Get inspiration on our “Talk Bubble” Pinterest board.

Social media, mobile phones, and instant-message hangouts have made virtual chatting a part of daily life for many of us.

As a result, talk/speech bubbles are a trendy motif on posters, in advertising, on scrapbook pages, and even at weddings as “photo-booth” props.

This motif is a handy one for scrapbook pages. Use it for dialogue, titles, imagined thoughts, and embellishing.

Jennifer Matott used talk bubbles to create a repetitive themed embellishment throughout her page. She says, “You could fill each with journaling or with a repeated word that creates unity as I’ve done on my page MOM.”

Mom by Jennifer Matott | Supplies: Patterned Papers: Amy Tan for American Crafts; Alphabets: American Crafts, Pink Paislee, BasicGrey, and Jillibean Soup; Pen: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pen: Phrase: Cosmo Cricket.

Leah Farquharson says, “Talk bubbles with words cut out of them are a fun trend in scrapbooking right now. I loved putting a bunch of these wood veneer talk bubbles with fun sayings on this page about our youngest.”

Ethan & the 2nd Grade | Supplies: patterned paper, paper clip, canvas leaves, talk bubbles, wood veneer pieces, chipboard letters, flair: Studio Calico. Chipboard banners, “No.” journal spot, brads, buttons: October Afternoon. Twine: The Twinery. Metal flair, “&”. leaf, transparent letter stickers: American Crafts. Green ribbon: Making Memories. Watercolor: crafts supply.

Adriana Puckett used talk bubbles to add her teen’s questions while getting a shaving lesson from Dad.  She says, “They reinforce the trepidation on his face as he tries out this new grooming chore. I cut the talk bubbles with my silhouette cameo, which was a great way to enlarge or minimize the bubble depending on space needs. I also popped them up with pop dots to give the whole layout dimension.”

First Shave by Adriana Puckett | Supplies: Patterned paper: Echo Park – Note to Self Line; Cardstock: Bazzil Basics; Shipping Tag; Ribbon; Library Stamp: Becky Higgins; Letter stickers: Target; Stickers: Echo Park

Audrey Tan used speech bubbles as a journaling spots, with each bubble telling the story of the photo it sits next to. She says, “I even made use of a red speech bubble as a decorative piece, tucked behind the photo frame.”

Smarty Pants by Audrey Tan | Supplies: The Hidden Heart: Geeks Life; Font: Lovely Eunike Hans

Michelle Houghton used hand drawn bubbles with action photos.  She says, “These photos make me laugh every time I see them. My girls and my dad are attacking targets with their water guns.  The photos aren’t great; the subjects aren’t well framed and the background is my garage.  Adding talk bubbles helps me convey the humor I’m seeing to the viewer of the page.”

“I hand drew the talk bubbles, cut them out, and popped them up on my layout.  I also hand drew the white border around the patterned paper and the white band across the page.”

Layout by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Basics
Patterned paper – American Crafts; Ink – Sharpie; Gems – Darice

Deborah Wagner gave voice to her jack-o-lantern with a talk bubble. She says, “When first seeing this photo, I thought it looked like the pumpkin was making a snide comment out of the side of his mouth. I gave him a talk bubble, and he was able to tell us his his thoughts: I’m an old pro, and this kid is scaring me. Am I seeing double, or is there another one behind me?

Scray Kid by Deborah Wagner | Supplies: Designer Digitals: Katie Pertiet – Photo Journal Clusters No.2, Halloween Memories Kit, Spooktacular Kit, Banner Safety Tags No.1, Scratchy Masks No. 2, Clean Stitched Black No.1, My Wonderful Adventure Kit, Clipped Journalers No.1, Holiday Inspiration 10-24-10, Title Inspiration 10-21-12; Mindy Terasawa – Spookable Kit; Lynn Grieveson – Worn Page Edges No. 5, Blackett Hall Paperpack, Worn Page Edges No.3; Pattie Knox – Boo Buddies No.2

Ashley Horton cut talk bubbles to hold both title and journaling. She cut the titlework with her die cutting machine.  Ashley says, “I used the negatives for the words in the title and then backed the with patterned papers.  I made the journaling talk bubble with the clip art in my desktop publishing program.  Once I had it sized and added the journaling, I printed it out and fussy cut around it.”

Fearless by Ashley Horton | Supplies – Cardstock: The Paper Studio; Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Flair Buttos: Ormolu; Wood Veneers & Spray Mist: Studio Calico; Washi Tape: Love My Tapes & My MInd’s Eye; Sticker: Jenni Bowlin; Fonts: Abadi MT Condensed & Impact Label; Other: Metal Tags & Button

Amy Kingsford paired a large talk bubble journaler with a fun font to highlight her son’s favorite Optimus Prime saying from the movie Transformers.  Amy says, “When he’s playing with his Optimus figure I can often here him muttering this under his breath, and it always makes me chuckle.  I used bright colors and paint splatters that enhanced the comic-style feel of the page.

Prime Time by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Aja Abney: Our House; Anna Aspnes: FotoGlows No. 3, Different Strokes No. 5 Stitched by Anna Black; Biograffiti: Say What Talk Bubbles; Patti Knox: ClockWorks; Katie Pertiet: Old Aged Alpha-Black.

Summer Fullerton used talk bubbles to express what she imagines goes on in her son’s mind. She used a series of photos of her son sitting on the grass and added the bubbles to the photos to convey the idea of time passing and his mind churning. The bubbles were cut with negative type on her Silhouette cutter and backed up with a high contrast red solid.

Inside the Teenage Mind by Summer Fullerton | Supplies: Cardstock from Bazzill, Jillibean Soup patterned paper/corrugated paper/diecuts/alphas/buttons, DMC white floss, Silhouette Cutting System, Corner Rounder, and fonts Talk (title), OldSansBlack (title) and Veteran Typewriter (journaling)

Emily Pitts used talk bubbles to render journaling that’s almost all dialogue. She’s divided her page in half vertically, cropping her photo so that each side has a “speaker.” The bubbles with the things she says in the dialogue on on her side and the things her son says are on his side. Non-dialogue is on small white rectangles — with the same paper and outlines as used for the bubbles.

Click Click by Emily Pitts | Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts (cream), Bazzill Basics (white); Patterned Paper: Simple Stories (turquoise), American Crafts (magenta), My Mind’s Eye (yellow); Flower: Maya Road; Mist: Maya Road; Ribbon: Maya Road; Alphabet: American Crafts for Studio Calico; Punch: Martha Stewart; Font: Black Boys on Mopeds; Pen: Micron;
Thread: Coats and Clark; Software: Photoshop CS3