I have a certain weakness for Simple stories. I just love their simple-bold patterned pieces and always buy as many of those 12X12 patterns I can. I also adore the smaller scale prints that come in the 6X6 pads that correlate with their collections.
Urban Traveler has been around for awhile now, but like so many things in my stash I have horded it… just waiting for the perfect picture to pair with the collection (to be fair, I have done some previous layouts with this collection; you just wouldn’t know it by looking at my stash). This picture led me directly to the Simple Stories files where I pulled out Urban traveler.
I was initially drawn to back side of the navy arrow paper, a large beautiful map print, but I just could not figure out how to make it work. The navy and orange arrows on the other side, however, felt just right for this picture.
I started looking for a piece to use as the back ground paper, and settled on this grey polka dot (I am really loving the polka dot this weekend!) I pulled a 6X6 piece of red polka dot and cut a bit of the multi colored polka dot paper and started working on layering all the pieces.
I matted the photo on a piece of gray paper from one of the SS cut apart sheets. Then started cutting out other elements from the sheet and started putting things together. I cut some tags out of the paper, punched the holes and added twine to those pieces and started tucking various elements underneath the photo.
This little shipping tag I had cut out the paper was the perfect place to add a little journaling (sometimes, the best an Aunt can do is give a rough estimate of when a picture was taken and put up an inspiring phrase. I would love to be present and privy to every little moments in my nieces and nephews lives… but I just can’t be there for everything. Ofttimes, the stories I tell, are the stories I have been told).
I used the stickers that came with the Urban Traveler collection kit to add Carter’s name, the year and the words “going places” to the tag. There was more layering and cutting apart of elements. I added some more stickers. I love the way this little strip at the bottom of the page turned out. It is just too cute!!!
I had to walk away from the layout for a little bit in order to come up with the title “Gotta love the face!” I started thumbing through my thickers and found these red letters that were a perfect match to the colors in the paper, however, they were larger than I had room for in the frame of the photo. I decided that “This Face” was an adequate title and placed the letters. Upon further thinking I really wanted to title to read, “Gotta love this face!”, so I added the orange tile stickers to complete the title.
The paper was all edged in frayed burlap distress ink.