Layout : This Is Where I Want to Be

This is where I want to be | Nicole Reaves

Last week I posted on Instagram about how I like to give myself little rewards for after I finish a big project. I was wrapping up my class content for School Days and promised myself I wouldn't open my Build Story Kit until it was complete. Well, as the last video was uploading, I dug in.

I really didn't know what I would do with this theme. The kit contents are really really good, but sometimes I think I think too literally on the topic. Build, hmm. Then I find an embellishment in there and have an 'ah-ha' moment about what to create. This layout started with the chipboard phrase and the 2" transparent squares.

Last month I had taken a couple of photos out on our in-progress back deck. It was a perfect morning and I love how the sun shines and the trees shade that space just before noon. For years I have very much disliked the deck + landscaping around it, but we (mostly Mark) have transformed it into one of my favorite parts of our house. We're getting there. 

This is where I want to be | Nicole Reaves

I started with a 4x6 photo of one angle of our deck (it's impossible to get it all in one photo) and a 2" square photo to mimic the transparent pieces in the kit. I moved bits and pieces around until I was satisfied with a grid pattern - 2 4x6 on the right and 8 2x2 on the left. I replaced two of the 2x2 squares with a sketch I found in Mark's notebook of our deck plans. I scanned it and trimmed it down to 2x4, then arranged some cardstock, patterned paper and those little transparencies into the final grid. The bottom 4x6 became my journaling spot which I really wanted to handwrite, but I was having a hard time editing it down while still telling a complete story. Typed journaling it is.

This is where I want to be | Nicole Reaves

I added a few embellishments to the squares, like a wood veneer and a little tab, which helped me hide the adhesive behind the transparencies. I added some stamping to a couple other squares - this is where I want to be, the potty people + important details - all from Clearly Kelly sets. I also cut a tab and added a label for the date using this stamp + cut set to finish off my layout. 

I didn't plan on making any layouts in August, but I'm so glad I did. Happy to get this story out of my head and on paper. As for this month, and my 50 layouts goal, I have a lot of work to do.

Supplies used : Ali Edwards Build Story Kit; Clearly Kelly Stored Tabs Stamp + Cut Set, Daily Life, Planner Icons, Happy Place; white woodgrain cardstock, Color Theory inks in Doc Brown and Deja Blue; Versafine Onyx Black ink, Tim Holtz mini paperclip.