Inspiration Tracking


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Inspiration for a scrapbook page can be found throughout the day. You might be inspired by something hilarious your child. Or maybe you’re reviewing photos and one in particular seems to capture a moment perfectly. Maybe something random, like a song on the radio, reminds you of an important memory to scrapbook.

If you’re like me, if you don’t act on that inspiration by capturing the essence of it, it will be gone.

So, what are some ways that we scrapbookers can track these flashes of inspiration? I brainstormed a few ideas below:

Low-tech notebook

I keep a notebook in my purse and another in my kitchen. As soon as I hear a funny expression from my kids or get an idea for something to scrap, I jot it down.

Running Word document

You can always create a straight-forward Word file and type up quick inspiration reminders in it. My husband tracks quotes from our kids on a file he leaves on his desktop. It’s perfect for me to “borrow” for scrapbooking.



Steph highlighted Evernote on her post here. Try Evernote’s system for managing notes across your platforms.

Microsoft’s OneNote

I’ll admit I’m a bit late to the game on OneNote, but now I don’t want to imagine doing certain tasks without it! Basically, I set up a notebook for scrapbooking and then created virtual pages for future scrapbook ideas. I drop in journaling, pictures, inspiration layouts and more.


You can update your status with a reminder about something that happened. If you don’t want to share it with all your friends, check your privacy settings though. Katie did a great post about how you can use regular status updates as a source of inspiration at a future date.

Blog It

If you do want to share your stories, you can blog them before you scrap them. That way you can simply “lift” the text from your blog post and drop it in your scrapbook page.

Use GoogleDrive

It would seem that GoogleDrive is available on almost every device. You can use it to store documents and access them where you are (and on what device you’re using at that moment). You could create an inspiration document and share it with your spouse or older kids. Then, everyone can update it with funny quotes and memories.

Spring Pad


If you’re not familiar with SpringPad, you can learn all about it on Katie’s post Why I Love Springpad. Although I mostly use it to “spring” web sites (which is like bookmarking them or pinning them), you can also take notes in SpringPad.


If you have a photo, you can describe the associated memory into the metadata of the photo itself. Then, when you go to scrap it, you can lift the text right out of the metadata. You can write to your metadata easily in Photoshop, Lightroom, or even via Windows 7 explorer.

Windows 7 Sticky Notes

Add sticky notes to your desktop. This one could get your desktop a bit cluttered looking though!

There’s An App for That

I would just have no idea what it is! As I’ve mentioned, I don’t have a smartphone so I’m not “in the know” on these things. Check out your phone’s app store and browse the organization category. You may just find the right solution for you.

Email It to Yourself

You could send yourself an email with the story you want to remember. Just file the email in an memory folder to revisit later.

Rely on Your Memory

Just kidding! Winking smile


Just the fact that I’ve made a note of a memory makes me happy – it’s simple, but effective memory-keeping. Hopefully I’ll get around to scrapbooking these ideas, but if not, at least I’ve documented the memory. That’s the most important part for me.

I’m sure there are many, many more ideas out there for tracking notes and ideas. The trick is to find a system that will work for you and that you’ll enjoy using.