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15 Scrapbooking Journaling Ideas and Tips

15 Scrapbooking Journaling Ideas and Tips

Journaling Tips and Ideas - Part 1

Find the Words!! 

Sometimes it’s really tough to figure out a title or come up with ideas about what you should write on your scrapbooking layouts. For me, I find journaling one of the hardest parts of scrapbooking. I leave it all to the end of the project and even then I struggle with what to write about. Being a perfectionist – it just makes it even worse. I hate making a mistake and I often think long and hard before I even start my journaling. I have many projects to finish and I started to think about how I could actually get them finished.  After making a few notes I realised that I do have techniques I use for journaling, I just hadn't realised it. So I started to document these in the post below, which has been a work in progress for a while. 

I hope you can find some of these tips useful.

Give it a title

Finding a title for your scrapbook page is a good way to start the journaling on your page. A page title makes it easier to centre your page and journaling around a phrase and style that you want to convey.
Once you have decided on a title - jot down a few notes as you are creating, little ideas pop into your mind at the most unexpected times. So grab them while you
can!!                                         

Just be yourself 
When journaling, try to authentic .. what I mean by this is to just be yourself. You don’t have to sound formal, cool, funny or smart. Just sound like you! Don’t stress over grammar an punctuation either. I don’t know how many times I have typed journaling out and realised later there is a mistake. As long as your journaling is in your own words, then you’re being true to yourself. 

Cover the basics 


The (who, what, where, when, and why) are probably

one 
 of the most important ways you

can start your journaling. Who is in this photo? What is going on? Where was this picture taken? When was it taken? Why is this photo important to you?

Think outside the box 

For example, use phrases or words (instead of complete sentences), use quotes or he said / she said dialogue, use step-by-step procedures to describe how something was done, or use Q&A or recipe styles for your journaling on occasion. 

Cover the basics 


The (who, what, where, when, and why) are probably

one 
 of the most important ways you

can start your journaling. Who is in this photo? What is going on? Where was this picture taken? When was it taken? Why is this photo important to you?

Think outside the box 

For example, use phrases or words (instead of complete sentences), use quotes or he said / she said dialogue, use step-by-step procedures to describe how something was done, or use Q&A or recipe styles for your journaling on occasion. 

Hidden Journaling 

You don't need to write much - but just the fact of writing a few dot points acts and then rolling the note up, not only adds dimension to your page, but makes it look like there is journaling.  

The other aspect of journaling on this page is using the paper itself to tell the story with the highlighted pirate sentiments. Most paper collections includes  paper which has various sentiments - so take advantage of them and use them..

 Make lists 

The best part about using lists when journaling is you don’t have to worry about writing long, detailed sentences. 

During one of our holidays, I had each of us write at least four things we loved the best about our holiday. 

The list you see here was from Kikki K and I used my husband's list to scrap this layout. Journaling done!

We all enjoy different's part of trips and holidays and it's an awesome way of capturing holiday memories.  I also think that it's a fun idea for the kids (the ones that aren't interested in keeping a travel journal).

 

Journal on your photos

There are many apps that allow quick and easy journaling to be incorporated onto your photo. 

I googled a little bit of information on the Blackfoot Indian girl (which is a post card I bought) and then printed it on the photo itself. It also made use of the blue sky - I wanted to capture the landscape and the history in this layout. 

 Use your ephemera 

This layout used some ephemera picked up during one of our days trips while we were on holiday.

The information on the coaster tells it all, its a bit like adding journaling without having to write anything. When its a bright and interesting piece it adds to the overall theme of the layout.

Adding the fruit wine bottle also adds to the overall story.  No journaling required on this layout, with the exception of the date which I have not yet added... whoops! This is one of my fav layouts I think, I just love the colours.

And of course I'm a flamingo lover !!

Look for creative phrases and ideas

You can find creative phrases and ideas to incorporate into your scrapbook pages in magazines, newspapers, newsletters, brochures, and other scrapbooking websites. Song lyrics are another great place to find fun phrases! And everyone knows that kids say the darnedest things, so be on the lookout for fun phrases coming from out the mouths of babes.

Frame your photos
To add interest to your scrapbook, jot words around your pictures. By framing your photos with words and thoughts, your pages take on a unique look. Words become embellishments.

 Keep it simple

Every layout is different and sometimes one or two words is all you need. 

Like this layout which is really all about a mother, daughter selfie. Short and sweet can sometimes say it all.

Very rare for me to hand write my journalling, I much prefer to type it out.

Keep an idea notebook

You never know when something might catch your eye (or your ear) that would be perfect for one of your scrapbook pages! By keeping a simple notebook and pen handy at all times, you’ll be able to jot down all of those great ideas you get when you’re in the middle of something else, or you’re out & about.

Be specific

If you’re doing a scrapbook page on someone special, include specific details about why that person is so special to you. You could use"10 Things I Love About…”,"5 things you love" and 5 thinks you hate", or"5 things I love best about". Similar to the list I used above on one of our holidays. 

Log each photo. 

Whenever you upload your digital photos to your computer, use Tags, Captions and Notes to record important details about the photo — such as the date, the occasion, who was there, and any other special memories. This will come in handy later, when you’re ready to place the photo on a scrapbook page. I realise this is somewhat time consuming in practice, however its a good habit to get into.

Incorporate greeting cards. 

Using bits & pieces from the greeting cards you’ve received for any occasion is a fun way to add a creative touch to a scrapbook page. Collect all your cards, scan the messages that people wrote in them (and/or some of the images from the fronts of the cards), and include those on your scrapbook page.

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of journaling tips and ideas.. part 1.  Keep any eye out for part 2.. . 

Adios Julie

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