Welcome! This is Theresa Lindamood of Forget-Me-Nots designs and I am here to bring you our July 2011 Heritage Challenge – Summer Adventures. Half of the world is in the midst of summer right now. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere – you could easily adapt this to winter activities!
Most of the time our heritage photos are portraits, wedding photos, graduations and other special events. But maybe you have photos of outdoor activities enjoyed by your family and ancestors.
I come from a long line of photographers and outdoor/nature lovers. I love seeing pictures from fifty to one hundred years ago – my family was enjoying many of the same things I enjoy now!
What type of summer traditions did your family have? Did they camp, hike and fish? Or did they sun on a nice sandy beach? What about a special location? Did they return each year to a certain resort or park? What do you remember about these times? What was fun? What didn’t you like? How did your family get there? What did they do? How did it began and who started it? Think about all these things before you start to write. Do not assume your reader/viewer will know all these answers. They may seem common and every day to you, but new and exciting and unknown to a future generation. Think ahead. If you were looking at these photos 100 years from now – what would you want to know?
Both sides of my Mother’s family went together, many times on Sunday afternoons after church, to a beach on Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean, the forests of the Cascade Mountains, a river near them or on Lake Stevens where they lived. Several generations since then do so as well.
These are my daughters a few summers ago… and we’re heading off to meet Grandma and Grandpa at the coast again this summer, to carry on the family traditions!
These layouts and examples are just ideas. Every family looks different. The Point of the challenge is to tell the story of YOUR family. Other summer activities could be traditions of Vacation Bible School, summer camp, day camp, Scouting activities, mission trips and road trips. Make it person and HAVE FUN! If you get stuck on the journaling, sit down as if you are trying to explain the photos to someone who has never seen them before and explain them. This often helps the creative spark!
As always there will be a posting bonus if you participate in the challenge.
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you will consider participating in the challenge – I look forward to seeing all your summer adventures!