When your family and friends open your albums, it’s the photos that grab their attention first, and it’s the journaling they look for next.
what should you write?
Your journaling could be:
- a brief listing of the names of the people in a group photo
- a caption addressed to your subject; for example a note to your son that when he was learning to walk he liked to carry something heavy and that’s why this photo of him carrying a 2-liter soda bottle is a treasured memory
- the extensive telling of how an event unfolded
- an anecdote
- a personal message about your feelings on the scrapped topic
- a stream-of-consciousness list related to the topic
However you journal, be sure to include date and place!
These posts have ideas and how-tos for writing the content of your journaling:
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How to write with narrative and scene in your scrapbook page journaling
3 Ways to Include Dialogue in your Scrapbook Page Journaling
Writing that conveys your story AND the times in which it takes place
Tips for writing about yourself on scrapbook pages
Story Forms for Scrapbook Pages: Tell a Slice-of-life Story
Story Forms for Scrapbook Pages: Tell a Journey Story
Story forms for Scrapbook Pages: Tell an Ah-ha! Story
Story forms for your scrapbook pages: There’s a bear at the door!
how should you put the journaling onto the page?
You might print your journaling with your computer. You might make a digital page that includes computer-generated journaling. In these instances use a readable font.
If you want to include handwritten journaling it can be improved with guidelines and a good pen. You can make guidelines with rubber and acrylic stamps for this purpose, with a pencil and ruler. If you’re fussy about how things look, practice on scrap paper first, to plan out what you will write. Figure out how much you can say in the space allotted and decide on the best pen weight for the guide. You can stamp or print guides directly onto your scrapbook page, or make your own journaling cards by stamping onto cardstock and trimming.
A set of archival ink pens in weights of 01, 03, 05, and 08 will provide a good assortment for your hand journaling. For a line width greater than 08, consider a going with a calligrapher pen. If you want to add fun touches like bright colors, metallic glimmers or even texture, try gel, metallic, soufflé, or glaze pens in a variety of colors. Just remember to cover those pens when you’re done and to store them horizontally.
These posts have ideas and how-tos for incorporating journaling into your page design:
10 ideas for placing scrapbook journaling on your page
How to use journaling strips to rock your scrapbook page design
Scrapbook page journaling: justification that strengthens design
How to handwrite in shapes on your scrapbook and journal pages
How to make circle journal spots for your scrapbook and journal pages