One of my New Year's resolutions was to slowly chip away at my photo backlog - editing and reviewing the pictures I've taken and doing *something* with them - be it Project Life, a photobook, or a scrapbook page.
In October 2013, we started a 4 month long home remodel/addition project, and had to put most of our stuff in storage - we had a few rooms to live in and my parents' condo to escape to, but I didn't have a comfortable place to craft. I realized how much I missed papercrafting!
Before the remodel, I had completed a 12x12 scrapbook layout for one of the assignments in the Stashbusters online class I took over at Big Picture Classes. I had even photographed it, but only came across the photos today when I was finishing my review of September 2013's photos. (Yes, I'm that far behind.)
Since I'm long overdue for a blog post, I'm sharing this layout with you now. It's a photo from October 2012, when my father met my younger daughter for the first time. She was about 3 weeks old. I'm so happy I remembered to grab my "big camera" aka the DSLR, which always sits on our kitchen counter, waiting for moments just like this. We have posed photos from that day with my parents and my girls, but this candid one captured my heart as soon as I saw it.
I used a bunch of embellishments from the September 2013 Freckled Fawn OhDeerMe kit. The big metal flower is something I didn't think was my style, but I love the texture and dimension it adds to the mostly flat page. There are a lot of words and phrases on the page, but it made sense to me to combine all of those "hello" items for this memory. The cute "Hello and Welcome" piece is actually recycled from my Erin Condren planner packaging.
I used a Pebbles library pocket for the journaling, but realized I needed to adhere the card in a way that someone could read the journaling without having to touch it. I'm not a fan of people opening up the page protector to TOUCH the page once it's done, plus it's easier to flip through and quickly read the journaling if you want.
This was an exercise in layering for me - I'm still working on how to effectively combine different elements that overlap, especially on a canvas as large as 12x12. I started with a sketch we got in class, which helped me narrow down what I wanted to use out of my "random stuff" bowl, which contains lots of little fun crafty bits - leftover stickers, gems, die-cuts, etc.
I've put this layout in my 2012 Project Life album since it was a Significant Event for us. I love the look of combining the divided pages with "big layouts" like this one. I've got a few more challenges left from that class, and I look forward to sharing them here. Hopefully more often than once a month!