Does the fear of filling a blank page with journaling stop you in your tracks? Writing seems to be one of the obstacles many scrapbookers are afraid to overcome, often because we just aren’t really sure what to say. Here’s a fun little trick that will give you a brand new outlook on journaling. Simply change who (or what) is doing the talking.
Anyone or anything can tell the story for you. You don’t
have to always use your own voice. Feel free to speak from the perspective of
someone who usually doesn’t get to express themselves. How about putting words
in the mouth of your baby? When you are jotting down memories next to baby
pictures, imagine that the little one is telling what is happening. This is the perfect opportunity to let the
family cat or dog get in a few words, or perhaps even a toy could tell the
story. Yes, even an inanimate object can help you out!
Anyone or anything can tell the story for you. You don’t have to always use your own voice. Feel free to speak from the perspective of someone who usually doesn’t get to express themselves. How about putting words in the mouth of your baby? When you are jotting down memories next to baby pictures, imagine that the little one is telling what is happening. This is the perfect opportunity to let the family cat or dog get in a few words, or perhaps even a toy could tell the story. Yes, even an inanimate object can help you out!
Here’s a layout I created by having an imaginary
conversation with cookie dough. Or maybe it wasn’t so imaginary… I do love to
eat cookie dough!
Here’s a layout I created by having an imaginary conversation with cookie dough. Or maybe it wasn’t so imaginary… I do love to eat cookie dough!
Template by Ali Edwards (no 25) - slightly modified
Cream paper by Katie Pertiet (Krafty Naturals)
Red plaid paper by Jen Wilson (seasonal scraps collection)
font is century gothic
Cookie Dough: “Look, I don’t know who you think you are kidding by putting me on this cookie sheet. We both know you are just going to eat me.”
Katie: “Not today pal. Have you seen my waistline lately? I’m going to bake you up and take you right over to the neighbors. Love is better when it’s given away. Right?”
Cookie Dough: “Whatever helps you sleep at night… it wouldn’t hurt you just to have a taste or two though. Wouldn’t want to give away rotten cookies now, would you?”
Katie: “You do have a point there. I pride myself in personally tasting each batch.”
Cookie Dough: “That’s you, all about quality control! A few missing pieces won’t matter anyway… wait! I said a FEW pieces lady! What are you doing?!”
Katie: “Shhhhhhhh, be quiet while I make another batch!”
When you let an unusual object or creature do the talking, you can get downright silly! It gives you permission to speak in a tone that you wouldn’t usually take. You can borrow someone else’s personality and thoughts, which makes for some very unique pages. We have a good time in our house speaking for our pets. That might sound silly, but I bet a lot of you have done that as well. When our dog comes in our room and makes some noise, I will often turn to my husband and say “Ginger wants you to go let her out. She specifically asked for YOU.” Translating for animals is one of the ways we get our laughs and it is a great storytelling technique.
When our family vacationed in Oregon last year, we found that we had a frequent visitor at our door. This little squirrel begging for food became one of the most memorable parts of our vacation as my daughter couldn’t wait for him to come around each day. I wanted to include this experience in our scrapbook but I had a hard time knowing what to say about it. When I stopped trying to tell the story, it turns out that Mr. Squirrel did a pretty good job of explaining the whole thing.
Century gothic and ck easy goin font
Heidi Heidelberg template
Doris Castle Sunday Love kit
Aha! New tourists are here. Bet they will come to the sliding glass door if I wait here patiently.
Time to turn on the ultimate “cute” pose, it gets them every time. No one can resist my sweet little face and innocent begging.
Score! These saps are pushovers! And I just love pistachios. I’m amazed by my own power, I always get my way!
Letting an animal or object do the talking can often lead to humorous results, but don’t be afraid to use this approach for more serious journaling as well. I love this photo of our dog Ginger because it shows her age a bit. I started to reflect on her life with us and came up with what I thought she might say if I gave her the chance to express herself.
Ali Edwards template no. 13
Katie Pertiet Naturally Krafty paper and Spot Dots paper
Valerie Brown DogGonegood paw print stamp and word art
Fonts CK classical
I realize that you guys love to put words in my mouth. It is pretty funny to hear what you assume I must be thinking. I have to admit that most of the time you are right on target. Most of my thoughts center on naps and snacks. I’m a dog, it’s what I do.
I wish I could tell you how nice you have made my life. When you found me at the Human Society shelter back in 2001, I was already almost 4 years old. I don’t remember much of the life with my previous owners but they called me “Darby”. Thank you for changing my name to Ginger, it is much more fitting with who I really am. Ever since the day I came home with you, I have lived a life of luxury. I have never gone hungry, I always have had children to play with, and I have never even slept outside. I’m close to 11 years old now and believe me, it’s not easy being an old dog. You still make my life comfortable and happy though, and I want you to know that I will always love and appreciate all of you for all you have given me.
One of the biggest benefits of letting someone or something else do the talking for you, is sometimes you don’t have to add much else. When your photographs can tell your story both in images and words, it makes for a powerful message.
When we go out to eat Chinese food at Panda Express, we always get Orange Chicken with a side of Orange Chicken. Yep, we really like Orange Chicken! I knew that this picture of the cup from Panda said exactly what I would have reported.
Asian Fusion by Cori Gammon
Bling jewels by Bannerwoman
Template by Janet Phillips
The words on your layouts don’t have to always be put there by your own hand. Make your pictures do some of the work. Take pictures of signs or other printed items and use them to round out the journal entries on your pages. With a little creativity and planning, you will find that a photograph is really worth 1000 words!
Next time you sort through your photographs, look at them with the idea of making your job of journaling a little easier. You will find that you can use pictures that otherwise might not be included and you will have a whole new way to record your precious memories!