Designer’s Choice: Adding journaling strips

By Jennifer Larson

October 12, 2014

It’s Jennifer Larson, sharing a journaling technique I use a lot: journaling in strips.

My process is pretty regular: I start with photos/story, then select product, then move to design. At the end I fit in the journaling. I’ve found the most versatile way of doing this is journalng in strips, not blocks. Here’s what I do:

1. I print my journaling in a block using Word.

2. I measure how big the space on my page is for the journaling.

3. I go back to my journaling block and hit ENTER periodically, using the ruler at the top to ensure I don’t have the lines exceed the space on my page.

4. I hit Control-A to highlight the whole text (this is Command-A for a Mac).

5. I got to Format-Paragraph-Spacing and select 1.5. (I’m not sure why this works best, but it seems to be the best space between lines in order to trim them apart. I tend to use Times New Roman 12-pt font, so a bigger or narrower font will require more or less space. Experiment.)

6. After I print, I trim the strips and adhere them to the page. Sometimes I ink the edges; other times I outline the strips with a pen. I like adhering them either aligned left or right, or with a little randomness. Here’s how it looks on the page:

Happy Moments by Jennifer Larson

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And that’s how I design using journaling strips! They are such a versatile way of adding the story to a page, I hope you will open up Word and add your story to the page.


One Comment on “Designer’s Choice: Adding journaling strips”

  • I love your how-to with details down to line spacing – so very helpful! I love the look of the strips on your layout (which is really sweet, by the way.)

    Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

    October 13th, 2014 at 6:48 am

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