Any time you add words to a scrapbook page, you are journaling. Journaling can be as simple as including names, dates, and locations, or it can mean writing an entire story on your layout.
I’m Kristine Widtfeldt, Close To My Heart’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and today I’d like to discuss a favorite scrapbooking technique of mine: hidden journaling. This technique enables you to tell the story with all the details, while maintaining a beautiful, uncluttered layout. Hidden journaling saves space and provides an interactive experience for your scrapbook viewer.
There are many ways to go about hiding your journaling: creating a flap with hinges, using Flip Flaps (photo protectors that adhere right to your page protector), creating pockets for pullouts, affixing envelopes, making tag booklets, and even attaching accordion booklets.
I’ve included some of my favorite examples of pocketed pullouts. Notice above how I was able to add a special written surprise without compromising the artistic integrity of the piece. To achieve this effect, simply create a pocket or sleeve into which you can slide the paper containing the journaling.
Hidden journaling allows you to seamlessly assimilate longer stories into your scrapbook, ensuring that you remember the details surrounding the picture.
Leave a comment here for a chance to be one of the FIVE lucky winners to receive the My Reflections® Lucy paper packet, featured in the baby layout above. Comments must be received by 9:00 am (MDT) on Monday, April 30, 2012. Winners will be posted here. We apologize to our international friends, but we can only ship prizes to the U.S. and Canada.
Good luck and happy scrapbooking!
—Kristine Widtfeldt, Close To My Heart
P.S. Would you like some more ideas on creating interactive elements to hide your journaling, memorabilia, or extra photos? Check out the “Peekaboo, I See You” article on p. 59 of the July/August 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.
Congratulations to our winners! Watch for an email to claim your prize:
Karen Lingel: I use hidden journaling when the story is too awful or too personal to display to casual viewers. I also use hidden journaling when the story is wayyy to long for regular viewers (I mean, getting new countertops was a harrowing adventure for *me* but probably no one else wants to hear THAT story!) Basically, I can use my scrapbook as my diary without putting my diary on display!
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Linda Westy: Thanks for the ideas. I just took a fabulous trip to Spain, and I have lots of photos and lots to say about it all! I’m planning my scrapbook and want to squeeze in everything I can.
Stacey Wallace: Makes me realize that I need to use the hidden journaling technique a little more! So cute!! And I love the uncluttered layout look! Thanks for sharing and also for the chance to win!
Carmen: I love the idea of hidden journaling! Those are cute layouts!
Judy Faye Garner: Loving Lucy so much, worked with it today, so sweet for a sweet little girl.
DeNel Brister: Kristine, I love you and CTMH!! Great idea, love the Lucy Paper Pack, thanks for the chance to win!!