Introducing: The Whatevers – Creative Storytelling


May I introduce you to the The Whatevers – a creative story telling project by Cat Scanlon, Vicki Chrisman and me.

Cat and Vicki are two of my oldest Scrapbooking Friends…in is all their fault, because when I started in 2004 they were my idols. And they still are. They were oftentimes crossing Mixed Media with Scrapbooking and use all kinds of techniques, which back then was what draw me right into this whole adventure.

What all three of us have in common (besides enjoying each others company and having a blast)  is the love for vintage photos, whether it be family treasures or sometimes found ones.

Have you ever been to a flea market and then had this weird sensation of those faces from long ago times looking at you? Sometimes you find a little trace of the history on those photos, the name and city of the photographer, a scribbled note or year on the back of the photo…but that is it. There is no more ….Really…no more? They are forgotten as long as they have no name and no story…

We want to give those Whatevers a name- we want to make them part of our family and if you want…you can make them part of your family too. Here is my album/art journal cover

Here is how it works

  • Vicki, Cat and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story– it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

The first Whatever Post will be up tomorrow – make sure to check out our blogs 🙂



  1. juliekirk says:

    A great idea, so fun, creative + ‘human’ too. 🙂

  2. A really great idea – so fun and creative and ‘human’ too. 🙂

  3. This excites me so….me too girls I love vintage photos-I collect them too-when I go into the old potato barn (the next town over from me) antique store, I am always drawn to the photo/post card section…I just love it…I often wonder- How are these people? What was their life like? Love the mistery in the photo and little hints usually scratched on the back of it…
    I am in, I can’t wait to play….maybe a trip to the antique barn is a must this weekend…
    Outstanding idea, and great way to have creative play with friends.

  4. jencushman says:

    I just love this idea! How fun Nat. I will be checking in now and then to see how it comes along. Have fun, my friend!

  5. Sue Clarke says:

    What a fun idea. I collect old photos of people that I don’t know since I don’t have photos from my own family of origin. I have made up one story on a LO this past winter. I’m excited to see what you ladies do with this and will try to play along. The Whatevers need stories too!

  6. That is an idea that really speaks to me. I have been wondering myself when I successfully bought vintage photos on fleamarkets or at ebay how these came to be there in the first place. I even made a quilt about this theme.
    And please, can you tell me what the music is in the video? Absolutely loved it!

  7. You have the MOST creative ideas! I’d love to adopt a Whatever. Off to join your FB page.

  8. Great idea! How do I sign in? Would LOVE to join you… best regards from Luxemburg!

  9. hej there, would love to join , but how do i sign in? GREAT idea! best regards from Luxemburg!

  10. Oh, what a fun idea! 🙂 I’ll definitely join you.

  11. I CAN NOT wait until tomorrow. 😉 Love your cover.

  12. just too, too tempting….!

  13. Great idea, I always see so many of these types of pictures at antique stores, flea markets, wherever. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with 🙂

  14. Curious to see how this unfolds 🙂

  15. I’m so in…this will be big fun!

  16. awsome idea, as always! I’m in with both my heart and hands!!!

  17. Very Interesting, I love a good story and a jumping off spot, great combination!

  18. Now I do not need to wait any more, lovely;). Interesting idea, will look at the blog tomorrow then. So still waiting anywhay…

  19. It is a very interesting idea, I love this project and I join you. Always when I look at old photographs would think about how their lives and what they were thinking while they were doing the Photografia. Thank you for this opportunity that you offer

  20. mjmarmo says:

    How cool!!

  21. What an intriguing idea!

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