As well as sharing ways to use tags and journalling cards in your layouts and mini books I am also gaining inspiration from Julie Kirk's Going Postal series here.
12 by 12 sheets with a really busy design used to confuse / scare me. Especially ones with writing or a graphic pattern. I always thought that they were too busy to use as backing paper and too big a pattern to mat a photo on. For some reason it never occurred to me to cut them apart and use them as labels and so these mini layouts are trying this layering technique out.
The layout above uses labels cut from a sheet in a 6 by 6 pad; I had fun just building up a photo mat with the small labels and then I stamped on one for the title. I printed onto the card stock, which I don't normally do, as I am taking Jill Sprott's Scrapbooking for the Soul class and saw how she prints a draft copy first to see where it will fit on her layout and so I liked this idea. I also added dimension and texture through brads, washi tape and bakers twine.
This photo breaks my heart now as I can see how much he has grown and that, at almost three months, he is not newborn anymore. This sleepsuit is too big for him now, but it was hanging off of him in this picture.
Below are two pages that I created for his mini book. I was using up leftover scraps and had these old papers by Crate Paper which seemed to be postal themed - so I thought that it was a great chance to link up with Julie Kirk's Going Postal mini series and I also have a layout using Belgian stamps to share later this week.
I kept the colour palette light blue, red and kraft to fit in with the idea of going postal and also used map print paper as this reminds me of airmail and matches the striped design of the card stock - like an airmail envelope.
I am a great advocate of 'snail mail' and used to have several penfriends from all over the world. My favourite penfriend was Jason from Hong Kong as he used to write me letters on really cute stationary like Garfield and Miffy. It may have been writing letters that first caused me to fall in love with stationary and scrapbooking is surely just an extension of this, right?
Did you ever have penfriends from around the world?