Have you ever seen something worth talking about? It can be as simple as seeing nature take fold, a circus , or how your child looks at the world for the very first time as a toddler. It is amazing how everyone have different views of the same event, not knowing what the other person thinks or feels at that time. In order for the writer to write about what he or she seen throughout their travels in life, the writer has to journal about an event with a keen sense of memory. That writer also needs enough descriptive words to transport a reader, as though the reader is the one watching the event taking place. This is called an observation, or as I call it, looking through another person’s eyes, and seeing what they see. So what is an observation journal entry, and how do it help you as the writer get your point across to the reader. What is an observation Journal entry?
Oberservation journal entries make great entries, and maybe it will be your own testament in your personal journal, or online blog. You can make it funny, or serious. It is closely related to a narrative, which can be a writing technique to help describe the event through the through the eyes of the writer to the reader. An observation is something you see happening, and you are watching from afar. You are writing down how your actions or reactions the event or situation. I was watching my favorite show, CSI Miami, when my 9 year old son, Donte, came into the room to ask this question, “Can Jimmy spend the night, tonight? ” Now this is a school night, and usually I do not allow sleepovers during school time. After all, there is homework to be done, I have to get up the next morning to go to work, and sleepovers usually mean that little boys do not go to bed when they are supposed to.
As explained earlier, everyone has their own views and opinions of the same event. First, write about where you are. This could be a concert, a birthday party for an older relative, or a cultural event of another lifestyle. Next, give a descriptive account of the sights, sounds, tastes (if food is involved), and smells. Give feeling to the description, such as, “I was amazed”, “I was sad”, or “I was confused”. The last part of the observation is a recommendation of sorts. I went to Disney World for the first time in my life. See how this person watched and noted things in his mind about watching a Disney resort transportation bus and its passengers. An entry has to be precise and accurate if you want the reader to observe what you just laid witness to. Now what does this have to do with journaling on a scrapbook page layout?
Using a series of pictures and a short journal entry can be just as effective as that journal entry or blog post. For another example, I created a first year book for my second oldest nephew, who was 10 months at the time. He’s 6 now. This particular day, me, my mom, my sister (his mom), and the child went to IKEA for the first time. While in the store, I wanted to capture the moment of my first experience in IKEA, but I turned into his moment. I took picture of his mom standing him on a ladder like the baby was looking for a book, sitting him on a cow looking stool, and holding a fluffy red and white soccer ball. Then on a separate page, I did a journal entry about his experience. I love doing 2-page layouts, especially when I have a lots of pictures of the same subject. I had lots of smaller pictures around the journal entry, which was printed out on my printer. I did it, so that when the baby grows to be a man, he can read about it, because “Aunty Patti” may not remember enough to tell him the whole story. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Great article. Especially about: how to write an observation entry.