Hi friends, it's Theresa here! This week is Story Focus on the Clique Kits blog, and I wanted to share with you a layout that actually uses product to tell its story. This is the layout I am sharing today. I am using the April Winter Park kit and have chosen the die cut ephemera and printables sheet to help tell the story of this layout.
Let me tell you about how this layout evolved! Back in 2015 we took a Spring Break trip to Savannah, GA, and St. Simons Island GA, and I had these adorable photos of our girls at the beach that week. I wanted to create a layout that tells the story of that visit, and all the sights, sounds, and the beauty of the southern states we experienced. My photos are specifically from the beach, but the die cut house from the Winter Park kit reminds me of the Antebellum homes in Savannah.
The photos had been printed at a smaller size, 2x3, so I decided to pull all tags from the kit and any other die cuts that were close to that size to use on the layout. Sometimes the best way to display smaller embellishments is in a grid, and so that is what I did here. Even though there is lots to see on the page, the grid keeps everything orderly.
I fit each of the photos, die cuts, and tags almost like a puzzle into the design of the layout, and then each piece becomes like a home base for other little bits and bobs. I've layered stickers, alphabet, and flair onto each piece. Some of the embellishments I have sewn down using my machine, to add a bit of texture to the layout.
I love repeating elements in my layouts, and since I had sewn some of the tags, I also gave them bows using a really thick, rough twine I had on hand.
All of these layers and textures and colors remind me so much of Savannah and St. Simons Island. Notice how I've allowed several elements to "fall off" the page on the top, bottom, and right hand side. This is part of the visual flow of the page where the elements of the layout extend beyond the edges and become part of the background itself.
There is so much to see and experience on this layout, just like in Savannah. I love how product can carry the feelings from a place right onto the layout.
It was such fun sharing this layout with you! I hope you have been inspired to use products on your layout to tell your story as well!