A storytelling theme I used to employ regularly for layouts was "today you" - here's one of Anna from back in 2011.
I thought about that theme a week or so ago when Anna had the day off from school and I decided it was going to be "Anna & Mama" day. After dropping Simon off at school we headed over to Starbucks for a kids hot cocoa and a lemon pound cake and I just started taking photos with the intent of focusing on capturing some of the different things that happened for her over the course of the day.
Basically it was a quicker version of Day In The Life without the pressure of trying to capture every little detail (not that I really worry about that anyway but I bet you know what I mean).
When it came time to document the story I decided to work with the Camelot Scrapbook Kit from Studio Calico. I include products from that kit, from the SC Project Life® kit and from one of the add-on kits, and from my stash of supplies.
I love this kind of layout.
This layout is a 2-page, 8.5x11 layout.
I'm liking doing two page spreads right now that include most of the content on one page and some playful designs on the second page. It's a nice way to get to include a little bit of everything I like.
To begin this page I created a digital layered template that features the photos on the diagonal. You can easily achieve this same look by printing out 4x6 photos with white borders and adhering them on a diagonal on an 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock.
I used Avery Metal-Rimmed Circle tags to create little journaling circles that give a short description of each photo.
In Photoshop I created a bunch of 1-inch circles and added my text inside each one. That got printed on pink pattern paper from the Camelot scrapbook kit. I used a 1-inch circle punch to get the nice little circles that fit just right inside those circle tags.
I used foam squares to adhere the circle tags. I love the little bit of lift that comes from those squares.
The black phrases are from this awesome set of label-stickers from Cosmo Cricket.
For this title design I used one of the designs from my Daily Starburst set. I opened and traced and cut it with the Silhouette software and then adhered it to my page with foam dots. I've got a video tutorial right here if you're interested in learning how to trace PNG files (super easy) for use with the Silhouette.
On top of the Silhouette added a 3.5 inch punched circle of star pattern paper that comes with the Scrapbook Kit. The gold rub ons (hearts & text) and the metal star are also included. I added the date with a rolling date stamp and did a little writing around the outside of the circle.
- Document the day of someone you love - or yourself. Don't make it complicated - even just the highlights as you move from one thing to the next captures a slice of their life.
- Create a 2-page layout that includes photos + words on one page and play with product that supports your story on the second page.
- Go slanted. Try tilting your photos and embellishments and working on a diagonal to change things up.
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