Documenting memories is a beautiful mix of words and images. In our albums and layouts we mix journaling and photos - they make our memories alive and protect them from fading. Just few words jotted down next to a picture make it more vivid and true, a date in the corner reminds when the event took place, a short story makes the photo real.
It’s important not to forget the words when it comes to memory keeping - after all, they tell the story! If you feel uninspired and would like to find some new, creative ways that will help to spice up your journaling here you are - I have 5 ways for creative journaling for you!
1. USE STICKERS TO TELL YOUR STORY
Small, colorful stickers with words on them are so much fun! You can use them in so many ways, also as a tool to support your journaling! Sometimes I like to use only a single word sticker to capture a mood or memory shown in the picture. On some spreads I play with the stickers and try to create a catchy title for my photo or few lines of simple journaling. I love the final effect!
2. MAKE A LIST!
You don’t have to always write your journaling in a story format. To mix things up a bit I love writing lists! A list can deliver so much information in condensed format - what you love, what you do, what you are working on, what your plans are. Experiment with lists, they can be super creative way to boost up your journaling!
3. ASK SOMEONE ELSE TO SHARE THEIR POINT OF VIEW
When you start documenting memories it’s natural that all the stories are told from your point of view. It’s great, but why not try asking someone else for help? Every now and than ask your partner to write a line or two in your album. Challenge your kid (I bet they will love it!) to write about your adventures. Ask for help, ask for opinions, ask for another person’s perspective - make them feel that they are part of the album too!
4. PLAY WITH STAMPS
Stamps are for sure one of my favorite scrapbooking gadgets! They can be used over and over again in so many different ways! The little stamps that come with Citrus Twist Kits are particularly great for journaling - look at all the phrases and sayings! You can use them as tiny word stickers (or create your own “stamped” stickers on the scraps of paper!), stamp them on photos or cards, choose one word or build phrases - so many possibilities for creative journaling!
5. USE A PROMPT
If you feel bored and uninspired try to use a journaling prompt that would spark some creativity! You can find plenty of them on Pinterest. The journaling prompts might help you to look at subject of your photo or layout from different angle, very often they offer a fresh and unique perspective to storytelling!
What are your favorite ways to journal in your albums? How do you introduce journaling on the layouts? Let us know in the comments!