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#1 janygb143

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 09:32 AM

I would love to hear an episode on adding interest to my journaling! Especially for longer narratives, I feel like I do a brain dump, and when I read it again later (days or years), I'm drowning in boring sentences. If I zone out reading my own stories, how can I expect someone else to focus? I'd really love to hear some insight from Angie Lucas! Thanks so much for all these great episodes, love PRT :)
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#2 Maplestock

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 03:18 PM

I try to make sure I journal because I feel it is important to tell the story in my own words but I find I can ramble on sometimes, so I have a reminder attached to my workspace that says - 5W's of journalism: Who What When Where Why - once I've covered those that should be all that's needed.  Also I tend to scrapbook one event/trip at a time so I will journal the story at some point but not on every layout unless the picture needs explanation and then I try to keep it to that.  My scrap buddy is the opposite and hardly journals at all so I feel that somewhere between us is the perfect answer. People looking through your books will get more from short and sweet paragraphs than long stories for sure, but its not always easy.


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Posted 19 May 2015 - 08:26 PM

Ali Edwards and/or Cathy Zielske would be excellent panelists for this as well! Both are very story-centered scrapbookers who can be quite elaborate with their journaling.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 07:41 AM

When I first started scrapbooking, I remember reading something in a magazine that said that when you're thinking about journaling, you should think of writing it in the same way that you would write a shopping list for your husband! If I was writing a list for myself, it might be:

 

Coffee

toilet rolls

jam

 

but for my husband it would be (for example):

 

Decaff coffee, <brand name>, 200g jar, but if they don't have it, get the 100g jar (or <alternative brand>)

<brand name> toilet rolls, 9-pack, they usually have these on the bottom shelf

Strawberry jam - try to get the <brand name> one, if not, <alternative brand> will do

 

So the 'list for my husband' is much more descriptive than just the who, when, why, what - the same items are on the list, there is just a lot more context to them... :)


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 10:09 AM

Julie, that cracks me up -- and is exactly what I do for my husband.


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Posted 21 May 2015 - 10:44 AM

Oh, hm, let me refine my request a bit more... Tips for editing journaling to be more interesting. Like, the basics of the story are there (I.e. This was your first birthday, and we had it at our house. We had 30 guests and they brought so many presents!), but it's like a rote recitation of the facts. I think I want more pizzazz/oomph, lol. I just ordered a book I read many years ago- called Spunk and Bite, by Arthur Plotnik... I'll let you know if there are tidbits in there!

Beth- Ali and Cathy would be awesome!
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Posted 22 May 2015 - 12:17 PM

I have an old Creating Keepsakes book about journaling that I adore - so many great ideas in there and tons of layouts even though they're "older" looking wrt product, etc.  I bought it for super cheap on Amazon and it was well worth it.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 03:23 PM

I have an old Creating Keepsakes book about journaling that I adore - so many great ideas in there and tons of layouts even though they're "older" looking wrt product, etc. I bought it for super cheap on Amazon and it was well worth it.

Which one? I know I have one that I keep meaning to read, but haven't gotten there yet. By tracy something?

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:56 AM

I think Angie Lucas would be great.
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Posted 02 June 2015 - 06:06 PM

Working on this right now. We record tomorrow. :) (And yes, I got Angie).


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Posted 03 June 2015 - 09:10 AM

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 03:14 PM

If you listened to this week's podcast and you want to see Noell's layout, she has posted it on the paperclipping site - it is ADORABLE and a great example of journaling in my opinion. Check it out...


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:09 PM

If you listened to this week's podcast and you want to see Noell's layout, she has posted it on the paperclipping site - it is ADORABLE and a great example of journaling in my opinion. Check it out...

Thank you! :D



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Posted 07 June 2015 - 06:37 PM

Which one? I know I have one that I keep meaning to read, but haven't gotten there yet. By tracy something?

 

Hey!  Sorry for the delayed reply.  It's kind of a compilation book from Creating Keepsakes and it's called "Journaling Solutions for Scrapbookers" from 2011.  It is PACKED full of useful stuff as well as lots of layouts. Some of the styles are a bit outdated, but they're still great for ideas on how to journal/what to write about or sparking ideas on layouts to make. Aside from Cathy Z's books, it's right up there with my favorites!  And a used copy was very cheap on Amazon.


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