Journaling Mini-Course: Revelations

Jennifer Wilson

I’m your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Our community helps people find what fills you up and fits your life in memory keeping.

April 14, 2014

The Art & Practice of Journaling free mini-course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path to better scrapbook journaling.

The Art & Practice of Journaling mini-course at Simple Scrapper


How many times in a week do you see or hear something and think “Oh, that reminds me of…”? This happens all the time for me and I do my best to be conscious of the opportunity that thought represents. I call these memory keeping revelations, those a-ha moments where your mind identifies a fantastic story that weaves time together.

Everything in our life is about connection – between people, places and things, between past and present, or between our inside and outside selves. Every moment is an opportunity to recognize those connections. With every scrapbook page, you can choose to document them.

Traditional chronological scrapbooking doesn’t necessarily support this concept. When you are caught up in the right now, you may not be able to draw those connections and see the deeper meaning (let alone journal about it).

While many scrapbookers have embraced non-chronological, scrap-what-you-want it is often easier to scrap an event or a beautiful photo. Taking this next step does require a little extra work, but as you practice, you won’t be able to stop your own flood of revelations.


Select one recent photo you really love. Print it out or just have it open on the side of your computer screen. Browse through your photo archive to look for various others photos, from a different time period, that you can connect to this one. Choose one example to write a paragraph in your journal about. Finally, consider incorporating these revelations into your journal-keeping.

  • Have you ever scrapbooked a story not related to the time or place of the photo?
  • Have you ever paired two seemingly unrelated photos to tell a story?

Further Discovery

Vintage Photos: Making Connections – This blog post shares examples of how scrapbookers have told richer stories by uncovering the connections between images.
Scrapping Real Life (Or Is It?) – A discussion on how some scrapbooks portray a glossier image/story on their pages than what is reality.

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