I use scanned copies of pictures for all my pages. I find it helps me to put all the pictures I think I will use into a MS Pub document and then add a text box for the journaling. You can do this in any publishing program or even Word. But it is really helpful to look at all the pictures together and plan the sizes and which ones to include. The journaling changes until I decide where and how I am going to use the pics and then I can print it for the page on whatever cardstock works. (I don't like my handwriting, so all my journaling is computer printed. But it is very nice to have handwritten journaling...a more personal feel.)
Your girlfriend is very lucky!!!