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Posted 11/14/2012 by lizj in Digital Scrapbooking
 

lizj
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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:37:21 PM
Oh, stop groaning, I heard that all the way over here!

Ordinarily, I love journaling best. I very rarely create a lo about which I have nothing to say. I like the stories behind scrapbooking, and not just my own lo's, but other people's stories too. I enjoy seeing the different styles we all use to tell our stories.

So what do you do if you make a page but have absolutely nothing to say? I am working on a lo right now that contains a photo of my oldest dgd that was taken by a professional photographer at her school. I wasn't there when it was taken, and it was a set-up shot anyway, so there really is no story, per se. And, I am going to admit that the one kind of journaling I don't like to use is "isn't this picture that was taken at a photo shoot cute?" Some people can pull off the "loved the photo shoot" journaling quite well, but I'm not one of them.

I could try word art -- goodness knows I have a huge stash of word art! Really big title, maybe, but then I still need words for that. Any other ideas? What do you all do when you have nothing to say? (Gulp - say nothing? I don't know if I can...)



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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:16:42 PM
You could just take the opportunity to talk about the person in the photo...their likes and dislikes at the time, personality traits, etc..it doesn't have to be a "story" per se and still be a story if you know what I mean. You can talk about how you feel about them or how they feel about themselves. You can play with the idea of being all cleaned up but oy if you could see their bedroom etc. See what I mean? It doesn't have to be an actual story from one day in your lives, but a synopsis of the person and your relationship with them etc.















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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:19:09 PM
I rarely journal..so for me it's easy! BIG title, the date, a wordart and it's all done ^__^


a title could be a generic one ("she's beautiful.." etc) or something fun about her? or a quote from a movie or a book or a song that she love?


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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:19:29 PM
Gosh I am going to be totally no help as I would very likely go for a bit of word art and just have a pretty page.

Alternatively you could just journal something that is relevant to that time in her life as opposed to that specific moment.

So for example you could journal about how she likes it at school in general or go for specifics and talk about her choice of school clothing, friends, favourite subject or teacher, what she likes best at school (for my DS that was always going home time lol!).





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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:25:39 PM
Love Dianne idea! you could journal about the ten things she loves to do!
I saw a lot of layout in the gallery with those kind of list


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:08:15 PM
That's what my first thought was KyKY - a Ten things about you, or ten things I love about you, Ten times you made me smile. That kind of thing is what I think I would do - Did you see the checklist journaling that Jill Sprott did this month?


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:17:34 PM
Those are good! I haven't done a good list lo in a while. I could even incorporate Dianne's suggestion and have it be a list about how I feel about how this child has changed my life. With a nice big title! I like it! Thanks. .



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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:03:42 PM
I'm a little stuck on the part about you having nothing to say but I agree with this post- that was my first thought since the photo was taken at her school.

"So for example you could journal about how she likes it at school in general or go for specifics and talk about her choice of school clothing, friends, favourite subject or teacher, what she likes best at school"


I should probably find the introduce yourself thread though- and obviously I don't know what I'm doing in spite of the 12 year badge because I didn't sign my post.

Beatrice (Bea)



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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:10:58 PM
Hi Bea!

Actually, it is a little hard for me to talk about what she likes about school because she lives so far away that I don't get much opportunity to see her school-self often. And, ask a five year old what they like about school and you get "snack time" and not much else, KWIM?



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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:20:10 PM
I know my son always has a million things to tell me about the experience of picture day at school. (Who he stood next to... What the photographer said to make them laugh... Etc...) Not sure if that would work because your granddaughter lives so far.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:36:53 PM
Jan, you just gave me a great idea! I am (happily) seeing Sadie at Thanksgiving and I could just show her the photo and ask what SHE remembers about picture day. I like that idea too.



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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:17:35 PM
I'm one who can journal a lot, and dare I say it, be quite long-winded... However, I've realized over the years that not all photos have a big story behind them. I think that's OK...for me, as long as I have plenty of pages where there is good journaling, some others without a lot of words are fine. Sometimes, pictures like this just capture the a small moment I want to remember, and I still want to document them anyway.

If I really have very little to say, I don't force it...I just stick with the basics (who, what, when, where, why). So, I'd just write in this, if I were you:

Jane Doe
5 years old
kindergarten school pictures
Pineview Elementary School
Teacher: Mrs. Jones
1982-83 school year
Anytown, USA

I'm planning to do up school pages for my kids along these same lines, just adding in a copy of their report cards or something like that.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:06:43 AM
These are all great ideas! I'm a little journal challenged at times so it's rare I have a lot to say. For the school picture, I would do a list or talk about something that happened at school or day in the life at school or a conversation about school. You get the picture.


Jen


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Posted: 11/15/2012 10:30:04 AM
*groan*

(well, heck, somebody had to do it! ) Like the idea of asking Sadie what she remembers about the day - like was she excited, did she pick out her own outfit ... ?



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Posted: 11/19/2012 9:57:14 PM
Ugh! I had a nice paragraph all written out, and I'm not sure what happened. You got a lot of great suggestions. Do you remember what your first thought was when you first saw the photo? Maybe you could document that.


Liz

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Posted: 11/20/2012 4:10:24 PM
I do always journal on my layouts too but perhaps this is an opportunity to create a page only for fun, using products you love and that picture, without a story.



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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:06:47 AM
Every page for me begins with the story. The thing with portraits is that they often don't tell a story in and of themselves. I save those for when I do have a story that I don't have a picture for. So, I save great pictures of my nephew that I don't want to scrapbook the moment they occurred in. . . then I might use that picture to share something funny he said, something I want to tell him, or an observation that I've made.

I journal on every layout- because a picture really doesn't tell the whole story- and I want to remember the details and the story. And, I want the folks that see my pages to know what my page is about.

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Posted: 11/29/2012 8:54:10 PM
A little late, and you've probably made this page already, but just a few more ideas

What if you wrote about what school was like when you were her age, and compare the similarities/differences between your school experience and hers? Did you have school portraits or snack time? What did the cafeteria serve? What was your favorite subject when you were in her grade? What was your schoolwork like?

I would LOVE to have a page like that from my grandma, or even my mom! Good luck

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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:47:27 PM
I agree with you - journaling is SO important. What about some stats about her for the school year?

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Posted: 12/8/2012 12:07:38 AM
I think an interview with a five year old could be great (even over the phone). One word answers can be all you need, if you ask the right questions. Try not to ask yes or no questions, you'll get better answers.

The questions don't have to all be about school, life in general fits too. If you ask kids really random things you'll get amazing answers. You don't have to use every question you ask either, edit for cuteness!

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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:08:43 AM

I think an interview with a five year old could be great (even over the phone). One word answers can be all you need, if you ask the right questions. Try not to ask yes or no questions, you'll get better answers.

I did make the mistake of asking questions this way, and as you predicted, got a lot of yes and no... thanks for all the great suggestions everyone! I will try again the next time I see her, with different questions.


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