It’s the first day of the month, and that means reveal day for this month’s Freckled Fawn kit! The October kit is called Woodland, and it is just such a happy collection of goodies!
This month, I made 6 projects with the kit–two pocket page projects, the beginning of a minibook, and three layouts. Here’s what I made and how I went about deciding how to use the kit:
I started with my pocket spread for September Day in the Life. I do this project once a month and wanted to finish this spread before I record October’s Day in the Life this Sunday.
A little bit of embellishing can go a long way on pocket spreads! I combined elements from the kit–foam words, felt printed leaves, and add-on silver puffy hearts, with Ali Edward’s Black and White Story kit and the Everyday Project Life kit.
I used the embellishments to create visual triangles on the spread. This really helps to draw the eye across the pages. Look closely at the double page spread and you’ll see a foam word triangle, a yellow color triangle, and a silver heart triangle! This is a good trick to use to balance a spread, especially when there isn’t a lot of other visual interest going on.
I love that the foam words gives a similar look as adding digital brushes directly on photos.
I also really love that rich butter yellow on black. I’ll have to use that color combination more!
Next, I made a 12×12 layout about Eliza’s Summer style. The lime green embellishments in the kit reminded me of the yellow-green neon color on one of the shirts she chose, so I thought the kit would be a great fit with this story.
I went with a checkered grid layout design, which I think I automatically gravitate towards thanks to all of the pocket scrapbooking. The great thing about doing this sort of design without the pockets is getting to play around with different sizes. Instead of making all of the spots 3×4, I included a 2×4 row, two 3×4 rows, and a 4×4 row.
I loved using the enamel dots to trail diagonally across the page, highlighting the most important elements: the photos, journaling, and title.
Tip: I used wire cutters to remove the clip part of the enamel clip and adhered the leftover arrow with pop dots instead!
Next, I was inspired by the resin envelopes to make a cover page for a “Happy Mail” book I’m starting. When I get letters, postcards, or cards in the mail from friends, I want a fun place to keep those things. So I’m using a pocketed minibook to store my favorites.
This little 6×8 page upped the cute factor of the book a ton.
I’ve just gotten started, but here’s what some of the mail looks like in pockets. On the top is a little letter folded from a magazine page from my friend Paul (it was a love letter to our whole family, basically, and was super cute because he lives in our neighborhood and still sent it through the mail). On the bottom is a postcard from Kristin, who is just the best at uplifting mail.
The letter from Paul wasn’t staying in well, so I used a clip from the kit to help hold it in place.
For my forth project, I made another 12×12 layout, this time all about reading comics with Jonas.
I couldn’t find my stapler, which was my initial plan, so I attached the transparency using different metallic eyelets. I liked that the copper eyelets were so complementary to the rose gold foil washi, which I used to border the photo.
To get in a bit more subtle metallic action on the page, I used washi tape on the bottom right corner along with another copper eyelet and two foam hearts.
I had fun mixing different types of letters to make the title work. I started with the foam words above the photo, then decided I needed more in the space above, so I included the words “Reading Comics.” I used black puffy alpha stickers and alpha stickers from Studio Calico, then tied the title in with my journaling by drawing lines around it. I also included a little dot border around the word “reading” to ground it a bit.
For the next project, I really wanted to focus on the felt printed leaves, which are my favorite item in this month’s kit. The leaves aren’t turning here yet, so I went back to 2014 to see if I had any leaves photos I hadn’t documented yet. I was in luck, because these photos of Jonas and I playing in the leaves were just waiting to be scrapped!
I used the leaves as a border around the page. So I could get them evenly spaced, I cut up the transparent sticker backing so I could decide where to place them all before adhering them down. Then I filled in the spaces between with the remaining enamel dots.
I used a few items from last month’s Oxford kit to finish off the page. I cut the tail off of a speech bubble sticky note to turn it into a journaling spot and added the month and year with alpha stickers from September’s kit.
Last, I searched for a page that would work with the cool star border wood chip included in the kit. I just batch printed a ton of photos for pocket spreads, so I browsed through until I found a photo I wanted to highlight with the embellishment. This page of my family at the pool was the perfect fit.
We tried to go to the pool once a week over the summer. While the photos include my whole family, we really gave ourselves this challenge for Eliza, who wants to improve her swimming so she can join a swim team. The wood chip frame helps me to focus in on this story specifically amongst the cute photos of everyone else.
The aqua blue and mint green embellishments from the kit paired so well with the deep blue and green in a summer kit from Kelly Purkey–perfect for a pool page.
To adhere this transparency, I bent it over the edge of the card and adhered the bent portion on the back. This works well as a transparent embellishment solution for a pocket page, because the pocket holds the embellishment down, but the adhesive on the back helps to keep it from sliding around.
I also snipped the clip part off of a clip again. I really wanted to use the clip on this page, but the direction I wanted it to go wouldn’t work with the pockets.
Don’t be afraid to alter embellishments to make them work for you!
Six projects, and I still have plenty to use on future pages! I also have a whole sheet of gold puffy stickers to use, because I got mixed up and thought the silver ones were in the kit and the gold were the add-on.
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