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Free Journal Card…

A lot of the scrapbook magazines (more on this tomorrow) have great online features that are available to everyone regardless of your subscription.

This link:

…will lead you to a journal card that you can download and write on for those moments when you have something to say, and no page to say it on yet!


Scrapbook Journaling

A while back I posted a page where I used my journal stamps for the first time. I want to revisit that conversation and talk a little bit about how that happened.

In the course of organizing my scrapbooking room I’ve read a lot of great books about organizing your scrapbook space. I took a little bit of advice from each of them and spent a lot of time thinking about my personal scrapbooking style.

I particularly liked a suggestion to make a scrapbook journaling basket to make it easy to start journaling. With everything you need in one place you can’t procrastinate yourself out of journaling on your pages.

Scrapbook Journaling Basket

Scrapbook Journaling Basket

What’s In My Scrapbook Journaling Basket:

Journaling Stamps: specifically, a circle stamp I LOVE by 7 Gypsies, a stamp with lines on it, and a sweet little stamp of Winnie the Pooh who is writing a note with a big feather pen.
Journaling Squares: Have you seen these journaling squares in stores? You can get them on a 12×12 sheet and punch them out for using in your scrapbook! I keep them in the basket so that I can grab them quickly when I’m ready to write.

Good Pens: I prefer the Zig pens.
I know that the cost might deter you as it did me for the first 20 times, but you get a crisp black line and in various sizes with the Zig set that I have. I highly recommend them to anyone doing very fine work like journaling (on scrapbook pages or on your own!).

Scrapbook Journaling – My Tips!

After yesterday’s post about journaling my thoughts and feelings I thought I’d share with you my best tip for scrapbook journaling.  This little scrapbook journaling suggestion can make all the difference:

Some thoughts on scrapbook journaling...I think that sometimes we write journaling like this: “We went to the park. We ate ham sandwiches for lunch. We slid on the slide.” That may be the most honest and accurate description of what happened, but it says nothing really about your day. Why were you at the park? Why THAT park? What made you laugh? Was it crazy because you were running up the ladder to the slide so fast to try and catch your child/brother/sibling? Do you always take your shoes off and stick your feet in the sand because it reminds you of the beach? Did you use the old picnic blanket your Mom gave you when you got married? Was it a special time just the two of you? THOSE are the things that scrapbooks are made for.

I suggest this exercise the next time you start to journal:  Write down all the who/what/when/where/why.  Then tell a friend about your photo.  What story did you just tell your friend?  Was it about how hot is was that day and how you ran in the sprinklers to cool off long enough to slide down the slide?  Whatever you told your friends is the real-life story you should journal on your page.  Add the location and the date in a note somewhere else.