Hey all! I'm back to share another new layout with you. So, Snapchat. I'm sure I don't it like I should, as I mainly use it to entertain the daycare kids by taking funny photos with the filters. Lol. Alyssa has been really good at sending me Snapchats these last few months while off at college. Almost on a daily basis. And I started screenshotting them, since I love the peeks into her life when she's not around. And yes, she's totally fine with me screenshotting them ;)
I knew these photos would make a great layout. I gathered up most of the screenshots that I had taken over the first two months of her senior year. Actually, I guess she's in her senior semester, since she'll be finishing a semester early. I pulled out the "Lens" Story Kit from Ali Edwards for this spread, as I knew it would be a great fit, and the colors also worked really well with the photos.
I cropped and printed out all of my photos as 3x4's, and started arranging them around the outside edges of my two pages. It's a design that I use quite often on two pagers, especially when working with 3x4" photos.
I mentioned that I also get the digital version of the Story Kits, since I get both the Story Kit and the Story Stamp Kit. I love being able to pull up the digital version of the journaling cards, add my journaling, and print them out. This works well for me, since I'm not big on using my own handwriting on my pages.
I really liked the "we see" card. Alyssa is Snapchatting me what she's seeing/thinking in photos, and I often see a totally different thing while seeing her photos. If that makes sense.
A random thing. Have you ever gone to screenshot something on your phone, and the phone just turns off? Meaning you didn't get the screenshot. That happens to me all the time, but it's always so sad when it happens on Snapchat. Since I lose the chance to capture that photo.
I made sure to leave a few empty spots, to mix in some 3x4" filler and/or journaling cards with the photos.
The main 4x6" card, "through the lens", was perfect for my title card. I wanted to add a little subtitle, and ended up simply typing it up and adhering it in the bottom corner.
I wanted to include a few of the chipboard circles along the center of the spread, and picked out a few in colors that coordinated with my photos. Once I knew where exactly I wanted to place them, I made little marks on each side to show where they would meet the edges of the photos/papers. I trimmed off a piece so that I could adhere the circles and they would lay flush against the edge of whatever photo/paper they were butted up too.
I did add a strip of patterned paper along the center of the spread, to fill the space not being covered with photos, journaling cards, and filler cards.
I typed up my journaling onto two small journaling blocks, and then matted them on pieces of aqua patterned paper before adhering them to the page.
I usually like to add machine stitching to my layouts, but on this one, I really wasn't sure where I would add it. I kind of wanted to do a zig zag stitch along the edges of the filler cards, title card, journaling cards. But then I felt like I'd have to add the stitching along the edges of all of the photos as well. In the end, I actually just forgot to get the sewing machine out. So I ended up with no stitching at all.
Popcorn for dinner at almost midnight? Yep, I guess that happens. Lol.
I love the story that these photos tell when grouped all together like this. Can't wait to see what Snapchat photos I end up with for the last three months of her senior semester :)