Favorite Fonts for Journaling

Layout by Jen L.  Credits: Pedal Pusher by Connie Prince Font: Pea Jane

If you want to turn a layout into something special, just add some heartfelt journaling! It’s no secret that we here at The Daily Digi love journaled pages. We have a whole category of “Write-Way”posts to help you get inspired to write (or type) on your own pages:

As a follow-up to the post Fabulous Fonts for Titles, I (Katie) thought it would be fun to share some great fonts for journaling.


  • PRINTED SIZE – No matter what style of font you use, make sure it is readable size when it is printed out. You might need to experiment with font sizes to see what you like on a printed page. I never use smaller than a 12 pt. size for journaling  because it is just too hard to read. I usually use more like a size 16 or 18, although I have gone as big as 28 pt. at times. Font sizes vary quite a bit, but once you find a few that you like, make some notes on how they print out in different sizes. Remember if you are working on a 12×12 canvas but only printing an 8×8 layout, your journaling will shrink. This is really a matter of personal preference so there is no “right” or “wrong” here, just make sure you can read it. It also is wise to think about older eyes so that Grandparents can read the text as well. Don’t forget that you will be old someday also. 🙂

Layout by NeeNee Merry and Bright by Kristin Aagard
Font is DJB_Brittany by Darcy Baldwin

A note from NeeNee – I actually use Darcy Baldwin’s Brittany font often.  I try to mix it up and have to make a conscious effort to not use it so my pages look different.   Cheesy I definitely lean more toward fonts that look like handwriting.  In fact, I don’t think any or very few have writing that don’t use a handwritten looking font.  I use mostly print and not cursive.  I want to make sure the pages will be legible for me when I am old and showing them to my grandkids.  LOL

  • LEGIBILITY – Another readability factor is the legibility of a font. If you use a cursive or handwritten type of font, is it still easy to read? I used to love to use fancy cursive fonts until I realized that my kids were having a hard time deciphering some of the words.

Layout by Melissa L. Credits: Sahlin Studio/Jacque Larsen Water Park Crystal Livesay Creator template (altered).

Melissa says that “DJB Brittany is one of my favorite handwriting fonts!”

  • DESIGN – Font choice contributes to the overall feeling and design of a scrapbook page. How you present the text is also a design element. Do you want to fully justify the text into a neat block? Here’s a fun example of how a perfectly lined up block of text can act as an important embellishment on the page itself.

Layout by Melissa L. Credits: Zoe Pearn Sweet Nothings kit, Crystal Livesay All About Mom template, Suzy Q stamped alpha by C.D. Muckosky

Melissa says “I use AmerType Md BT for a lot of my pages.”


Here NeeNee uses half of her page space for journaling which creates the feeling of a background design that completes the layout.

Layout by NeeNee Sisterly Love by Wild Dandelion Designs and Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Font: SF Rachel (from
Sugar Frog Fonts)

  • PERSONALITY – Fonts have a personality all their own. Handwritten style fonts often feel a bit more playful or casual.

Layout by Dunia Font: Christopher Hand B is for Boy Kit by Designs by Lili Highlights Brush Set by Amy Wolff Birthday Word Art by Sahlin Studio

Dunia says “I love handwritten fonts and Christopher Hand is one of my favorites fonts.”


Layout by Jen L. Credits: It’s Bath Time and Painted Alphas by Jofia Devoe, Life’s A Beach Snippettes by Sahlin Studio, Date Blots by Stolen Moments Designs Font: Designer Notes.

Jen says “I tend to do most of my journaling in handwritten or typewriter type fonts. I’m a fan of a lot of the Fonts for Peas, and use quite a few of them often. Think my favorite one is Pea Jane, because it looks the most like my hand writing. A different handwritten type of font I tend to use frequently is Designer Notes.”


Layout by Jen L. Credits: Playtime by Sahlin Studio and DeCrow Designs, Explore, Learn, Grow by Sahlin Studio, Hey Boy by ON Designs Font: Pea Alisha


Typed fonts add a more graphic style or even a quirky feel to a layout. Type style fonts are great for text blocks.

Layout by Karen CREDITS: Lauren Reid Old Fancy Stamps, Luckiest Day kit, Love Day 2 word art, Everyday ribbon, Happy Place grid paper; Fontologie Printing Primer font; design inspired by Ali Edwards

A note from Karen – I use Steph’s Printing Primer a TON for journaling. I love that it’s typed looking, but is a bit quirky at the same time. I also use Traveling Typewriter a lot. I use a lot of random Pea fonts for journaling, too.

Layout by Karen. CREDITS: Leora Sanford A Year To Remember kit; Font is Traveling Typewriter



Layout by Katie. Embellished template by Kitty Designs. Font is Century Gothic

I adore the clean look of simple fonts. I love to use Century Gothic and other basic fonts that came installed with my word processing program.

I’ve already linked to more than 10 great journaling fonts throughout this post. How about 10 more of our favorites? Several of them are even free!

  1. Ali Edwards official font
  2. Becky Higgins Jot font
  3. Darcy Baldwin All the Cool Chicks
  4. Lettering Delights Elementary
  5. Loosie Script
  6. CK Constitution
  7. Lettering Delights Pookie
  8. Journaling Hand
  9. Fontologie Journal Away
  10. Antipasto

We’d love to know what your favorite journaling fonts are so feel free to leave us a comment!


P.S. The random winner for yesterday’s giveaway was Mary (Happy Now) who said “The this woman’s work kit is awesome! And, from the store, I LOVE the date strips! Sort of a simple selection, but I am working on a Week in the Life project right now, so those would TOTALLY come in handy! Thanks!” Congrats Mary and be sure to check your inbox!