Evoking Winter Childhood Memories with Susan Brochu

We hear all of the time that the sayings on our tags help spark a story, but maybe sometimes we need to reach further back into our past to document a special memory? That’s what Susan Brochu is doing today using our Snow Day Journaling Tags, and the layout that she created could not be more perfect. Let’s check it out:
 
Hello everyone! Do you ever have a product spark a very specific memory? The “wintertime magic” 3″ x 4″ tag from the Snow Day Journaling Tags immediately brought to mind a vivid memory of a very magical night from my childhood, and today I’m sharing how I documented that memory.
 

 
Supplies | Snow Day Journaling Tags, Everyday Puffy Labels, Winter Puffy Stickers, Acrylic Christmas Trees, Let It Snow stamp, Noteworthy 12 x 12 paper collection
 
I used the Let It Snow stamp to evoke that magical feeling on my page background. I really wanted a little winter atmosphere on my layout, so I heat-embossed a mini blizzard on white cardstock using all of the snowflake stamps in the set. To add a little more color to the background, I then scattered some of the colorful asterisk puffy stickers from the Winter Puffy Stickers among the embossed snowflakes.
 

 
I grouped two 3″ x 4″ and one 4″ x 6″ tag (all from the Snow Day Journaling Tags) with my photo and placed them all about 2/3 of the way down the page. I wanted to make sure not to cover up too much of that “snowstorm” on the background since that was an important part of my story. Beneath that cluster I added layers of “snow” using torn strips of white cardstock. These “snowdrifts” also support my story. I started my journaling on the 3″ x 4″ tag to the left of the photo, and finished it on the 3″ x 4″ “wintertime magic” tag that inspired the page. It was really important to me that I used my handwriting for this particular story, but I was a little concerned that I’d make a mistake if I just started writing right on the cards. So I wrote a draft of my story on a scrap of white copy paper, then cut it apart and placed the strips on the cards. I had to do a little editing, but eventually was happy with how everything fit. I then carefully wrote my story directly onto the tags.
 

 
The colored background of the right pocket tag had my layout looking a little too heavy on that side so I needed to balance things out. The Everyday Puffy Labels had three sentiments that really complemented my story and I placed them on the left side of my photo, along with a couple of the sweet and colorful puffy hearts from the Winter Puffy Stickers. The puffy stickers added some weight to the left side of the page and they spread a little more color to that side as well.
 

 
The snowy, wintertime scene just wouldn’t be complete without a few pine trees, so I added the Acrylic Christmas Trees to the left and right edges. My final step was to trim off a small amount of the white cardstock background from two adjacent sides and add the teal and white patterned paper from the Noteworthy 12 x 12 paper collection to frame the layout. That extra paper helps give my page a little more stability (the embossing had warped it just a bit) and the pattern reminded me of falling snow which helps connect it to my theme.
 

 
I love how all those products came together to set the scene for this story, and how that one journaling card inspired me to record this special memory!
 

Comments

  1. Christine Kiehl says

    nicely done layout!

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