Monday, 17 November 2014

Do we absolutely always need to journal on a layout?

Hi Friends,

I have been thinking about journaling lately. Largely inspired by this stack of layouts that I made at The Paperie's Fall Retreat.

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Each one makes me happy and I had so much fun making them. I used some of my favorite new products -  the Prima Color Bloom Sprays and products from Finnabair's line by Prima. I also used wood veneers and diecuts, vellum and enamel dots - my scrapping staples.

I always wait until I get home to journal. Well, I'm home and unpacked and that means it's time to break out my favorite pen because these pages need journaling.

Or do they?
Take this page, for example...

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It's a cute picture of Gabriel trying to make a snow angel in a few centimeters of snow. Funny, right?  I want to add the date the pic was taken and Gabriel's name - just in case - but that's it. My title provides all the journaling I need to tell the story.

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The story seems obvious - just by looking at the picture you can see a little boy excited about the first snowfall even though there isn't enough snow to play in.

Do I need to write that out? Maybe but I'm choosing not to.

I think a page without journaling is a nice break for whoever is looking through my scrapbooks. It's a page where their eye can rest before moving onto the next page.

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We scrapbookers know that journaling is important but no one is showing up to judge our pages and how well we tell our story. Dina Wakley says, "done is better than perfect" and I completely agree.

Do you?

I'd love to know what you think about journaling. Do you write it all out or do you skip it completely? And what about this page, do you think I should add journaling? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. I think that your LO does not need the story because you've told it beautifully and your title will spark that memory when Gabriel looks at this year's from now! I've been thinking of you and your expression "the un-dones". I've completed a lot of them while I've been home sick... It's a good thing, but a lot of it was journalling, timely with your latest Blog post! Thanks for the inspiration. Rose (in Nova Scoatia)

    1. Hi Rose! Journaling is all too often the missing element that keeps LOs from being considered "done". I can't help but wonder if we put too much pressure on ourselves to do it all. Thanks for your thoughts and enjoy your newly "done" pages!