Find Your Voice Blog Hop

The Find Your Voice Summer Storytelling Workshop kicked off today and to celebrate we're having a blog hop with lots of giveaways! We're going to have a blast this summer and we really hope you play along!

This workshop is about finding your storytelling voice. You are an awesome person with amazing stories, so this summer we're going to work together to find the most genuine and authentic way for you to tell those stories.

This workshop is for everyone! You definitely don't need to be a scrapbooker or paper-crafter to play along. We'll be telling stories through pictures, photographs, social media, prose, and more. The only thing you need is a willingness to become the author of your own story and the courage to step outside of your comfort zone.

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What Find Your Voice Means to Me: As a contributor, I'm particularly excited about Find Your Voice because I'll be able to not only use the lessons and projects to grow as a writer and memory-keeper but I'll also be able to give a little back by sharing the results of my work to help inspire other participants in this workshop. I love the idea of Find Your Voice because I believe that everyone as a story to tell, and I want everyone to have a way to make that story known. As a woman in my early 20s with no children, I have found myself being told sometimes that my stories aren't important or worth documenting, but I refuse to listen to those who say that, and I want to encourage others to ignore those voices, too. Because of the way that Find Your Voice will benefit all people, no matter what kind of life they lead or what form of storytelling they do, I think that taking it and contributing to it will be one of the best decisions I've ever made.

What I'll Be Using for Find Your Voice: I don't have photos to share yet, but I thought I would share a bit about the supplies I'll be using during Find Your Voice. I'm keeping it simple since I know that the projects I produce during this workshop might be all over the place. I'll be printing out the worksheets and filling them in, of course, and I'm expecting to make at least a few scrapbook layouts. If I write any journaling or prose, I'm going to type it up and print that, too. So, I decided to go with a plain old 3-ring binder, filled with some 8.5x11 page protectors. I'm going to decorate the binder in some simple manner and then just slip in the worksheets, my layouts, my prose, and whatever else I have. Nothing too complicated, because that's what tends to trip me up!

Sharing Schedule: I'll be sharing my progress with Find Your Voice here on my blog on Mondays and/or Wednesdays for the next 8 weeks. Because I'm on the contributor team, several of my projects are going to be featured in posts on Kristin's blog or in the PDFs provided to participators. On those days, I'll have sneak peeks at my projects here and links to the relevant posts where you can check them out in full.

From the length of this post, can you tell how excited I am about this workshop? I just can't wait to get started.

Join us this summer as we work together to find the most genuine and authentic way for you to tell your stories the way you want them to be told. We’ll be telling stories through pictures, photographs, social media, prose, and more. The only thing you need is a willingness to become the author of your own story and the courage to step outside of your comfort zone.

Please check out the other contributors who are a part of today's blog hop! There's no need to go in any specific order, but below is a list to make sure you get to them all. Before you go, though, scroll down for an amazing giveaway from Kristin!

rukristin papercrafts: rukristin.com/
Jessica Bree: squarespace.com/jessicabree
Emily Dismukes: emilymayhem.blogspot.com
Molly Porter: mollyfrances.typepad.com
Emily Hathcock: www.elephantgrace.com
Lisa Wilkinson: www.createfor7.blogspot.com
Veronica Milan: blog.chictags.com
Michelle Wear: table-for-five.com
Laura Kate Is Crafty: laurakateiscrafty.blogspot.com
Jen Ritchie: www.jenritchie.com
Allie: www.alexandraraedesign.com
Katie Stories: katie-stories.blogspot.com
Shay Tibbs: sbookinshay29.blogspot.com
DeeDee Catron: umwowstudio.blogspot.com
Megan Anderson: www.thenerdnest.com
Nirupama KUmar: avinashhecker.blogspot.com
Eden Hensley: www.theroadtothegoodlife.com
Margrethe Aas Johnsen: http://onelifedocumented.com

Giveaway Time! Kristin has prepared some very generous prizes for you all, so please check them out below and enter to win!

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Marisa said...

oooh, would love to win the Project Life kit!!!!!

Vi Shekinah said...

I'm here from rukristin's blog hop! I totally wanted to encourage you to disregard those voices (inner and outer) that say your stories aren't worth telling, simply because of your life station. It's sexist, ageist, and a bunch of other hooey besides. I'm 35 years old, and I've been memory keeping since age 10 (diary) and age 13 (scrapbook). It's delightful to look back on one's youth via scrapbooks. And it can be very illuminating and spark insights you can't get any other way, both about yourself and about the times you lived through. You will be massively glad you have a record of this stage in your life, especially as it changes.

I remember there being, in my early 20s, a lot of pressure to either "have a grown up life" or shut up and get busy acquiring one. Don't listen to it! :D

Carolyn Phillips said...

I've only just discovered Kirstin's blog and the course, so it is great to be able to read about some of the contributors as well.

Rebecca Migliore said...

I am in a similar spot in my life and I am really hoping to find that I actually do have a story to tell. Looking forward to seeing what progress everyone makes!

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