Hello, and welcome to today’s Write post. If you’re anything like me (Amy Sorensen), you’re feeling a little bit frantically busy, preparing for Christmas. I have a billion things to do today, but I wanted to share a quick journaling tip first, before I shop, bake, make candy, pick my daughter up from the airport, and go to a family party.
When you find yourself lost for words, or unsure about the story you want to tell, try using the words from an embellishment, card, or patterned paper as a starting point.
Take this photo:
It’s from Christmas Eve 2004 (I’ve been trying to scrap all of my 2004 images this month), and I love it so much. Quite a bit has changed in our world since then, but when I look at the photo what I remember most is how it felt to have a whole passel of Santa-Claus believers.
It was a pretty sweet night.
But I didn’t quite know how to frame my words—how to start saying what I wanted to say. So I flipped through some supplies, and a Maggie Holmes sticker caught my eye. It so closely matched what I was trying to say but couldn’t quite, yet, that I pulled it out of my pile, thought for a few minutes, and then I wrote my journaling. The words flew out of my fingers once I had that spark!
Here is the layout I made. The sticker that inspired me is the one that says "my heart is full," and it was inspiring because a full heart is exactly what this photo made me feel.
(I wish the sparkly snowflakes and title could be properly conveyed in a photograph!)
So! If you happen to find yourself with a little bit of scrapping time in between last-minute shopping and all that wrapping, turn to your embellishments for a journaling idea. See where it takes you!