I was so excited for the March Story Kit, "Eat" from Ali Edwards, and at first, all I could think of were stories of my favorite foods, my sister's food phases growing up, my sometimes strange eating habits (you DO NOT want to see me eat a Snickers), but when I sat down to tell my first story, all I could think of was my dad's go-to line: everybody's gotta eat.
The digital kit gave me so much to work with to tell this story, and because I was a little short on time the day I pulled it together, I went all digital for this one.
I used the "we eat" stamp to create my own patterned paper, and because the minute I started telling the story I realized it'd be much longer than half a page can hold, I went with my go-to two page layout.
I think one of my favorite things about the themes of these kits is that the stories they encourage often surprise me. i think I know what I want to say, and then before I know it, I am telling more of a story than I expected, and I am getting to the real story, the one I didn't even know was there.
It was both joyful and tough to tell this story, and the reality of missing my dad felt heavier than usual. The good news is that when the writing was all done, and I was putting the last touches on the page, alternating the stock pot and silverware stamps to create a pattern on the top of the journaling, there was lightness again, a lightness that makes me so grateful for getting those words on the page.
The physical kit sold out quickly, but the digital version is still available, and my hope is that seeing this all digital layout encourages you to pick it up and tell your stories of food, and what it means to nourish ourselves and others.