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Good morning! We have a winner for the Grammar Free Journaling Classfrom Bog Picture Classes!!

And the winner is....scrappinmom99: I am also in the publishing industry. In the past 20 years I've worked FT (before children) as an editorial assistant. When my son was born in 1999, I started freelancing and did everything from reading the slush pile to now copy editing for 3 companies (Harlequin, my fave!). The thing that stresses me out the most is the point of view...do I do it "from Mommy" or from the subject of the layout's POV or what!? LOL!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge!

scrappinmom99, watch for a message on your profile page to claim your prize.


Hi CK readers! Angie Lucas here with a super fun washi tape trick for you to try! As you've surely noticed, washi tape has taken the scrapbooking world by storm in the last year or two, and it can be used in all sorts of beautifully creative ways. But have you ever used it in your journaling?

Long and Lean by Angie Lucas

On this layout, I used two different patterns of washi tape to create a homemade graph that charts my daughter's height and weight from birth to 24 months old.

Tip 1 : Don't know these numbers by heart? Call your pediatrician's office and ask for a printout of your child's complete growth chart!

I love how this tells, in one easy glance, the story of my daughter's slow and steady growth. I also wanted to compare her to the national average, so I charted those averages in pink colored pencil for a quick visual comparison. Sure, I could have written the details paragraph-style, or I could have arranged the numbers in a vertical list, but this visual approach is SO much more fun! And the information is easier to digest in this format, too.

Tip 2 : To make your own homemade graph, pull out a piece of graph paper and draw your own horizontal and vertical axis. Decide what's being measured and make that your vertical column (I have one graph for height, measured in inches, and one graph for weight, measured in pounds). Then determine the length of time (in my case, months) and make that your horizontal axis. Make sure to label them both!

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As a lifelong writer (and a professional writer and editor for the last 15 years), I do love the journaling part of the scrapbooking process. But I also think we scrapbookers make it too hard sometimes! Lengthy, paragraph-style journaling is wonderful and great, but it's not the only way to journal. Think about telling your scrapbook stories in more visual, bite-sized ways- using lists, quizzes, charts, graphs, and more.

Discount + Giveaway!

I've collected all my favorite paragraph-free writing strategies into a 4-week online workshop, Grammar-Free Journaling, which starts February 14th at Big Picture Classes!

If you'll leave a comment on this post by 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) on Friday, February 8, 2013 sharing what's most stressful for you when it comes to journaling, the CK editors will select one random winner who will enjoy a free seat in Grammar-Free Journaling-a $35 value!

And for everyone else, you can get $5 off my workshop with coupon code GRAMMAR5 if you register by Valentine's Day! Click here for more information.

Thanks for having me!

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About Angie

Angie Lucas is the former managing editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine, a sister publication to Creating Keepsakes from 2002 to 2009. She's now the Editorial Director at BigPictureClasses.com. She lives with her husband and daughter in a home that's less than 2 miles away from the Creating Keepsakes office headquarters!


Comments

Vicki wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 6:24 AM

Sadly, the most stressful part of journaling for me is getting started! I don't consider myself a good writer or a good communicator.

ColleenC wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 8:50 AM

LOVE THIS! Pretty sure I'm going to have to lift this idea and do it for my kids' albums. Thanks for the inspiration!

ColleenC wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 8:52 AM

Oh, I didn't comment about what's stressful for me because nothing about journaling really is. I love journaling, and am okay with crossing off a word or not having right spelling. It shows my kids (who I mostly scrap about) that I make mistakes, too.

photochic wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 10:31 AM

I have a lot of trouble getting all my thoughts flow on the page. Whenever I end up writing my journaling, it always sounds clumsy and choppy. I'd love to have new ways to do my journaling efficiently

Cards4Ever wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 11:27 AM

A lot of times I don't even write on my pages because I don't what to say.

RoseannH wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 1:36 PM

For me it is deciding what story I want to tell.

nana57 wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 2:15 PM

There are many reasons I don't have much journaling on my layouts. Where to start, what person do I journal in, it doesn't seem meaningful enough to me. I think I need to win this class! LOL!

MeganW wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 2:40 PM

I always have the hardest time figuring out where to start.  Once I get any idea of that, though, things start to get rolling.

Becky wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 3:21 PM

Thanks for the technique. I have to be in the mood to journal so many of my LO just have a blank place to insert journalling later. I find it hardest to journal deeper than the photos, but I've been working on that in classes and by practicing journalling first, then selcting photos and scrapping. I'd love your class to help me improve my journalling.

scrappinmom99 wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 4:50 PM

I am also in the publishing industry. In the past 20 years I've worked FT (before children) as an editorial assistant. When my son was born in 1999, I started freelancing and did everything from reading the slush pile to now copy editing for 3 companies (Harlequin, my fave!). The thing that stresses me out the most is the point of view...do I do it "from Mommy" or from the subject of the layout's POV or what!? LOL!

3froggies wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 6:27 PM

My biggest issue when journaling is what person to be writing in. Thanks for the chance to win a seat in the class.

Hope wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Tuesday, 5 February 2013, 11:05 PM

love the ideas and techniques!  I definitely struggle with how to use washi tape!

I love to journal and tell the story behind the photos.  I think for me the hardest part to journaling is where to fit the journaling on a scrapbook layout so that it works with the entire page.  

Tonya wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 6:12 AM

I have a problem with choosing the right words to express to my children and family how much that certain moment meant to me in my life. I love journaling, I used to hate my own hadwriting and would type it, as I get older I am appreciating small things such as my handwriting. I think it's important for my girls to have little things like that to remember me by.

Thank You so much for the chance to win! This class is going to wonderful!

sunghee wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 8:29 AM

Grammar. I started scrapbooking determined to only put title and date and no journaling because I am scared to write. I'm embarrassed to show my layouts. What if people laugh at my bad grammar! My kids would be embarrassed to read whatever I had to say. But, now I want to change. Regardless of my bad grammar, I don't want to be scared to write. I want my kids to not only see but read the stories from their confident mother. I am so glad you are offering this workshop and looking forward to it. What a great timing!

Patty C wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 8:37 AM

Adorable!  Fitting it all on the page is my biggest problem!  I like to free write, so sometimes it takes more space then I anticipated!

Frances wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 12:00 PM

What I find stressful is not the writing process because I love to write - but rather the importance of writing out the details of the story in a positive manner when the story is not so positive!  Thanks.

SuzW wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 12:26 PM

I'm not very good at journaling, I always think its going to take away from the photos.  This is my yearly challenge to journal more.

Shanon wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 1:51 PM

I think my biggest problem with journaling is sometimes I feel like I sound generic.  I have a hard time just spilling what is in my heart.

Tsmama29 wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 2:16 PM

My biggest challenge is that I am afraid that I am going to sound 'dorky' to anyone reading it later on.

Mary wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 4:13 PM

My biggest challenge is that I try to be witty and not just tell a story.

carol lou wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 7:36 PM

Sometimes, just figuring out what to say without it sounding like "just the facts" is a challenge. Perhaps I need more adjectives!

lovetoteach23 wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 9:14 PM

I always have too much to say! I want to focus on important parts

Sagecat wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Thursday, 7 February 2013, 8:42 AM

I love your Washi tape graph!  My problem with journaling is that I want to make it a perfect piece of writing and continue to edit and edit and edit... I know that isn't practical and I need a "push" to just do it instead of over-thinking it!

Anne wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Thursday, 7 February 2013, 10:47 AM

I can always use some great journaling ideas... that's one part I always sturggle more with. I'll get a layout done and set it aside to finish the journaling later!

Katie wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Thursday, 7 February 2013, 7:07 PM

I have such trouble deciding what I want to write about!

brown eyed girl wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Thursday, 7 February 2013, 7:08 PM

Love your growth chart layout!  Such a great way to use washi tape!  The most stressful part of journaling for me is usually narrowing down what I want to say...what's most important.  I thin your class would be a great help to me!

brown eyed girl wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Thursday, 7 February 2013, 7:08 PM

Love your growth chart layout!  Such a great way to use washi tape!  The most stressful part of journaling for me is usually narrowing down what I want to say...what's most important.  I thin your class would be a great help to me!

ScrappinEweRobyn wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Friday, 8 February 2013, 4:17 AM

Great ideas using Washi tape!

My most stressfull part of journalling comes when I start out the piece. I actually have to pre write my journalling on a separate piece of paper to get all down I am wanting to say. I then will rearrange it to sound right.

Jenn wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Friday, 8 February 2013, 2:35 PM

My most stressful part is knowing what to say that doesn't sound like everything else I have written down in the past. I feel like I say the same things over and over.

Angela wrote re: Big Picture Classes: Decorative Tape Technique Plus Giveaway!
on Sunday, 10 February 2013, 5:35 PM

The most stressful part for me is remembering what I want to say. I need to be better about writing it down when it happens, or maybe keeping a journal.

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