5 Unique Ways To Get Journaling On Your Page

Does this ever happen to you? You’re working on a layout, the photos are placed just so, the title is exactly what you wanted, the embellishments look just right, you start gluing everything down and then you realize…you forgot the journaling.

It happens to me more often that I want to admit.  I think journaling is a really important, key element on our layouts. I don’t journal on every page (and not every page needs it) but forgetting to give journaling placement in your design is not a good reason leave it off.

To keep this from happening, I’ve been more focused on working my journaling into the page design. And by I’m not saying to just save room somewhere on the page for a journaling spot. I’m talking about using your journaling as a design element on your page.

Take a look at some examples of what I mean (except for the page I created, all other pages were found in the public gallery at Two Peas in a Bucket.):

Sewn lines 

 Supplies: Pattern paper – Basic Grey Dolce, Figaro and Timpani from the Cappella collection. Cardstock – Bazzill Chantilly (discontinued). Embellishments – Cappella Bloomers, variety of Prima flowers, Girl’s Paperie On Holiday epoxy charms, Making Memories and All My Memories metal flowers (discontinued), Dark Ecru Memory Thread, Olive Cream Soda Thickers, DMC embroidery thread. Tools – We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy, Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, Quickutz scalloped borders.

In my layout, the smaller photo strip is offset by the large title, which conveys how important my trip to Europe was to me.  To strengthen the message, I sewed my journaling lines and made them a physical part of the page. Adding hand stitched lines is so much easer with the help of the Sew Easy! Journaling lines could be drawn or stamped as well. The key is to integrate them into the overall design.

Random journaling lines

Take your journaling lines to the next level like Karen Grunberg does in I Love All your Funny Little Quirks.

While the journaling lines seem to be haphazard and randomly placed, they help make the page design work. The journaling lines help create a sideways “T” in the design and a visual triangle with the photo. I don’t know if Karen thought about any of this when she created the page, but that’s what I see. It’s a great way to incorporate the journaling lines into the design and flow of your page.

Journaling frame

I really like how the journaling anchors the background on this page, B-Day Love by HelpMeRhonda.

The journaling on this page is a core element, providing a frame and anchoring the photos and banner to the layout. This type of journaling is unexpected, creating a really dynamic design.

Word stickers

Another strategic way to put the focus on the journaling is to make an eclectic grouping of words in the center of the page, like Michele Beck does in Life is Good.

The journaling words blend in with the title and photo block, drawing your eyes to the center of the page. Michele also added hand journaling along the stems of the flowers on the left side of the page and down under the photo block, which along with the embellishments, creates a visual triangle with the journaling words in the center. It’s a very effective way to integrate the journaling into the design.

Journaling on the page elements

In this last example, scrappygirljenni added her journaling directly to the page elements in You Love Summer Time.

At first, you may not notice that there is journaling on this page because it’s included with the pattern paper circles that make up the embellishment block. If you are like me and sometimes forget to add your journaling, this is the perfect page design to fit it in. Just replace a few of the pattern paper pieces with cardstock and add the journaling right there.

I hope this gives you some ideas for making journaling a part of the overall page design. Use one of these techniques and your journaling will never be an afterthought again.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Great ideas with perfect examples!

  2. Your journaling ideas are fantastic! They layouts are super inspirational!!

  3. Great examples! Love the stitching!

  4. I love your stitched on journal lines idea. And that layout is awesome. I know what you mean about using the scrapbook to keep the vacation alive… I think that’s the main reason I scrapbook at all!

  5. these are all really great ideas! I guess that I am going to have to get back on speaking terms with my sewing machine! LOL! Fabulous layouts! I love them all! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. All wonderful examples! I love your trip layout – the photo strip, the paper you chose for the border strips, and the curls under the title all make the page “exciting” to convey the sense of the trip.

  7. These are fun ways to journal. I seem to journal a lot. But then I talk a lot, teehee. So it is just a reflection of myself 🙂

  8. Love the ideas on journaling! I love the circles and the stitching!

  9. Fantastic ideas! I can wait to try some of these on my next layout. Thank you for the inspiration.



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