Monday, 15 August 2016

How to hide your journaling on a layout

If you are a memory keeper, I'm sure you've created layouts where the journaling is a bit more personal and not necessarily something you want seen by everyone, yet still want it included because it's an important part of the story. Or maybe you have just run out of room and need a place to tuck some journaling without making the layout seem too busy. Today, I thought I'd share a few ideas on how to tuck away your journaling.

In this layout, despite the journaling card at the top, I still had more to say. So I made some modifications to the page protector so that I could tuck some journaling in behind the photo of my dad and my daughter (bottom left corner).

If you look closely, you can see that this page is the back side of a pocket page. This means that everything slides through the front. So in order to be able to create a pocket for the journaling to slide into, I had to slice the page protector. I share a little more on that later in the post.

I had the same problem (lack of room) on this spread. So I created a little tag to tuck behind the photo in the upper right corner. Once I had decided I was going to do that, I realized that the pocket opened from the side not the top. So another slice of the page protector was needed so that the journaling could be accessed without having to remove the card to read it.

It's hard to tell from the photo but the card is in the pocket and then the tag is pulled out on the outside of the pocket. Want to know how I did that?
  1. Put your card together as you want it. Remember that if you are tucking some journaling behind, don't put adhesive all over the back of the photo, you just want it on the sides.
  2. Slide the card into the pocket and measure where you need the slit.
  3. Remove the card from the pocket and slide in a piece of cardboard. You do this so that you don't cut through the other side of the page protector. In the photo you can see that I have the page sideways and the cardboard slid in.
  4. Use a metal ruler and an exacto knife to make the slit.
  5. Slide the cardboard out, remove the tag from the card and slide the card into the pocket. 
  6. Slide the tag into the card through the top of the pocket. Now the journaling is accessible as you flip through the album.
I hope this makes sense!

Before I sign off for today, I thought I'd share one last way to tuck journaling away. This one on a traditional layout.

For this one I modified an envelope so that the sizing would work to use it as a mat for the photo. The journaling is just tucked into the envelope. In order to access this without having to take out the page, I will make a slit in the 12 x12 page protector, just like I did in the two above.

Where there's a will, there's a way. That's what is so great about memory keeping, the only limitation is your imagination. With a little experimentation and creativity, you can make anything work!

Have a creative day!

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