One of the questions I get asked often is how do I keep track of my story ideas and where do I start when documenting my stories?
For years I've used a bunch of different things - from sticky notes to Word documents to Evernote to random pieces of paper to thinking I'll remember it later. As we were brainstorming product offerings at one of our past meetings we started talking about concrete ways to track the stories I want to tell.
At some point in your life, you’ve probably had someone advise you to “write it down or else you’ll forget it.” The same can be said for all the pieces that go into our storytelling: the quotes, the dates, the locations, the pictures, or maybe just the start of a story idea for which you want to begin collecting details. Sitting down to work on memory-keeping projects can feel overwhelming, especially when you don’t have the big picture in mind. Perhaps you regularly find yourself saying, “I don’t even know where to start”.
For me, it starts with the story. And the Story Planner system was designed to help.
The Story Planner system foundation is a binder specifically designed to help organize your story and project ideas. I wanted something that could sit on my desk/work table (or next to my computer) that I could easily grab and jot down story ideas as they come to me and have them be organized and safe in one place. These 7.25 x 9” binders with a 1.5” spine. We have two color options: a black with white polka dots or a cream linen.
After selecting a binder, check out the products I created to help you collect and organize your ideas including tabbed transparent dividers (pack of 10), story idea and project plan notepads, and other embellishments. With the tabbed dividers you might choose to have a section for each family member you tell stories about (that's how I'm organizing mine along with sections for "everyone") or maybe you'll devote sections for a few upcoming themes for your Story Kit™, Story Stamp™, or Stories By The Month™ subscription. Whatever makes most sense for your documenting is the way to adapt the system for you.
We are excited to launch this collection with an assortment of new products that we hope you’ll find functional and meaningful.
Here's a closer look at my brand new set of products to help you collect, plan and store your memory keeping story and project ideas:
And here's a Facebook Live video we did yesterday on my Ali Edwards Design Inc page:
I am really excited to share this new collection with you and to begin using it as a community. This is just the beginning. Our hope is that we will be able to add additional products to our Story Planner offerings as we get a sense of what's working and what might be needed to help all of us collect, store and plan our stories.
Also, in case we run into an issue where things sell out quicker than anticipated (which is a challenge since this is something new and different) we will be reordering these products based on demand. If something has sold out please click the NOTIFY ME button which will help us gauge ordering again.
- Domestic: Spend $60+ in the Story Planner category, and get free shipping with promo code GETSTARTED
- International: Spend $60+ in the Story Planner category, and get $10 International flat rate with promo code GETSTARTED2
Questions? Let me know in the comments below. As always, thank you for being part of this vibrant, passionate community of memory keepers.