Wednesday, 13 March 2013

It's Undercover


I'm turning back again to thinking about journaling. That balance I want to achieve between having the page look the way I want it - and having the story. So, inspired by Mitra's thoughts on putting together an album, along with with basic plan I used for some Scrap365 pages, I made this.



It's another page with a flap.

I've written before about The (Not So) Small One's trips to the dentist. She has been brave and good and gutsy through a long treatment plan; and we aren't quite there yet. Five years since it started, she tells me: we're still going back every couple of months. The Five Year Face..and counting..


But I've probably said enough already. Nobody wants their Mum telling the world too much about their teeth - her mouth is firmly clamped shut in this picture, and mine should be too. So - hidden journaling, with a hint through the circle I punched to look like she might finally be opening up


It started with an 80's combination: I'm seeing that pink and grey coming back; but I added some last minute splashes of  colour and I typed right onto the patterned paper.

Oh, did someone say 80's? It's 25 years since the first Comic Relief Red Nose Day here in the UK, this Friday, and I'm off to find a nose. Because I can feel another page coming on..


32 comments:

helena said...

Oh yes i like this method of hiding journaling - the cutout is a great 'addition' to indicate there are words - also loving the grey and pink

Chipper said...

I don't normally go for hidden journaling as I am always afraid that the next generation will miss it, but having the punched circle fixes that problem. I love the 'peek-a-boo' journaling :-)

Karen said...

I love this hidden journaling with the cut-out circle. I'm quite sure I've never seen anything like it before, but also sure I'll be casing it at some point. Just perfect! Tell the Small One, I was also on a five-seven year plan at the dentist so I can definitely relate. It's probably a story I ought to tell as well.

Sue Althouse said...

I've been seeing more 80's nostalgia on TV and such, and that really hits me where it hurts. Ouch. Lovely page, perfect solution for hidden journaling!

Linda said...

Love the hidden journaling idea! I must have a go at that. Sian, I want to send the book on my blog last week to you. Can you email me pierce(at)tinyworld.co.uk with your address?

Alinor said...

Super pretty Sian! i'm not a big fan of how journaling looks on layout, so hiding spot are super cute to me ^^

Elizabeth said...

I like your layout very much. The text peeking through the window is private but readily available by just lifting the flap. Your daughter is a cutie.

Jennie Hart said...

I think it is why I love Project Life so much as I do tell much more there. This year I have combined project life and 12x12's into one album so that it all tells the story. I am currently writing blog posts about this change so hopefully will be able to show you how I am trying to tackle it!

Sheena said...

Sian x
Love how the journalling stays private but visible enough that it won't be missed x
Scrapbooking is for telling all our stories x

Lisa-Jane said...

Love that cute little window and especially love the significance of it. It seems like a very long time now but when she looks back it will be the blink of an eye - oh the wonders of hindsight ;-)

Jennifer Shaw said...

Love this journaling flap and the little circle that reminds the viewer to look for the journaling! Such a sweet photo of your little one. She is a beauty! Best of luck with her teeth. My eldest had some extra issues with her mouth but nothing like this time frame. My heart always goes out to dental pain as I've spent my fair share of time in the chair.

scrappyjacky said...

I like the cut out circle....and the way it gives a hint of what's underneath.
Really!!! 25 years!!! I would never have thought it was that long.

Susan said...

Great page! I love how you've done the hidden journaling. I can relate to dental woes having had braces myself and then seeing both my sons go through it. Your daughter looks beautiful and so grown up!

Nathalie said...

This page is so clever! I love the journaling peeking through the hole and the focus brought to it by the cutest elephant!

Louise said...

This is such a lovely idea Sian, so well thought out and put together wonderfully. I am about to embark along the same (i would imagine) journey with my eldest x

Jennifer Grace said...

Ooh, I love the idea of the punched circle revealing a little of the hidden journaling - fantastic!

Have you seen the dinosaur red noses this year? They are so fun and so much more comfortable than red noses used to be! x

Alison said...

Great idea for hidden journaling Sian!
Alison xx

Mitra Pratt said...

Oh goodness! this is TOP NOTCH! Love it! I can imagine I will have to give this a try myself. Nice part is that it is obvious that there is something to read! Good deal!

Oh words! They so rock!

Beverly said...

What a clever idea to hide the journaling but letting us know there is some thing underneath :)

Amy said...

I agree with everyone else, it's a great page design. I do hope, when the five year plan ends, that she will comfortably smile - it's a hard habit to break!

alexa said...

I am a great lover of flaps and folds and this one is so very stylish. Love the little elephant!

Denise said...

It certainly is a great design.Your work is always so light and happy.TSO really looks like you here too. x x

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm loving the updated 80's feel & that peek at the journaling certainly makes me want to open up the flap & read it all!! Another inspirational LO Sian! Love it! :D

Jimjams said...

I love the peek-a-boo hole to give the clue, but I'm not a fan of having to remove pages from page protectors ... a dilemma!

Gorgeous page though and I love the typing against the PP.

Melissa said...

What a great solution for hidden journaling - the flap is like another element on the page. Perfect!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love that flap.
Rinda

Gail said...

What a great idea for hidden journaling with that little hint that there is some journaling behind it.

Becky said...

Lovely layout and I just love the way you have hidden the journalling xx

Sandra said...

Such a clever layout

Jo said...

Great page. I love how you can see a hint of the journalling with the invitation to view more :)

Barbara Eads said...

Finally getting around to this post. I have so much I want to say. First off, "the small one" is absolutely gorgeous!! You can tell she's ready to burst out in to a smile! Soon, I'm sure.

I love your page and the idea of the hidden journaling with the little tempting "sneak peek." I also liked how you sewed the edge. I'm going to give it a try myself. I need to put thread on the bobbin (for at least 3 months now), but since I, technically, don't sew, I have to get out the book!

Ginger said...

When you first posted this I thought TNSSO looked so pretty - now that I get to see the layout close-up, I cannot believe how grown up she looks!

Beautiful layout in so many ways :)

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