I have a new layout up at Kerri Bradford Studio today! These same photos in the same photo collage, only in black and white, will appear on another layout I'll have to share soon. I used them on a layout for Bella Blvd that had to be mailed in, and I won't be getting it back. I figured why not print out the collage again, and scrap it on a layout I can keep!
Back when my oldest daughter Alyssa was a senior in high school (a year and a half ago, but it seems forever ago), I had taken her out to the almond orchards by our house to try and get some senior pictures of her. I took Sarah along with us, with the hopes that she could help get some natural smiles out of her sister. That didn't work as well as I would have liked. But I did manage to get some photos of them, together in their element - being weird and goofy!
When I was pulling patterned papers for this layout and picking colors, I knew I wanted some browns and green. My mind also went to blue, as Sarah has a blue hoodie on (although only in one photo, which is weird) and her phone case was blue. I have no idea how I came up with pink, but I did. My papers are lots of older ones from Studio Calico (brown dots), Echo Park (blue diagonal stripe), and Basic Grey (pink).
I used the Hearts Background kit to add the heart background to the center part of the page, cut from a subtle pink patterned paper. I had already adhered the brown dotted patterned paper strips to the sides of the page, so I sized the heart background to fit the space in the middle. It was ok that it wasn't a full 12" tall, since I cut it into two pieces to go above and below where my photo collage would be.
I arranged a handful of these silly photos in a collage, using Kerri's Picture That [Go Long] storyboard templates. That photo on the top row, second from the left, is a favorite of mine. I have it hanging in the house as an 18x24 photo, and I had also added a digital brush from Ali Edwards to it that reads "loving life with you by my side".
I knew I wanted to use a large, brush script word for my title, and came across "adore" in the Something To Say kit. I thought it would be fun to combine it with tiny alpha stickers to read "it's your weirdness that I adore". I cut the title from both patterned paper and brown cardstock, and layered them slightly offset from each other to give a shadowed look.
Of course, in true Laura fashion, I had forgot to even add the tiny alpha stickers to complete the title. I photographed the layout and everything. It wasn't until I was getting ready to send this to Kerri that I realized I had forgot to finish it. Lol.
I grabbed these tiny kraft alpha stickers to add to the page, and it wasn't until I had them all laid out that I realized they weren't sticking that well. My first thought was to just add a dot of glossy accents to each one, to adhere them in place. And somewhere along the way, I didn't plan my spacing that well, and ran out of room for the "I' at the end. So it's not quite what I had in mind, but they were all stuck down and I couldn't change it. Still works, I suppose.
In looking for some tiny alpha stickers, I came across these incredibly old flower die cuts from Sassafrass. They're more like punch out dies, where they were on a sheet and half attached after all these years. I guess it pays sometimes to hold onto things for years and years, because they matched the layout perfectly. I had to use them! I did a little random machine stitching around the centers of each, and added some pink enamel dots to the centers. Done and done!