An important challenge, especially in multimodal lifelog collections, is identifying the right content to present to the user in response to their information need. Beyond providing access to these large scale collections, tools must enable and support the user in way-finding, interpreting and constructing meaning from these archives so that they might gain value from them. In response to this, I created Orison, a custom storytelling tool for lifelog data. The tool supports the exploration of lifelog content and its arrangement into a story-based layout. The requirements for representation, sense-making and storytelling were designed based on investigations into practices surrounding media use, management and composition within three contexts: family practice, genealogical investigations, and hobbyist scrapbooking. Studies with the scrapbooking community most heavily influenced the tool and the method of digital storytelling enabled within the tool closely resembled that observed in these studies: album based two-dimensional layouts. Additionally, the tool’s workflow was intended to parallel their observed patterns and creative practices, albeit in a digital environment. While the tool enables wholly manual and effortful construction of storied interpretations, given the size, scope and complexity of the archives employed computational generation of narrative accounts was developed for the system. A fully automatic (computationally controlled), semi-automatic (computationally guided) and manual variation of the story generation functionality was evaluated with three collection owners who had amassed lifelog collections over a 2.5 year period. Outcomes supports and confirms prior work by Kevin Brooks which suggests a semi-automatic approach is favored as it maintains the authorial control of the user while reducing the effort to prepare a narrative outcome. Additionally, insights and reflections on the utility, use and opportunities for these storied interpretations of past personal experience were uncovered through qualitative inquiry with the participants.