Where To Put Journaling


Title graphic credits: Everyday Daily Digi exclusive member kit; fonts are MTF Base Outline and The Only Exception

There are as many ways to incorporate journaling and factual details on a page as there are scrapbookers. The way that journaling and details (like the date and photo captions) are presented on a page can form part of the artistic impact of the page. For example, a hand-printed font (perhaps even your own handwriting made into a custom font!) adds a personal touch to the page, especially when done with non-justified text and varied line spacing. A formal font, like Times New Roman or other serif font, adds importance and a timelessness to the page.

I journal (a lot) on my pages. So, I took a quick trip down memory lane and pulled up a few examples of how I have put journaling on pages.

Scrap Around the Journaling

I am a journaling-heavy scrapper. I often start with the journaling and then fit the pictures, elements and title around the it, making minor adjustments at the end to make the design work.

WORKS FOR ME! – Journal in Microsoft Word (or your preferred word processing software) first and save the file with your photos. Then, when you’re ready to scrap, the journaling and photos are in one spot, ready to use. (And the word processor will help make sure your story is spelled correctly!)

On this page, A Day At the Zoo, I used a premade photo collage as the outer portion of the page and clipped my many photos to it. Next I created the title with some favourite alphas. Then I created a text path that fit into the large centre area, going around the photos and title work. Lastly, I pasted my journaling (previously typed in Microsoft Word). I adjusted the font size, character spacing and line spacing to fit all the journaling evenly in the text box.



To capture the details about my son’s second month, I used a similar technique as in A Day At the Zoo, but with a very different result.



Use Journal Strips

Journal strips are my go-to when I have a medium to large amount of journaling for a particular page. I used to avoid them because I didn’t like fiddling around with the type size and spacing, trying to get it to fit on predetermined journaling strip shapes. Happily, I figured out that I could type the journaling first (in one, two or three line blocks), then create a journaling strip shape behind it and lastly clip paper to the shape.


Tag It

Sometimes a tag is perfect for small amounts of targeted journaling. A small tag can capture the key facts, if you’re succinct.

WORKS FOR ME! – When I purchase a kit and it has great neutral elements like plain tags, brads, buttons, et cetera, I tag those items for use on future pages. I think of them as my go-to stash of basics. I use the program ACDSee Photo Manager to tag and maintain my digital scrapbooking supplies. If you don’t have ACDSee, you could also copy those elements into a “Basics Stash” folder.

Write In the Negative

Negative space that is! If you have a photo with a large area that is blank (like sky or water) or solid surface or filled with bokeh (that beautiful photographic blur), try placing your journaling on it.



Justify It

A simple block of text is simple and the reader takes it in as one design element. On this page, the background has a big pattern, so I used justified text to give it more “visual weight” and help it stand out.



Sprinkle the Journaling

Putting small portions of journaling around the page adds fun and movement. It is also less intimidating to read than a large block of text.



Those are just some of my favourite ways to get journaling on a page. I hope you found some ideas that will work for you! (PS – If you love journaling pages, please share your layouts on The Daily Digi’s Flickr group. I’d love to see your designs!)