Hey everyone! I've got a new layout up over at Kerri Bradford Studio today. Quite honestly, I went back and forth, and then back and forth some more, trying to decide what to create for Kerri this month. I actually started two other projects, and then tossed them to the side, before starting what ended up being this layout.
I was scrolling thru my Instagram photos the other day, and came across a photo of myself with several of my daycare kids. I had written something about how I ever had a "squad", these little people would be my squad. I've been better about getting in the photos with the kids here and there, and I knew that some of those photos would make a great layout.
I went digging around for photos from the past year, so that I could focus on my most recent kiddos. I was able to find photos with all but one of my daycare girl's, who moved away a year ago to another state. They're not all the best quality photos, but I love them all the same.
I used a template from Kerri's Storyboard #1 kit to collage my photos together. I left one space in the template empty, knowing that I wanted to add either my title or my journaling there instead of another photo. I simply trimmed a piece of cardstock to fit over that area on the template once it was printed and adhered it in place.
After I printed out my photo collage, I went looking for patterned papers to use. I ended up picking the recent Lovely Day collection from Dear Lizzy. That painted striped patterned paper just felt like it matched really well, with all of the color I had going on in the photos.
I matted the white cardstock, used to cover the empty space in the collage, with some of the pink patterned paper that I used along the bottom of the page, so that it would stand out more. I then used the Weathered Door [all] kit to create my title, die cutting it from blue patterned paper, and completed the title with a few alpha stickers and Kerri's One Fine Day stamps.
I wanted to add a little something along the left side of my photo collage, so I die cut a flower border from the Borderlines #1 kit, and tucked it under the edge of the collage. The "hey, hey, hey" card that I cut from one of the patterned papers covers a lot of the border up, but it still adds a little something-something.
The crochet flowers are from an older Dear Lizzy collection. They have cute little brown crocheted centers to them, but I decided to add some coordinating buttons to the centers. I also added a few navy blue enamel dots near the crochet flowers.
Sadly, we've lost quite a few members of our "squad" over the last year. We had one move away to another state, and two that moved on to pre-school. And then a few unexpected departures, that I didn't see coming. But all for good reasons, as a few of the little ones are able to stay home with mom and/or grandma now. But our squad is smaller right now, and we're hoping to add a few new members very soon :)