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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Scrapbooking and Journalling Your Own History Part 2 - Thinking

Dear Scribblers
Over the next few posts I’ll be offering questions to you to think about, which you can use to begin to collect ideas and memories to add to your budding book. 
I will be looking at a section of your life at a time. First, I would like you to sit back with a cup of tea or coffee, and just think. Let your mind wander and see what comes to mind. Jot down or doddle anything that comes to mind. Even if you don’t think it’s relevant right at that time, it may be useful for a future page. 
If you’ve been following my journalling prompts over the previous weeks, you’ve probably been thinking like this anyway. Remember, any pages you’ve made using the prompts, you can add to this larger project. 
See, there is method to my madness.
If you have any photographs from this era of your life, it would be a good idea to dig them out now, and use them as prompts to fill in further details. Seeing old faces and place can trigger deeper memories. 
Remember, your 3Ds (Description, Date, Details), What, Where, When, Who, How, Why (see previous posts).
Also consider all your senses. Can you remember colours, tastes, smells from this time? Think Sight, Smell, Touch, Taste and Sounds. 
If you can’t remember any details from this time, do you have a friend or family member who could help? Take your conversations down memory lane, you never know which door you may end up at. 
If you can’t remember, don’t force it. Move on to another question, or put the whole thing away for another time. It’s often when you are doing other tasks, that your thoughts may bubble up the answers you are looking for. Memory is funny that way.
The whole point of this is to have fun, and celebrate your life. Don’t make it difficult for yourself.
Each of the next set of blog entries will all be a list of questions for you to consider. Use they as you will. Do worry, you don’t need to answer them all, just pick and choose the ones you feel you want to. These are all just jumping off points for you to think about in creating your own history pages. If you have any further inspirational questions which you think other Scribblers would like to answer, please add them to the comment page. 
Project of the Day: Your project today is to go and have your favourite beverage and enjoy it! There’s time for work later. Look after yourself!
Happy Scribing!

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