The newest e-book in the Ella Publishing line-up covers a topic that is near and dear to my heart: journaling. It's rare for me not to journal on my layouts since I love telling the stories behind the photos. This book was written to not only help scrapbookers tell their important stories, but also do so in creative and authentic ways.
The description of the book says
Journaling that Matters is packed with 51 easy tips to help you write from the heart without breaking a sweat. You'll love the expert advice, inspirational layouts, practical tips, and timeless suggestions that are suitable for writers of all levels—from the most experienced journalers to the most insecure.
So if you have problems journaling, or don't, but are looking for new ways to tell your stories, read on!
Journaling That Matters is written by Angie Lucas and Kelly Jeppson, and includes work by Layle Koncar, Keshet Shenkar, Donna Januzzi, Linda Barber, Moon Ko, Wendy Smedley and Stephanie Wheeler.
The book is divided into four sections: Simple Starters , Lists That Matter, Dig Deeper, and Play With Format. The sections include four to six prompts, and each prompt is accompanied by a layout and additional tips or variations adding up to 51 different ways to rock your journaling!
I took the book for a test drive and used a prompt from the Play With Format section: say it in a single sentence. Here's my layout
I like that the prompt got me to scrap a photo that had been in my "To Scrap" pile for months. In fact I had printed some photos out to do a layout of my scrap space which I ended up doing digitally, and since I didn't want to do a duplicate layout they were just sitting there. This way I used a photo in a way that allowed me to talk about something related to the photo, but not necessarily about the photo itself.
One of the things I noticed about the prompts in the book is that they can be the catalyst to scrap about things you might not have thought of including in your scrapbooks. For example stories about inanimate objects or pets. Of course the prompts can also be applied to photos you already plan to scrap about, but may be stumped on. You can even go back to add journaling to already completed layouts!
Now I did mention a giveaway didn't I? One lucky reader will win a copy of this e-book. To enter please leave a comment telling me which of the section of the book you think might be the most useful for you right now. You can also tweet, blog or post about this giveaway on Facebook for extra entries. Just leave a separate comment for each entry. Please leave your comments by midnight PST Tuesday November 23rd and I'll draw the winner on Wednesday the 24th.
If you don't want to wait, but need to jump into journaling right this minute, you can always purchase the book from Ella for $5.99.
Remember to check back next Wednesday to see if you are the winner!