I received a question from Laura who asked how to make large areas of journaling look like it belongs to the page rather than being added as an afterthought. I think the tips below will work with both large chunks of text and smaller pieces too!
- Blank Journal Strips can help to break text up although they might look too cluttered if you use too many of them, so it would depend on how much text you have to tell your story and what the rest of your page looks like. Try laying them out in different ways, allow some of them to overlap, maybe tilt some of them at slight angles. If you can't find blank text strips in your stash it's easy to make your own using the rectangle tool to make strips and clipping solid papers to them.
- Text paths are fun if you're able to create them, they allow you to follow the path of a shape and can really add a unique twist to your page. I'll cover this specific technique as a tutorial in a future post!
- Seperating your journaling up into different areas of your page is a great way to break up large blocks of text. Depending on your page composition you might choose to break it up into just two or several different pieces.
- Have fun with typography by breaking up blocks of text by replacing some words within the actual journaling with word bits/strips or word art from a Kit.
- Another fun thing to do is to emphasise important words inside a text block by switching fonts, case size or using an alpha instead of the font.
- Try journaling in a column or on a tilt.
- Draw attention to your text by putting speech or quotation marks around it, or using doodly accents to encase the block of text or just individual words.
- Journal inside painted areas, or masked/stencilled areas of a Mixed Media Paper.