What is journaling, anyway? Its telling the story of your photos and memories. You might write a simple headline like At The Beach and supplement it with the five Ws: who, what, when, where and why. Or you might write long journal entries with thoughts, observations, quotes, song lyricswhatever it takes to tell your story. And you might use different journaling with different kinds of pages. Check out Scrapbook Recipes for Journaling for some great ideas!
You can write directly on your background paper if you wish, but writing on a separate piece of paper and adding it to the page is easier and looks polished. In that case, you only need a black acid-free pen. Some versatile tools for journaling are the Journaling Template and Journaling Stamp Set.
You can also use a computer to journal your storywrite out your story and print it onto acid-free paper. This allows you to spell-check, use the grammar function and mix font types and sizes. It also frees you from worrying about your handwriting.
How can you tell your story? You can speak in the first person (I spent the summer in Barcelona.) if you choose, or tell the story from your familys point of view (The Smith Family Reunion). You can tell the story to your children (You were so excited on your third birthday). And dont be shy about using a few creative writing techniques, from Once Upon a Time to Top-10 lists.
Another option when journaling is to use the Alphabet Tiles CD. Alphabet Tiles are easy to use, since you can try them out on different areas on the page before attaching them with adhesive or foam tape. You can also use the Card Greetings & Sentiment CD, although it is meant for cards there are tons of great sayings that can be used for scrapbook pages too!