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.
What are some of your favorite things?
What is your favorite book?
What are your favorite quotes?
Who are your favorite writers?
Do you have favorite paintings?
What are some of your favorite creative outlets?
What are your favorite games?
What are some of your favorite gadgets? (this will be fun to look back on)
What are your favorite restaurants?
What desserts do you enjoy?
What are your favorite recipes?
What are your favorite TV shows/movies? (Netflix binging counts!)
What is your favorite song? Do you have a favorite musician or band?
Where are some of your favorite places/landmarks?
Do you have a favorite travel destination?
What is your favorite holiday or season?
Do you have some favorite holiday traditions?
Do you have favorite Christmas carols?
Is there a special Christmas tree ornament that is your favorite?
What are your favorite Sunday rituals?
Who are your favorite people?
What are some of your favorite things about your family?
What accomplishments are you really proud of?
What do you want to do in your life? (bucket list)
What goals do you have for this year?
What things do you want to do this summer/fall/winter/spring?
What are some things you would like to learn?
What books do you want to read?
Where do you want to visit?
What things do you want to see?
Who would you like to meet?
How do you indulge yourselself?
What are you grateful for?
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
What are you obsessed with?
What are some things you miss? (including “back in my day…”)
What reasons do you have to be happy?
What are some things that cheer you up?
What makes you laugh?
What inspires you?
Who inspires you?
Who are your friends?
What are this month’s highlights?
What random things do you know?
What weird things do you like? (you know you have some)
What are some things you can’t go without?
What are some things you’ve done that you never thought you could?
What things would you do if you weren’t afraid?
What is happing in the world today? (current events)
What tattoos do you have and what are their meanings?
What are you good at?
What makes you unique?
From Your Childhood
Where did you grow up?
What were some things you enjoyed doing as a child?
What are some things you always did with your parents as a child?
What do you remember about your childhood home? (or did you move a lot?)
What was your favorite toy?
Who was your childhood pet?
What was your favorite meal as a child? What were your favorite treats?
Where did you go to school? Who was your favorite teacher?
Who were your friends in elementary school?
Who were your friends in high school?
What sports/extracurricular activities were you involved in as a teenager?
When was the time you got in the most trouble?
What were your favorite TV shows or movies?
What was the best gift you ever got?
What was the best/worst birthday/Christmas?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Who was your first crush?
Who was your first kiss?
What do you remember about your first car?
What was your first airplane ride?
What was your first job?
Who was your first concert?
What is your love story? (how did you meet your spouse/significant other?)
What is your saddest memory?
What is your happiest memory?
What is your funniest memory?
If a genie granted you three wishes…
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) it would be…
If you could meet any fictional character it would be…
If you could live anywhere…
If you could change history….
What do you remember most about your mother/father?
Is there anything noteworthy about your parent’s upbringing?
What are some of your mother’s or father’s favorites?
Do you have any famous or high profile family members?
Are there other family members that were/are important to you? (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
Who are your siblings?
How do you spend family time?
What family vacations have you gone on?
What do you remember about each birth?
What are some of your mom fails? (we all have them)
What are some of your mom wins?
What is mom life really like?
What are your parenting goals?
You love this kid because…
Kids are funny because…
Kids are scary because…
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.