1. Keep it short and sweet.
Most of the layouts I've featured in this column have had somewhat lengthy journaling. But Emily is the master of "short and sweet" journaling. She says just what she needs to say, and that's it -- no need for extra. Don't think that your journaling isn't as effective because you've only included a few lines; just make sure that those lines get right to the heart of the story. With a layout like this, where the focus is obviously on a tiny detail taken from a larger overall experience, you don't need to capture everything. Use your photos to help you narrow your focus and take it from there.
2. Can you repeat that?
Using text as a design element is a great way to add interest and variety to your page. Emily used a block of text -- created by repeating the phrase "God bless America land that I love" over and over. She placed this behind her main photos and used a subdued gray color. This way it doesn't detract from the focal point but instead helps ground the papers, photos, and accents.
3. Change your orientation.
Your journaling doesn't always have to be placed horizontally on your page. Emily shakes things up nicely by turning her title and journaling vertically. This helps to integrate her overall design. There are a lot of really fun possibilities with this option, and it can help you fit your journaling into a design where you normally wouldn't have considered it.