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Scrapbook Journaling Tips for Writing About People

Updated on April 28, 2013

Many scrapbook pages are about the special people in our lives – our children, our spouses, our friends, or our ancestors. If you’re not naturally a writer, however, knowing how to describe your loved ones in your scrapbook layout can seem like a challenging task.


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Making a Character Profile

Sometimes, it’s helpful to pretend that you’re writing a short story and the people in your scrapbook are fictional characters. What would the reader need to know about them in order to make them seem like real people? You don’t necessarily need to include all of this information in your scrapbook, but this is a helpful exercise in thinking about what types of information future generations would like to know as they are flipping through the pages of your album.

In fiction writing, a character profile typically includes the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Race
  • Distinguishing physical characteristics
  • Hometown
  • Current residence
  • Occupation
  • Income
  • Special talents or skills
  • Hobbies
  • Siblings (describe relationship)
  • Spouse (describe relationship)
  • Children (describe relationship)
  • Grandparents (describe relationship)
  • Grandchildren (describe relationship)
  • Significant Others (describe relationship)

Describing Personal Traits

If you’re making a scrapbook layout about a particular person in your life, think about how you’d describe him to someone else. Some words used to describe common personality traits include:

  • Able
  • Active
  • Adaptable
  • Alert
  • Ambitious
  • Analytical
  • Assertive
  • Attentive
  • Capable
  • Competent
  • Conscientious
  • Cooperative
  • Courageous
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Dedicated
  • Dependable
  • Determined
  • Diplomatic
  • Disciplined
  • Dynamic
  • Effective
  • Efficient
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Imaginative
  • Independent
  • Logical
  • Motivated
  • Optimistic
  • Organized
  • Original
  • Perceptive
  • Personable
  • Pleasant
  • Poised
  • Positive
  • Practical
  • Productive
  • Proficient
  • Progressive
  • Punctual
  • Realistic
  • Reliable
  • Resourceful
  • Responsible
  • Risk-taker
  • Self-reliant
  • Sincere
  • Skilled
  • Sophisticated
  • Successful
  • Tactful
  • Talented
  • Trustworthy

Once you’ve decided on five to 10 words that best describe the subject of your layout, try to choose pictures that illustrate these characteristics in action. For example, “talented” could be accompanied by a picture of your daughter posing with the blue ribbon she won at the school art show.

If you have a large number of pictures for your scrapbook layout, consider using each word in your list as a simple photo caption. You can often find stickers, rub-ons, chipboard tags, and other embellishments with these words on them, which is a simple way to give your layout extra visual appeal.


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