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Hidden Journaling Tips for Life Pages Spreads

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Hello everyone, this is Adrienne here with you today!

There are many reasons why you might want to hide journaling in a Life Pages spread.  Sometimes you may not want a certain story or feeling to be front and center because it’s too personal.  Maybe you’re going through a trying time and even have photos that you don’t want the world to see.  Whatever your reason, I still believe it’s important to document both the good and bad times because that’s what this kind of documentation is all about.  And since we all know that life isn’t always “sunshine and rainbows”, here are a few ways you can include your most personal stories or even just some extra photos and ephemera in your LP pages…

Flap Pocket

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Supplies: April 2014 Main Kit, April Main Add-On Kit, April Add-On Kit #2, April Bits & Pieces Kit, April 2014 Life Pages Kit, April Life Pages Main Add-On, April Life Pages Themed Add-On, April Add-On Kit #3

I created a flap pocket by stitching down one side of the large “Today” tag.  Underneath it, I placed my photo and journaled on the inside of the tag.  This is a great way to hide a photo and your journaling, while adding an interactive element to your LP spread at the same time.

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Photo Flap

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For this flap, I used my photo to hide my journaling.  I placed a piece of washi tape on the top edge of my photo and stitched it directly to the journaling card using my sewing machine.  I wrote my story underneath of the photo so it can be covered up.

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Here is another example of using a photo flap to hide your journaling…

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Vellum Pocket

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Another great way to hide journaling is to use vellum to create a transparent pocket.  I layered a piece of star vellum and stitched it down along three edges of my 4×6 photo using my sewing machine and added a banner embellishment on top.

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I wrote my journaling on a card and slipped it inside of the pocket, allowing part of my photo to still be seen.

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And here is another example of using a vellum pocket and a photo flap to hide your journaling…

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Journaling/Filler Card Pocket

And finally, I created a pocket to house some journaling and even a tiny photo of my daughter’s birthday cake by placing two filler cards side by side on top of a piece of cardstock cut to 4×6.

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I adhered the filler card on the left directly onto the cardstock, while leaving the filler card on the right loose.  I stitched around the top, right side, and bottom edges using my sewing machine.

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This created a side pocket that I used to slip a photo and a sentiment in.  I used a clip from the April Life Pages Main Kit to hold it in place.
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I hope I’ve inspired you to create some hidden pockets and flaps on your next Life Pages Spread.  I like being able to cover things up and make my spreads a little more interactive.  This month’s kits are filled with lots of supplies to help you accomplish this!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

adrienne

 

Colorful Dreams Mini Album

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Happy Monday, everyone! Evgenia here.

This month i decided to create a mini album with the photos of my newborn son, when he is sleeping. I knew from the beginning that it would be called Colorful Dreams.
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Supplies: April 2014 Main Kit, April Add-On Kit #2, April 2014 Life Pages Kit, April Life Pages Main Add-On , April Life Pages Themed Add-On, April Add-On Kit #3

I decided to use the colorful cardstock as the base of my project (these shades were in the previous Gossamer’s blue kits) and the inside pages are mainly made from the Life Pages cards. Lots of bits and pieces from different embellishments and mixture of bright and happy colors and… we are done.

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It’s an easy and fun project to make and I treasure the final results. Hope you enjoyed today’s post and that perhaps you will be inspired to create a colorful mini of your own!

Evgenia

Two Page Layout Inspiration

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It’s Jill Cornell here with you today to bring you more two-page layout inspiration. Family events usually generate a lot of photos and last fall, we took many during my grandma’s 90th birthday celebration. The event may have been in the fall but I took advantage of some of the feminine embellishments (butterflies) in the kits this month.

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Supplies: April 2014 Main Kit, April Add On Kit #2, April Bits & Pieces Kit, April Life Pages Themed Add-On

My go-to photo sizing when I create two page layout is to size several focal point photos to around 4×6 or 3×5. I then size other detail shots to 2×3. Because my photos were rather busy, I backed them with gray or black neutral patterned papers. I was able to draw out the colors in the photos with my embellishments.

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I added a few details to the butterflies by embellishing them with brads and buttons. I used the exclusive printables to showcase the photo of the potluck line.

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Finally, for the title I cut a banner with a piece of the Plus One patterned paper and cut it to fit across both pages. The title went on the left-hand page and then I had room for journaling on the right-hand page.

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I’ll be back next month with another two-page layout!

jill