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journaling — Marjorie Towers


I admit to being seriously in love with Then/Now layouts.  The idea is that you take a photo of the past and a photo of the present and write about the difference.

I had been wanting to post Design Team member Ruth’s July layout.  But I needed some bicycle photos. Then I found this wonderful photo of my daughter, Allison, on her first two-wheeler with training wheels. And I had a photo of Allison that I took this spring, so what more could I ask for?It was tailor made for a Then/Now layout. Here’s how it came out:

July blog 1

This layout is made using the BoBunny Key Lime papers. But what I really love is the Memory Box bicycle die. So cute.

Here are Ruth’s instructions for how she made this page:


1 Wipe out (word side)

1 Heatwave (Bicycle Side)

1 Stripe

And from Bo- Bunny Coordinating papers:

2 Paprika Dot using plain side


I used the Memory Box Die first and cut 6 bicycles out of scrap papers from my stash. (I love the way she mixed colors so the horns and baskets are different colors from the bikes – Marjorie)

July blog 2

Building on the Paprika plain side paper

Add eyelets to bicycle wheels. Adhere bicycles at bottom of pages 3 per page. I used a glue pen to adhere.

6 1/2 X 8 1/2 Stripe Adhere 2″ from left side and 1/2 inch from top

3 X 8 1/2 Bicycle.. Adhere next to stripe

From back side of wipe out paper carefully cut out “Just Cruisin” journal block and ribbons

5 X 7 Wipeout

4 1/2 X 5 1/2 Bicycle and layer on the 5 X 6 Wipeout


5 X 8 Stripe.. place 1/2″ from left side 3/4″ from top

4 1/2 X 6 1/2 Wipeout

1 X 5 Bicycle ..Place under Stripe

6 X 4 1/2 Bicycle

1/2 X 6 Stripe .. Place under Bicycle

4 1/2 X 1 1/2 Bicycle for top right

Again I used jewels from the Keylime Selection. hope you enjoyed this layout. Ruth

Here is what my journaling says:

THEN: The inscription on this polaroid photo, in Allison’s handwriting: “KrisTeN’s Party 3-3-90.” Things I wish I knew: Who is Kristen? Is Allison riding her own bike with training wheels? What park were they at? Who took the photo? Things I do know: I love the party hat. I love her brave & serious spirit as she heads out on the bike path alone, obviously new to riding a two-wheeler. I love that I have her own writing on the photo.

NOW: Allison is very much into being healthy and fit these days (Summer, 2013). As she said to me, “If not now, when? There is never going to be a better time for me to be in shape.” She belongs to a gym. She and Josh have done the Portland Bridge Pedal two years in a row. She participated in her first sprint-triathlon, and came in 2nd place in her division. She excels at the swimming, naturally, but she also runs, even though she doesn’t like it much, and is a great bike rider.

The sun is shining today and it seems we haven’t had enough of that this summer.  But of course, fall is always the best time of the year on the  coast.  So I hope you get some time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather. And don’t forget to take some photos!



I just finished talking an online course in writing taught by Allie Edwards called “Storyology.”  If you struggle with journaling on your scrapbook pages, if you think journaling is unnecessary, or if you just want some work on this form of creativeness, then I highly recommend this class. The cost is $14, and in my opinion well worth every cent.  It includes a 2 hour video, a handout, and 6 “prompts” (writing assignments). I found it inspiring, challenging and really informative.  Some of the ideas are really easy to do.  You can watch the video in segments.  You have unlimited access to the course so you can back and review as many times as you want for as long as you want.

Interested?  Follow this link to sign up.  http://aliedwards.com/shop/project-classes/storyology



I love the look of writing right on your photos ala Allie Edwards, one of my favorite scrapbookers.  At the Coastal Crop Getaway I demoed pens that write well on photo paper.  The pens sold out quickly but I promised to post to my blog the brand names so you can look for them at your LSS or online.  Uni-ball by Signo is an excellent white ink pen.  It takes a few seconds to dry, maybe 15 or so.  I like to use it to draw a line around the edge of a photo. Besides white, it also comes in silver and gold.  Although I didn’t have it with me at the demo, I discovered when I got home that I have a Uni-ball Deluxe Micro black pen that dries instantly on slick paper.  At the demo the black pen we used was the Permawriter II.  My favorite size is the 03, but if you like a bolder line, buy the 05. I also really like the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen. I have an XS (extra fine tip) and an S.  All of these pens write well on photos and dry instantly so purchase whichever one you can find.

Since we are talking about product, I thought I would mention one of my favorites.  It is the layout page organizer by Cropper Hopper.  I know you like using the plastic zip top bags we give out at the store.  But this page organizer is really terrific.  It has a small pocket in the front with an index card for sketching out a layout or making notes. This pocket also holds photos. There is a big center pocket for holding 12×12 paper and a half pocket in the back to hold embellishments.  It is tabbed at the top for labeling the page (use a dry erase pen so you can change the label).  They stand up in a 12×12 paper holder.

page planner

You get 3 for only $6 and we just got some in the store. I have several filled all the time.  When it comes time to crop, I just grab one and I’m ready to go.  Great product!