Hi everyone! I’m Eva Pizarro and today I wanted to show you how to incorporate journaling into your layouts as part of your design page. I love to journal! Scrapbooking is very therapeutic for me, and I like to incorporate stories and sentiments in my pages for my future generations.
For this page I decided I wanted to write my words inside text – in this case “2014”.
Begin by opening an editing program (I used Adobe Photoshop, but you can use whatever you prefer). Next, open up a new document and type your text. Choose a thick font like Arial Black.
Right click on your text layer and choose the option “Convert to Shape”. This will allow you to write inside the letter.
The next step is needed only for letters or numbers that have a shape inside, for example my zero and my four. If you don’t do this step, your text is not going to wrap around your small shapes.
Select the line tool from the toolbar, and in the top bar choose the option “Subtract from Shape”. This button is right next to your line width and height option.
While holding your shift key, draw a small and narrow line that connects the inside and the outside of your zero.
Now you can start writing on your numbers. To do this, simply select your text tool and click inside the shape you want. Choose a small font and begin typing.
Once you are done, play with spaces and the paragraph tools to make sure most of your shape is filled.
Right click your shape layer and choose “Blending Options”. Select “stroke” to add a little depth to your numbers.
Print and cut them following that line.
For my background, I cut 1 1/2 inch strips of paper, cut them in diagonals and then glued them to my page.
Then I bent the edges a little with my fingers to give more dimension and to embellish the page.
I also included a small photo inside the “O”.
I hope you enjoyed this layout. If you have absolutely any questions about the process, please feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll address them as quickly as possible.
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Mendi Yoshikawa says
Such a clever idea Eva! Love your finished layout–That little picture inside the 0 is so cute! 🙂