Layout of the Month:Computer journaling

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

Journaling—or “telling the story”—is a very important part of scrapbooking. I consider my album to be a storybook about my family, so I want to make sure I include lots of details for the important events and occasions. One way for me to all the details written down, the spelling correct and the spacing right is to use my computer to type my story, then print it on an 81/2”x11” piece of paper and add it to my page.

About This Page: LeNae started with a pink butterfly background paper for Emma’s page. Emma’s photo is matted on ivory, trimmed with patterned scissors, them matted again on pink gingham paper, then on solid pink. Why so many mats? “Because this photo is so special, I wanted it to be presented in a special way,” LeNae says. “Also, the journaling block is very large, so the photo needed additional ‘weight’ to balance the page.”

Paper Picking Tip: The viewer knows the baby is a little girl just by looking at the soft pink background paper. LeNae chose yellow accent papers to match the color in Emma’s clothing, which is the only color in the photo. Solid paper mats on the photo, the journaling and the striped paper strip ensure these elements don’t compete with the patterned background paper.

LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Journaling

Journaling simply refers to the writing on your page. The basic information would be names, dates, places, and maybe the stories that explain the event or the photo.

“Children love to hear the story of their birth—and recording the details in a scrapbook is a perfect way to tell that story,” says LeNae. “Don’t feel like you have to get the whole story on one page. My own daughter’s birth story is six pages long, and talks about our experience throughout my pregnancy up to her birth. With this type of story, I computer journaled, then slipped the pages into 81/2”x11” sheet protectors and put them inside Lauren’s 12”x12” 3-ring binder.”

LeNae’s Steps to Make This Layout

  1. Mat the photo: Mat your photo one yellow solid paper. I trimmed it with scallop-edge scissors to match the eyelet trim on the baby blanket. Mat again on pink gingham paper, leaving a 1/4”-wide edge. Mat again on pink solid paper, leaving a 1/16” edge.
  2. Write your journaling block: Type your journaling on the computer. LeNae used a 16-point font, which is a bit larger than regular type. “When journaling a story, I usually use anywhere from a 14-16 point font,” LeNae says. “This makes the font easier to read, especially when I’ve written a lot.” Experiment with different fonts to see which ones you like best; here, LeNae used a playful font called Andy Regular to match the theme of the page.
  3. Mat your journaling: Print your journaling onto white paper and trim it down. Mat on solid pink paper, then solid yellow paper. Tie a 6” piece of pink satin ribbon into a bow, trim the ends, then attach it to the journaling with a Glue Dot™. Glue Dots™ come on a roll; to use, simply expose one of the dots on the roll and press the knotted part of the bow onto the sticky dot. Lift the bow and the dot off the roll and place on the paper. Warning: Glue Dots™ are very sticky—avoid touching them with your hands!
  4. Create the striped strip: Cut a 1 1/2”-wide strip of yellow striped paper. A great way to save paper when matting things like the striped paper strip is to use two narrow strips instead of one wide piece. I cut two1/2”-wide strips and glued them to each side of the striped paper.
  5. Glue your elements down: Arrange all your elements on the background paper, attaching them with glue.

Supply Listing

LeNae Gerig is the author of LeNae’s Scrapbooking Basics. She considers herself to be a “realistic” scrapbooker who wants to create great layouts quickly and easily.


FREE project ideas - Join our email list