Having the best of both worlds... on odd occasions I find myself conflicted with a wonderful idea for a layout design that doesn't really allow for a whopping great slab of journaling. Hi it's Melinda with you today and I'm going to share how I have learnt to compromise between a simple design and a large story by using a hidden journaling pocket.
I recently took these pictures of our youngest son wearing his first pair of gumboots. However, when I sat down to type up the journaling for the photos I wanted to preserve all the details of getting his new boots, hence the reason for the secret pocket.
However, by using the new flash cards with different sentiments I was still able to convey some of the emotions of the layout without actually having a visible story.
Getting started you'll need to position your place-mat onto your background cardstock and mark out the circles. I use an embossing stylus that leaves a faint imprint but you could use a pencil and erase any marks that you might leave on the place-mat.
Next you'll need to choose your patterned papers for positioning behind the placemat. I've used a rainbow assortment of the Soup Staples II.
TIP | Once you have worked out your design it's a good idea to mark what colours go where so you don't get lost when you are cutting out your circles.
Position your place-mat over each of the patterned papers and mark out your circle sizes. Add an extra margin of approximately 5mm when cutting to act as the overhang for underneath the place-mat. Adhere all your dots in place.
Position your place-mat onto your layout making sure all your circles are in the right place and adhere. Now it's time to start adding your embellishments, photos, title etc.
Using a brand new blade in your craft knife cut a slit to the required width of your journaling all the way through each layer of your layout allowing approximately 5mm either side.
Slide your journaling into the slit leaving a tab of 1cm visible and while holding in place flip your layout completely over.
And finally - place of double sided tape down each side of the journaling and add a piece of random cardstock to form the enclosed pocket.
Supplies: Jillibean Soup
Placemats: 12 x 12 White Circles
Patterned Paper: Cold Avacado Soup - Half Clove of Garlic/Chopped Green Onions
Soup Staples II: Pink Salt/Red Salt/Orange Salt/Yellow Salt/Green Salt/Turquoise Salt/Gray Salt
Pea Pod Parts: Cold Avacado Soup
Flash Cards: Cold Avacado Soup
Shape Stickers: Cold Avacado Soup
Label Stickers: Cold Avacado Soup
Bean Stalks: Gray Baker's Twine
Alphabeans: Whipped White