This month’s theme over on the UK Scrap Addicts Facebook group and blog is all about hidden elements such as journalling and extra photos. It was a good excuse for me to scrap some less than perfect photos that I still wanted to use from my niece’s birthday party 10 years ago!
I’ve done this layout before and it works really well and comes together quite quickly which is a definite bonus! The idea comes from a series by Shimelle called 4×6 photo love where she added a 4×6 photo to her layout each month meaning that April had 4, and July had 7 and so on. This was July.
The photo on the right hand side stays static but the photo on the left is actually a fold out flap that houses lots of real estate for more photos and journalling depending on your needs.
The original uses 4×6 photos so the fold out flap uses just over a sheet of cardstock but I just cut my cardstock in half and then trimmed the photos down slightly.
Because a lot of space is taken up by the photo layers, there’s not much needed around the rest of the layout. A few stickers and some trimmings and it’s done.
This technique is great for when you have lots of photos of the same thing that you can’t part with or as in this case, when the photos are not the best quality. With some bits of out of focus and some dark patches etc, I hadn’t wanted to put them on the front of a layout, but some parts of the photos are bits I wanted to remember too.
I loved using this Simple Stories Vintage Halloween collection for this and it’s definitely a technique I want to do again along with all the others in that series.
I hope you’ve gathered some inspiration for hiding your own elements on your layouts and I hope you’ll share them with us too.