Using prompts to tell a story
Hello everyone, Willemijne from Digital Scrapbook Ingredients here, and welcome to TDP Summer School! Today is your very first class and we are going to discuss journaling and how you can use prompts to tell a story.
Journaling is a wonderful way to make your layouts more personal and also more accurate and complete. A page without journaling can be just as lovely to look at but it won’t tell the story as well and won’t fully capture your memories.
Journaling doesn’t come natural to everyone though. Maybe you are not that much of a writer or you find it hard to tell the story that accompanies the pictures. A great way to still document your memories is using prompts to tell your story. There are several ways to achieve this and everything you need is already available in regular digital scrapbooking kits or coordinating element packs!
Five W’s: Who, where, when, what and why
Who is captured in the pictures? Where were the pictures taken? When were they taken? What are we seeing in the pictures? Why were they taken, was there a special occasion? By answering (a few of) these simple questions you will already have the most important info documented! Labels and tags are a perfect means for this. They are great for dates and other little details!
Page by Pamie
Credits: Heart and Soul by DSI
Page by me
Credits: Life Captured January by DSI and Anchors Away by DSI
Short little sentiments are a great way to implement more emotional info into your page. They can be funny, emotional, or just informational. They are also a great way to introduce more elaborate journaling. For example by using a sentiment that says: ‘funny story’ pointing to your picture and then explaining what the funny story was. You can use word art strips and pieces for this but word art stamps are also perfect! And try to stamp them on your actual photos for a great effect.
Page by Conny
Credits: A Little Bit Quirky Bundle by DSI
Page by bcgal00
Credits: Free As A Bird Bundle by DSI
Another great way to help tell your story is by choosing a title for your page. What word or words describe the overall page best? This can be one or two words or a whole sentence, as long as you are happy with it. Alpha’s are first and foremost suitable for making titles! But don’t be afraid to try incorporating word art in your title either! And of course you can also use just regular fonts.
Page by AZK
Credits: The Good Stuff by DSI and Amber Shaw
Page by mimisgirl
Credits: All Year Round May by DSI and Happy Together Templates by DSI
Some occasions just ask for a little more info. So much happened that only the when and where won’t cut it and you want to tell a little bit more. When you want to include more detailed info on your page but still want to keep it fairly short and sweet, journal cards are the way to go! The ‘empty’ ones will let you write your own story but there are plenty of cards out there that already give you a push in the right direction. They include prompts or questions and you just have to ‘fill them out’!
Page by Krista
Credits: Life Captured January Bundle by DSI
Page by Stefanie
Credits: Funfair Bundle by DSI
I hope you found these little tips and tricks helpful to get your story documented!
Your homework assignment for this week is to make a layout where you find balance in your journaling between facts and feelings. Use at least 1 of the methods discussed above to capture little details and then also incorporate some more journaling that really documents your story. Pallavi will have some great tips for that in the second class on Wednesday! We can’t wait to see your pages!