2016 Goals with Meghann Andrew

Hello there! It’s Meghann with you today to share a new layout I created using the December exclusive kit! The two layouts I created in the gallery this month focus on stories from the past- a story from Christmas Day 2014, and a wrap-up of the best moments of 2015. The layout I have to share with you today is one that focuses on the future, and my goals for 2016. What better way to start off a new year than to put your goals down on paper and make yourself accountable!?

EllesStudio-MeghannAndrew-Goals01“2016 Goals” supplies: December exclusive kit, December digital cut files, Love & Thanks stamp, white acrylic stars, Thankful collection paper pack, Joyful collection paper pack, Tis the Season Stamp.

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The fantastic “2016 goals” tag in the kit was my main inspiration for this layout! I love when the ES tags in the kit can spark my creativity! To add typed writing to my tag, I first scanned in the tag on my scanner, opened the file in Photoshop & added my text in a separate layer on top. Next, I deleted the scanned image layer, and printed the text on its own. After that, I adhered my tag to the top of the printed text and then ran it through the printer again.

From there, I began to create a grid, using two other 3” x 4” tags, and a 3” x 4” photo. The 2016 tag was perfect for the layout, but to add more contrast, I decided to cut out the inside of the numbers and back the tag with black cardstock.

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To offset the contrast in that tag, I decided to add a die-cut star from the December cut file, first cut from the Thankful collection Leaves paper then again slightly larger in black cardstock. Doing this made my grid much more balanced. I still felt that my layout needed more contrast and something else other than the grid, so I decided to stamp “goals” repeatedly in a border along the left side of the grid with the Love & Thanks stamp set, breaking it up slightly to stamp “2016” from the Tis the Season stamp set in grey.

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To finish off my layout, I added some acrylic stars and ink spatters in pink, teal and black. I stamped “important” from the Love & Thanks stamp set on a small tag, tucking it in at the top, and layered the star tag and the “hello new year” tag at the base of the layout. With black thread, I sewed through both.

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I really hope that I stick to my goals in the upcoming year! This layout may be one to hang on the wall, to remind myself of my goals instead of putting it in a layout. How will you use the goals tag this month?

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