Scrapbook Pages with Hidden Journaling

Get creative with your journaling placement. Tell your story and stash it in a pocket, hide it behind a photo, or include it in a mini book. Any way you choose, you'll have fun giving your readers a peek at your stories.

Create a CD Sleeve

Design by Irma Gabbard

Irma was inspired by her daughter's "recent purchases" list on iTunes and burned a CD of the songs and included the playlist on a CD sleeve on her page.

Editor's Tips: Let the CD sleeve do double duty as disk storage and as an eye-catching element on your page. Irma adorned hers with a framed playlist and a few colorful embellishments. To prevent scratching the CD, avoid placing embellishments near the sleeve opening.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Old Remington (song list) by Autumn Leaves, Century Gothic (journaling). Die cut: Embellish It!. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Doodlebug Design (rickrack), 7Gypsies (quote). Rub-ons: American Crafts (dots), 7Gypsies (numbers). Brads: Making Memories (black), American Crafts (orange, turquoise). Ribbon: May Arts. Tag: 7Gypsies. Label holder: K&Company.

Tuck Tags into Pockets

Design by Jana Eubank

To create a clever home for several tags' worth of journaling, Jana stitched pockets into a strip of curved paper located at the bottom of her layout.

Editor's Tips: Break up lengthy journaling by writing small portions on several tags. Stitch layers of patterned paper together to make the pockets, using a zigzag stitch for a decorative element.

Finish your tags by attaching colorful brads to the tops before sliding them into the pockets. Select colors that match your patterned paper to tie your layout together.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (background), Pink Paislee (green), Sassafras (orange), SEI (blue). Stickers, pen: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (letters, bee, flourish), Sassafras (butterfly). Brads: Michaels. Button: BasicGrey. Tags: Paper Reflections for DMD. Tickets: Creative Imaginations. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Thread: Guterman (stitching), DMC Corp. (button).

Hide Journaling Behind a Large Photo

Design by Dana Smith

Dana hid the lengthy journaling for this page behind a hinged photo, allowing ample space for a large flower that she constructed from variety of patterned paper.

Editor's Tip: Keep embellishments to a minimum behind the photo to prevent an uneven appearance when the flap is closed.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, wooden tag, sticker, flower tacks, stencil, rub-ons, ribbon, photo corner: Chatterbox. Font: My Muse by Two Peas in a Bucket. Hinges: Making Memories.

Conceal Journaling with a Swinging Tag

Design by Lisa McGarvey

Lisa attached a tag with a brad, allowing it to swing away to reveal the journaling hidden underneath.

Editor's Tip: Lightly trace around the tag with a pencil, then write your words in the space to ensure they will be fully concealed by the tag.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras (music, heart), October Afternoon (checked). Die cuts: 7Gypsies (tag), Making Memories. Stickers: American Crafts (pink floral), BoBunny Press ("Seamus"), Cosmo Cricket (stripe), KI Memories (green floral border), Me and My Big Ideas ("XO"), October Afternoon (definition). Rub-on: Maya Road. Metal accent: American Crafts. Tag: Paper Source. Punches: EK Success.

Hide Journaling Inside a Paper-Pieced Mailbox

Design by Jennifer Perks

Jennifer created a mailbox-shape envelope with a flip-down door to give access to the journaling that's cleverly hidden inside. She also included a simple cardstock pocket at the bottom of the page to house love notes penned by her daughter.

Editor's Tip: Score a fold along the bottom of the mailbox door and add a magnet to keep the flap shut. A small tab added to the outside of the door serves as a pull.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue), Stampin' Up! (red, white). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Epoxy accents: Making Memories. Rub-on: American Crafts. Brads, felt: Queen & Co. Punch: Target. Thread: Coats & Clark. Magnet: BasicGrey.

Print Journaling on Pullout Tabs

Design by Jennifer Perks

To document her son's ordinary day in a not-so-ordinary way, Jennifer loaded all the details from different times of the day on pullout tabs concealed around the edges of her layout.

Editor's Tip: Use a circle punch to create the notches around the page edges and print the times so they appear in the notches.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: DS-Digital (times) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Stickers: Doddlebug Design. Brads: Queen & Co. Punches: EK Success.

Conceal Journaling Inside an Embossed Folder

Design by Wendy McKeehan

Wendy attached embossed paper to the inside and outside of a miniature file folder to add interest and to reinforce the circle theme repeated throughout the page. Inside the folder, Wendy secured her journaling with nailheads.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Paper Adventures. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Computer font: Carefoot Professor by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stamps: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves, Doodlebug Design, Creative Imaginations. Embosser: Paper Adventures. Rub-ons: Craf-T ProductsNailheads: EK Success. Label holder: Art Warehouse for Creative Imaginations. Ribbon: May Arts. Ink: Ranger Industries.

Hide with a Gatefold

Design by Sheri Reguly

A gatefold design (two flaps folded to meet in the center) conceals a touching note Sheri wrote shortly before her daughter's fourth birthday.

Editor's Tip: To make a gatefold, cut a cardstock piece double the length you want the finished piece to be. Fold and score a line one-quarter of the way from each side, then embellish with paper or photos.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas. Fonts: Fontleroy Brown ("four years old") off the Internet, Times New Roman (journaling), Arial ("4"). Die cuts: My Mind's Eye. Stickers: Chatterbox. Buttons: SEI. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Marvy Uchida (circles). Embossing folders, tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.

Hide a Message in a Color-Coded Word Search

Design by Patricia Anderson

A little detective work is all you need to uncover a hidden color-coded message on Patricia's page. For convenient storage, she created a pocket behind the journaling to hold the decoder.

Editor's Tip: To create a hidden word search, type your journaling in blue and insert letters in red at random. Placing a red transparency over the top hides the red letters but keeps the message visible.


SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Arial. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard letters: Pressed Petals.

Repurpose Clothing Items

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

Leslie trimmed a pocket from one of her husband's shirts and used it as a unique holder for journaling about her husband, a few handwritten notes and definition strips, and one of his favorite pens.

Editor's Tip: Machine-stitch only the pocket sides to the page so the pocket can expand and accommodate bulky mementos.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: 7Gypsies. Stickers, brads: Making Memories. Metal tags: Two Peas in a Bucket.

Make a Spinner

Design by Jen Lessinger

Keep your readers guessing by making a spinning wheel that reveals ever-changing journaling. To make the wheel, Jen cut out two large circles, punching a small circle "window" in one and writing her hidden journaling on the other. She attached the circles in the center with a brad, which allows the top circle to rotate freely.

Editor's Tip: To position the hidden journaling, align the edges of the circles. Lightly trace the window opening onto the bottom circle with a pencil, rotating the top and marking the window position at evenly spaced intervals.

Flip Open a Photo

Design by Kathleen Paneitz

Kathleen used photo flips to create a hinged booklet on this layout, stashing her journaling underneath.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: My Old Remington off the Internet. Stamps: Making Memories ("butterball & janae," date), Wordsworth ("faces"), PSX ("inseparable"), Making Memories (alphabet). Photo flips, rub-on letters, printed ribbon, red staples: Making Memories. Negative strip transparency: Karen Russell for Creative Imaginations. Epoxy sticker: K&Company. Fabric labels: Me and My Big Ideas. Eyelets: Doodlebug Design. Ink: PrintWorks.

Add an Accordion

Design by Amy Goldstein

Amy captured the heart-wrenching story of a failed adoption in an accordion-fold album, which anchors the bottom right-hand corner of her layout.

Editor's Tip: Brighten up with detail. Arrange strips and shapes cut from a collection of patterned papers to frame a photo. Add texture with chipboard and button letters down the left-hand side of a page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Afternoon Delight by Autumn Leaves ("yet not"), Industrial ("Gone," "Forgotten," journaling) off the Internet. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Stickers: Scrapworks ("Danny"), American Crafts (bracket). Rub-ons: Imagination Project. Buttons: Junkitz. Ribbon: American Crafts.

Make a Mini Album

Design by Leah Fung

Leah attached a fabric-covered mini album to the corner of her scrapbook page, providing her ample room for additional photos and journaling. Inside the album, she designed small-scale scrapbook pages complete with mini page protectors.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI (linen print), The Paper Company (postcards). Woven mat: Be Unique. Leather paper: K&Company. Book corners: 7Gypsies. Mini sheet protectors, paper flowers, eyelets: Making Memories. Corner-rounder punch: Creative Memories.

Make a Swiveling Embellishment

Design by Laurie Stamas

The clever circular title embellishment on Laurie's page swivels on fishing tackle to reveal journaling on the other side. On the title side, she adapted a rub-on letter "W" by positioning it on its side, making a Greek-style letter "E."


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (black, red), 7Gypsies (orange). Font: Evening Stroll by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Elastic: 7Gypsies. Fishing swivels: Laker.

Layer Journaling Blocks

Design by Robyn Werlich

Robyn's layout focuses on a special event with substantial journaling. Attaching cardstock to a hinged photo flip gave herthe ability to layer journaling blocks and conserve space.

Editor's Tip: Accent journaling blocks and other page elements with stitched borders and lines. Don't worry about sewing perfect lines; wavy stitches add to the page's charm.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Font: Chilsel by URW++. Wooden letters, flower, canvas letters, metal label: Li'l Davis Designs. Buttons: Chatterbox. Metal photo flip, photo corners, binding tape: Making Memories.

Cut Your Photo

Design by Ginger Swain

Wanting to create the perfect page for her son's first tricycle photos, Ginger cut a photo in two and attached the top portion to a file folder containing her journaling. She used label maker tape to add a title to the folder tab and aligned the bottom portion of the photo below the folder.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, tag: BasicGrey. Font: Triumph Tippa off the Internet. Stamps: PSX. Acrylic accents: Junkitz. Label maker: Dymo. File folder: Rusty Pickle. Brads: Scrapgoods. Metal accents: Marcella by Kay for Target. Acrylic paint: Anita's.

Cut Peek Holes to Show Journaling

Design by Patricia Anderson

Patricia designed a long pullout tag to fit into a pocket that she incorporated onto her page. To highlight the large print words on the tag, she carefully cut windows in the pocket to allow the words to show through, even when the tag is fully inserted in the pocket.

Editor's Tip: Stitch a channel in a pocket to keep a pullout tag from shifting out of place.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, molding strip, nailheads: Chatterbox. Fonts: Antique Type (title,highlighted words) off the Internet, Times New Roman (journaling). Index tab: 7Gypsies.

Enclose Journaling in a Card

Design by Jennifer Perks

To keep her sentimental musings private, Jennifer folded her journaling block in half and attached the back to a piece of cardstock. Opening the flap like a card reveals the printed text inside.

Editor's Tip: A magnetic snap keeps Jennifer's journaling tightly closed. Because the snap is hidden by the cardstock, it does the job without the distraction of another embellishment and keeps the focus on the photos and words.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations (pink), Wausau Paper (white). Patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: Adobe Caslon Pro. Dies, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Magnetic snap: BasicGrey. Paint: Delta Creative. Thread: Coats & Clark.

Keep the Focus on the Photos

Design by Anita Matejka

To keep the focus on her striking photos, Anita printed her journaling on a separate piece of cardstock, added a discreet pull tab, and tucked it into a pocket she created behind the layout.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas (ticking stripe), Anna Griffin (paisley). Font: Typewriter off the Internet. Die cuts: Great Outdoors. Stencil letters: Autumn Leaves. Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Packing tape: Therm O Web.

Stone Memories in a Pouch

Design by Mellette Berezoski

An envelope created from a template holds information about each of the dolls Mellette's daughter, Maysie, has collected over the years. Inside is a mini accordion book that contains photos of the dolls, plus tidbits about each of them.

Editor's Tip: You can buy envelopes and pockets to coordinate with your page design or purchase templates to create your own using cardstock, patterned paper, or fabric.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe, dot), Anna Griffin (paisley), Fiddlerz 3 (gingham, words). Fonts: Avant Garde (journaling) by Adobe, Black Jack (bolded journaling) off the Internet. Paper flowers, fabric letters, tag, rub-ons, eyelets, scrapbook dye, trim, fabric photo corners, staples: Making Memories. Envelope template: Deluxe Designs. File folder: Autumn Leaves. Acrylic accent: KI Memories. Ribbon: May Arts, K&Company. Buttons: Junkitz. Punches: EK Success.

Tuck Memorabilia in Rows of Pockets

Design by Melanie Bauer

Because there were so many special keepsakes saved from the day her friend's son was born, Melanie decided a pocket page would be the best way to preserve them To better coordinate some of the memorabilia, such as footprints, Melanie scanned the items into her computer, then printed them onto matching blue cardstock.

Editor's Tip: To make a pocket, cut slits at desired intervals on a sheet of cardstock, then mat the sheet with another piece of colored cardstock. Below each pocket, mount a strip of striped paper, then add stamped labels to each strip.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, ribbon: Making Memories. Font: Fancy Free by Two Peas in a Bucket. Photo turns: 7Gypsies.Stamps: PSX. Ink: Clearsnap.

Add a Swinging Element

Design by Heather Melzer

Heather used a brad to attach the top left-hand corner of her photo and journaling to her layout, allowing the photo to swing away to reveal the journaling underneath. She concealed the brad by gluing a decorative metal photo corner to it.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Anna Griffin. Printed transparency: Narratives for Creative Imaginations. Velvet paper: SEI. Fonts: Baker Script (title), Mom's Typewriter (tag), Day Roman (journaling) off the Internet. Metal frame: Marcella by Kay. Ribbon: Offray.

Lift to Reveal Hidden Journaling

Design by Laurie Stamas

Laurie wanted to create a hideaway for her journaling, so she matted her journaling block and main photo on pieces of cardstock and secured the tops of the pieces to her page with hinges. She also decorated a metal "lift" tab and attached it to the edge of the hinged photo.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, star brads: Chatterbox. Fonts: Tahoma (journaling) by Microsoft, Harting ("the stats") off the Internet. Stencils, rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Twill: Creek Bank Creations. Tab, clips: 7Gypsies. Stamps: EK Success. Ink: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint, hinges: Making Memories. Software: Adobe Photoshop.

Tuck in a Tag

Linda kept her journaling confined to a simple tag that easily tucks into a pocket on her page. See the detail shot of the tag to see how Linda gave the tag depth. She inked the edges and punched a row of squares across the bottom.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, tag, letter stencils: Chatterbox. Fonts: Waterbrush ("circle," quote), Beach Thin (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: Mustard Moon. Ink: Tsukineko. Punch: EK Success.

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