Last year I put together a list of some of my favorite layouts...thought I would keep the tradition going! In no particular order, but this year with a short why, my 13 favorite layouts from 2013:
why? Partly because any layout that has a photo with Jake smiling is an automatic favorite! (He doesn't love having his picture taken!) But really because I said some things that had been kicking around in my heart for awhile. And because I finally used that "my son" die cut, which is ancient.
why? orange and pink! Really, for the same reason as #1: I wrote some things that felt important to me. (We'll see if that becomes a theme...) Also, this was one of my first times using spray mist and I'm happy with how it turned out.
Why? I love the background photo, for the perspective of the mountains I see every day—but not from this angle. It looks like one big photo but in real life is a 4x10 triptych. Also, covering up an expanse of photo with journaling was one of my favorite techniques in 2013. Also: Jake's face in that middle small photo.
Why? because I had so much fun with my Prismacolors, making this one. And because I loved coming up with the little poem (which is a spin off of the book I Love You as Much As...
why? The way the colors came together, and how the tag turned out. Plus: could those two boys be any cuter?
why? I found this photo one day while cleaning out my mom's basement. I can remember having it taken and how much I loved my dress, and how the photographer's hands felt, arranging mine on my knee. I'm glad to get a scattering of my school details down on paper, too.
why? I made this layout for the Silhouette week I did at Write Click Scrapbook. I'd been thinking about doing a sort of "foundation cutting" for awhile, but wasn't sure if it would turn out. I am still so pleased with how it did! (You can read how to make the spiderwebs here.) Also, printing all or part of a title on the photograph was another favorite 2013 technique for me.
why? fun with paint! I painted on top of vellum to make the background color for this layout. Also I like the peek-a-boo leaves.
why? Sometimes I feel out of place in the scrapbooking world. I tend to not embellish much, and I favor lots of journaling over lots of pretty stuff. In that sense, this is a favorite layout because it is so me: a story, a photo, a title, and the date as the "embellishment." Perhaps not enough pretty stuff, but looking at it reminds me of what is important to me (not the industry).
why? because this layout in real life looks exactly like it did in my head. Also because the journaling includes the words "like hope on a stem," and that just makes me happy.
why? Well, first of all, that face! I'm glad I finally scrapped one of my favorite photos of Kaleb. Second, I love how the arc of green circles turned out. I wanted it to be sort of branch-ish.
why? All the butterflies, of course! Also, the way the title turned out...started on the photo, finished with paper, like words fluttering out of a frame. (Sidenote: this is one of those layout scans in which, when I adjust the color so the embellishments look right, the photo gets weird; in the real-life picture, Haley's lips aren't purple.)
why? I made this for my Textuality class back in the spring. It's emblematic of techniques I used a lot this year: title in a blank spot of the photo, letter stickers (or stamps) to spell out some of the words in the journaling, blocks of patterned paper, handwritten journaling.
I realized two things as I put this post together:
1. This list of my favorites makes it look like I make layouts about Haley and Kaleb way more often than I do about Jake and Nathan. This isn't true...in fact, I keep a spreadsheet to make sure I keep my efforts fairly balanced.
2. Layouts with lots of words make me the happiest, be they journaling or embellishments.
Did you write a favorites-of-2013 post? Link me up if you did, I'd love to see it!