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The black and white September Freckled Fawn kit inspired me to make a layout about Eliza’s first chess tournament last Spring! Sometimes working with a kit can be so motivating–products can be a great jumpstart for ideas.

I found black and white paper in my stash for a background and used the bag from the kit (cut into two pieces) behind my main photo!

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I wanted to use the black and white puffy stickers for my title, but it was a little tricky with the busy background and thin letters. It took me a few tries–good thing this alpha is easily to reposition!

Outlining the white alpha in black pen helped a lot, but my white gel pen wasn’t cooperating, so I couldn’t do the same for the black alpha. Instead, I backed it with washi tape and scraps of white paper. I also layered a few vellum stickers under the scraps.

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A few embellishments–another vellum sticker, resin camera, and glitter enamel triangle sticker–brought the title all together.

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I didn’t embellish other areas of the page quite as much–with all of the busy patterns, the main embellishment cluster belonged with the title. But more glitter enamel triangles kept the focus on the main photo! Another vellum strip and a puffy icon sticker helped to ground the Ali Edwards label sticker I used for journaling.

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I alternated more of the label stickers to get in the story of my secondary photos–Eliza playing dominos and making stop motions between games, playing bughouse (which is a fun team chess game), and her cool participation medal. I’m so proud of her for having fun at her first tournament. She was playing with WAY more experienced kids and the timed games stressed her out, but it was still a fantastic day.

Try thinking about black and white things in your life–a game, an outfit, a to-go coffee cup, home decor–that could jumpstart a story for you!

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