Memories Made #9: Together (Journaling Focal Points)

Welcome to this week's  "Memories Made with Jen Gallacher." In this series I pick a memory I want to include in my scrapbooks. Then I'll create the layout start-to-finish all while sharing some tips and tricks for using the papers, embellishments, and products I've chosen.

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This week's memory: 20 Years of Marriage

I think 20 years of marriage is a bit of an accomplishment. (Our anniversary is coming up in May.) I don't know about you, but my marriage hasn't always been a bed of roses. It's been a lot of hard work, with lots of very sweet and miraculous moments. It's been about forgiveness, struggles, disagreements, successes, and everything that makes a real marriage just that: REAL! I created a list of some of the things my husband and I have been through in the past 20 years for the journaling block at the top of the page.

Here is the layout I created using this journaling I've described:

This week's technique: Making Journaling the Focal Point of your Layout

Because the journaling on this layout was more important to me than any embellishments or even a photo, I wanted it to stand out. To do this, I created a text box in Photoshop (you can also create a text box in Microsoft Word). I made the box a coral, red color. I changed the text to white (the font is "Channel") and then printed it on photo paper to give it a glossy finish. You could create this same look by writing a large box of journaling, using different colored fonts to print your journaling, or cutting the journaling sentences out of a sheet of cardstock with your Silhouette machine. However you decide to write about your subject, make the journaling SHINE!

Here are the close up photos of this layout:

You can watch the helpful, start-to-finish video tutorial HERE on my Youtube channel or below. Listen for the reasons I selected a certain paper or embellishment. I also talk about why you might reuse the same photos on more than one layout:

Below I've suggested the products you might consider when creating a similar layout (including the products used on this layout). If an item is out of stock, be sure to search for similar items by using words like "tag" or "love" to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Suggested Products (click the photos for links to the products):


  1. Thank you for sharing your processes Jen. I love this series
    Jo xxx

  2. I too enjoy your videos. Pretty page!! Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby.

  3. Tatiana Ortega8:52 AM

    Love your videos, Jen! Thanks for sharing your inspiring work with us.

  4. Thank you for sharing... love this!!

  5. LOVE your layout. Congratulations on 20 years of life together. My husband and I will be celebrating 40 years together, this coming July. I will be using your page as inspiration to create my own. Thanks!

  6. What a sweet layout! Love your journaling style on this one. Congrats and Happy 20th Anniversary!

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  8. Lovely LO! Love your journaling and I never thought to use it as the focal point. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Anniversary to you & your hubby.

  9. Thanks so much for being real and for sharing it! Love your art work:-)

    Gina L.

  10. Thanks so much for being real and for sharing it! Love your art work:-)

    Gina L.

  11. JLBOhio9:33 PM

    Beautiful page and happy early anniversary to you both! 20 years is something to be proud of!

  12. Always inspiring, Jen!


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