Scrapbooks certainly are a wonderful memory keeper, and journals are a great way to order thoughts, events, and dreams throughout the years. Both are creative outlets for organizing all of the momentous moments in our lives in a unique and special way. Typically, these two concepts of scrapbooking and journaling are kept separate. But, have you ever consider combining forces and attempting scrapbook journaling?
Well, what is scrapbook journaling? This will be your first question, especially if you've never seen anything quite like it. Scrapbook journaling is the combination of putting pictures and other little tidbits together along with plenty of words on a page. This allows you and other viewers to get the best of both worlds - your story in photos and in words.
You can begin scrapbook journaling two ways. Perhaps you already have two hundred pictures from your latest travels to the Ukraine where you spent two weeks building houses for those in need. In this case, you can scrapbook normally and either copy journal entries that you wrote during the trip directly into the scrapbook, or, if you didn't journal, take the time to write about the people you met, the things you learned, and the emotions you felt. These stories will fit perfectly alongside your pictures, helping to tell the story better as a whole.
Secondly, you may have a completed journal that's just a year's worth of scribbles in a black composition notebook. You might be looking to add some life to these writings, and scrapbook journaling is the perfect way to do this. You type or re-write the journal entries for the scrapbook and then find pictures to go along with the pages. If you wrote all about a trip to the beach where you discovered something important or your first experience making home-made pizza, gather pictures and start creating. The pictures may come from your personal stash or from old magazines, advertisements, or the Internet.
There really is no one right way to scrapbook journal, so don't get bogged down in the logistics. The whole point of scrapbook journaling is to combine two of the most wonderful creative efforts and tell your stories in a whole new way. All of the normal scrapbook concepts, such as stamping, embellishing, or adding stickers, can still be employed. But now, you'll go the extra mile and write to add depth to those pictures on the page.
And though it's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes you just need the words to complete the story. Hence, the idea of scrapbook journaling was born.