Quick & Easy Journaling with Lisa Dickinson!

Quick & Easy Journaling with Lisa Dickinson!

Sometimes the hardest part of creating a page is figuring out exactly what you want to say! I have made so many layouts about our annual vacation to Mexico that I often find it difficult to write the journaling for them – I feel like I've said it all already! So that's when I turn to my family.


On this page, I simply asked each of them what their favorite part of our vacation was. Using speech bubbles,I recorded their answers next to their photos. It was a simple way to get a new journaling perspective on a layout.


Because I had completed my journaling in no time at all, I was able to spend a bit more time on the design. I focused on using a color palette inspired by the sea and sand. A few swipes of light aqua watercolor across the background was topped with stenciled cross hatching in a darker blue paint. Once dry, I used the same stencil to add some more crosses with an aqua fine-tipped pen.


I layered several squares of patterned paper with distressed edges on top of the painting, and then framed each of the photos with a wood veneer piece.  The speech bubbles were created with a stencil as well – I just traced them onto white cardstock and cut them out.


I loved spending a bit more time on the design details and getting creative. And I love that my family voices make an appearance on the page as well!






  1. Treva July 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Really cute LO, like the details and embellishments!

  2. Gisele July 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Whoop, that is easy journaling !

  3. Ruth G July 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    So much fun! I love the word bubble idea and how you used a picture of each family member to tell about their favorite thing! Wonderful frames and lovely colors, too! TFS!

  4. Jean Marmo July 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    So cute!

  5. Tina C July 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Super cute layout ! Love this idea will need to do this myself thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  6. Nina Oelke July 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I love the way you journaled on this page. It is so easy yet looks so nice and is also reminiscent of your vacation. I must remember this one. I like it 🙂

  7. Cynthia B. July 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Love how you captured the perspectives of each family member. 🙂 Wonderful design too!

  8. TracyM #6773 July 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    WOW – FABULOUS layout Lisa!!!
    LOVE the layered design and LOVE your CLEVER journaling speech bubbles too – a really cool idea!!!

  9. Joan July 18, 2014 at 6:12 am

    WOW – Love your LO Lisa… the design of inking the background is beautiful! Your journaling idea is great! Thanks for sharing

  10. Mendi Yoshikawa July 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Love this idea! I feel the same way about countless Disney pages. Your layout turned out awesome with so many fun little details! 🙂

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