Questions about adding journaling to a layout.
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PeaNut 515,180
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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:37:24 AM
I need some advice on how to add journaling to a page and really incorporate it into the layout. I've tried writing directly on the paper and it works great SOME of the time. Other times the patterned paper doesn't lend itself to putting my journaling there. Journaling tags always seem to small for the amount of writing I like to add. My question is how else can you add journaling to a page and make it looks like it belongs there?

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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:05:27 AM
I'm not really sure what you means but if you go to videos and click on from start to finish--Nicole did alot of journalings on her, glitter girl as well, and going thru gallery there is few i have seen...

I know myself--I have use cm journal boxes, etc. If you know your journalings going to be longer then I would type it up first before doing the layout then put it together. I hope this help.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:09:42 AM
I often type out my journalling and try to use the paper as a design element. Think of the journalling as another block of paper.

Or, I write on tags and labels, and use those as I would decorative elements.

Journalling in strips can be used like you would lines or layered tags or papers.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:16:14 AM
I'm not sure how you define "incorporate" into the layout. But if I have a lot of journaling to add to a page and I want the journaling to coordinate with the rest of the page, I often type my journaling on the computer into a text box. Using a text box is like creating your own journaling box, except you get to pick the size and color. When I'm done with my journaling, I print it out on cardstock - either white or colored if that makes sense for matching the layout. I then cut out my journaling box and add it to my layout like any other element. That means I might embellish the journaling box by inking the edges, adding a piece of patterned paper, adding brads, etc. so it goes with the overall layout. That works for me.

Another thing I do if I am working from a sketch is make one of the "photo areas" of the sketch a journaling area instead. Often sketches only include a small area for journaling, but by making one of the photo areas a journaling box, you automatically incorporate journaling into the overall design of the layout.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 11:38:52 AM
I tell long stories too, and one of my favorite things lately has been tucking my journaling into little envelopes. I lovelovelove the ones in the TwoPeas store by Whisker Graphics. They're super cheap, come in lots of fun colors and patterns, and are a great size for layering and sticking behind/beside a photo. That way, I can write as much as I like, but still have it fit into a reasonable (to me) amount if space.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:39:53 PM
Those are fabulous ideas! By incorporate I just mean that I want my journaling to look like it's part of the page instead of something I just stuck on last minute. I have often printed it or writing on white card stock and it just stands out and feels disjointed from everything on the page. Does that make sense?

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