Scrapbook Ideas for Mix 'n Match Journaling Approaches | Get It ScrappedCombining two or more text treatments in your journaling can be a great way to highlight the important parts of your story, to compare and contrast or simply to bring a playful feel to the page.

Combine, for example, typed and handwritten journaling on the page. Or highlight certain words and sentences in a typed text block by rendering them in colored alpha tiles.

Our team has gotten creative with a variety of what we’re calling “mix n’ match” journaling approaches. Check them out below.


Iris Fox says, “On the surface, this page tells the story of my consternation with my younger daughter always making me fill up her water bottle at bedtime. But really, it’s a documentation of all the funny rituals she’s come up with throughout the years, which in the moment feel like demands, but that I will miss when she’s grown and gone.”

“I typed most of my journaling, printed it onto vellum, and cut it into strips. I also used tile alphas, and the journaling blends with the title, which is made with bigger alpha stickers. I was concerned about spacing my journaling if I hand-wrote it directly on the background. I found it easier to move typed strips in order to space the journaling around the larger tile stickers. I wanted to emphasize certain words; making them bigger, bolder, and changing their color are natural ways to do that. But rather than just do those things with the font itself, using alpha tile stickers added interest and texture, much more color, and feels more fun and boisterous, just as my daughter is.”

“I had quite a bit of words, and typing most of it was a good way to fit it all in, while bringing in colorful tile stickers was a good way for me to pick out the cute, funny names my daughter gave our bedtime rituals, and add playfulness and whimsy to the layout.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Mix 'n Match Journaling Approaches | Iris Fox | Get It Scrapped

Your Darn Water Bottle by Iris Fox | Patterned Paper: Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Crate Paper, Heidi Grace Designs; Cardstock: Paper Accents; Wood Veneer: Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Color Cast Designs; Flair: Feed Your Craft, October Afternoon; Bow Clip: Illustrated Faith; Puffy Sticker: Evalicious; Enamel Dots: Perler beads (melted); Alphas: Illustrated Faith, Jillibean Soup, Simple Stories; Font: Another Typewriter.


Jill Sprott says, “There are two stories that come together on this page, both set within the context of the scene in the photo.”

“The first is the typewritten narrative, printed in stark black and white on clearly delineated lines. This is a process narrative that our nation’s children and teachers are becoming all too familiar with as gun violence becomes more prevalent in schools. The second narrative is written by hand over grid paper, which is emblematic of intersections and the search for order within seeming chaos. This second narrative speaks to our nation’s children like the first, but it acknowledges those who will not be quiet as they stand up, walk out, and speak up for change.”

“The two approaches to journaling may seem different, but they ultimately inhabit the same space, and aim for the same resolution: the safety of our children.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Mix 'n Match Journaling Approaches | Jill Sprott | Get It Scrapped

When to Walk Out by Jill Sprott | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd; Letters: American Crafts; Journaling Cards: Scraptastic Club, Farmhouse Paper Co.; Date Stamp: October Afternoon; Ink: Ranger; Other: vintage notebook/graph paper.


Stefanie Semple says, “I created a layout about my daughter’s love of quizzes.”

“I mixed a typewriter font with a handwriting font and added some snipped letters as a sub-title within my journaling. I love to journal in my voice, as though I am speaking to my children in my layouts and to use a handwriting font when doing so, Darcy Baldwin’s Smarty Pants is a favorite. Special Elite is the typewriter font that I used to transcribe the quiz results.”

“Changing the fonts makes it very easy to see who the speaker is, whether me or the ‘Which Disney Dog are you?’ quiz results.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Mix 'n Match Journaling Approaches | Stefanie Semple | Get It Scrapped

Disney Dog by Stefanie Semple | Supplies: Denim and daisies by Kimeric Kreations; Amanda Yi Designs 7 Studio Basic: Smile for the camera collab; Stolen Moments Designs (now Amber LaBau) Snipped Alphas; Fonts are Special Elite and Smarty Pants


Christy Strickler says, “In a recent class, my son learned to write his name in Arabic. I wanted to preserve it in such a way that non-Arabic speakers would know the context of the writing, so I decided to use the watercolor artwork of his name in a letter to document the experience.”

“I used two different sets of letter stickers in two colors to accentuate the calligraphy. I wanted to keep the page simple so that the calligraphy really stood out. Using 2 types of letter stickers to weave the title in with the calligraphy combined with my own handwriting allowed me to tell the story without overpowering the artwork.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Mix 'n Match Journaling Approaches | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

Today You Learned to Write Your Name In Arabic by Christy Strickler | Supplies Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy; Letters: Basic Grey, Studio Calico; Tape: My Mind’s Eye: other” Watercolor paper, button, cardstock


Megan Blethen says, “My kids and I went to a big family reunion last summer for my Mom’s side. We made sure to take a couple big family photos. I love my crazy, big family!”

“I wanted the emphasis to be on the word “BIG” in the title, so I used a different font in another color and also in all caps. That makes it stand out more. I wanted to have the same effect in my journaling so I cut out words from patterned paper and also used ephemera to highlight the important words. When you look at this layout quickly, the big words jump out at you first. You can get a general idea of my feelings and what the layout is about.”

“I loved the idea of using the mix-and-match journaling approach on this layout because I knew I would be able to pull fun and happy words from ephemera packs and other pieces I have in my stash.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Mix 'n Match Journaling Approaches | Megan Blethen | Get It Scrapped

Love This Big Family” by Megan Blethen | Supplies: Pink Paislee Pick Me Up patterned papers, Black Recollections cardstock, Close to my Heart White Cardstock, Pink Paislee Pick Me Up ephemera pack, American Crafts thickers ‘Thick + Thin’, Freckled Fawn yellow alpha, Coats black thread.


Ronnie Crowley says, “I recently traveled to Toronto for a conference, and it’s always fun to scrapbook travel.”

“The Canadian-themed kits I purchased came with word strips that I incorporated into my journaling. I rarely use items like this on my pages so it was a fun challenge to use them for once. Using these strips helped give the journaling a unique voice and if I hadn’t of used them in this way I think the journaling would have ended up being much more who, what, when!”

Scrapbook Ideas for Mix 'n Match Journaling Approaches | Ronnie Crowley | Get It Scrapped

Let’s Go Somewhere Amazing by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies: Believe in Magic: Worlds Canada by Amber Shaw & Studio Flergs; Get Festive: Canada Day by Kristin Cronin-Barrow & Digital Scrapbook Ingredients; Brook’s Templates – Scrap Your Stories: Travel Duo by Brook Magee