Resolve to improve your journaling


While Steph and I were planning what we want to help you learn during this new year, I couldn’t help but come back to the importance of journaling. Now, please don’t go away if you don’t like to journal! Rest assured, that there are many who struggle in this area. Even someone like me who enjoys writing still has a hard time deciding how to put my feelings onto a scrapbook layout.

Although there are many amazing ways to make your memories meaningful (we have 4 years of archives here to prove it), I honestly believe that nothing will improve your photos and scrapbook pages like great journaling will. Words are a powerful tool! Pick a journaling related skill you want to work on and check out these resources to help you get started.

text to photos

I’ve never met anyone who loves photos who doesn’t want to know how to do this. Whether you’re a blogger, a paper scrapper, or a full out digi fanatic, adding text to a photo is a skill you will want to have.

All you need to do is open a photo in your program (I use Photoshop Elements 11) and then select the type tool.


Choose your font, size, and color


and then you have a photo that can speak for itself! Be sure to save the file with a new name so you don’t overwrite your original photo.


Here are some resources to help:


look good

Adding journaling to a scrapbook page is as simple as putting text on a photo, but you will need to consider spacing, placement, and general design to make it look it’s best.

When using your text tool, pay attention to the font you use, what kind of spacing and leading look best, and how sentences wrap to the next line.


Here are some of our favorite tips and ideas:




This is the one that seems to scare most scrapbookers, but I promise it’s easier than you think! If you take the effort to write from the heart, the page will become a true treasure.

Here are some favorite tricks to use when journaling:

Whatever your new year’s resolutions are, I sure hope that increasing and/or improving your journaling will be a focus for you. I can tell you from experience that the layouts that mean the most to me and to my family are the ones with journaling on them.


katie big