I'm loving a list (or two or maybe three) today. Because even though I'm a firm believer in the power of words on a scrapbook page, I'm still quite sure they don't have to be grand ones..
..there are no prizes for literary composition when scrapbooking. But if someone finds your album on a shelf, reaches up a hand and pulls it out, maybe even blows the dust away before cracking it open, think: what would you wish she might find? Something she didn't know already. News,, history, facts. You can provide all of that with a list. Doesn't have to be fancy, doesn't have to be long: a list will still pack a punch because lists give good gossip. They can offer rich detail, quickly.
That's why my holiday notebook every year (and actually it is the same notebook, every year for the past four. It's a fat one)usually holds lists and very little else.
When Get It Scrapped asked for a layout with a list I knew where to turn, straight to the red hardbacked two-in-a-pack-from-Tescos notebook I pull out of my rucksack every night while I'm away. My lists aren't startlingly original, I haven't spent hours creating curious titles. They are simple, basic, because it's in that stripped back simplicity that we can find how should I put it? - that we can find the way it happened. The picture of how we were living at any given moment, any day we care to choose. That's why I write What I Wore, What I Read, What I Ate, What I Watched. Brought together, they start to build a bigger picture.
And it's a bigger picture with options. Each one of these lists on its own could have been turned into page: together, there's the basis of an album, right there. Between the pages about the places we see, I like to add the pages which remind us who we were, when we were there.
There are plenty more ideas for ways to use lists in scrapbooking over at Get It Scrapped