I've got my first project of the new year up at Kerri Bradford Studio today! I recently shared about my weight loss over the last year. This also meant that I lost a substantial amount of my wardrobe. That's not necessarily a bad thing (unless you ask my wallet), as I got the chance to basically build an entire new wardrobe for myself.
I realized that I had taken quite a few photos of clothes I've bought, or while out shopping, and thought it would be fun to put together a little page to tell this story. I decided to create a 6x8" pocket spread, with one page being a full 6x8" layout and one page being a 6x8" pocket page.
Whenever I'm wanting to die cut a word for my titles that Kerri doesn't happen to have, I turn to her Weathered Door Alpha kit. Which is exactly what I used to die cut the word "clothes" for part of my title. I used the word "hello" from Kerri's Bloom kit, die cut from patterned paper, for the first half of my title.
My patterned papers are from Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine collections. I've had the ruffled paper for years - the ones with 3-4 colors of layered ruffles on one full sheet. I thought it seemed like a fun fit for a layout about clothes.
I printed all of my photos as little 2x2's, and slipped them into the pocket page. I actually had enough photos to fill all twelve pockets, but ended up taking a few out so that I could work in some patterned paper.
There's an older patterned paper from Dear Lizzy that has rows of little polaroid pictures. If you cut out the pattern/picture from the polaroid frame, it's just slightly smaller than 2x2, so they worked perfectly in these pockets. I just matted each one on a piece of white cardstock. The "a whole lotta happy" came from Kerri's One Fine Day stamp set.
I also ended up adding in a 3x8" insert, which held my journaling and some clothing tags I've been saving from my favorite brands.
I used the "this is just fantastic" design from Kerri's About Town kit digitally to create my 3x8" journaling card, backing it with some black chalkboard digital patterned paper.
I used a 3x8" digital journaling card from an Ali Edwards Stories Of Life kit. There's a spot to insert a photo, or a digital element like I did, and then type up your journaling.
I've been holding onto some clothing tags for quite a while, with the idea of working them into a project at some point. I ended up deciding to only use three of my tags, as they're the main brands that I seem to buy/wear. I have a few other brands that I wear a lot (like Old Navy), but they don't have cute tags at all. Lol.
Once I adhered the tags to the 3x8 piece of cardstock, I had some room at the top. I stamped the "grateful for" box using Kerri's Gather Together stamp set. I should have tested it before stamping it directly on my paper, and I'm sure the textured cardstock didn't help, as my stamping didn't turn out all that great. Lol.
It's a pretty simple layout spread, but that seems to be my style now. I would normally add some machine stitching, but it didn't even cross my mind for some reason while working on this. And I didn't even consider adding any little embellishments. There's something to be said for keeping things simple sometimes :)