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Monday Layout.

Thisamazingplace


[ supplies: kraft cardstock: Bazzill; patterned paper: Luxe; inks: Color Box; stamps: Educational Insights; number sticker: Papier Valise; pen: American Crafts ]


I've got a couple things on my mind this week as I create a layout a day.


The first is to try to incorporate at least one piece of paper per day from my collection of papers and junk that have come in the mail or I have picked up while out and about. Here's a peek at those in their glass planter:


Paper


The one I picked out for this page is a piece of vellum which came off a mailer from Oregon State University:


Amazing


"This amazing place" seemed a fitting title for a peek at what Simon is "into" these days.


In starting to create this page I browsed through my recent photos and came up with two that related to what he is into this month. I like the idea of picking a single word + coming up with content revolving around that theme. The journaling is simple: handwritten statements similar to what you would see in a list. For this sort of page I like to give myself enough room to write, but not too much that it becomes more than it needs to be.


When I am handwriting like I did above, I simply begin and keep coming up with statements about what Simon is into until I get to the end and then I stop. No pressure that I will forget something...if I do I can always do another page or add that memory into a different story.


This layout is a very simple design. Four, 4 inch x 4 inch squares. One for the title, two for photos, and the fourth is home to the journaling. I stitched around the outside to add some texture. There are lots of things I could have done along the bottom of the page (added stamping or patterned paper, or any number of embellishments) but I decided to be happy with it how it was and call it a night.


Into the page protector it goes & on to another layout tomorrow.

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49 thoughts

  1. Anilu Magloire says…
    05/19/2008

    Always perfect! I too collect bits and pieces of paper and I will use them today.
    Thanks for the inspiration, everyday :)

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  2. Carolyne says…
    05/19/2008

    what a great start to my week - i've been waiting all day for this hence we are one day ahead of you.....been a loonnnngg wait. but i love how you share so much with all of us and we are truly grateful. looking forward to what the week brings us. hugs.

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  3. caro says…
    05/19/2008

    hey Ali, guess what???
    I have that exact vase/planter. Gonna give it an extra purpose just like you have!
    Super idea for all the cool recycling bits.
    Tx

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  4. Tracy in NC says…
    05/19/2008

    Ali,
    Could you tell me if your journaling is on a premade journaling card or did you make it? It appears to have dotted lines for you to write on. Thanks, I just love your work and blog.

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  5. Tracy in NC says…
    05/19/2008

    Okay, Ali. I think I discovered that the journaling was done on the patterned paper! Thanks!

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  6. Erin says…
    05/19/2008

    Such a simple, memorable page for Simon at this age. It states what's important to him, and that's what makes it so classic and simple. Perfect.

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  7. Molly says…
    05/19/2008

    fun!

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  8. jenn says…
    05/19/2008

    awesome Ali!!! So inspiring!!! love it!

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  9. Anna-Marie Still says…
    05/19/2008

    So simple it's brilliant! Your work always grounds me! Great way to start a Monday! Thank you!

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  10. Ginger says…
    05/19/2008

    Love this simple, yet very eye-catching layout. Perfect for documenting those ever changing phases that kids go through. I'll have to try this, one page for each of my boys (ages 2 and 5).
    Just one question: I also like to collect bits of this and that from the mail or wherever and incorporate them in to art journals or altered books, but for using it in a scrapbook layout do you spray it with that stuff to make it acid-free? Or don't you worry about it?
    Thanks!!!

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  11. Angi Smith says…
    05/19/2008

    Ali,
    How did the baby shower go? Was your SIL tickled with all her presents? Would love to see what was in your basket! And does your neice have a name yet?

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  12. Ann(i)e says…
    05/19/2008

    love the simplicity of the layout, love the incorporation of "found" paper....really love it all!
    i have also LOVED trying to focus on just WORDS + PHOTOS the last week!!!
    Just posted one of my layouts inspired by your words + photos
    http://www.ahafermann.typepad.com
    xoxo
    annie

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  13. Angie says…
    05/19/2008

    I love the simplicity of this layout... thank you for the inspiration!! My whole theme for the summer is simplify... everything!
    Happy Monday! Angie

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  14. Jenni says…
    05/19/2008

    Beautiful layout & concepts! I have a glass planter collecting dust in my garage, what a great idea you had for yours! I think I might use it for my paper scraps, I still never know what to do with those. My scrap space needs a makeover, big time! Yours is an inspiration, that is my next project. I liked Elizabeth Kartchners space in the new CK, too. Have fun today!

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  15. Sally says…
    05/19/2008

    Ah - I just absolutely love your layouts - you never ever fail to impress me and most of all I love the simplicity of the pages, they truly speak to me. I'm so going to love this week. Thanks Ali.

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  16. tara pakosta says…
    05/19/2008

    this is so fun ali!
    love that little bin of goodies!
    i also am in love with bits of paper! i get overwhelmed by my scraps though every so often> but i have one little bin called my travel bin, that i take outside or in my bed to scrap...it's so fUN!
    tara

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  17. Andi Sexton (rrlscrapgal) says…
    05/19/2008

    Perfect. Seems so 'easy' and real! I mean, no hours spent with lots of doo dads...
    I have to do this also.. For 'May'. What happens at our place..
    I also need a 'use this stuff' box! Like the active In-Box so things don't get forgotten (new goodies, old faves, etc.)
    Thanks for a great kick start to the week...

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  18. All Moments Remembered says…
    05/19/2008

    I love the simpleness of this page. You have inspired me to create one today. Often I think I do not have time to make a page but if I were to try to get it simple I think I would get a lot more done. Enjoy your week!!

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  19. mary says…
    05/19/2008

    I have been cranking out layout after layout since I began reading your posts on words + photos! Each layout gets more inspiring as the weight of "needing to get photos scrapped" lifts. This process is liberating and fun - it's a paradox as I feel as though I'm getting more creative!

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  20. Emily says…
    05/19/2008

    Simple and a nice snapshot of Simon right now. I like the graphic block design. Also, the idea of doing a layout a day this week. I may do the same - and try to keep the journaling just that - "everyday". Thanks!

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  21. Sandrine alias Didine says…
    05/19/2008

    Really pretty ! I so appreciate how you explain the construction of your work ;-) A good pleasure ! thanks for sharing ! Smooches from Belgium !

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  22. Sasha Farina says…
    05/19/2008

    really loving your 'found' papers planter... the layout is simple but oh so meaningful!

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  23. Michelle Shuman says…
    05/19/2008

    Love it, Ali! And I love that you left the negative space at the bottom. Definitely doesn't need anything extra. I, too, have a 'found papers' file (some with scraps ripped from my art and architecture design schools pamphlets when I was applying to colleges...um...12 years ago...those definitely need to be used!)
    Thanks for the inspiration! See you tomorrow ;o)
    ~Michelle

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  24. Amy Poole says…
    05/19/2008

    Ali, you are seriously so cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  25. ChanelD says…
    05/19/2008

    good job! I like that you didn't add any additional embellishment to the bottom. At times we as scrappers can get a little embelish CRAZY!
    ChanelD

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