Journaling On Patterned Paper


Supplies: Heart On My Sleeve by Jumpstart Designs

When I’m shopping for digi supplies, it is the patterned paper that usually sells me on a particular kit. I love small, tight patterns that are easy to use in layering. I also love pops of colour in paper.

We’ve shared some articles over the years about patterned paper:

Patterned papers add interest and carry the colour scheme on the page. But, they also present some challenges. Today let’s talk about how to journal when using patterned paper. How do you make your journaling stand out?

Choosing the Right Paper

Journaling directly on patterned paper can be tricky if you want the text to be readable. I found this lovely example by Kjersti at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Here she’s used a delicate tone-on-tone patterned paper as the background of the page. It adds just the right amount of interest, but still allows the journaling to be readable.


Layout by Kjersti. Credits: Spring Awakening by Kristin Cronin-Barrow and Sugarplum Paperie; Dream Land Part6, by Eudora Designs

Here’s a page I put together, also using a softly patterned background:


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Musings by Pink Reptile Designs; iDSD templates by Crystal Livesay

Using Paint to Journal On

Using paint to create a journaling spot on patterned paper is a great trick. You can easily change the colour of the paint to suit your layout and then journal on it.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Plant Your Story Journaled Vol. 1 by Sara Gleason; Everyday Moments by Lauren Grier and Jenn Barrette

Work With the Pattern

When working with stripes or chevrons, try writing within the lines, like Heathergw at The Lilypad did on this lined paper:


Layout by heathergw. Supplies: I am a Prince – elements by Little Butterfly Wings; I am a Prince – papers by Little Butterfly Wings; Flairs & Borders by Little Butterfly Wings; March 2013 Template Challenge Freebie by Amy Martin; The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce

And Julifish at Sweet Shoppe Designs placed her journaling in one of the large circles on her background paper:


Layout by Julifish. Supplies: Spring Blooms by Juliana Kniepp and Penny Springmann

Use a Heavy Font

A thick or heavy font will stand out against a busy patterned paper. RebeccaH at The Lilypad did a great job making her words readable against the big chevron background:


Layout by RebeccaH. Supplies: Mark My Words Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs; ‘Sup Yo by CD Muckosky; Big & Bold Papers by Allison Pennington; Journal Cards No. 1 by Pink Reptile Design; Insta-frame Templates by Sahlin Studio; I Am A Prince Elements by Little Butterfly Wings; Dayplanner by One Little Bird & Paislee Press; Love Me Tender Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs

Use a Tag

Sometimes I forget about tags. I have hundreds of them, but they’re such a basic item they’re easy to overlook. A tag is a great choice when the background is just so busy that no other tricks will work.


Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Do You Remember kit by Dunia

We have so many options for including our stories while working with patterned papers!