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 4x6 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!

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