thats the main point of it for me. To put the story & the photos together :) great challenge

  33. Emy Says:

    I’ve created a page telling the story of my daughter’s wild imagination. It would make no sense at alll without the journalling – and it only just makes sense with it!

  34. dogmatix Says:

    really challenged my story telling abilities this one….but need the practice and really enjoyed it

  35. Nicole Says:

    This picture was begging to be scrapped – it shows my tomcat’s wet nose after devouring his dinner, too cute!

  36. Diane Says:

    After moving to the UK, I noticed that I miss the supermarkets from my home country which is quite strange as I don’t really like shopping at all… Last time I went for a visit, I took a few photos with my phone with the intention of turning them into a layout. Thank you for giving me the opportunity!

  37. Rinda Says:

    Thanks for the prompt Shimelle!

  38. timberland boots Says:

    different places and different times in their lives, each offering her own unique perspective on how her ideas of growing up have changed. You’ll also be able to listen to an audio message that starts the process

  39. laura@printicular Says:

    This is an awesome idea, I know I am late on this conversation but it got me thinking. We all take photos with instagram and when we print these they may need some explaining, would be cool to do this with printed Instagram photos. Just an idea!