Composition ideas for blocks of text

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Try journaling in a column or on a tilt.
  7. 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.
  8. Journal inside painted areas, or masked/stencilled areas of a Mixed Media Paper.
Don't forget to apply the texture technique covered in the previous post to really make your text feel a part of the page!

I asked Captivating Sista Roxana to create a page that features some of the tips above. Roxana segmented her block of text by replacing some words within the journaling with word bits from a Kit, words were emphasised by using a different font from her main font.

She also selected the area she journaled insided of with care, she left an open space for her journaling and accented it with a brushed border and dripping paint. I love how the message is the core focus of her page!

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Roxana featuring Products by Captivated Visions

I took a gander through the Captivating Sistas Gallery and found these other examples for you . . . 

Layout by Captivating Sista Yolanda: Journaling in a column and at a tilted angle

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Yolanda featuring Products by Captivated Visions

Layout by Captivating Sista Andrea: Journaling broken up into two text blocks and positioned in such a way with the word strips that it forms part of the page design flowing vertically.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Andrea featuring Products by Captivated Visions

Layout by Captivating Sista Heather: Text placed inside quotations to make it the focus of the page.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Heather featuring Products by Captivated Visions

Layout by Captivating Sista Carrie: Text placed inside a masked area and at a tilted angle.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Carrie featuring Products by Captivated Visions

Layout by Special Guest Em: Journaling broken up into two areas and carefully placed around the blended photo.

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Em featuring Products by Captivated Visions

Layout by Captivating Sista Yolanda: Her text is truly the focus of her page, from the large date, to the way she has journaled inside the date wheel . . genius

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Yolanda featuring Products by Captivated Visions

I hope the tips and visual inspiration gave you some different ideas about what to do with 'that text'! Don't hesitate to leave your thoughts or questions in the comments!