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Nathalie’s Life Pages Using July Kits

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While I drool over pictures of the August kits, I have been having a lot of fun with the July kits (still available in the store)! I just finished two spreads and wanted to share them with you:

I love the colorways of this kit! The pops of red, blue and green worked so well with a lot of my photos. Most of the supplies are from the Life Pages kit but I also added a few embellishments (and stamps) from the July Scrapbook kit. I love how the kits coordinate so well!

My title card and the multi colored card below it were the foundation of this spread. I will often start with a favorite or two and build the rest around them:

For a little eye catching detail, I added the small alpha stickers directly on my photo following the shape of the plate. I have seen this done with writing a lot but since I was afraid it wouldn’t look good with my handwriting I did it with stickers! The trick is to position the letters on transparent packaging first to see how to fit them.

On the top of the right side, I lined up several stickers and other embellishments to make a border on the edge of the card. It’s even better when you can vary the textures/materials and there are many in the kits! Here we have chipboard, stickers, rubber, washi and puffy sticker:

The journaling card was created with paper, stamp and sticker from the Scrapbook kit. The arrow placed on top of the pockets is from the Planner kit. I have never placed something between pockets before like that but I really like it!

My second spread also uses the July Life Pages kit along with a few items from the Scrapbook kit:

In a few words, I added a couple of touches of red on my photos and a bit of machine stitching to two of my cards. I concentrated my attention on a grouping at the bottom right of the spread and on creating layers on the top right by using cards, label and chipboard.

Here a few more details:

 

Ideas to try:

1- place an embellishment across pockets on top of the page protector

2- use alpha stickers following a shape in a photo

3- create a grouping on the edge of a card varying textures and colors

4- place a sticker across a stamped title

5- create layers with several cards

 

Thank you for stopping by! Happy creating!

Pocket Page + Organization

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This layout took me longer than any layout I’ve probably ever done! Not because the actual layout took a long time, but because halfway through I got caught by the organizing bug. Does that ever happen to you? It’s a rare occurrence in my world so when it comes I need to run with it. 

I keep all the Gossamer Blue kits from past months in one 12×12 plastic container. When I went to combine the June kit with some older stuff I thought it was in good shape, but I was so so wrong! Disaster zone. I found a big patch of floor and got comfy getting organized, surrounding myself with piles. 12×12 paper, planner paper, washi strips, journal cards, chipboard, traveler’s notebook paper, stickers, enamel dots, stamps and so on. I knew there was still some amazing stuff in that box, but pulling it all out and sorting it made me realize just how much good stuff there was (I actually started a couple more layouts because of my organization). 

Then I got to the ephemera. Oh the ephemera!! I love ephemera, but find it hard to easily use once I’ve combined my kits. I had a stack of little bags full of great stuff but it’s a lot of work to go through them all to find the right pieces for a layout. It’s one thing when new ephemera comes with a kit, it’s there, it’s ready, and it’s just a bit. But this was months worth. So I decided to do something rash. I dumped them all into a pile and started sorting! I picked some main themes (shapes, small words, big words, animals, flowers, banners and labels, tags, numbers and days, and fun stuff). And instantly, it was easier to use! When I need a die cut piece, it’s usually something specific, so if I want a word strip or a bird, I know where to look instead of search instead of looking through all those bags.

So anyways! Back to the layout. The reason I started this post! I’ve been majorly into the pink. Like, weeks and weeks and weeks of pink. This page in my weekly album has some pictures from Fathers Day when we drove up to the beach and hung out an an old arcade. I pulled out some journal cards and papers in soft blues and bold patterns from the last few kits and got busy. As a bonus with my freshly organized kits it was so easy to find all sorts of bits and things that went well with the layout. Maybe juuuust shy of too many.

I used two circular pictures in the top and bottom corners and then two other photos from the day in the other corners with a journal card in the middle of each of those rows. In the top row I took a card from the Life Pages kit and added some words to help tell the story. In the journal card on bottom row I layered some cute ephemera that I liked and that went with the page overall. Everything I used is from kits from February to June with most of it being May and June. I find that even though each kit in each month has its own distinct feel, and that changes month to month, overall Gossamer Blue has an overall style that shines throughout all the kits every month. Which makes it really easy to use them all together and combine new and old kits.

In the middle I have a strip of arcade pics. I liked them all so I just featured them all in a row with some simple word strips and embellishing. I stuck with blues and greens mostly with a few warmer pops of red, yellow and peach so it didn’t have too monotone of a feel. And then as soon as the layout was done I went right into the next one because with my kits all perfectly organized it was SO easy!

Mel’s Life Pages Spread – All About Me June Edition

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Hello GB fans! Melanie here today to share another instalment of the”All About Me” series. When working on my 6×8 LP album I try to incorporate pictures that solely relate to me and on occasion my husband. The pictures that feature our daughters are reserved for our 9×12 family album.

It might seem odd to divide the pictures this way but honestly, if I start including pictures of my girls in my personal album they would soon take over the whole thing, because I obviously have more stories to tell about my daughters and they are so adorable!

So, why do I want to do this?! Why not? Who else will tell my story? I make it my passion to document my family’s story, so why not document my story as well? Seems like a logical part of the memory keeping process, my story is worth documenting and it’s also a great excuse to document all those pictures I take of my planner, coffee, shoes, GB kits,  etc…

Here are some prompts to get you started on your own personal album;

  • Status update of the year/month/week to date (as I did in my spread).
  • What are you watching on tv and/or reading?
  • Food like and dislike.
  • Emotional status, how are things for you in your life right now? I like to do this every couple of months, because obviously things change and evolve. It’s not always rosy but that’s ok.
  • Hobbies (hello pictures of my GB kits!).
  • Latest clothing/crafting/makeup purchase.
  • What makes you happy/sad.
  • Something that brings you comfort.
  • Rituals (morning coffee/run/etc).

As you can see some of these prompts have made it on my spread. I have a goal this year to read 25 books, I’m not sure if I’ll reach it but I’m making progress and I’m enjoying reading so much! Of course I have to document each book I read, I might not necessarily do a review but at least a picture is enough to remind me of what I have read to date.

For this spread I contained journaling to one card and opted to do a quick recap of the pictures and highlights of the week. When a spread is photo heavy, like this one, I tend to reduce the amount of journaling and increase white elements. I find that even though it is a busy spread, it is does not feel too heavy or overwhelming.

One of my favorite items in the LP kit is the diecuts, the mix of labels, circle and tags are the ideal combination for creating lovely clusters and customized cards. As you might have noticed I didn’t use the stamp set that came in the LP kit, I did adore the summer theme of the set but it didn’t work with my spread, therefore I selected a set from a past GB kit. I love how the versatile designs of the stamp sets can easily be mixed with the kits and embellishments.

I look forward to seeing how you will incorporate these prompts in your spreads. Make sure to share with us in the GB private group on Facebook. Happy memory keeping friends!