Month two is over and I've got four new layouts to show since my last update. I've been busting through my old Studio Calico scrapbook kits and killed Copper Mountain with a 2-page layout. I also used up the rest of Sugar Rush, as well as a good amount of Ali's Story Kits with two "firsts" and one "gatherings" layout. I haven't even dug into the AM/PM kit yet and still find so much I want to document with the previous two kits. Have I mentioned how much I love them?
Getting a layout started and figuring out the design has been the easy part. Committing to adhere everything down and wrap up the little details is a struggle. Nonetheless, it's been really fun to play and watch that stack of layouts grow.
Here are my newest completed layouts. Click the photos below to see them larger and scroll through all four using the arrows on the side :
1. Girl Day / This one developed as I was attempting to use up some of the pretty scraps I had leftover from the Sugar Rush kit. I already had this little photo printed and just started stacking the papers, playing with how they overlapped each other and what patterns peeked out. I snuck in a larger light colored patterned paper for my journaling - where I wrote about my first girl day with Morgan before she started kindergarten. She is all about her girl days now. I added some horizontal stitching, stapled on a couple embellishments, and stuck a few foam dots under the layers to make them pop more before calling it done. The dark gray cardstock and heavy layering are a departure from my usual layouts but I love how it turned out.
2. Around the Table / The chipboard piece was part of the Ali's Gatherings Story Kit, as were the one - five journaling cards, so I used those as a starting point for this layout. The cards are 2" x 3" so I made my five photos the same size and shuffled them around about a dozen times before committing to keeping the white cards on the left / white side and the photos on the right / dark side. On the cards, I documented 5 uses for our kitchen table - other than the obvious - eating meals. I also added red +'s using the floss included in the kit and punched small circles to include numbers 1-5 on the photos.
3. Mini Mommy / I have dozens of blog posts from when Morgan was little (ages 1-3) that I want to get documented into layouts. This is one of them. I just used a couple strips of patterned paper along with some letter stickers (even using the W's for a couple of the M's because I insisted on using them up) and a photo - and I ended up with an instant journaling block. Simple simple and another story told.
4. This will be an adventure / While I included my solo trip to Detroit in my Project Life album last fall, I didn't include much journaling and really wanted to write about that story more in depth. I printed the photos so I'd have a symmetrical design - one 4x6 with three 2x2 photos on each side - on this 2-page layout, then replaced the 4x6 block on the right with handwritten text. As I wrote, I looked at the phrase stickers from the Firsts Story Kit and used ones that went with my journaling. I love how it broke up that big space.
In 2015, I want to use my stash and tell more stories, so I've set a goal to create 50 layouts. 9 down, 41 to go. You can see them all here.