Repetition in a layout

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Happy Spring peeps! Spring is really showing up here in the Pacific Northwest, so I wanted to keep the colors for this layout bright! I used the Felicity Jane Brooke digital kit for this layout with a few bits & pieces from some other Felicity Jane kits.

Sometimes the colors for my layouts don’t always coordinate, so I try to repeat something on the layout to pull it all together. Before I picked a repeating element, I started with the title card for the week. I wanted this to set the color palette for the hybrid elements I’d be using on this layout. I printed some of the die cut shapes from the Brooke digital kit & layered them on a 4x6 card. The 4x6 card is part of the digital papers that come with the Brooke kit. I then took one of the die cut sentiments from the Henley kit and adhered it. I took some yellow twine I had in my stash to hold the two tags together. Then I added staples as an embellishment to finish off the title card

Next I decided on the repeating element for this layout. I went with the Kate Word Stickers and a label printed from the Brooke digital kit. I offset the sticker on the label and adhered it with two staples. I really like the look of staples on my layouts. They add nice visual interest. I repeated this same idea on the image that is on the opposite corner. 

Since yellow was so prominent in the daffodils in the photo at the center of this layout, I wanted that to be the punch of color for my journal card. On this week my husband was working from home for most of the week, so our youngest had the opportunity to spend a lot of one on one time with us. It really made me think how much our children love the moments they have our undivided attention. So I used that story on the yellow journal card I printed up from the digital kit. I stapled a die cut shape with the sentiment “today” from the Alexis kit.

One of the things I really enjoy about the digital kit is the ability to type up journaling for layouts. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can’t write small enough to fit my entire story on that tiny 3x4 card! The digital journal card allowed me to type up the story and ensure it fit. I think it’s important to have your handwriting in your project life album; it’s nice for my kids to be able to see & recognize my handwriting. There are, however, times that I mostly type it up. Especially when the story is longer!

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- Adelina


St. Patrick's Day - Part 2

Adelina here for a post about my little St. Patrick’s Day party. I really enjoy throwing little parties for my kids on all the Hallmark holidays! I decorate our dining room after they’ve gone to bed the night before the holiday. (just like Christmas morning!) I make them little treat bags that match the theme. I hang balloons from the ceiling of our dining room and most importantly they get a sugar cereal for breakfast! Sugar cereal is something that doesn’t happen on a daily basis around our home, so they REALLY look forward to it in the morning.

For these parties I really like to include as many photos as I can in my layouts. So I use digital templates for that in Photoshop and then I just add a few finishing touches to the layout to pull it all together. The digital photo template in this layout is by Paislee Press. It's the 4x6 Photo Templates Vol. 5 and it has a lot of options for photo driven layouts. My Project Life album is a 12x12 and that really helps when trying to include these lengthy stories that have a lot of photos.

This year I hung a gold foil curtain that was the absolute best backdrop for photos! I will definitely be doing that for future parties. I knew I wanted to include gold details to embellish the layout since there is a lot of gold in the photos from our party. I used gold foil puffy alphabet letters on 3x4 journal cards to tie in the gold.

The multi-color polka dot 3x4 card was cut from a 12x12 sheet of patterned paper from the Henley Paper Pack. I took one of the labels from the Henley Die Cut Shapes and put the word “party” across the label. Then I adhered that to the journal card with staples.

The other journal card in this layout was the backside of one of the Henley Journal Cards. First I adhered a number “17” from the Alexis Acetate Numbers to the card with staples. Then I spelled the month “march” over the top of it in the gold puffy alphabet letters. I love including the date in such a pronounced way for this layout.

I used the frame and the sentiment “favorite” from the Henley Die Cut Shapes on a photo of the kids with one of their friends. I should also point out that my kids are usually dressed to match the theme of the party. It doesn’t always happen, but whenever possible I try to have them match the color scheme. It makes the layouts so much more fun!

I finished off the layout by adhering the sentiment “documented”, from the Henley Die Cut Shapes over the photo of the table spread. This is the first time the food matched the theme of the party! It was so much fun.

Then I took one of the gift tags the kids received on presents from my BFF and adhered it to one of the photos I printed. It’s so nice to tie in the actual tag to the photos I took from the day. Do you throw theme parties? Leave me a message if you do and let me know!

- Adelina