This week’s sketch over on Nuts About Sketches was the inspiration for today’s layout. I thought the right side of the double sketch would suit these photos of my daughters bowling on Easter weekend. Unfortunately my white gel pen did not want to cooperate, and started running dry early in the journalling. Since I am not known for my patience, I powered on ahead with the journalling, so I’m not 100% happy with the handwriting (ok, that’s an understatement, but don’t we all hate our own handwriting anyhow?). But I love the rest of it.
I’ve been trying to add more details to my journalling, keeping in mind the kind of details I think I’ll want to remember when looking back on these layouts in the future. So I was sure to include the girls’ shoe size (well, their bowling shoe size anyhow, their regular shoes are size 1 and 2) as well as some details about our scores.
I used some items from the end of my March Studio Calico kit, including that blue background cardstock. I rarely use dark backgrounds, coloured card stock backgrounds, or the colour blue, so this one piece of card stock really pushed me outside my comfort zone! The photos have a lomography type filter on them, and I loved how the blue card stock picked up on the blue in Sophie’s shirt (it was actually purple). I absolutely love both these photos… I love how Sophie’s tummy is showing and I love how Scott caught Livie just after she released (read: lobbed) the ball. Her hair is caught mid-swing!
The patterned paper is Cosmo Cricket (from my stash) and Crate Paper (from the kit). I finally got to outline those yummy Studio Calico letter stickers (also featured unoutlined in my Skin Crawl layout). I love love love them. Seriously. I used lots of circle punches for embellishments and added those new Twinkle Goosebumps (by Queen & Co) in green. I’m really digging those little guys as the perfect alternative to rhinestones, which are a little too blingy for most of my recent layouts. That glitter tape (brown, layered over the washi tape and under the hearts) is something I NEVER would have bought but I really love using it since receiving it in the kit this month. The glitter stays completely put, and because it’s brown it adds subtle sparkle and more importantly, texture to a layout. I’m gonna miss it when it runs out, but I’m determined to not hoard it!
I had no idea what to put on the top of this layout, but I figured because bowling involves keeping score, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to put some chipboard numbers on there. I love the colours and patterns on these numbers, which are from Cosmo Cricket’s new 2wenty Thr3e collection. I outlined them in black and added some words to them to tie them in to the memory.