February 24, 2016

Layouts Lately

I recently started subscribing to Ali Edwards' Story Kits and Story Stamps and would like to share the layouts I made with the first kit I received.

The theme of this kit was "old and new". I really enjoy making pages that compare the past and present so I was excited to start off my subscription with this theme. My first page is about what college was like for me versus what it was/is like for my daughters (a landline vs. cell phone, communicating by letter vs. communicating by text, no transportation vs. having a car on campus). It's amazing how things have changed so much in so little time!
I was happy to use up almost a full pack of die cut leaves on this page, and I added a little gold stitching here and there too.
My next page features a grid design of photos of my family taken over the years. 
I reinforced the quote by tying some thread around my journaling card.
This layout pairs a family selfie taken on Christmas with my desire to record the story of my family.
I really liked these chipboard word circles that came in the kit:
I shared my final layout before in this post but thought I'd include it again here because it was my favorite from the kit:
The announcement of a new baby in our extended family lead to a request from my oldest to see the ultrasound photos I had from when I was pregnant with her. We ended up going through a chest of both daughters' baby things. I took a photo of some of the items I'd saved for each girl and wrote about the sweet memories that those items brought back to me.
Thanks for stopping in - I'll be back in a couple days with the layouts I made with the next kit.


  1. Oh, Susan! As always, your stories shine so brightly.
    Had to laugh at you using up the leaves all at once since that was your challenge to your readers :D
    Have been where you are - temporarily (in the grand scheme of things) between what was & what is to be in your family & can relate. Beautifully & creatively done!

  2. These are all really nice, you've showcased the kit wonderfully, and it seems to have you committing your story to paper. Fabulous!