Six Fun Ways to Include Journaling on Your Layouts


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Article Courtesy by Jeanette Giancaspro


In my last journaling article, I showed you techniques for generating ideas for your scrapbook journaling.  These included stream-of-consciousness, the Five Ws (who, what, when, where, and why), and other ways to convey the stories behind the pictures.  Now I'd like to show you a few ways to incorporate those stories into your pages. 

Journaling Blocks or Spots:  This is the first journaling method that most of us learn when we first start scrapbooking.  My early layouts include boxes specifically designed for journaling, some with lines and some without.  Modern journaling spots come in many shapes and styles, and they make it easy to include your journaling as an integral part of your layout. 

In this layout, you can see how I used the journaling spot as a design element, layering it with some of my embellishments.

Hidden Journaling:  Another technique that I used on my early layouts is hidden journaling, or journaling that isn't easily visible to others.  It is usually concealed behind a photo or flap, but sometimes scrapbookers write on the backs of their layouts before placing them in albums.  I sometimes do that if there are a lot of people in my layouts, instead of writing their names on the front.  This ensures that the visible journaling is the story, and the other details are included but not the main focus of what I write.  This is especially useful for birthday party pages.

Numbered Journaling:  If you have a lot of photos on your layout, it is sometimes helpful to number your photos and journaling with stickers, stamps, or die-cut numbers.  Then, when your readers are looking at your pages, it will be easy for them to follow along.

Journaling Strips:  Whether you hand-write or print your journaling from your computer, journaling strips are a fun alternative to putting all your words in one place on a journaling spot.  The strips lead your readers around your page, moving from photo to photo and reading the story while they do. 

Journaling on the Photos:  This technique is sort of a combination of journaling strips and numbered journaling.  In this case, you find an empty space on your photos and write directly on them.  This frees up more space on your pages and allows for more photos and embellishments, or a larger title.  Be sure to use acid-free pens that are designed to be used on photos or glossy surfaces so that you don't ruin your pictures.

Journaling Around the Borders of Your Pages:  Sometimes, no matter how well I've planned my layout, I simply run out of room.  This can happen for a variety of reasons, but usually it's because I've used more photos or have more to say than I'd anticipated.  It's simple to journal around the edges of your layout if you've used light-colored, solid cardstock as your base.  You can still do it if you've used a darker color or patterned paper; just make sure that you use a white gel pen, or a pen that will be visible.  A ruler helps to keep your writing straight and even.

These are some of the products I used on the layouts in this article:

Journaling should be fun.  In fact, every aspect of your scrapbooking should be fun.  If you vary the ways that you include your words on your layouts, you will be more likely to add details and information that otherwise might have been left out.  Happy writing!


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