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These photos and this story are so special to me.  I can’t really explain why, but this particular trip to the aquarium that I took with my two littles in 2017 has stood out as one of the most treasured days I have with them.  It wasn’t our first trip, and it wasn’t our last, but there was something extra magical about this day.

I’ve had the photos printed for quite some time now, and I was waiting for just the right papers and just the right inspiration to come along, and thankfully it did!  I used Pinkfresh Studio’s “My Favorite Story” collection for this page, and I made this layout specifically for a couple of iNSD challenges: Scrapbook and Cards Today scraplift (this page is inspired by the layout by Nathalie DeSousa on page 47 of the Spring 2020 issue, who also issued the scraplift challenge! I didn’t realize that until I started writing this post!); the Pinkfresh Studio Challenge #4 to use a grid, and the Pinkfresh Studio Challenge #8 to use a cut file.

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Here’s a view of each page separately:

a layout about my favorite trip to the aquarium with V & Ba layout about my favorite trip to the aquarium with V & B

When I started working on this layout, I was moving my photos around to determine an arrangement, and also trying to decide what papers I would use.  When I got out the Pinkfresh “My Favorite Story” papers, the multicolor stripe just leaped out at me as being absolutely perfect, and that was the starting point of the entire color scheme.  I had the pale blue textured cardstock in my stash from long, long ago, and everything just came together from there.

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I had written journaling a few days after our day at the aquarium (even then I’d felt the magic of that day), and when I started working with it for this page, I realized that there was A LOT.  I decided to print it on a sheet of vellum so that the colorful stripes would still show, and the subtlety added to the etherial quality I was going for with this design.  When I was printing it, I intended for it to be black, but apparently my printer is running out of ink! It was a happy accident that it printed in a blue/teal color (I cannot explain why, but I’m glad!).

The sentiments on the embellishments in this collection were so perfect for the feelings I wanted to convey from the day, so I sprinkled them liberally throughout my grid of 2″x2″ photos on the right hand side.

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I hadn’t expected to use florals on this layout, but they ended up being the perfect addition to the empty spaces between the photos in my grid.  I also decided to use some delicate leaf die cuts to embellish the large featured photo, and I brought them onto the right hand page for balance.

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The title was the hardest part for me, and it was actually the very last thing that I added to the page, once I figured out what it would be.

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I am so very pleased with how this layout turned out!  It is one of my all-time favorite memories, and I’m so glad that I could capture it with the perfect papers and embellishments.

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” Looking for Sunshine and Best Chapter
cardstock: Bazzill Starmist and American Crafts textured white
alphas: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” puffy alpha stickers, GeoDesign stick on letters
embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” ephemera, chipboard flair, floral ephemera
cut file: Pinkfresh Studio “Botanical Branch Trio” (from Facebook page)
tools: Silhouette Cameo 3, Nicapa cutting mat, Scotch ATG
other: vellum, craft foam
journaling font: Garamond italic

 

 

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