How To’sday | Hidden Journaling by Cyndee Kawa

Today’s tutorial by Cyndee Kawa is the perfect solution for those scrapbook pages when there is just so much story to be told, but not enough room on the page to tell it. I love how Cyndee shows a fabulous technique so that we can keep those wonderful memories documented for future generations.

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Need a little extra room for your journaling or space for an extra photo, without sacrificing title space? Try hiding your journaling or photo under a flap! It’s like putting your photo inside of a card, right on your layout.

Step 1: Start with a piece of double sided cardstock that you’ve cut to be twice as tall as your photo and with some extra space along the sides.

Suggested measurements for a 4×6 photo:

Horizontal photo – 6 ¼ x 8 ½ inches

Vertical photo – 4 ¼ x 12 inches

Step 2: Fold it in half, putting a good crease in it.

Step 3: Check that your photo fits as you’d like it to:

Step 4: Now it’s time for the fun part — glue your photo down, add any journaling that you would like and then glue your hidden photo/journaling spot right onto your layout! Once you have your hidden spot glued down, you can start to embellish it.

Step 5: Once your layout is complete, you’ll want to alter your page protector, so you can still see your hidden photo/journaling. Slide your layout into the page protector, with the hidden flap OPEN and up – so you can see the photo and journaling.

Using a bone folder, popsicle stick or even your finger nail, gently score the page protector along the fold.

Take your layout out and cut along the score mark, creating a slit in the page protector. Now you can slide your layout in, while keeping the flap outside/on top, allowing you to view your photo and journaling.

You can use this idea on either a horizontal or vertical photo, as long as your fold is horizontal or along the top. This will make it easier to slide it into your page protector.

Some additional ideas to lift your hidden photo with:

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Cyndee, thank you so much for taking the time to share your awesome idea with us!

If any of you have any ideas at all that you’d like to share with us please send them along with steps and photos to and you will soon be the star of How To’sday.

Have a great day!

Hampton Arts Design Adhesives | Monday Card Madness #43

If you missed them last time, you’re not going to want to miss today’s steal, the Hampton Arts Design Adhesives. Not only are these designs absolutely amazing for sprucing up everyday household items (like Staci Jones did recently the blog post found here) but they are equally as amazing for using on your everyday paper crafting projects.

For this week’s Monday Card Madness sketch I kept the design very basic so that the focus could be on the brilliance of the Design Adhesives.

On the first card I made I decided to use some flocking on the border. I love not only how it looks but the added tactile touch to the card is a lot of fun. I then finished up the card by adding some glitter to a circular design to create my flower.

I love the elegance of the corner designs.

And the multiple options to create a birthday- or celebration-themed card are so wide that the hardest part of making this card was settling on which designs to use.

Don’t forget to keep posting your Monday Card Madness creations. We will announce the winner for our July cards next Monday. August cards will need to be posted by Friday September 2nd at 11:59pm MST in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

I hope all of you are busy making cards for our 3rd ScrapbookSteals card swap!

If you missed the details here they are:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Have a great day and we will see you tomorrow for another fantastic How To’sday. This time brought to us by Cyndee Kawa. Believe me! You will not want to miss it.