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13 Everyday Life Journaling Prompts

Last week I was checking in on the message boards at Two Peas and read a thread from someone who was looking for some everyday life journaling prompts. I immediately started thinking of some of my favorites and started writing.

Above are 13 journaling prompts/thought starters for telling the stories of your daily life. My hope is that you take these ideas and run with them - go tell some of those wonderfully basic stories. Words are powerful and there's no better time then right now. You can download a PDF of this list below:

Download the 13 Everyday Life Journaling Prompts PDF here.


PS | Go read Shimelle's blog today.

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  1. Liz says…
    05/31/2011

    those are some great prompts!! thanks

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  2. Sara Mangan says…
    05/31/2011

    Love these, Ali. Thanks for sharing. I too love "Today you" I have used it quiet often, on my blog. Can't wait to use some of the other ones.
    You have the best ideas.

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  3. dawn says…
    05/31/2011

    How cool of you to make the time to do this for us. I love these ideas, thanks for sharing them.

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  4. pidge says…
    05/31/2011

    it's amazing how simple these are ... and how often i forget about them because they are so easy to take for granted. thanks for the awesome reminder.
    ps. i had to write a speech last week about a lady who had passed away and i was really encouraged to write about 'celebration' ... i never use that word, but it was just so perfect and i really loved all that it brought to mind. thanks for inspiring us, even outside the "scrapbook world"!

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  5. Lindsay says…
    05/31/2011

    These are great prompts Ali, especially when journaling for Project Life - sometimes I have something I want to remember but don't know how to start! Thanks so much!

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  6. Nicole says…
    05/31/2011

    Great prompts! These would be great starters for blog posts too. Thanks Ali!

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  7. Dori says…
    05/31/2011

    Thanks so much, Ali. These are perfect! I printed them out and tucked the list beneath my cutting mat on my scrap desk.

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  8. Justine says…
    05/31/2011

    Ooh, what a special treat. Thanks for generating these. I will definitely use this as my "go to" prompter for journaling.

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  9. AbbyS says…
    05/31/2011

    Thanks Ali!! ...in they went into my journal, you're the best!

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  10. Ellie A. says…
    05/31/2011

    I can not thank you enough because of you I have been LOVING documenting and scrapbooking so much more. Before it felt almost as a chore but now I get so much inspiration and am so excited to collect and put together my memories & think of how my children will enjoy it as well. THANK YOU for all you & share off to print this out!

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  11. maybe: today « nurturing curiosity says…
    05/31/2011

    [...] I have to say that I don’t really want to go to work.  I love long weekends but I don’t understand why a four day week feels longer?  So I am pushing myself to make a lunch and get out the door.  But not until I had visited some inspirational blogs where I found this.  [...]

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  12. Cynthia says…
    05/31/2011

    Thanks so much! I have it printed and on my wall - definitely great inspiration.

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  13. jannie says…
    05/31/2011

    Thank you so much, Ali, for these terrific prompts! I especially appreciate that you took the time to handwrite the prompts because they feel like encouragement from a creative friend. Thanks for always being an inspiration and encouragement!

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  14. La'son says…
    05/31/2011

    Great list! Thank you, Ali

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  15. Laurel says…
    05/31/2011

    Thanks, Ali!

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  16. kim smart says…
    05/31/2011

    these are great! printing them off right now. thank you for taking the time to write these down.

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  17. borcherding says…
    05/31/2011

    AWESOME! thank you so much Ali!!

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  18. Marcie says…
    05/31/2011

    Such a simple exercise in simple mindfulness. Your list of prompts is all about noticing the everyday. Love this!!!

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  19. cinback says…
    05/31/2011

    I recently signed up for your 'Scrapbook on the Road' class and was so very grateful for the journaling prompts you include there...and now this! I am going to be a busy girl for a while. Thank you.

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  20. heidiY says…
    05/31/2011

    thanks so much for sharing this list! journaling is my hardest part of scrapbooking and you make it look so easy...

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  21. Karen says…
    05/31/2011

    Printed and pinned to my bulletin board already. Thanks!

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  22. Roberta says…
    05/31/2011

    Thanks Ali...13 is my favorite number ;)

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  23. Niki says…
    05/31/2011

    Thank you Ali- I love the way you always share the simplest yet very helpful things with us.

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  24. lee says…
    05/31/2011

    What a great list of prompts! I could see myself using these for special projects, or just for fun. Thanks for sharing your list with us! =)

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  25. Andrea says…
    05/31/2011

    THANK YOU!

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