Around Here | Traditional Scrapbook Layout

Last weekend I shared a layout challenge with those participating in the Creative Crop at Big Picture Classes and I wanted to share that layout with you today.

THE CHALLENGE | Use arrows to emphasize parts of your journaling.

Many of you know I’m big on getting stories told - real life, meaty stories that show the who, what, why, where, when and how of our lives from yesterday and today. I also love design and playing with the elements of design to tell my stories in visually interesting ways. Today I’m sharing a layout that uses arrows as a compliment to my story - helping to highlight certain areas of text. Your challenge is to create a layout that also uses the combination of story + arrows to tell a story from your life. An added bonus to this challenge would be to do a similar style of journaling - using the idea of Around Here. Start each sentence/paragraph with an “-ing” word to describe things (both big and small) that are happening in your life right now.

Here's a look at my 12x12 layout:

To create this layout I went back through my blog posts that I haven’t yet made into layouts. I often like to use my blog as a holding place for stories I might want to make into layouts down the road. This one talks about the things that were happening around here in September 2012.

For photos I went to my September folder in Aperture (my photo management program) and printed out a couple to support the story. I printed them as one strip on 11x14 photo paper but you could easily print them individually and adhere one at a time.

The background of my layout is pattern paper from BasicGrey.

The "dated" tab is from Elle's Studio.

I printed my journaling onto white cardstock and cut it into strips.

In between each thought/sentence I added a wood veneer arrow from Studio Calico (part of the Front Row kit). You could use an assortment of arrows or stick with all the same. Here's a similar set.

I attached the wood veneer with a bit of rolling adhesive and then stitched it in place using embroidery floss and a needle.

I started and ending the journaling with chipboard triangles from My Mind's Eye.


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13 thoughts

  1. EE K

    2013-05-06 06:06:27 -0400

    So inspiring as usual, Ali! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rina

    2013-05-06 06:35:12 -0400

    Great layout and reflection of story. cool way to enhance a project life album small on content for a week too. Thanks Ali

  3. Lisa W.

    2013-05-06 07:25:12 -0400

    As always...awesome layout!!!

  4. Michelle L

    2013-05-06 08:33:58 -0400

    I love your layouts! This makes me even more excited about your class this summer!

  5. Jen N

    2013-05-06 09:33:38 -0400

    Great layout! Makes me get the itch to do more.

  6. Patti L

    2013-05-06 11:08:23 -0400

    Nice layout! I like the use of the patterned paper as background. I just bought a bunch of word veneers from Freckled Fawn, so excited to incorporate. I pictured more of a one-time use on PL layouts, but I like how you used many wood veneers here.

  7. Teresa L.

    2013-05-06 12:25:54 -0400

    Oh, I love it! As always its so simple and classic! I so going to scraplift this! :)

  8. nicole prather

    2013-05-06 14:02:54 -0400

    My favorite thing about you is your way of making your layouts about the pictures. Not all the fluff.

  9. susan garner

    2013-05-06 16:24:14 -0400

    Thank you. This is great. Going to cut out some journalling strips. I look so forward to these posts.

  10. Melissa Shim

    2013-05-06 17:27:20 -0400

    Love this LO

  11. J3SS1C4

    2013-05-06 19:31:41 -0400

    Great idea to use the arrows! I just brought a pack of arrows this week, so lots of inspiration to use them!

  12. Jennifer K

    2013-05-07 17:13:05 -0400

    Just wanted to say I enjoyed this challenge over at the BPC crop last weekend. The arrows gave me all kinds of ideas and it made my journaling a lot more interesting to look at. Inspired me to try something different, which was awesome!

  13. roberta

    2013-05-08 13:35:08 -0400

    love doing this! i made a layout about 7 years ago, when my son was first born and did something similar.... except i cut out some sentences and hand-wrote some words in between.... my older kids thought i was CRAY CRAY because it was his entire birth story! i loved how it turned out. i sure wish i would remember to hit your blog up moe often. always love your posts :)

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