How to Place Journaling in Your Scrapbook:
The journaling you include in your albums will illustrate the story you want to tell. Is this a trip album? A gift? What memories do you want to evoke? These are all important things to consider when deciding what and how to include journaling in your scrapbook.
1) Write in the blank spots on the page to create a more whimsical feel.
This is great if you are doing more of a junk journal or travel album, but also works great in scrapbooking. You can use that blank space to fill out the composition of your design, and assist in telling your story.
2) Make your scrapbook interactive!
Put your journaling in a pocket. I love interactive scrapbooks. From hiding journaling in pockets, to putting them in a folded page, the interactive dimension of this type of scrapbooking makes for a much more tantalizing piece.
3) Use your journaling to create a word border around your scrapbook page or photo.
This is adds a really interesting and unique touch to your page.
4) Print out your journaling strips to include in your design.
Easy and visually cool, strip journaling is a good way to go. You can use them to draw your observers eye towards your central photo on the page, or to balance out the composition if one part of your page has too much blank space.
5) Put your scrapbook journaling on a tag.
If you prefer the more orderly, clean cut look of printed journaling, you can use Photoshop (or a similar photo editor) to paste in a journaling image you like, type onto it, and print that image on normal paper or card stock. Otherwise just write on a gift tag! If you want to add more visual interest to the design, you can put foam dots on the back of your tag as well.
6) Place your scrapbook journaling directly under or next to your page title.
Simple but effective. Your title is there to enforce the scrapbook theme, your journaling tells the story. I also like to put dates here.
7) Put your journaling on a piece of paper (printed or handwritten) and paste it into your page as page of the layout.
8) Journal on your photos!
Just be sure to use an archival pen.