• Allison

Writing to Remember: A Closer Look

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

A sneak peek at the chapter "Perspective Journaling" in the new Writing to Remember: A Guide to Scrapbook Journaling ebook with the added bonus of some DIY wave and splash tips.

It's time for a little layout sneak peek. This is one of my favorite layouts in Writing to Remember.


One reason it is a favorite is the design. I love designing and creating water themed layouts. Maybe it has something to do with my childhood and how I practically lived at the pool. Swimming was the first love of my life, so much so that my elementary principal would call me "the fish" when I would walk into school each day. I was proud of that nickname.


I have two go-to designs I like to create on water layouts: wave strips and splashes. They are typically a go-to because there are multiple ways to create them and use them on your layout.

With the wave strips you can:

• use one large wave strip • layer several smaller strips together • use all of the same patterned paper • create an ombre effect going from light to dark • mix different patterned papers of the same color • mix different patterned papers of different colors • mix in some glitter paper (like I did on my layout)

With splashes you can:

• use chipboard flourishes • add some hand-stitched swirls and flourishes • cut splash designs out of patterned paper • use jewels, brads, or enamel dots for drops of water • add glitter to a few drops or splashes • hand draw your own designs to custom fit your layout

The second reason this layout is a favorite is the journaling. This layout is from the perspective chapter. I asked each of my boys to tell me what they enjoy the most about Big Kahuna’s Water Park in Destin, Florida.


I knew pretty early on in the development phase that documenting a different voice, a different perspective was going to be a chapter. It’s pretty amazing how two (or more) people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different and it’s fun to get a different view, or two, from an event. One of the layouts that inspired this chapter was one I did after my youngest son was born. I asked each member of my family, “What was the most memorable part of the day that Jackson was born?” I was so surprised that each story was completely different and many of them, I had no idea those things had even happened. It will forever be one of my most cherished layouts ever.

When creating a layout with a different perspective, you can go the simple route and ask “What was your favorite part about _____?” for pretty much any topic, or you can check out the perspective chapter in Writing to Remember. There are many, many different ways you can capture different perspectives on your layouts and in the perspective chapter there are four sections with over 20 prompts, over 100 topics to explore, and several layout ideas.

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