Once Upon a Time…

by Lain Ehmann on September 23, 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.


“Once upon a time…”

It’s the most familiar of all story openers. From “Cinderella” to “Shrek,” our most favorite stories start with this short phrase. It lets us prepare ourselves; we know what’s coming next! We settle in and get ready for the story.

This phrase also holds keys for our scrapbooking. Let’s take a look a little more closely:

ONCE: We are hearing the story of one life — not a whole bunch of people’s stories, but one person’s story. One person — like you.

UPON A TIME: According to Wiktionary, “Upon” means “Incidental to a specified point in time or order of action.” In other words, this story takes place at this point in time. Not later, not early, not always, but NOW.

So what does this little phrase tell us? Just this: That the most famous stories of all time were written by one person, about one person’s life, at one particular time in history.

Sounds a lot like scrapbooking, doesn’t it? 🙂

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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