26 Oct 2013

Saturday scrapping from the Soul: Belgian and proud of it

So as mentioned in yesterday's post my husband is a very proud Belgian.
In fact it is a bit of a joke in our circle of friends and so at my baby shower when one of the activities was to make personalised onesies for the baby she made one saying 'Belgium like dad' with a mustache. 
I did a little photo shoot of him in it and instagrammed it for all to enjoy.
Then I decided that it was definitely worth making a layout about it.

I have been influenced by Jill Sprott's Scrapbooking from the soul and the idea of making sure that all of your embellishments help to tell the story of the photos and of the layout.
In fact when I think about it I do often sub-consciously do this (must be the English teacher in me!) so I used luggage tag washi tape and washi tape with foreign languages written on it to convey the idea of travel and that my husband speaks many languages and hopes that The Baby will follow in his footsteps.
I also used Belgian stamps (thanks Julie Kirk and the Going Postal series - I never would have hoarded these babies from my birthday card without your inspiration) to add authenticity to the layout. 

The border at the bottom was created by stamping on post-it-notes. Each of the stamps from Amy Tangerine are linked to the theme of identity and heritage with footprints, a house with a heart, the word 'love' and a globe.  Then the handwritten journalling ties it all together.
I chose for the 'proud' to be in glitter thickers so that it really stood out and emphasised that he is really proud of his heritage and hopes that The Baby will be too.

The colours in the layout also subtlety reflect the colours of the Belgian flag, but they also work with the blues, yellows and greens of his other 'baby book' pages. All in all I was thoroughly satisfied with this layout and feel that it really portrays an important part of our life and our shared interests.

Hope that you all have a lovely weekend!


  1. I'm not surprised that you are satisfied with this one..it's a cracker! Great design and storytelling and pictures. What's not to love?

  2. It's lovely :). And the pops of red and blue against the yellow are a super contrast. Sweet photo too. Lots of languages? That really is going to be a headstart ...

  3. Those sweet photos were certainly worth scrapping! And such a nice layout too - I'm glad you hung on to the stamps - they work really well on there.

    Thanks for joining me yet again - I've added this one to the board now: http://www.pinterest.com/notesonpaper/going-postal/ and I'll share it on my Facebook page too.

    Thanks again - Julie :-)

  4. Aww so cute! love the way you incorporated the Belgian flag colours and that glitter thicker title really makes it pop! Great idea to include the stamps and the stamped airmail words. I can't wait for Ellis to see Belgium for the first time, he's going to love it! Although sadly he won't be able to indulge in the best part of Belgium for now! but you can always bring some back for Auntie Gem ;) xxx


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