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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

Story books: Why I love them


Story books: Why I love them - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

| Written by Ronnie |

As you may already know from my personal projects list, I'm planning to make quite a number of story books between now and the end of the year. For those of you who are thinking about creating a story book of your own, I thought it might be helpful to write about all the reasons why I personally love them so much. 

First of all, story books allow me to 'zoom in' on a particular story that I want to tell for our family. While our life albums form the basic building blocks of my memory keeping, I see story books as my platform for telling a certain story in greater detail and with slightly more pazazz. As you might recall from this post, I have been making story books that document our family holidays, the month of December, and the Brotherhood portrait series that I do for the boys. Other story books that I'm planning to make in the future include ones that document our road trips, places that we've explored together, our Day in the life narratives, and our favourite family meals and recipes. 

Secondly, I believe that story books are the perfect way for me to compile, format, and print all the journaling that I do. Unlike traditional photo books that focus mainly on photos, my words take centre-stage when it comes to my story books. I strongly believe that journaling and words remain one of the most primitive and powerful forms of memory keeping, and my story books honour this in every way.

Also, I love the magazine feel of our story books. Most of us, I'm sure, are drawn to beautiful publications like Kinfolk, Fete, and Cereal. I remember one day thinking how awesome it would be to have something that looked and felt like a magazine - something that you can leave out on the coffee table - but that told the story of us rather than other people. 

Another reason I think story books are awesome is that you can easily reprint them if anything happens to them. I won't lie: one secret fear I have is that if our house ever burns down, then we'll lose all the life albums that I've created for our family. However, I don't have the same fear about our story books because I know it would be a rather simple matter of uploading my design to the cloud and getting the books re-printed. 

Last of all, I love making story books because it's easy to make them. You can read about my entire process here, but basically, I journal using Simplenote, I select the photos I want to use in Aperture, and then I use my story book templates to put my words and my images together. The straightforward process means that I can put together an entire story book (or two) within a day, and who doesn't love getting projects done and crossing them off the list? 

How about you? Have you ever thought about creating a story book for your family?

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