Avoidable Design Disasters Series—Journaling
by Jen White
Floating Fred, Bossy Betty, and Schizophrenic Steve are among the stars of our newest blog teaching series entitled Avoidable Design Disasters. Join me today as I discuss journaling disasters and what can be done to avoid them.
Journaling Design Disaster #1: Supersized Sally
Creating a book for the blind or a large print edition? If not, then there’s no need to supersize your journaling. I understand why you’d be tempted to do this. You want your online viewers to be able to read what you’ve written. But, resist the temptation. All this does is make your page design disastrous!
Instead, Do This: Keep the font size of your journaling appropriate. Depending on the font, somewhere between 12 and 18 points is usually okay. If you want to share your journaling and you are not sure if it’s legible online, simply copy and paste the text into the description area of the posted image.
Journaling Design Disaster #2: Italic Isabelle
With the gazillion choices of fonts available, I know it can be tempting to choose an italic style font for journaling on your scrapbook pages . . . but, don’t. It’s grammatically incorrect. Italics should only be used when referencing book titles, magazine titles, movie titles, etc. If you are unsure about an italicizing rule, a simple search of the internet will produce quick and comprehensive results.
Instead, Do This: Create the journaling on your scrapbook page with a simple serif or sans serif font. This will be the easiest to read and will look the most pleasing.
Journaling Design Disaster #3: Floating Fred
Never, never, never add a drop shadow to journaling. Fonts do not float over scrapbook pages.
Instead, Do This: If your journaling is hard to read, try changing the font or making your existing font a faux bold. Sometimes it helps to brush some light colored paint behind the journaling.
Journaling Design Disaster #4: Bossy Betty
Be very mindful of your Layers panel when adding journaling. Placing a type layer at the top of the Layers panel is usually a bad idea. This can easily result in type that lurks over 3D objects like flowers, frames, stitching, and photos.
Instead, Do This: In the Layers panel, the type layer should be directly above the background paper or whatever you are typing on. So, if you want your type to appear on a journaling card, then the type layer needs to be directly above the card layer in the Layers panel.
Journaling Design Disaster #5: Schizophrenic Steve
I know you love fonts. They are readily available, fabulously free, and super-duper fun. But, putting too many different fonts on one scrapbook page is enough to drive a brain bonkers.
Instead, Do This: The most calming page will have one font for the title and a contrasting font for the journaling. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but when in doubt, stick with a single font.
How about you? Can you think of other journaling disasters? If so, feel free to add to my list. It is by no means complete.
The scrapbook page I used for these examples is part of the QuickAlbum created with Danyale Lewis’ Duty, Honor, Country kit. This kit is currently available in our store.
Author: Jen White | email@example.com
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