I’ve been creating “month in review” style layouts since I was making first year albums for my kids. While making their albums, I found it took the stress off of feeling like I had to create a layout for every. single. event. in our lives. If that works for you, fantastic! But I don’t have the time, and I want scrapbooking to be my happy creative outlet, not a chore :) So that’s why I was thrilled when I discovered Project 12, even though I’m usually a few months behind. But this month, I actually finished September’s layout before October was over!
Here’s the sketch:
And here’s my take:
Supplies – patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Crate Paper, Fancy Pants; letter stickers: October Afternoon & American Crafts Thickers; stickers: October Afternoon; chipboard flowers: Pebbles; ink: Tsukineko; circle punches: Stampin’ Up!; ribbon: unknown (from Green Tangerine’s Kit Club, September); other: staples
1) I didn’t vary from the sketch too much. I did not include the stitching across the top of the page purely because I didn’t feel like it, LOL! I added this word sticker from October AFternoon in my upper embellishment circle because I didn’t like how the flower I was using seemed to be “floating”. The sticker helped bring it all together, IMO.
2) I had fun adding extra pops of color with the embellishment circles. I didn’t use any scalloped circles because I realized (at 11pm when I just wanted to finish) that no, I do not have the pink Marvy scalloped circle punch. I always think I do, until I need it. (Note: add that to my to-buy list pronto!)
3) I used a stretchy gray lace ribbon for the scalloped edge here along the striped paper. It did add a bit more bulk that I had bargained on (since it goes under the circle embellishments), but the staples helped hold everything down.