When I saw Shimelle’s NSD challenge to use repetition in journaling, I knew I wanted to make this layout. Way back in 2011, around the time that we went on this trip, I’d seen another post of hers that described this technique. While we were in Niagara Falls, I sat down in our hotel in the evening and wrote out a list of things that had impacted us, all beginning with the words “We want to remember…” The journaling got stapled into my planner for safekeeping, and before Vivian was born, this was one of the layouts that I sketched out and even had the photos printed. Finally, this weekend, I got a chance to put it all together.
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The sketch idea came from one of Nichol Maguoirk’s layouts– a long time ago. Unfortunately, I never bookmarked it, so I can’t give specific credit, but I lifted the idea of photos around the perimeter of the page with the title and journaling inside.
I cut the title with my Silhouette using the weld and offset features. I covered up the text on the sticker (it said something generic like “memories,” which I’d never use, at least at the size that it was!) with a tiny piece of graph-patterned paper and wrote the date and who we traveled with.
I followed Shimelle’s example for the embellishment clusters… I started with some washi tape as my anchor point (this literally is the only washi tape I own… if I wasn’t on a mission to use up my supplies, I’d totally be buying more– I love it!) and added layers of embellishments to each grouping: a stamped hexagon, a die-cut hexagon, a mistable hexagon, a badge, and some looped crochet thread.
I wrote the journaling directly onto the background cardstock (yes, I did write it in pencil first!), and each time I repeated the word “remember,” I used a teal metallic gel pen to make it stand out.
Supplies (primarily from the Studio Calico May 2012 kit, “35mm”):
patterned paper: Studio Calico (Hive– including the branding strip!), tiny snippet of My Mind’s Eye (Follow Your Heart/”Be Amazing” Societe)
cardstock: American Crafts (white textured), Recollections (kraft)
embellishments: Studio Calico (exclusive die cuts), Hero Arts/Studio Calico (hexagon stamp), Freckled Fawn (Style 308 washi tape), American Crafts/Studio Calico (hexagon mistable Thickers), Marcy Penner exclusive (badges), BasicGrey (label sticker, altered) crochet thread
Silhouette SD (with font Lobster 1.4)
journaling pens: Sakura Ballsign and GelWriter