When I talked about finally finding my Project Life groove, I mentioned the role consistency plays in my work flow. While I like to experiment with new techniques and photo configurations, I tend to return to one format again and again, the full page photo. I love the impact of a large 6x8 image and it becomes easy to choose my journal cards and accompanying photos because I'm just focusing one story or message.
With this format, it may seem like there's less real estate for journaling and embellishments, but in my upcoming Project Life Saturday posts, I want to go over some techniques I use to add both to my layouts. Today, I'm talking specifically about adding journaling directly onto my photos.
It's best to use matte paper for this technique, although it's certainly possible to write on glossy as well. I print my photos at home using Canon Matte Photo Paper and my inkjet printer, so really, I can use any pen in my arsenal to write on my images. If you get your prints done in a lab, make sure to use a permanent marker. Sharpies work great for this and you can even find archival markers specifically formulated for writing on photos.
When choosing images to journal on, I always try to find compositions with some good white space. I don't need the area to be white to write on, but I do need a bit of negative space to accommodate my journaling. It is, also, best to write on lighter colored areas so your text will actually show up. However, if you do want to add journaling to darker areas, you may want to consider using white ink. Fortunately, more and more companies are offering light colored inks, including Sharpie, so these pens aren't such a speciality item anymore.
When you're ready to add your journaling, you can create a block of text or write your words in a path. In my examples, I chose an element on my photo I wanted to highlight and then added my journaling around its outline.
What if I hate my handwriting? Well yes, sometimes I think my handwriting is kind of crazy looking. I also get worried I'll mess up, so I actually add my journaling using Photoshop. I choose a handwritten font and then create a text path to type on. It's really easy and there are tons of tutorials online if you're not familiar with this process.
You'll notice journaling on my photos appear again and again. I love this technique so much because, like full page photos, it's another fast and easy way to add impact to my Project Loge layouts.