50 Layouts : May Update

50 Layouts : May Update | Nicole Reaves

Though I don't have much to show for it today, I've completed five new layouts this month. That number includes two with Kelly Purkey's new products that I shared here last week, plus two with Ali Edwards Little Things Story Kit. I am beyond thrilled to be a Guest Storyteller this month and I had so many ideas for this topic. All of the kit themes have been awesome, but this is one of my favorites so far. Little things can be found everywhere! I hope to continue playing with this kit and get those other stories told in the coming weeks.

While I can't show you my full Little Things layouts, I can give you a little sneak. If you are a Story Kit or Story Stamp subscriber, my layouts will be live in the classroom on June 1st. Want to see what's included with the kit, or are you interested in subscribing? You can get all of the info here.

Ali Edwards Story Kit / Stamp Guest Storyteller sneaks | Nicole Reaves

I'm continuing to work through my Studio Calico kits from last year, and the one layout I do have to share today is using the Office Hours kit. 

50 Layouts : May Update | Nicole Reaves

Every morning that Parker has preschool, he and his classmates are asked to write their name on a small piece of paper as the teacher's way of doing attendance (and so they can practice writing their name, of course). I love finding these little strips in his backpack and have been saving them for the past few months, unsure of what to do with them. I decided to incorporate them into a layout and filled the entire right side with layers of his name. I used pop dots on the left side of each strip for some added dimension. Rather than make this a symmetrical layout, the left side is a 6" wide piece of patterned paper that I filled with a rough grid collage consisting of a photo, more paper and embellishments. My journaling was quite wordy, so I typed it out so I could make the font smaller. Except it was still too long for the space I reserved for it. Hmm, what to do...

I ended up finding a glassine baggie that fit perfectly in the space, so I printed my journaling on a regular piece of paper and slipped it in the bag before adding a small star clip and tag to the edge. I often dwell on problems like this for way too long before committing to a solution. This time I'm happy I didn't settle by editing too much important journaling from the story.

In 2015, I want to use my stash and tell more stories, so I've set a goal to create 50 layouts. 20 down, 30 to go. You can see them all here.