I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of seasonal and event photos that I haven’t gotten around to scrapbooking. While I know these memories are important to document and I want to preserve them in my scrapbooks, they don’t always spark my creative interest.
Today, I wanted to share a fun journaling idea that can help break through that creative block: using the five senses as a journaling queue.
If you don’t have a particular story or specific details to share about seasonal photos you want to scrapbook, think about the feelings they evoke instead. Seasonal photos are unique in that they come with built in triggers based on the time of year they were taken. Focus on your photos and answer these questions:
- What do you see?
- What do you hear?
- What do you smell?
- What do you taste?
- What can you feel?
I knew that I wanted to create a page that celebrated how I feel about fall and all the things I wanted to remember about autumn in Tennessee. My photo is fairly generic with the only story being that the tree turned vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red that year. Kind of boring and not that creative. I think the journaling takes on more meaning and evokes more feelings when I add all of the other details about what I was seeing, hearing, smelling, etc…
As I was designing my page, I thought I was leaving plenty of room for journaling. But once I started writing, I had more to say if only I’d have had more journaling space. Quick tip: for pages like these, write out or type up your journaling before you design your page so you know exactly how much space to include.
Other: Pyrus floral paper, We R Memory Keepers Doily.
These triggers can work well for event photos as well. Do you have Christmas photos that you’ve been avoiding? If nothing notable happened, it can be hard to come up with a new angle to scrapbook these annual events.
Try approaching your journaling using the senses to draw out some details. Sprinkle the “Christmas was fun and the kids had a blast opening their presents” with details about the twinkling lights, the squeals of delight as boxes are ripped apart, the scent cinnamon rolls baking in the oven, the first sip of coffee for the adults as you erase the sleep from your eyes and warmth of the fire crackling in the hearth.
Sometimes a small shift in perspective is all you need to get started!
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