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Journaling Week: Favorite journaling tools

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have shared their favorite journaling tools

Monika Wright

1. These always seem to be the perfect size to use in mini-albums and on layouts and coordinate so well with one another when you want to use more than one on a page or layout. These get 5 Stars from me every time.

2. Something as simple as everyday items, like these file folder labels, are in heavy rotation for me when creating mini books, also. I trim them to fit the page, I layer them, and I place them slightly askew for interest. Love these, too!

3. And these particular journaling spots from K&Company get a lot of use in my scrap room!

4. I've even made a mini book for my husband using tags from K&Company.

Jennifer Larsen

I love to write on my layouts, both big stories and small ones.

1. For the small stories, I love to use stamped journaling spots, like the following labels stamp set from Studio Calico

2. Any journaling spot can be cut out and adhered to a page, but the nice thing about this set? You can use this photo labels punch to cut it out easily:

You can see on my layout how I used these labels, plus other stamped journaling spots, to make a list of what's making me happy right now:

May Flaum

Journal label stamp by Cats Life Press Stamps is my favorite journaling product because it's a great size and shape for journaling - and it looks great on light patterned paper, stamped right onto cardstock, or cut out. I can use just the lines (just don't stamp the decorative border) repeatedly, or with the border extended by doing some creative stamping. I've been using and LOVING this stamp for a few years!

Lee Currie

1. My favourite tool is my computer and my favourite free site for professional fonts is Font Squirrel
Almost all of my layouts are journaled using a computer font. I prefer it to my handwriting not because I don't like my writing - I do, but because I can:

1. edit my words
2. resize the font
3. space correctly
4. change colour
5. write while I'm away from my layout

Computer journaling, to me, is far more flexible in so many ways than handwriting. Since I've been doing it so long it is also far quicker than using my handwritten journaling, too.

Sometimes, with everyone living busy lives, it is hard to keep up with everyday journaling. I've found two online tools (more practical for me than Facebook or Twitter) that have greatly helped in this regard:
3. Oh Life
4. Daily Diary
I can communicate stories and happenings right on my blackberry at times when it's not convenient to be sitting at my computer. Then when it comes time to create a layout, I can just cut and paste previously recorded stories and fill in some more details on a layout that may have been forgotten if not for these tools.

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