Hello friends and welcome back to my 2021 Project Life album. Today I have a second layout from March to share with you, using my Studio Calico Documenter Kits. This month marked a new hope – the availability of vaccine and a bit more freedom, even if very cautious freedom. I chose to work with my Documenter kits so I could use up some of that stash, and one thing I always love about SC is how easy it is to pull together a cohesive layout using their journal cards. You can see more from this album project at this link: 2021 Project Life Album. Follow along with my process below!
One of the things I have been emphasizing while documenting 2020 and 2021 is that you are allowed to create these pages in a way that comforts you and reminds you of the good. During this particular time, the vaccine had just become available and we both received it as soon as we could, but I did not especially reference that in my layout. In fact, I don’t really talk much about the pandemic in this layout, even though you can see the evidence. Some might feel critical of that, and that’s ok if you feel there is something “missing.” This is how I am choosing to tell these stories. I want to be really clear: for some, these days have been filled with anxiety and uncertainty and there is no right or wrong. I encourage you to think about what you want to remember in the years to come, and include that. The very cool thing is that the news, the statistics, all of that is forever encapsulated in the headlines. All of that is readily available every day. This album, for me, is to remember our favorite memories.
In my video, I talked about how I used the one single journal card from Studio Calico to establish the color palette and the mood of this layout. The stripe card became the title card, and everything I have added to the layout spins off from that color palette. I do this in most of my pages because it is just a fun way to begin a layout and to just get it started. For my title card I decided to make a form of a pocket. I’ve layered the pink card on top of the striped card and then tucked in the number die cuts. That left a great spot for my date so I stamped that using the scrapbook.com date stamp. I had quite a few stories to document, so I created lots of space for journaling. I have a few go-to ways to do that:
- Layer grid or lined cards on top of patterned cards. Studio Calico makes this so easy to do this! And the bonus, you get to use up your cards!
- Stack labels on a photo. This is a tried and true method in our community. For the cat photo, I stacked two different colors of labels from Studio Calico.
- Working titles. On the washer and dryer photo, I used SC alphabet stickers to add a large title that also works as my journaling. Of course, I used a journal card as well to tell the story of how the washer and dryer were finally delivered, but the title catches your eye and makes you laugh a little bit too. Humor is a great thing to incorporate!
For the right hand side, I’ve repeated the colors and elements from the left side, along with the wooden veneer pieces for a little texture (and to use them up!) Most of the photos on this side are from a weekend jaunt to Charlotte to visit The Container Store, and also a quick photo of our work we were doing to reorganize our pantry.
I hope you are inspired by these pages! I am having a great time working through these pages in the ways that help me remember the good stuff. I hope you are finding that in your own layouts too. See you again soon!