Journaling on a Time Crunch

Journaling is sometimes really hard for me to put on a layout. Sometimes I have too much to say, other times I couldn't fill the space if my life depended on it. However, my perfectionist nature still needs the journaling to act as a design element. I was also under a major time crunch for this album [which is still technically not finished, but it's printed!] so my solution was cute little envelopes to hold journaling, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia that sometimes gets neglected when scrapbooking digitally. Pathetic, isn't it? That my solution for journaling is to wimp out on it completely. Don't get me wrong, the story is the most important part of this album for me! I just wanted to make sure I had enough space to say what I needed to say. And the coupon was expiring at the end of the month, so something HAD to be done.

I printed this album through Artscow and was OK with it. If I was doing it again, though, and didn't have a coupon code for Artscow, I would definitely print somewhere else! They have weird page restrictions. This album is 61 pages. I originally wanted 47 pages, but my options were 41 or 61, so 61 it was. I ended up just scrapping some of our engagement pictures for the last 14 pages or so, which is probably a good thing, because now I don't have to scrap an entire engagement album! Heaven knows those pictures are way too prevalent in our house anyway. Plus, C printed them all out and stuck them in a 4x6 album about a year ago, just so we'd have them.

The album is 5x7 and I have to say, scrapping on something other than a square LO was kind of liberating! The templates for both the envelopes and pages will be in the shop soon!

The pages in this album mainly used the Chocolate Cherry Delight collab from Sunshine Studio Scraps, and freebies from, the white frame came from Gina Cabrera's Snow Day kit.

You can see on this spread notes for a 3x5 envelope and the journaling it will include. This kept me organized and made the LOs go quick. I used the same heading for every envelope page sprinkled throughout the book. Now I know what stuff to put in each envelope! [Font is Pea Hannah Chocolate Swirls from Fonts for Peas]

Wha'dya think? I'm excited to have a new coffee table book! And for our story to be recorded. The first 6 months we knew each other were a bit of a whirlwind. Writing it out made me realize how crazy it all really was!

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