Please enjoy a very special guest post today by journaling aficionado Lain Ehmann.
I am very honored that Tami invited me to post on her blog. Last time she left me in charge, she came back to find Fruit Roll-Ups stuck to the ceiling and a poster of Justin Bieber on her bedroom wall. Whoops.
Anyway, I wanted to talk a bit today about journaling. Wait! Before you all rush for the exits, let me assure you of a few things.
First, I believe that scrapbooking – including journaling! – should be fun.
Second, I may give away some good stuff if you stick around ‘til the end of the post.
There, now that we have the bribery out of the way, let’s continue.
The biggest hangup most scrapbookers have with journaling is that they make it too complicated. I’m a big believer in simple scrapboooking and that includes journaling. Our brain circuits are already overloaded with stuff like how to update our Facebook pages, our PayPal passwords, and where we left the TV remote. We don’t need MORE things to complicate our lives.
Here are three ways I keep journaling simple:
- I let other people do it for me. What are kids for if not to create the journaling on our scrapbook pages?? Hmmm???? Make ‘em journal or they don’t get dinner. Simple. ;)
- I copy it. Song lyrics, quotes, lines from books… you name it, it’s fair game. Why recreate the wheel when someone else more talented (say, Miley Cyrus) has done it for you?
- I do the fill-in-the-blanks thing. I love quizzes. I mark up every copy of Cosmo within reach at the nail place while I’m getting my pedicure. I mean, I NEED to know if I’m sassy, sexy, or snore-producing in the bedroom. Doesn’t everyone?
Anyway. Back to scrapbooking. Here’s a layout I created based on a fun little quiz I wrote for myself. It took me only seconds to complete the journaling, and the rest of the page followed easily.
You see how easy that is? I would journal every day if all I had to do is fill in the blanks. And to make it even easier on you, I’ve created a special download of that self-same quiz for YOU. All you have to do is come over here and download the Word document. Print it on cardstock, fill in your answers, and Voila! You’re golden. Now don’t say I never did anything for you!
Now for the other good stuff. As you may know, Tami and I are teaching at the super-cool True Scrap event April 7-9. Tami’s talking all about inspiration, and me? Well, I’m going to treat you to more journaling! How exciting is that! Never fear, I promise it will be just as entertaining as this blog post – maybe even more so. :)
For a chance to score your very own free basic admission to True Scrap (a $97 value), all you need to do is help spread the word by sharing this specific affiliate link to the True Scrap website: http://bit.ly/g5DpEF. Leave a comment on this post linking to your True Scrap shout-out on Twitter and/or Facebook -- each one is worth one entry. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, March 11. (Can't delay gratification? No worries! If the winner is already registered for True Scrap, the basic admission fee will be refunded).
But wait…that’s not all!
If you purchase the premium, “full replays” option of True Scrap through a link in this post between March 7 and March 11, Tami will buy you a seat in her Just Curious workshop at Big Picture Classes!
That’s four weeks of Tami-style inspiration and curiosity cultivation in addition to your premium True Scrap content! Simply include the words "Just Curious" in the PayPal comment section when you click through a link in this post to register for the full replay option of True Scrap between March 7 – 11, and Tami will hook you up.
I hope you’ll come visit us at True Scrap. You’ll love it. I promise.
Lain is a fast-talking, fast-scrapping human dynamo with three kids, tons of ideas, and more books than she could ever read in this lifetime. The author of several books on scrapbooking, including “Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking” and “20 Simple Secrets of Happy Scrapbookers” (co-authored with Stacy Julian), Lain loves sharing her philosophy of guilt-free, simple scrapbooking.