Storytelling with Lovely Day
For the last three years, I have documented our days with pocket pages and I started the year with the intent of continuing that. But, as time has passed, I've found myself taking fewer photos and struggling to fill a layout each week.
So, for this year, I changed to a 9x12 album (as opposed to 12x12) - a format which needed fewer photos. Still, I haven't found myself completing weekly spreads.
When April announced that she would be providing sketches each month, I didn't think much of it - I mean, I'm not a traditional scrapbooker. Soon after though, I realized that traditional layouts would allow me to tell our stories - even if I only used a photo or two. And so, I gave it a try.
With the scrapbooking industry focusing on telling family stories, I often find embellishments and product that - while adorable - don't fit my lifestyle as a 25 year old without children. The main focus of this layout, a chipboard sticker reading "you're so cool - I'm not even mad," would typically be tossed aside in that category. But, when I saw it, I knew that it was perfect for telling the story of introducing a four year old to instant film.
After all, she shot an entire roll of - expensive - instant film, but I wasn't even mad.
While several other instant photos that Kendall took ended up in my pocket pages from Arizona, I hadn't actually captured this story.
This month's featured collection, Lovely Day, came with a variety of pretty - and fun - patterns and when choosing a sketch, my goal was to include several different papers. I also knew that I wanted to be able to include an Instax photo from that day.
The collection also came with fun, bright, round embellishments - including enamel dots and wood veneer - and I quickly discovered circles as a theme.
To finish out the layout, I added journaling via "typewritten" strips of text and added the date on an old Studio Calico label (which seemed made for this color scheme.)
I also combined the heart shapes from the chipboard pack with an Amy Tangerine heart stamp to tie the sections of the layout together.
Overall, I was happy with the story told and the ease at creating a full page layout. In fact, I liked it so much that another 9x12 layout is coming to the blog later this month.