Making Journaling Meaningful

I recently did a layout of my daughter. The instant I saw the picture I was going to use, I knew my title, and what my journaling would say. This particular picture is of my daughter a couple of months before she turned 3. She had this look on her face that just made me ache inside with the realization that she was getting to be a “big girl”. I wanted to convey those feelings onto the layout so that one day, she could look at this page and know how I felt in that moment.

My title was, “That Look”. The journaling reads:

That look on your face just kills me.
It screams, “I’ll be a teenager before you know it.”
It says, “I’m growing up way too fast, Mom and you can’t stop me!”
As a Mother, it makes me want to cry.
To see my baby girl become a toddler, and now you’re a little girl.
Before I know it, you’ll be grown and out of my hands.
If only you would stop growing!
I love you way too much.
I’m not ready for….

The dot, dot, dot, takes the reader back to the title, “That Look”.

It’s sometimes hard to capture exactly what you feel about a photo. Some pages you create, you may not “feel” anything. But, the ones that do make you so happy, or make your heart ache, are the ones that you should focus on making your journaling meaningful. Those will be the pages that you cherish forever. I don’t know if there is an easy way to “teach” someone how to have meaningful journaling, but if you dig deep, and write what your heart feels, you are bound to have journaling that will convey to the observer what you felt when you saw that photograph.

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at