by Debbie Hodge
While journaling is an important part of many scrapbook pages, there are times when minimal journaling works just fine. Here’s a look at 6 of those instances in which titles, design, lists, and photos do the work typically expected of scrapbook page journaling.
Short journaling works:
1. When a list does the job
There’s nothing like the clarity of a list of things that are important to your subject to cut through the clutter and make a portrait with very few words. Terri Davenport scrapbooked highlights of her son’s life at 13 doing just this.
2. When the photos are enough
Love the photos? Just want them on the page to look at? That’s how I felt about these recent photos of my oldest son. The story I have isn’t so interesting that I want it interfering with these shots.
3. When your title does the work
Lisa Dickinson scrapbooked a series of photo of suggling with her daughter and titled the page: “Above All Else, We Have Love.”
Enough said? Yep!
4. When “who, what, when, and where” do the job
Posed shots at events are the kinds of one-off photos you want to get into your album even if there’s no story to tell. Get the basics: who, what, when and where, and you are good to go.
5. When the visual design tells your story
Jana Morton used fall embellishments that repeat and reinforce the leaves in her photo. Additionally, she let the scene from the photo “spill” onto her page so that her son appears to be running into the distance, a reinforcement of the theme her photo caption sets: that life is certainly a race.
6. When short journaling makes the point loud and clear
Kelly Purkey tells about the emotions she had–good and bad–with just a few short words prompted by the journaler on “Hey, 30.” The photo, the title, and this brief journaling tell us all we need to know to understand the story of this page and this day in Kelly’s life.
There are many stories and photos that need and deserve extensive journaling — and then there are instances like those shown here when a sentence or two, a list, a well chosen title, or even design and photos make the page’s point well.