Hello friends it’s great to be back sharing a new layout with you today. I fell hard for the Story Board kits this month and I’d love to share how this particular layout came together using all the lovely bits and pieces from the Scrapbook Kit.
After years of printing pictures on my home printer, I recently decided to outsource my printing needs to the lovely folks over at Persnickety Prints. I edited a number of photos on my desktop and then sent them over to be printed on their matte cardstock in the 4x4 size with the white border. I love the quality of the prints and the fact that I don’t have to wrestle with my printer and trimmer just to get my pictures ready to scrap. Persnickety’s turnaround time was crazy fast, just a couple of days, and now I have a good sized stack of photos just waiting to be scrapped. I’m not sure why I didn’t make this change sooner.
I knew I wanted to scrap these almost identical photos of my boys, waiting for the bus on their first day of school, together in a grid style layout so I began by matching the photos to a number of the beautiful papers from the kit. I cut the chosen papers down to 4x4 and started moving them around the page until I found a configuration that made me happy. I had used quite a few of the papers already and was able to use some left over scraps to create this page. Grid layouts are an excellent way to kill a kit!
I liked the idea of having the title span the width of the grid so I added a longer rectangle piece between the four squares and created a very concise title, which I accentuated with patterned paper darts to help it pop off the page.
And finally, because white space makes me supremely uncomfortable, I decided to add some texture to the background by stitching around the grid and then add interest by splattering some mist behind the photos. There is something just so cathartic about splattering paint across a white canvas, if you haven’t done it, I recommend you try it.
One unexpected bonus to working within a grid format, was that I could type my journaling directly onto the grid pieces before permanently adhering them to the page. I love the way the typed journaling looks almost as if it is part of the patterned paper. I had a little too much fun with it and added journaling in three different places!
My favorite part of a layout is adding all the lovely embellishments as I go, and the Story Board kit sure has some lovely embellishments; those paper clips (that’s a 9 by the way as I had already used the 6), those gold foil labels and of course my forever favorites, the beautiful red phrase stickers. All the little touches are so fun to scatter around a page and they add so much depth to the finished layout.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I can’t wait to see what you create with your Story Board kits!