Hi there, so I had split this week's layout into two and last week I showed you the left side, now it's time for the right side. Take a look at my process video:
You might not recall what it had looked like, so here is how this layout had started:
And here is what I changed:
I decided that the events of this week and the following week really weren't told in the best way using the Collect photos. I went back in my archived photos from last year and found some really fun photos - some of them taken with my DSLR and some taken with my iPhone. The story of this week was about Nick's 11th birthday, so I chose and printed a few more. I also changed the page protector to Design A, in order to accommodate those larger photos.
Here is how the layout turned out:
I realized I had a bit of the Sophia transparency left over (this is from the Rise & Shine collection), and even though it was a bit short, I left the manufacturer strip at the bottom. I added a stamped sentiment and my title. And yes, the silver key is upside down just because.
Inevitably, whenever I ask all four kids to pull together for a joint photo, many outtakes result because it takes them a minute to calm themselves down enough for the shot. These photos actually are important, because their true personalities show through, so I included several of them here. While these smaller ones are not created in Collect, I did create a border around them so that this side would be tied into the other side. And since I added the white border around those, all of the photos in this layout have a white border.
I think one of my memory keeping strategies has long involved a concern for being fair to each of the children when photographing them and when including them in my scrapbook layouts. This is sometimes a challenge, when one child does not wish to have their photo taken on that particular day. And sometimes, I fail miserably at being fair and I just scrap the photos I want to. But it is important to note that while this is Nick's birthday, all of the photos show him with others. Birthdays are family events for us, and that is one thing I wanted to convey in this layout.
And then I have to be honest and tell you that this is one of the reasons I scrapbook. This photo right here. I know that I am focusing heavily on Nick right now, and that is ok because he and I went through some trauma together! He is the kid who made me a Mom, and he and I share a unique bond because of that. This photo makes me so very happy.
This photo might not be the most perfect photo in the world (and trust me, it's not!). It's got some technical challenges and my hair is plastered to my head and my mouth is open way too wide. But this photo encapsulates a feeling I want to remember long after all the children move out.
And this is the photo of all four of them, celebrating, having a great time, and being together on this day.
It felt really good to get these photos and story told and it felt really awesome to do some work with Design A page protectors again. I think if I were to recommend using the Collect app, or were to go back to using it, it would be similar to this layout. The end result of a combination of smaller photos + larger photos, the white borders, and the physical products, all come together for a really fun layout. Alright, I'll see you again soon!