Real Life: Do What You Love

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Journaling can be a bit intimidating for some scrapbookers, but it’s practically a requirement of real life scrapbooking. While some photos can indeed be “worth a thousand words,” there is generally more to the story than meets the eye … a story that requires at least a handful of {words}.

That was the case when I decided to document how the Memory Logbook and this Web site came to be. It’s a {story} I wanted to share now so someday down the road when I’ve forgotten the details, we can look back and relive the experience.

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If you’ve seen many of my scrapbook pages, particularly those that fall under the {real me} category, you know I don’t have too much difficulty putting words on paper. In fact, sometimes I have MORE of a problem finding space to put it all!!  But this wasn’t always the case with my scrapbooking. If journaling is still a bit uncomfortable for you, here are a few little tips & tricks I’ve learned over time that might help …

  • Remember, YOU are the best qualified person to tell YOUR {story}. And because of that, there really is no WRONG way to do it. So if fear of being a sloppy writer, poor speller, or heaven forbid, a boring writer is slowing you down, let it go. The only wrong way to do this is not to do it all.
  • If the thought of writing a big long paragraph stops you in your tracks, don’t do it. Try another format. Lists, thought clouds, short little phrases, even single words can be a great start and are generally much less intimidating.
  • Your high school English teacher wasn’t all bad. Remember when you were told to start with an outline? Sometimes just jotting down the key points to the {story} provides enough of a starting point to help the words flow. Or maybe the outline is all you need…
  • Decide WHO you are scrapbooking the page for and let that dictate how you write your message, which is really what journaling is all about.  Most of my pages are created for my family, often a specific child, so my journaling is generally written as if I were speaking to that person and sharing my perspective about what was happening at that point in their life.
  • Find your scrapbooking voice. This was probably the one thing that was causing me to avoid journaling in the beginning… everything just sounded so sappy, or sometimes a bit to stiff. Once I found my voice, which for me is very casual and very close to the way I actually speak, the journaling has become much easier. Maybe a bit TOO easy sometimes… 🙂
  • Let your personality, your sense of humor, the little things that make you YOU shine through in your writing. Sometimes this is easier if you turn off the voices in your head and just start writing.

Ready to take a closer look at the {story} behind my layout shown above? Visit the Layout Gallery and check it out HERE. If you feel inspired, maybe you can also share a layout of your own while you’re there…

Comments

  1. Poppy says:

    I love this layout and it inspires me to create one of my own…it also gotten me to think real hard and dig deep to find the “real” me…I’ve been feeling alittle “fake” lately, just going through the motions and trying to meet everyones expectations…when in reality…I’m not meeting my own. A layout is already being created in my head and ideas on how to show the “real” me on a daily basis. Thanks Kristin!

  2. Poppy says:

    I love this layout and it inspires me to create one of my own…it also gotten me to think real hard and dig deep to find the “real” me…I’ve been feeling alittle “fake” lately, just going through the motions and trying to meet everyones expectations…when in reality…I’m not meeting my own. A layout is already being created in my head and ideas on how to show the “real” me on a daily basis. Thanks Kristin!

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