Quick and Easy Journaling Tips

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Journaling Dictionary or thesaurus

Definitions can be used for quick, no-nonsense journaling and a thesaurus is helpful when seeking different words to describe an event. I've bookmarked Web sites such as www.dictionary.com and www.thesaurus.com because I use them often. Also consider recording the meaning of names as Nasilele Holland did on a page about her son, above.

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Newspaper articles and reviews

Find your journaling in the local paper. Articles and reviews contain descriptive information about things you may have overlooked. Did the restaurant where you had dinner get a five-star rating? What did the reviewer say about last night's movie? Just scan and print.

Brochures

Whenever you travel, take home brochures from the hotel lobby. They offer a wealth of information about your vacation destination and can make journaling a breeze. Use the pamphlets directly on your page or retype a few descriptive lines.

E-mails

I often write e-mails to my out-of-state family to keep them updated. These notes can be directly transferred to a layout by copying and pasting them into your word-processing program. Consider transferring Instant Messenger conversations from your friends and family as well.

Homework

Your child's homework tells a story. Scan it and include it on your page. Add your child's name, age, and a short explanation of the assignment. You also can include comments from a teacher in this way.

SOURCES Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Rusty Pickle. Fonts: PMN Caecillia Roman 55 (journaling), Dirty Ego ("the victor") off the Internet. Ribbon: Michaels. Chain: Boxer Inc. Punch: EK Success. Design: Nasilele Holland.

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