Hey everyone and welcome back! Today I have a layout to share from a brand new project I am embarking upon: Letters To My Younger Self. I decided it was time to begin an album project about my childhood and today is the beginning! I hope you will follow along with this new series, especially if you are wanting to document your own childhood. This can be a challenging project if you don’t have many photos or if your childhood was difficult, so I think this will be a great way to help each other! Follow along with my process video here to see how this page came together.
Today’s layout began with a photo that I believe is from my first grade year, so about 1979. In order to preserve my originals, I am taking a photo of these old images using my iPhone and then printing them at home on my Canon. I do edit them in Photoshop and will then store the original in my archival storage boxes out of sunlight and humidity.
I recently received the Fresh Bouquet collection from Crate Paper on my desk, and felt like it had these lovely muted shades that have a fall feel to them. I took one of the floral papers and cut out as many of the giant florals I could. This gave me quite a few lovely white flowers on a pink background to play with, and when I laid them on top of these light grey/blue patterned papers, it really brought out the shades and shadows of the flowers too! I decided to use the small floral as my background paper, and then layered the pink stripe paper on top. This was perfect for my hand-written letter to myself.
I placed my title at the top with a very simple sticker from the collection that reads Heartfelt. Underneath that I stamped the date I journaled this layout, and I also stamped the date of the photo underneath. At the bottom of my journaling is another gorgeous floral, along with a label and a sentiment. The green floral strip separates the two main patterns, and also helps to ground the cascade of delicious florals that spill out over the photo.
The photo is housed on the left side, and surrounded by more of the flowers plus a few tags and embellishments. A little lady bird overlooks the whole scene, perched on top of the flower clip, because clearly there were not enough flowers on this page! Ha! I can’t get over all of these layers and the explosion of flowery goodness!
One final touch was the chipboard butterfly, who is just touching the florals cascading from the seam. She was a last addition that I felt would help tie the two sides of the layout together, and I think it accomplishes that beautifully. She is part of the story, and it also represents my own growth and transformation from this cheeky little girl!
Thank you so much for joining me today! This was a wonderful layout to create and I am delighted to share it with you. Being able to document our childhood is hard for many of us, and I hope this inspires you to revisit your childhood in ways that lift you up! You are worth it! See you again soon!