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Using a photo album - The same ideas can be incorporated using a photo album that has plastic sleeves. Insert a photo into a plastic sleeve. Then, in as many other sleeves as you want you can use colored paper, index cards, anything you want to write on, and tell story of picture. You can include a card that you have cut to size, and that says just what photo means to you. You can write in detail about vacation spot photo shows. Writing about photo of a family member, friend, favorite pet, favorite pet, your spouse, can be a wonderful way to record and share what each photo meant to you.
Children can also create their own Sharing Journals. Purchase a large book that is blank, or create your own from copy paper and a stapler. Get out crayons and colored pencils and have kids draw their day, their favorite experience with their pet, or any idea they want to draw. After they are done drawing sit with them and ask about what their drawing means to them. If there is a cat in picture ask them to write word cat and anything else they want to add in writing about their drawing.
Your experiences are treasured keepsakes. Combining visual elements with your words creates an extended experience that you can view through years to come. Your Sharing Journal.
Doreene Clement, a cancer victor and author of The 5 Year Journal, is currently writing a new book, Blessed, about her life and her cancer experience. For more information www.the5yearjournal.com 480.423.8095 Copyright 2005 OMDC, LLC All Rights Reserved
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