Journaling with Style
The written word is an essential component of history. Without words, images eventually become meaningless, and details become misplaced or misinterpreted.
In this post I’ll share six stylish and simple journaling practices common to people wishing to get their stories told.
Why To Journal:
There are many reasons to journal, including:
- History. Like I mentioned before, images without words eventually become meaningless and the details associated with those images become misplaced or misinterpreted. Journal to carry on details.
- Treasure. Future generations cherish the words you choose and how you choose to say them. Think of your journaling as a gift.
- Therapy. Journaling, while processing thoughts, feelings, and emotions, can be a great way to work through something.
In the world of scrapbooking, another BIG reason to journal is:
- Wholeness. A scrapbook page is not finished until you complete the story your page is trying to tell. This is done by some form of journaling.
A basic rule of thumb is:
If someone were to look at your scrapbook page, would they be missing vital information to complete the story you are trying to tell?
For example, let’s say you created a scrapbook page that includes a wonderful travel photo and elements from your favorite kit. But there are no words or dates to explain any of the details. You are left with an incomplete story.
Don’t leave future generations guessing. Sharing details, even in a very simplified way, can be all you need to add meaning to a page.
Six Journaling Styles
Some people shy away from journaling because they don’t feel they can adequately express themselves. Others don’t like to journal because they feel their writing skills (such as grammar) are lacking.
Keep in mind that journaling doesn’t have to be extensive and highly detailed. It can vary from one-word statements to lengthy diary-type entries.
- Individual Words. Simply make a list of words you associate with the subject of your page. With this style of journaling, you do not have to be a writing genius in order to make a high impact.
- Phrases. Phrases is similar to individual words, except each thought contains two to four words that form a phrase. Each of the phrases represents a detail of the subject. This is a great way to add emotion to a story.
- Bullets. Bullets or numbered lists add visual interest to a story. They are typically composed of only words and/or small phrases. Keep each bullet simple and to the point. Vary the bullets to include facts and feelings. The bullets should always be left-aligned.
- Sentences – Sometimes just a sentence or two is all you need to give meaning to a photo. Splitting the sentence up into several lines will add visual interest.
- Paragraphs. Using paragraphs to tell a story is the most common form of journaling. When using paragraphs on a scrapbook page, a bit if prior planning is often required to assure the entire story will fit within the design. Paragraphs that are fully aligned make the biggest impact.
- Diary. Sometimes all the little details of a story need to be documented because it seems incomplete without them. This diary style of journaling requires a big-time investment, but the return is priceless.
Also, use this style when you just need to get something off your chest. Get it all out, then design a scrapbook page around it. Photos are always optional with the diary style of journaling.
The next time you tackle a scrapbook page or other digital project, consider one or more of these stylish journaling options. Have fun and enjoy the creative process of whichever journaling style you choose to use.
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Author: Jenifer Juris | firstname.lastname@example.org
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