I started scrapping in 1999 and I still enjoy it very much. Though lately I've been doing more art journaling than scrapping, I never tire of it. Looking through my albums for ideas for this article, it struck me how much my family has changed over the years. I'm so glad I started keeping the memories this way. I tend to scrap more 'moments' than recurring events, and I love to journal in different ways. Here are some of my favorites:
This one has a pocket with a journaled pull-out tag. I really liked mixing the computer printed journaling with the stickers and bubble letters. I figured out the spacing for the "Outdoors" banner and then printed "An" and "Kind of Kid" on the computer before adhering the crimped banner.
For this one, I popped up three sides of the photo with foam tape forming a pocket I could slide the journaling tags into. This is mostly all Basic Grey, with some fuzzy felt stickers spelling out 'Jaguar'.
Top Ten Lists:
Easy as pie, lists are a great way to capture a moment in time. I used a 7 Gypsies journaling card here.
Journaling on Strips:
Whether hand written or computer generated, strips are a great way to tell your story and keep it visually appealing. If you've not tried running patterned paper through your printer, give it a shot. Just print first on plain paper and cut a piece of paper large enough to cover the text. Use a removable adhesive to hold your patterned paper in place over the text and run it through again.
Sometimes the story is enough to take over the page. As soon as I saw this photo I remembered how shocked I was to realize those big shoes really did fit my little boy. I used white alpha rub-ons and kept it very simple.
This is the simplest layout of all. The handwritten journaling is almost like a diary entry. Besides seeing our smiling faces, I like the reminder to pass the camera to someone on the street.
Why Scrap? This question was asked on National Scrapbooking Day a few years ago. I used repetitive journaling to answer with a stamped "Because..." and even though the ink is smudged in places, it's one of my favorite pages because of the collection of photos. All three grandparents are gone now.
The Kitchen Sink:
I've journaled on a combination of die-cut shapes (run through the printer, same way as done with strips), torn vellum, and patterned papers here. When I realized Bobby's name wouldn't fit on the right hand page, I popped a gem in for the O.
These last two layouts were journaled with a mix of stickers, epoxy, handwriting, Dymo, and stamping.
And there you have it! Hope you've enjoyed seeing these different styles of journaling.