50 Layouts : April Update

50 Layouts : April | Nicole Reaves

I'm moving right along with my layouts goal and have a bunch of new ones to share today. As with previous months, some came together so easily while others are just meh. Not at all what I had pictured in my mind. After some product struggles I talked a bit about in this post, I went through my kits and pulled out the stuff I don't love - leaving only the pretty stuff that I want to use. I may have breathed a sigh of relief. Thanks for the push to purge.

Here are my newest completed layouts and a little description about how I put them together. Click the photos below to see them larger and scroll through using the arrows on the side :

1. My First / Your First : When I saw these chipboard pieces in the Firsts Story kit, my first thought was to document my and Mark's first flight. And although the photo doesn't go with either of our stories, I knew I wanted to use this one because it's one of the clearest and obvious "view from a plane" photos I have from our travels. I enlarged and cropped the photo (taken over Greenland when we flew home from Europe *ten!* years ago) to 6x12 and filled in the bottom half of the layout with a grid of 2" circles to match the chipboard stickers. I added some handwritten journaling along the flat edge of those half circles and then a single simple embellishment to each circle. I also stitched on a scrap of transparency to the bottom edge for a little subtle balance.

2. My First Pie : I knew I wanted this layout to be an asymmetrical 2-pager, and since I had the story of this layout essentially written (I took the journaling from this post), I decided to experiment with the design a bit. I played around with the printed photos I took while I made my first pie and cut some rough wedges to resemble pie slices. I cut the photos up by hand and moved them around a lot before committing to adhering it all down on dark gray cardstock. I added some imperfect white stitching around the edge to outline the "pie" and used some older foam Thickers for the layout title in the center. The 6x12 right side is crazy simple - I broke the journaling up into two blocks, leaving room for 2 small black and white photos. I used my 2" circle punch on the photos to match the round pie on the left, then adhered them down with foam circles for a little dimension. The word stickers throughout are all from the Firsts Story kit.

3. First Born : The tulle from the Camelot kit along with that plastic "first" had been speaking to me for a while to be a layout about Morgan's birth. We didn't know if our first born was a boy or a girl (not by choice!) so it was a really big deal when it was finally revealed. A girl! Journaling strips using an "I remember" prompt along with bits of pink and red on kraft put this layout together.

4. 7AM / 7PM : Back in March, Ali issued a challenge to document what was going on at 7am and 7pm on a particular day and this is the resulting layout. I printed my photos from that day at 3" high x 6" wide in black and white, and based the colors in the layout on those 3" square 7AM and 7PM transparent cards. I arranged everything in a grid on a slight angle, leaving room for some handwritten journaling, as well as the larger "morning" and "evening" along the edge of the photos. I found some orange and navy patterned paper in my scraps bin that coordinated, so I stitched them to the corners on the same angle, along with labels from the AM/PM kit, some stamping and a few enamel dots.

5. We Gather Because : The design of this layout was inspired, if not directly copied, from one of Ali's layouts in the class content for the Gatherings kit. Her layout was so good! I used another dark background (what's gotten into me?) and a grid of photos, journaling cards and those fun fabric pieces to fill in the page. It was all a perfect complement for a layout about getting together with my mom and sister. I love having this one documented. Everything except for the cardstock and flower patterned paper is from the Gatherings Story kit.

6. The Story of This Collection : Damn, I had the hardest time with this layout. I ripped it apart twice and actually dug it out of the garbage the next morning because I was determined to fix it (and I was being stubborn and didn't want to reprint the photo). In the end, a simple white / grid background with a dark navy border won. My handwritten journaling wasn't working, so I typed and printed it on vellum, stuck a bit of patterned paper and a label underneath it, and really love how it turned out. Phew. Supplies are from the Studio Calico Office Hours kit and title / journaling card is from the Gatherings Story kit.

In 2015, I want to use my stash and tell more stories, so I've set a goal to create 50 layouts. 15 down, 35 to go. You can see them all here.