Scrapping About the Internet

The Internet is such a big part of our daily lives now. I toured the galleries and found some great examples by scrapbookers who captured parts of their online lives.

Some Inspiration

Pinterest: Pinterest is a popular topic among scrappers! It’s a great example of something that wasn’t here just last year and now occupies a lot of our time.

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Layout by Nettio. Supplies: Golden Afternoon by Shawna Clingerman and Penny Springmann, 12 Months: Alphas by Penny Springmann, Layered Up In You: Shapes by Lauren Grier, Teeny Type Alpha (retired) by Zoe Pearn, StraightLine Stitched No 1 by Anna Apnes, Font is DJB Lynnette

 

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Layout by nanienamou. Supplies: Ma Petite Fleur Kit, Traci Reed and ScrapKitchen Designs, template: Super Seven by Cindy Schneider

Facebook: Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook has a big presence on the Internet right now.

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Layout by hondachicc. Supplies: Oscraps Collab FACEBOOK We LIKE You Too

 

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Layout by sue.falstaff. Supplies: Oscraps Designers collab kit, Facebook [we LIKE you too]

Connectivity: How you connect to the Internet is an interesting topic to capture for your kids. What is cutting edge right now, will be old news very soon.

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Layout by mrshobbes. Supplies: Papers (some blended) and most elements from Take Note by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Jenn Barrette, Heavy Metal Alpha (INTERNET)by Libby Pritchett, Dirty Pockets by Creashens, Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, DJB So Much To Say

Online Friendships: As digi scrapbookers, many of us are part of online communities and have met friends through the web.

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Layout by andrea4376. Supplies: Online by Captivated Visions and Jenn Barrette, Outline Alpha by Sahlin Studio

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Layout by emmasmommy. Supplies: Jenn Barrette/Captivated Visions Online, Traci Reed Bad Sewing Machine Stitches: Randomly Black and White, frame Lauren Grier All I Have To Do Is Dream, Meghan Mullens Stitched Felt Alpha: Neutral, font Rough Typewriter

 

Favourites: We all have a favourite web site list. It is a snapshot of our interests at this point in time.

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Layout by PaulaM. Supplies: Must love blogs by The Ettes and CRK

 

Online Love: More and more couples are meeting online. What a great story to document!

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Layout by Captivated Visions. Supplies: Online by Captivated Visions and Jenn Barrette, Staples from Retail Therapy by Captivated Visions

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Layout by misfitinmn. Supplies: Online by Captivated Visions & Jenn Barrette, template by Busy Bee Designs

 

Blogging: People with blogs spend a lot of time on them. It’s interesting to document what you blog about and why.

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Layout by suladesign. Supplies: When You Need A Friend by SSD Designers, some elements from Online by Jenn Barrette & Captivated Visions, Layered Up in You Snips by Lauren Grier, Template Halfpack #24 by Cindy Schneider, Fonts: Rubia’s Tiny Print & Rubia’s Tiny Script by Darcy Baldwin

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Layout by suladesign. Supplies: Lunchy Love by Libby Pritchett & Meghan Mullens, Font: DJB Color Me Chic, Scraplift of First Christmas

Ideas

Here are a few ideas for web related pages:

  • Do you remember your favourite Internet sites from last year? From 5 years ago? From 10 years ago? How much have they changed over the years?
  • There are some sites that you may go to everyday. Perhaps your web-based email, Facebook, Pinterest, or CNN. Have you every documented this daily ritual?
  • Your go-to resources for cooking, research or something else?
  • Have you ever met one of your online friends in real life?
  • There are quite a few couples who first “met” online and later married. Are you one of them?
  • Describe your current computer and Internet connection. In 10 years, you’ll probably laugh about it!
  • Do you use any “net speak”? Do your kids?
  • Are you a member of a digi scrap community? How has the Net connected you to this hobby?

As for pictures, here are a few ideas:

  • If you’re scrapping about a web site, try using your PRINT SCREEN button to capture a screen shot and then pasting it as a new layer in your scrapbook page.
  • The Windows 7 “snipping tool” can be used to capture selected bits of pages.
  • Use your web cam to capture a shot of your surfing the Net and scrap with it.
  • Have somebody take a photo of you at your computer.
  • Take a photo of your current computer and desk, if you use one.
  • Use your current profile image from your favourite scrapbooking sites.

Happy scrapping!

Planning to Scrap Events

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The holidays provide us with many pictures and memories to add to our scrapbooks. Almost an overwhelming number! Here’s a partial list of the events that I know I will want to capture in my scrapbook:

  • Gingerbread house decorating
  • Ornament creation
  • Christmas list making
  • School concert
  • Christmas lights tour
  • Various Christmas parties
  • Decorating the Christmas tree
  • Christmas Eve dinner
  • Christmas morning

I’ll outline below my “plan” for capturing all of these memories. I think of my scrapbook pages in three major categories so that’s how this post is organized:

  • Pictures
  • Stories and Facts
  • Papers and Elements

Picture Planning

Many of us have SLR cameras and a variety of lenses and equipment. Before an event, try to plan out which photography equipment is needed. For example, sometimes you will need an external flash or a tripod or a remote shutter trigger.

As a scrapbooker, I think of the types of shots I will want in three categories:

  1. First, I think about the wide-angle shots that will set the scene. Where is the event? Who is there? I like to capture the “big picture”.
  2. Next I think about those little details that are key to the overall event.
  3. Lastly, I try to image the “action” moments that I will want to be ready for to capture.

Here are a couple of examples:

Gingerbread House Decorating
  • Scene: Entire family gathered around the unfinished house and later the finished house
  • Details: Bowls full of candies, close-ups of the finishing touches on the house
  • Action: Hands putting on decorations, everyone munching on the candy decorations, the kids laughing
Christmas Eve Dinner
  • Scene: Entire family at the table
  • Details: Full plate, Christmas crackers, cracker treats, serving bowls of food
  • Action: The kids pulling open Christmas crackers, everyone putting on their paper crowns, reading the cracker jokes out loud

I use Adobe Lightroom to organize my photos. Since I rarely delete photos (see Steph’s post here for more on that),  I can end up with hundreds of them after any event. In order to avoid being overwhelmed though, when I upload my pictures onto my computer, I mark them to show “Picks” and “Rejects”. I can view just the “Picks” at a later date and be certain those will be ones that I will want to scrap.

As an aside, I recently added photo-tagging to my “month’s end to do list”. I take about 700+ photos in a regular month and I can tag them all in under 20 minutes. I’m almost caught up on tagging all my prior digital photos, too. It is a pleasure to be able to keyword search my photos and have the ones I want pop up. It makes finding the right photos to scrapbook so much easier.

Journaling and Details

My photo folders are automatically named in the YYYY-MM-DD format. As the month progresses, I rename folders to append the event name. (For example, 2011-12-04-Gingerbread.) This helps me to quickly scan my photo directory and find events that I want to scrap.

As each event happens, you can create a simple Word document to record any immediate memories, quotes, etc. This can be saved in the folder with the associated pictures. This way the journaling and photos are ready when you have time to scrap.

If you work on multiple devices, online tools like Evernote or Google Docs might be useful to you to efficiently capture thoughts no matter which device you are using.

Papers and Elements

Some of my pages start with the photos and story, and then I search my digi supplies to find a kit that matches theme of the page. Some of my pages start with a beautiful kit that I can’t wait to use and I’ll scrap the page and then find photos and journaling to match. Both approaches work because for me scrapbooking is an equal mix of wanting to capture the memories and enjoying the creative process.

I use ACDSee to tag my kit previews. I tag them as “Previews” and by store name and designer name. My mind seems to associate kits with designers, but if that doesn’t work for you, you could tag them by dominate colours, themes (Christmas, Winter, Birthday, et cetera) or some other method that helps you to find your kits quickly and easily.

I tag all of my page templates individually as well. Many scrapbookers organize templates by the number of photos that each one holds which can help you to quickly find the right template for your page.

There may be as many ways to organize digital supplies as there are scrapbookers. The key is just to pick a method that works for you and lets you focus on scrapping and not on hunting for the right products. Here are some ideas:

I hope some of these ideas work for you and help you capture your memories!

Surviving December

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For many of us, the holiday season means that daily routines are put on hold. While we’re busy enjoying parties, school concerts, holiday traditions and visiting family and friends, important things like healthy eating, exercise and down time can get pushed aside.

I did a little research and found some ideas for having a healthier and happy December:

Making Food Preparation Easier

December is a great time to renew your friendship with your slow-cooker. While you’re out all day long, shopping or visiting, it is busy cooking you a lovely dinner. You walk in your front door and the house smells like a lovely feast! Here are some sites to try:

In addition to your slow cooker, you can make some meals ahead. Here are some meals that you can double. Try making one for dinner tonight and freeze the other half to have on a busy day:

And lastly, some good comfort food is always welcome in December. If you haven’t made it yet, you should try Bake Potato Soup. Put on a pot today. You won’t regret it!

A Little Pre-Planning

You can do a lot of things in November or early December to make the rest of the month go smoothly. Some ideas:

  • Pop on a favourite movie, print out your Christmas card address list and get those cards done! If you’re really keen, you can even stamp the addressed cards and have them waiting by the front door to be mailed the next day.
  • Pre-bake freezer-friendly treats to have on hand later for entertaining or gifts. Things like sugar cookies, jam-filled thumbprint cookies, and gingerbread cookies freeze beautifully and you can pop them out whenever you need them.
  • Buy multiples of gifts. For example, you can have several bottles of wine on hand to give as hostess gifts or the same gift cards to give to each of your child’s teachers.

Organization

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My family runs on Google Calendar. My husband and I each have our own calendars, plus we have calendars for the kids. (I also have calendars for each of my creative teams, but that’s a whole other post!)

I love that I can check my husband’s calendar (and vice versa) to make sure that we avoid scheduling conflicts and overextending ourselves.

You can check out more about Google Calendar in Steph’s post here.

Moving More in December

I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t my area of expertise. But, here are some ideas to get us all moving this December:

  • Build a snowman. Or a whole snow-family!
  • Take part in your favourite winter sports: ice skating, skiing, snow-shoeing…
  • Clean the house. (I can get a lot of cleaning done while listening to The Digi Show on my iPod.)
  • Hop on that treadmill/stationary bike/elliptical machine in your basement. Make the time go faster by watching a favourite Christmas movie or listening to music.
  • Go for a winter walk and enjoy the neighbourhood Christmas lights.

Making Time for Down Time

I love the busy holiday season and visiting with family and friends. Some of my favourite memories though are the quiet ones spent at home with my family.

  • I look forward to quiet evenings spent with the fireplace on and two little kids snuggled up with me on the couch while I read The Night Before Christmas out loud.
  • We listen to Alan Maitland’s recording of The Shepherd each December. It wouldn’t be the holidays without it.

Those are some of my holiday survival tips. If you have some tips (or recipes!) please tell us in the comments.

Just a note – no affiliate links were used in this post.

Scrapbooking Music

Supplies: Rock Out by Sweet Digi Scraps, Layer Blocks No. 1 template by Little Moments (retired)

It’s no secret that I (Heddy) love music. I could spend hours on iTunes checking out new songs. I love finding other people’s playlists and checking out their favourites. I have music for work, music for exercise, music for when I want to sing along and music for when I’m feeling down.

It turns out that a lot of people like to scrap their favourite music, too. Check out some of these inspirational pages:

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Layout by amandaresnde. Supplies: Just Another One III by Studio Basic, “Soundmovie” of my life by Ju Kneipp Designs, Boxed Papers No1 by Katie Pertiet, Flaming Mango Alpha by Kaye Winiecki, Rock On! by CD Muckosky, tag and tape by Amy Martin (retired), fonts are Gregs Other Hand, Segoe Script and Xoxo vo2.1 by Miss Tiina

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Layout by cinna. Supplies: My Tunes by Meredith Cardall Designs

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Layout by jewelz729. Supplies: Boom I Got Your Boyfriend kit by Manda Bean, Music Note Doodles by Kate Hadfield, Tiny Stitches by Two Sisters Designs, Paint by Traci Reed, Font – Pea Katie

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Layout by erica67. Supplies: Button Mania, Glow no.1, Soccer Fever (grid – recolored), On the edge overlays no.3 – all by Erica Zwart, Clear Pockets, Stitch It! – ZigZag, A Touch of Orange (background paper – recolored) – all by Mo & Mo Studio, Images: allcdcovers.com, Google Images, Fonts: Bank Gothic, Impact, Lucida Sans Unicode

If you’re interested in playing along, here are some music themed page prompts to get you started:

  • List your top 25 most played songs on your iPod
  • What was your favourite song when you were growing up?
  • Did any one singer or band have particular importance for you?
  • What’s your favourite song to sing along with?
  • Is there any music that you just can’t stand? Why?
  • Is there a song that is particularly important to you? Maybe your wedding song? Or the song playing on the radio during your first date?
  • Did you have a Walkman?
  • How big was your record, cassette or CD collection? Do you still have it?
  • Do your musical choices make your kids cringe?

P.S. Jennifer B. was the random winner chosen from this yesterday’s feature. She won $10 in product from Deca! 🙂

A Season of Gifts

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How can gift-giving be made more fun, less stressful and maybe a little bit less expensive?

Simplify What To Get

Knowing what to buy is a key part of gift-giving, clearly. I love getting lists from my husband and kids! If I stick to the list, it is guaranteed that the gifts will be enjoyed by the recipient. (I, of course, frequently stray from the list to surprise them with something that I think they’ll love.)

I asked around and found out that many families simplify gift-giving by limiting what they can buy and how much they can spend. Here were some ideas:

  • Draw names and then each person only has one other person to buy for.
  • Share only homemade gifts (if your family is crafty).
  • A funny gag gift theme would be sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
  • Rather than “things”, give “experiences”. Did you know you can buy memberships to your local museums? Other ideas are movie tickets, concert tickets, and gifts for classes at your local community centre or community college.
  • Homemade baked goods are a popular and well-received gift.
  • An all book gift theme would make me very happy!

When stumped, it’s always easy to get a gift card. You can get mall gift cards that are good at the majority of the shopping centre so your recipient can enjoy any number of items.

Simplify How You Get It

Like many people, I do not like going to shopping malls in December. To make my holidays go more smoothly, I do the majority of my gift shopping online. Toy shopping is a breeze online – and many toy stores have free shipping for the holidays.

The part I like best about online shopping for gifts is that it keeps me on budget. It’s easy to check my balance online – certainly easier than rifling through receipts at the mall and trying to calculate how much I have already spent.

If you’re like me and you have relatives in other cities, you can even send the gifts directly to the recipient. For a small fee, some companies will even wrap the gift for you.

Simplify How You Wrap It

I am all thumbs when it comes to wrapping presents. I just cannot get the tape on the wrapping paper without weird creases and nothing can be done to salvage ribbon after I’ve attempted to make a bow with it. It’s sad, really. So, gift bags are my holiday friends! After many years of doing this, I have an impressive collection of gift bags that I reuse often. Better for the environment and the bank balance!

To make putting together gifts more enjoyable, I don’t wrap each gift as I buy them. I wait until I’m done the majority of my shopping, then I pop in a holiday movie (I like Elf) or some holiday music and start wrapping and bagging gifts. It turns a dreaded chore into a fun couple of hours.

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I checked out The Daily Digi and found some gift-giving related articles you might want to check out:

  • For those of you wanting to make homemade gifts this year, now is the time to start!
  • If gift-giving and all the holiday activities do get overwhelming, Steph had a great article on stress that many readers related to.
  • You can find some amazing and unique gifts on Etsy. Shop early to ensure pre-Christmas delivery – especially for international shipping.

I hope you have a fun time gift-giving this year!

De-cluttering

Every fall, I try to purge my house of anything I don’t need or don’t want anymore. A free shelf or two on the bookshelves and empty bins in storage room make my mind feel clearer and the house feel lighter.

If you want to do your own de-cluttering, here are some books and web sites to help you focus your efforts:

It’s All Too Much – Book

It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

From the book description: Veteran “organizational consultant,” TV show host and author Peter Walsh (How to Organize (Just About) Everything) has more ideas in his latest book on clutter management than the spare closet has junk, and, even better, it’s organized, in-depth and entirely user-friendly. Part One examines the “Clutter Problem”: how it happens, how it hampers and how to face it without excuses or discouragement. Part Two presents a step-by-step approach to “Putting Clutter in its Place,” which begins with “surface clutter” and developing a household plan before moving on to the bulk of the book, a walkthrough of each room in the home.

Unclutter Your Life In One Week – Book

Unclutter Your Life in One Week

From the book description: Simple living isn’t about depriving; it’s about enriching. But while scribbling “Be more organized” on a list of New Year’s resolutions doesn’t take much effort, actually becoming more organized requires real change. Are you constantly late to the office because you have trouble getting out the door in the morning? Is your house in such disarray that you can’t have friends over for dinner? It’s easy to feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed when your surroundings, schedule, and thoughts are chaotic. The solution? Unclutter Your Life in One Week with organization expert and Editor-in-Chief of Unclutterer.com Erin Rooney Doland. This essential manual is a simple, day-by-day plan for purging your life of clutter, becoming more efficient and productive, and creating a symbiotic relationship between your work and personal life. There is no one-size-fits-all answer for organization. Erin offers useful and innovative suggestions for tackling the physical, mental, and systemic distractions in different areas of your home and office each day. Her down-to-earth approach will help you part with sentimental clutter, organize your closet based on how you process information, build an effective and personalized filing system, avoid the procrastination that often hinders the process, and much more. Once you cure the clutter, she shares practical advice for maintaining your harmonious home and work environments with minimal daily effort.

Unclutterer – Blog-site

The author of the above book, Erin Rooney Doland, also runs a very informative blog-site, Unclutterer.Com, related to leading an uncluttered life.

Be More With Less – Blog-site

The Be More With Less site (and related e-Book) is about simplifying your life in all areas, including owning less stuff. The site author also has a great twitter feed for regular inspiration.

Cleaning Organization Sites

FlyLady, of the cleaning routine fame, has a nice guide to de-cluttering, in addition to her routine-based cleaning system. Motivated Moms features a chore routine set built around daily “to do” checklists. I’ve been using it for a few years and love checking items off my list.

Good luck in your de-cluttering efforts! You never know what you’ll find. Here were some of my finds:

  • Bed sheets for a size of bed we haven’t owned in years.
  • Spices that must be 10 years old. Eeek!
  • University course notes. I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I was in university.

Happy cleaning!

P.S. As always, no affiliate links were used in this post

Mini Kits

On more than one occasion, I have bought a “mega-kit” for $9 (or more…) and then made only one page out of it. Which, if you do the math, makes that one expensive page! I’ve been thinking about mini-kits as one possible “solution” to  the “expensive page problem”. They are usually around $4 dollars and contain about 5-6 papers, at least one frame and a handful of other elements. Some are slightly more expensive and contain a bit more and, on the other side, some are slightly less expensive and contain fewer items. I find that mini kits stretch me creatively because there is less “stuff” to choose from, so I need to make more use of digital techniques such as clipping masks and blends.

I went shopping and found some great mini-kits and sample pages of the kits in action:

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Layout by 4noisyboys. Supplies: Petite Mademoiselleby Jenn Barrette (preview shown), Bugga templates by Sara Gleason

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Layout by CaroB71. A Love so Tenderby AnnaBV Designs (preview shown)

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Sunny Day at the Beach by 2 a.m. Designs (preview shown)

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Layout by Traumelfe. Supplies: September RomanceShot by Kristin Aagard (preview shown), Template by Secret Stash, Photo by Julia Maier

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Layout by Helen. Supplies: 2011-03by lauraskathi (preview shown)

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Layout by Kat. Supplies: Cloud Nine by Elise’s Pieces (preview shown)

Tips on Maximizing Your Mini Kits:

  • Pair mini-kits with alphas or word art already in your digital supplies stash.
  • Mix the papers in the mini kit with neutrals (like kraft paper) that you already own to stretch the mini kit a bit further.
  • Mini kits often don’t come with “the basics” like staples and stitches, so raid your other kits and element packs for these items. Katie did a post on how she organizes her favourites that might help you keep track of these go-to items. You can also check out her post on fasteners for ideas on how to use stitches, staples, brads, buttons and more.
  • Blend two or more papers in the kit to make additional coordinated papers. For more on that, check out Creating New Looks With Your Digi Papers.
  • Create a multi-photo page and have the kit take backstage to your pictures. Or, create a word-focussed pageand have your journaling be the star.
  • Use paint or brushes to add to the kit.
  • Creatively use fonts on the page, either for titles or journaling or accents. You can even make an alpha out of a font.

I hope you have fun stretching yourself creatively with mini-kits. Happy scrapping!

Designing Word Focused Pages

If I had to guess, 95 percent of my pages contain the same three things: a photo, a date and some journalling. Sometimes though, I don’t just have a bit to say – I have a LOT to say. There are many ways to put a large amount of journalling onto a page. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how to tell your stories:

Use a Template Designed for Journalling

There are some awesome templates for journalling-focused pages. I look for ones that have pre-made text paths to make it simple to drop in my journalling.

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Thankful for You kit by Zoe Pearn and Jenn Barrette, Captivated by Lynn by Captivated Visions

List It

The journaling is randomly placed on the page, but the numbered tags make it a cohesive and easy-to-follow.

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Layout by andrea4376. Supplies: A Photo a day and Serendipity by Plum Dumpling Designs, Just Plain Fun, Arabian Adventure and Mouse Stitches by Britt-ish Designs, Font : SMD Wannabe Teacher by Stolen Moments

Magazine Style

This page came together easily. I created one photo box and copied it four times. This established the width of each of the columns. Then I created text boxes above and/or below each one and filled them in.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Love In the City Mscraps collab

Mat the Text

Matting text gives it some visual weight and provides useful start and stop points.

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Layout by 1girl1boy. Supplies: Sweet Dreams by Shabby Miss Jenn

Use Paper Strips or Tags

Place a long list on individual paper strips or tags to break up the list and provide some visual interest to the text.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Fall In Bloom by Digi Junkie

Break It Up

This page by Peppermint actually has a lot of journaling on it, even though the overall look is uncluttered. Breaking up the journaling into two sections also reinforces the “then and now” theme of the page. Using justified text also helps to keep the design clean.

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Layout by Peppermint. Supplies: Then & Now by Paislee Press and Three Paper Peonies; frame from Conversation Piece no. 1 by One Little Bird & Paislee Press; border from In The Loop by One Little Bird; photos processed using Fable by My 4 Hens Photography.

Use Text In a Path

Using text-in-a-path can help to make a statement and the shape of the text outline can visually symbolize the subject of the page.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Note to Self by Biograffiti

The Fill-In Technique

I use the word “technique” loosely here! I often just centre my photos and title and toss all the journaling above and below it. Sometimes when you have a big story (or an entire year to summarize), you just have to do what you have to do to fit it all in:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Resolutions by Scooty’s Designs

Find Some Great Storytellers and Copy What They Do

Is that really a technique? I hope so, because I do it all the time!

I’m pretty sure that no post on journaling would be complete without a Janet Phillips page. She has a gift for sharing her stories on her pages.

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Layout by Janet Phillips. Supplies: Template by Janet Phillips, Crazy 4 You kit by Fee Jardin

So, there you have a few ideas to get you started telling your longer stories. Happy scrapping!

P.S. Jane in Alberta was the random winner chosen from the comments on Tiffany’s feature from yesterday. She won $10 in product from Simply Tiffany!