The finishing touch to your memory album pages is journaling. This provides the information to fully appreciate and understand what is happening in your photos. The extent and style of journaling should vary according to the subject of the photos. There are four basic styles of journaling.
Bullets: Supply the basic information, who, what, where, and when.
example Mary Jones. age 7. Wales. Nan's house. 8-4-99
Captioning: Uses the same information but in complete sentences. This also provides an opportunity to use your creativity.
example: Mary Jones was 7 when this photo was taken. She was on holiday at her Nan's in Wales, during the Easter weekend. Lot's of chocolate, YUMMY!!!!
Story Telling: Much longer form of journaling. It includes the basic information, adds more detail, sets the mood and gives a voice to the narrator. This style puts context to the photo, by telling what happened before and after the photo was taken.
example: Mary was so excited to show mum the Easter card she had made for her in School. We played car games all the way to keep her busy. When we got there she barrelled out of the car. and soon was gobbling chocolate. All the excitement was too much for her, and she fell asleep on the sofa even before we could enjoy the lovely ham dad had prepared for us.
Poetic Journaling: This form relies on meaningful song lyrics, bible verses, or poems to capture the mood of the page. It is a great choice for historical pages, holiday pages, and wedding albums. You could use songs from the period to complement historical pages, or add carols to a Christmas page.