In February when I flew back home to New York, we had to book my flight at the last minute. I was so happy I could even get back to the mainland when I needed too. But it was crazy, the flights. Flying from Hawaii all the way to New York in itself is no simple feat. It’s a really long journey.
I had to make three connections across the country. There was definitely lots of walking, even almost running at points to make these connections. I don’t think I have ever walked so long to make connections in all the flying I have done to date. I was however so thankful that I had no children with me to hurry along. I was also just thankful to be heading back home to be with the ones I love and help be there for them.
I really wanted to make a layout about this crazy trip. Especially since it was so memorable, having to recheck in through the airport between some of my flights. plus this was the plane trip I was doing all by myself across the country, without friends or kids. There was definitely lots of coffee ingested too, some good and some just to stay awake.
I thought that the fun nature of the March Clique kit would be appropriate for documenting this layout. This kit was built around the Seven Paper Studio Calico collection Goldie by Ashley Goldberg. There was also elements of travel in this kit too.
I will say I thought I recorded this layout, but apparently didn’t or accidentally deleted the photo age. But I love that I still can share this layout with you.
I decided to change up the size. I do things like this on occasion just to switch things up, it gets my brain to have to think of things differently. I think it’s a good way to stretch your brain creatively. I did an 8 1/2 by 11 layout. It is much different than a 12×12 size, you really have to think about how you are using your space.
I also decided to use more photos on this layout. I tend to be ok with using just one photo most of the time. Seriously, I do. I know it does not help in using all your photos from a certain day or event. It makes it so that you need more albums to tell all the stories that you want to tell. But I have come to terms that I will tons of layouts, and albums. And I know my kids may hate that they have to deal with them, but it’s their history and if when I am gone they want to throw them away, at least they had the option to know all these stories I told for them. (I really want to talk about this more later, maybe another layout later, because going home I poured over family albums and was truly happy they were available to look at. To be able to listen to my grandmother retell the memories of these stories in the pictures. She doesn’t scrapbook but I seen where that seed was started and watered. But that is a whole new layout!!)
I really like the paper with the triangle sections. I really wanted to use this paper, and I though by having the photos in the center, or near the center, it would draw your eye to where all these triangles meet.
By placing the photos off skewed I thought it would help the layout feel a little chaotic, which is what the journaling is all about. All about this crazy trip. I mean showing up to the airport over 12 hours before it takes off because there was a big chance for freezing rain. I didn’t want to get stuck in the country on roads that didn’t get plowed until after I needed to be at the airport for check in. So hanging in the small airport all night was interesting, Thank goodness for Dunkin Donuts and a good book!! Or having to spend extra time in the air because of a storm, though I admit the clouds from this Southern Storm looked so cool!!
I also did my classic layering but made them larger papers and just had bits of those papers stick out.
I stuck many of the die cuts from this kit and January kit (It had Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place stuff in it). I used the wash strips to add bits without adding much bulk. The ALL THE COFFEE phrases strip was perfect for this coffee cup photo I had taken on the way to New York, While I waited in San Fran for the delayed flight. (This was one of the flights I had to recheck in, at 12 o’clock at night too.)
I used that paper clip from the crate paper on my layout too. I thought it added a fun touch. And isn’t that sequin heart so cute!! I could have used more of those on this layout, if I had more space.
I added that adventure cut apart on that tab. I even popped up this photo, to help separate the photos a bit, give fun lines, and add places to tuck in embellies.
(BYW, The Martian is one of my top book reads this year! Though I admit I couldn’t restrict watching the movie first on the second flight. I then bought the book at the third layover!!LOL. They are both equally good!!)
I had cut up that XO from one of the journaling cards from the add on paper pack from Photoplay. I just thought that looked perfect there. I added my journaling right on the background. I added the title above the photo/paper cluster. I like that it is a bit sarcastic. Though in the end I really didn’t mind all the craziness because I got to see my family and friends that I had’t seen in years. It really was just want I needed at the time, even though I didn’t know I needed it. I learned a lot about why I scrapbook and how I need to make and take the time to take photos that are going to capture the stories I live. The stories of my life and the ones I love to retell.
I hope you are inspired to think out of the box today!! Take some time, think about why you are creative, and if you are conveying the emotions, stories and feelings you want to when you do create. whether you just want to look at pretty pictures, whether you just want to remember the good times with the kids, whether you just want to observe life unfolding around you. Take the time to breathe it in, and see what you can do to recapture that on a scrapbook page, art journal, smash book, or whatever way you know how to get these stories out.