LOAD222 – Life’s Guest Stars

Welcome to Day 15!

I have the honour of providing the sample layout for today’s prompt which is to scrapbook about someone that made an impression in your life (could be someone who was only part of your life for a short time). And then the technique prompt for today was to use a star. Since I was creating a sample to help the LOAD community get inspired, I used both prompts.

Here’s my layout.

My Guest Star is my sister-in-law’s cousin, Kate. Her starring role started in 2019 and lasted for about a year. I was on a massive personal growth journey and Kate helped me with some life coaching. She’s totally amazing by the way! She has this uncanny ability to ask just the right question to really get me thinking about circumstances in a different way. Because of the conversations I had with her I was able to identify certain aspects of my personality that I had buried away under “adulting concerns”. To this day I have a piece of paper tacked above my desk that lists my support posse and anytime I’m struggling I look at all the Alison’s on it and ask myself what one of them would do. I can tell you that without a doubt, Brave Alison is the one that opened the Craft Store!

I promise I will write more about my journey one day, but today let’s dive into the creation of this layout.

The cut out sections in the star were too small for me to back each one individually. You totally could go that route if you had the patience, but I decided to use larger pieces of patterned paper instead. I keep things from feeling too orderly, I chose to be as random as I could when picking both the pattern layout and the size and shape of each pattern backing piece.

Since I do own an Arts & Crafts store, and my own personal crafting passion is for all things paper, we have a fairly large and eclectic selection of paper crafting products. And I like nothing better than choosing new goodies to craft with! For this layout I wanted to use a neutral paper for the star cut file so grabbed a ledger patterned paper from Heidi Swapp’s Care Free collection called Trail Guide. To back the file I knew I was going to use the 6×6 paper pad from the Happy Blooms collection from PinkFresh Studios so I needed a background that would help everything pop. I chose this dark teal blue (I know the photo makes it look more navy but I promise it’s actually closer to teal) print from Maggie Holme’s Garden Party line.

Once the star was completely backed, it was time to think about photo and embellishment placement. I had printed a 4×4 photo of Kate and her orientation in it dictated to me that it needed to be placed toward the bottom right of the layout. I also had picked up a pack of the Floral Ephemera from the Happy Blooms collection, so I used many of them to frame the photo.

I love to mix and match and use old stash with new, so when I saw the pink banner, and the yellow and pink light bulbs from Shimelle’s Glitter Girl collection (BEST. COLLECTION. EVER! Just sayin) I knew they had to make it onto this layout. Kate was always sparking a-ha moments for me, so using the light bulb icons just seemed appropriate. Plus one says ‘create’ and the other says ‘idea’ – to quote Ross, “could they BE any more perfect?”

(See what I did there, it’s a Friend’s themed LOAD. LOL! I crack me up)

In the 6×6 paper pad that I used to back the star, was a piece with multiple mini journaling cards on it. I cut out several to use for my journaling as you see here. I could have said a lot more and may go back later and add more to a separate piece of paper that can be tucked behind the layout once it’s in a page protector. For the purpose of this layout, I kept my writing brief.

Other accent pieces were word strips cut from another piece of 6×6 paper, puffy stickers also from the same collection, and yellow glittery enamel shapes from the Glitter Girl Collection (love using up old stash!)

This layout was so fun to put together. I hope you have been inspired by it today.

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