JOURNALING : We spent New Year’s weekend on the Oregon coast. Daddy joined up on the first after needing to fly to San Diego for a funeral. You were so excited to go to the little Coos Bay airport to pick him up – you even decided that you wanted to make a special card to give to him when he came out of the terminal. Adapted from a Blue’s Clues episode, this card talks about how much you missed Daddy and what he did on the plane and how much we love each other.
Sometimes I want to use a digital journal block that isn’t large enough for the story I am planning to tell. In the case of this layout, I was able to adjust the size of the journaling block in Photoshop Elements before printing. The video above and the instructions below walk you through the process of adjusting the size of a journaling block to fit your story.
Here’s a look at some of the process images before working with the digital journaling block:
I started with the photo/embellishments/Simon’s drawing placement first. I love circle accents. It’s no secret, I use them often.
I have a couple little containers filled with random embellishments (many of them circles) that I pull out and keep on my table when I am working on a page. For this layout I looked around until I found six (5 circles and one small white heart) that went along with the story I wanted to tell: a circle cut from love pattern paper, a plastic heart, an airplane rub on, a wood smiley face, a chipboard circle with an added “s” and a yellow flair that says “you are sensational.”
1. Measure the size of the journaling area you are aiming for on your traditional layout. I needed my journaling block to be about 6.5 inches wide x 2.5 inches tall.
2. Go to File/Open and navigate to the journal block you want to use. I am using The Details from Ali Edwards Title & Journal Overlays.
3. Adjust the image size. Go to Image/Resize/Image Size. Change the width to 6.5 inches (or whatever size you need the width to be). You will adjust the height in the next step.
3. Adjust the canvas size. Go to Image/Resize/Canvas Size. Change the height of the canvas to 2.5 inches tall (or whatever size you need the height to be). Use the Anchor section to have the content stay in the top area of your canvas and create the new area below. If you forget this step simply use the Move Tool (black arrow) to move the overlay up towards the top of the canvas.
5. Using the rectangle marquee tool, draw a box around the bottom line of the journal block and cut (Edit/Cut). Immediately paste what you just cut onto your canvas (Edit/Paste). Pasting will create a new layer in your layers palette and bring back the bottom line.
6. Select both layers (the original journal block and the new pasted line) by holding down the shift key and clicking on both layers in the layers palette. With both layers selected go up to the drop-down “align” menu and select “Align Left Edges.”
7. With the original layer selected copy and paste (Edit/Copy and Edit/Paste) the vertical dotted line. I started below the portion where the “s” comes over the line to make it easier. Use the Zoom Tool to see where you are placing the line after pasting. Repeat the copy and paste until you have created a line long enough for your journaling block. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to remove any excess that goes beyond the bottom line.
8. Add your journaling on the computer or print on cardstock and hand-write your journaling. Here’s a look at my printed sheet of cardstock before adding the journaling.
9. Trim to fit and adhere. I waited to adhere my photos, etc until I had trimmed this journaling block and adhered it first. The circle embellishments ended up being adhered to the journal block cardstock (rather than the background cardstock). I rounded the bottom left corner of the cardstock, the top left corner of the photo, and the right top and bottom of Simon’s folded drawing.
Here’s a close-up look at the printed journaling block and hand-written journaling: