Quick and Easy Journaling Tips

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Preprinted materials

Manufacturers have done their best to help us journal quickly by offering quotes, definitions, and more. Look for a variety of themes, fonts, and sizes.

Book excerpts

Sometimes a passage from a book will set the perfect mood for your photo. I love to use classic children's books for this, as I know they will be meaningful for my kids to look back on. A Bible verse also can establish a tone.

Internet research

The Internet is a great resource for facts on a variety of subjects. Last year, when scrapbooking about my son and his cicadas, I included information on the insects that I found online, printing directly from an online FAQ section. Try online encyclopedias as well.

Day planners and journals

A photocopy of a page from your day planner is sure to provide the perfect journaling for a layout about your busy lifestyle. Also look to diary entries or your online blog to transfer to a page. Keeping a daily journal is a great way to cut your scrapbooking time later.

Direct quotes

Quoting someone is always a great way to journal. This is especially true when the quote comes from your kids.

These suggestions will make you faster at recording memories (without sacrificing meaning), giving you more time to make memories in the first place.


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