A big part of scrapbook page layout is allocating space on the canvas, finding a place for journaling and photos and titlework. White space within your photo offers a good home for your journaling.

When Jennifer Matott  was walking near a marina in her hometown, she noticed how interesting the sidewalk pattern was with the subtle tones along with her  shadow.  She says, “I took a photo with the intent of adding journaling in the space. I used mini alpha stickers for part of the title and journaling and Faber-Castell PITT artist pens to write on the photo.  The India ink  dries fast and permanent.”

All Roads Lead to Here by Jennifer Matott | Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Papers: Studio Calico, Cosmo Cricket, and My Mind’s Eye; Sticker border: Crate Paper; Mini Alpha stickers: Pink Paislee and Cosmo Cricket; Stamp: Studio Calico; Ink: Faber- Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pens with a medium and small tip in black AND Dr. PH Martin; Fabric/ chipboard arrows: Studio Calico

Doris Sander says,  “I love the look of writing across photos, but I’ve never really played with the technique, so I was unsure of what type pens to use.  I was pondering my ignorance when I noticed my unused washi tape collection sitting on the table, and inspiration struck.  I could put washi tape on my photos and easily write on that with a Shapie or Slickwriter and that’s just what I did!  I am delighted with the look and the fact that I’ve also found another use for my washi tape.  I definitely plan on using this trick again!”

Boys Will Be Boys by Doris Sander | Supplies: cardstock – Bazzill, patterned paper – Basic Grey, Crate Paper, Prima, chipboard alphabets – Crate Paper, American Crafts, stickers – Studio Calico, Jillbean Soup, My Mind’s Eye, 7 Gypsies, brads, photo turns – American Crafts, wooden camera – Studio Calico, enamel dot – My Mind’s Eye, flair – Evalicious, washi tape – Freckled Fawn, canvas hole reinforcer – 7 Gypsies, tags – Avery, vintage, pen – Sharpie

Stefanie Semple says, “As a child of divorce I was often shuttled between Mom in Cape Town and Dad in Germany. Flying in to the airport and seeing this mountain still evokes such strong emotions in me of being back where I belong. This iconic view of Table Mountain means home to me. I typed my journaling straight onto the photo, no blending modes, although I did try and warp it to fit onto the path while still being legible. This photo has a path way in the foreground of the photo which is plain and allows the journaling to contrast well and be easy to read.”

Home by Stefanie Semple | Supplies: Clever Monkey Graphics – Butterflies and bubbles, Scrappy Creations by Melanie – Simply big template

Christy Strickler says, “I used a Bic Mark-it to draw lines and journal on these photos. I like to journal directly on the photos when there is a lot of open white space. In this case, it also helps to tell the story. The game my cats play isn’t obvious to the viewer. I was able to include more journaling in the design by writing on the photos without having to eliminate any photos.”

Paws Under the Door by Christy Strickler Supplies| Patterned Paper: October Afternoon; Alphas,Button: Basic Grey; Die Cut; Jenni Bowlin Studios; Other; acrylic paint, paw buttons, ribbon

Terry Billman says, “White Sands is a page about our visit with our fur babies to White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The black matting provided a dramatic background to showcase the photographs, which I wanted to be the focal point. The white in the photos was a perfect background for journaling directly on the photos without being obtrusive.”


White Sands created by Terry Billman| Lynn Grieveson: Lots of Shots 3, Michelle Martin: Aki Solids

Michelle Houghton says, “This page is about a wonderful family tradition of spending a day on the water in my husband’s Uncle Bill’s boat. I wrote directly on my photo with a white Sharpie paint pen.  I practiced on a duplicate set of photos to make sure I had room and then just wrote right on top.”


Uncle Bill’s Boat by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock – Bazzill Bassics, patterned paper – Basic Grey, ink – Sharpie, other thread

Audrey Tan says, “My husband and I got a chance to spend a day in London when our boys were off in camp. We went to see Wicked, a musical production. I managed to capture the stage and used it as a background with the help of a mask. I journaled on the dark part of the photo with white text.


Wicked by Audrey Tan | Supplies: Simply Tiffany Studio: Modern Master Collection 3; Viva Artistry: Return To Oz; Fonts: QK Zelda & Roughage

Meghann Andrew says, “This layout records my dog’s tendency to get very, very dirty! To create the journaling on my photo, I cropped my photo to 4″x6″ so that there was a lot of negative space on the left side that could house my journaling. I add the journaling to my digital photo and printed the two together. I also liked the way my dog was facing the journaling, leading your eye to look at it right after viewing the photo.”


Pig or Dog? by Meghann Andrew | Supplies: Patterned paper- Echo Park (beige, navy, journaling card, camera cutout), October Afternoon (woodgrain); cardstock stickers- Echo Park; brad- My Mind’s Eye; pin- Jillibean Soup; badge- American Crafts; stamp- Studio Calico; ink- Stampin’ Up!; epoxy sticker- My Mind’s Eye; font- American Typewriter & Arial; die-cutting machine- Silhouette Cameo

Amy Kingsford says, “Though the photo I’ve used on this layout is of my husband and son at a corn maze, the page itself is about the great example that my husband is for my son. The composition of this photo, with its wide open sky and the bracketing of the cornfield, created the perfect spot for text, so I layered a definition word art over the sky to help add more meaning to my page.”


Lead the Way by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: One Little Bird, Emily Merritt and Paislee Press: Corn Maze; Sara Gleason: Petals No. 3.

Kiki Kougioumtzi says, “This layout is about a goodnight prayer I learned from my daughter. I wrote the journaling directly on the photo because I wanted the two to be seen as one entity (candle-photo and prayer-journaling). I added the journaling to the photo with Photoshop Elements.”


Kum Ba Yah by Kiki Kougioumtzi|Supplies: Patterned Paper: DCWV; Alphas: Basic Grey; Other: Ribbon.