Today I'm going to focus on scrapbooking funny stories. I'm not an expert in comedic writing by any stretch, but I'm going to try to suggest a few tips that will help bring your own humourous moments to life.
1. Create a story - Structure your journaling as though you are telling a story.
2. Create a main character - This can be obvious if your story centres around one person. Include a few details relevant to the story to build your main character.
3. Stay focused - If your purpose in your journalling is to tell a funny story, then only include details that are relevant to your angle. There may be other things you want to journal about a certain photo or event from which the story story happened, but if they are not part of the actual story, then try to include those details elsewhere on the layout.
4. Create tension in your writing. The uncertainty that is created by tension in a story helps add oomph to your punchline, and can be what makes a story so funny.
5. Include a surprise twist - a story is always funnier when you don't see the ending coming.
6. Be specific - The more specific you are in telling your story, funnier it will be. For example, in my story I described the meticulous removal of each individual brick in the wall, which is funnier than saying Jacob drilled a whole in the wall.
7. Channel Seinfeld - Seinfeld was all about telling funny stories about....nothing. I call this putting a funny spin on things, and later this week I will show layouts that do just that.
This layout by Erin Sweeny tells a very funny story:
Aliza Deutsch shared a funny story about a road trip in her layout, "Shock":
Finally, I will end with a layout about my most favorite story of all time...The Story of Jacob and Douglas and the Miniature Room: