I love scrapbooking… but I do have one thing that I get hung up on periodically — journaling. It sometime takes me awhile to figure out what to write, then how to write it for others to read.
Sometimes the stories I have to tell are better off told but hidden so that only those close to me read them, it’s just a way to keep some stories more personal. Thus… the need for hidden journaling.
One basic way to add hidden journaling is by mounting a journaling card on the back of the layout, to be pulled out the top of the page protector by the reader.
You will need… a layout, a scrap of paper, dimensional foam tape, scissors, washi tape, and a journaling card (or journaling spot).
[there is also a video of how to do this at the end of this post - just scroll all the way to the bottom if you want to skip straight to that!]
Now for the ‘how to’ part of this….
Start by taking the layout and journaling card, figuring out where you want the journaling card to peek out on the top edge of the layout. Take a piece of washi tape and secure the card in place on the front so it doesn’t move while you build your pocket on the back of the layout.
Using foam tape, make a frame around your journaling card – on both sides and on the bottom. The side pieces need to each be one continual piece so there is no gap for the journaling card to get hung up on as it slides in and out of the pocket. The bottom part does not have to be continual, it’s acting more as a stopper than as a guide.
I like to leave about an 1/8″ on either side of the card and then flush at the bottom of the card since it is the ‘stopper’.
Next, remove the back of the foam tape and adhere a scrap piece of card stock on top of the foam tape, enclosing your pocket.
And there you go! Your pocket is made and the journal card is ready to be hidden.
I prefer to actually type my journaling, I’m just not a fan of my handwriting (though I do occasionally handwrite on the layouts) – in order to make this printed journaling just use your computer, or a typewriter if you have one (which I’d LOVE to get my hands on, but for now my computer works).
Open Pages or Word (I have a Mac so I use Pages) and create a shape only with a frame (not filled in). You can set it to be the size of your journaling card – 3″x4″ or 4″x6″ or even a custom size. For sake of ease, I make the box about 0.1″ larger on all sides so when I go to center my journaling card the border is slightly larger.
Within that shape box, create a text box. Now type your journaling to fit within your digitized journaling card. Print it. Make sure your actual journaling card will fit on the printed one (paying attention to spacing and other design elements already on the journaling card you are using).
On your digitized copy, erase the border lines (or change their opacity) so that it doesn’t print again when you run your journaling card through your printer. Using washi tape, adhere the journaling card in the center of your printed box. Now run it through your printer… and there you go, a printed journaling card!
I really do like to use hidden journaling on my pages – either to make them more interactive, because the journaling doesn’t fit within the design, or because the journaling is private – there are many reasons and ways to use hidden journaling. Here are a few examples…
This is great for longer stories.
And another example…
Hidden by a flap…
And one more example…
A pocket actually on the page with a journaling card inside.
I hope this gives you some ideas and new methods to try!
If you’d like to see a video of all this, please watch here…
Thanks for joining me today!