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Journaling Technique Number 4 – Writing TO someone

Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLFollowing on from Journaling techniques 1,2 and 3…  number 4 is the suggestion that you might like to write to someone! 

Yes, it could be a bit of a “Dear John” letter if you so wished, but actually I am referring to the sort of letter that you may write to your son or daughter if that happens to be what the scprapbook layout is about, or whoever is in the picture(s).

I like this sort of journaling as it can be very personal, but also something that others can read and understand too. 

You'd Do Anything For Her - scrapbook page by SundayLFor instance I made a page from a picture of my husband and our daughter entitled “You’d do Anything for Her”, in the journaling I addressed my husband (thanking him for being a good dad).

This Layout happened to be published and I also posted it on UKScrappers and had a number of comments from people seeing it ‘in real life’.  All understood the sentiment, some identified with it and the “addressee” was moved!

The Journaling reads…

You were such a frightened “father-to-be”, full of doubts and insecurities.
Now you have blossomed into a loving, doting father, sometimes too nice for your own (or Honey’s) good!
But you try the best way you know how, not always right, but always with love.
Our Daughter loves you very much and I can say with my hand on my heart…
Thank You for being a Wonderful Father.

So write to people, animals… say what you want to say to them, even speak to those you have lost.  Write to your children for them to read years later, when they are old enough to understand – such treasures will be appreciated by your family. 

Write in the present tense, say how you feel now, or just recall a memory, a conversation, an event.  I think you’ll be surprised how easy it can be.

Journaling Technique Number 3 – Other People’s Words


Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLSometimes, your own words don’t seem enough, or just aren’t right for the scrapbook page you are creating.  At times like that, using other people’s quotes can be the solution.
A whole page can be made around a quote, especially inspirational ones.  However, quotes are most useful to add an expression of emotion to a page.
There are many people who feel just too darn self-conscious to open up in an emotional way in their journaling, but a quote from someone else that sums up how you feel can be just the ticket.
I won’t post a load of quotes here, or a bunch of links, as it’s suffice to say that you can copy and paste literally millions of quotes from the internet… just type in the words “scrapbook quotes” and other derivatives and see just how many there are available to you!  You might like to put in another keyword, such as “inspiration” or  “children”, etc, to narrow down your options.
One word of advice… keep your copies.  (ok that’s three words I realise!) But I mean… keep a copy of what you’ve copied from the internet.  Just paste into a word document, or even something simple such as using the program Notepad or whatever the Mac equivalent is. You never know when you will want to use them again!

Journaling Technique Number 2 – Lists

Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLLists are a great way to provide  journaling on your scrapbook pages.  They are absolutely ideal for those who don’t enjoy writing the more in-depth sort of journaling.
You can include numbering with your lists, but bullet points, or stars do just as well, if not better, as they don’t particularly give a hierarchy to the words. 
Of course, you can include numbers to your information to act as captions for a multi-photo layout, especially if there are lots of smaller pictures, or in case you need to write  about each one, say for a bunch of wedding pictures… you know the ones… shots of hundreds of people that you either don’t know, or haven’t seen for 20 years!
If you want to provide a little more detail than just names and dates, but don’t particularly like the idea of writing “War and Peace” (ok that’s a bit of an extreme!!) then listing the poignant thoughts relating to the scrapbooking page is a quick and easy solution.
Don’t forget that these bullet points can be listed as single words, phrases or whole paragraphs, there is no limit.
Example of lists - Hidden strips of journaling

Example of lists - Hidden strips of journaling

Some favourites among scrapbookers are to make lists such as “My Favourite Things” or “5 Things About Me” “10 Reasons Why I Love You” and so on.

As for WHERE these lists go… well anywhere is the answer, but some ideas are:

separate strips of paper stapled in a column
or semi hidden strips of paper/card tucked behind a photo
typed list printed and matted into a journaling block
written directly on the page.

Journaling Technique Number 1 – Keep it Basic

Who, What, Where, When and Why

Scrapbooking & Crafting Advice from SundayLThe 5 simple things to include in your journaling!  Keeping it basic is a great way to get the facts down and leave it at that.  A classic example of this type of journaling is to write the information on strips of paper and place on your layout.

Simplicity is key when you’re up against it time-wise, so this technique helps with that, but lacks the detail of why… in other words, the “emotion”.  So often heartfelt journaling tugs at heart strings and/or the reader can identify with the scrapbooker much more.

Many people find it difficult to open up and write it down for all to see (which is when hidden journaling helps) so “just the facts” journaling is helpful to those people.

But if you want is quick… keep it basic.

A Quote from Bob Marley? Valentines Scrapbook Maybe?

I found the quote below on my friend Siobhan’s newest blog.  And she found it from ScrapNspire.

I think it’s lovely and would be great to use on a scrapbook layout about yourself (if you’re a woman reading this of course ;-) !) or to use on a card for valentines day maybe?  for your hubby/partner?  What d’ya reckon?


Scrapbooking Quotes for Autumn Pages

How’s about this mushroom then?  I thought it definitely looked like something out of a fairytale!  I snapped it with my phone when out walking the dogs recently. 

Autumn walk mushroom

It’s definitely Autumn and over here in the UK we are definitely experiencing the winds of November!!  In my part of the country (the bulge on the right hand side of the UK) it’s been fairly dry still, but you may well have seen the news of flooding further up the country.  In fact, I had a comment over on my other blog today from a lady in Cumbria who said she was sitting in her house (I assume upstairs) with the back of her house under a foot of water!  Hope she’s ok… internet obviously still working :)

Anyway, I occasionally get an email from the Scrapbooking section of with new articles.  And I thought I would share one of them here.  It’s a list of scrapbooking quotes especially for Autumn pages and you may well find them useful.

I have reproduced the list here, although I have included a link underneath to the article, because the website is actually quite difficult to work around.  There is so much advertising on it that the articles are broken up and it makes it difficult to read sometimes, I think so anyway.

Autumn Quotes for Scrapbooking:

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
Stanley Horowitz

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, As I have seen in one autumnal face.
John Donne

October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.
Nova Bair

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
Elizabeth Lawrence

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.
Emily Bronte

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.
Hal Borland

Nature always has something rare to show us.
John Muir

Here is the link to the article on

Photo Journaling Block

Faded photograph used as a journaling blockI have posted a link to an article  (below) showing how to use a faded picture as a journaling block instead of a plain coloured background.  An example is pictured here.

This article refers to using Photoshop to make the block, but the same principle could apply to traditional scrapbooking. How..?

Well you can achieve a similar effect by printing your journaling onto a piece of vellum and placing that over a photograph.

Another way is to bring the photograph into something like MS Word and use the brightness button to “fade out” the photo and then place a text box over the top of your journaling.

Here is an article  about putting text onto photos in word, which has a link at the end to a video tutorial.

Photoshop: Photo Inspired Journaling Block

by Denise Gormish  for

Ever find yourself searching for a great background for a journaling block? Sometimes a plain piece of cardstock will do the job. Sometimes a piece of patterned paper will work wonderfully. But sometimes something more creative feels appropriate. At those times, consider using one of the photographs in your layout. By using a photograph for the journaling block, you can create a layout with special impact.  Read More>>