100 Journaling Prompts

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Scrapbooking is all about the memory keeping. And because it’s easy to get stuck and not know what “counts” as a story worth preserving, we came up with a list of 100 different journaling prompts to get you going.

Current Favorites

  1. What are some of your favorite things?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What are your favorite quotes?
  4. Who are your favorite writers?
  5. Do you have favorite paintings?
  6. What are some of your favorite creative outlets?
  7. What are your favorite games?
  8. What are some of your favorite gadgets? (this will be fun to look back on)
  9. What are your favorite restaurants?
  10. What desserts do you enjoy?
  11. What are your favorite recipes?
  12. What are your favorite TV shows/movies? (Netflix binging counts!)
  13. What is your favorite song? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
  14. Where are some of your favorite places/landmarks?
  15. Do you have a favorite travel destination?
  16. What is your favorite holiday or season?
  17. Do you have some favorite holiday traditions?
  18. Do you have favorite Christmas carols?
  19. Is there a special Christmas tree ornament that is your favorite?
  20. What are your favorite Sunday rituals?
  21. Who are your favorite people?
  22. What are some of your favorite things about your family?

Lists

  1. What accomplishments are you really proud of?
  2. What do you want to do in your life? (bucket list)
  3. What goals do you have for this year?
  4. What things do you want to do this summer/fall/winter/spring?
  5. What are some things you would like to learn?
  6. What books do you want to read?
  7. Where do you want to visit?
  8. What things do you want to see?
  9. Who would you like to meet?
  10. How do you indulge yourselself?
  11. What are you grateful for?
  12. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  13. What are you obsessed with?
  14. What are some things you miss? (including “back in my day…”)
  15. What reasons do you have to be happy?
  16. What are some things that cheer you up?
  17. What makes you laugh?
  18. What inspires you?
  19. Who inspires you?
  20. Who are your friends?
  21. What are this month’s highlights?
  22. What random things do you know?
  23. What weird things do you like? (you know you have some)
  24. What are some things you can’t go without?
  25. What are some things you’ve done that you never thought you could?
  26. What things would you do if you weren’t afraid?
  27. What is happing in the world today? (current events)
  28. What tattoos do you have and what are their meanings?
  29. What are you good at?
  30. What makes you unique?

From Your Childhood

  1. Where did you grow up?
  2. What were some things you enjoyed doing as a child?
  3. What are some things you always did with your parents as a child?
  4. What do you remember about your childhood home? (or did you move a lot?)
  5. What was your favorite toy?
  6. Who was your childhood pet?
  7. What was your favorite meal as a child? What were your favorite treats?
  8. Where did you go to school? Who was your favorite teacher?
  9. Who were your friends in elementary school?
  10. Who were your friends in high school?
  11. What sports/extracurricular activities were you involved in as a teenager?
  12. When was the time you got in the most trouble?
  13. What were your favorite TV shows or movies?
  14. What was the best gift you ever got?
  15. What was the best/worst birthday/Christmas?
  16. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Firsts…

  1. Who was your first crush?
  2. Who was your first kiss?
  3. What do you remember about your first car?
  4. What was your first airplane ride?
  5. What was your first job?
  6. Who was your first concert?

More Memories…

  1. What is your love story? (how did you meet your spouse/significant other?)
  2. What is your saddest memory?
  3. What is your happiest memory?
  4. What is your funniest memory?

If…

  1. If a genie granted you three wishes…
  2. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) it would be…
  3. If you could meet any fictional character it would be…
  4. If you could live anywhere…
  5. If you could change history….

Family

  1. What do you remember most about your mother/father?
  2. Is there anything noteworthy about your parent’s upbringing?
  3. What are some of your mother’s or father’s favorites?
  4. Do you have any famous or high profile family members?
  5. Are there other family members that were/are important to you? (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
  6. Who are your siblings?
  7. How do you spend family time?
  8. What family vacations have you gone on?

Motherhood

  1. What do you remember about each birth?
  2. What are some of your mom fails? (we all have them)
  3. What are some of your mom wins?
  4. What is mom life really like?
  5. What are your parenting goals?
  6. You love this kid because…
  7. Kids are funny because…
  8. Kids are scary because…
  9. What do you love most about being a mother?

Now that you’ve got these prompts to get you started, the next step is to do something about it! You may want to start by writing the story down and then finding photos to support it, or you may want to approach it the other way around—find photos related to your memory and then add a few written details. Either way, don’t allow your precious memories and stories get lost with time.

Whether by simply keeping a journal or by scrapbooking in whatever method best fits your style, now is the time to commit—or recommit!—to memory keeping.

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From Jill: Capture Memories as You Make Them

As I enter the New Year with resolutions and hopes for the future, there is one resolution that I keep at the top of my list year after year: documenting my stories. Because this is so important to me, I am always looking for new ways to do it.

This past year, I tried a new form of journaling involving my planner. I have always been a planner person. Even with technological advances, I like using pen and paper to organize my days, and since I always have my planner close by, I thought I’d try something out. Here’s what I did: Whenever something sparked a memory from my past or whenever something special happened that day that I wanted to remember, I wrote it down in my planner.

Use your planner to up your scrapbooking game--you won't want to miss this great idea! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #planner #journaling #memorykeepingmatters

By jotting these things down in my planner as I remembered them or as they happened, I found I focused more on what’s really important in life and not just my never-ending to-do list. I also found that when I went to scrapbook, I could reference my planner for journaling ideas. Sometimes what I wrote in my planner was something that happened on a specific day, but other times I just wrote down a random memory from the past. Either way, turning to my planner gave me inspiration for what to write next to my photos, like you can see here:

Use your planner to up your scrapbooking game--you won't want to miss this great idea! #ctmh #closetomyheart #scrapbooking #planner #journaling #memorykeepingmatters

The photo I used on this page was taken in June, but that little quote actually came from a conversation between these two kiddos in January. Even though the exchange didn’t happen at the same time as the photo, it made a much more meaningful story to compliment my photo than something generic like “here we are at the park… again.” The quote and photo work together to tell the story of their relationship at that point in time.

Our dear friend and brilliant storyteller, Stacy Julian, has spoken at a couple of our events in the past year, encouraging everyone to document memories as they come. On our CreativeLive show (which you can still watch for free any time you’d like, by the way 🙂 ), she led us in a fun exercise to trigger memories and stories with random photos of ordinary objects.

This exercise transformed the way I think about storytelling, showing me that even seemingly random, unconnected memories are part of my story and can often be connected to more significant memories. Instead of letting these random memories fade whenever they are sparked by something I encounter in my day, if I just take two minutes to write them down, they can be kept and told. Whether the memories are old or new, a planner is such a convenient place to record them as they come so you can remember all those details when you sit down to do your journaling.

I want to invite all of you to join me in my efforts to keep and tell stories with a new weekly planner prompt. Each week, the Home Office will post a question, thought, or photo prompt on Facebook and/or Instagram that will help spark an old memory or help you see the stories in your everyday life, which you can then write about in your planner. Just think—if you do this every week, you will capture 52 stories you may not have otherwise told or documented—what a treasure!

And if you haven’t already gotten our Everyday Life™ 2016 planner pages, I encourage you to get them now because they are half of their retail price! They provide enough space for jotting down your memories in addition to your to-do lists.

Here is the first planner prompt (sparked by my own story): Document a conversation. This could be something your cute kiddos say, a nice exchange between you and a loved one, or the conversation you observe between a grandparent and a child.

All of our weekly prompts will use the hashtag #memorykeepingmatters, so search that hashtag on Facebook or Instagram to review all our prompts at once. These prompts would be a great thing to share with your social media friends so they can preserve their memories, too. Also, feel free to share whatever part of your story you want with the same hashtag.

One of my new favorite quotes from author Madeleine L’Engle says, “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” This is what I want for my family and my life, and I want it for each of you, too. Join me in a storytelling journey by using your planner to record special memories as they come to you.

Always let your stories shine,

Jill

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