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Tips for Better Scrapbook Journaling

Updated on September 8, 2011

If you're intimidated by scrapbook journaling, start small. Instead of trying to write book length manuscript, focus on conveying your thoughts in the most effective way possible. Don't worry about forming complete paragraphs, or even complete sentences. Create a bulleted list of information if that's what makes you feel the most comfortable. With practice, you'll gradually be able to work your way up to more polished pieces of scrapbook journaling.

  • Create a dictionary definition of your subject. For example, how would you define your spouse or your children?
  • A scrapbook can be used to preserve important family recipes like the one for Grandma's apple pie, but give your self permission to go beyond the obvious. How about creating an imaginary recipe, such as the recipe for a successful family vacation?
  • Creating a timeline of important events and dates is a great way to combine a variety of photos into one unified layout.
  • Send yourself a postcard while traveling. When you get home, use the postcard on your page for quick and easy journaling.
  • Classified ad journaling can add humor to a layout. If you were writing a classified ad for the perfect mother, what would you say?
  • Acrostic journaling is easy to do and fun for personality pages. Write down each letter of a person's name, then think of short phrases that begin with each letter and describe this person's personality.
  • Journaling that details each step of a process can help acknowledge all of the behind the scenes work that goes into creating a memorable family experience. For example, what steps does your family take to prepare for a Thanksgiving meal?
  • Fairy tale journaling can add a whimsical touch to a wedding or romance page that describes how you met your Prince Charming.
  • A top ten list can be used on a variety of pages, such as "The Top Ten Things Amy Loves About Kindergarten", "Joshua's Top Ten Favorite Toys", or "The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love You."
  • When creating a scrapbook as a gift, consider writing your journaling in the form of a letter addressed to the recipient.
  • What does your family do in a typical month? Create a calendar page with listings of soccer practices, parent-teacher conferences, birthdays, haircuts, business trips, and the other activities that fill your days.
  • At a loss for words? Use brochures, programs, and fliers to add journaling information to pages about special places and events.


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    • kerlynb profile image

      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Dana, I'm totally into digital scrapbooking! :D In my first few months in this hobby, I was so engrossed with digitally retouching the pics, color combination in the elements, layouts, and the like. Little did I realize that I should have been equally obsessed with adding descriptions (which you mentioned here as journaling)! It's quite important to describe the "moment" when the pics were taken so that people who take a look at the scrapbooks can fully understand how it felt to be a part of that moment.

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Great ideas for scrap-booking. Well written and very easy to read thanks to bullets. I think I might expand some of the bullets as its own capsule and maybe add bullets under that. But bottom line: super great ideas to get the imagination going. Up