Journaling the who, what, where, when, and why!

If your struggle with journaling, the (who, what, where, when, and why) are probably one of the most important ways you can start your journaling. To start scroll down to download our freebie scrapbook layout planner/journaling guide. The guide will walk help you plan your scrapbook layouts and walk you through, step by step  how to  document the story behind the photos incorporating the  (who, what, where, when, and why).  If you haven’t read the full blog post ’10 Journaling tips, click here 

Sometimes it might feel tricky to write about the feeling or emotion, but just stick with and think about it… the feelings will eventually come to you. You may find it easier to find yourself a quiet place to think, put some music on, get comfortable and just start righting the first ideas that come to mind. 

This layout is of my son Braedon taken during our holiday in Vietnam. It is the perfect example of journaling and covering the basics. I feel quite sentimental about this photo and I know I will feel like this for a long time. Why does this photo evoke such feelings? I had to sort of dig deep to figure it out..I look at this photo and I see my son in his element and he looks so grown up. We are in Mai Chau Vietnam during April 2018, the first few days of our trip and he is out with our travel guide shooting a few arrows using an arrow. Not something we would normally do at home! Lol.

To start, just ask yourself the following questions 

Who – Names of the people in the pictures?
What – What’s the occasion, special event or memorable moments taking place? What happened at the event?
Where – Where did the event take place? Background information will help paint a clearer picture.
When – Obviously giving dates will help place the photo in proper context.
Why – Why did you choose this photo? Any special meaning to this photo? Did it evoke certain emotion out of you?

What is going on!

Braedon and our travel guide, Ling are having some practice time shooting a Cross Bow.  Not something we would normally do at home! Lol


Braedon is with our guide Ling.Ling was our guide for the three days we were in Mai Chai.

When was it taken

April 2018 – our Vietnam Holiday

Where was this picture taken?

We are in Mai Chau Vietnam which is located in a mountainous region about 135 km from Hanoi.

Why is this photo important to me?


My journaling looks a little like this.. 
It felt wonderful to see Braedon experience the world.  I see in this photo that he is growing up. He looks rather proud of himself, even though I can’t see his face. I can see that he is happy and having a wonderful time. Of course, it helped that our guide was so easy going and Braedon got on very well with her.  Possibly because she had a brother Braedon’s age

 It is a holiday moment I will always treasure, and I guess there are so many from this trip that will fall into the same category. It warms my heart to know that Braedon is experiencing the world and is seeing it from a different perspective. He is experiencing a different culture from what he has been used to.

Once I worked through the who, what, where, when, and why it helped me to create the journaling on this scrapbook layout. Some of this is easy to write, for example, where and when, however, the emotion need a little more work sometimes.

 The whole process took me about half an hour to document and type on the computer. I must admit, I am a bit of a computer journaler, and prefer to type and print my journaling strips.

 Here is the download below, I hope it helps you first plan your layout and then help you work through the journaling. 

 I would love some feedback, let me know what you think?

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