I blog. I know a lot of scrapbookers blog, too, because I read them. I blog for a lot of reasons, but the main one is to get those pictures/dates/stories/details down before I forget them. (Are you seeing a theme?) Plus the posts can come in handy when doing my journaling. Plenty of times I've been working on a page but couldn't remember exactly when something happened or what the details were and I've searched my blog until I found it. Of course this only works when you blog regularly, something I'm not always so good at. Like most of July. Oops.
In addition to turning to my blog posts for events/dates/general information, I also like to use them for the journaling. Sometimes I use the entry as is, other times I will modify it to fit my layout. For this page, I first copy/pasted my blog entry in Word, then from there edited it to fit my page. It's still the same story from my blog, I just made a few tweaks to fit my layout. Even so, I didn't have to start from scratch so it was quick and easy and a time saver for sure.
Along the lines of using your blog, try using an email. If you received an email from someone containing special and exciting news, a funny story or just something you want to remember, why not print it out and use it as your journaling? Same goes for an email you've sent. If you already typed out the entire story of how Johnny pulled an apple from the bottom of the pile at the grocery store and all the apples came tumbling down, why type it out again? Just copy and paste it in to the program you use, format it and print it out. And yes, this is a fear of mine. I just know one of these days an entire display is going to come down on us due to two little girls who can't keep their hands to themselves.
Are you on Facebook? If you are, your status updates make great journaling for layouts. I've been wanting to do a page like Elizabeth's. So I did.
(layout by Elizabeth Dillow)
And here's mine:
I think this is a great way to record what's going on in your life during a certain time period. Mine covers this July during which Mackenzie was sick, ants invaded my house again, and I was in my friend Cheryl's wedding. Because of space issues, I decided the easiest way to fit all the status updates on the page would be to alternate regular and bold typeface. I used the profile picture I had up in July and my name as it appears on my profile.
I don't use Twitter. Well, I have an account, but I don't think I've ever actually sent a tweet of my own. But just like using your Facebook status updates, try using your tweets as journaling.
Yesterday I meant to ask how you all journal. Um, but I forgot. I remembered, but too late to add it to my post. Do you journal a lot? Not much at all? Do you scrapbook around your journaling or is it an afterthought? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear how journaling fits in with your scrapbooking and answer any questions you might have.
Today's Challenge: Scrapbook a page using a blog entry for journaling. If you don't blog, use your Facebook status updates or Twitter. And if you don't do any of those then I'm impressed, because you probably waste a lot less time on the computer than I do! Seriously though, if this challenge doesn't apply to you, and I know not everyone blogs, I challenge you to scrapbook an email you've sent or received. Be sure to post your layout in the Flickr gallery so we can all take a look. I'm excited to see what you all do with this challenge.