Hiding Scrapbook Journaling in Photo-Based Scrapbooking Layouts

If you’re like me, your scrapbooking page layouts typically have 3 main types of component: photographs, journaling, and decorations. But what if you just wanted a design with only photos? Or what if you’d like to keep your journaling private? A few days ago, I created a page layout design almost exclusively with photographs. Ok, if you want to nit-pick, one word has sneaked in, too lol! Read on to discover the 3 tips below based on what I learned.

The sun was shining, the shadows were lengthening, the light couldn’t have been better, and Emily was on her way to visit with the ‘baas’ (sheep, to you and me) in the field across from where Grandma lived. Right behind, Daddy followed with the camera, too.

I love to see a toddler’s joy in exploring the world around her. The utter delight & awe expressed with every latest find is so refreshing to see. And, of course, when the youngster we’re talking about is my grandaughter, well … it makes it very special. [tear]

But getting back on track…We had 3 sizes of photographs: 12 in x 6 in, 3 in x 2 in (just a little under, to get them to fit the page) and about 6 in x 6 in (also modified to fit the page.)

Click to view the scrapbooking layout here: http://www.scrapbookinggems.com/a-scrapbook-layout-with-photos-only/

When you don’t want your story text to be seen on a paper layout you can hide the text on a tag positioned behind an image, or write it on the back of your page. Why would you not want it visible? Well, sometimes it can be personal and you don’t want it to be on public view. Maybe your page is just too busy to add anything else.

It’s not quite so easy with a digital page layout, but there are ways. Here are three tips to get you started:

1. Write on the reverse of your printed page.
2. {Hide the journaling behind a photograph. How? Type the story in a photo slot. Print that photo on a separate page, ensuring you have plenty border at one side to fold over as a hinge. The page protector will keep it closed in your album.

You can also add one of those little arrow thingies you hold down with a brad and slip it over the edge to hold it firmly in place. (Sorry I can’t remember the name of it – is it a ‘turn mount’ or some such thing?) This would work particularly well with a hybrid scrapbook page.

3. Design a mini accordion album to contain your journaling, and adhere it to the front of your page.

Of course, you could always write the journaling on a hidden layer in PhotoShop Elements (PSE), but then who else would know it was there, and sometimes we want to share it with a few people but not the ‘whole world’.

Well that’s it for today. If you’ve any suggestions on how to add hidden scrapbook journaling to a scrapbooking layout with photos only then let us know. We’re all waiting in anticipation – grin!

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