I had considered creating an 8.5x11 page to cut down on my ground to cover, but the October Afternoon chipboard pieces and some DCWV polaroid pics (thanks, Leslie) came to the rescue to help support the theme of my page. And what luck that the film strip had exactly 6 spaces to fit the word "camera". Love when it all works out like that!
In case you can't make out the journaling, here is a close-up:
I placed it front and center, as you might do with a photo, and highlighted it with some strips of patterned paper. I'm so glad I have this story down as my camera is such an important tool in my memory keeping and I am so grateful to my grandparents to be able to own it. I hope they are watching down and smiling as I record our family's stories.
Well, I finished this layout a few days ago and submitted the photo to CKC for their blog post. While I was very pleased with the overall results, I thought something was missing. I felt the stitching I had done around the denim block just didn't set it off against the manila ledger paper as I had hoped. It then hit me as to what it needed. Take a look and let me know what you think:
There, that's better. The black and white chevron washi really livens up the whole layout and brings out the black in the camera. Sometimes you just have to step back from your layout a bit and get some perspective. I wasn't unhappy before, but I am much happier now!
So, don't be intimidated by a journaling-rich layout. Find some embellishments that fit your topic and let them and your story take center stage.