by Debbie Hodge
What do you do when you want to get lots of photos onto your single-page layout AND you’ve got a good bit of journaling to add? Here are 4 ideas for pulling it off –even when you think there isn’t any room.
1. Use longer text lines
Longer text lines can be harder for your viewer to read — but if you’ve got limited space and a story to tell, go ahead and fill a “strip” on your page with journaling.
In keeping with the shaped cluster design of “As Evening Touched the Leaves,” I tucked a strip of paper with journaling beneath the left edge of the cluster.
2. Use shorter text lines
Got a border but don’t want to use long text lines? Don’t want to turn things 90 degrees? Use shorter text lines and fit it in.
Since the border that could house my journaling on “Afternoon on the River” sat to the left on my photoblock, I decided to right-align the journaling. This strengthened the line along the left side of the photoblock, and it avoided a very jagged and long piece of white space between journaling and photo block.
3) Break it up and put it in multiple spots
Journaling doesn’t have to sit in just one spot on your scrapbook page–and multiple journaling spots aren’t just for list journaling.
The story on “Finding Your Way” starts in a right-aligned block within this “casually blocked” design. It continues to an oval journaler and finishes at bottom right of the grouping. The western reader is accustomed to moving from left to right and from top to bottom on a page, and the organization of the three spots is consistent with this expectation.
4) Put your journaling on a photo
Think you don’t have room for your journaling? Look around — just maybe your photo has some empty space to accommodate that story.
The sky on my edge-to-edge photo provided that spot on “From Grandpa.”