When you make the switch to digital journaling on your smartphone, tablet or computer, there is usually a sense of loss at first. Sure, there are new and incredible ways to record your memories in fearfully simple ways, but this new convenience is done at the sacrifice of handwriting your journals and all that goes with it. In fact, I have heard from many of you that the loss of handwritten entries is what is holding you back from totally switching to eJournaling.

So what to do?

Photo Credit - RCabanilla

Photo Credit – RCabanilla

A few months ago I sung praises about Draw Pad Pro, an iPhone app that sort of melds the two forms of journaling together. On a small smartphone it probably isn’t a great substitute, but it offers a nice alternative to most forms of eJournaling. Today I am going to show you that you don’t need Draw Pad Pro to turn Penzu, Day One, Memoires or any other eJournal into a handwritten one (sort of). All you need is a journaling app or service that allows you to upload pictures. It should also be noted that this will pretty much only work with smartphones and tablets (probably not laptops and desktops).

The first thing you will need is some sort of drawing app for your device. It can be free or paid, just allow you to draw pictures with your finger on the screen. I’m not going to list the available ones because there are so many, but just find one that you are comfortable with. In fact, you can even use the popular drawing game Draw Something although it won’t look quite as clean.

Once you have the drawing app and have made your doodles, notes or charts (or whatever tickles your fancy), all you need to do is ex

port your picture. Most drawing apps have this ability, but if not, you can always take a screenshot of your device screen which I went over in this post if you aren’t sure how to do it.

Now that you have exported your doodle, you just need to upload it into your eJournal. Again, I can’t go over how to upload pictures into your journal or diary because there are so many different ways, but it shouldn’t be do difficult if you don’t already know how. Just tap on the upload picture area and find your doodle in your library of pictures. It will then be added to your entry as a ‘picture’ although it will look more like a sketch.

The more you try this the better you will get and keep in mind that it will work best if you have a stylus which you can get online for less than $5.

Clear as mud? Try this out and let me know how it works for you!