My journaling will rarely be by hand. I do not have the handwriting I would like to have on my layouts. I print my journaling on tags or bits of paper. I love when I can journal nearly a length of the page. In times past I would see these amazing layouts with full page journaling. Often it was pre-12 x 12 printers. I did not understand "how." Many of the layouts had paper layering where you could use a narrower strip of paper to run through your computer. The edging would go beneath another paper or covered by borders.
My challenge: Add a significant amount of journaling.
Jay turned 18 back in February. Because of his busy schedule we did not celebrate his birthday until Friday/Saturday. I wanted some photos ON his 18th birthday. I would only see him once that day (school, after-school, and work). That morning I pulled out my camera right before he leaves and ask him for a few photos of this very special day. "It's just another day, Mom. I've gotta go." I pleaded for a second or two. I took three photos and this one was the only one that that worked. You can't recapture the moment.
- Think outside the box. I've seen quite a few papers that have some type of diecut edging. I wanted something different. I cut off the right and left side of a bracket shaped paper. That left the center of the paper. I cut that in half. I pieced them back together side by side to create the scalloped edge of the paper.
- Sewing goes a long way to pop a page.
- I love stamping with paint. I have acquired several fonts of sponge stamps. The edges of the "18" was nearly fading into the background. I popped it back out by outlining the numbers with a black EK Success pen.
- I can get lost cutting out images that have wonderful details. It's like relaxing and enjoying your coffee.
- I used Tim Holtz's Film Strip Ribbon to show a little history of Jay. I loved how it turned out. The film strip is also great to use with those index photos you get when you order prints.
- Get your child up earlier so you can get those special photos!
Have a Crafty Day!
1. Tabitha and David
2. Hannah, Amber, Raelyn
3. Adam and Vanessa
4. William and Jacob
5. God allowing me this adventure of being their mom