That’s My Boy

Spirited is exactly how I’d describe my sweet little boy Jordy. He has so much energy it really tires me out sometimes. That goes for physical and verbal, because he asks a million questions a day. It’s hard to believe he just turned 7-years old. Jordy is such a cutie, as well as a big charmer too.  He’s always full of hugs and kisses and I have to admit that does help his various causes sometimes. Anyway, it’s tough getting great natural pictures of Jordy because he often resorts to that "fake smile" that all kids have when mom wants to snap a few extra pictures. Both my kids are so sick of Mom-the-shutterbug. Despite that, I do feel like I got kind of lucky on this photo shoot with Jordy. These are some of my favorite pictures of him.

This layout is featured in the August-2007 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


There is journaling in this layout but it’s hidden and since Creating Keepsakes didn’t show the journaling in the published version, you can see it here. Do you see that small black circle tab in the bottom right hand corner of the main photo? Just lift the tab and you can see the journaling block along with a few more cute pictures.


Hidden journaling is one of my favorite techniques on a scrapbook layout. It allows me to maximize the space on my layout for more photos and embellishments, and it also offers a hidden surprise to anyone looking at your page. It’s nice to find a little something extra you may not have quite expected.


For the hidden journaling in this layout cut cardstock approximately 6 1/4 X 8 1/4 inches. Adjust width depending on how much cardstock you want to show surrounding your main photo. Fold the cardstock in half, and attach the main photo to the top side of the folded cardstock. The backside will be mounted to your scrapbook page.

To create the lift tab, use a circle punch to cut two small circles. Glue circles together, leaving a small opening between the two to attach to the front of the photo mat. Add patterned paper on the inside of the card along with your journaling block and additional photos. I painted a chipboard fastener and attached to page using a heart-shaped brad to hold the flap in place to complete the look.

If you have a copy of the February 2007 issue of Memory Makers magazine, you’ll find an article I wrote on hidden journaling along with more examples of this easy, space-saving and fun technique.

Supplies for this layout: Patterned paper: SEI, cardstock: Bazzill Basics, chipboard fastener: Basic Grey, heat brad: Memory Makers, rubons: Urban Lily, 12X12 overlay: Creative Imaginations, word stickers: EK Success, chipboard hearts: Heidi Grace Designs, other: transparency, machine stitching, acrylic paint, circle punch.

  • jennifer Paganelli

    so nice to meet you love meeting all the stars and celebs of the blog world and you are certainly one of them..please come by again soon..

  • Tena

    Love your layout, and your son is too cute…hope to see more of his great photos.

  • Lori

    Thanks for visiting my blog. :o)
    I am in awe of your scrapbooking…
    Your son is a cutie pie! I totally understand about the child who gets the painted on smile for the camera. LOL!

  • Keisha

    argh, sorry i am just getting over here lisa!!! but fab blog!!! your sewing crafts are amazing(where do you find the time to do it ALLLLLLL!!!
    i feel your pain on the photos…my two hate it…so i turn to bribes…candy for one…money for the other…

  • Susan Beth Breuner

    I think this is a great lay out! And I have a son (7) who is similar. My husband and I drop into bed at night exhausted just from all the talking, questioning and commenting he does. He has an opinion or question about everything – Can deaf people hear their own voice? Do you think Jesus will come back today, cuz I dreamed about it last night? I turned my swing set into a pirate ship – do you want to walk the plank? Yeah, we get exhausted! Thanks for sharing your experiences too. I don’t feel so all alone now!

  • Hillary Heidelberg

    Beautiful layout Lisa. I knew I recognized it when I saw it in CK!

  • Staci

    Hi Lisa! This LO is awesome! I never do hidden journaling but you’re making me want to try it!

  • Adrienne

    Love your LO!!!!