How to Add Journaling to your Scrapbook

By: Karen O'Donnell

Why is journaling so important? Imagine the difference between a photo album of your family 100 years ago with just photographs and no words. You would enjoy looking at the photos but wouldn't you have a lot of curiosity about the story of the people in the photos? You would have to guess about their lives.

Journaling is a chance to capture your life and what it feels like to live it for your own benefit and that of anyone else that ever sees it and wants to know more about your life and that of your family.

You will want to be reminded of what your life was like when you see it in 10 years time. How great to have a reminder of all your milestones. When you look at your scrapbook in 10 years time it will bring back happy memories of what your life is like now. So capture the details now while it's still fresh in your mind.

The best pens for journaling are dark pigment-based inks which are easiest to read.

There are lots of ways to include words in your scrapbook. These are just a few and by no means all:

1. Writing on die cuts. Using a die-cut machine to add the color and design of your choice to the page for your journaling.

2. Putting words on stickers. There are a large variety of stickers in all sizes and shapes that you can add words to for fast and easy journaling.

3. Use journaling blocks. You can cut these yourself in any shape and color to suit your page. You can also buy them from scrapbooking shops.

4. Border journaling. You can use the borders of your pages to gain the interest of the reader. This is very effective and can stop and start wherever you like.

5. Printing words on the computer. This does lack the human touch but can make a nice change especially as there is an opportunity to use so many different fonts.

6. Writing on the page. If you want to write directly on the page by all means do so. Be sure to use a pigment-based ink for longevity.

7. Alphabet stamps and word stamps. These are great when you want one word that sums it up. Alphabet stamps are great but not for large chunks of text. Use them instead for single words or short phrases.

A really good idea is to carry around a notebook at all times to jot down things you really like and are inspired by. Write down things that you want to remember and might otherwise forget.

Always date your entries so you can make a note of these dates in your scrapbook. Recording your ideas and thoughts is a good habit to get into.

If you find memorabilia for the scrapbook add that to the notebook as you can later decide whether to include it or not. If you come across interesting articles in magazines or letters add these to the notebook so you have it to consider for including in your scrapbook. You may decide against but you will have a larger choice of items to include.

Once you get into the habit these things become second nature and they are a great help in your scrapbooking routine.

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