The other week, we were stating the obvious in visually interesting ways to create meaningful titles. Today, we’re shifting gears. You will find the the title in your journaling. Whether it be a few lines or several paragraphs of text, there is a main idea or feeling that can stand alone as a title in the story of your page.
I take two approaches to this strategy and it all really depends on mood of my page and my creativity level which version I choose. Ultimately, the trick is is creating a title that is a clue tying into the visual story (images) and the journaling (text). With both approaches, the idea is to get the viewer interested in the story.
Approach 1: Title and journaling flow together so they create a whole idea and/or mood for the page.
This is a great strategy for saving space on your page… or when you forget to leave room for a title, you can easily backtrack to use some alphas for a phrase or word in your journaling. As you’ll see, the journaling and title are one cohesive piece.
In My Happy, a sentence that appears in the journaling features my title “My Happy.” The whole sentence is read “It’s really my happy place.” This page, made with the brand new Storyteller Dakota, is an example of my forgetting to leave space for a title to live on my page. Using this strategy really saved the day!
In War of 1812, my journaling is all about my son’s big interest in the conflict. The huge title jumps out at you, but it also provides meaning two ways: It tells you instantly what the subject of the journaling is and it reinforces the idea of the journaling (my son’s big obsession with the war at that time). The journaling never once mentions the war… and it doesn’t need to. The title does that job.
You can’t read the title on I Moustache U (I must ask you) without reading the rest of the journaling. It isn’t necessary to the story, but in both writing style and rendering, it reinforces the playful nature of the page.
Approach 2: Find a word or phrase in your journaling that loosely sums up your story
The title you pull out from your journaling should match the feeling of your page and be a clue to what the journaling about. Unlike the first approach, you do need to make a space for your title somewhere on your page:
To come up with the title of this page, I simply used the last word in the journaling, “routine.” It sums up the story, which is my son and husband playing a game together every night. Yet, you have to read the journaling to know the specifics of that routine.
Rockhound isn’t mentioned in the journaling on this page, but “amateur geologist” didn’t feel like a great title. I broke out the thesaurus (thesaurus.com is awesome) to find a synonym. This is a great twist if you think the word or phrase that sums up your story is blah or won’t fit in your allotted space.
Inside Out is really a story of shared quirks between me and my son. The title appears in the journaling, sums up the subject, but only enough so you start looking for what’s inside out in the photo. Since it isn’t quite obvious, you have to read the journaling for everything to make sense.
To sum up, to create a title that is both meaningful and interesting, you can:
- start or end your journaling with your title
- place your title in your journaling
- use creative wording to blend the title into your journaling (like in I Moustache You)
- grab a word or phrase from your journaling to use as your elsewhere on your page
- use synonyms to make your title fit better on your page
- create an interesting clue to your story
No matter what kind of journaler you are (and I do hope you’re putting words on your pages), this strategy for creating meaningful titles is a simple solution for an otherwise frustrating problem. You don’t need to re-invent the wheel, only pick out the words that fit best from what’s already on your page. Give it a try on your next layout!
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