Designing Word Focused Pages

If I had to guess, 95 percent of my pages contain the same three things: a photo, a date and some journalling. Sometimes though, I don’t just have a bit to say – I have a LOT to say. There are many ways to put a large amount of journalling onto a page. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how to tell your stories:

Use a Template Designed for Journalling

There are some awesome templates for journalling-focused pages. I look for ones that have pre-made text paths to make it simple to drop in my journalling.

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Thankful for You kit by Zoe Pearn and Jenn Barrette, Captivated by Lynn by Captivated Visions

List It

The journaling is randomly placed on the page, but the numbered tags make it a cohesive and easy-to-follow.


Layout by andrea4376. Supplies: A Photo a day and Serendipity by Plum Dumpling Designs, Just Plain Fun, Arabian Adventure and Mouse Stitches by Britt-ish Designs, Font : SMD Wannabe Teacher by Stolen Moments

Magazine Style

This page came together easily. I created one photo box and copied it four times. This established the width of each of the columns. Then I created text boxes above and/or below each one and filled them in.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Love In the City Mscraps collab

Mat the Text

Matting text gives it some visual weight and provides useful start and stop points.


Layout by 1girl1boy. Supplies: Sweet Dreams by Shabby Miss Jenn

Use Paper Strips or Tags

Place a long list on individual paper strips or tags to break up the list and provide some visual interest to the text.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Fall In Bloom by Digi Junkie

Break It Up

This page by Peppermint actually has a lot of journaling on it, even though the overall look is uncluttered. Breaking up the journaling into two sections also reinforces the “then and now” theme of the page. Using justified text also helps to keep the design clean.


Layout by Peppermint. Supplies: Then & Now by Paislee Press and Three Paper Peonies; frame from Conversation Piece no. 1 by One Little Bird & Paislee Press; border from In The Loop by One Little Bird; photos processed using Fable by My 4 Hens Photography.

Use Text In a Path

Using text-in-a-path can help to make a statement and the shape of the text outline can visually symbolize the subject of the page.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Note to Self by Biograffiti

The Fill-In Technique

I use the word “technique” loosely here! I often just centre my photos and title and toss all the journaling above and below it. Sometimes when you have a big story (or an entire year to summarize), you just have to do what you have to do to fit it all in:


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Resolutions by Scooty’s Designs

Find Some Great Storytellers and Copy What They Do

Is that really a technique? I hope so, because I do it all the time!

I’m pretty sure that no post on journaling would be complete without a Janet Phillips page. She has a gift for sharing her stories on her pages.

Know This

Layout by Janet Phillips. Supplies: Template by Janet Phillips, Crazy 4 You kit by Fee Jardin

So, there you have a few ideas to get you started telling your longer stories. Happy scrapping!

P.S. Jane in Alberta was the random winner chosen from the comments on Tiffany’s feature from yesterday. She won $10 in product from Simply Tiffany!