How to Create Heidi Swapp Journal Layouts
The Hawthorne collection from Heidi Swapp is ideal for documenting you autumn adventures, with washi tape, ephemera and beautiful patterned papers to choose from, it’s quick and easy to make sure special moments are remembered for years to come.
Having the images you want to use on the layout at the very beginning is key, not only will it save you time, it will also enable you to better plan out the space and select embellishments and ephemera that compliment your imagery, rather than the other way around; there’s nothing worse than laying out a beautiful page and then not being able to use any of your favourite snaps because they’re the wrong orientation or can’t be cropped down.
The Heidi Swapp Hawthorne Floral Journal comes with 15 ready-made photo apertures included on the left-hand pages within the journal, in three different shapes (square, rectangle, circle). However, that doesn’t mean you can’t include more! Create frames using the 12 x 12″ Hawthorne Paper pack or even the washi tapes.
Top tip: Make sure you measure the aperture before printing your image, so that you can ensure the image is printed the right size.
To ensure your printed images have nice crisp edges make sure to use a paper trimmer to cut away any excess paper from around the image, not only is it quicker than using a pair of scissors, the rulers and guides printed on the trimmer will ensure your image is the perfect size if it needs to be cropped after printing.
Embellishments are a great way of adding extra interest to your layouts. Use them to tell the story behind the image and help guide the eye as it travels across the layout. The Hawthrone Ephemera pack is full of embellishments in lots of different shapes and sizes, and some can also be used in conjunction with the Minc machine, to add a beautiful shiny foil finish, or you can leave them just as they are – the choice is yours!
Washi tapes are an incredibly versatile medium, they’re ideal for creating sections within your layout, as well as drawing the eye to key information. Trim the washi tape ends into fishtails, or why not using pinking shears for a more elaborate design?!
A scrapbook or journal layout, wouldn’t be a layout unless it included some writing. As a general rule, most layouts include a main title along with some text going into more detail (a little reminder of the story behind the image) however, with a journal there’a a lot more space for you to document so don’t be afraid to elaborate and include all the little things. If you’re not a fan of your own handwriting why not use a typewriter or your computer, alphabet stickers are also a great way of highlighting key words of sections of text.