Scrapbook About Yourself: 47 Journal Prompts

April Self Portrait

I don’t know why it is that we have so much to scrapbook about our children, but can’t so easily find topics we think are worthy for ourselves.

Here are forty-seven questions you can scrapbook and answer about yourself. Combine a handful for one page, or devote a layout to a single question. I’m using these questions in the book I’m currently altering, based on Dedra Long’s tutorial in our Altered Books tutorial.

Journaling Prompts for Scrapbooking About Yourself

1. What’s the story behind your name?

2. What was happening in the world when you were born?

3. What is your earliest memory of home?

4. What was your favorite hiding place as a child? What is your favorite hiding place as an adult?

5. Describe your favorite outfit as a child, and as a youth. What about now?

6. In your opinion, what has been the most significant world event that has taken place during your lifetime? Why?

7. What kinds of places do you remember going with your mother? What about with your father?

8. What kinds of civic or political activities have you gotten involved with?

9. What frightens you and why?

10. What is your greatest joy? Greatest sorrow?

11. What is your personal secret to happiness?

12. What kinds of lessons did you take as a child?

13. What personality trait do people most often associate with you? What other dominant trait do you have that people overlook?

14. What was your most embarrassing moment?

15. What would you like to be remembered for?

16. Where, when and why did you go to college?

17. Describe your relationship with your grandparents.

18. How do you feel about death?

19. What was your relationship like with each of your brothers and sisters as children? As teens? As adults?

20. What was (is) dating like for you?

21. Tell about a teacher or class that had a great influence on you.

22. Describe your teenage social life: Your friends, dances, movies, dating, activities, etc.

23. Were you ever in drama, speech, sports, pep or glee club?

24. Tell about your first crush.

25. What are your favorite foods? What foods do you detest?

26. What color was your house, your bedroom, your living room as a child?

27. What did you do as a child that got you in the most trouble with your parents? With your teacher?

28. What games did you play in your home or neighborhood?

29. What places in the world do you want to visit, and why?

30. What is the most trying experience that ever happened to you?

31. What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you?

32. What is your favorite book? What do books mean to you?

33. What are your most precious and deeply embedded values?

34. Where is the most exciting place you have ever been? What made it interesting?

35. Which of your mother’s personality traits do you share? Which of your father’s? What about from grandparents?

36. Would you choose differently if you could choose your occupation again? Why and how?

37. Tell about your life as your children left home: New interests, what you did with the extra time, new employment, moves, hobbies, etc.

38. Do you have a best friend? Why do you get along well?

38. How do you feel about winning? Losing?

39. Tell about your bicycle experiences.

40. Do you have a favorite author? Who is it and why?

41. Describe your Sundays.

42. List all the places you have worked and tell something about each one.

43. What things do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child?

44. Do you remember any special fears, fantasies, etc. that you had as a child? Tell about them.

45. What musical instrument can you play?

46. What does real success in life mean to you?

47. What motivates you go accomplish something that you or others typically procrastinate?

  • Chandra

    Thanks Noelle! I was just thinking I need to start scrapping about myself. I’ve only come up with two things so far, why I chose a plain band as my wedding ring, and why I’ve chosen to be a stay-at-home mom. Oh, and of course scrap about my food journey ;) But, with this list, it will be a long time before I need to think up more things to scrap about. Thanks Again!

  • Chandra — I would love to hear about your plain band wedding ring. If I
    were just getting married now I would choose the same thing and I’m
    wondering if it’s for the same reason or a different one. Izzy and I learned
    about the blood diamond trade after we’d already gotten married. We don’t
    buy diamonds anymore. In addition to that, I’m a simple girl, especially
    with jewelry — I don’t like anything fancy, so even the ring I do have is
    small and has the tiniest diamonds I’ve ever seen.

    I’m curious to know if your reason is similar or totally different! :)

  • AllisonLP

    Ok, I read the first prompt, and I already know this is something I want to do. I think my kids might eventually want to know some of these things… Heck, I think there are things my HUSBAND might not even realize about me!
    My mom chose my name because she was reading Payton Place, and loved the name Allison, so she gave it to me. For my middle name, which I will not disclose, she made it up! She wanted me to have my fathers initials, so she made it up!! I dropped it when I was married and replaced it with my maiden name :)

  • Is it that bad????

    I had a friend from Sri Lanka with a name she hated, but it had such a
    beautiful sound to me. I asked her why she hated it and she said it meant,
    “lighthouse.” I said, but it’s so beautiful with a beautiful meaning. She
    said, “It might sound beautiful to you in a foreign language. But would you
    actually want to be named, “Lighthouse,” in English?”

    Hee hee.

  • AllisonLP

    Let’s just say it has a Q in it. Do you know any nice names with a Q in the middle?? I think not!

  • Kae_c22

    Thank you thank you thank you – my mother keeps telling me she wants to write her parents stories down and doesn’t know where to start. Now I can give her a springboard to write her stories from and surely her parents stories will come to mind as she does and those will also be journaled. Just in time for Mother’s Day.

  • Hey Noell, I kept trying to reply and give my reason for the wedding band, but I discovered it would be way too long to post here, so I just made up the layout and posted it on my blog. This is by far the most journaling I have ever done on a page and probably the simplest page as well because the journaling took up so much space. But I guess that’s good cause it reinforces that I’m a simple girl with a simple ring ;) I listed five reasons I chose not to have a diamond, the blood diamond trade is one of them.

  • Chandra

    Hmmm, not sure if the link to my blog worked, so I thought I’d add that it’s foresthavencreations dot com.

  • Ruth Bonser

    Thanks so much @noell:disqus , once again you cut to the core and give such solid and helpful support to help other scrapbookers express themselves through their scrapbooking. You so ROCK.

  • KatieK.

    @f6767876cd8d27fdaf68c0fa76754520:disqus, you’ve just inspired me to journal and create a layout on the 9 lives of my wedding band. Amazing where we find our inspiration and the broom to sweep our lingering memories and stories out where we can dust them off. Thanks!

  • Awesome Katie! If you’d like to share I’d really love to see the finished layout. It sounds like and interesting story :)

  • KikiK

    Nice prompts! I use an altered book based on your tutorial with Dedra and questions from Dedra’s blog (

    Recently I bought this journal too, which has great questions.

  • Oh, Kiki that book is on my list to get as well. I came across it on-line a while ago and I haven’t forgotten about it. I think it would be great for recording your life today. I love that depending on the question you’re asking yourself, you are either going to grab moments in the present or you remember moments from your past. Ahhh, the power of questions and memories!
    I hope everyone is having a wonderful National Scrapbooking Day!

  • Webfrau

    Brilliant set of prompts – thanks. I’m going to try to work through these.

  • KikiK

    Dedra DO get it! I’m sure you’ll love it! I have it by my bed with a bookmark in the today’s date. If I feel like it… I answer. I also flip through the pages and mark questions for potential scrapping. And btw your journal jar questions are a w e s o m e! Thank you for sharing them!

  • I was on Facebook and saw a link to your site provided by I love, love, love these scrapbooking prompts!. I’m an avid scrapbooker and these prompts will provide valuable information for family members after I am long gone. I wish my grandparents would have done something like this.

    I’m also an avid blogger and thought these would make great blog prompts. Do you mind if I use them as a daily prompt, inviting my readers to respond? I would provide a link back to your site each day for the 47 days. Let me know….


  • IdaIsAlive

    Great ideas for starting a “Book About Me” for everyone!

  • Gcalder57

    Noell, thank you so much for your  comprehensive list! Fantastic!  Now, off to the drawing board!

  • Christy

    Thank you for these wonderful journal prompts. I admit, I never take time to scrapbook pages about myself. It is time that I did. Thanks.

  • I hope you do, Christy! :)

  • Barbara Wiley

    Thanks Noell, I am actually working on an album All about me. Your ideas are good.Thanks for the inspiring ideas.

  • Stockton95206

    This is pretty cool but you need a lot (I mean a lot) of time to do a scrapbook.

  • Samantha

    the link didn’t work