Journaling Special Occasions

It’s Homecoming week at a number of high schools in our area. I know this because earlier tonight I saw my neighbor’s daughter standing outside in her full-length ball gown posing with her date and a group of other friends.

That was a few hours ago. I’ll bet $500 that her mom already cropped and printed the photos and has them featured in at least four or five scrapbook layouts. The woman is a machine when it comes to scrapping and I know she didn’t waste a minute getting her daughter’s Homecoming pictures in place in what are probably eye-popping designs complete with glitter, stickers, stamps, brads, pressed flowers, mylar strips and a host of other killer embellishments.

Homecoming and prom are huge milestones in the life of a teen. In fact, senior year in high school is jam-packed with memories to last a lifetime. I’m not sure how my neighbor’s daughter’s senior scrapbook is coming along, but I would be shocked if it didn’t include a page or two of tonight’s festivities lined with journaling and other sentimental quotes.

For an event like Homecoming I would include:

*Name of your date

*What your dress looked like

*Favorite part of the evening

*Where you had dinner

*Who else was part of the group

*What you did after the dance

*Name of the songs you danced to

*What time you got home

You could also journal about the friends that are featured with you in your Homecoming pictures. Jot down the names of your friends and how long you’ve known each other, what you like to do for fun and where you met.

If you are not a big fan of journaling, then look some inspirational quotes to add to your layout. There are hundreds of books and websites that offer free sayings that can enhance your Homecoming layouts, such as:

“Every happy time that passes is never really gone, if it leaves a lovely memory for looking back upon.” — Robin St. John

“There are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wondered what happened.” –- Anonymous

What else would you add to a Homecoming layout?

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.