Journaling is the stories on your pages. It tells the who what where and why. Think of journaling as if you were talking to the person, telling him/her about the story of whatever your pictures are about. Telling your own story in your own penmanship makes your pages as personal as they can get. But if you are not a fan of your own penmanship, then use your computer to write and print your story. Print your text on lightweight cardstock. You are capturing the subjects voice and telling their story.  Remember to sign your computer printed journal pieces so that you leave a little piece of yourself.

Your personal stories matter ! They are the link from the past to the future generations. They will get to know you and connect with you through your stories and pictures.

It’s not only the story of special events in your life, but it’s also the everyday stories of your life that matter.

  1. You can use their words- use their words as you remember them You can also use their words from a diary , a letter, or something you remember them saying
  2. You can write it as a conversation that they had with you or as you remember.
  3. You can use the message of a conversation. What you personally got out of it
  4. Use something that they may have said  as a tweet or on a social media post
  5. You can use a teasing voice for fun little stories

Think of journaling as giving voice to the pictures that you are scrapping

  • Use quotes, poems an sayings to compliment your story or to tell it
  • Use bullet points when you want to tell your story short and sweet
  • Leave space on your page for future journaling when you are at a loss for words
  • Use the lyrics from songs
  • Write in a question and answer style

Unique Journaling Styles

  • Use a bubble like you see in cartoons to tell your story
  • Use tags for your journaling. Tuck them into the elements of your page, or place them in an envelope attached to your page
  • Write your journaling along the outside of the scrapbook page
  • Use a label maker to print small journaling. You can get all kinds of color refills
  • If you are doing a vacation page, use a postcard to write your journaling on
  • Print or write your journaling on strips of paper. To make it stand out on your page, mat the strips
  • Make a themed booklet with your journaling and attach it to your page

Mini Journaling books tucked into an envelope attached to a page makes a unique way to tell your story

Journaling Prompts

Sometimes we make telling the story more difficult than it needs to be. Think about how you feel when you look at the photo. Think about what the details are about that particular picture that make it a special memory for you. Think about what the people in the photo said or did at the time it was taken. The story of the photo will come to you.

What If You Want To Tell A Story But Have No Pictures?

All the pictures of my childhood were lost when my Dad moved from New Jersey to Florida. There are stories that I would like to tell, but have no pictures to go with them. What I am in the process of doing is to go to websites where I can get free pictures to print and then will use them to tell my story. Do you need pictures to tell your story? Here are my favorite locations for free pictures:

Free Images For Your Scrapbook Pages


Open Photo


Free Images


Journaling Cards

You can buy plain journaling cards or make your own. They can be as simple as index cards or as fancy as themed to your topic. There are also stencils that you can purchase that are lined so your writing stays neat and straight.

Journaling Pens

A good set of journaling pens is essential to any serious scrapbook artist. Buying them in a set is the most economical way to go. Like with any pens, Store them upright with the nibs down. That way the ink will be right at the tip when you go to use them.
Faber-Castell Mix and Match Collection Pitt Artist Pens Journaling 4 Piece Set – $11.99