Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Week Five, 2014 and Journaling in Pocket Scrapbooking

Journaling 101

What if you have a photoless week?
or just one picture?
or you need something else. different.

This week I am sharing week six.
a week I do not have photos taken.
because I was not "feeling" it.
and nothing "exciting" happened.
nothing "ordinarily wonderful" either.
then, the week was gone.

so what I did is I told stories.
I took a few photos.

( 1.typewriter 3. my Bible and a notebook gifted to me 4.our street sign 5.cup of coffee )

photos of stories I wanted to tell.

(yikes! what if you had to take four photos that define your story right now?)

and went with it.
and what came of that is truly beautiful.
and so real. honest. raw.
and for that week of taking not one photo
I landed with a page that makes my heart soar.

This is my favorite part of Pocket Scrapbooking
and today I want to encourage you to love the process as much as I do.
The story is the reason we are sharing Project Life or Pocket Scrapbooking of any kind. The stories can often be left out when we start piling in the pictures and that is why it is on my heart to share more on how we can easily and thoughtfully share our stories.

Whatever your story, there is more to your story than you ever thought before and those simple little somethings that make up your life are worth documenting. It will make up a diary with pictures that will be a joy to future generations or simply a sincere book of memories for you to look back on years from now. It might be a book you found yourself in, or a journey book of travel, weight loss, goals, or family. It will be a book of time, whether monthly, weekly or even chunks of time documenting seasons or situations. It will capture moments that you may never live again and ones you will be cherishing long after they have passed. We all have pictures to look back on and that brings back those precious memories, but what makes Project Life different than old photo books of stacks of pictures or computer files is that they are combined with words. Your words, maybe your family’s words, other words, just as those pictures are taken and the memories are made. That makes it possible to look back to exactly where your heart was in that moment. That alone makes Project Life unlike any other scrapbook you could ever make. Everyday pictures with a story as they unfold.

So now it is time for you to consider a few things before you begin telling your story.

Or continue your story from here.

One of the most crucial mistakes I first made when creating my Project Life albums is being unsure of how I wanted to tell my story. I also was unsure how to involve the children and my husband in my album. This last year I really found balance in this area and because of that my journaling is easier and my layouts come together more easily. It is important you find a system for telling the story and a place that will be kept or you will miss the memories you want to include and you will fall behind.

Who you are as a Storyteller
a. One who tells or writes stories.
b. One who relates anecdotes.
At the heart of all human existence you will find a story.
You will. It is honest truth that life breathes stories and every story no matter how small and what style is worth sharing. In finding your style and purpose in storytelling you will begin documenting and sharing your stories effortlessly. You will be drawn to it. You will anticipate it as you are living your memory. It will begin to take lasting value and fill you with joy.

A Dreamer, A Writer, A Story Creator
You may be a dreamer. You like to make memories. You are the key to the journaling in your album. You will probably prefer writing in the first person, you being the story-teller. You will most likely want to create the week, month, or event layouts with a theme and will like a good design structure to flow across the page. You like to plan your weeks and plan ahead in general when it comes to creative projects.
You may be drawn to using a notebook as your journal and inspiration/creation “board”. Using a notebook is perfect for a planner, list maker or dreamer. It really comes together beautifully and helps you creative a cohesive design for your layouts. I recommend this especially if you like to see your week or scrapbook designs together in one place before you create or you want your layout to be full of design, texture and life. A little notebook is perfect for leaving at your desk or throwing in your bag on the go.

Once you have a place to keep your stories you will need to start using it.
First some practical writing tips for first person journaling.
Set up a routine.
 You might want to carry your journal with you wherever you go, so that you can write down your thoughts as they strike you. Integrate it into your everyday, maybe at the same time of the day for review. Journaling as part of a routine will make you more likely to stick with it.
Date your journaling. This can be done by day, week or month.

Start writing.
As you begin, write down your thoughts as they occur to you. If you're stumped, start out by thinking about what you did during the day, or any little happenings that you would not want to forget any time soon.

Try to see your journal as "thinking on paper."
 Your thoughts don't need to be perfectly constructed or written with the right grammar and punctuation. Instead, try to think of your journal as a space where you can write out and organize your thoughts and feelings.

Don't feel self-conscious.
Feeling free to express yourself is a vital part of keeping a meaningful journal. You do not need to take a picture of every layout you make, or you can easily hide your journaling if you want it to be private.

Be creative.
This is a life book. You can include anything and everything. You do not always have to describe the picture or day… maybe you want to include a poem or a quote, a small drawing or one of those silly pictures off of facebook or pinterest for your journaling.

Know when to stop the journaling for the week, but keep writing!
This is such a hard balance but you need to keep writing so you do not want to limit yourself, but also remembering you do not need to write a book, either.

It is important if you write in the first person you remember that the stories of those in your album need to be included, too.

 Here are a few ways to effectively do that.
Ask Questions.
Ask. Ask. Ask. Ask those who are being photographed how they feel. Ask them what they love about the moment. You can even ask them what they first think of when you should them the photo. You will want to write a few of their stories down to document their hearts and stories… you want your album to be a place of their memories and heart, too.

Fill out Currently-type Cards.
 Fill out cards that share “currents” of each member of the family or close friends that will be in your album. You can find printables online or create your own, but either way this is a fast way to share what is in the heart without having to do too much storytelling or taking very much thinking.
Leave Out a Card Station.
 It would be such an easy way to let others join in your stories to leave out a bin or box of cards beside the album that are up for grabs. Encourage others to grab a card or a few and write out some of their memories from recent events on the cards in their own handwriting and words.

When all else fails remember the 5 “W”s.
Who is it about?
What happened?
When did it take place?
Where did it take place?
Why did it happen?

Third Person Writing, Captions and Mini Notes.
You may be more of a quick caption writer. You may like to just leave little bits of words here and there. The truth is you can write that way and still tell your story. This style gives you many options and can used in such creative ways.
Here are three things to create some meaningful quick notes in your Pocket Scrapbooking:
Make a Note of the HOWS.
Often the quick captions are who and where…. Closely followed by what. BUT change that completely by writing the HOW of what the picture is about. That little switch up can completely change the meaning of the journaling and make it fuller and more thoughtful.

Instead of: at the beach, June 5
Write: the best feeling in the world is being at our favorite place all together
Or: we found this spot years ago and still return each year
That changes it completely from fact to story. Every picture has a story. You can keep your caption short and sweet, but tell the story and it will change how you will feel when you read the book back.

Anyone can make a fact book, but you are creating a LIFE book.

Make a note of quoteables.
Write down the things your children, spouse or friends say to write in your album later. You will not remember later. We never do. You can even just jot it down on a receipt of piece of junk mail, but take that time and write it down to use later. Imagine each week if you just wrote down one quote, you would have 52 quoteables to look back on at the end of the year.

Use a Picture A Day Challenge.
 Take the pictures and write down WHY you chose to take that for the prompt. Easy stories, easy photos. This is very helpful if you feel you do not have enough stories to share. You will be creating your own and they can be sweet and simple.

Writing in the third person perspective:
Instead of using “I,” which would be first person, or addressing the reader as “you,” which would be second person, you want to address the characters by their names.
You will want to use the appropriate pronouns to maintain this perspective. These include he, she, his, hers, him and her.
When you write in the third person omniscient point of view, the narrator is usually an unknown entity. Even if the reader does know who is narrating the story, it isn’t an important element of the story.
You can use point of view to let the reader know how your character feels and thinks.
With point of view, you want to tell the reader what your character sees, hears, tastes, smells and touches. This can help incorporate the setting in your story.

I hope some of this was helpful. I want to encourage you to fall in love with what I love about Pocket Scrapbooking: the story.
It is time to tell your stories, not only in pictures, but words, too.

and currently my desk has all the things that I use the most for journaling.
my Go-To journaling supplies
(the after shot)

so I am linking up here on WOYWW

without these items my journaling would be harder
and put off.

1. American Crafts Precision Pens
2. American Crafts Slick Writers
3. A Simple Date Stamp
4. Pebbles From Me to You Date Stamp
5. Stazon Jet Black Ink
6. Assorted Stamps
7. Assorted Letter Stickers
8. The Actual Journaling Cards

and sometimes I do print my journaling.
but only sometimes.
I really want my handwriting and my voice to shine through.
as well as my husband's and my children's voices.
so mostly it will be by hand.

and here is the finished layout
Week 5, 2014

if you would like to see more on how the cards in this design came together you can visit the

UmWowStudio Blog

and see a mini step by step

and you can also find me

on The Pocket Source
on my youtube channel
and on Pinterest

supplies for this Week 6 layout:

Becky Higgins Design A Page Protector

White Grid 4x6 Cards
White Grid 3x4 cards by Studio Calico
"I Can't Do This" card by Studio Calico
"the official record"card by Studio Calico
Mr. Hueys Dewey Spray Mist
Mr. Hueys Atmosphere  Spray Mist
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Studio Calico Stamps
Pebbles From Me to You Date Stamp
Date Stamp (basic)
UmWow Studio Chevron Confetti Chipboard
UmWow Studio Line of Chevrons Mask
BasicGrey  Opaline Collection Pearls (teal)
Lily Bee Design Alphabets
Aqua Quilt Washi Tape
Teal Vertical Stripe Washi Tape, Queen & Co

Selphi CP900 Printer


A Joyful Chaos said...

I've been wanting to get into scrapbooking, I have supplies, but so far I haven't had time to actually do anything with them.

Sandy Davis said...

Great post Lisa, thank you for sharing all your tip on how to get your story captured. I love your journaling cards!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

This is a wonderful post, Lisa!

peggy apl said...

Dropping by to say hi! what wonderful pictures you take and the layouts are great!
Happy WOYWW!
peggy aplSEEDS@28

Piroska Czakó-Radványi said...

Great layout again, great cards. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about journaling, it's definitely worth reading and following! I am going to share this with others, it's like a free course on journaling ;-) thank you