Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Denise Gormish

Ever find yourself searching for a great background for a journaling block? Sometimes a plain piece of cardstock will do the job. Sometimes a piece of patterned paper will work wonderfully. But sometimes something more creative feels appropriate. At those times, consider using one of the photographs in your layout. By using a photograph for the journaling block, you can create a layout with special impact.

The key to creating a layout using a photo-inspired journaling block is to adjust the photograph in a computer photo editing program like Photoshop before adding the journaling.

  1. Create a new document in Adobe Photoshop. In my example, I created a 12" X 12" canvas with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch and a white background.

  2. Open a photograph. Drag the photograph on to the new document.

  3. Alter the photograph as necessary. For this photograph of a drawbridge, I changed the opacity of the photograph. To change the opacity, target the layer of the photograph and then move the opacity slider.

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  4. Create a text box over the photograph and add journaling. Add bold to the text for better readability if necessary.

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  5. Print and add to the layout.

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The same technique can be used with the entire photograph for the background of the layout. Lower the opacity, and then add the journaling on top of it.

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Another way to use a photo as a journaling block is to feature a photograph that is integral to the text. In my photograph about climbing the stairs up to a citadel, I used the drawing tool in Photoshop to show my path and an area of the same photograph to place my journaling.

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Instead of looking at a photograph as a photograph, also look at it as an opportunity to showcase your journaling.

 

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