Hello there! It’s Mendi here today with a Fun In the Sun summer layout that’s all about yummy BBQ comfort foods! I love nothing more than hanging out with my family and eating (with a little more eating) so I decided to create a layout celebrating every day moments like this one.
To tie my theme together I turned to all the adorable ephemera shapes in the chips pack and grouped them all together in one big border across the center of my page for extra impact. To create some depth, I popped some of the shapes up with foam tape and embellished with some enamel dots.
For my journaling I used one of the 3×4 cards found on the “Summer Days” cut apart sheet. Ever want to know how to get your journaling to fit perfectly on pre-printed lines?
For my journaling card I wanted it to be a semi-circle (based on a sketch by Nichol Magouirk which inspired me) so I grabbed my We R Memory Keeper nesting circle dies to cut it.
I then used photo splits cut in half (because I’m cheap and it doesn’t take much to hold it). 😉
I then adhered my journaling card to a piece of basic office paper and set to work measuring so I could know where to set my 4 page margins within Microsoft Word. For your top margin you will want to measure to the top of first line and to the bottom of the last line for your bottom margin.
I knew I wanted to layer a cute die-cut on mine with some foam tape so I set the die-cut in place to measure my right margin. When all the margins are set, type out your journaling. Now the fun begins. Sometimes you must get creative in your spacing by playing with your font style and size. I started with Arial, but it took up too much room so I switched to Arial Narrow. It is important to count how many lines you have to fill and to not exceed that in your typed journaling. When I got it about right, I had a little extra space that I hadn’t used for bottom margin, but I was at my 12-line maximum so I played with my line spacing settings until the words lined up from top to bottom. All of this sounds complicated, but I swear it gets easier. With a little practice it can be done in a matter of minutes.
After I had my spacing just about right I chose to print it out on a piece of scratch paper so that I could hold it up to my other sheet and make sure my spacing was good. This is always extra helpful. In my case I decided to move everything over an extra 1/2 inch and to manually indent a couple of the lines to help them follow the curve. In hindsight I’m wishing I had moved everything up one line as well to account for the lines being printed lower on the card, but it didn’t occur to me until I had everything sewn down. 😉 I hope I’ve inspired you to try a little computer journaling on your next summer layout or project! 🙂
FUN IN THE SUN SUMMER DAYS 12×12 CARDSTOCK
FUN IN THE SUN SUNSHINE 12×12 CARDSTOCK
FUN IN THE SUN WATERMELON 12×12 CARDSTOCK
FUN IN THE SUN CHERRIES 12×12 CARDSTOCK
FUN IN THE SUN BEACH TOWEL 12×12 CARDSTOCK
FUN IN THE SUN CHIPS DIE-CUT SHAPES
HAPPY DAY EPOXY STICKERS