Are you a fan of the journaling?
It seems that in the world of scrapbooking, some of us are, and some of us aren't. Some of us kinda sorta like it, but I think those numbers err on the smaller side. You're likely to be a big timer journaler, or not.
I go both ways, but more often than not, there isn't enough room on the page for me to adequately tell the story I want to tell.
Last week, I wanted to design page to do two things: 1) Recycyle an old design from a favorite page and 2) Give me room to focus more on the story than the photos or the stuff of scrapbooking.
The page I created focuses on the changes in my lifestyle over the past 20 months of my life, and it looks like this:
The page this design was based on came from a post back in January 2007, when I needed a lot of room to journal about my obsession with Neil Finn (the lead singer of Crowded House):
SUPPLIES: White and grey cardstock, and type.
One digital page with long journaling based on an older hybrid page with the same long journaling.
Some of my favorite pages have been long in the word department, light on the photos. Not that I don't love photos. Lord knows I do, but I also like making room for lots of words in my scrapbook albums.
In fact, when I look back through my collection of pages since I started scrapbooking in 2002, the ones I'm most drawn to area always the ones with longer stories.
(Click on any of the above layouts to see them larger, in a new window.)
Have you told a longer story lately? If you haven't, why not? If you have, why not do it again and recycle an old design of yours that featured a bigger chunk of journaling.
Remember, your writing doesn't have to be perfect, you simply have to recount whatever it is that you'd like to remember, with a few facts and a few feelings tossed in for good measure. You might surprise yourself once you get going and find you run out of room before you know it.
NEED HELP GETTING STARTED WITH DESIGNS? Check out a handful of my templates that can serve as a great jump start for giving you a base to begin. Complete them digitally, or simply turn off the photo layers and just use the journaling blocks and titles, filling in the photos and embellishments in the traditional scrapbooking sense.
Or, try downloading one of my free template sets by clicking here. This post provides both a free download plus a video step-by-step to help you create either an 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12 design featuring lots of room to tell your story.