Friday, 26 July 2013

Scrapping the Macaroons


When it came to making a page for my macaroon story (full story here from previous post), I had an important point to consider.  First, I'd written all that journalling and wanted to include it all on the page.  Seems silly not to if you've already put all that time into telling the story!  However, there was quite a lot of it and I didn't want to just have an entire page of writing with a photo squashed on the edge and no room for embellishment.  And I like my white space too.


So I needed to reconcile the desire to have both lots of space and lots of writing.  Hiding my journalling was an option, but I do like to have my handwriting on the page as I think it gives it a more personal, handmade touch.  And I like it to be clear when you look at my layouts that there is a story here, that I've taken the time to write about this moment, and that it's there to read.


So here's my solution: I have journalled on a separate, 'hidden' sheet, but it's actually not so hidden!  I made my page on white cardstock, designed and embellished in the way I like with some white space, and cut out a heart shape behind the main cluster of paper and photos. The white cardstock is then mounted on an aqua-coloured background, but with a secret pocked to slide out the journalling.  That way, you can see still see the 'hidden' journalling when the page is all together, but you can also pull it out to get the full, admittedly lengthy, story.


Why do it on map paper?  There's a deep philosophical reason...I thought it was pretty! I added a little tab on the top though, so it's easy to slide out the journalling from the layout.  Problem solved - I quite enjoyed doing this and it's an idea I'd definitely use again.  I don't think I've ever told a short story in my life and more and more I find 12x12 too small to fit the words on.  I don't particularly want to do two pagers, so this may be something I can employ more in the future!

Kisses xxx

P.S. Time for Tea with Abi from Creating Paper Dreams tomorrow.  Her blog is one of my favourites (and my envy for her blog design skills knows no bounds). This post inspired me to load up my tea tray with pot, cup and saucer, milk jug and breakfast and head outside for a picnic breakfast on the grass outside my flat while I made my to do list for the day.  So thanks for that Abi :D

P.P.S. I'm heading off to Cambodia shortly and so dashing around like a mad thing trying to get all the lists sorted. You can find out what's going down here: Cambodia GOLD 2013

P.P.P.S. Finally, if you'd like a postcard from Cambodia, email me your address to the email below (minus the spaces) and I'll see what I can do!  I'm collecting a list of addresses to take with me and I'm looking forward to writing about my experiences when I get a free minute!

journal of curious things @ googlemail . com 




13 comments:

  1. That's a very clever solution. And a very philosophical one))

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  2. What beautiful, smart, super-splendid solution! Love it! :)

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  3. This is so genius!!!!! Your handwriting could actually be part of a patterned paper it is so pretty! LOVE the page, love the subject and love the idea!
    Have a great trip!

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  4. gorgeous layout! i love every single detail of it <3

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  5. A frat solution and such a soft and pretty page. You do the sweetness of those macaroons full justice :).

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  6. Love this LO and great idea for the journalling...will have to try this out.

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  7. It's like the journalling is peeping out - I love it...

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  8. ooh that cut out heart with the journalling is fab! I thought the photos were going to open up to reveal the journalling underneath, this is soooo clever! Have a fab trip xxx

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  9. Thank you for your sweet words about my blog! I am loving seeing more posts from you pop up! That heart is so clever and the map paper is gorgeous.

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  10. ::sigh:: such a beautiful page and a fantastic idea for including a lot of journaling. I definitely want to try this soon!!!
    ~Natalie

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  11. Oh I just love this page and the story about the macaroons that goes with it! The heart idea for hidden (but not really hidden!) journalling is fantastic and one I may have to steal :D And I'd LOVE a postcard from Cambodia if you have the time to send one! Postcards are the best, I still send them anytime I go on holidays and had a project in school this year where all the kids in my class sent postcards whenever they went somewhere, even if it was only the next town. Great fun! Will email you my address xxx

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  12. Just found you via Pinterest... love this layout. As a fellow storyteller, with a passion for wordage, I find this genius.

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  13. Hello, Miss Smith! I found you via Pinterest and I am very impressed by your scrapbooking style. So clean, harmonious and cool! Love this layout.

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