I've got a new layout up over at Kerri Bradford Studio today. I recently made a comment to my oldest daughter Alyssa about how I don't take that many photos of my daycare kids anymore, and she said "just all of your rocking chair photos with Derek". If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you'll know what this is about ;) I said that I take so many of those because I'm stuck in the rocking chair with him all the time and I get bored, and then said that I should probably print them all out and make a layout about it. And that's exactly what I did, as I knew it would be perfect for my next layout for Kerri.
I started by collaging all of my photos together, using a template from Kerri's Storyboard: Instagram Style kit. I tend to take photos on my phone in the square format, for whatever reason, and I have also shared each one of these photos on my Instagram, so the rows of square little photos were just what I needed.
I knew I had quite a bit of color going in all of my photos, and yet when it came time to pick out my patterned papers, it was really quite easy to come up with a color combo that I liked. I had the red tone-on-tone dotted patterned paper in mind from the start. It's an oldie, but still goodie, from Scenic Route. I ended up finding the rest of my papers in that same section of my stash, as I thought the aqua tone-on-tone dotted paper, the black paper, and the grid paper were a great mix with the red. All super old patterned papers, but I knew I'd use them someday.
I trimmed strips of both the red and black patterned papers, to fit along the left edge of the page, knowing that my photo collage would go all the way to the right edge of the page. I used a border punch along the white grid patterned paper, and tucked the border strip under the black paper strip to break up the darker colored papers.
As I browsed thru Kerri's kits for a good title, I came up with several different options. I ended up going with "a labor of love", because I don't think I would be willing to spend so much time rocking this adorable baby boy, and helping him sleep, if I didn't love him a ton ;) I sized it to go the length of my photo collage, and cut it from both the black and red patterned papers to layer together.
When I went thru my photos, to find all of the ones I've taken in the rocking chair holding this adorable baby boy, I ended up finding twelve photos. I arranged my photos by date taken, leaving three spaces of the template empty, which is where I planned up placing my journaling. I've done this several times before, and love the look of the journaling mixing right in with the photos.
I knew the layout needed a little something more at the top of the page, and I happen to have these fun little 2x2" cards from a Project Life kit sitting out by where I was scrapping. I dug thru them and found a few that would coordinate with the page. Once I pulled out that grey "date" card, I went and found a grey scalloped border sticker to add along the left side of the page to add in more grey. A fun little fact is that Kerri helped design these cards for an older Project Life kit several years back. So it seemed fitting to add these to this layout.
I also did a teeny, tiny amount of stamping with a few of Kerri's stamp sets. I added the "absolutely" from her Stamps: One Fine Day stamp set, to go along with my title, and the dashed line from her Stamps: Oh Yeah stamp set underneath.