One barrier involves journaling placement. I am an avid journaler on my layouts, but I sometimes struggle with the placement. Then...there are times when the lines are simply there, begging to be written on.
Take this collection by Amy Tan. The chevron...it is a perfect place to tell a story.
I love those boy/girl signs and knew they needed to be featured. I went with a horizontal line and added the scrolled mirror and saying. Since the design was so simple, I didn't know where to put the journaling.
The journaling was key though...it needed to be there. This layout is about where Steve and I might retire someday. It is a conversation we have had a couple of times lately.
Those zig zags called out to me so I went with it. It might look a bit messy, but I like it anyway.
I encourage my kiddos to sometimes color outside the lines. Other times, staying within them works too.