Social media, mobile phones, and instant-message hangouts have made virtual chatting a part of daily life for many of us.
As a result, talk/speech bubbles are a trendy motif on posters, in advertising, on scrapbook pages, and even at weddings as “photo-booth” props.
This motif is a handy one for scrapbook pages. Use it for dialogue, titles, imagined thoughts, and embellishing.
Jennifer Matott used talk bubbles to create a repetitive themed embellishment throughout her page. She says, “You could fill each with journaling or with a repeated word that creates unity as I’ve done on my page MOM.”
Leah Farquharson says, “Talk bubbles with words cut out of them are a fun trend in scrapbooking right now. I loved putting a bunch of these wood veneer talk bubbles with fun sayings on this page about our youngest.”
Adriana Puckett used talk bubbles to add her teen’s questions while getting a shaving lesson from Dad. She says, “They reinforce the trepidation on his face as he tries out this new grooming chore. I cut the talk bubbles with my silhouette cameo, which was a great way to enlarge or minimize the bubble depending on space needs. I also popped them up with pop dots to give the whole layout dimension.”
Audrey Tan used speech bubbles as a journaling spots, with each bubble telling the story of the photo it sits next to. She says, “I even made use of a red speech bubble as a decorative piece, tucked behind the photo frame.”
Michelle Houghton used hand drawn bubbles with action photos. She says, “These photos make me laugh every time I see them. My girls and my dad are attacking targets with their water guns. The photos aren’t great; the subjects aren’t well framed and the background is my garage. Adding talk bubbles helps me convey the humor I’m seeing to the viewer of the page.”
“I hand drew the talk bubbles, cut them out, and popped them up on my layout. I also hand drew the white border around the patterned paper and the white band across the page.”
Deborah Wagner gave voice to her jack-o-lantern with a talk bubble. She says, “When first seeing this photo, I thought it looked like the pumpkin was making a snide comment out of the side of his mouth. I gave him a talk bubble, and he was able to tell us his his thoughts: I’m an old pro, and this kid is scaring me. Am I seeing double, or is there another one behind me?
Ashley Horton cut talk bubbles to hold both title and journaling. She cut the titlework with her die cutting machine. Ashley says, “I used the negatives for the words in the title and then backed the with patterned papers. I made the journaling talk bubble with the clip art in my desktop publishing program. Once I had it sized and added the journaling, I printed it out and fussy cut around it.”
Amy Kingsford paired a large talk bubble journaler with a fun font to highlight her son’s favorite Optimus Prime saying from the movie Transformers. Amy says, “When he’s playing with his Optimus figure I can often here him muttering this under his breath, and it always makes me chuckle. I used bright colors and paint splatters that enhanced the comic-style feel of the page.
Summer Fullerton used talk bubbles to express what she imagines goes on in her son’s mind. She used a series of photos of her son sitting on the grass and added the bubbles to the photos to convey the idea of time passing and his mind churning. The bubbles were cut with negative type on her Silhouette cutter and backed up with a high contrast red solid.
Emily Pitts used talk bubbles to render journaling that’s almost all dialogue. She’s divided her page in half vertically, cropping her photo so that each side has a “speaker.” The bubbles with the things she says in the dialogue on on her side and the things her son says are on his side. Non-dialogue is on small white rectangles — with the same paper and outlines as used for the bubbles.