This week's 3 tips layout is one you may have seen recently -- it was featured on Gallery Standouts within the past couple of days, and for good reason. Erica's layouts always feature compelling journaling, and "Broviac Training" is no exception. Here's what we can learn from her layout:
1. Don't be afraid to scrap the hard stuff.
Erica's layout is just one of many that detail the surgeries and procedures that her oldest daughter has had to endure. Erica has never shied away from documenting this aspect of Grace's childhood -- and she shouldn't. Although I'm sure creating these layouts has been painful at times, capturing these stories is necessary; by glossing over the reality of everyday, we miss out on the reflection that shows us what we've learned, what we've gained, by making it through these hard times. Life isn't always fun and smiles, and we shouldn't aim to only show that face in our scrapbooks; adversity and hard times have much to teach us, if we let them.
2. Include a mix of factual details and personal reactions.
With a layout like this, Erica wanted to make sure she documented the facts from this procedure, but focusing only on the facts would've made this layout too clinical, too cold. Instead, she also included her personal reaction -- her fears, her concerns, her worries. This brings a human element to the issue and gives the reader a way "inside" the event, so that he or she can connect with the scrapper. It's this human element that causes us to react to the story, to feel emotionally involved.
3. Scrap your daily routines.
During the time surrounding Grace's surgery, cleaning and changing her broviac dressings became a part of Erica's everyday life. Don't just assume that because something is commonplace or part of your daily routine that it isn't worth documenting. These small details that make up your daily routines are an important aspect of life to document -- these are the details that, looking back, you'll want to remember most.
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