TIPSY TUESDAY – DON’T FORGET THE DETAILS!
You have all of your photos and your cute embellishments laid out on your layout and you’re about to slip into its permanent home in your album, but WAIT! Did you do your journaling? Did you date your layout? We get so caught up in the process of putting together a layout with all of the bells and whistles, that we sometimes forget about the important details that will bring that memory back to life when we open that album years later.
I know….I know. You hate journaling. You hate your handwriting. You don’t know what to write. I’ve been there! But, I’ve also been in the place where I’m staring at a layout with no journaling and I can’t for the life of me remember when it occurred, what led up to it and what happened when I was there. That’s the part that I want to help you completely avoid. Even if you’re scrapping photos from a vacation two or three years ago, sit down and write out all the details that you can remember. Then, ask others to help you fill in the blanks.
Go back to the basics. Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Be sure to include all of the basic information related to your photos. Then you can add the stories for an enriched memory experience. Who was with you? What happened in these photos? When did this all happen? Where were you at the time? Why were you there? How did you get there – car, plane, train? The more detail, the better! No one knows these memories better than you and those who were there at the time. Get them involved in your memory keeping and add their stories to the pages.
Date your layout. This is something that I have forgotten to do so many times. But, it is a great record of your scrapbooking progress over the years. Some people put the date that they created the layout on the back, so there is no confusion with the date of the events being scrapped. It’s just a reminder to yourself to see how far your style has come over time.
Hope this helps you understand the importance of journaling the details on your layouts. Your family and friends will thank you for it when they look at your albums and smile because they remember the moments triggered by your vivid details!