Let’s have a look at the first process video for this lesson!
My photos for this layout are all about Addison’s 9th birthday. If all the birthday photos from this year look the same, your eyes are not playing tricks on you – they all wanted their parties at Chuck E Cheese. So Chuck E Cheese it is, one more time! Ha!
I had some random products laying on my desk that I really wanted to use up, so that is what I have done for product choices this layout. I started with a cut apart sheet from Bella Blvd and then I pulled some Amy Tangerine Heart & Hustle to go with it. The colors came together perfectly from the two lines!
For my week card I added the gold alphas from One Canoe Two Creekside and a simple banner. The star is from Ali Edwards.
Creating our own filler cards is quite simple with a die cut and white card stock. I keep precut 4×6 cards near my desk specifically for this purpose. It makes it so easy and provides a nice neutral background for anything. On this one I added those fun flower stickers to add a little color!
This is another card I layered over top of white card stock. I love the green but felt like it was a bit too visually heavy for the layout. I absolutely love how those hearts on the marketing strip get lighter at the end! And notice I repeated the heart again with the white foam heart off to the right side.
Remember me talking about leaving at least one card untouched in a layout? This blue card with the gold foil is perfect just as it is. I can’t think of a thing it needs. The card next to it is also kept simple – a tag layered onto white card stock and simple journaling added. It needs nothing more.
For the left hand side I began at the top here with the cake photo and a chipboard word strip. Just a bit of humor there! Sometimes when I want to add something to a card but I still want it to remain simple, I echo a shape that is already on the card itself. On the blue Love This card, the O was a heart, so I added a foam heart. This adds a little dimension but is not obtrusive to the design of the piece. The card next to it is a simple FUN die cut layered again on white card stock, and journaling added below. I think by the fourth trip to CEC that year we were probably ready to be done with it! But I know the day will come when they don’t want to go there any more (and yes, five years out they want Dave & Busters!), so I wanted to be sure to include those thoughts.
Whenever I add flair to my pages, I always slide the photo into the pocket first, and then adhere the flair on top of the page using redline tape. It is highly possible that one day those flair might go missing, and that is ok. If it does get lost, it will not affect the photo or the overall design of the page.
This was a fun filler card! Ali Edwards often uses Simon and Anna’s initials in their layouts along with how old they are, and I have repeated that idea often in our layouts too. This was a great opportunity to repeat the gold alpha and to use this transparent totally fun die cut as well. I think that is from Amy Tangerine On A Whim.
Back when I shared my videos on choosing photos I referenced this photo and how I love capturing relationships in these layouts. I am so incredibly thankful for these two, for their laughter and their love of each other, and I know this photo will mean the world to them one day too. Man, I love this project.
Let’s check out the second video!