Lists make great material for scrapbook pages, which is why I want to devote the rest of my week to my favorite journaling strategy: list-style journaling. This journaling shortcut isn't new, but it's more versatile than you think. And this week, I'll try to show you what I mean. How about a little list to get things started?
Why Lists Are Perfect for Layouts
1. Lists are simple, organized, and efficient.
2. Lists are a shortcut but not a cop-out.
3. Lists can fit any space, big or small.
4. Lists are easier to read than long paragraphs.
5. Lists make it easy to summarize any period of time.
6. Lists make it possible to record smaller stories that don’t need their own pages.
7. Lists are perfect for including multiple perspectives.
8. Lists are a great way to highlight small details.
9. Lists work in dozens of design scenarios.
10. Lists can be just as heartfelt as paragraphs.
Today's Tip: I made this list-style layout to celebrate my daughter’s growing vocabulary. Notice that the list of words is masquerading as a paragraph. Sometimes lists seem boring because they look boring (too linear, too choppy, to ridged). Keep an eye out for creative ways to format your lists—I borrowed this text format from a clothing catalog.
This Week’s Challenge: Create a page that uses list-style journaling, but think outside the box. Try a unique design. Incorporate multiple perspectives. Create a “list” using photos. Just try something new, and chances are you’ll discover it’s easy to write meaningful journaling in just a few minutes! Don't forget to post your pages in our Flickr gallery. I'll pick a few examples to feature in my final post on Saturday.