- Conversations: Conversations–either exactly word for word or something very close to what may have been said, make great stories or story starters. The journaling on this page is based on an actual or nearly actual conversation with my daughter. It reads:
But what if you can’t remember exactly what was said? Winston Churchill said, “History will be kind to me because I intend to write it.” I believe it is understood that what you write is your version of the events. If it bothers you that someone may think the journaling is exact, then begin with “It went something like…”
- Imaginary Conversations: Do you talk to your car? What about to your plants? Your fridge? “Where are you hiding the mustard? I know it’s in here somewhere!” Sound familiar? What if your things could talk to you? Your purse: “Would you quit stuffing things in me? I am getting SO overweight? Besides, if you put less in here, then you could FIND your keys.” If your alarm clock could talk, what would it say? How about your cell phone? Sometimes an interesting way to tell your story is through a message to or from an inanimate object. For example, I wanted to tell my story of Mother’s Day afternoon on this page.
I could write my journaling this way: We spent some family time playing our favorite PlayStation 2 video game: BUZZ. It’s a series of little arcade-style games where the four of us compete as monkeys. In most games I lose, but there are a few where I excel. (I would go on here describing the games.)
But, written that way, it’s boring. So instead, I tried this: I’m sorry little monkey. You see, I’m not very good at video games, but we enjoy playing them together as a family so much, that THIS is what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day – to play a MARATHON game with our family. I’m sorry that the anvil keeps hitting you on the head. I’m really just trying to get enough points to win the round. I’m sorry that your brain keeps getting fried in the wrecked airplane. I’m not very fast at pushing the red button. I’m sorry that the lion keeps biting your head, and that the drumming monkey throws coconuts at you when I miss the beat. I’m sorry you fall out of the sky or into the water when I can’t aim, but you are the fastest at selecting the odd hippo. And no one is quicker on the draw than you. I’ll keep trying and maybe someday you’ll be at the top of the tree.
Obviously these ideas might not work for every situation, but the next time you are ready to add the story to your layout, stop and consider if you could creatively change the point of view of your journaling.
Editor’s Note: Have you done some creative point-of-view journaling on a page or two? Link us up in the comments below. We’d love to see your work!
|About the author: My name is Chelle. I’ve been scrapbooking forever and I LOVE it. Creating is my passion. I hope to encourage others to express their creativity through digital memory keeping by providing inspiration, tutorials and quality digital-scrapbook products to scrappers and designers. I live in a small, rural community in Northern Utah with my husband and four of our kids still living at home. Stop by my site and visit sometime!|