Today I have another large photo layout to share with you. I love the busy background with all the fun sayings but it leaves little room, between the picture size and the activity for journaling. So, I created a pocket for the Project Life card that I used to tuck behind the picture for journaling.
One of the things you will notice about my layouts is that I often hide my journaling. Not because I don't want you read what I have to say but merely because, even on a 12x12 page, there just isn't room for all of what I want to say. I want the pictures to be the primary focus and the story to accompany them but not be distracting. In order to accomplish that on this layout, with such a large picture, I used some Xyron 1/2 inch double-sided tape to create a pocket for the Project Life card I used for journaling.
I laid the Project Life card on the background patterned paper and put three stripes of tape for the side edges and bottom of the pocket. Peel off the top backing paper and then stick your picture on top! Viola! A journaling card pocket. Some washi folded over the card edge creates a visual pull tab.
You will see that this particular card is empty, void of journaling... It WILL be filled shortly. I have been working on my son (the boy with glasses) to begin telling his own story. He is old enough (12 years old) that he can identify his feelings and speak from the heart. He is far less intimidated by that proposition knowing that the words he shares are behind the picture and not visible to the world.
Additional Xyron products I used on this page include the 3 inch Sticker Maker and the Tape Runner. The 3 inch sticker maker is perfect for running mutliple embellishments through at once and save the waste of the pre and post "roll" tape. In this picture you will see the tag and stars that I cut using my Craftwell Cut'N Boss and Craftwell/Teresa Collins dies. One pass through the 3 inch Sticker Maker and I'm done!
I don't often use this combination of colors for a boy page but the setting, Sweet Frog, was full of brighter, more feminine colors and it worked perfectly together.
These kids are kids that Nikolas swims with and with whom he went to Eastern Zones a few weeks ago. They understand one another, these kids. They are all in the same boat; navigating the tween world, in the pool 5 times a week with many a weekend consumed as well, balancing swimming, social life and school. It's reassuring as a parent to see friendships come out of all that time spent together!