Hi everyone, it’s Melissa here and I’m so happy to be back with you to share a layout that includes creative journalling!  If you know my style you’ll know that journalling is very important to me, and I include it on pretty much every layout (unless its a title page).  So of course I was thrilled to be assigned this designing prompt!  I decided to document a photo of my three girls at a local beach here in the South of the South Island of New Zealand.  I used the gorgeous ‘Wall of Fame’ paper with all of the darling little fames to contain my journalling.

I started my layout by matting my photo with two papers from the ‘A5 Paper Stack’.  Then I placed craft foam behind it to lift it slightly off the page.  I then decided on my title (using the ‘Foam Title Stickers’) and stuck the photo and title down so that I could work around these larger elements.

I did a little bit of embellishing on my photo with that gorgeous ‘Die Cut Ephemera’ basket of flowers, and some ‘Wood Buttons’.  I think they add to the whimsy of this page!

Next I selected words and phrases from the A5 paper cut apart sheet, ‘Die Cut Ephemera’, ‘Clear Stickers’, and ‘Accessory Sticker’ sheet.  I tried to use as many of these as possible incorporated into my journaling contained within each of the little frames. This was a challenge!

Each frame contains separate journalling that can be read in any order.  But together this journaling talks about the importance of time together as a family, which is definitely something I want my kids to look back on and treasure when they are adults. I finished my page by embellishing with more ‘Clear Stickers’ and ‘Puffy Stickers’.  Less is definitely more with this page because the journalling itself makes this page very busy.

I made a video that you can watch below, and to be honest I was little nervous because I don’t often journal this much as a design feature.

Thanks for reading and watching.  I hope I’ve inspired you to journal lots on a page in a different way!

Take care

Melissa xx

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