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such a cute idea! so awesome!

Oh for the LOVE. I could not be crushing on this more. Pinned this as fast as I could. :)

Love this so much! Thanks for inspiring!

Very fun page.

Fantastic layout Melanie! I love all of the layering and details. I also love how you used some older collections and made them feel new!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work! xo Kimberly

I love everything about this:)

Project - STORYTELLERS: You're Amazing with Mel Blackburn
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Project - STORYTELLERS: You're Amazing with Mel Blackburn
by MelBlackburn
posted 03/11/14
Galleries: Scrapbooking

Hello Peas!!! I'm very excited to share this layout for the Storyteller feature which this week is to include Children's Voices. I think that we mostly do journaling on our layouts as the storyteller, sharing how we feel about a moment or telling a funny story behind the picture on the layout. This week we flip things around, we include the voice of a child on the layout. There are various options and methods to do this, you can ask your child to do a list of his favourite things or draw a picture of his family or favourite past time. I decided to include a love note from my oldest daughter. A couple of weeks ago she came up to me and gave me a heart shaped envelope (see last picture) which had a little note tucked inside. She knew I had a rough week and we did argue during the week, with her note she proceeded to tell me how she felt and what she was going to do help me out. I was so touched, of course this brought me to tears. Ever since then, that little folded heart has been sitting on my work table. I knew I wanted to preserve that note somehow on a layout or in project life, this week's Storyteller assignment was just the perfect thing for this.

Using the March moodboard, I picked out the pale green, black and white, along with a splash of pink. I was able to recreate the folded heart using patterned paper, I prepared a little tag on which I asked my daughter to write the journaling. By doing this I am able to preserve this wonderful love note. You might think that I “cheated” by recreating the moment, but I don't think so, I still have the original note, which I treasure, the layout is simply a means to make this note last forever.

I think you are probably starting to see a design pattern with my work, layers and more layers. That's how I scrap, I just like to pile on the paper and build around it. This is exactly what I did to create this layout, some elements that are tucked under the pictures are Crate Paper clear frame and chipboard elements. Because of the bulk of the folded heart I decided to use foam dots to adhere my pictures, I just thought this provided more balance. I added a bit of pink throughout my layout and a strip at the top, I did debate adding the strip at the top but I thought it tied all the elements together, for me it just worked. I have to mention Wilna's fabulous cut file for March, I love the scripty font, it looks fabulous on a layout. I did cut all of the words on white cardstock, this way I will have them ready next time I need a title.

I hope you have enjoyed my process, I hope we will some “children voice” inspired layouts pop in the gallery. Happy scrapping Peas!!!
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