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.
Meaningful journaling may not come easily, but I'm learning it is well worth the effort.