The A B C’s of Journaling Styles

Let’s talk about journaling.

Why journal on your scrapbook page, isn’t it all about the photos?

  • Your photos capture a moment in time, journaling gives those moments context.
  • Your photos capture your memories, but you want others to be able to share them too.
  • Journaling isn’t just for the here and now, but for the future.
  • Journaling gives the information required to link your pictures with not only your intended audience but for those yet to come.

There’s a lot we can say about journaling styles but for the moment, let’s begin with a few types, for now, I think I can sum it up in three ways.

  1. The Dragnet Approach: “just the facts ma’am”, names, dates, places.
  2. The Cliff’s Notes Version: a bit more than ‘just the facts’ with enough other information that summarizes the events being scrapped.
  3. The “Tell Your Story” Option: details, details, details.

How we actually incorporate the journaling will vary. You may plan your layout to include it or work it in once the page is nearly completed. Each of these examples will inspire you to find what works for you.

A. To scrap with The Dragnet Approach to journaling you can use a variety of simple options.

  1. Using tags layered on your photos to name names and give dates this gets your info there without being intrusive.
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mini tags placed on “empty space” on a photo
from “Photo Tips: Look Up!”
using a 3×3 frame die to include information in the Cliff’s Notes Version
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slides as tags for short notes
from: The Man Behind the Camera Random photos for a Masculine Theme
polaroid photo frames for journaling
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1×3 and mini tags
from What I Love about the Arch Dies

2. Using the 1×2, 1×3 strips within your pattern make good spots to add a few details.

2×3 ovals make elegant journal spots
from Three Tips for Creating an Elegant Layout
Circle Center frame makes the perfect spot to include a ticket with all the needed journal details
from: Circle Center in Focus
circle center 2×2’s make a nice focal point to include a few bits of information
from: How to Highlight Photos & Journaling with Frames

3. Using small frames or 2×2 frames to show off your info can blend in nicely to the page design.

B. To journal with The Clift’s Notes Version you’ll include a bit more than “just the facts”, you will be adding enough information for an overview of the events to add a portion of the story, something that explains the events briefly. This is a perfect style for a series of layouts for one event. Each page can contain a bit of the story and let it all unravel as you turn the page

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The Cliff’s Notes Version allows more information for your page. This journal block is made to imitate a composition notebook for this school themed page
from: Memories of Labor Day
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This Christmas layout includes lists and a journal block.
from A Merry Little Christmas Strip Designing
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The list
and the story

C. The third style of journaling is perfect for lots of details, the ‘Tell Your Story’ method lets you dedicate space on a layout or create hidden pockets to record more of a historical account. You’ll include the facts and events but also the story behind the photos. It’s a good way to pass on the stories about family traditions or ancestral memories.

from small tags to a tag just a bit larger with a few more details and then the journal block with the story
from: Creating Heritage Layouts on the Grid
All three types on this page one block with the basics, another with a short story and then hidden pocket will reveal the big story
from: Preserving Ancestral Stories
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hidden pocket with the lengthier story
Sharing a family tradition required several blocks. One tells a few of the details while the larger one Tells the Story. One block includes the recipe.
from: How to Scrapbook Family Traditions
this double page layout includes a letter that tells the story. It’s hidden in plain sight with elements of the Dragnet Approach to journaling on the top of the card.
from: Welcome Baby
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Just a design element…until you open it up.
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on the inside…letter to my Cecily.

Now it’s time to put those ideas to work for you.

Capture the moment and share the story. Be your family historian and make it fun to read.

Andrea Fisher