Hello, Simple Stories fans! Melissa here to share a week in my Life Documented album that uses the mid-release Daily Grind collection- I wanted to take this collection out for one last spin before the new lines from CHA Winter arrived. You may have already read my post from last November where I used Daily Grind for the first time, and this time around I put a slightly different, slightly seasonal spin on it.
My previous Life Documented layout with Daily Grind was from a summer week and used pretty much all of the colors in the collection. For this particular week, though, I went with a warn fall palette of orange, red, and yellow since the photos were taken in October and incorporate some seasonal activities. A few of the other colors from the collection do make an appearance, but only in tiny amounts and mostly in the embellishments.
With an everyday collection like Daily Grind, taking it from non-themed to seasonal is really just as easy as choosing just a few colors from the palette! It doesn't matter at all that there aren't any "fall" specific embellishments on the page because the photos themselves convey that message. Even if you're not going for a seasonal look, pulling out just a subset of the colors in any collection is a great way to get a whole new look from the line and stretch your scraps and scrapbooking dollars even further.
I don't often use see-through elements in my Life Documented album because I have so many photos and don't want to commit to having an entire pocket taken up on the opposite side of the Pocket Page. I challenged myself to find other creative ways to use Sn@p Cuts from the collection and found that they make great layering elements! I used two of them on this layout and backed them with pieces of patterned paper, then used small chipboard pieces as accents in two of the negative spaces.
You might notice that while I used lots of colorful patterned paper in the 4x6 pockets, I used mostly neutral journaling spots in the 3x4 pockets with just a bit of patterned paper under some of the smaller photos. That helped to keep color and pattern the spread from getting out of hand, and it also gave me the chance to use up some of the great natural textures from the collection including cork and woodgrain.
As I close out my 2011 and 2013 (2012 is finished- woohoo!) Life Documented albums, I'm using the 12x12 faux leather Sn@p in teal to hold my layouts. The longer I use these albums the more I fall madly in love with their quality (even my Dad has commented on how well they are made!), and I'm looking forward to continuing my Life Documented layouts in a 6x8 format (again, in a teal album) in 2014 when I get my first batch of photos from the start of this year back from the printer.
All of my weekly Life Documented pages for 2011, 2012, and 2013 use Design 3 Pocket Pages. 2014 is going to be a wild and crazy (well, it qualifies as wild and crazy around here) adventure of mixing up all of Simple Stories' 6x8 designs, including the new Insta-Pocket Pages.
Daily Grind Products Used:
- Expression Cardstock Stickers
- Fundamental Cardstock Stickers
- 3x4 Journaling Card Elements Paper
- 4x6 Journaling Card Elements Paper
- Sn@p Cards
- Sn@p Cuts
- Sn@p Pockets
- 6x6 Paper Pad