November 2023 wk2 Scrapbook page layout

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November 2023 wk2 scrapbook page layout

Mixing printed and handwritten journalling on your layout

One of the most important aspects of scrapbooking is journalling, telling the story behind your photos. Whilst you can always choose between using printed or handwritten journalling, combining the two can add depth and character to your layouts.

Our guest scrapbooker Melinda, has done this very successfully on this layout.  Using printed text for main headings and titles; and handwritten for the smaller labels.  Here are some ideas and tips on how to mix printed and handwritten journalling to create visually appealing and personal scrapbook pages.


Create a Visual Hierarchy

When combining printed and handwritten journalling, it's essential to establish a visual hierarchy. Start by using printed text for the main story or essential information. Then, use handwritten journalling to add personal anecdotes, quotes, or thoughts. This creates a balance between the neat, consistent appearance of printed text and the personal touch of your handwriting.

Use Different Fonts and Sizes

To make your layout more visually interesting, experiment with different fonts and text sizes for the printed portion of your journalling. You can use a larger, bold font for headings or titles and a smaller, more legible font for additional information. This contrast will help draw attention to the key details while making the handwritten portion stand out.

Create Custom Labels and Tags

Design custom labels or tags for your layout, using printed text for the essential details like dates, names, and locations. Then, attach these labels or tags to your page and write personal notes or stories in your own handwriting. This adds a unique and creative touch to your scrapbook, and it's a great way to incorporate mixed media elements.

Layer Your Journalling

Layering is a popular technique in scrapbooking. To mix printed and handwritten journalling effectively, create layers with your elements. For instance, you can print your journalling on a piece of patterned paper or cardstock and then adhere it to your layout. On top of that, add handwritten notes or doodles to complement the printed text.

Handwritten Titles

While printed titles are often preferred for their neatness, you can add a personal touch by using handwritten titles. Whether it's the title of your scrapbook page or specific sections within it, your own handwriting can make it feel more intimate and unique. You can use various styles and colours to match the theme of your layout.

Mixed Media

Consider using mixed media techniques to integrate your journalling into the overall design of your scrapbook page. You can create watercolour backgrounds, chalkboard-style journalling, or even use a typewriter to print text that mimics a handwritten feel. Mixing media can add a dynamic element to your layouts.

Incorporate Quotes and Lyrics

Quotes and song lyrics can add depth and emotional resonance to your scrapbook pages. Use printed text for the quotes or lyrics, and then add your own handwritten commentary or personal reflections around them. This combination can tell a powerful and meaningful story.

Embellish Your Handwriting

To enhance the handwritten portion of your journalling, consider embellishing it with small drawings, stickers, or washi tape. This can make your handwritten notes more visually appealing and integrated into the overall design of your layout.


Mixing printed and handwritten journalling on your scrapbook layout is a creative and personal way to document your memories and stories. By establishing a visual hierarchy, experimenting with fonts, layering, and adding custom labels or tags, you can create visually appealing and emotionally resonant layouts. Don't be afraid to experiment with different techniques and media to add a unique touch to your scrapbook pages.