As a memory keeper, I LOVE journaling. For me, scrapbooking is about more than pretty photos and beautiful kits. It’s about telling a story, using photos and words.
When I first started scrapping, I fell into the trap of just being so excited about the pretty papers and fun photos that I missed the point of storytelling. I had lots of pages with just one big title like, “DREAM” on my page, and nothing else. When I got my first batch of layouts printing I looked at those pages and realized that there was so much more to it. There were stories to tell, thoughts to be penned, and memories to be recorded. I love pretty photos and pretty papers as much as the next person, but it isn’t why I scrap.
I know that for many people, journaling is the hardest part of a layout. People have said to me over and over, “I just don’t know what to write.” I get it, I do. It’s why we at The Daily Digi have written so many posts to help your journaling. You can go HERE for a full list, or check out two of my old posts:
So how do we get better at journaling? Like most things in life, the answer is simple to say and hard to do:
I was recently reading an article on Grammar Girl (we already know that Steph loves Grammar Girl!) The focus was functional MRI studies that were looking at what happens in a writer’s brain when they are writing. It’s an interesting article, but in short, they learned that experienced writers and novice writers write differently. Different parts of their brain are at work (that’s what functional MRIs show us — what is actually happening in the brain, and where, when we do specific activities. The article explained that when we do things often, they become automatic (think about activities such as reading or driving, for example). That makes sense, right?
And writing is no different. The section of our brain that shows we are working automatically lit up for experienced writers, but not for inexperienced writers.
The more you do it, the better you will get.
And the thing to remember here is that your journaling on your scrapbook pages isn’t out there to win awards. You are simply trying to tell your story. Your family’s story. Your friends’ stories.
Just keep practicing. Take a look through your albums and ask yourself, “Did I tell the story? Will my grandkids have any idea who these people are and what they were doing or why this was important to me?”
And then start practicing.
Here are some posts to get you started: