So, I love reading and that needs to go into my Project Life TN too!
I can remember as far back as junior high when I would start reading a novel and couldn't put it down for anything...bedtime, homework, or even mom calling me for supper! Sometimes, I even took my book and flashlight under the covers with me in the night to read (sorry Mom, this may come as a shock to you!)
So my love of reading runs deep. I don't have as much time to read now as I'd like, adult responsibility and all, but I do eek out at least a chapter or two at bedtime before turning out the lights. And I am not young anymore so I have ruled out the flashlight-under-the-covers thing.
I was fortunate enough to marry a man who also loves to read (among other notable qualities). In fact he can power through a book in an afternoon sometimes! Some of my favourite moments are when we are both sitting together lost in our own stories and then one of us interrupts the silence to share an excerpt from what we are reading.
So, of course, a trip to the bookstore together is a special outing together and we had one last week. We enter the store together and then each go our own separate ways to seek out the stories that we enjoy. (Ok, and I do a little shopping amongst the nick knacks too. Chapters just has the best goodies.) And then eventually we find one another again with our chosen books (and other items...ahem) and head to the checkout together.
We used to make it a Starbucks date at the same time, but our closest Chapters renovated a few years back and eliminated the Starbucks side of things. I always wonder what that did for their business...
Anyway, when we got home I saw the stack of our newly purchased books on the counter and just had to document this in my TN. It was a great opportunity to use my fantastic Wanderlust stamp set from Feed Your Craft as well.
For this spread, I started with the tag. For some time now, I have wanted to incorporate a fun tag onto my layout. So I decided to use this fun patterned tag printed from the All Things Considered digital kit by One Little Bird. I played with the positioning a bit, top, bottom, even sideways, but settled on it coming down from the top. I also played with putting a piece of actual twine through the hole of the tag and letting in hang, but in the end decided against it as it made the page too busy.
With the size of the space below the tag, I knew that a square photo would fit there just perfectly. So I adhered my photo under the tag.
Because I knew I wanted to use this stamp set, I chose a patterned paper with a subtle pattern on it so that I could stamp on top and still have all the words easily readable. This peachy pink seemed to work well with the red book in the photo. Once I had trimmed the paper to fit the size of the stamp, I committed and stamped down. This stamp comes with interchangeable parts, so the outline box with journaling lines is separate from the Details word at the top. Other word options were Currently, Top Ten and Travelogue, but Details seemed most fitting for my story. When I stamped Details I made the first imprint crisp and bold and then without re-inking I stamped a few more times to get the faded look. Then I finished up with my journaling and the date stamp at the bottom.
At this point it seemed there was still something missing on this layout. It needed just a bit more. So I used the big black outlined circle from the digital kit to layer on top of the tag and I embellished it with the adorable books stamp from the stamp set. This stamp sort of mimics the books in my photo.
Finally, I added that last stamp that says: This rates... It was needed to balance everything out by using up some of the white space on the bottom of the right side.
So now, when I look at it, my eye flows in a counter clockwise direction around the layout starting with the tag, then photo, then journal and because the tag sticks up higher than the journaling my eye is drawn back up there to finish off.
And how about you? Are you a book lover too?