Hey everyone and welcome back to reviving dormant projects 101! It seems like a lot of my projects have been sitting still for a while, with kids being home and changes in schedules over the last two years my creative time (and voice-over time) has been impacted. I am so thankful that we have all been safe so far, and also thankful that I can step back into a routine right now. I am especially happy to get going on some of my long-term projects that are so important to me. Thank you to all of you for being patient and welcoming us content creators back and for always showing us the best love and support! Today I am sharing a process video from my son Nick’s album. You can see more of how I am working through our kids’ school years right here: Kids School Albums Projects. We also have Kids Scrapbook Classes and would love to have you join us in the classroom! Check out the link at the bottom of the page to learn more!
This page began with one of my favorite patterned papers from Pinkfresh Studio collections recently! They have been including this kind of circle patterned paper in a few collections and Keepin It Real they did the same thing! I love this paper because it makes the design process so simple, just add photos and embellishments. Done. My story for this layout was my son Nick’s 16th birthday, and I wanted to document how this birthday was his second birthday in the pandemic, which meant celebrating looked different. He has expressed some of his own feelings about not being able to do what we normally do – going to the arcade and having dinner out.
Circles are such a great home for dimension and texture, and that is exactly how I approached my process. Instead of doing an embellishment cluster, I layered different stickers, punched shapes, and puffy hearts on different circles on the background. This really prompted me to throw out the rules on this page, so not worried about line, composition, balance, or anything like that. What makes this page work is the title. I placed my photo almost directly in the center, and then applied the title in another circle. That circle title leads your eye directly into the center and around right towards the photo. Everything else becomes a supporting actor on the page!
Of course, I still did want the photo to stand out, and I wanted to use more product, so I tucked in little bits and pieces around the photo itself. I used different words that bring help tell this story of how things have been hard and different, but we are going great. I recognize how fortunate we are, and that this pandemic hasn’t been like this for everyone at all. It’s also been hard on our kids in their own unique ways. It’s so important to acknowledge that, and I feel like this page is a way to help them feel seen.
Thank you so much for joining me today! Are you documenting ways the pandemic has impacted your kids’ lives? I hope you’ll make time to do that today. See you again soon.