Haiku Your Journaling

The haiku might have been designed especially for scrapbooking.

With its seventeen syllable format (although the western versions do give a little bit of latitude), it’s perfect for creating a short piece of journaling that still manage to capture the essence of the story you’re trying to tell.


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.

Long term readers of Scraps of Mind will probably remember that I’ve raved about this form of poetry on Scraps of Mind before. I even once ran a bit of a challenge to readers to create their own haikus and we got some fantastic results. I suspect many of you surprised yourself.


blogging here alone

words to you across the World

scraps of mind in tune

It looks difficult but when you actually do it, it’s surprisingly easy.

You just write down what you want to say in three lines. Then you think about the words and manipulate them so that they fit the haiku parameters. The traditional pattern is

5 syllables

7 syllables

5 syllables

But no one is going to condemn you if you vary it a little.

And when you have to try to fit what you want to say into that sort of pattern you will amaze yourself at how creative you will be with your words.

And suddenly you find you’ve expressed your message in a very special and concise way that looks really special as a piece of scrapbook journaling.


color me Burano

a haven of memories

wrapped in shawl of lace

Have you tried it yourself?

I’d love to see some examples of your own haikus in the comments below.

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Haiku Kudos

Why Journaling is Important on Your Scrapbook Layouts

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6 Responses to Haiku Your Journaling

  1. Antoinette June 27, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    Oooh the Burano haiku is beautiful! Never tried it myself… will see what I can come up with :)

  2. karooch June 28, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    Thanks Antoinette. I’ll look forward to seeing yours.

  3. Ayer July 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    I like this post you’re making on scrap book and haikus. It’s really great. Haiku us one of my favorite during my English class in high school.
    I came up with a haiku myself.

    Scrapbooking is like
    cross stitch works and knitting crafts
    Simply amazing

    Hope you like it.

  4. karooch July 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    That’s terrific Ayer.
    Congratulations on a great haiku and on kicking off the comments haiku contributions.

  5. Doris E. Lynch January 27, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    It doesn’t look too difficult if you can count to 7 syllables. In my haiku book, they are counting the Japanese syllables rather than the English translation

    yuki tokete snow melts
    mura ippai no and the village floods
    kodomo kana with children

    • karooch January 27, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Well I guess there’s the ‘pure’ approach and the watered down western approach. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I try to fit the 17 syllable structure but given my knowledge of Japanese doesn’t extend much beyond ‘sushi’ I base it on English wording.