Hello Lovelies, it's Theresa here to share a layout with you using the May Clique Kits kit called Riga! Our theme for this week is Anything Goes, and this layout fits that perfectly! The Riga kit came with some really awesome fabric banners, so they became my starting point for this layout.
I was working with older photos from 2013 and came across this adorable photo of my daughter Natalie, when she was just four years old. The photo reminds me of her laughing, smiling, dancing self, and I wanted to invoke those feelings into this layout. I decided I wanted the banners to flow across the page and the photo would become a part of that banner.
I laid out my banner across the top of the page, allowing the banner to just flow across and create a visual line for your eye to travel. I marked on my patterned paper how the banner fell across the page, and then cut the paper along the wavy line. I have sewn that paper down onto plain white card stock so the banner would pop against the white.
Then came the fun part: adding the banner and embellishing it. I added a few patterned paper banners from the Riga kit to fill it in, and ran my twine through the loops of the banners. I also left some loops in the twine and left the ends to flow off onto the patterned paper. I attached the photo with a little tiny clothespin I had in my stash, and now it is time to add a bit of journaling and a title.
I decided to repeat the curved line I had created with the banner, so I created my title following that curve. My Natalie has always been such a delightful, happy, free-spirited girl so that is my title: "free-spirited girl." When I laid out the title it seemed to be floating a bit, so I added the tiny ball fringe beneath it. This really makes these curves a successful design element on the page! Once I had all that laid out, I knew my journaling had to go along that curve too.
I absolutely adore my daughter's free spirit and often pray for her that no one will ever steal her joy, so I wrote a love letter to her expressing just that. I love using my layouts to give our children love letters, so that in the future they will read through our albums and find their love letters. This also helps my journaling process - when we write just like we would speak, the words flow conversationally. Here is one more look at this fun layout so you can see how it all came together!
This layout was so much fun to conceptualize and share with you all! Notice how I just allowed the layout to develop, almost intrinsically, by building on those curves. I challenge you to try curves in your layouts this week, and be sure to tag #cliquekits so we can see! Thank you for following along today!