By journaling your pages you will transform an ordinary
collection of photographs into a vibrant and visual
storyboard - telling the stories behind the pictures,
revealing hidden memories and emotions.
It will give your scrapbooks
a unique and intimate feel, it is this personal touch
that turns your albums into something very special.
That is the power of scrapbooking
journaling and why it is one of the most important elements
of your scrapbooks.
What to write?
When you are doing your scrapbook
journaling think about the people who will read it in
the future. Try and remember that they weren't there,
give them as many details as you can so that they can
relive your memories and stories for themselves.
One favorite scrapbook journaling
technique is to write using the 5 W's method.
- Who :: who's in the photo,
who took it and who else was present. It is important
to name the people in the pictures you use. People change
throughout their lives, especially children, so it is
vital to tell readers who they are looking at.
- What :: what is the photo about?
Describe what is happening.
- Where :: where is the event
in your photo taking place? Give some background information.
- When :: when was the photograph
taken? Give a specific date and include the year if
- Why :: why did you use this
photo? Does it show a special event like a wedding or
a milestone birthday? Explain why it is so memorable.
Tell the story…
Don’t be afraid of scrapbook
journaling. Just ask yourself, "What would I want to
tell future generations about the photos on my page?"
and then write it down.
A tip to remember is that all
stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.
For example, a nice way to start
off your scrapbooking journaling is to give your album
a title page. Use one of your favorite photos and write
down who or what your album is about, you can even include
famous sayings, quotes or a special poem if you want.
This leads nicely onto the 'middle'
part of your story, the actual scrapbook pages and when
you get to the 'end' make a page about yourself. Perhaps
use a picture of you working on one of the pages and
explain why you have made the scrapbook.
Elaine Clay is the owner of
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