Scrapbooking materials including prints, scissors, hole puncher, stickers, and ruler.
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Journaling and scrapbooking are two of many ways to record, compile, and celebrate memories. Both may include pictures and writings, and they always have something to do with its creator. They don’t seem really different, huh? In actuality, they are set apart by five aspects that I’ll list down for you.

1) Target audience in journaling and scrapbooking

This is the major difference between a scrapbook and a journal. You usually intend to share a scrapbook with other people, especially with friends, family members, or guests when you have dinner parties. It’s a product of a project that you put some place visible or easily accessible because you want people to see it. A journal, however, is very personal and intended for the creator of the journal only. It’s not for the purpose of entertaining other people, and it’s more for self-reflection, “brain dumps,” and even personal plans and goals.

2) Level of craftiness involved.

From front cover to back cover, the creator organizes and crafts 95% of a scrapbook. You’ll see an overflow of various textures, stickers, pictures, and captions, which fulfills its roles to remember a memory in a highly presentable manner and to entertain its audience. For journals, there isn’t a need for you to start from scratch. All you’ll need are a pen, a notebook (or your computer), and your thoughts to start journaling, which I deliberately explained in The Journaling Master Post. Journaling is more straightforward and requires less effort than scrapbooking.

3) Importance of visual aesthetic

Because scrapbooking considers its target audience, the creator holds an extremely high importance to visual aesthetic. This explains the high level of craftiness involved in scrapbooking. For you to immediately notice a scrapbook, it needs to be all glammed up. Journaling, on the other hand, doesn’t really care for how it looks. What matter most are the meaning and content of the journal entries. Your journal can be as simple as a composition notebook, and you’re good to go. No need for those twine ribbons, scissors, and glue.

4) Content in journaling and scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking tends to focus on major milestones. You commonly cover graduations, weddings, birthdays, etc. because scrapbooking is somewhat like an extension of the celebration. But, scrapbooking also only includes one to two major events. Journaling, however, tends to be more on the daily mundane stuff AND major life events. It’s simpler than scrapbooking because journaling is for your rawest side. You don’t need to make your journal all prepped and pretty because journaling is somehow like coming as you are. Journaling also includes your bad days, so it’s not all confetti, celebrations, happy pictures, and quirky captions.

5) Frequency.

Knowing that scrapbooking is more for major events, it’s understood that scrapbooking takes place every once in a while. You or your loved ones complete milestones overtime; therefore, you don’t necessarily scrapbook everything. The outcome or end goal is what’s highlighted, even though there are some fluffs on the process of getting to the outcome. Since we’ve established that scrapbooking and journaling are to some extent polar opposites, journaling can be done every day. It can be your activity at the beginning of the day or even at the end of the day in which you’ll either project your goals, prep for the day, or unload stuff that happened within the day. If in case you’d like to look into getting ready for the week, you can read my post on How to Prepare Yourself for the Upcoming Week.


Journaling is the best and most convenient activity when all you wanna do is spend time with yourself. There is minimal effort required, and all journaling needs is you. You can also do journaling and scrapbooking if in case you’d like to separate the bigger events with your daily events. Would you rather scrapbook or journal?

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