Create Your Own Subway Art

by Lyn Worthen

Journaling with subway art is a great way to add fun and flavor to your scrapbooking layouts. Whether you want to include a list of your friends...

CK2012 subway art

... experiment with light/dark variations of your holiday shopping list...

light  turkey subway art     dark turkey subway art  

... or spotlight a favorite recipe...

apple pie subway art

... using subway art is a great way to play with journaling!

There are many ways to create subway art. For example:

  • arrange premade word or letter stickers directly on your page,
  • type a variety of words in a graphic design application that lets you adjust individual word size, color, font, and direction,
  • use a free, online subway art generator, like Wordle, which was used to create all of the subway art shown on this page (

Tip: Create your Wordle list in a word-processing application, making sure to list the most important words multiple times. Then you can simply copy-and-paste your list into the generator - and if you decide you want to add/subtract words, you don't have to retype the entire list to regenerate the subway art.

If you're creating your subway art electronically and want to add it to your traditional layout, once you're happy with the design, just print out on a transparency or lightly patterned paper and adhere it to your layout. And voila! You've created a unique journaling spot that's all your own.

Apple Pie quick page_LW

Apple Pie by Lyn Worthen

For more subway-art journaling ideas, be sure to check out the Journaling Solutions column in the November/December 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes.


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Great ideas!
What fun, love the Wordle images above, as well as its use on a lovely layout, Lyn! Looks like lots of fun to play around with, thanks for the link!
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