Monday, June 2, 2008


This is a very important section. Journaling is something all of us need to do more of. Everyone admits know you do.

55. Original handwriting - Even if you do not like your handwriting, it's important to include it in your scrapbooks at least some of the time. Think about how interesting it can be to look at something written generations ago. The same goes for your handwriting - think how your descendants will appreciate it.

Bunk! Well, not totally bunk. I guess we strive to have perfect pages and most of us don't journal because of our less than perfect handwriting. Challenge: Use your handwriting on your next page.

56. Write freely - To help focus on what you'd like to say, sit down at your computer and type or use a ruled notebook and pen. Freely write down whatever comes to mind. Don't worry about grammar, punctuation or spelling. This can help you focus on what you'd like to say without the confines of a small journaling space.

Good idea! Then you can either copy the journaling in your own handwriting or print on vellum. It gives you a good idea of the space you will need on your page for the journaling.

57. Bullet points - One fast and easy way to include important details in your scrapbook is through bullet points. You don't have to worry about writing complete sentences; it allows you to fit more details on a page and the bullets can be used as design elements.

Bullet points don't have to be like bullets in a report:
  • Like this
They can be like this:

58. "Found" journaling - Collect brochures and other items as you travel to help with journaling. You won't have to rely on your memory when you have stacks of information to choose from . It's also helpful to photograph billboards. The items you gather will help yield more complete journaling.

Look for "found" journaling in:
  • packaging
  • advertising
  • catalogs
  • recipes
  • newspaper articles
  • internet sites
  • place mats
  • drink coasters
  • backs of postcards
  • plaques at historic sites
  • road signs
  • books and pamphlets
  • magazines
  • handouts and flyers
  • menus
  • correspondence
Like this page I made about our cooking class in the famous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. This was part of the pamphlet they gave us about our chef and what he was cooking.

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