Scrapbook Journal Ideas – Getting Inspired The EASY Way!
As beautiful as images are and even with the powerful adage of pictures saying a thousand words, your scrapbooking moves to another level when you include journaling.
Using the perfect scrapbooking quotesadds insight to your layouts to explain the time, person or your feelings. If you are not used to writing, or are uneasy sharing your feelings scrapbook journaling can be overwhelming. Read on to find out how to get your scrapbook journal ideas onto your layouts.
Where to Start with Scrapbook Journaling
You can work on scraps of paper while you are working on a layout or get your journal juices flowing by starting a notebook or collection of journaling items related to your photos.
Once you get the hang of it, it's a great idea to journal about the photos as soon as possible after they are taken, this way your scrapbook journal ideas are not hindered by forgetting things about the day or the photo in question.
It's a good idea to keep a collection of your thoughts in a book or paper scraps first
Start with writing the basic facts about the day or photo without adding any emotion to it. Include details about the weather, what activities were going on or even trivia about the location.
Here is an example: The photo is one of my niece Charlotte, it was taken 19 March 2011, at an impromptu family outing to a national park near where we live.
Picture as a Prompt for Scrapbook Journal Ideas
• The park is muddy near creeks, but weather is lovely
• Peppa, mum and dad's dog is with us
• Charlotte sees a kookaburra and has trouble saying the word getting stuck on all the r's
• She has trouble running down hill, not comfortable with gaining speed when on a decline
• We eat take away from the local fish and chip shop while there
Scrapbook Journal Idea 1 – Lists
You can create lists of anything. The top ten things you remember about the day, activity or the photo. Ten things you love about the subject. Five things your son loved doing when he was five years old. Five household chores you hate to do. Seven things your cat does on a daily basis. Five things your husband loves to say.
Scrapbook Journal Ideas – List Example – 10 Things I do in Aunty Q's Study
Scrapbook Journal Idea 2 – Short Story
I'm not talking about a regular short story here, more like 100 words or less. Pick something that happened on the day and tell it on the layout. If we use my example from the photo of Charlotte, this could be the short story. "We saw a kookaburra high in a gum tree. It took you a while to see it too, but when you did you got very excited. You tried to say Kookaburra and struggled on the burra part. At one stage you said Kookaburraburraburraburra, trying to get the word to sit right in your mouth."
It took you a while to see it too, but when you did you got very excited. You tried to say Kookaburra and struggled on the burra part. At one stage you said Kookaburraburraburraburra, trying to get the word to sit right in your mouth."
Scrapbook Journal Idea 3 -Adjectives on their own describing the person or photo
This type of journaling is similar to lists. Instead of using bullet points like you would in list, here you would use single words only. Again if we use the example of my niece's photo, here are some adjectives we could stream together about Charlotte on that day. Cute. Adventurous. Curious. Bubbly. Funny. Adorable. Playful
Scrapbook Journal Idea 4 – Explain your Layout Title
If your scrapbook layout title is about a family story or joke, you could write a short bit about where the title comes from and why you are using it.
It might be the perfect title today, but it may not be so obvious to you why you chose in ten years time when you are looking through your layouts. Even a few years is enough for some things to disappear from our minds.
Scrapbook Journal Ideas – Short
Story Example – Kookaburra
Scrapbook Journal Idea 5 – What this photo Means to me
This is more about feelings and emotions now, so if you want to skip to the next section that is okay. In this type of journaling you would write about the feelings and emotions evoked by the photo, the person or the day.
Scrapbook Journal Idea 6 – Story about subject not necessarily about the day of the photo
In this style of scrapbook journal you would write about a story that is endearing or has meaning to you, even if the photo isn't directly related to the day of your photo. An example would be a photo of your husband on a wedding anniversary and your journaling may be a memory of the first day you met, or your first date.
Sources of Inspiration for Scrapbook Journal Ideas