Scars – Part 2 | The Journaling

Back in December I shared a layout that wasn’t quite finished. I sometimes get so into the design process, arranging photos, pattern papers and embellishments that I forget to plan where the journaling is going to go. And I don’t leave room for it.  For this particular page, I knew I had a lot to say so I just focused on creating the layout first and intended to go back and finish the journaling later.

And now it’s finally done!

I decided to to go with a 6×12 page protector and added it over the left side of the layout. I used the same papers from the original layout (Fancy Pants Collecting Moments collection and Basic Grey’s Hey Girl paper pad). After a quick Pinterest search, I came across a quote that I thought expressed what this layout is all about. I added it to this first side of the 6×12 page. I mixed different alphabets, added the floral border with a zig zag stitch and roughed up the edge just like I did in the original layout.

I typed up my journaling and printed it on the Walnut Cream cardstock. To make this page flow with the original layout, I backed the journaling with the blue floral paper and a strip of orange pattern paper that lines up with the other page.

Because this journaling is really an extension of the other page, I went ahead and stapled the page protectors together so that when you open up the 6×12 flap, there is no gutter between the pages. I normally do not care about the gap in the D-ring albums between my 2-page layouts. But there will never be anything between these two pages so I went ahead adhered them permanently.

I don’t often share all of my journaling but I did want to share this because writing about the hard stuff can be…well…hard.  Writing comes easy to me. It always has. But when I journal about the hard stuff, I just focus on keeping it real and keeping it honest. That’s what you’ll find here if you actually want to read it.

I am so pleased with how this extended page turned out. If you ever have a page with a lot of journaling and forget to leave room on the layout, give this idea a try. Not only does it give you the space you need, but it also adds an interactive element for anyone looking through your album.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Such a hard story, but I’m so glad you shared it and got it added to the page (in such a creative way I might add), Tammy!

  2. Glad you found the silver lining; congrats on surviving cancer! That was a great idea to add in the story with the half-sized page. I need to remember that!

  3. I like how you placed the journaling on the layout. Very clever way to do it. You have been coming up with so many different ways to do things. Very hard thing to go through. Best wishes for continued good health. Michelle t

  4. The 6×12 works great for this page. I enjoyed reading your story – thanks for sharing. I can’t imagine going through that scare at such a young age.

  5. What a GREAT idea for the journaling. I love how this turned out!

  6. Thanks for sharing your story! I appreciate seeing people share the negative and crappy things that happen in life, too. I certainly don’t wish this stuff on anyone, but it’s important to share.

    P.S. I like that you actually stapled the 6×12 to the 12×12. Great idea!


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