Tutorial Tuesday: Pull out journaling

Tutorial Tuesday: Pull out journaling


Hi there, Stefanie here with another idea of getting that journaling done and on the page. I paper scrapbooked for at least ten years before I converted to digital scrapping and one of the very few things that I miss, is the ability to hide journaling behind a photo or paper layer within my albums. I must even confess to not understanding people that layered their journaling under flowers and greenery in years past. Until I had older children who desired privacy above all else. There comes a time that your children express concern that the cute things they say and do not be made public and shared on layouts in social media and blogs. However I feel that a page without journaling is like a face without a smile – there is just something missing.

So now I choose a font that is (almost) illegible, or I make the size really, really small or I layer the journaling under another paper layer or dimensional item. Often times it is just a word or two that needs to be hidden to make the gist of the message more obscure. For this layout I used the shape tool and created a rounded rectangle that I then clipped a solid paper to, this is a tone on tone, which also allows that element to recede. You can see I have journaling on the page, and it looks by it’s shadowing that it is tucked below the photo and flower.

Love life 700

If I had chosen a bright yellow paper that would have drawn the eye with it’s high contrast and made the journaling more eye catching and important. (Sometimes as women we know exactly what we are feeling and why, other times we may just be feeling a little blue and want to be creative and celebrate the good things in life, even if we just don’t feel it.)

Love life 2 copy

Both layouts work, but the colour plays a role in what is important and where one should look first, or what one should pay attention too. Which do you prefer? Do you ever create an eye popping colour choice to make something other than the photo or title the most important feature of your layout?


I used Love your life collab by Amanda Yi Designs and Meghan Mullens, available at the Sweet Shoppe, here.

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