Good morning, friends! Khristina here and we have survived the holiday season over here. I hope that if you celebrate the holiday season that you also had a lovely time with family and friends. I am pulling out my January Rhapsody kits today to create a layout for my daughter about her first trip to the American Girl Megastore. I had quite a bit to say and it was sort of a more private story so that immediately makes me think that hidden journaling is the way to go!
I knew that I wanted to recreate the pattern on her pajamas (and her doll's matching pajamas) so I found a hot air balloon cut file and got to work backing the sections with the papers that we received in the 6x6 paper pad within the TN kit this month. This is a perfect size for backing cut files because the size of the images is scaled much smaller.
When I use a cut file like this, I typically keep the design of the rest of the page pretty simple because it creates such a unique and fun look all on its own. This led me to think about using simple thin matting layers for my photo as well as including a 3x4 journaling card from the cut apart sheet (nope, I don't always use those cares in project life spreads!) It also gave me a home to include my hidden journaling tag. I made sure to use the ribbon from the kit to create some little pull-tabs for that hidden journaling so that we could read the story if wanted later.
I added just a couple of little pink rhinestone hearts the title to the bottom edge of the photo (this isn't this month's alphabet but it was in a previous Clique Kit. A touch of stamping with the roller date stamp also helped everything flow together. The final touches were those beautiful little dimensional butterflies.
I adore how this layout turned out and the purples in this kit were just perfect for this photo! I would love to have you stop by and check out the process video where I talk a little more about how my design came together.
Have a lovely day! I will be back again soon with another fun project using these gorgeous kits.