We’re on vacation for the next two weeks, but we’re leaving you in good hands with guest posts everyday AND regular Nerd Nest scheduled posts on weekdays. Today’s guest post is by Alexandra Rae Design. She’s an awesome scrapbooker and is my partner in crime at Document Life Workshop.

Hi! I’m Allie, and one of the biggest “challenges” I have as a scrapbooker is getting down meaningful journaling that enhances my photos and the stories that I want to tell. While I’m long winded in every other aspect of my life, I tend to keep it very short and sweet on my pages. .. if I do any journaling at all. Which, as much as I would love to start adding more stories onto my pages, is not a bad thing at all.

Here are my top two ways to get meaningful journaling onto your pages… without using a lot of words!

1. Use word art.

Designers spend tons of time creating terrific word art for collections… many times, they already say exactly what you need to say!

Here are some examples where I use word art in place of a lot of journaling, or to add to my journaling:

Tips for Short and Sweet Journaling with Allie from Alexandra Rae Design

Tips for Short and Sweet Journaling with Allie from Alexandra Rae Design

2. Use lists or challenges as a “jumping off point.”

Some of my favorite pages are ones that I use “What I’m doing right now” prompts or lists. If you need ideas for lists, be sure to check out 30 Days of Lists. If you like doing “Currently” lists, check out RuKristin’s currently challenge! I also love doing pages with “monthly faves.” Here a few examples of pages with lists and challenges:

Tips for Short and Sweet Journaling with Allie from Alexandra Rae Design

Tips for Short and Sweet Journaling with Allie from Alexandra Rae Design

I hope these pages give you some ideas of ways you can add some journaling, without feeling like you need to write a novel. I challenge I’d love it if you shared something you’ve made from one of these tips!


Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design and Document Life Workshop works in marketing by day, but by night is a crafty designer, a photographer, and a memory keeper. She loves list making, great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram– and loves meeting new people via social media! Follow along with her lists, craft projects, and every day life on twitter and instgram at @abandy.