Sometimes, it’s not about what we want to say. Sometimes it’s all about what OTHERS have said. Journaling doesn’t always have to be your view of a situation. We use quotations and lyrics a lot, but what about just normal everyday words from normal everyday people? For example, I’ve been thinking about doing a layout about my dad’s love letters to my mom in Vietnam. A scanned letter from him to her will really tell that story better than I could. The other day, a friend took a picture of his 5-year-old daughter’s handwritten note saying how they never get to do anything she wants to do. The writing, the style, the physical piece of paper creates a powerful story for the audience. Here are some examples we found in the Oscraps gallery.
And this is one of my favorites I found. It makes me giggle just looking at it!
So don’t be afraid to give up on your own journaling once in a while. Let someone else do it instead!