You’ve probably heard me say before that to me journaling and telling the story is the most important thing about scrapbooking. I also love the idea of my future grandchildren and perhaps great-grandchildren looking through my handwritten journaling. Problem is, I don’t particularly like the look of my handwriting on my layouts so I tend to come up with ways to hide it.
The journaling is hidden under the photo and patterned paper panel by simply creating a folded cardstock “hinge” so it swings open! This is one of my favourite tricks, especially when I have a lot of journaling to add, such as the case with this special story of how my older two children dote over their baby brother. Here is a peek at the hidden journaling:
I also have a few tips to share for trying to embrace your own handwriting.
1. Write in pencil first to ensure you have enough space. It takes longer but I always do this to avoid (inevitable) mistakes in my final copy! I easily erase any pencil marks after writing over in pen.
2. Speaking of pens, I like to use the finest tip pen I can get my hands on. I can’t go past the American Crafts Precision Pens!
3. I like to write some words in all caps to emphasize them. On this layout, I took it a step further and stamped a tiny heart stamp over those words also!
I added a file tab to one side of the panel so you can easily lift up to reveal the hidden journaling. I used my typewriter to add the word ‘open’ to it and stapled it right on.