Journaling is one of the most important parts of scrapbooking. It is
what transforms your photo album into a storybook. You won't be able to
remember everything about a photo 25 years from now when you're sharing it with
a child or grandchild, but if you take the time to journal, you definitely will.
How and What To Journal
- Every page should include the basics--"who, what, when, and
where." You might also want to include "why" and
"how." You may choose to journal for every picture or use a
journal block which can describe all the pictures on a page in a single sentence
- Some pictures you will want to try "photojournaling."
This type of journaling is more like a story, written in paragraph
form. Use this type of journaling when the basics just aren't enough
to capture what is going on in the pictures.
- Occasionally, especially in children's albums, you may want to include a special
letter written to a child (or someone else). This also can be
appropriate for tribute albums, anniversary albums, or wedding albums.
This is a great way to capture how you feel about a person or event at a
particular time in your life.
- "All about me" journaling is also a great type of
journaling to include in an album at regular intervals (for instance, once a
year in a child's album). You can include favorite foods, toys and
activities. These are fun to compare from year to year to see
how a child has changed. You might want to include a page like
this in a baby album to describe what each of the parents were like at the
time the child is born.
- Don't forget about journaling the "obvious." What
might be "obvious" to you , might not be for those people who will
be enjoying your albums. For example, it might be a tradition that you
always have Mexican food at your in-laws; on Christmas Eve, or always have
Polish sausage, sauer kraut and dumplings for your Christmas dinner.
You know that, but wouldn't it be interesting to share with other people who
might be reading your albums?
- Not everything that happens is "picture perfect."
There are many memorable moments in our lives, and some of those moments
aren't always good. But most often, our albums only show pictures of
the good times, or the "picture perfect" moments. One of my
most memorable Christmas' was when my mother's stove quit working on
Christmas Eve and we had to try to make Christmas dinner for the entire
family without a stove (our neighbors helped out a lot!) None of our
pictures captured it, but journaling about it can help to keep that
"not-so-picture-perfect" event alive in our memories.
Click on one of the subjects below for some great journaling
Journaling in Baby
Journaling in Wedding Albums
Journaling in Christmas