Hello friends! Brenda Smith here with you today to share some memory planning I did with the December Little Bits kit. Usually I do my memory planning in one of my full-sized planners, but because this was a special occasion (Christmas time!), I wanted to have a stand-alone album that represented our memories of Christmas 2016. I decided to use a traveler’s notebook insert because the size is manageable and I can use as many (or as few) booklets as necessary to tell our story.
In a traveler’s notebook, I like to keep things relatively simple and straight-forward. I want the focus to be on the pictures and on the stories but also be appealing to look at. I printed my big square photo at 3.75” and the smaller one is 2.75” square. I use Photoshop to resize my photos but you can use any number of programs (Microsoft Word, Pages on a Mac, Silhouette Studio, etc.).
I trimmed down the pink gingham paper for the December Little Bits kit to give my spread a little more color. Since I knew I would be placing elements on top of the paper like my journaling space and my photos, I chose a paper that was a more simple pattern.
For better or worse, I don’t like to use my handwriting on my projects. My handwriting isn’t particularly terrible but I really like the clean look of typewritten journaling. Because the pages of a TN aren’t easily removable, I measured the space I had for journaling using a ruler and used those parameters to set up a text box using Pages on my Mac. Then I typed my journaling and printed out and glued in.
The cactus theme of the December Little Bits kit was absolutely perfect for me and my Southern California desert Christmas. It was “cold” here by our standards but nowhere near the white Christmas most holiday-themed items are intended for. I debated whether to add anything to the cactus paper on the right side but in the end decided I liked how it looked on display for this spread. In an effort to unite the TN as a whole, I repeated certain elements throughout like this little bit of the pink gingham paper behind the photo.
One other thing I let go of for purpose of this album is the notion that things had to be chronological. My process for choosing photos for this album involves me looking through all my photos and choosing the ones that make me remember speciﬁc memories that I want to have documented. If this picture of our tree on Christmas Eve before Santa’s arrival occurs on page three of the album, so be it! I made good use of the sticker sheets from the December Little Bits kit on this spread. I particularly like all the border stickers Lhey includes monthly and always ﬁnd myself using every last one of those! The pink banner under the “Give Love” is from the die cuts.
To give a little texture and visual interest to this spread, I took the pink gingham paper and the green patterned paper and ripped strips off with my hands. I feel like the texture of the ripped edges is more interesting than just two strips of paper would be.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to share with us what you’re making with your Little Bits kits!