When I started this layout the end result was much different in my mind. But that is ok because I love the way it came out. I had these papers and this photo set aside for quite some time but just wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go with it. Did I want to focus on what we were doing that day and why I snapped the picture or just use it to focus on them only. In the end I did just that, I used it to focus on them and a message I want them to remember for all their life. ALWAYS BE THANKFUL.
I cut up some of the papers and the cards and glued them down. This was part of my original plan, so I was pretty sure that is where I wanted it all to go. The rest was more of a progression as I played with things and moved them around.
I decided the big empty space needed something big as well and I really wanted to use that vellum &. So with matching alphabet stickers I added the kids names. The rest of the space still felt so blank to me.
I thought the left side seemed a little blah as well, so I cut down some thin strips and glued those down to help balance out that empty side.
Sometimes I have to walk away from a layout to actually figure out what I want to do to it. So that is what I did. I walked away for a few hours and when I came back to it , it evolved into exactly what it ended up being.
I then added the vellum leaves and the circles over the leaves.
It still was missing one small thing to me, and that is when I knew it needed these wood veneer hearts. PERFECT. I just used a little liquid adhesive to attatch those to the layout and done.
I think since the layout is kind of in a grid type format, the hearts really tie each part together. The colors of the layout are muted so it isn't to girly or too boyish for a photo of all the kids together.
The last final thing I decided to do was sign love, mom on the bottom of the journaling. I can't wait to add this to the album now.