We typically tend to scrap photos that mean something to us. Either it’s a really beautiful photo of our subject, hold a special meaning in our hearts, tell a story about something you want to cherish for years or are of a special event in our lives. You took the time to get the camera out and take the photo and you liked the photo so much that you wanted to make or buy a scrapbook page for it so why not put down a few words about it.
Scrapbooking has become a very popular hobby. Scrapbooks are family heirlooms that are passed down to generations. Therefore, you can see how important journaling is to tell the stories you want your great-grandchildren to know about.
Journaling can be as simple as writing the date and place of where the photo was taken. It could be a few words that you write on the page that describe your feelings about the photo. Or it could be a few sentences or paragraphs describing the event or reason why the photo was taken.
I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is to put journaling on your pages. In time we forget details about why we took the photo in the first place. Or we can remember bits and pieces but many photos have a great story with lots of details. You can include your basic what, when, where, why and how in your journaling but also details like how it made you feel or the subject feel, colors, smells, thoughts, etc.
I know that a lot of us who take a lot of photos and like to scrap them, don’t have time to write a long story about every photo but the more time you spend on writing a little something about each photo that you scrap the more thankful you will be later. Pick and choose what photos should have journal
Scrapbook Page Titles For Journaling:
Sometimes scrapbook page titles are enough but you can always do more! A cleaver scrapbook page title could be all you need to describe what the photo is about. Sometimes you don’t have a funny or memorable story to tell about the photo and that’s fine. But I say you can always add a little journaling like the date or year and perhaps the place the photo was taken.
Basic When and Where:
Some pages don’t necessarily need page titles or much journaling but adding the month and year or just the year is always nice. Maybe just a few words on where the photo was taken. Remember you might not forget these simple details but one day if you plan on passing the scrapbooks down to another generation, you may not be around to ask about these details.
You can print your messages or stories using your printer or handwrite them for a more personal touch. Some scrapbooks have recording devices in them so you can record your messages or you can purchase recording devices to add to your pages.
Some other ideas on what to put down for journaling is to add your favorite recipe to a page, poem, song lyrics, bible verses or quote.
Take Notes For Journaling Later:
Write your ideas down in a notebook. Whenever you see a quote, poem or bible verse you like, write it down. Hear a good song that means something to you then write it down so you can remember to look up the lyrics later on the internet so you can put it on a layout.
Going on vacation and plan on scrapping the photos later then bring a journal with you. At the end of the day, write about what you did that day. Try to record as much detail as you can, funny stories and memorable moments so that when you develop your photos and get around to scrapping them you can reference your journal to help you with adding journaling to your pages. Actually, keeping a journal of everyday life is even better. Or at least on the days you take photos, jot down a short story about it so that you can remember the details when you want to scrap the photos later.