The Present Challenge (it’s back!)


Anybody remember (way back) in 2007 when I created a tiny, little, mini-book that I called ‘The Present’? I put ten current pictures in this 2 1/2″ mini and carried it around with me for an entire year, and then I spent time with each image, documenting what had changed or evolved and what had remained the same …


The cover.


The first page.


The End.
I loved this exercise so much that I shared it here on my blog, as a challenge beginning in October 2008. As memory lovers we talk about how fleeting present moments are and how quickly they become cherished memories — and it’s true!

So … I want to re-issue my present challenge, but with an updated (mobile/social media) twist.

Tomorrow is 3.14 (a magical number in the math world!) I’m inviting you to celebrate by spending a few moments with your smart phone, selecting 14 recent images that represent your life right now. Move these images to a new album (on your phone) and call it “my present.”  Commit to viewing these images often—you might even set weekly reminders to scroll through these photos, one at a time.

This is what “my present” phone album looks like.
And now, here’s where it gets really FUN …

Upload these same images to your Facebook profile, in their own album and add a brief description to each one.

Answer questions like these:
Why did you select that photo?
What does it say about your ‘right now’?

If you want to involve family and friends, ask them to view and comment—better yet, help them create their own present!

You in? 
Leave me a comment and perhaps share a link to your Facebook album!
We’ll revisit our presents in the future (one year from tomorrow) and I think we’ll be surprised at what we learn as scrapbookers and storytellers.

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p.s. If you’re in my Inspired Scrapbooking workshop at Big Picture Classes (you can still join) This is your third challenge for March!

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