Louise doesn’t use a lot of title work and journaling on her layouts. More often than not she will use an incomplete title and allow the photo and/or embellishments to complete it for her. For this particular layout Louise has hidden the remainder of her title, and journaling, on a hidden journal tag, that can be seen in the close up photo.
Louise often uses elements of her layout design to help portray the memory/moment or the emotion.
She usually creates in a grungy and sometimes darker style, however for this brief she wanted to challenge herself to go a little more mainstream with her product selection, and to keep it a little lighter in tone.
Whilst Louise still hasn't journalled on the layout she has used design elements to portray her 'message'. She has cut out the roses from the patterned paper to fit in with her title. The paper choice and colours whilst light and colourful, are contrasted with a black ink circle/halo on layout background, that has been allowed to dribble down. Having this in the background is how Louise is conveying that despite the cheerful colours there is a darker emotion being felt; this has been coordinated with having a black and white photo, that depicts Louise 'taking time out'.
Whilst journaling of a particular low or down time is helpful to many, and or confiding in others, it isn't something Louise feels compelled to do. Louise uses the process of creating as a means to help get past it so to speak. Louise appreciates she may well regret not journaling these moments, memories of the tuff times, she readily admits that it is something she finds hard to do!