Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Journaling is one of the basic pieces to scrapbooking. Many scrappers find journaling difficult to do. They may leave it to be the last piece they complete on a layout or they may not do it at all. It does not have to be feared though.
One of the biggest fears about journaling is that it isn’t perfect. Perfectionism is something that many scrapbookers are afflicted by. It can be helpful when it comes to the details. But, many scrapbookers go too far with having the perfect words and perfect handwriting to go with their perfect photos and embellishments.
How can journaling be easier for the perfectionist? Looking at the different forms of journaling might hold the answer. Journaling forms include:
1. Computer Journaling – using a computer to type and print titles, stories, etc. This can be quick and easy. Spell check is available and it is generally easy to read. There are an unlimited number of fonts available and they never run out of the letter they need. The down side is that it takes away from the personal aspect.
2. Handwritten Journaling – writing the journaling by hand, includes doodling. This type is prized due to its personal nature, but feared more than others because of the need for perfectionism. Many scrappers believe their handwriting is inadequate. The personal aspect is something greatly valued, especially in scrapbooks that are meant to be passed through generations. It is wonderful to save a piece of a loved one’s handwriting for posterity.
3. Alphabet Tools – stamping, stickers or other precut alphabets can be used to create titles and other journaling or embellishing needs. These tools may help the perfectionist get a certain flair to their layout that they may feel can’t be achieved by handwriting alone. It can add color and can even be layered to affect the dimension of the layout.
4. Cutting Tools – tools that create letters or words and then cut them from paper, vinyl or other items. These are great for getting different sizes. A sticker or stamp may be too small for a large title, but the scrapper can cut out just the right size with these tools.
5. Miscellaneous – other items that scrapbookers may use to journal, such as quotes or sayings. These are similar to the “Alphabet Tools” mentioned above, but may be more than just letters. It is fun when there is a quote sticker or stamp that fits perfectly and journaling can be completed with just a quick placement.
Scrapbookers have many options when it comes to journaling. They don’t have to avoid journaling at all. And, they can still have the perfectionism that they want.