More Than Words

by Lain Ehmann on September 21, 2010

This week, I’m exploring the role of story in scrapbooking as I get ready to launch October’s Layout a Day challenge. Our theme for the month-long challenge is “Story,” and we’ll be talking about how to capture the stories we want to on our scrapbook pages. If you haven’t already signed up, don’t delay! It will be a life-changing event.


You know that song by Extreme, “More Than Words?” The lyrics go something like this:

“…More than words is all I ever needed you to show
Then you wouldn’t have to say that you love me
‘Cause I’d already know.”**

I can’t help but think of this song whenever I think about storytelling. That’s because when we create a scrapbook page, we use many more elements than the words. We use the photograph, the color, the design, the overall feel of the page — all of these things help convey our stories. And yes, while we will be talking about journaling during Layout a Day (LOAD) 10/10, we’ll be talking about all these other elements, too!

Are you going to join us? I certainly hope so. 🙂

In the meantime… what are the elements of scrapbooking with which you think you do the best job of storytelling? What elements are the hardest for you? (Surprisingly, sometimes my journaling is a bit weak!)

**Note: This song, coming as it did in the middle of my college years, is definitely a part of my youth. All the same, it always kind of bugged me. I think it’s because at the very end of the song, it just sounds out of tune. Am I the only one? I did notice when I searched for the video on YouTube that they have fixed that out-of-tuneness in later versions. In fact, I couldn’t even find the radio version to link you to! Revisionist history, perhaps??

P.S. Layout A Day (LOAD) 10/10 kicks off October 1 with guest speakers Ali Edwards, Celeste Smith, Katrina Kennedy, and Noell Hyman. Sign up now – you won’t want to miss this!

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