Let’s look at some super cool scrapbooking journal ideas! When you pursue your hobby – do you like the thought of adding words and writing to your scrapbooks? Words are a great way to tell the story behind the picture. Let’s look at the ways you can incorporate writing to your scrapbook pages today!
How much journaling you want to add to your scrapbooks is up to you – Sometimes it’s all about having dates on them, so one day a loved one will see it and know the “when’s”…the same thing applies to cities, states, places, etc. It’s one of those activities that has no right or wrong way to approach…Just make the focus telling your story!
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Why Journal in Your Scrapbook?
Let’s say hypothetically, you are commemorating a family member (living or deceased – doesn’t matter) You may have photos of him/her that include little writing other than their birthplace, hometown, etc.
Ask yourself questions like these to determine how much journaling will figure in your endeavor: Does my album have a special purpose? Am I making this album for anyone in particular? What info is important to add?
Case in point: I know someone whose son played high school football every year and often got written up in the newspaper. She copied every picture and story written about him and he now shares those stories with his own son.
Use Premade Words and Phrases
One way to get started is by making use of pre-cut words. A little shopping nearby, or browsing online, you may be able to locate stickers, diecuts and word cutouts, all with different phrases. Alphabet stencils are another great way to create various words too!
For example, some scrapbook themes, are short and sweet – meaning that you only need words that are too – for example, playing sports in high school or college, things like your team name or initials of your school- this a cool idea for if you have teens wanting to scrapbook too.
Anything involving initials, especially, are something you can create in precut words.
Using Song Lyrics, Poems or Inspiring Quotes
I always used to be very fascinated with song lyrics and famous poems…I remember when I was in college and we had this assignment called a “poetry notebook” that could include both of each. Same thing with favorite quotes….I get a lot of mileage out of those too, these are all great journal tidbits to use.
Lyrics to songs, poems, and quotes can help tell stories for your photos as well as complement them.
Typing or Writing?
Are you more a typist or writer? If yo are more used to typing, you may feel free to do so…in which case you can print out the words on acid-free paper to add to your pages.
Some people like to write directly in their albums. If you do so, choose an ink color that is in sync with your page’s color and patterns. I for one, enjoyed writing directly in my recipe scrapbook – it was fun and I had already used a lot of affixed pictures and cutouts.
Here’s a page from that book in which I combined my writing with the recipe cutouts:
It’s common practice to include a newspaper article in scrapbooks…just try to make a practice of copying or scanning the article and printing a photocopy to use as newspapers have a tendency to become brittle or yellow with time.
Incorporate Shapes and Cards
Using different shapes is another fun idea to make use of scrapbook journaling. You can use a preferred tool; e.g. cricut, or good old scissors, and cut hearts, circles, squares, etc., with which to express your written thoughts too, and place via adhesive alongside photos and other elements.
Oh, and don’t forget about the old standby 3 by 4 index cards…they are EXCELLENT fodder for journaling, and can affix easily onto your pages!
Sometimes stories are more apropos to a theme, other times, written thoughts can be just as powerful. Suppose you want to commemorate the happy times between you and your besties evident in your photo collection….some blurbs or expressive thoughts included on the pages can make just as big a statement.
I like what this guy did below – incorporating thoughts and little blurbs around a common theme – a vacation and all the sight-seeing adventures experienced.
Image credit: Patel Darshil
When checking it out further, I saw that this scrapbook enthusiast had another ace up his sleeve-he scanned or otherwise made copies of his photos to preserve the originals, and printed them out on adhesive sticker paper to affix in his book.
Can You Journal with Bad Handwriting?
Do you feel like you have “bad handwriting”? Don’t feel bad – I think more of us may feel that way than you realize. Truth be told, though, YOUR handwriting is what finalizes the story.
Now for me, I type a lot – for the sake of readability, I wrote in print for my book I mentioned earlier as you can see, but I usually write in cursive.
Your handwriting is unique, it makes you you, If you really think it’s that lousy, you can definitely type instead, but I encourage you to take a stab at it with important details like the scrapbook’s main theme, the date you started working on it, and a dedication if any.
Have you ever heard of “hidden journaling”? Well, it’s pretty much what the name implies. You can actually make use of pockets that hide what you’ve written. There are scrapbook suppliers who carry these clear pages with pockets.
Or , you can do like this person did below and create your own paper pocket fold-up, like this:
Image credit: MukulN2
These inserts will allow you to jot down as much as you want and then tuck it away inside the insert. In other words, when the book is opened it will be your little secret.
I hope this list of ideas will be helpful for you! Happy Journaling…..♥