The June Life Pages kit is so perfectly suited for documenting summery adventures and I couldn’t wait to document our recent annual trip to a music festival.
For my pocket page album this year, I’m mixing up sizes and either throwing them all in my big 12×12 album or putting the smaller ones in a 6×8 album. Varying which pocket page sizes I use keeps me from getting too bored with this project I love. I used to struggle with getting the right balance of product and photos since there were so few pockets in this size but I have changed up my approach a little.
First, I very rarely use full-sized photos in the pockets. I want my photos to be a prominent feature of my spread so I don’t usually print too small, but I like having a little bit of patterned/colored product behind the photo to give a little more visual interest.
Second, when using cards without a lot of color like this journal card that looks like notebook paper, I usually try to add a few embellishments in colors already being used on the spread. The best part about using a kit to make a page is you never have to guess whether or not it’s all going to match. On this card, I used some washi tape from the scrapbook kit, and a label, a puffy sticker, and the stamped “relax” from the Life Pages kit.
Third, take cues from your chosen cards when adding embellishing. This heart 4×6 card was just begging to be hand-stitched. I found some embroidery floss in matching colors and sat down with a podcast while stitching. It’s definitely a bit extra work, but I find it’s the extra details like that that really bring the spread together and make it something special.
Fourth, when layering photos and embellishments on a card, I make sure to have a mix of flat and dimensional elements. I find that when everything is flat, it’s more likely to all blend together. Playing with dimensional adhesive and using things like chipboard or puffy stickers gives me the power to make certain things stand out more.
When trying to determine which things should be more dimensional, I try to keep my visual triangle in mind. I glance at my spread as a whole and try to create the triangle using at least three points on my spread. For this purpose, my “points” are my dimensional embellishments: the puffy sticker on the relax card, the “Explore” and the pop-dotted yellow heart, and the puffy sticker “right now.” I also consider my hand-stitching to be a dimensional element as well so I’ve got four points for my “triangle” on this spread.
I often have a tendency to over-embellish these smaller pages, especially when there’s so much good stuff to use in the kit. The very last thing that I do when finishing any page is try to look at it with a somewhat critical eye and see if there’s any editing I need to do. Typically this involves me removing a few extraneous embellishments or adding accents such as an enamel dot or stitching.
What are you making with your Gossamer Blue kits? We’d love to see! If you’re sharing on Instagram, be sure to tag us @gossamerblue so we can have a look!