Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two Page Tuesday: Journaling

I was humming along with this layout, got to this point in practically no time and came to a screeching halt. What should I journal? What should the title be? I was stuck!



So I stepped away, took a day to think about why I was inspired to scrap these photos, and finally wrote this: 
"When we were kids, Dad took us bowling and fishing. He taught us how to aim the ball and bait our hooks. Now we are adults with kids of our own. Dad took all of us out shooting for his birthday, teaching us how to aim and shoot. I love that we can share his interests together as a family over all these years!"

I'm glad I took the time to think and make a connection between the past and the present. To me, this is a more meaningful story that just, "we all went out shooting for Dad's birthday". Although there's nothing wrong with that.



I usually begin a layout with my journaling and title in mind, and this experience made me remember why. What about you? Do you ever get stuck wondering what to say on a page? What strategies do you use?

17 comments:

  1. I sure do...and sometimes I leave it to decide pater...I have full albums where about a third of the pages need titles or journalling. Hangs head in shame.

    2013 is my year to embrace the UFO's lurking in my craft room. I am going to do that lis tthe UFO's eqah montha dn then show the crossed off items at the end of the month! Hope it works.

    This is a great layout! I loved seeing the unfinished pges and then the titled and journaled and embellished pages!

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  2. Awesome LO and love that you shared your thinking process. I definitely do feel the journaling to be more meaningful.

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  3. Really like the color block background. Great spread of so many photos.

    Yes, it is sometimes a challenge to figure out what to say. I don't always want to share it all with the world so I do a lot of hidden journaling.

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  4. I always have problems with journaling and titles. This layout is amazing. I love the strips of different colors and the title. Great job!

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  5. Great story - and great reminder about digging a little deeper for some journaling.

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  6. That is such a wonderful connection to make! This turned out super!

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  7. Love, love the design!
    Love the photo and patterned paper placement as well as those stars.

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  8. Love this Sue!!! Everything about it is awesome!

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  9. I usually pick up the pen and just write as fast as I can without thinking about it if I get stuck. More and more I'm finding that I'm making a page after I've done a blog post - so I already have some journaling.

    You excel at two pagers!

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  10. When I first started, I hated journalling and just figured I'd do it later...I never did. Now I try at least the basic facts and a little reflrection (since I am scrapping so far back)

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  11. I love the blocks of color. Such a cool way to do a two-pager.

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  12. Love the 2 pagers!!! Awesome and beautiful too!!! hugs...xoxo

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  13. WOW!! Awesome layout Sue!! Love the patterned paper in the background!! The stars are really fun and the title letters add some great texture! I usually always like to think of my title before I start a page. But I do find if I start a page without having a title in mind, it is harder for me to get the page to do what I want it to!! :)

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  14. Fun 2-pager! Love the rainbow of colors and the fun alpha you used. I do sometimes have trouble coming up with more than "We had fun!" but I like to do this same thing -- step back and think about why these photos are important. Something more meaningful will usually come! :)

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  15. Oh yes, sometimes I get stuck in the middle, when I let myself get distracted by playing with the papers and pretties and then I get stalled on how to get the story down on the page. Great post, I love seeing a layout half done and then all done. This one turned out fabulous.

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