Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Meaningful Journaling

Listening to this podcast of the Paperclipping Roundtable reminded me of some recent layouts where the effort to unlock the story behind the photos resulted in much more meaningful scrapbook pages.

In this first example, the photos show our son and his cousins playing football on Thanksgiving.  I knew I loved the pictures, but to journal something like "Here are the cousins playing football on Thanksgiving, having a fun time" was just boring. So why was I scrapbooking these pictures? I began brainstorming my random thoughts on paper and eventually came up with this journaling.  When Phil saw the completed layout, his first comment was, "I really like what you wrote." Ah, a sweet moment of success.

Next, I had these pictures from Phil's childhood to add to our scrapbook story, but knew I couldn't write the journaling. Phil agreed to add his own words to the layout, but admitted to me that he didn't want to write about playing Little League.

Instead the photos reminded him of his dad, even though his father isn't in either of the pictures. I told him that was great and he should write about his father if that's what he wanted to do. So he eventually came up with this journaling, which is far more meaningful to him than just sticking to what he saw in the pictures.

"Virtually every memory of organized baseball, though high school, includes my father. He painstakingly worked with me on the fundamentals and quietly shared with me his love for the game. While I experienced moments of personal and team glory, these did not last past sophomore year. My arm gave out. Coke-bottle glasses gradually eroded my batting average. But baseball memories of that era are among my favorites! Hours spent alone with dad, whether throwing or grooming the regions' best ball fields, always ended with a sense of security and expectation. And these times usually ended only for lack of light. Through all this, dad conveyed to me his love for baseball."
Meaningful journaling may not come easily, but I'm learning it is well worth the effort.


  1. I love all the journaling people do on layouts...being dyslexic it's the very last thing I wanta do on a layout because I can't spell. I think I'll "try" to add more on my layouts because I know it's so nice to have..but I do try to take a lot of photos :)

  2. Your husbands journaling is so touching.
    I started out writting journals when I was young. It has worked its way into my scrapbooking. That is why I blog. It is my way of documenting mine and my family's life.

  3. I think it is the journalling aspect of scrapbooking that makes it even more attractive to me .. love your blog ... from another blogging for scrapbookers newbie.

  4. great stories here! Awesome that your hubby wrote out the deeper meaning he had. And is that in his own handwriting? What a great gift the handwriting-memory-trigger can be.


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