Scrapbooking is a great way not only to pass the time. You also want to use the time to produce a book of memories to mark past landmarks with quality so that you can show your friends and family all the memories that they missed or couldn’t share with them at the time. Most people do not journalize their scrapbook. One of the important reasons to keep a journal is so that you can remember what was going on so that you can reflect even many years later and remember exactly what happened.
I like to begin journaling by creating a title for each page or topic. I also add the date, day and time to it. You can be very creative with the way that you create your entries for each page like what the event was for think about something heartfelt to write down. Sometimes it helps to think of your page as a story and then give it a name. Use big bold letters for the title to draw attention to it or highlight it, but make sure it does not overwhelm the most important elements of the page – the pictures.
I recommend you add a few words as a caption to each picture on your page. You may want to name the people or the places in the pictures. This is because you simply may not be able to remember where the pictures came from or who certain people are – many years later. Others who do not know all of your friends will also benefit from these labels.
You will also want to include some text into your page design. I like to keep this text around the same size as the smallest photograph, but of course this depends on the page layout. Depending of what you use, some of the pre-made layouts will already include a space for text. You can use this space to record the “story” behind the pictures. Think about it in a way like you would when you look back with a friend: how would you describe the situation, what would you say to the friend or what would the friend say to you? All of this information is so easily forgotten, so it might be helpful and important to jot down a few words on a piece of notebook paper and keep it save until you get the time to create your pages. Time just seems to blend the years together. Very few people can remember everything they did by date; including a date or time you will help you to be able to preserve the memories for the future.
It may happen that you forget your camera at an important event, lose your pictures, or you may not be allowed to use a camera. Even then you can still document that part of your life by using the scrapbook. These pages will be mostly journaling. Use very descriptive words in this case to take the place of the photographs.
For those who have a fear of using their handwriting to journalize, you don’t have to worry because you can use letter stickers and cutouts to help you to journalize. Be as much creative as you can be! When you use your own handwriting, even if it is bad, you can use the handwriting to give it some character. You can also use your computer to print out some journalizing elements for each page.
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