Keep it simple. Keep it simple. Keep it simple.
When I worked on this spread what I kept trying to keep myself focused on the following questions, "What do I want to remember?" and "What do I care enough about from our week to include in here?"
In this format (divided pocket pages) it's usually the photos that lead my stories. That's not always the case with my traditional layouts and I like that differentiation between the two. Loving the one or two sentences right on top of the photos either printed or handwritten. I know that some of my weeks will be more embellished than others, but it feels good to just stick with the wonderfully basic words and photos.
And here's a look at Week Two:
For products in these spreads I'm really doing a lot of grabbing what is already out on my table.
This time that includes products from some of the Studio Calico Project Life® kits from last year. I'm also including products from my Story Kits™ and Story Stamps™ when they fit the stories I'm including (like the "celebrate this first" card above).
They come in 11 different colors.
Last summer Katie and Aaron and I had so much fun brainstorming the names for the colors in this first collection. I wanted all Northwest (Oregon and Washington) names and landmarks - places I love or have a connection to in one way or another: Astoria, Black Butte, Cannon Beach, Cascade, Columbia, Deschutes, Multnomah, Pendleton, St. Helens, Tillamook and Willamette.
The awesome large plastic 4 is from this Tim Holtz set.
That ridiculously inappropriate cat t-shirt is a gift from Aaron. It's one I can only wear when I'm at home by myself. It makes me laugh so hard and man there are times when I really, really need that. And I love cats.
More thoughts running through my head as I worked on this spread: What do I care about? What makes a spread enough? Who's this really for?
The "celebrate this story" stamp is from my Celebrate Stamp set available in my shop.