To Journal or Not To Journal

As I’ve mentioned before, the hardest part of scrapbooking for me is the journaling. Whether it’s because I put too much pressure on myself to tell the story just right and end up getting bogged down in word choice and sentence structure, or because sometimes the journaling I want to put on the page feels too personal for a scrapbook that friends will flip through, I almost always struggle with recording the moment in words.

Enough with the pressure! Beginning today, I’m giving myself permission to tell just the basic info of a story, instead of worrying about whether I should use the word “thankful” or “grateful.” And I’m giving myself permission to hide my words, whether on the back of a layout or tucked away in an envelope, so I can preserve the story for me without displaying it to the rest of the world.

And sometimes, even if the story comes easy, I’m going to hide my journaling anyway. Just because I can. (As I did on this page sharing photos of my little brother from our recent trip to London.)

webIMG_2116SOURCES Cardstock: Archivers. Patterned paper: The Girl’s Paperie. Stickers: American Crafts (red), My Little Shoebox (blue blocks), Sandylion Sticker Designs (black).

While telling the story behind the photos is an important part of scrapbooking, don’t let it be something that stresses you out.  Remember: Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun! So focus on scrapping the photos that inspire you, using supplies that you love.

What advice about journaling (or other elements of scrapbooking) do you have for other scrappers?

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2 Responses to “To Journal or Not To Journal”

  1. Doing the journaling part paralyzed me to complete a scrapbook I started a year ago, and put aside. I completed a trip report, just typing out what happened, with a few pictures and wanted to put the whole thing into the scrapbook. That’s where I faltered. It wasn’t until I got a tip to just put the pictures on the page, with some embellishments, then do the journal card or tag separately, that I was able to complete my 40 page vacation scrapbook in about a week.

    The story has to be boiled down to its essence. And sometimes, a picture is worth 1000 words.

  2. Journaling is the toughest part for me as well! I mean, sometimes what can you say about another birthday? I am chronicling (at last count) 6 kids, 2 grandkids, hubby, pets, travel, etc., etc. I want the stories and pictures there for everyone, but for the most part, I am sticking to the “facts, ma’am, just the facts” and I try to put a humorous slant on it. I have also begun hiding the more personal journaling on the page, which I am actually finding great fun!