//Weekend Mornings (Scrapbook Layout)

So it has been a LONG LONG LONG time since I made a traditional layout. I think the last time I made one, I was still pregnant with Hazel. Even then, I wasn't that happy with the finished product. I just wasn't "feeling it" and struggled through the process, glumly stashing the end result so I don't have to look at it. Then I took these adorable photos of Hazel one weekend and decided that I HAD to document them in a layout.

I can't tell you how happy I am with it. Admittedly, in the beginning I was thinking I was going to hate it. But I plugged away and kept playing with it and eventually I made something I am quite proud of.

I used mostly elements from a past Gossamer Blue kit, which I believe the background patterned paper was from. I was drawn to the pink and teal combination (a popular color scheme in scrapbooking as of late) and so I decided to play around with that, adding in white and kraft elements, as well as touches of gold. You know me, I can't resist that gold shiz. Sidenote: I think my appreciation for gold came with age because I was adamantly against it for the longest time. I guess it's true what they say about acquiring wisdom with age. Anyway, you'll notice that the photos I used contain NEITHER pink nor teal. And I don't care. Seriously. I was never big on matching colors used in my layout to those found in my photo(s). I don't like things to be SUPER matchy-matchy and besides, this gives me way more freedom.

I love to layer elements, so after deciding to angle the photographs atop the kraft paper, I started tucking in bits and pieces until I came to something I liked. I tried to bring a lot of pink onto the teal side to make everything blend together nicely.

I really enjoy texture in layouts, so I combined a variety of papers and embellishments to achieve that look. I even used a notebook paper punch on the edges of the white-and-pink striped paper and then roughed up the edge so it stands up a little. I was all but finished with the layout when I thought it looked a little off-balance, so I used a coral ink from Studio Calico and a date stamp in the upper-right corner to tie it all together.

That's it! If you have any questions about why or how I did something in particular, please feel free to ask!

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