Designer’s Choice: Add more words

By Jamie Leija

March 22, 2015

Hiya! Ever have so much to say about a group of photos but not enough room on your page to get all those words down? This happens to me ALL the time! I came up with a quick and easy solution for this page and I think I’ll be using it on so many more pages in the future.
I’ll start by saying, I had so much fun using the kit exclusives on this page: Digital Cuts, Printables, Tags.

I loved Loved LOVED the +’s in the digital cut.  I knew I wanted to use them to scrapbook parts of my recent trip to Switzerland (bc of the Swiss flag of course!). While I didn’t scrapbook the trip per say, I did scrapbook the person I went to visit.
One of my favorites parts of this layout is that the +’s are on an angle across the page. I’d be lying if I said that was my original intention. It actually was a really happy accident! I set my Silhouette to do some cutting for me and walked away for a minute. As I was walking back into the room, I realized the cutting mat had slipped and was cutting crooked. I cancelled the half cut cutting job and yanked my paper out of the machine. But low and behold, I actually really liked it! So I went with it. (To note: I was cutting a 12×12 sheet that I then trimmed down to 8 1/2 x 11)1503Mar-Christian03
I did some stitching and dropped black ink for texture. I also added several of the tags from the Main Kit. I love how the bright colors pop against the white.

The tags served as the home for my journaling. But like I mentioned earlier I had so much to say. I ended up typing everything in Word and highlighting the sentences that shared the most of the story. I was able to pair down and include the who, what, when and where on the tags. But they weren’t the whole of the story.
I kept that original journaling, as long as it was; and ended up printing it all out again on a white card. I included everything, even the duplicate text I’d shared on the front of the layout. Then I stapled one of the tags to the top to create a little pull tab. I made a pocket on the back of my layout and slipped the full journaling in there.
Here’s the back of my page, in all it’s messy patched up glory. You’ll see I created the pocket just using a scrap of white cardstock and my glue runner. 1504Apr-Christian07
I’m so happy I figured out a way to say everything I wanted to say AND not compromise the design idea I had in my head. I love how this page turned out. I LOVE that digi cut and those tags. I’ll definitely use them again.

Thanks for letting me share this tip with you! I hope it helps you in you own scrapbooking. If so, please share at the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page!




P.S. I’m giving away a bag full of gently used Scrapbook Circle kit products on my blog!

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