Easy Scrapbook Journaling

I do hand journaling in my albums in addition to some “digital” journaling using my computer and everyday photo-paper. One of the troubles with digital journaling is the temptation to use non-archival paper. I’m always tempted to use index cards, but regular index cards are not photo-safe and acid-free. So, I recommend using something like HP’s everyday photo paper in the 4×6 size for printing your typed digital journaling.

The nice thing about printed journaling (aside from not having to worry about how neat your handwriting is) is that you can fit quite a lot of text in a small space.

Digital Journaling
Digital Journaling

I’ve created a template in MSWord that’s sized to 4×6 with landscape orientation. I then insert a text box to type my journaling. A text box allows you to get text closer to the edges of the page than normal margins would allow.

You can keep the border on the text box (and/or do fancy things with it with some of the settings in Word) or you can remove the border. To remove the border, look under the “Shape Outline” menu and choose no outline.

Text Box, No Outline

You can also do things like change the fill color of the text box, which can allow you to get white text on a colored background. This can be a fun look for journal boxes or page titles, of course you do need a color printer for this technique to work.

Colored Background Text Box

I’m also a big fan of the fun true-type fonts you can get online for free. Installing them on a PC is as easy as double-clicking the font file, once you’ve downloaded it. You will see a preview of the font and the option to install it.

Click Install to add this font to your MSWord Options

I’ve downloaded some great free fonts from the following sites:

By using a combination of hand journaling, handwritten or typed titles and typed digital journaling you can create pages that are simple, attractive and EASY to do.


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