Do you suffer from squashed layouts?
If you make dimensional layouts, how do you stop everything from squashing out of shape when you put them in your albums?
In answer to a question from Angie I thought I'd share what I do.
First, before I start any layout, I always trim around 0.5cm (or a tiny bit more) from the top and one side of my cardstock. When I start a layout I have no idea where I'm going with it, whether it will be simple or heavily embellished, flat or dimensional. Trimming the cardstock means I'll end up with a layout that slips more easily into a page protector-with less flattening of elements if my layout does indeed become dimensional.
Secondly, If I'm using a postbound album I separate my pages with chipboard strips. Just cut a long strip-30cm, of chipboard about 1.25cm wide, mark off the position of the posts in your album, punch the holes and place them in your album between your pages. If your page is really bulky you can use two chipboard page separators. D ring albums are better for dimensional layouts as there is more room and less pressure on the pages.
Thirdly, I keep my albums standing up. If you lay your albums flat, especially in a pile, then of course everything will squash.
And that's it! Well there may be a little flattening, but in general my dimensional layouts remain pretty good following these simple steps.
I've renewed my interest in art journalling again recently, and have been experimenting with different media, making backgrounds etc. I've made some nice pages, but then they've been spoilt by my writing.
I'm talking about my handwriting, and the placement of words on the page, but even more about what I write.
I'm either stuck for words, or else everything sounds so banal.
But in the shower this morning I had a lightbulb moment. I've realized the words on the page are the most important element on the page. more important then the colour scheme, or the stencil, or the paint, or ink.
It's the words I need to fine tune, it's language that I need to use in a more creative way. It's hard to believe that I used to good at creative writing, a long time ago, in another life.
So that's what this page is about, and actually I'm pretty happy about this page. I like the blending of colours, and I like how the writing is small and takes up the space around the doodling.