Seasonal Photo Layouts | Sensory Journaling

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.

Sensory Journaling

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?

Hello Fall

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!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. What a stunning page. It screams Fall! Love everything about it.

  2. What a super idea Tammy…definitely going to think about that – and a gorgeous page too 🙂

  3. oh my this is just so beautiful! the colors are amazing! great job

  4. That’s a great tip! I usually fall back on the Who, What, When, Where angle, but I love the idea of using my senses.

  5. Beautiful page and photo, Tammy! Thank you for the prompts. I appreciate them as I set here with a pile of fall foliage pics and nothing to say. LOL!

  6. Lovely layout and photo!
    Plus a great tip to use the senses!! 🙂

  7. Wow…this is truly gorgeous! Love the flower basket as well as your awesome fall photo!

  8. Wonderful tips! And your beautiful layout makes me want to grab some fall pics and get them on a page. Great work!

  9. Gorgeous layout and gorgeous colours. I love the colours of Fall.

  10. I often make the page then use whatever room is left for the journaling. That is something that I need to reverse.

    Love the colors.

  11. OH WOW! LOVE this page – beautiful colors and design 🙂

  12. Beautiful page, love the fall colors 🙂

  13. Hi Tammy,

    I just found you through Shimelle, and came to check out your blog. We travelled to Orlando this summer, and spent 2 weeks, as my best friend from highschool lives there. Beautiful place, looks like you are having lots of fun scrapping! See you in the Scrapbook Remix!

  14. Oh, wow! I’ve never heard of Sensory journaling before! Awesome! Thank you so much for posting. And your page is just stunning!

  15. What an absolutely beautiful layout Tammy! Super ideas for the journaling too. I was in such a rut with my photos, basically had only holiday and seasonal photos for the last several years. So boring, right? That’s what prompted me to start Project Life 🙂

  16. Beautiful Autumn layout, gorgeous colors

  17. Beautiful layout! I love the journaling ideas. Definitely something I can use-I’m terrible at coming up with something to write.

  18. Beautiful layout, gorgeous photo.
    That is one thing I don’t have trouble with is journaling….except when to stop…just like my talking, teehee.


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