Now she is starting to talk and communicate in ways other than crying (YAY!) I have been keeping a running mental tally of the words she is able to say, but I wanted to record where she is now, because before I know it she won't be there anymore either! So I put together a fun layout highlighting Grace's first words.
The idea to turn the photo itself into a speech bubble came from a layout I saw on the Scrapbooks Etc. website. I was originally going to use some speech bubble stamps I have to contain her first words, but I saw this and knew it would be cute:
I chose a photo for this layout before I knew how I was going to scrap the idea. I decided to use this picture of my daughter at the dinner table because her moth is wide open like she's yelling. And I think it is really funny that if you look very closely you can see a spot of guacamole on her face, which is why I snapped the picture.
The only issue I had was that my picture was a portrait and the example layout had a landscape. Easy fix! Instead of matting a square containing the photo and title on the background paper like the original, I matted a tall rectangle. This made everything proportional.
The green and blue papers I chose were from a recent purchase that I was just itching to use! They are both from the Die Cuts with a View Cotton Bloom Stack. I was so happy with how well they coordinated with her shirt! The letter paper is Pink Paislee, and if you look closely you will see that it is a word find of sorts!
I was going for a very clean, graphic look without many embellishments so the focus stays on the photo. But I did use a trio of embellishments, just like the sample layout. This is an important technique to help draw your eye around the page. I used rosettes on mine with the same DCWV papers and a photo in the center of one. I inked the edges to help them all stand out against the background.
That left my title, which I used Echo Park County Drive letter stickers for, and my journaling which was done around the outer edge in white gel pen.
And that is it! I hope you enjoyed this fun, cheery layout as much as I did. I'll be back tomorrow with my birthday layout done in a sophisticated pink and grey combo. Thanks for stopping by!