Listen to Your Inner Thoughts



For this challenge I want you to step outside of your comfort zone. I certainly did and I definitely feel like I’m waving a neon sign which is definitely not something I would ever do. I am asking you to pick a day where you know you will have more time to hear your inner thoughts. A day where you can hear these random, mundane, quirky, sad, honest and true thoughts. A day where you are inside your head more. For me this was Saturday. One of my toughest days because both kiddos are with me. My son is gifted and having an attitude right now plus my toddler is well a toddler. So the days are long and the thoughts in my head go round and round. Perfect day to listen to these thoughts and write them down. I am laying myself bare and I am hoping you will as well. I know for some of you the thoughts might not be something you want to share; but the point of the exercise is to embrace these thoughts and celebrate them. And for us scrapbookers the best way is to make a layout.

Listen to the inner thoughts. Listen and spend some time inside your head. Jot down all those thoughts from the day or if you can’t do a day do half a day, at least. And make a pretty layout about it. Listening to all those thoughts makes you see the good, the sad and can be a reflection of you. This may also give you the push to make change. With me, I already know and am working on being not so hard on myself. I hope you have fun listening to your inner thoughts and enjoy being inside your head some more.

Here is my layout. And don’t forget to snap a photo of yourself to include in the layout! I didn’t my hair fancy or made sure the background was fancy or got myself in some nice clothes; I just snapped a few photos and hoped for the best.



I can’t wait to see what’s inside your head!


SabrinaAbout the Author: Sabrina is a wife and mom to two kiddos- Captain and Sunshine- living in sunny California. When she has free time she loves to do some type of project whether it is scrapbooking, a string art board, a washi tape project or other DIY project that is usually inspired by Pinterest. Her favorites are creating colorful layouts or pocket pages.  Another lofty goal she has for the year is reading 100 books.


Listen with Your Eyes



When I take my camera out and about, I always start out with the best intentions. I always plan to take my time and focus, pay attention to lighting or the rule of thirds or whatever, trying to get the best picture possible. But I have a weird confession to make. For some reason, I am totally self-conscious when I’m out in public taking photos. Even starting with the best intentions, I find myself rushing as fast as I can and taking quick pictures without spending time on getting the shot I really want. Sometimes I barely even take time to focus the camera. Isn’t that crazy? I know. It totally doesn’t make any sense at all. But unfortunately that is how I roll. Hahaha. Please tell me I am not the only one who feels like this? Actually I hope I am. I really hope that no one else has this quirk in their photographer persona.

I am always impressed by photos that make you feel like you are part of the scene. Photos so rich with story that you can imagine the smells, the sounds, the energy in the air surrounding them. I really believe that to capture shots like those, you have to know what you are looking for. You have to listen with your eyes. You have to take your time and find the moment. The moment that captures the feeling.

In this photo, the focus is on the sparkler and hands in the foreground. The woman is out-of-focus, but definitely still important… right down to the comfortable baggy sweater. But your eyes tell you to focus on the magic the sparks of light offered as well as the cupping of her hands around the base. You can almost hear the little pops and hisses as it burns.

Listen with Your Eyes

by Morgan Sessions


In this photo, the moment is captured as the wave slams into the rock, splashing into the air. You can definitely hear this with your eyes. You can also see the wetness of the rock and it is almost tangible to know how it feels to be standing there, taking the picture.

Listen with Your Eyes

by Justin Leibow


Here is a photo that also provides a very auditory experience through the visual. You can hear squawking of the gulls, the flapping of wings, and even the gentle lapping of the water onto the shore. You might even imagine a foghorn or a ship’s motor in the distance. There is a lot going on here.

Listen with Your Eyes

by Patryk Sobczak


And finally, this photo gives us a glimpse into another sort of story all together. Looking at the picture, you might be able to hear the clatter of silverware against plates, hushed conversations, a waitress taking an order, or the sounds of the cash register totaling someone’s bill. There is a lot of story here, from the worn wood of the table, the metal mugs, the toothpick holder and all of the other soft details. What do you hear?

Listen with Your Eyes

by Andre Freitas


Pictures like these make me want to overcome my inhibitions so I can step out and find some confidence behind my camera. I want to seize upon the small, visceral details that help to tell a story. I want to capture rich specifics in a scene. I want to take pictures that cause people to lean in and listen with their eyes.

Now I want you to head on over to the Challenge Forum and discover your mission.



About the Author: Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and is currently working toward a M.Ed. in Instructional Design.