Layout of the Month: Favorite Things Journaling
Lauren’s Favorite Things

“This layout is so quick and easy,” says LeNae. “It only took me 20 minutes, and that includes the journaling.” LeNae’s layout is versatile, too—you can use the same basic layout and even the same papers with heritage, birthday, anniversary or everyday photos.

About This Page: For a crisp, classic look, you can’t go wrong with black and white. LeNae used a sheet of black paper as her background (or bottom) paper, then tore a piece of black and white dot paper diagonally. She glued the torn piece on top of the black background paper.

Paper Picking Tip: LeNae chose the black and white color combination to match Lauren’s dress. But here’s a surprise: “Lauren’s dress is actually blue,” says LeNae. “I wanted these photos to look timeless, so I shot them with black and white film. Black and whites are really easy to work with.”

LeNae’s Tip of the Month: Journaling
Journaling simply refers to the writing on your page. The basic information would be names, dates, places, and maybe the stories that explain the event or the photo.

Every few weeks, LeNae snaps a few quick photos of Lauren to capture the toddler’s growth and changes. Her Top Ten approach to journaling (“Lauren’s Favorite Things at Age 3”) reflects her daughter’s personality and the family’s traditions. LeNae says: “This is just a list of things about Lauren to sort of sum up the year. These are the daily life details that really capture our family’s personality, and the memories we’ll really want to preserve.”

LeNae adds, “You don’t have to scrapbook every photo, or even every event. Do what you have the time for. One page with journaling like this can actually say a lot more than having lots of pages with very little journaling.”

LeNae’s Steps to Make This Layout

LeNae’s Layout Tip: I like to arrange all my elements (photos, journaling, etc.) on the background page before gluing anything down. That way I can move things around if I want to. Once I have everything the way I’d like it, I glue it down.

  1. Tear the black and white dot paper: Tear a piece of black and white dot paper. To do this, place the 12”x12” paper flat on your work surface. Place your palm on the paper and gently tear one edge, pulling the paper toward you. Glue to the bottom of the black paper.
  2. Mat your photos: Mat each photo on black paper, then on white paper. Attach them to the page with adhesive. Tlearn more about matting, click here. (link to
  3. Create your journaling block: Type your journaling on the computer, then print on white paper and mat on black paper. Tie a 6” piece of black and white gingham ribbon into a bow, then attach it to the journaling with a Glue Dot™. Glue Dots™ come on a roll; to use, simply expose one of the dots on the roll and press the knotted part of the bow onto the sticky dot. Lift the bow and the dot off the roll and place on the paper. Warning: Glue Dots™ are very sticky—avoid touching them with your hands!
  4. Create the journaled date: (GRAPHIC: 20249) Cut a 4 1/2”x 1/2” piece of black and white dot paper. Cut out the alphabet tiles to spell the date. These circles are easier to cut out if you first cut each number away from the sheet it’s printed on, then hold the piece steadily in your hand and move your scissors as you cut rather than moving the tile. Attach each tile with a piece of foam tape. (Foam tape is thick, double-sided tape that’s acid-free and gives your pages a little dimension.)

Supply Listing

• Black and white dots paper: available by the sheet
• solid white paper: Plain Pastels
• solid black paper: Teresa’s Handpicked Solid Jewel Tones
• Paper Pizazz® alphabet tiles: Alphabet Tiles; also available by the sheet
• 6” of black and white gingham ribbon (Offray)
• foam tape
• Mini Glue Dots™
• basic supplies: scissors, acid-free adhesive

LeNae Gerig is the author of LeNae’s Scrapbooking Basics. She considers herself to be a “realistic” scrapbooker who wants to create great layouts quickly and easily.

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