Why is journaling so important? Imagine the difference between a photo album of your family 100 years ago with just photographs and no words. You would enjoy looking at the photos but wouldn’t you have a lot of curiosity about the story of the people in the photos? You would have to guess about their lives.
Journaling is a chance to capture your life and what it feels like to live it for your own benefit and that of anyone else that ever sees it and wants to know more about your life and that of your family.
It will bring back wonderful memories for you in 10 years time as your life will have moved on from where it is now. How great to have a reminder of all your milestones. When you look at your scrapbook in 10 years time it will bring back happy memories of what your life is like now. So capture the details now while it’s still fresh in your mind.
The best pens for journaling are dark pigment-based inks which are easiest to read.
There are lots of ways to include words in your scrapbook. These are just a few and by no means all:
1. Writing on die cuts. Using a die-cut machine to add the color and design of your choice to the page for your journaling.
2. Putting words on stickers. There are a large variety of stickers in all sizes and shapes that you can add words to for fast and easy journaling.
3. Use journaling blocks. You can cut these yourself in any shape and color to suit your page. You can also buy them from scrapbooking shops.
4. Border journaling. You can use the borders of your pages to gain the interest of the reader. This is very effective and can stop and start wherever you like.
5. Printing words on the computer. This does lack the human touch but can make a nice change especially as there is an opportunity to use so many different fonts.
6. Writing on the page. Don’t hesitate to write on the page directly if you want to do that. Be sure to use a pigment-based ink for longevity.
7. Word stamps and alphabet stamps. These are great when you want one word that sums it up. Alphabet stamps are great but not for large chunks of text. Use them instead for single words or short phrases.
A really good idea is to carry around a notebook at all times to jot down things you really like and are inspired by. If someone says something you want to remember write it down.
Be sure you write the dates in your notebook for all entries so you will be able to write the date in your scrapbook. Recording your ideas and thoughts is a good habit to get into.
If you find memorabilia for the scrapbook add that to the notebook as you can later decide whether to include it or not. If you come across interesting articles in magazines or letters add these to the notebook so you have it to consider for including in your scrapbook. You may decide against but you will have a larger choice of items to include.
Once you get into the habit these things become second nature and they are a great help in your scrapbooking routine.