Along with the new FREE Personal Journal and Diary Software for
our Computer Scrapbooking 101 Newsletter members this month,
I came across this wonderful short article that Elaine was kind
enough to allow us to re-print.
Elaine did a great job of introducing many of the beginning
tips for journaling that I use on a regular basis to get me
started and keep me going. Thanks Elaine!
Author: Elaine Clay
Do you find it intimidating when you come to journal your
You are not alone! Many scrapbookers find it hard to get started
when it comes to adding journaling to their scrapbooking
If you are one of those people who go blank at the thought of
having to journal, don't worry. Here are some stress-free
scrapbooking journaling ideas to help you write the right words
whatever your page theme.
Make a list. This is a fairly simple journaling technique that
is suitable for use with any type of page theme, for example:
Doing a friendship page - list how you met, where you met, how
long you have known each other, include what you like about your
friend and why you are both pals.
Doing a recipe scrapbook page - then make a personal top 10 list
of reasons why you like Grandma's chocolate cake so much.
Doing a baby layout - do a list of baby's favorite foods, you
can even do one for the foods they don't like!
A variation of this technique is to use bullet points to mark
each line on your list, giving you an opportunity to empathise
each item of your journaling:
- April 2004
- My first trip to the Caribbean
- This is the view from my hotel balcony overlooking the cove -
I can't wait to go swimming the sea looks so nice!
Make sure you have fun experimenting with all the different
kinds of embellishments that you can use as your bullet points!
Another bonus with using the list technique is that you do not
need to worry about the structure of your sentences or that your
journaling makes sense because the list breaks down what you
want to say into it's basic readable form.
Write a Letter. This is one of those great scrapbook journaling
ideas that's fairly simple to do and it's also a lovely,
personal way to journal your layouts too.
All you have to do is pretend you're writing to a friend telling
them what is happening in your photographs and including the
"Dear ...." at the beginning of your writing will give your
journaling an intimate feel.
Sent any emails lately? Like letters, emails are also a good
source of journaling material that you can use for your layouts.
If you are unsure of your own journaling then doing it in a
letter format could help your writing flow more easily, as you
describe the people and the events taking place, letting you
tell the story naturally and in your own words.
Ask a question. If you are completely stuck and cannot think of
anything to write this can be a good quick fix technique to use.
Just ask some simple questions like, "What was your favorite
part of..?" or "Did anything funny or embarrassing happen?".
This technique can be very effective when used for a special
occasion layout, like a bridal shower, where you can ask each of
the guests to tell you about their favorite memory of the
Why not take it a stage further? Give each shower guest some
suitable decorative paper and let them write down their own
memories rather than journal all of them yourself.
For an extra special touch, you could get the guests to bring
with them their favorite photo of the bride-to-be. Ask them to
journal why they picked that particular picture and then do a
separate layout for each individual photo.
This is an effective way to make a wonderful and unique
scrapbook that is quick, simple and full of memorable pieces of
journaling that add a very personal feel to the album.
If you are one of those people who find it difficult to begin
the journaling process these fun scrapbook journaling ideas will
provide you with some basic tips and techniques to help make it
So go on, try out the scrapbook journaling ideas above for
yourself and add some stress-free journaling to your pages...
Once you've finished you'll see that it's been well worth the
About the author:
Elaine Clay is the owner of Online-Scrapbooking-Guide.com - your
one-stop online scrapbooking resource. Find inspiration,
increase your creativity and have fun with our helpful tips,
ideas, articles and much more.