So, last week we celebrated with my Mama.
She is aging so gracefully and only gets sweeter every day.
Our family all gathered at my house to celebrate her. We ate good food (Sean cooked jambalaya), we told good stories, we laughed and we hugged each other a lot.
Ash came home from up North and was able to be here too.
I love the relationship that both my girls have with their grandparents. It is so special and we are blessed.
These are the most precious moments for me...being together and loving on one another.
For this layout I knew I wanted to have a foldout page because of the number of photos I wanted to include. I started by trimming the flower paper from the Duly Noted digital kit to the size of the TN page but added an extra 1in to the left side of the paper. This I folded back and adhered to the outside edge of the TN page. Then I trimmed another patterned paper (striped) to fit the page, folded out the flower paper to reveal the extra 1in already adhered, and proceeded to adhere the striped paper on top of the TN page and the 1in strip, so that it was hidden (and secured) under the striped paper.
Now I had my foundation to build upon. Because of the flowers in the photo, I wanted those photos on the flower patterned paper (which I printed at an enlarged size). The top photo I converted to B&W because the colouring was off in this photo due to lighting. I like the contrast between the two photos like this.
Inside, I adhered the photos of my girls with their grandparents onto the striped paper. I chose not to embellish either of these photos any further to keep the overall spread fairly simple. There was already a lot going on with the tag on the left, so I didn't want the photos to compete.
Because of the yellow in the patterned paper on the front I chose to layer the tag on the inside with yellow too. It was a nice compliment to the B&W striped paper under the photos. The tag is from a past One Little Bird kit, but the orange bow was from this month's Duly Noted kit. I love how real it looks. Then I hid my journaling under the tag, again to keep the layout simple. I always love interactive elements, so this one adds some fun along with the foldout as well.
The 'One Fine Day' sentiment seemed fitting and worked with the colour scheme. I journaled by hand and then incorporated this great 'you' embellishment (meant to look like a 3D metal piece) into my story.
Really, there is a lot going on in this spread, but by using minimal embellishments and cohesive colours I think it keeps things from being too overwhelming.
What do you think?