Scrapbook Journaling Made Easier: 6 Tips from Full of Love by Nancy O’Dell

“Photos are proof to children that they are loved.” – Dr. Kenneth Condrell in Full of Love

It’s rare to think of a book about scrapbooking as a “can’t-put-down” read, but this is exactly what I found in Full of Love by entertainment journalist and broadcast host Nancy O’Dell. Literally, I read it cover to cover in one sitting — and wished there were more.

I’ve been scrapbooking for close to a decade, and for me it’s a creative outlet as well as a way to preserve memories (since my own memory is so bad). I found that while reading Nancy’s book, some of the excitement that I’d felt when I first started scrapbooking started to return. I was reminded why I do it, and then I was given some helpful ideas for doing it better.

Nancy proves to be a very sweet and charming narrator, as she shares pieces of her personal and professional life. One way she does this is by comparing journaling in scrapbooks to interviewing celebrities. The way she approaches it really makes sense, and the way she tells her stories keeps your attention.

Here are some of her tips for  journaling (You’ll have to read the book to get the full details):

  1. Be curious.
    Ask the questions you might not think of asking when first glancing at a photo. “When you sit down to journal on an album page and you get this vague feeling that there’s more to this story that you want to know, trust your instincts. Try and find it.” Nancy shares a fascinating story about a question she wasn’t afraid to ask Jack Nicholson.
  2. Tell the backstory.
    Ask yourself what led up to a photo or what happened right after it. If it’s more interesting than the subject of the photo itself, include it in your journaling. Make that be the backstory you write about.
  3. Take journaling shortcuts.
    Use bullets or lists to help you save time and space. Take advantage of memorabilia like newspaper clippings, brochures or even song lyrics to tell the story for you.
  4. Do your homework.
    If there’s something you’ve forgotten about a photo, ask someone else, such as a family member, what they remember about it. This can be a way to jump-start your journaling even if you do remember about the event.
  5. Put yourself in the picture.
    Even if you’re not physically in the picture, don’t forget to put yourself in the story. Ask yourself how you felt about the event or the moment, what was going through your mind when you clicked the shutter, or what you wish you had said then that you could write about now.
  6. Use your own handwriting.
    Your handwriting is as personal as your smile or the sound of your voice, so don’t forget to include it on the pages of your album. Someday someone will cherish those pieces of you left on the page. Don’t worry about your handwriting being too sloppy — it’s your own handwriting, so it’s beautiful just the way it is.

Journaling is just one area that Nancy talks about in Full of Love. She also shares amazing tips for taking better photos from a professional photographer and many incredible layout ideas. You really need to read the book and keep it to refer back to when you’re working on your albums.

And you’re in luck — I happen to have one copy of Full of Love by Nancy O’Dell that I’m giving away, courtesy of Creative Memories (who published the book). I used to be a Creative Memories consultant myself and still swear by their products, so their seal of approval on the book is as good a recommendation as any for me!

Wanna win Full of Love? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Leave me a comment, telling me why you’d like to win the book. Do you scrapbook? Want to start? What kind of scrapbooks do you make?
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook. Then copy and paste your status update in a separate comment.
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter: Want to win a copy of Full of Love by Nancy O’Dell and learn awesome scrapbooking tips?
    Then leave me a comment letting me know you did so.

Since I’m going to a Croptoberfest scrapbooking event sponsored by Creative Memories this weekend (totally unrelated to my giveaway), I will use to choose a winner on Sunday at 8 p.m. CST. Please make sure you leave an email address so I can get ahold of you if you’re chosen!

5 thoughts on “Scrapbook Journaling Made Easier: 6 Tips from Full of Love by Nancy O’Dell”

  1. ooooo!!! the whole way thru I was thinking ‘where did she get it?’ ‘can I get one too?’ ‘maybe I can borrow hers’ LOL!
    better yet.. A GIVEAWAY!!

    I need this book to bring me back to the beginning like you said. WHY do we scrap?

  2. I need Nancy’s book to help me get back my scrapbooking mojo. I’d love to rekindle the feelings I had when I first started scrapbooking. I’m also a big believer in journaling by hand, and would love to read her tips on the topic. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  3. If it is not too late I would love to have a shot of winning this book. I need a kick in the butt to journal. I tend to write what the picture shows which everyone can see….I want to get out the feelings more so I can feel like I was there again.

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