Journaling Without Photos – by Chloé
Hi everyone, Chloé back today with July’s Orange Blossom kit.
This was such a fun one to work with… even though the weather’s a little dreary, you can’t help but smile when you have such cheery colours and patterns on your desk! Today I wanted to share another spread from my 2020 journal, I thought it could be an interesting one as it’s using some memorabilia rather than photos. I think people (including myself) sometimes forget that you can create a project with items other than photos! For this page in particular, I wanted to document the packaging from a gift my Maid of Honour gave me, and the card my now sister-in-law used to ask me to be her bridesmaid.
As I wasn’t using photographs on this spread, I wanted to add texture and interest in other ways. As such, I used lots of torn edges and some of the packaging from the kit itself; this made a great pocket! I love doing this in my journals to hold more bits and pieces/extra photos. The different materials and finishes really compliment each other I think, and you could also use mixed media techniques to add even more interest. I loved the script word stickers and couldn’t resist using a few of them, along with one of Mrs Brimbles’ stickers, to create a title spot.
I used more torn edges on the right-hand side, leaving a little strip of the page clear for some journaling. I didn’t have much to say so I was able to let the right side be a little calmer, which allows a place for your eye to rest… especially important seeing as I’d decorated my makeshift pocket with lots of stickers! I couldn’t resist the “Sending you a big squeeze” sentiment, as both of the stories I documented were essentially a big metaphorical hug from friends and family during a very difficult time.