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May 31, 2011

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.

Comments

  • 1.
    Liz said…

    those are some great prompts!! thanks

  • 2.
    Sara Mangan said…

    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.

  • 3.
    dawn said…

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

  • 4.
    pidge said…

    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”!

  • 5.
    Lindsay said…

    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!

  • 6.
    Nicole said…

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

  • 7.
    Dori said…

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

  • 8.
    Justine said…

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

  • 9.
    AbbyS said…

    Thanks Ali!! …in they went into my journal, you’re the best!

  • 10.
    Ellie A. said…

    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!

  • 11.
    Cynthia said…

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

  • 12.
    jannie said…

    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!

  • 13.
    La'son said…

    Great list! Thank you, Ali

  • 14.
    Laurel said…

    Thanks, Ali!

  • 15.
    kim smart said…

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

  • 16.
    borcherding said…

    AWESOME! thank you so much Ali!!

  • 17.
    Marcie said…

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

  • 18.
    cinback said…

    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.

  • 19.
    heidiY said…

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

  • 20.
    Karen said…

    Printed and pinned to my bulletin board already. Thanks!

  • 21.
    Roberta said…

    Thanks Ali…13 is my favorite number ;)

  • 22.
    Niki said…

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

  • 23.
    lee said…

    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! =)

  • 24.
    Andrea said…

    THANK YOU!

  • 25.
    Kelli Moss said…

    Awesome! Thank you sooooooo much!

  • 26.
    Jennifer L. said…

    Thanks so much for the awesome prompts! I’m going to start working on these right away!

  • 27.
    Amy Irene said…

    Thanks so much Ali for listing these 13 prompts. I just typed them all into my Iphone note pad. I have been wanting to do this for a long time now but had no idea about going about it.

    I too love photos from my childhood that include larger parts of a room or even a chaotic mess. Just yesterday I was sorting photos and came across one from a few years back that showed me in my kitchen putting an Easter ham into the crock pot. Initially the photo would have been scrapbooked as an Easter photo. Somehow, yesterday I saw something different. The photo really told a lot about my life at that time. First of all I was wearing a nursing gown because I had an infant at the time, on the counter were bottles and a single can of formula for supplementing. There are other things on the counter that we no longer have. Glasses that have since broken, a toaster that went to the trash some time ago, and our old stove. I began to see how much I have grown since that time in my life and what I have learned thus far. It completely amazes me how important telling the story is for me right now. My life is so much richer too. Simply because I am able to reflect back on changes I have made in my life, and things that still need work. I love how important that is to me right now.

    Thanks again Ali for teaching me to be the best me I can be.

    Amy :)

  • 28.
    Kim said…

    Thank you, Ali for sharing these wonderful prompts. They capture what it is I want to remember for my children and for me. I take so many random, every day photos and always struggle to journal with them. These prompts will be perfect.

  • 29.
    Jane said…

    Wonderful “go to” list Ali – thanks for your generous sharing.

  • 30.
    Jen said…

    Thank you so much!!!!

  • 31.
    Amy said…

    ali – thank you for being so real and genuine and freely giving of yourself. (i’m feeling sad lately to see some other blogs move to be only about the brand/business. you seem to strike the perfect balance. thank you !! )

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Amy – I try to have a mix of both the personal and the business (especially keeping in mind that a big portion of what I do here is for my business that supports our family). I appreciate the feedback!

  • 32.
    Chriss Johns said…

    Thanks Ali, it is nice to see someone else’s perspective.
    I have been using the prompts 1000 gifts (blessings) and what I am thankful for this past week. Gotta love gratitude!

    Best!

    Chriss

  • 33.
    Autumn said…

    I love these. Thank you for sharing.

  • 34.
    Jennifer Larson said…

    I just wanted to say I printed the PDF and plan on bringing it to my next scrap event with my friends. I want to show them how fun and easy it is to scrap moments pages.

  • 35.
    Barb in AK said…

    FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing these prompts! I know I can use ‘em :-)

  • 36.
    scrappysue said…

    Thanks so much Ali, these are wonderful. I’m pretty good at photographing the small details, but journalling never comes easy!

  • 37.
    debbi g said…

    Excellent!! Thank you Ali!

  • 38.
    telisj said…

    You are AWESOME for doing this Ali! You have the best, most inspiring and most motivating blog out there today! Thank you!

  • 39.
    Cloudy said…

    Thank you soooooooooo much for these prompts. I add so much memorabilia and forget to add my own words to our story. I never know where to start and now I have a guide. Thank you:)

  • 40.
    Miami Momma said…

    Thank you so much!! as a newbie to scrapping, I love how you incorporate journaling. Love the use of text, numbers, letters. These prompts really gave me a lot to think about. Instead of trying to glamorize our everyday lives, “why don’t we appreciate what’s right in front of us, as messy and delicious as it is?”
    -Thanks for keeping us FOCUSED on what really matters ;)

  • 41.
    Crystal said…

    Ali, thank you for these. I just used one yesterday to document the moment that I picked my daughter up from school. As she ran to her classroom door to greet me, I realized she had on the same shorts which meant she had no accidents at school. Such an accomplishment for both of us and an awesome opportunity to document the everyday stuff. Thanks for all the inspiration everyday!

  • 42.
    Phaedra said…

    Ali, you rock every week, but this week? You are reading my mind! First the ‘everyday’ prompts that I was needing (as I was just thinking ‘hmmm, I need to jumpstart with something, but what?’) and now I see that you’ve posted about baby albums & that is my next project. I’ve done about half of my daughter’s baby album (um- oops she’s almost 6! I’m so glad you said it’s ok with you that albums sit for a while..) and have been gathering up things to continue on with it. Luckily I did keep odds & ends, wrote in a journal and have lots of photos for her album- all is not lost! I’m so motivated right now. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide! *have a great camping trip, too!

  • 43.
    rkokes said…

    thank you for posting this!!! gives me some great ideas!!!

  • 44.
    Margaret said…

    Thanks so much for the suggestions! I just started a new journal/scrapbook/list holder and these will definitely come in handy and hopefully help me at least jot down a little something every day :)

  • 45.
    Christina said…

    I am confused by the copyright mark on the post. When I scrapbook a layout and if I get inspiration from here, do I have to credit you in the layout? thanks for clarifying.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Not at all – the copyright is so that someone doesn’t take the entire sheet (or portions of it) and sell it/make a profit from it. Inspiration is awesome – taking the idea and making a profit from it is not.

  • 46.
    Cindy Groh said…

    Thank you for this lovely list.

  • 47.
    Abigail said…

    I love you’re website. Thanks for the tips :)

  • 48.
    Miss Niki said…

    You are awesome! I admire that you share with the memory keeping world! I am always impressed by the level at which you think about information and can transform it into meaningful uses for you and all of us:)

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