Did (or do) you have a favorite song? Use some of the lyrics instead of journaling. Sometimes the photos just don't have something specific to remember, but just the "being" there part- The beautiful face of your little grand daughter - granted there is alot to say, but sometimes it just gets to be just that - alot to say - with no particular meaning. However, if you were to use a particular song lyric - just one verse - or even just the title of the song - it says so much about that precious little face, and then you also have that memory every time you hear that song!
Now, George Straite's song "In All The World, You'll Never Find A Love As True As Mine" came out long time AFTER I was married and I wasn't scrapping back then either. However, when I did start scrapping, my wedding was the event I started with, that song was popular then and I loved it so that was the "journaling" I used for the page. Do I remember my wedding? Yes, to a point. But 29 years ago, I admit I dont' remember all the details. But this song, just says it all. I can see where I started and know how far I have come! (by the way, those are lyrcis from a LeeAnn Womack song that is great and I titled my daughters scrapbook album with that title!)
I was also a beginner and didn't have any money to spend on "scrapping materials and supplies" when I did this (and the following) layouts so I didn't have much in the way of supplies. Amazing what a matte behind each photo will do for the appearence of the layout!
Other layout suggestions and pictures .......One Page, One Layout = Multiple stories and memories!
My son was a cowboy from the start. Well, he ended up migrating to County Sheriff, but hey - there can be only one Wyatt Earp! But Waylon Jennings version of "Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" was just that "journaling" I needed to accomodate all his "cowboy want-a-be" days!
This is also a good way to include pictures of the same "topic"but across several years. One page, one layout - multiple stories and memories!
Again, it is a great way to capture the times "on wheels" for my family. My son, daughter and husband and their favorite "wheels". To make a layout for each person was just not worth the cost of supplies, muchless the time to do it. However, I inlcuded ALL 3 of them on their personal "favorite wheels" and it made a wonderful layout! Titled "Born To Ride" - captioned it all. I then added the years and my layout has years of memories - and only 3 words were used to "discuss" it all!
So don't think that you have to make one layout for each and every memory. Often, seeing them all together will make even more memories!