Journal Studio | 5 Ways to Create in Your Journal
Hey there, everyone!
Documenting in a journal is for me, a fantastic way to get the look of a traditional scrapbook page without feeling like I have to fill a whole big piece of card stock or patterned paper.
I’m able to create a whole bunch of little mini-layouts more quickly and more easily…and the compact journal size makes them perfect for storing, sharing or transporting.
Today I’m going to share 5 basic ways I create these little layouts in my journals.
I’ll be using elements from the American Crafts/Heidi Swapp Journal Studio collection, Color Fresh Memory Planner, & the Color Fresh Paperline – all sold at independent and online retailers.
Let’s get started…
1. Use patterned paper to cover one side of your spread.
Because the inside pages of most journals are not decorated, I like to adhere patterned paper to one (or both) side(s) of my spreads to add color. I love the unique look this gives my journal pages, and I love that I can use even the busiest of papers without being overwhelmed by the design.
For this spread, I also added a little pocket made from vellum and tucked in a few tags for my journaling.
I used vellum for my pocket so that I could see the design on the tags, and I hid my journaling behind a more decorative tag.
2. Use a full-page-sized photo.
I LOVE doing this in my journal documenting.
I think a large photo is just so visually interesting, and it makes decorating that side of the spread so so easy…(smile).
Just a few little embellishments & some journaling strips are all you need to make this spread design look clean, simple, & lovely.
3. Use several photos to create your spread.
I love the look of multiple photos in my journal spreads…I think the smaller size of the journal makes each photo stand out so well. When I use a number of photos like this, I like to print them out in black & white so that the colors in them don’t compete with not only each other, but with the embellishments I choose to use.
In this spread, I used a strip of washi tape to fill up the gap between my photos and the center of the journal on the left side, and a few larger stickers for my journaling/embellishing on the right side.
NOTE: Make sure that, if you decide to place a third photo at the top of your page, you add your embellishments to sit just a bit wider than the width of your photo. This will off-set the heavier-looking photo at the top and will make your page look more balanced.
4. Use stamps, stamps, & more stamps as the main embellishments on your pages.
Because journals & notebooks are small, they get filled up quickly. Using thicker add-ons, like chipboard, puffy stickers, etc. can create a lot of bulk you may not want. They can also cause your other pages to bend and crease. Try using a variety of stamp designs and colors to your pages to decorate them.
I love the look of overlapping & repeating stamp designs…
These 2-part stamps from the Color Fresh Memory Planner line are some of my favorites! SO FUN!
5. Divide a larger photo down the middle and adhere it to both sides of your spread.
Because the individual pages in a journal are only about 4 1/4″ wide, using a photo 4″ wide or larger in them doesn’t always work. But dividing your photo in two and placing one part on each side of your spread, you can still use your larger photos…and the result is super cool, too.
Here, I matted each side of my photo on some white cardstock to make them stand out a bit more…and then I simply added a few stickers to decorate.
Strips of 6×6 patterned paper create a border around this spread, and journaling strips help to tell the story.
And that’s it! 5 fun ways to document in your Journal Studio journal insert!
I’d love to see how you’re using both these ideas (and any others you’ve seen!) in your journal pages…tag me @maggiemassey on Instagram with your creations…and thank you so much for stopping by!
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