Ava's First Joke | The Nerd Nest

I’m working on using up my whole Freckled Fawn November kit! One thing I do to decide how to use the kit is go through my “extras” photos folders–folders with photos for stories I want to tell that are in addition to weekly pocket scrapbooking. It usually takes me much longer to get to these stories than weekly pocket pages, but that’s just fine with me. Kits help motivate me to fit projects to those stories!

I decided to look through my extras photos for 2015, since my first few albums for that year are almost complete, to see if any stories would work with the kit. I got exited to make a page with these photos of then-baby Ava making her first joke!

Ava's First Joke | The Nerd Nest

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This layout has a simple design, but it took me much longer to come up with it than I typically spend on scrapbook layouts. I set it aside and worked on other things, then came back to it, which helped me get unstuck. I knew that I wanted to use those big letters from the Fun Story Kit by Ali Edwards with the three photos lined up in a series, but because that took up an entire 12×12 column of my page, I had trouble figuring out how to add my journaling while still making the whole thing feel balanced. I tried to add patterned paper horizontally for the journaling spot, but it just wasn’t working.

Ava's First Joke | The Nerd Nest

Adding little strips of the yellow flower paper to either side of the photo block unlocked the rest of the design for me–I added strips of patterned paper to the right of the layout and left space for a journaling block in-between the strips.

Ava's First Joke | The Nerd Nest

This also gave me room to add a label sticker with the word “Ava’s” to complete the title.

Ava's First Joke | The Nerd Nest

Adding a banner phrase sticker with an enamel dot mirrored the first word in the title and helps to draw the eye across the page.

Ava's First Joke | The Nerd Nest

The journaling reads:

Ava made her first joke! I was holding her while she fed herself from her bottle, she turned it upside down, and started giggling. She gave me the bottom of the bottle to pretend to drink from and then pretended to drink from the bottom herself. She had us all laughing so hard–just because her joke was so unexpected!

For the journaling block, I printed the text onto white cardstock and framed it in a journaling card I’d cut into two pieces–also from the Fun Story Kit.

Ava's First Joke | The Nerd Nest

These photos and this story makes me so happy! Do you have a story of a funny thing your children (or children you are related to / know) have done? I’d love to hear it or see a project with it!