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A Kid and Her Planes: 6 x 12 Scrapbook Layout

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My sweet four year old daughter is pretty sensitive when it comes to movies. We had to walk out of Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 when they got too loud and scary.  The first full-length movie she saw in the theater was Pixar's Planes last summer. And she LOVED it. We were prepared to leave if necessary, but she sat through AND enjoyed the entire movie. Twice - she went again with her grandmother a few weeks later.

Right before our huge home remodel, I decided to make a layout with our ticket stubs and some photos of the Planes toys she got for her birthday last year. I put my regular scrapbook layouts into our Project Life album, so I decided to add some interest by using a 6x12" page protector instead of the usual 12x12. It was a size I hadn't used before, so that was an additional challenge for me.

I quickly realized during the construction that it was difficult to get creative without a dedicated space to lay things out and ponder them, so I didn't finish this until yesterday. My new friend Allison sent me a link to her family's brand new blog - her mom and sister also scrapbook and they've decided to work on monthly challenges together.  What a great idea!

I definitely need a bit of a push to sit down and create a page just for myself, rather than working on client projects or sorting our thousands of family photos. So I decided to make this layout as part of their first challenge, "Two by Two".  The idea was to make a 2x2 grid of elements on the page. I used my photos and two of the ticket stubs and this actually helped the page come together much faster (oh the indecision of a blank page with no direction!).

The background grid paper was from a 2013 Studio Calico Kit.  I was surprised by how lovely it looked with the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes aqua vellum over it. That was a sheet I'd been hoarding for months, and this page about things in the sky, was perfect for it.

I don't usually do "theme-y", but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use the adorable Studio Calico airplane-shaped wood veneers.  I colored them with gold ink, then spread some fantastic Martha Stewart glitter glue in bright gold over them.  That stuff is fantastic - easy to use and much better than Stickles! Dries fast, too.

I had a heck of a time figuring out what element to use for journaling, since I dislike writing directly on layouts. I had a lot to write and had to edit considerably due to the lack of space. The 6x12 size is hard.  There isn't enough whitespace on this layout to make me truly happy - I couldn't pare down any of the main elements, as I wanted to use those specific Thickers letter stickers, the three photos, two tickets and that journaling block.  So the layout is a little more "busy" than I'd like. 

I realized I hadn't incorporated the bright yellow sun I had cut on my Silhouette Cameo (love, love, LOVE this tool!).  I found the perfect place for it - behind the vellum, just over the title. I love how it's barely noticeable. Little elements and details like that are what I'd like to perfect on my layouts. I love "surprises" you don't notice on first glance, little secrets revealed as you keep looking at a seemingly simple page.

On a side note, my daughter is wearing an airplane shirt from the most excellent company Girls Will Be, which makes "girls clothes without the girly". I'd like to give them a huge shout-out for their excellent designs.

Constructive feedback welcomed - I'd love to know what you'd do differently on this layout. I may not agree, but I am listening :)

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