Creative Computer Journaling

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Article Courtesy by Tiffany Roberts

One of the best tools in my scrapbook studio is my good old PC.  I can plan layouts, research my own genealogy, look for inspiration, print out accents, and do the most creative and fun journaling!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when journaling on the computer. 

  • Experiment with different fonts, colors, and text sizes.
  • Make sure your ink is color-fast, archival, and acid-free.
  • You can download free fonts or low-cost fonts from several websites.
  • Play around with the placement of your journal block on your layout.
  • Try using design software to journal in a shape around a photo.
  • Don't be afraid to mix computer and hand written journaling together.

Here are a couple layouts I've created that feature computer journaling. I love the look of my own handwriting, but it's fun to mix it up and use fun or thematic fonts once in a while too


This layout features printed journaling on a thick sheet of transparency.  Remember that you don't just have to print your journaling onto cardstock.  Try patterned papers, vellum, specialty papers, ribbon, and even fabric.



Orange Boggles

This layout features journaling inside a circle.  Using my design software I printed an orange outline around the journaling and then cut it out with my circle-cutting tool.  You can do this in several shapes, or even place individual words inside shapes for a creative title treatment.



  • computer font - Arial, Microsoft
  • cardstock - Bazzill
  • patterned paper - Die Cuts With a View, Creative Imaginations, and Paper Loft
  • circle punches - Marvy Uchida, Fiskars, and EK Success
  • square punch - Marvy Uchida
  • sticker letters - unknown
  • white chipboard letters - Provo Craft
  • circle-cutting tool - We R Memory Keepers
  • label maker - Dymo

Girl Under Construction

This layout features a handwritten-style font.  I chose one that looks very similar to my own handwriting.  You can find fonts like this all over, and they look great!



  • computer font - Wendy's Hand
  • cardstock - Stampin' Up
  • patterned paper - misc. scraps, unknown
  • small brads - Making Memories
  • black ABC letters - Hot Off The Press
  • sticker letters - Making Memories, Ransom
  • acrylic paint - Ranger Paint Dauber, Denim
  • heart stick pin - Heidi Grace
  • label maker - Dymo

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