I have a layout up today over at Kerri Bradford Studio! A while back, I had been searching thru Kerri's cut files in my Silhouette library for a totally different project, and I came across one from the Pack Your Bags kit that said "the view". It might have come from a travel related kit, but it immediately gave me an idea for a layout about some of my daycare kiddos.
One of my favorite ways to take pictures of the little ones is to stand above them and wait until they look up at me, which is when I snap the picture. i find that when I'm trying to get them to look at me, it's so much easier to get their attention when I'm standing up and holding something interesting above them. It makes them look, because they want to know what I'm doing. Or I will have one of them sitting in my lap, and I will hold the camera above us and snap away, hoping that one actually captures us in the frame. I thought it would be fun to gather up a bunch of these photos from over the years for a layout.
I used one of Kerri's collage templates from the Storyboard Instagram Style kit for my photos. I used the template that had two rows with five photos on each row. I created two of these collages, as my original idea for the page was to have the two collages separate from each other. In the end, I ended up combining them together, so that it actually looks like one large collage.
I had a good mix of colors going on in these photos, so I wasn't really sure where to start in picking out papers. Oddly enough, these are often the times when I end up making simple and easy choices.
I had this itch to use some of my Dear Lizzy patterned papers, and came across a good mix from the Lucky Charm collection that seemed to go well with the photos. The polka dot paper is actually a sheet of vellum.
I cut my title, "the view", from the yellow and red patterned papers and from the navy blue patterned paper as well, so that I could layer them together to add a little dimension. I don't always remember to cut my titles out twice, once from a darker paper. But I think it looks so much better when I have the two pieces to layer together.
That aqua circle is a die cut from the Lucky Charm collection, and it just so happen to be the perfect size to adhere my "the" too. I didn't even plan that. Love when things just magically happen! And since I am almost always guaranteed to lose the dots from my i's when I die cut my titles, I added a little enamel dot in it's place.
I wanted to add a little something across the bottom of the page, but didn't really want to use a single strip of patterned paper. So I punched out some half circles from several coordinating patterned papers (two of which I used for my title), and layered them across the bottom strip on the page.
I pulled out some of the coordinating embellishments I had from the Lucky Charm collection, and added some stickers here and there on the page. I had to use that fun little "hello sunshine" badge too. The enamel dots are all from Doodlebug.
I had really wanted to print my journaling on this little die cut, lined journaling card from the collection. But I just couldn't get the text to line up on the lines. And it would have bugged me to no end if everything hadn't lined up right. After much debate, I finally gave up and printed it out on white cardstock. I know when to admit that I'm not smart enough to figure something out :)