Five fast ways to add the story to your page

Adding journaling to your scrapbook pages takes them from good to great. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but story is what really brings the memory to life. Be sure to fill in the details. Think of what you would tell somebody if they were looking at the photos and you were sitting next to them. Anticipate the questions they might have.  You don't have to be a writer, you just need to add some context.

Here are some of my favorite ways to make journaling quick and easy:

  1. Ask others for help. Show the picture to a friend or family member who was there and ask them what they remember about the occassion. You can even email photos and then when they send back the response, just copy and paste it onto your journaling page. 
  2. Use bullet lists. No need to write out extensive paragraphs. Just make a list of the details and put bullet points next to each one. A super shortcut that is also visually pleasing!
  3. Copy and paste details about events or locations from websites. I use Wikipedia and official travel sites all the time to include details of places I visit. When I go to a movie or play, it's so easy to grab a synopsis to use. This is just fine to do for personal use. If you are going to publish a page, be sure to cite your sources. 
  4. Use Siri or a speech to text app to transcribe your journaling. Speak right into your phone and tell your story. It doesn't get much easier than that!
  5. Take photos that will do the journaling for you. When you go to museums or famous sites, take pictures of the descriptive plaques and signs. Then use those to add details to your story.

Here are some layouts that use these techniques:

Stolen Moments Designs Reflection. Century Gothic and Pacifico fonts. Journaling from my Mom.

Stolen Moments Designs Reflection. Century Gothic and Pacifico fonts. Journaling from my Mom.

 
Scrapbook Lady Segmented Templates. One Little Bird Designs Wintersong Kit & Journal Cards. Splendid Finns Start Here. New Year’s Subway Art by Eighteen25 (free). Journal cards from Collect Photo App. Segoe Print font. Bullet list for journaling.  

Scrapbook Lady Segmented Templates. One Little Bird Designs Wintersong Kit & Journal Cards. Splendid Finns Start Here. New Year’s Subway Art by Eighteen25 (free). Journal cards from Collect Photo App. Segoe Print font. Bullet list for journaling.
 

 
Paislee Press Adorned kit, Travel journal project by Kim Lund. Journaling copied from Princess Cruise Itinerary on website.

Paislee Press Adorned kit, Travel journal project by Kim Lund. Journaling copied from Princess Cruise Itinerary on website.

 
Yellowstone National Park in 2010. Created in Becky Higgins Project Life app using Great Outdoors cards available in the app. I often use Siri to dictate my journaling when I'm working in the Project Life app because it's so easy.

Yellowstone National Park in 2010. Created in Becky Higgins Project Life app using Great Outdoors cards available in the app. I often use Siri to dictate my journaling when I'm working in the Project Life app because it's so easy.

 
Scrapbook Lady Sidesteps template. Valorie Wibbens Sweet Tooth. Journaling information from Natural History Museum of Utah website. I also took photos of the display signs to use as journaling cards.

Scrapbook Lady Sidesteps template. Valorie Wibbens Sweet Tooth. Journaling information from Natural History Museum of Utah website. I also took photos of the display signs to use as journaling cards.

Don't be afraid to add new tricks to your routine to help you tell the stories behind your memories. Journaling really can be quick and easy!