Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: 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

Grow

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.

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Supplies

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.

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Supplies

  • 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!

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Supplies

  • 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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