If writing doesn’t come easily to you, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. There are many people who struggle with scrapbook journaling. However, the process of writing on your scrapbooking projects will be much easier if you keep in mind a few simple tips:
- Follow the basic guidelines you learned in high school English. Use descriptive words, appeal to the senses, and try to show a sense of action whenever possible. Think about how you would tell the story to a friend if you only had two or three minutes to spare.
- Don’t pressure yourself to write like a professional. Your scrapbook journaling should be a reflection of your unique personality, not an attempt to make yourself sound like a best-selling author. Relax, have fun, and let your natural voice shine through!
- Proofread your work. Typos are embarrassing in any context, including on a scrapbook layout. When you’re finished with your journaling, walk away for a bit. Then, reread your work to make it easier to catch any errors.
- Use a computer if it makes you feel more comfortable. Obviously, preserving elements of your own handwriting is an important part of scrapbooking. However, if you despise your own handwriting and only write in front of the computer, typewritten journaling is better than no journaling at all.
- Get in the habit of writing everyday. Whether you’re working on scrapbook journaling or writing a novel, the best writers are those who practice on a regular basis. Keep a diary, start a blog, or send short e-mails to your friends to build confidence in your ability to express yourself through the written word.
If you subscribe to scrapbooking publications such as Creating Keepsakes , Simple Scrapbooks , or Memory Makers , take the time to read the journaling in some of the published layouts. Pay attention to the tone of voice and the sense of style used. While you don’t want to copy another person’s work exactly, examples of well-written journaling can give you valuable inspiration to use in your own projects.