"Happy October" Layout | Crate Paper

Hello everybody! I'm so happy that it is fall! It is by far the best time of year! And since October is also the best, most special and magical month, I thought I would do a fun fall layout about October and how very happy it makes me! I wanted to use the Gather collection by Maggie Holmes because it is so very beautiful and full of lovely Autumnal colors and graceful images that evoke the magic of the season.

For my layout, I used the pretty typed patterned paper from the Gather collection as my background and laid my fall pictures directly on it. I used five 3x5 photos that are some of my favorite fall pics I have ever taken...all from a day at the nearby pumpkin patch with my hubby. It was our 5th anniversary and I told my hubby Ryan I wanted to pick out some pumpkins and walk around outside there because it was so beautiful. It is one of my favorite memories. Ryan took me there simply because he knew it would make me happy. I wanted the layout to reflect that happiness.

Since these pics were from a couple Octobers ago, I have used pics of Ryan and I together from that trip to scrap other layouts and such, but I wanted this time to do something that just had pics of me from Ryan's point of view. Since there were so many special photos that I wanted to use, I chose to keep the layout pretty simple. I used leaves from the sticker sheet and the ephemera pack to give that fall feel. I added a rose and also some word stickers that express the moment like “blessed” and “#love this”.

To make my title, I used the chipboard word “happy” and then wrote the word “October” on a little piece of aqua blue patterned paper...on which, I hand sewed a little zig-zag to emphasize my title. I added some other touches of blue to the page like the decorative paperclip I made using some thread and some aqua tassels. I had fun using the ephemera pieces from Gather to add touches that I think fill in the story, like the wreath that captures that fall feel, the “best day” piece that shows what a great day it was, and the camera piece which portrays the love I feel for my favorite photographer – my hubby.

Thank you Ryan, for taking these photos, so that I can always remember this beautiful fall day and how happy October makes me...mostly I think because it is when we met and also the month in which we chose to marry!

To everyone else, thank you so much for checking out my layout, made with the oh so gorgeous new Gather collection by Maggie Holmes! I hope you now feel inspired to make a happy fall layout of your own and that this October is as special to you as all October's since I met my Ryan, have been to me!

Tea For Two Layout | Crate Paper

Hi!  Here's a fun, multi-photo layout I made using a combination of Bloom by Maggie Holmes and Little You! My layout is called "Tea for Two" and I made it to document a happy little moment from a recent trip to Disneyland with my hubby, Ryan, where we decided to have some tea at Minnie's house.

Generally, I prefer to use only one photo on 8.5 x 11 layouts. I like the look of just one photo as the focus. I like to have one photo be the center of attention and build around it, but these pictures were soooo cute that I couldn't pick just one. The story was best told with this set of photos. I had to figure out how to share them while maintaining the kind of central visual impact that comes from having just one pic.

I ended up laying the three photos out in a straight line creating a kind of "film strip" that helps draw the eye to the pictures. I wanted to frame the photos as well. To frame them, I used some white on pink polka dot patterned paper from Little you, plus some gold vellum. I sewed on some pink on white polka dot crepe paper to create a ruffle. 

For the background paper, I chose a pattern that was sweet but that wouldn't pull focus from the pictures. I chose the "hello" paper I watercolored some of the "hellos" in soft pink and blue. To adorn my layout, I clustered some Bloom and Little You embellishments in the lower left corner.

I made a custom fringe heart to look like the others from Bloom, but in my blue and pink color scheme. The finishing touches were a few enamel dots from Little You, a roller date stamped at the top, and finally, the title, "tea for two" which I wrote and watercolored to mimic the "hellos" on the background paper.

I really love how it all came out and I hope I have inspired you to create some multi-photo layouts!