Tell Me A Story!
Settling back in your chair at your craft desk, you look at the scrapbook layout you have just created. With its beautiful die cut embellishments, inked and distressed edges, layers of designer paper and embossed texture, you smile at this beautiful page. After carefully adding a photograph, which fits just perfectly, now it is time to put pen to paper. Without doubt, the story you tell will be remembered down the years. Whether it is a few words or a few sentences, your journaling will complete the scrapbook page.
Worth A Thousand Words
Sometimes the picture that you have chosen for your layout tells the story clearly. A snap of your nephew in the back garden, giggling while he blows washing up liquid bubbles in the sun might not need many words. Just a title may be enough. A single die cut word like "I Love You", "Love" or "Sweet" could work really well. Adding a fewer finer points such as who is in the photograph, when and where it was taken will help to place the shot in the time. Someone looking through your album will know exactly what they are looking at.
Start At The Very Beginning
So you have a great photograph on your page, a snappy title and the bare facts, but you want to add a little more detail. Grab your Diamond Press, a set of alphabet dies and the Xyron sticker maker and make a collection of ready glued letters to spell out a longer phrase. Song titles can be great additions to a page. Adding "I'm forever blowing bubbles..." in die cut letters would match that photograph of your nephew in the garden perfectly.
Why not make a journal card or tag? A small rectangle of patterned paper or card measuring about 3"x4" works very well. Use your own hand writing or a computer print-out and glue the card directly onto the layout so it can be read easily as the pages are turned. Alternatively, you can hide the story and tuck the card or tag behind the photograph, concealed in the depths of the page. Raise the layers up using Collall 3d Gel to allow the secret elements to slide in nicely.
The Perfect Ending
If you have a longer story to tell, you may want to write or type a little more. As you begin to include more information and greater detail, you might begin to write about feelings at the time and add quotes from people who were there. Very quickly, you might find that you have written quite a lot and you might want to tell the longer story over more than one page with more than one photograph. A paper pad like those in the Sara Signature Collections allows you to make a series of layouts which you know will all match perfectly within the album. Before you even realise it, you will have created a whole scrapbook telling the chapters of your life, kept safe for the future.
Enjoy your February scrap along right here!