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By Julie Stephani

Ask the Basic Questions

Including the basic information about and event or what is in a photo is one of the m important parts of scrapbooking. The more information you include, the more meaningful the page can be. Answer the basic new story questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Include the facts.

Add Details

To make the photos more meaningful, add heartfelt details and descriptions for those who want to share your special memories. This is what will give your scrapbooks a more personal touch.

Tell a Story

Tell the story behind the photos in narrative form including descriptive details. You can choose from different points of view.

First Person tells the story using the word “I.” You are telling the story from your own personal experience.

Second Person tells the story as if you were talking to someone else using the word “you.” This is especially good to use if you are creating an album for another person and you are talking to them.

Third person tells the story as if it happened to someone else using the words “he,” ”she,” and “it.” This is more like reporting what happened, and it is less personal.

Use Pockets and Envelopes

Make room on your pages for journaling if you can. If your photos and details take up most of the room, you can still find some clever ways to include additional journaling. Use pockets and envelopes to insert “the rest of the story” on the page. If you still don’t have room, place the pockets and envelopes on the back of the page.


Cut a square, rectangle, or similar shape. Apply glue close to the edges along the sides and bottom of the piece and press it on the page. The top is left open to insert your journaling.


Use a purchased envelope or make your own by pulling apart an envelope and using it as a pattern to trace onto a paper of your choice.

Make a Pocket Page

Turn the entire page into a pocket! Cut ¼” off the top edge of the page. Curve it slightly if you like. Apply glue close to the edges along the sides and bottom of the page and press it on another paper the same size. Make a tab and glue it on the center back of your journaling. Insert journaling into the top of the pocket.

Make a Journaling Sign

If you have additional journaling on the back of the page or where you can’t see it on the front of the page, make a journaling sign so people will know that they should look for it. Write the word “journaling” or just use the letter “J.” There are lots of clever ways to tell people that they need to look for more journaling.

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