Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – Journaling from the Heart

OK, hands up everyone who struggles with emotive journaling!

Yes my hand’s waving up there too. I find I have no trouble writing a little humorous story but as soon as I try writing ‘feeling’ stuff I tense up and it all reads quite stilted. Now there are obviously times when I really want to write something that expresses my feelings and emotions and a funny story or one-liner is just not going to cut it.

Enter the Haiku!

Haiku (pronounced High-koo) is a non-rhyming, Japanese poetry form consisting of 17 syllables, arranged in three lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables.

What!!! I hear you cry. If I struggle with emotive journaling how can I possibly write poetry??

Now whilst the Haiku in its finest form is an exquisite piece of distilled art, you will find it is not too difficult to write Haikus of a lesser standard that are still good to read. The 17 syllable limitation really helps when you have difficulty in writing ‘feelings’ because you have to discard the non-essential words and just focus on the really important ones. Non-purists can be a little flexible with the 5-7-5 arrangement if necessary.

Here’s an example: I scrapped a layout of my daughter’s First Holy Communion from when she was 7 years old. I remember how I felt when she walked towards me in her long white dress and veil. But I had difficulty writing that feeling down in a way I felt happy with. Here is the Haiku I wrote instead.

The tears fill my eyes

So beautiful, gowned in white.

Childhood is fleeting.

So I challenge you to have a go. I think you’ll surprise yourself.

And I’d love to see some of your results posted in the comments section of this post. I’m sure they will inspire others to give it a try.

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7 Responses to Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – Journaling from the Heart

  1. Pam aka PamPie October 24, 2006 at 8:36 am #

    I’m terrible at journaling, especially emotions because I’m such a private person, but I love writing Haiku, so it just makes sense to put the two together–thank you for the terrific idea!!

  2. Tink October 24, 2006 at 1:53 pm #

    I’ll have to see where it is posted, but have one on my blog about grandson. They really are perfect for those of us that are not journaling experts.

  3. Moi October 25, 2006 at 9:11 am #

    What a fabulous idea. I love haiku and I hadn’t thought about it for ages … and now that I’m a scrapper what a great thing to incorporate. THanks for the inspiration.

  4. leslier November 8, 2006 at 10:48 am #

    Yes, I have a hard time journaling too! The haiku is a great idea. I am going to have to give it a shot.

  5. Maggie December 31, 2006 at 6:33 am #

    That a great idea. Haiku!

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