Hey there lovelies! :) It’s Kathleen here and I’m so very excited to share my first project as a member of the Felicity Jane Creative Team with you!
(Word of warning: if you don’t know me/my writing style yet, my blog posts tend to get wordy, haha. So you might want to grab of coffee/tea and make yourself comfortable ;) )
I am absolutely in love with the Zoey kit - those bright, cheerful colours and the cute patterns are just perfection! But to be honest, when I sat down to create my first project, I was completely drawing a blank. Not because the products weren’t inspiring, but because I felt overwhelmed by the expectations I set for myself. You know, it’s the first blogpost I’d do for the FJ blog and I wanted it to be spectacular (yeah… no pressure, right?). I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with setting the bar very high for myself and making life much harder than it needs to be..
As I was shuffling papers around, still without the lightbulb moment, I turned to Pinterest and looked through my Scrapbook Layouts board for some inspiration. Of course I found it with this layout made by Suse Fish. Suse for me is one of those people that can never go wrong - everything she does I find absolutely gorgeous and she just keeps on inspiring me. And the fact that her LO was also made with another Felicity Jane kit didn’t hurt either ;)
I switched things up a little - I just need my white space :D and I had already printed my photo in that size, so cropping it was no option. By the way, I printed it on vellum and I absolutely love the look of it! Especially with black and white photos it makes the black really pop when you set it against a white background!
I didn’t use any of the black and white patterns for my quilted background because I felt that the b&w photo was already quite big and needed some colourful contrast. When I was done with sticking all my papers down and was about to add some journaling, I didn’t really know where to put it.
Normally I don’t add any at all or just one or two sentences on a small tag but this photo is very special to me* so I knew I needed some more space to write things down. However, because I don’t like my handwriting and because I always fear I’ll mess up the page with my journaling, I needed to come up with something else.
*it was taken when S. proposed to me!! If you’re interested you can read more here
That’s when I thought of adding this little flap on the top right square of patterned paper. I just cut out the same paper in the same size again and adhered it with some washi tape to the first one. I then started adding my journaling but ran out of space so.. I needed to find another solution again :D I then cut out a strip of paper from the yellow cardstock, folded it two times and then adhered it to my patterned paper square (covering the journaling I had already started).
Because that little accordion-style element was quite bulky (you could also use regular printer paper to add less bulk), the flap wouldn’t really stay shut. So I pulled out those adhesive velcro dots to be able to close the flap. Elements like this are perfect when you want to add more journaling than usual or when you want to say something that shouldn’t be seen at first glance.
Although the start of this layout was rather bumpy, I am quite pleased with how it turned out :) Hope you like the hidden journaling element! What ideas or techniques to you use to add hidden journaling? I need some inspiration ;)